HEARD IT ON THE RADIO Volume 1 [1998]

Two made the Top 20 and another four cracked the Top 40...
maybe you heard them on the radio maybe you didn't

HERC hadn't heard most of these songs which are from the decade 1977-1986. (Which is just a year later than Mark's Favorite Decade of 1976-1985.)  All the songs included on this 1998 CD from Renaissance Records were originally issued on the RCA or Arista labels and as you can see in the chart below, none of them could be considered hits but like he said at the top of the post, HERC had heard some of these songs on the radio:

  • Autograph's "Turn Up The Radio" is pure party-metal; play it loud or don't play it at all.  Like the song says "Daytime, nighttime, anytime/Things go better with rock". The song also made it to #17 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
  • Chilliwack's "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" is an annoyingly catchy tune.  HERC's sis bought the 45 and drove everyone in the house mad with it when they were growing up.  Time heals all wounds and the song is back in HERC's good graces again.  It was a #16 song on the Mainstream Rock chart.
  • Robert Hazard's "Escalator Of Life" sounds very dated but that's a good thing in this case as the song instantly takes HERC back to the single greatest year in music history - 1982.  The lyrics are inane, the vocal delivery is pretentious and the instrumentation is primitive even by early 80s standards and still there was nothing quite like the thrill of this song playing while you rode the escalator at the mall.
  • Steel Breeze's "You Don't Want Me Anymore" was early synthpop-metal, laying the groundwork for bands like Bon Jovi and Night Ranger.  It's kinda catchy but does not rock up to Autograph's level.  Still, it was a Top 10 single on the Mainstream Rock chart.

titleartistyearHot 100
1Hunters Of The NightMr. Mister198457
2Such A WomanTycoon197926
3Say Hello To RonnieJaney Street198468
4Right Between The EyesWax U.K.198643
5Turn Up The RadioAutograph198429
7Shades Of '45Gary O'1984
8SeasonsGrace Slick198095
9Down By The Neon LightsBullet1983
10Nobody Said It Was EasyLe Roux198218
11My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)Chilliwack198122
12I Couldn't Say NoRobert Ellis Oral & Carlene Carter198332
13If Looks Could KillPlayer198248
14Escalator Of LifeRobert Hazard198258
15You Don't Want Me AnymoreSteel Breeze198216
16She Wants YouThe Breaks1983
17Lovin' The Night AwayThe Dillman Band198145
18Echo BeachMartha & the Muffins1980
19Save Your LoveJefferson Starship1981

A few of these songs appear on Barry Scott Presents: The Lost 45s of the '70s and '80s; either on volume one or volume two of the two disc series.  The song "Echo Beach" is the most anthologized song on the disc, appearing on no less than 60 other compilations, according to allmusic.  This CD fetches fairly high prices on the secondary market, in the $65-$80 range. Fortunately, the album is available to listen to on Spotify, so turn it up!

1 comment:

  1. Any CD with that Chilliwack song is a good CD. I remember and like the Autograph and Steel Pulse tunes, too. I was unfamiliar with the LeRoux song, but it has a nice sound to it; kinda Little River Band-ish. Lovin' the Night Away sounds like it should have been included on a volume of Radio Daze.

    Also, notable is the inclusion of Grace Slick both solo and with Jefferson Starship. I didn't care much for either, but I give the slight edge to Save Your Love.

    Surprisingly, I don't own any of the 60 compilation CDs that include Echo Beach.