This is one of my absolute favorite songs from the 80′s. The album, Broadcast was the first U.S. Number 1 album for Virgin Records (according to Wikipedia), and the band received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Unfortunately their next two albums went nowhere fast and the band broke up in 1993. Lead Singer Nick Van Eede has started the group back up, in 2006 they released their first album, but 20 years later and without lead guitarist Kevin MacMichael (who died of cancer in 2002), I am not going to hold my breathe. But I will always have Broadcast to bring me back to 1986.
Although technically released in the seventies on the 1979 Album Million Mile Reflections, The Devil Went Down to Georgia is as much part of 80′s music lore as anything else. While technically not a One Hit Wonder, The Charlie Daniels Band is certainly seen that way more in the northern U.S., whereas in the south, songs such as The South Will do it Again, kept them on the air a lot more.
August 5th, 1994 TheWife and I were married. Like (far too) many people in the early 80′s “our song” was heavily inspired by the movie Ghost. Now the movie doesn’t seem to hold the same “magic” it did then, and looking back, while it is certainly a nice film, I am amazed at how many people (us included of course) were so taken in by it. On the other hand, the song, The Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody is still one of my favorite love songs.
In 1984 Bonnie Tyler released what would become her biggest hit, Holding out for a Hero. It was originally part of the soundtrack for Footloose. The infectious beat and uplifting sound of the song helped bring it to #1 on the Billaboard charts.
It would also go on to be part of the soundtrack of a number of other films including, Short Circuit 2, my personal favorite version in Who is Harry Crumb, Shrek 2 (not the Bonnie Tyler version) , Bandits, and last year’s Nacho Libre. It has also been used in a number of television shows as well including Lois and Clark : The New Adventures of Superman.
Personally, along with Survivors Eye of the Tiger, it is a regular in my workout and my new Couch to 5k playlists as well as anywhere I need more “energy.”
There were few things bigger in the summer of 1987 than Dirty Dancing. And while the movie has an awesome soundtrack, it was this song, and the accompanying dance number that most people remember(ed).
It was one of only two number one hits for Jennifer Warnes (the other being Up Where We Belong with Joe Cocker on the An Officer and a Gentleman Soundtrack), but just one of many for her duet partner Bill Medley who is of course is probably best known (along with his partner Bobby Hatfield) as The Righteous Brothers.