Once again, it is time to travel back in your mind to the time when one didn't have to listen to at least four different radio stations for what used to played on one AOR station. In other words: suits didn't severely limit playlists.
Double shots/two-fers today. You know the drill.
Spin Doctors - Jimmy Olsen's Blues (1992)
Spin Doctors - You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast (1994)
A once enormously popular band, this band seemingly fell off the map after failing to match the success of their debut album, not unlike Counting Crows or Hootie And The Blowfish, all of whom burst on to the scene around the same time period.
Nevertheless, the former AOR hit is from the smash album Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
, which also contains the band's signiture Pop/AOR hits: "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes." FWIW, I consider "Two Princes" to be the best crafted Pop song of the 90's.
The followup album Turn It Upside Down
features "You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast", the last of seven AOR hits for the Spin Doctors, who just recently released their sixth album titled If The River Was Whiskey. Time will tell if any of the new tracks garner Rock Radio airplay.
Santana - Nowhere To Run (1982)
Santana - Over And Over (1981)
To be perfectly honest with you, both the early "Evil Ways" and Supernatural
album eras elicit a "meh" response from me ** ducks**
IMHO, vocalist Alex Ligterwood's era, 1978 - 1984, was the best Santana era, featuring many lost AOR hits. Here are, IMO, the best of the best from that era.
"Over And Over", my all time favorite Santana track and one that should have been released as a single, was one of five tracks from the awesome album Zebop
to receive at least moderate to Heavy AOR radio airplay. Among the other's:
The Russ Ballard - penned hit "Winning", "Changes", and "The Sensitive Kind", originally recorded by Cat Stevens and J.J Cale, respectively.
The band's follow-up album Shango
is also no slouch of an album, producing "Nowhere to Run", which actually received more AOR airplay than the big Pop/AOR hit "Hold On", the big Pop/AOR hit from the album.
Jimmy Davis & Junction - Kick The Wall (1987)
Jennifer Trynin - Better Than Nothing (1995)
Here are a couple of AOR radio one-hit-wonders for ya.
When the former track reached its rock radio / MTV peak around Thanksgiving of '87, it was often mistaken for a Bryan Adams track.
Bryan Adams, however, rarely (if ever) produced material as solid as this track, IMO -- and this coming from a fan of the Bryan Adams rock era, before he went Lite FM on us.
Conclusion: "Kick The Wall" also kicks something other than the Wall.
The latter track, yet another track likely to be relegated to AAA (Adult Album Alternative) radio today, was the sole Rock hit for Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Jennifer Trynin, which, in a way, is kind of a shame because many female solo acts of that era were highly successful with, IMO, far worse material - mostly on Pop Radio, though.
All of which begs the question:
While I realize that Grunge, Nu-Metal, and Post Grunge either have or still influence "Mainstream" rock radio playlists, I have to ask why newer female solo Rock acts, are, far too often than not, relegated to AAA radio today?
IMO, that's pathetic.
I doubt that even Alanis Morissette would receive much "Mainstream" Rock radio airplay if she debuted with "You Oughta Know" -- believe it or not, a huge AOR hit back in the day -- today.
Rock On, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.