As we begin another edition of Lost Rock Tracks Of The Week,
I'd like to thank all who have contributed links to songs and Radio stations and for contributing to a lively discussion about the state of AOR radio. I highly doubt that we will run out of material, but there is a good chance that Class X radio, with it's extensive playlist, will render this thread obsolete. But until such time,
Genesis - Driving The Last Spike (1992)
received some justifiable flack from long fans for kissing the tush of commercial pop radio with the Invisible Touch
and, to a lesser extent, We Can't Dance
albums, there are some really good Rock Radio only/no Pop Radio airplay songs on both albums.
Cases in point:
Anything She Does
and Domino-Parts I and II
from Invisible Touch
and this gem from We Can't Dance.
This proved to be the swan song for Genesis with Phil Collins as a member, and they went out with a bang.
Genesis - Driving the last spike (1991) - YouTube
ELO - Four Little Diamonds (1983)
This long-forgotten track, which was the follow-up to Pop/Rock hit Rock And Roll Is King
from the Secret Messages
album, received considerably more AOR airplay than Top 40 pop airplay. So it shouldn't come a shock to anyone that I feel that this track is far superior to the more well-known hit Rock And Roll Is King.
This is as hook-laden as any ELO track, and, thus, deserves to be re-discovered, for lack of a better phrase.
One more question:
Why isn't ELO the band in the Rock And Roll hall of fame already?
ELO Four Little Diamonds - YouTube