Remember the band Player? Sure you do…and even if you think you don’t, it’ll only take three words to remind you who they are: “Baby Come Back.” That’s not by any means to suggest that there’s no more to the band than their biggest hit, mind you: they released four albums during their original run during the late ’70s and early ’80s, and despite regular claims to the contrary by the misinformed, they actually had two – count ’em – TWO top-10 hits (the other being “This Time I’m In It For Love”), and although the band’s line-up has fluctuated over the years, Player continues to reform on occasion for live dates and, believe it or not, even has a new album: Too Many Reasons, released on Frontiers Records. Popdose was fortunate enough to chat with frontman Peter Beckett about the band’s reemergence, along with a deep discussion of his past musical endeavors, including stories about opening for Jimi Hendrix and The Who, co-writing an Olivia Newton-John classic, and more. Popdose: You and Ronn Moss …
The first edition of the new Chart Attack! podcast kicks off with the Top 10 singles from the week ending February 15, 1986.
In more than four decades in the music business, Jimi Jamison has worn quite a few different hats. While perhaps best known for his work with Chicago-based AOR rockers Survivor, his trademark vocals also helped to power albums by ZZ Top (take a fresh listen to “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” for example), George Thorogood and Joe Walsh, among others. When he stepped into the lead vocalist slot for Survivor in the mid-’80s, following the departure of original vocalist Dave Bickler, it was an important addition that would bring the band a second lease on life and add an extra five Top 20 hits (four of them went Top 10) to their resume. The road-worn huskiness of Jamison’s vocals helped make him one of the most distinctive vocalists of the decade, instantly identifiable on a crowded radio dial, where sounding different was the key, especially considering the hefty amount of competition that he was up against. Never Too Late, the new solo album from Jamison, plays out like a lost chapter from the Survivor discography and …
Gasoline might have been in short supply in the ’70s, but mellow tunes were not.
Keanu’s bad Canadian accent, the Simpsons, Liza Minnelli and Dave Steed’s dormroom exploits co-mingle this week in Bottom Feeders.
Rob Smith finds a new power ballad masterpiece from Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, in this week’s “Death by Power Ballad.”
In which two of Toto’s many former lead singers wish you a very merry Mellowmas — or a maudlin, senselessly overblown one, whichever comes first.
How could Mickey Thomas get away with adultery? Quite slickly, apparently, as Popdose’s Rob Smith explores in his Death by Power Ballad column on Jefferson Starship’s “No Way Out.”
Hungering for an alternate reality in which Mickey Thomas is clubbed to death by Grace Slick, CAPTAIN VIDEO! is back from the 1980th Dimension!
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all? No, they don’t — and with the pudding-soft harmonies of Air Supply as their guide, they never will.