Flashback: “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran

Had to play this one this week in memory of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, one of the few actors to have played James Bond in the movies…

Duran Duran took this to the top of the Billboard charts in the summer of 1985, making this the first song from a Bond film to go to #1. It was also probably the peak point of their popularity in the 1980’s, and was the last film where Moore played the role of Bond, James Bond.

Flashback: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Modern music and I don’t get along all that well.

I’ve always felt pop/rock music peaked in the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. But that’s just me. In the 90’s I started listening to the Heavy Metal side more. Pearl Jam. Alice In Chains. Nirvana and the genius Kurt Cobain, and the tragic waste of his life and talents due to his suicide. Metallica and “Enter Sandman” which the New York Yankees would use for Mariano Rivera when he came into scores of baseball games. Seemed at the time that’s where culture was going.

But I did know who Chris Cornell was, a member in a band called Soundgarden being among his contributions. Always liked this song in particular, along with another hit of theirs called “Spoonman” that I always thought had a good beat to it.

Cornell passed away a few days back at age 52, reportedly by suicide. RIP, and thanks for the memories.

Flashback: “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

This is the first of two Flashbacks this week. The regularly scheduled one today, and one tomorrow in honor of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame who died overnight Wednesday going into Thursday.

Hard to not think of a song Johnny Cash has covered and NOT think of this Nine Inch Nails cover released in 2002.

Personally, this is the song that turned me into a fan of his, and helped me fully understand who he was. Some say it’s depressing to listen to, and I suppose it can be. I found it a bit enlightening as well.

Flashback: “Hit The Road Jack” by Suzi Quatro

Suzi is probably best known in the United States for her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Chris Norman from 1978, and playing the role of Leather Tuscadero in Happy Days.

I heard this track from 1974 listening to KNYE out of Parhump, Nevada on Tunein one morning recently. KNYE, once owned by talk show host Art Bell, is one of the more diverse pop/rock stations in the country, where you can hear something from the 50’s in one track, and a Kelly Clarkson song on the next track. Hearing Quatro cover the classic Ray Charles song made me wonder why it wasn’t a hit anywhere, thinking it had a kick-ass attitude to it that would have caught on somewhere, or so I thought.

Flashback: “Freeze-Frame” by The J. Geils Band

If you didn’t catch it during the week, John Warren Geils, founder and guitarist of the J. Geils Band, passed away during the week in Massachusetts at the age of 71.

The band was founded in Worcester in 1967, but 1982 was their biggest year by far, scoring four pop hits off of their Freeze Frame album. “Centerfold” was easily their biggest hit, going to number one on the Hot 100 in the spring of that year. “Flame Thrower” and “Angel in Blue” also hit the top 40, with “Freeze-Frame” being their second biggest hit, peaking at number four.

I picked “Freeze-Frame” to play because it seemed (to me, anyway) to endure longer. If you ever go out to watch a ballgame in recent years, they always seem to use this song on the TV screens (do they still call them Jumbotrons these days?) trying to catch fans off guard.