The 80s: Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

These days, the word scandal conjures up images of prime time Thursday night television, but in the 1980s it was the name of a band fronted by singer and musician Patty Smyth.  Smyth, a native New Yorker, began honing her […]

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The 80s: Peter Gabriel’s ‘So’

Peter Gabriel’s 1986 release So is considered by many to be the album that propelled Gabriel from a longtime cult favorite into a commercial superstar,


The 80s: Culture Club’s ‘Colour By Numbers’

In 1982, the British band Culture Club made a big smash with their debut album Kissing To Be Clever. The vocal talents of lead singer


The 80s: Patrice Rushen’s ‘Straight From The Heart’

There’s no denying the talent of Patrice Rushen.  Just check her resume, which includes hit songs, the first woman to serve as Musical Director for


The 80s: Steve Perry’s ‘Street Talk’

In 1983, the San Francisco-based band Journey was already on a commercial high from their hit album Frontiers, which earned the group four Top 40


The 80s: ‘The Breakfast Club’

“But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a


The 80s: DeBarge’s ‘Rhythm of the Night’

By the time DeBarge released the album Rhythm of the Night, the group of siblings from Michigan was accustomed to hitting the charts, already known


The 80s: Herb Alpert’s ‘Keep Your Eye On Me’

Herb Alpert’s 1987 album, Keep Your Eye on Me, was a perfect example of “old school” meets “new school.” On the old school side you


The 80s: Five Star’s ‘Luxury of Life’

Sibling groups were no stranger to the 1980s R&B audience.  One could take their pick of U.S.-based groups like Switch, DeBarge, The Jets, The Sylvers


The 80s: Level 42’s “Something About You”

The band Level 42 was formed in the late 1970s and hit the scene with their self-titled debut album in 1981.  Over the next few

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