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Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms [music video] 1986

The Cutting Crew is a pop-rock band formed in England in 1985, best known for their #1 hit, “(I Just) Died in Your Arms“.

Vocalist Nick Van Eede founded the group along with Canadian guitarist Kevin MacMichael in 1985, and the two made demos that led to a recording contract, before bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beadle joined in 1986.

Their first album, Broadcast, was released on Virgin Records in 1986. Although Virgin Records was already a major label in the UK, their debut song, “(I Just) Died in Your Arms“, provided the first U.S. hit for Virgin as a full-fledged label.

Men At Work bandmember found dead

Men at Work multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham was found dead in his Melbourne home today, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Police were called in to investigate Ham’s mysterious death after a pair of concerned friends let themselves into the 58-year-old musician’s house, where he lived alone.

“There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today,” homicide detective Shane O’Connell told reporters. ”And we’re assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred.”

Colin Hay, frontman of the Grammy-winning Australian group, released a statement lamenting the passing of his bandmate, who may be most remembered for contributing the distinct flute melody on the group’s 1982 hit “Down Under,” which topped charts around the world.

Look what the lawyers dragged in; Poison sued for alleged plagiarism

80's hair/glam band PoisonMembers of Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind.”

The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including “Hit and Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.

According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker. During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille’s use as a member of another band, Screamin’ Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history. In 2004 McCarthy was asked by Sleaze Roxx how much of a hand he had in writing “Talk Dirty To Me” and replied, “I was the only hand in the arrangement–which Poison karaoke’d off Screamin Mimi’s version. If others differ, I’m waiting to hear or see it.” Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, sold approximately 4 million copies.

Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.

Guns N’ Roses 2011 US Tour Dates

Guns N' RosesGuns N’ Roses announced just recently that they’ll be touring the US for the first time in 5 years. Axl and the boys are said to be performing two and a half our shows playing all of GNR’s hits.

The current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses is: Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).

Tour Dates:

Friday, 28 October 2011 – Orlando FL – Amway Center

Saturday, 29 October 2011 – Miami FL – American Airlines Arena

Monday, 31 October 2011 – Greenville SC – BI-LO Center

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 – Atlanta GA – Philips Arena

Friday, 04 November 2011 – Houston TX – Toyota Center

Saturday, 05 November 2011 – Dallas TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 – Omaha NE – CenturyLink Center Omaha

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 – Norman OK – Lloyd Noble Center

Saturday, 12 November 2011 – Kansas City MO – Sprint Center

Sunday, 13 November 2011 – Minneapolis MN – Target Center

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 – Rosemont IL – Allstate Arena

Thursday, 17 November 2011 – East Rutherford NJ – Izod Center

Saturday, 19 November 2011 – Hartford CT – Comcast Theater

Sunday, 20 November 2011 Wilkes-Barre PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 – Albany NY – Times Union Center

Friday, 25 November 2011 – Worcester MA – DCU Center

Saturday, 26 November 2011 – Camden NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, 01 December 2011 – Auburn Hills MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

Friday, 02 December 2011 – Cincinnati OH – U.S. Bank Arena

Sunday, 04 December 2011 – Nashville TN – Bridgestone Arena

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 – Youngstown OH – Covelli Centre

For more info, check out GunsNRoses.com.


New music releases from artists of the 80’s – 9/13/2011

I am excited to report that there are quite a few artists that performed in the 1980’s that have new albums (and some remastered re-releases) out today. All from diverse types of music genres.

With artists like Alice Cooper, Blondie, Queen, George Strait, Beastie Boys (among others), I think you would agree that today is a fantastic new music release day!

Dream Theater: A Dramatic Turn of Events (Special Edition) (CD+DVD)

A Dramatic Turn of Events (Special Edition) (CD+DVD): Dream Theater

Dream Theater’s A Dramatic Turn of Events is an album born from transition, crafted with studied persistence and possessed by new found freedom and free-flowing invigoration. The album strikes the perfect balance between Dream Theater’s intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic with each element fully realized. Longtime fans of the band intrigued by the speediness of the notes on display from Dream Theater have much to study on the album…

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues

New York City’s premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

Worship Music: Anthrax

Anthrax: Worship Music

Worship Music, the long awaited new studio album from Anthrax, one of the four original architects of speed and thrash metal, has been confirmed for a September 13 release date, the day before the band’s triumphant return to their native New York to play at Yankee Stadium as part of the Big Four concert extravaganza. Not only is Worship Music Anthrax’s first studio release in eight years, but the album marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna…

Panic of Girls: Blondie

Panic of Girls: Blondie

Blondie has come a long way from CBGB s and the Bowery, having sold more than 40 million albums globally and repeatedly reaching the top of the charts over a course of four decades with such hits as ‘One Way Or Another’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Rapture and Maria’. In 2006 Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Alice Cooper

Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper’s widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare", picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind. Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice’s nightmare.


