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AEROSMITH – DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY)

«Dude (Looks Like a Lady)» is a song by United States hard rock band Aerosmith. It was released as the first of three singles from the Permanent Vacationalbum in 1987. It reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, #4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and #45 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987, but was re-released in early 1990 and reached a new peak of 20. The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler, lead guitarist Joe Perryand professional songwriter Desmond Child.

The video for «Dude (Looks Like a Lady)» features the band performing live onstage as well as random moments of characters portraying transvestites, including a cameo appearance by A&R man John Kalodner dressed up in a wedding dress at one point. This is a joke based on the fact that Kalodner always dresses in white.

 

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In 1987, Pet Shop Boys performed a synthpop version of «Always on My Mind» on Love Me Tender, an ITV network television special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Presley’s death, in which various popular contemporary acts performed cover versions of his hits. Their performance was so well-received that the duo decided to record the song and release it as a single. This version became the UK’sChristmas number one single that year and topping the charts for four weeks in total. It is their best selling single in the official UK Singles Chart.

 

In the video for Pet Shop Boys’ version of «Always on My Mind» (an excerpt from their surreal music film It Couldn’t Happen Here), Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are seated in the front of a taxi cab, when an odd passenger gets in, played by notable British actor Joss Ackland. At the end of the song, he gets out of the car, which drives away. Standing alone, he mutters: «You went away. It should make me feel better. But I don’t know how I’m going to get through», which is part of the lyrics for another Pet Shop Boys track, «What Have I Done to Deserve This?«.

Marianna Efstratiou (Greek: Μαριάννα Ευστρατίου) (born 1962 in Athens) is a Greek singer, connected on several occasions with theEurovision Song Contest. In 1987, she appeared as a backing singer for the duo Bang. Efstratiou won the Greek national song contest in 1989, overcoming Greek superstar Anna Vissi, and represented Greece in Lausanne with To Diko Sou Asteri. The song was placed ninth. In 1996, ERT selected her to represent Greece again, this time with the song Emis forame to himona anixiatika, but the song could only manage 14th place in Oslo. Efstratiou sang a number of songs in the semi-finals of the Greek national contest in 1998, none of which won. She has worked with Mimmis Plessas and she also starred on stage on several occasions. She has published two records and a promo cd single. On her debut album there’s her cover of «Twist in My Sobriety«, originally sung by Tanita Tikaram. She has also participated in the theatrical play Pornography by Manos Hatzidakis. Currently, she is the lead singer of the jazz ensemble Nova Mood.

«(Feels Like) Heaven» is a song and single by the Scottish music group Fiction Factory. It was released as a single at the end of 1983 and in 1984 on their debut album Throw The Warped Wheel Out. It is a regular feature on 1980s and New Wave compilations. It was a major hit in Switzerland, reaching #2 on the Swiss singles chart. In the UK, the single peaked at #6. Other chart positions include #14 in Sweden and #20 in Austria.

Before they began Fiction Factory, Kevin Patterson (vocals), Eddie Jordan (keyboards), Grant Taylor (trumpet) and Chic Medley (guitar) played in skinhead skaband The Rude Boys (later shortened to The RB’s). Asked by CBS to create a concert-playing band, they enlisted Graham McGregor (bass) and Mike Ogletree(drums and percussion), a former member of Simple Minds. The band’s single «(Feels Like) Heaven» became a UK Top 10 hit in 1984 (also reaching the Top 10 in Germany and Switzerland).

Fiction Factory disbanded in 1987 after the release of their second album. Patterson later left the music industry. He currently works in the IT department at the University of Dundee. He has a wife and two children. Patterson and Jordan reunited to perform «(Feels Like) Heaven» (with backing band) at Jordan’s wedding in August 2007. Medley went on to work with the Scottish world music project, Mouth Music.

HEART – ALONE

The song was sold to Heart and released as the first single from their ninth studio album Bad Animals in May 1987. Heart’s version is a power balladthat begins with a piano line and a subdued vocal from Ann Wilson before exploding into an amplified hard rock chorus. The song has been covered numerous times on American Idol as well as by artists such as Celine Dion, but is viewed as being exceptionally difficult to sing.[citation needed] According to a Songfacts interview with Steinberg, Kelly (an experienced session singer) provided the high harmony parts on the record.[1] «Alone» is Heart’s biggest hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that July. It ranked number 2 on the Billboard Year-End Top Pop Singles of 1987. It is also their most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.The song was also a huge global hit, reaching number one in Canada, the top five in Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland, the top ten in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland as well as the top twenty in Germany. The song’s popular video featured the band in a synched live performance. An «unplugged» version of the song later appeared on Heart’s 1995 album The Road Home.

«What About Love» is a song recorded by the rock band Heart, and released in June 1985. The band’s «comeback» single, it was the first Heart track to reach the top 40 in three years, and their first top 10 hit in five. It was released as the first single from the band’s self-titled 1985 album, Heart, as well as their first hit single on their new record label, Capitol Records.

The song was originally recorded in 1982 by Canadian rock group Toronto, of which songwriters Sheron Alton and Brian Allen were members. (The other songwriter, Jim Vallance, was not a member of Toronto, though he played drums on Toronto’s recording of the song.) However, Toronto elected not to release their version at the time, upsetting Alton and Allen. They subsequently left the band and the song was offered to Heart who turned it into a worldwide hit. Toronto’s original version remained unissued until 2002, when it appeared as a bonus cut on the CD Toronto: The Greatest Hits.

Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas, co-lead vocalists of Starship at the time, provide additional background vocals on the song.

 

The Danish group consisting of the rapper Remee and the two singers Marie Hecht Christina Groth was formed in 1992.
The group released 3 albums; Time Is Running Out (1993), A Cozy Condition (1994), Welcome To My World (1995), before in 1996 splitting up.The song until i’m satisfied was released in 1995.

KENNY LOGGINS – DANGER ZONE

«Danger Zone» is a song, with music composed by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock, which American singer-songwriter Kenny Logginsrecorded and released in 1986. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun.

Dann Hufflead vocalist and guitarist from ’80s hard rock group Giant, performed guitar on the selection. The main instruments used in the track were synthesizersand not as commonly believed guitars. The bass line is a classic 1980s sound comprised in the main of a plucked bass sound from the ubiquitous Yamaha DX7Synthesizer, with the drums being provided by the LinnDrum (a drum machine designed by Roger Linn) which also appears on hundreds of other 1980’s pop hits.

 

William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. A member of theBromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven «Second British Invasion» of the United States.[2] A series of music videos for songs such as «White Wedding«, «Rebel Yell» and «Eyes Without a Face» made him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens.

Idol was born in StanmoreMiddlesex, England. The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher’s description of Broad as «idle». In an interview on 21 November 1983 Idol also tells us that the name «was a bit of a goof, but also part of the old English school of rock. Billy Fury and all that. It was a ‘double thing’ not just a poke at the superstar-like people. It was the whole sort of – everyone was doing it too – it was fun, you know?» He goes on to say the name «didn’t really ever backfire, only with the stupid people who took it seriously»

«She Works Hard for the Money» is a chart-topping, 1983 global hit single by singer Donna Summer. It was the first single released from the album of the same name.

Summer performed the song live – as the opening act – on the 1984 Grammy Awards. It scored the largest viewing audience of any Grammy telecast in history – a record it still holds as of 2013. Donna was nominated alongside Linda RonstadtBonnie TylerSheena Easton, and Irene Cara. This performance was released on the 1994 video cassette Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I.

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