#FlashbackFriday AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long" is a GREAT way to get your weekend rocking!
The song is from their album "Back In Black" which should be on your iPod.
Showing again that charts mean nothing, this rock classic only reached number 35 on the Billboard Charts back in 1980.
"You Shook Me All Night Long" has been in every single set list since 1980. AC/DC knows what's up!-DocFB
Diagnosis: She was....
Our Old School Jam Of The Moment is "Amadeus" by Falco. The song hit number 1 world-wide in 1985.
Falco is the first Austrian singer to ever have a U.S. number 1. The song was inspired by the Oscar winning movie of the movie of the same name "Amadeus" which was released in 1984.
Three headed or not, enjoy "Amadeus" by Falco, our Old School Jam Of The Moment.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Baby, baby, do it to me, rock me.....
30 years ago this week, on January 2nd, 1983, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson was released. It became one of the biggest singles of that year and an instant classic.
It is hard to believe that producer Quincy Jones "hated" this song so much that it almost didn't make it onto the "Thriller" album, along with a slew of Grammy wins the next year. It is rumored the song had to be mixed 91 times before we heard the version on the album. The song is rumored to be inspired by groupies that Michael and his brothers would run into on the road.
"Billie Jean" was also released shortly after as a music video. The format was fairly new and it was in MTV's early days where video and music actually ruled......as long as you were a white artist. John Cougar Mellencamp and David Bowie on live interviews on MTV brought up the fact of MTV not playing music videos by black artists but MTV stood with the stance that they are giving "Middle America" what they want, and according to MTV, it was not videos by black artists.
Walter Yetnikoff, the president of Michael's record label, CBS, serviced the video to MTV. MTV refused to play the music video, if you can believe that. Yetnikoff was about to go public with MTV's racism towards black artists and black music videos.
"I said to MTV, 'I'm pulling everything we have off the air, all our product. I’m not going to give you any more videos. And I'm going to go public and fucking tell them about the fact you don't want to play music by a black guy.'"-Yetnikoff 1982
MTV relented and added Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" along with Prince's "Little Red Corvette" to heavy rotation. Here it was. Finally. Black on our TV...and it was beautiful.
The music video for "Billie Jean" was different than any video that MTV played at the time. There was a high production value to it. Here was Michael in a bow-tie and rocking a tux jacket over his shoulder. Michael was being followed by a paparazzo while strolling through a neighborhood, all while the the sidewalk lit up with each step he took on it. "Billie Jean" was the music video that started Michael putting more into each video that came after like "Beat It" and "Thriller". Without "Billie Jean" and it's major MTV success, those videos are, quite simply, nothing.
"Billie Jean" was a song that was born to have a music video and the video 30 years later stands the test of time. The song however, had an even more powerful effect on the prominence of Michael Jackson to come for years. All because of one amazing performance.
The 25th Anniversary of Motown was upon us and Michael was given a spotlight moment and he made the most of it...and then some. The debut of a new dance move that Jackson coined the "Moonwalk" was performed that night. Michael performed to a background track of the song but his performance showed intensity by Michael. The black sequin suit with the one sequin white glove. For weeks, people were wondering what happened to the other glove. If he wore both, no one questions it. Wear one and it causes a weird fashion buzz.
It is quite interesting when you look back on MTV's stance of not wanting to play Jackson's "Billie Jean" because he was a black artist. Some may say, Michael Jackson made MTV. Over the years, his videos would debut on the network and with major hoopla surrounding it. Was MTV still feeling shameful for what they used to stand for or was it knowing that Michael Jackson video's were good for business?
We live in a world where Psy has the most watched YouTube video ever with "Gangnam Style" sitting at over a billion views while "Billie Jean" has just under 80 million and the Motown 25 performance under 50 million. Quite sad. Is it worse that artists like Michael Jackson and Prince had to fight to be on MTV 30 years ago so now rappers can be on the channel pouring Ciroc on girls butts instead of doing something creative with the video format?
"Billie Jean" was a landmark song and video that really catapulted Michael Jackson into super stardom. The song is still as fresh as it was 30 years ago and the video has aged very well. You can still play this song at the club and get a good response to it and see the white guy try to pull out a few MJ moves.....but still not be able to clap on the 2 n 4.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Don't Go Around Breakin' Young Girls Hearts.....
The Old School Jam Of The Moment Is "Goody Two Shoes" By Adam Ant.
The song was released in 1982 and was an instant hit in the UK, hitting number 1 on the charts. The song peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Charts. It was Adam's biggest U.S. hit.
Since 2010, Adam has been constantly touring and revitalizing his career through his live performance of his hits.
He has been battling mental illness and health issues for the past decade but recently, it seems he has been able to put that behind him.
"Don't drink. Don't smoke. What do you do? Subtle innuendos follow." Classic lyrics.
Check out "Goody Two Shoes" the Old School Jam Of The Moment by Adam Ant.-DocFB
Diagnosis: What happened to the ants?
We hope to have some cool videos and photos later from show, for now check out review above. Thank you G.-DocFB
Our Old School Jam Of The Moment is "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) by The Eurythmics. The single debuted in 1983.
"Sweet Dreams" surprisingly is the duo's ONLY number 1 U.S. hit. The duo consisted of Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox, who pulled the androgyny act long before Lady Gaga did.
The band broke up a few times and got back together but have been broken up since 2005.
Enjoy "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These) by The Eurythmics, our Old School Jam Of The Moment.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Schweet Dreams......
In the 80's Sheena Easton had hits like "Morning Train", "Telephone" and the James Bond Theme "For Your Eyes Only" and then she worked with Prince where more hits kept coming. "Strut" then "Sugar Walls" which Prince wrote and she collaborated with him on "U Got The Look", "La, La La, He He He He", "The Arms Of Orion" and he wrote more songs for her including "101" and "Eternity" for her "Lover In Me" album.
She recently performed a concert with other 80's diva's Oliva Newton-John and The Pointer Sisters. To promote the concert, she did an interview where she discussed working with Prince.