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MEN AT WORK – WHO CAN IT BE NOW

«Who Can It Be Now?» is a song recorded by Australian new wave band Men at Work. It was first released as a single in Australia in June 1981, prior to the recording of their 1981 debut album Business as Usual, on which the track was later included.

«Who Can It Be Now?» reached number 2 on the Australian singles chart in August that year, and also hit #45 in New Zealand. Released in Canada in early 1982, the track peaked at #10 in July. This spurred an American release of the song, and the single, by now well over a year old, went on to hit #1 in the USA in October, 1982. «Who Can It Be Now?» was also a modest hit in the UK, reaching number 45. As one of Men at Work’s biggest hits, it was featured on their later compilation albums, and a live version can be found on Brazil. The song remains a popular symbol of new wave music and has been featured on numerous 1980s compilations. The band performed both this song and «Down Under» live on Saturday Night Live on October 23, 1982.

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True is the third studio album by British band Spandau Ballet. It was released in March 1983 on Chrysalis Records. While Spandau Ballet’s first two albums earned them European popularity, True made them worldwide stars and was heavily influenced by jazzsoul and R&B. It reached number 1 on the UK charts,the Top 20 in the United States and charted in numerous countries around the world. The title track spent four weeks at number 1 on the UK singles charts and went to number 4 in the United States.

Other singles from the album included «Gold» (a no. 2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), «Lifeline», «Communication» and «Pleasure». Later album releases by the band never equalled the success of True.

«True» was remastered on CD and stereo SACD in 2003 for its 20th anniversary. In June 2010, a special edition was released on 2 CDs and DVD as part of the 2010 Spandau Ballet reissues series, featuring remastered 12″ remixes and B-sides, plus a live concert.

GERRY RAFFERTY – BAKER STREET

«Baker Street» is a ballad written and first recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released as a single in 1978, it reached No. 1 in Canada, No. 2 in the United States, No. 3 in the United Kingdom, No. 1 in Australia and No. 9 in the Netherlands. The arrangement is famous for itssaxophone riff, played by Raphael Ravenscroft.

In October 2010 the song was recognised by BMI for surpassing 5 million performances worldwide.

The album City to City, including «Baker Street», was co-produced by Rafferty and Hugh Murphy. In addition to a guitar solo, played by Hugh Burns, the song featured a prominent eight-bar saxophone riff played as a break between verses, by Raphael Ravenscroft.

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and guitarist.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. KingAlbert KingColosseum IIGeorge Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including acameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on «She’s My Baby» from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

«Something Got Me Started» was the first single released from what would become Simply Red‘s biggest selling album, Stars; at the time, the group had not released a record for almost two years, so anticipation was high for the new song.

«Something Got Me Started» is an unusual record for the group, as it is (alongside «Fairground«) probably their most dance oriented record, featuring then-trendy piano breaks, soulful vocals and a rhythmic back-beat.

The single was released in several forms — a 7-inch single, a 12-inch single and a CD version, which included a remix by Perfecto (Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne). The single version eventually made number 11 in the UK and German charts, number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 (plus number 21 in the Adult Contemporary chart) and number 4 in Italy. Although a relative flop when compared with previous singles, which had nearly all made the top 10, «Something Got Me Started» went on to become a massive club hit in late 1991.

«Give Me Tonight» is a 1984 single by Shannon, an American R&B and dance artist. Released as the follow-up to her smash debut «Let the Music Play,» «Give Me Tonight» was not as successful as its predecessor on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #46. It did, however, receive the same enthusiastic response in the dance clubs as her previous single, hitting the top spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in March 1984 for two weeks. It also was a significant Urban hit, reaching #6 on the American R&B chart. The song also peaked at #24 on the UK singles chart.

In 2000 Hex Hector remixed the song and the mixes were called the «Give Me Tonight (2000 A.D. Mixes)».

RICK ASTLEY – TOGETHER FOREVER

«Together Forever» is a song recorded by Rick Astley, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 June 1988.

It was Astley’s second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached number 2 in Britain, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star Kylie Minogue with her debut single «I Should Be So Lucky«. It uses a similar chord structure and melody to «Never Gonna Give You Up» (as with most songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time).

The Road to Hell is the eleventh studio album by Chris Rea. It was released in 1989 and is one of Rea’s most famous albums. The second part of the two-part title track, «The Road to Hell (Pt. 2)», is also one of Rea’s most famous songs. The song «Texas» has been played through the years on Classic Rock/AOR radio stations in Texas, and is sometimes played as background music before Texas Rangers baseball games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Another track, «Daytona», is about the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 «Daytona», in which he sings about the car metaphorically, with the engine and tyre noise from the car ringing out toward the end of the song.

 

STEVE WINWOOD – VALERIE

«Valerie» is a song written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and originally recorded by Winwood for his third solo album Talking Back to the Night, in 1982.

The song deals with a man reminiscing about a lost love he hopes to find again someday. Will Jennings reportedly wrote the lyrics while thinking about Valerie Carter, singer songwriter, whose career was declining because of drugs. On its original release, the single reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and number 70 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

In 1987, a remix by Tom Lord-Alge was included on Winwood’s compilation album Chronicles. The remixed version of «Valerie» was released as a single and climbed to number 9 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in late December 1987, and also reached number 19 in the UK. Both versions also reached #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Eric Prydz sampled the song in 2004 for a house music track and presented it to Winwood. Winwood was so impressed with what Prydz had done, he re-recorded the vocals to better fit the track. The 2004 remix was released under the title «Call on Me«.

STEVE WINWOOD – HIGHER LOVE

«Higher Love» is a 1986 number-one hit song by Steve Winwood. It was the first single released from his fourth solo LP, Back in the High Life. It was written by Winwood and Will Jennings, and produced by Russ Titelman and Winwood. The female vocals on the song were performed by Chaka Khan, who also appeared in the promotional music video.

«Higher Love» was Winwood’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for one week. It was preceded by Madonna‘s «Papa Don’t Preach» and followed by «Venus» by Bananarama. The song also spent four weeks atop the US Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It peaked at number 13 in the United Kingdom, his highest charting solo hit there. It also earned two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

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