Icon: George Strait

Icon: George Strait

With a career stretching more than three decades and one filled with a record-setting lengthy string of No. 1 country chart hits, George Strait is a living legend–and his status in the ranks of country music is assuredly iconic. Strait can fill volumes of hit packages and this ICON collection is no exception and provides a great cross-section of Strait! Typical down-home humor with a twist is evident in the form of "Ocean Front Property" and "All My Ex’s Live in Texas."

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 2

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set Volume 2

Queen’s 40th anniversary is now upon us, and the band pulls out all the stops to celebrate this historic occasion. Queen’s second collection of studio albums remastered in deluxe reissue editions with rare bonus material all in one collectible box with a 24 panel Poster for the ultimate Queen fan. Albums included in the box: News of the World, Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon, and Hot Space.

A Foreign Affair: Spyro Gyra

A Foreign Affair: Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra started out with the rhythms of the world. From the samba rhythms and Caribbean feel of their early hits to the latest album, they have made it a point to embrace the music of the places they have visited. Their new album, A Foreign Affair, is ready to take you around the world from the Caribbean to South America, and even to South Africa, India and Japan.

Nine Tonight [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Nine Tonight [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI and Boston Garden, Boston, MA, Bob Seger’s milestone live album is remastered for the first time ever and contains an exclusive never before released bonus track "Brave Strangers". Nine Tonight features the live versions of massive hits such as: "Old Time Rock And Roll," "Hollywood Nights," "Against The Wind," and "Night Moves". This remastered version also features restored artwork and updated packaging.

Live Bullet [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Live Bullet [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Bob Seger scored several regional hits in Detroit and surrounding Midwest states during the late ’60s–but it seemed he was destined to be a rock footnote when he recorded this live epic at Detroit’s very partisan Cobo Arena in 1976. Seger had already released six Capitol LPs to little national attention at this point, but Live Bullet showcased him at his rockin’ best–kind of like the Motor City’s own Springsteen–and it caught on.

[Re]Production: Todd Rundgren

[Re]Production: Todd Rundgren

As producer of some of Rock music s biggest aritsts including Meat Loaf, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, XTC, New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, Hall & Oates, Todd is regarded as one of the most creative record producers of all-time. [re]Pro­duction celbrates Rundgren s credentials as a Producer with a relevant, fresh, and contemporary dance twist.

From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More: Basia

From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More: Basia

Polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska spent several years in the pop band Matt Bianco, an offshoot of Blue Rondo à la Turk, before launching a solo career in 1987. With the musical assistance of Matt Bianco’s Danny White, she developed a subtle cocktail jazz-pop first showcased on her 1987 debut album, Time and Tide. Supported by the singles "New Day for You" and "Time and Tide," the record became a hit in Europe and America, where the album went platinum.

The Lowdown: Beastie Boys

The Lowdown: Beastie Boys

From hardcore punk to rare groove and funk, the Beastie Boys have managed to fuse together numerous types of music to create their own inimitable style and gain worldwide critical acclaim as well as huge chart-busting hits. The Lowdown tells the full story of this extraordinary group and includes interviews with all the Boys, audio biography telling it the way it happened and is completed with booklets, poster and rare photographs to make for a future collector’s item…

Wonderous Stories-the Best of Yes [Import]: Yes

Wonderous Stories-the Best of Yes [Import]: Yes

2011 two CD compilation from the Prog Rockers. Yes are one of British Progressive Rock’s greatest and most enduring bands. This collection is the ideal Yes primer, taking a panoramic sweep from their early days in the late 1960s, through such classics as the rapturous `And You And I’ and on into the late ’70 and early ’80s, when the band scored global hit singles with classics such as `Wonderous Stories’ `Going For The One’ and `Owner Of A Lonely Heart’.

In Memory of Jani Lane – Official Warrant video – Heaven Country Club

Posted August 12, 2011 on the Official Warrant YouTube page:

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jani was a very important part of our lives for a long time. We will always be incredibly proud of the music we created together. He was a true talent and will be missed by all of us.”

Judas Priest’s “Farewell Tour” clarification

So Judas Priest is calling it quits. Kind of. For the record (according to the official Judas Priest website), Judas Priest are not breaking up nor are they going to stop touring altogether. They just announced that they will stop doing their “World Tours” but will consider doing special tours.

