It is time for #FlashbackFriday with "Is This Love" by Whitesnake. "Is This Love" is from Whitesnake's self-tilted album from 1987.
Lead singer David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes wrote the song which is rumored to have been written with Tina Turner in mind.
The song reached number #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The video famously features Tawny Kitaen, David Coverdale's girlfriend at the time.-DocFB
Diagnosis: This is what a power ballad sounded like in '87...
It is time for #FlashbackFriday with "Hella Good" by No Doubt!
"Hella Good" appeared on No Doubt's 5th studio album "Rock Steady" in 2001 and was the second single from the album released in April of 2002.
The song was produced with The Neptunes and made it to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.-DocFB
Diagnosis: The bass line of the song was trying to follow "Another One Bites The Dust" by Queen and "Brick House" by The Commodores.
There is a reason why No Doubt is one of my favorite bands of all time. Tony Kanal and Gwen Stefani's song writing on "Running" is a huge part. I believe it was written that is was written In Kanal's living room from what I have read.
You could see the video of "Running" as just the last video from "Rock Steady" as say a throw-away...you would...if you were not a fan. Here was No Doubt reflecting on how far they have come with photos from their past. To me, it was an ode to their fans as a way to say thank you. I'm sure many of them (The fans) feel the same way.
The pencil pushers who were trying to compare this song to Depeche Mode songs just never got No Doubt...and obviously never will. Just like Gwen will always be an Orange County girl....
Chris Hafner did a good job with the direction of the video and the integrating of the photos of past and present No Doubt members.-DocFB
Diagnosis: No Doubt is an important part of music history. They don't get their due but they will. In the 90's, they made a statement and stood on their own with MTV mostly dominated by Pearl Jam and by the Smashing Pumpkins. Gwen and the entire band were and still are true originals. Just because they gave props to Ska, you couldn't just categorize them as Ska. If you did, that was your loss. "Rock Steady" let you know this band was here to stay. "Running" is a reflection of that. I'm so sorry if you have fallen and don't get that.....They made it...and are still "Running"......
"Father Figure" by George Michael is a soulful song, and one of the many reasons he has racked up several number ones on what is now called the Billboard R&B Charts.
After hitting number one on the Billboard Black Charts with "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" with Aretha Franklin, George hit number one again on the Black Charts with "Faith" and as "Father Figure" was heading to number one on the Billboard Black Charts, Motown, along with other label heavyweights went after Billboard to change the title of the Billboard Black Charts To The Billboard Soul/R&B Charts due to George Michael and other "white" artists being on the so-called Black charts.
It is now known as the R&B Charts and was once known as the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Charts. It is always embarrassing watching Award shows from back in the 80's when something would be called Best Black Single. The 80's everyone. The 80's. Paula Deen can you hear me?
Glad Billboard fixed that up by the late 80's though.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Straight up, anyone know of YOUNGER artists who can sing R&B? If you say Robin Thicke, think again please. Deep voice...
From the classic cameo by LeVar Burton with a megaphone, you know that "Word Up" by Cameo is going to be timeless. Well...the song at least!
I'm waiting for Chris Brown to start wearing the cod-piece that Larry Blackmon is wearing. Oh, you know it is coming!
"Word Up" was released on May 27th, 1986. It made it to number 6 on the Billboard Top 100 and to number one on what is now called the R&B Charts.
It was the band's first ever top 40 hit.-DocFB
Diagnosis: What better way to kick off your Friday night than with "Word Up" though? For real! Even sucker DJ's know that!
It is the first day of summer and after 5 p.m., it is 84 degrees right now. So what better time to have "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince as the song for #FlashbackFriday!
The song reached number #1 on the Billboard R&B charts but only #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released on June 20th, 1991
The song contains a loop of "Summertime Madness" by Kool & The Gang released in 1794.
The song did win Jeff & Will a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group in 1992.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Time to blast this along with "Blurred Lines" this weekend...
It is time for #FlashbackFriday with "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D. & The Boyz!
The song features Aaron Hall of Guy and is actually a cover of The O'Jays from 1973. Surprisingly, the Heavy D. version peaked at #47 although the song still gets crazy play at the clubs.
It is always a great weekend when this song is in the mix!-DocFB
Diagnosis: Miss U D!