I'm featuring two indefensible RRHOF snubbed bands in this weeks edition of Lost Rock Tracks Of The Week
. Plus, as a bonus, two tracks from each artist are featured. In the case of both bands, the lead singer on the featured tracks isn't the usual one for the respective bands.
The Cars-It's All I Can Do (1979)
This track, which surprisingly received very little Pop/Top 40 airplay compared with AOR play, was/is considered one of the band's signiture tracks. But you wouldn't know it by the lack of AOR airplay today. In other words, it should be considered a classic. Along with great keyboard work and a nice Elliot Easton guitar solo, bass player Ben Orr delivers his usual home run as lead vocalist. Even though The Cars are back with newer material, IMHO, a major part of them died with Orr's untimely passing in 2000.
The Cars-It's Not The Night (1984)
One of the better tracks off of Heartbeat City,
this track also features Ben Orr, rather than Ric Ocasek, on lead vocals. Other than the major Pop/Rock hits, this track along with the title track were the only ones to receive major AOR airplay from Heartbeat City.
IMHO, The aforementioned tracks from the LP both had hit single written all over them. It has always puzzled me why the sappy Why Can't I Have You
and the utterly annoying Hello Again
were chosen as singles instead of this track and the title track.
Oh, well. This track ROCKS.
The CARS - It's All I Can Do(1979) - YouTube
The Cars - It's Not The Night - YouTube
Heart-There's The Girl (1988)
Both tracks were major Pop/AOR hits back in the day, but have seemingly fallen of the face of the earth from an AOR standpoint. Both feature Nancy Wilson on lead vocals (her sister Ann usually sang lead) of whom I've always been, ahem, fond of.
The former from the CD Bad Animals.
The latter from Brigade.
IMHO, the former is the better track of the two--not that I consider the latter weak.
All in all, memories from a time long before Post Grunge Metal--not to be confused with Post Grunge Rock--was inflicted upon us, er, became the staple for AOR radio.
Heart - There's The Girl - YouTube
Heart - Stranded - YouTube
Rock on, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.