Sit back and enjoy as we begin this edition of Lost AOR hits with a pair from the 90's.
Spacehog - Mungo City (1998)
This is the third of four hits for this band, best known for the 1996 smash hit "In The Meantime", which is still receives heavy AOR airplay today.
Vocalist/Bassist Royston Langdon was once married to Liv Tyler, perhaps his finest accomplishment.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl (1992)
Tame by the band's standards, I know. But it is extremely difficult to find a lost AOR hit by this band that doesn't contain NSFW lyrics. Nevertheless, I can listen to this band all day.
I'll also present the argument that, due to longevity and popularity on both Pop and Rock radio, this band can also claim the title as Generation Y's Beatles, along with Nirvana.
Paul Carrack - I Need You (1982)
Here is the long forgotten debut Top 40/AOR solo hit for one of our Redszone favorites. This track definitely has a Motown feel to it. A fond memory from the Fall of 1982 - my HS Freshman year.
Mike & The Mechanics - Over My Shoulder (1995)
While this track remains a favorite of many Paul Carrack / M&TM fans, it has virtually disappeared from Radio -- Lite FM, AAA and AOR stations -- and, much like the aforementioned Paul Carrack track, remains more prominent as background Grocery/Department Store music, sadly.
While it may not be as good as "Silent Running" or "The Living Years" - both of which, believe it or not, also qualify as lost AOR hits - it is well worth a listen -- again, if you are familiar with it, or for the first time.
Frida - I Know There's Something Going On (1983)
Frida is actually short for Anni-Frid Lyngstad, one of the lead singers for ABBA. This one hit wonder was produced by Phil Collins, who also plays drums here. Touring Genesis member Daryl Stuermer performs the guitar solo, just as he did on the Philip Bailey/Phil Collins smash 1985 Pop/AOR hit "Easy Lover".
IMO, this is a solid effort all around.
Vandenberg - Burning Heart (1983)
Arguably, I saved the best for last.
A few years before joining Whitesnake, guitarist Adrian Vandenberg's band produced two AOR hits from two separate albums. This was the first and, by far, the biggest -- Pop # 39 and AOR # 5.
Once you give it a listen, IMO, you'll soon discover why. I'll just flat -out state that, IMO, this the best Power Ballad ever
. Feel free to disagree.
The highlights are, of course, an awesome A.V guitar solo and the vocals, ably manned by Bert Heerink.
As always, Rock On, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.