Here is the “Official Judas Priest News” from the official Judas Priest website. Pretty official, ‘eh?

Farewell Tour clarification from Judas Priest
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour – we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest – nothing has changed – we didn’t say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up……….. Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show – if it is something special or for a great cause – but no more world tours.

So there you have it. No more Judas Priest “World Tours” but the band isn’t breaking up. Whew! That was a close one.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 best albums of the eighties

Rolling Stone Magazine Online

Premier music magazine Rolling Stone has reissued their 100 best albums of the eighties online. The original publication was November 16, 1989. Of course we won’t post all 100 albums but here’s their top 10 and a link so you can check out the rest! Rolling Stone’s best albums of the eighties list is sure to spark up as much conversation as it did when it was first released.

10. Tracy Chapman, “Tracy Chapman”

Tracy Chapman was discovered in 1987 by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman. “I was helping organize a boycott protest against apartheid at school, and someone told me there was this great protest singer I should get to play at the rally,” says Koppelman, who now works in A&R at Elektra. He went to see Chapman perform at a coffeehouse called Cappuccino. “Tracy walked onstage, and it was like an epiphany,” he says. “Her presence, her voice, her songs, her sincerity — it all came across.”

9. Richard and Linda Thompson, “Shoot Out the Lights”

“Even in the best days of our marriage, Richard and I didn’t communicate with each other fabulously well,” says Linda Thompson. “I think that the reason the music was good was that we tended to save it for work.” Perhaps that explains why “Shoot Out the Lights” is both the best and last album Richard and Linda Thompson made together.

8. R.E.M., “Murmur”

The members of R.E.M. incorporated elements of folk and country music into pop that was, by turns, bright and murky. Theirs was a quasi-traditional yet boundary-breaking sound that served as a blueprint for alternative bands throughout America for the rest of the decade.

7. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”

“Thriller,” reportedly recorded for $750,000, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide — and it still sells. It earned Jackson over 150 gold and platinum awards worldwide and a record seven Grammys.

6. Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the U.S.A.”

“Born in the U.S.A.” — the album, the song and the sixteen-month tour — turned out to be the breakthrough that Springsteen fans had been expecting for a decade. The influential Jersey musician became the world’s biggest rock star — and a bona fide American icon, to boot.

5. Paul Simon, “Graceland”

The journey to “Graceland” began with an unlabeled cassette tape that guitarist Heidi Berg gave to Simon, who listened to it incessantly, without knowing what it was, throughout the summer of 1984.

4. Talking Heads, “Remain in Light”

“Remain in Light” may have been a commercial disappointment, but musically, the band’s 1980 album — which combines funk, disco and African rhythms — was years ahead of its time. “It got great critical acclaim, and we felt that it kind of took popular music to the next phase,” says Frantz, “which is what we always wanted to do.”

3. U2, “The Joshua Tree”

“The Joshua Tree” is the rather esoterically titled album he’s referring to — a title that even the typically solemn Bono could joke about.

2. Prince and the Revolution, “Purple Rain”

Released in tandem with the film of the same name, “Purple Rain” was more than simply a soundtrack, and it stands as Prince’s most cohesive and accessible album. “He envisioned the film as he made the album,” says Alan Leeds, vice-president of Paisley Park Records, Prince’s label. “He had a vision in his mind of the film a year before he got in front of the cameras, and he wrote the music to that vision.”

1. The Clash, “London Calling”

This album could not have come at a more perfect time or from a more appropriate band than the Clash. Released stateside in January 1980, with the decade but a pup and the new year in gear, “London Calling” was an emergency broadcast from rock’s Last Angry Band, serving notice that Armageddon was nigh, Western society was rotten at the core, and rock & roll needed a good boot in the rear.

Check out the rest of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Best Albums of the Eighties!

Pet Shop Boys releases new single “Together” in US

Pet Shop Boys’ most recent single, “Together”, was released in the USA April 12th, by Astralwerks in no less than five digital formats.

1. Digital one-track video.
2. One-track digital single: “Together (Ultimate mix)”.
3. Two-track digital single: “Together (Radio mix)”; “West End girls (Grum remix)”.
4. Three-track digital single: “Together (Pepptalk mix)”;
“Together (Ultrabeat remix)”; “West End girls (Grum Dub mix)”.
5. Four-track digital single: “Together (Ultimate mix)”; “Together (Extended mix)”; “Glad All Over”; “I Cried For Us”.

The single, written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and Tim Powell, was originally released in the UK and around the world in November last year.