#TBT #Vinyl Robert Plant, The Principle of Moments, 1983

Principle of Moments

Robert Plant
The Principle of Moments
Es Paranza / Atlantic Records
1983

Released 33 years ago this week,  this was Robert Plant‘s second solo album and scored a big hit with one of my favorite tunes, “Big Log.” Guitarist Robbie Blunt sounds ridiculously like Jimmy Page here!

 

 

Coffee Generation X

I give full credit to the National Coffee Association for my coffee addiction, and maybe for yours too.  Back in 1983-1984, this spot played on MTV constantly. I must have seen it 1000 times.   

Because you know, “coffee calms you down and picks you.” And who didn’t want to be a Mover and Shaker like icons of Generation X such David Bowie, Ken Anderson, and (what?) Kurt Vonnegut…

I don’t know about Movers but they definitely made Shakers out of us.

   

Anderson Coffee

Huey Lewis / Sports – 30 Years Later.

Huey Lewis Sports
How do you feel when an album that you didn’t like when it came out celebrates its 30th anniversary, and you still don’t like it today…BUT, it’s still  better than most of today’s music?  

This summer celebrates the 30th anniversary of Huey Lewis and The News’ Sports album. Okay, “celebrates” is a bit of a stretch. Let’s say “marks” the 30th anniversary.

Yeah, Huey Lewis still sucks. He’s not a great singer, songwriter, or musician.  But he’s still better than Kanye West or Justin Beiber. Yeah that’s right, I said it. Beiber sucks so bad he’s worse than Huey frickin’ Lewis.

I spent the 80’s making fun of those who bought this horrid stuff. But here and now, I would listen that mediocre mainstream rock and roll album now any day over any Hip-Hop / Pop nonsense by Jay-Z or Beyonce. And, as far as “The News” was concerned, there is a cool connection is the always-cool Elvis Costello. Also, I did kind of identify with the one guy in the band that always had the sunglasses and the dangling cig…

Check out the most tolerable of Huey videos below:

30 Years of Confusion: The Kinks

Kinks State of Confusion    

If Pete Townsend was the Godfather of Punk, then Ray Davies is the Godfather of New Wave.

The Kinks delivered a one-two punch in 1982 and 1983 with the albums Give The People What They Want followed by State of Confusion. The former was loved by the critics; the latter was loved by the masses. 

Next week marks the 30th anniversary of State of Confusion. It had everything that albums by new bands in 1983 had: World premiere videos on MTV, stylish costumes on stage, and non-stop radio play on Top 40 and Rock and AC formats. For most of 1983, Ray Davies was both as iconic as McCartney or Jagger and also as relevant in the moment as Bono or Madonna. Check out the title track video below!