Part 18 is a short one in order to make a clean break from the letter F, but most of the songs are quality and that’s what counts, right?Â Enjoy some more tracks that hit the rock charts in the ’80s but failed to cross over onto the Billboard Hot 100.
The â€˜80s were certainly not kind to Peter Frampton. He released four studio albums in the decade with 1981â€™s Breaking All the Rules being the most listenable of the group. 1982â€™s Art of Control is a hot mess and 1986â€™s Premonition and 1989â€™s Where All the Pieces Fit were only slightly better.
I actually like â€œBreaking All the Rulesâ€ very much, even though on the album it gets buried as the last cut. But â€œHolding On To Youâ€ is total slicked up bullshit.
Franke & the Knockouts has always been the most surprising entry to keep seeing in this series, not because their music isnâ€™t any good (because it is) but they are a group that I swore Iâ€™d never heard of before collecting and yet I definitely knew their big hit â€œSweetheart.â€ Franke Previte and the boys had way more hits than I expected and thatâ€™s because they were a damn fine band.
I donâ€™t think I know why they were only able to release three albums in their short lifespan because it certainly couldnâ€™t have been because of the songs as everything Iâ€™ve heard from them including both of these tracks is pretty awesome. And Franke has had even bigger hits having written â€œIâ€™ve Had the Time of My Lifeâ€ and â€œHungry Eyesâ€ both of which were huge in Dirty Dancing. â€œHungry Eyesâ€ even appears as a Franke & the Knockouts song on their 1984 finale, Making the Point.
â€œFine Fine Lineâ€ 1984, #43 (download)
Iâ€™m kind of torn on this track. Bubbling under at #101, this was off Fraserâ€™s album of the same name. After leaving Free in the â€˜70s, he didnâ€™t find a heck of a lot of success as a solo artist and this might be his best single. But even so, itâ€™s a little cheesy even if it fits in with the times pretty well.
â€œInto the Nightâ€ 1987, #27 (download)
â€œInto the Nightâ€ comes from Frehleyâ€™s Comet, an extremely underrated album in the decade. Iâ€™m not a Kiss fan at all, but this album doesnâ€™t get the respect it deserves. Itâ€™s filled with great rockers and more musicianship than any Kiss record of the period.
â€œInto the Nightâ€ is a cover of a Russ Ballard tune which appears on his The Fire Still Burns album two years earlier. Also on the record is a cover of 707â€™s hit â€œMega Forceâ€ which has different lyrics and a new title, â€˜Calling To Youâ€.
Iâ€™m not a fan of Glenn Freyâ€™s No Fun Aloud album from which both these tracks come. Neither track is terrible, but not very exciting either. They actually sound better as standalone tracks than within the context of the album, but they still donâ€™t represent his best work.
â€œRound and Roundâ€ 1988, #44 (download)
Frozen Ghost were essentially Arnold Lanni and Wolf Hassel, both former members of Sheriff in the early â€˜80s. All their music is in the lighthearted alt-pop vein like you hear with â€œRound and Roundâ€. Nothing really stands out about either their debut self-titled record or â€œNice Place to Visitâ€, the album from which this song came making both of them and the duo pretty much the middle ground.
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â€œSelf!â€ 1989, Modern Rock #16 (download)
I actually like â€œSelf!â€ quite a bit, but the story behind the song and the group kind of makes this all bullshit. They were an all female quartet original known as Weâ€™ve Got A Fuzzbox and Weâ€™re Going To Use It which had a pop-punk feel to their music. When they got a record deal in the US with Geffen, that became the title of their debut album and the group name was shorted to just Fuzzbox (making it kind of sexual now) and the sound of the group for the second album was transformed into a dance-pop group like you hear with â€œSelf!â€. Supposedly, the girls only did the singing and nothing else on the record which went against the punk vibe they started out with. So the end result is that this track is more of a manufactured record label song than anything else but at least itâ€™s good.
Best Song: Peter Frampton, â€œBreaking All the Rulesâ€
Worst Song: Peter Frampton, â€œHolding On To Youâ€
Also appeared in the Hot 100
Peter Frampton (1): â€œLyingâ€
Franke & the Knockouts (1): â€œSweetheartâ€
Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1): â€œTwo Tribesâ€
Aretha Franklin: (1) â€œJumpinâ€™ Jack Flashâ€
Glenn Frey (5): â€œI Found Somebodyâ€, â€œSmugglerâ€™s Bluesâ€, â€œThe Heat Is Onâ€, â€œYou Belong To the Cityâ€, â€œTrue Loveâ€
Frida (1): â€œI Know Thereâ€™s Something Going Onâ€
Frozen Ghost (1): â€œShould I Seeâ€