So a few weeks ago I get this e-mail from a girl named Liz which directs me to her website. Now normally, I don’t really post links to other people’s site here though I thought this one was worth it.
Liz and I seem to be cut from a little bit of the same cloth. She says she never really knew much about music so she decided to take on a task that I had often thought about but was too chickenshit to do – listening to albums that comprised the book 1001 Albums You Must Listen To Before You Die. She’s listening to each album and posting her thoughts each day on one record. She’s over one year in and hasn’t given up yet.
How could I not share this blog with you, as just like this journey through the world of Bottom Feeders – that shit’s crazy as well. So read this and then head on over after you’re done. I still have 362 album reviews I have to read.
But before that, we continue with the letter F, looking at songs that hit the rock charts but failed to cross over into the Hot 100.
â€œRattlesnake Shakeâ€ 1981, #30 (download)
A little bluesy number for Mick Fleetwood off The Visitor, the only solo song of his that would chart. Itâ€™s a remake of the Fleetwood Mac track on 1969â€™s Then Play On album and features original member Peter Green on vocals and guitar.
Itâ€™s understandable why none of these four tracks crossed over into the Hot 100. None of them are radio friendly or even very good for that matter. Iâ€™ve always been a fan of Fleetwood Mac but I can do without any of these songs.
â€œTango in the Nightâ€ is the best of the bunch written solely by Lindsey Buckingham off their â€™87 album of the same name. The two Stevie Nicks tracks are truly boring â€“ â€œStraight Backâ€ from Mirage and â€œNo Questions Askedâ€ â€“ one of two new tracks on Fleetwood Macâ€™s 1988 Greatest Hits disc. The other track â€“ â€œIsnâ€™t It Midnightâ€ was written by Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham.
Flesh for Lulu kicked ass. Their 1989 album Plastic Fantastic was a brilliant piece of goth/alt rock with a bit of a punk sensibility to it. â€œDecline and Fallâ€ is my favorite Flesh for Lulu song as itâ€™s just catchy as hell. â€œTime and Spaceâ€ is a bit different, being more of a goth-pop song â€“ nonetheless cooler than the previous track though. And they featured Mike Steed on bass. Impossible for me not to like them.
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Dan Fogelberg wasnâ€™t all cheesy ballads. The guy had some serious talent and could crank out a rock tune as well. His 1980 album Phoenix, is one of my favorite records of the decade, very unexpectedly. Songs like â€œLost in the Sunâ€ and â€œGone Too Farâ€ are pretty damn cool, the former being the best track off The Innocent Age.
How many times did John Fogerty rip himself off? I mean, it might be me but â€œChange in the Weatherâ€ has a very similar feel to â€œThe Old Man Down the Roadâ€ just two years earlier and of course pretty much everything on his solo record Eye of the Zombie sounded like CCR. Both of these songs are off that album. If youâ€™ve never heard it youâ€™re better off just sticking with Centerfield or any Credence record because itâ€™s basically just a rehash of previous material.
Maybe Iâ€™m just not that familiar with my Foghat, but â€œLive Now-Pay Laterâ€ seems like a surprisingly limp track from these rockers compared both to their â€˜70s output and even directly to â€œSlipped, Tripped, Fell In Loveâ€. But by this point Foghat were a shell of themselves anyway, still getting hits most likely only because they were still Foghat.
â€œYa Ya (Next To Me)â€ 1982, #54 (download)
Steve Forbert is totally underrated! Between â€œYa Yaâ€ off his self-titled record, â€œRomeoâ€™s Tuneâ€ and really the whole Jackrabbit Slim album he created some of the catchiest pop songs of the early â€˜80s and yet his success was fairly minimal.
â€œGotta Let Goâ€ is the gem here and if you donâ€™t know the former Runawaysâ€™ guitaristsâ€™ solo work before she hit the commercial rock market in â€™88 then you are missing out on something special. Her album Dancinâ€™ on the Edge is a fabulous record full of blistering guitar solos and well crafted songs. Everything after that was made for radio and really didnâ€™t showcase her talents well at all.
Two hard rockers and a mid-tempo ballad here and Iâ€™m surprised none of them hit the Hot 100, especially â€œCanâ€™t Waitâ€ which sounds primed and ready for the big time.
â€œNight Lifeâ€ is the really good track here though â€“ another hit off the monster 4. â€œTooth and Nailâ€ was the second charting rock hit from Agent Provocateur.
Best Song: Flesh For Lulu, â€œDecline and Fallâ€
Worst Song: Lita Ford, â€œBack to the Caveâ€
Also appeared in the Hot 100
Fleetwood Mac (8): â€œFirefliesâ€, â€œHold Meâ€, â€œGypsyâ€, â€œBig Loveâ€, â€œSeven Wondersâ€, â€œLittle Liesâ€, â€œEverywhereâ€, â€œAs Long As You Followâ€
A Flock of Seagulls (4): â€œI Ranâ€, â€œSpace Age Love Songâ€, â€œWishingâ€, â€œThe More You Live, The More You Loveâ€
Dan Fogelberg (4): â€œHard To Sayâ€, â€œMissing Youâ€, â€œThe Language of Loveâ€, â€œShe Donâ€™t Look Backâ€
John Fogerty (4): :The Old Man Down the Roadâ€, â€œRock and Roll Girlsâ€, â€œCenterfieldâ€, â€œEye of the Zombieâ€
Lita Ford (2): â€œKiss Me Deadlyâ€, â€œClose My Eyes Foreverâ€
Foreigner (9): â€œUrgentâ€, â€œJuke Box Heroâ€, â€œWaiting for a Girl Like Youâ€, â€œI Want To Know What Love Isâ€, â€œThat Was Yesterdayâ€, â€œReaction to Actionâ€, â€œSay You Willâ€, â€œHeart Turns To Stoneâ€, â€œI Donâ€™t Want To Live Without Youâ€