This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature music from: Van Halen, Robbie Nevil, Billy Ocean, Models, Toto, Bon Jovi, Ronnie Milsap, U2, INXS, Contours, Jimmy Buffett, Kool & The Gang, Double Image, Donna Summer and more . . .
In this installment of Sounds of The 80s. Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Neil Young, 38 Special, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Rosanne Cash, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Greg Kihn and more. . .
January 14 – Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР (Back in the USSR) exclusively in the USSR. Bootleg copies sell for as much as US$1,000 in the United States.
January 23 – James Brown is sentenced in Georgia, USA, to six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two different states.
January 25 – Madonna files for divorce from Sean Penn after three-and-a-half years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
January 27 – Michael Jackson ends the Bad World Tour in Los Angeles, USA.
Roy Orbison joins Elvis Presley as the only singers to ever simultaneously have two top 5 albums on the Billboard charts.
Tiny Tim launches an unsuccessful campaign to be elected mayor of New York City, USA.
February 17 – Whitesnake’s David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen.
March 21 – Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video, taped in late December 1988, attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography and for the use of cross burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company.
April 9 – The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman announces that he will marry 19-year-old Mandy Smith, his girlfriend for six years.
April 12 – Michael Jackson is named “King of Pop” after receiving the Soul Train Heritage Awards.
April 28 – Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
May 1 – California, USA jewelry store employees called the police reporting a suspicious person hanging around their store. The person turns out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
July 9 – All four original members of The Monkees reunite in Los Angeles, USA, for a concert performance at the Universal Amphitheatre. The following day the quartet attend an induction ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they receive a star.
July 23 – Former Beatle Ringo Starr forms his own band named Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
July 29 – The Bee Gees perform in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years as part of their One for All world tour.
August 3 – Sergio Franchi collapses before scheduled concert; dies 9 months later of brain cancer.
August 11-12 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival is held in the Soviet Union. The event is put together by Doc McGhee and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and headline acts include Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Cinderella, and the Scorpions.
August 31 – The Rolling Stones open their Steel Wheels North American tour in Philadelphia, USA.
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I. M. Pei, opens in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Madonna gives a risqué performance at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. Clad in baggy black sweatpants and a black bustier, she shocks the audience by simulating masturbation. The version of the song used in the show would later serve as the opening number of 1990’s “Blond Ambition World Tour”.
September 14 – Madonna is granted a divorce from Sean Penn.
October 15 – Media Rings Corporation, the Japanese music, video game, and software publishing company, is founded in Akasaka.
December 23 – Ice Cube leaves N.W.A after financial problems and several conflicts with their manager Jerry Heller and the group’s founder Eazy-E. By this time, Cube has been recording his solo debut album, which will be released next year.
Also in 1989
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers who had most recently worked with Bruce Dickinson on his solo project.
Ars Musica, an annual contemporary music international festival, founded
In this installment of Sounds of The 80’s feature music from; Taylor Dayne, Eddie Money, Squeeze, Poco, Bob Seger, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Stevie Nicks and LOTS more. 2pm – 6pm on RadioMaxMusic.
New Jersey is the fourth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on September 19, 1988 through Mercury Records. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn and recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The album was the follow-up to the band’s third album, Slippery When Wet, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in its second week of release after making its debut at No. 8. It remained at No. 1 for four consecutive weeks. It produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten hits, the most top ten hits to date for any hard rock/glam metal album, including “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You”, which both reached No. 1. The album was certified 7x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also debuted at No. 1 in the UK and was the band’s first UK No. 1 album. New Jersey was released by the Soviet state-owned record company “Melodiya”, being the first American album ever released in USSR officially. In 2014 to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary, this album was repackaged with bonus tracks. – Wikipedia
1. “Lay Your Hands on Me” 5:58
2. “Bad Medicine” 5:16
3. “Born to Be My Baby” 4:40
4. “Living in Sin” 4:39
5. “Blood on Blood” 6:16
6. “Homebound Train” 5:10
7. “Wild Is the Wind” 5:08
8. “Ride Cowboy Ride” 1:25
9. “Stick to Your Guns” 4:45
10. “I’ll Be There for You” 5:46
11. “99 in the Shade” 4:29
12. “Love for Sale” 3:58
13. “The Boys Are Back In Town” 4:05
14. “Love Is War” 4:14
15. “Born to Be My Baby (Acoustic Version) 4:53
16. “Homebound Train” 6:32
17. “Judgement Day” 4:18
18. “Full Moon High” 4:42
19. “Growin’ Up the Hard Way” 5:31
20. “Let’s Make It Baby” 5:56
22. “Backdoor to Heaven” 5:51
23. “Now and Forever” 5:34
24. “Wild Is the Wind” 4:55
25. “Stick to Your Guns” 5:15
26. “House of Fire” 5:01
27. “Does Anybody Really Fall in Love Anymore?” 4:57
28. “Diamond Ring” 4:10
Cross Road is the first greatest hits album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on October 11, 1994 by Mercury Records. The album contains hits from between Bon Jovi (1984) and Keep the Faith (1992) and two new tracks: the hit singles “Always” and “Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night”, as well as a new, updated rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” entitled “Prayer ’94” available only on the North American versions.
“Runaway” was never recorded with the current band, though at that time there were plans to put a “Runaway ’94” on the album but it was never recorded. The diner located on the cover of the album is the Roadside Diner in Wall Township, NJ, near the crossroads of Route 33 and Route 34.
“Always”, the album’s first single, became Bon Jovi’s highest selling single in the United States, spending six months on the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and was also an international hit which helped the album peak at number one in 13 countries. Cross Road was the best-selling album of 1994 in the UK. The album is Bon Jovi’s best selling album in many countries, and continues to sell well. The album has sold over 21.5 million copies worldwide, and has been cited as one of the best-selling albums of all time.
In 2005, Cross Road was re-issued as a 3-disc box set under the name “Deluxe Sound & Vision”, which included the original remastered album, a bonus CD containing b-sides, rarities and fan favourites, and the Live from London DVD. The original remastered album was released in 1998. A video, also entitled Cross Road, was simultaneously released, containing 16 of the band’s music videos.
These Days (stylized as (these Days)) is the sixth studio album by American rock band Bon Jovi, released on June 27, 1995 by Mercury Records. This was the first album Bon Jovi released after the dismissal of original bass guitarist Alec John Such. It was also the first album to feature unofficial bass guitarist Hugh McDonald, who became an official member in 2016. The album, produced by Peter Collins, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, is praised by many critics and fans as their best album. These Days is overall a darker album in contrast to the band’s usual brand of feel-good, inspiring rock songs and love ballads.
At the time of release, the album was a huge commercial success, especially in the European and Asian markets. It became the band’s fifth and fourth consecutive number one album in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, These Days replaced Michael Jackson’s album HIStory at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spent four consecutive weeks at #1. The album spawned four Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart, the band’s highest number of Top 10 singles from one album in the UK. The high sales of the album in Europe warranted a re-issue of the album under the name of These Days Special Edition a year after its original release. The album was ranked number two on Q magazine’s list of the “Top 50 albums of 1995”. The album was also voted the album of the year in British magazine Kerrang!’s readers poll in 1995. In 2006, the album featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer’s The “200 Greatest Albums of the 90’s”. In the U.S., despite selling 1 million copies and certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the album wasn’t as successful as it was overseas and the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200.