“Hotel California” is arguably the Eagles’ most iconic song. The hit tune was a billboard chart-topper; it sold over 16 million copies in the U.S. alone and was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 19 weeks, peaking at No. 1. In 1978, the song won a Grammy award for Record of the Year. Hotel California saw the Eagles abandon their country origins in favour of full-blown rock & roll, and made them one of the biggest selling groups in the world.
The best-known alter ego of the Harry Vanda/George Young songwriting team (the creative force behind (The Easybeats), Flash and the Pan began simply as a between-production project in 1976. By 1979, the project had turned out a novelty hit with the single “Hey St. Peter.”
However, “Waiting for a Train” is the ninth single by the Australian group Flash and the Pan. It is taken from the album Headlines and was their most successful single, reaching number seven on the UK Singles Chart in 1983.
David Marks, who was a guitarist in The Beach Boys from 1961-1963, explains on the DVD Brian Wilson Songwriter 1962 – 1969, that he and Carl Wilson would play guitars every day after school, and one day Carl brought home the album Chuck Berry Is On Top. They loved the album and introduced Berry’s sound to Brian Wilson, who loved the rhythm parts and put together “Surfin’ U.S.A.” based on that sound. Brian changed the lyrics and added a hook, but it is basically a rewrite of Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.”
Recorded in August 1984 at London’s Advision Studios, the song was written and produced by George Michael, who was 21 at the time. He also played every instrument on it, a one-man project, with not even bandmate Andrew Ridgely allowed to interfere.
Wham! came in at number two, and the duo donated all profits from the double A-side to the aid efforts in Ethiopia. The song is the best-selling UK single never to reach number one, with over two million copies sold. It returns to the charts every year, especially after George’s tragic death on Christmas Day 2016.
The new generation of trip-hop has a name: Babeheaven. Through this unique artistic project, the two Londoners, Nancy Andersen and Jamie Travis, have managed to seduce us, in just a few tracks, with their melancholic groove and a definite gift for conveying strong emotions that give us goose bumps! They have just released of their first album, Home For Now (Awal).
Eisbär is the most recognizable title from the Swiss band: Grauzone, a sublime mix of ingredients reflecting the transitional era it comes from – the raw energy of punk music still palpable, combined with the audacity of early electronics, the warm groove of a disco gem, beautifully fragile lyrics, and one of the best basslines ever.
Despite their post-punk beginnings and their goth visuals, The Cure actually wrote some of the world’s most iconic pop songs. During the eighties, Robert Smith and the band delivered an array of perfect material destined to make the mixtapes of all who heard them.
The track was written in 1987 and released on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me seeing the band become more popular than ever across the globe. However, the foundations of the track come from a little closer to home and show off just how illustrative a writer Robert Smith is.
‘Just Like Heaven’ was The Cure’s eleventh top 40 hit in the UK, staying n the charts for five weeks during October and November 1987, peaking at number 29.