The best music from 1970 – 1979
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is the ninth studio album by American rock band Van Halen. It was released on June 17, 1991, on Warner Bros. Records and is the third to feature vocalist Sammy Hagar. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and maintained the position for three weeks.
The album marked the first time the band had Ted Templeman working in a producer capacity since 1984, when David Lee Roth was still lead singer. He had, however, assisted in determining the track sequencing for the 1986 effort 5150.
- “Poundcake” 5:21
- “Judgement Day” 4:38
- “Spanked” 4:53
- “Runaround” 4:20
- “Pleasure Dome” 6:58
- “In ‘n’ Out” 6:04
- “Man on a Mission” 5:03
- “The Dream Is Over” 3:59
- “Right Now” 5:21
- “316” 1:29
- “Top of the World” 3:54
Sammy Hagar – lead vocals
Eddie Van Halen – guitars, keyboards, electric drill on “Poundcake”, backing vocals
Michael Anthony – bass, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Steve Lukather – backing vocals on “Top of the World”
1980-1989 Today we feature music from and not in this order: Prince, Huey Lewis & The News, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner, Men At Work, Donna Summer, Van Halen, Elton John, Toto and more . . .
The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Billy Paul, Bonnie Pointer, Outlaws, Paper Lace, Diana Ross, Andy Gibb, Don McLean, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more . . .
The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Raspberries, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Van Halen, Billy Joel, Jackson 5, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Joe Hinton and more . . .
In this edition of Across The Tracks we salute the music artists that passed away in 2020.
Featured in the program: Uriah Heep, Hal Ketchum, McGuire Sisters, Mountain, KT Oslin, Charlie Pride, Van Halen, Spencer Davis Group, Rance Allen, Billy Joe Shaver, Johnny Nash, Outfield, Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, Four Seasons, Kool & The Gang, Bay City Rollers, Sweet, Wayne Fontana, Fleetwood Mac, Charlie Daniels Band, Bobby Lewis, Millie Small, Bonnie Pointer, John Prine, Fountains of Wayne, Kingston Trio, Robert Parker and Rush.
Michael Leslie Jones is a British musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the sole remaining original member of the British-American rock band Foreigner. Prior to Foreigner, he was in the band Spooky Tooth.
Michael Leslie Jones was born on 27 December 1945 in Portsmouth, England. Jones started playing guitar at an early age, and decided to pursue a career in music. He began his professional music career in the early 1960s as a member of the band Nero and the Gladiators, who scored two minor British hit singles in 1961. After the demise of Nero and the Gladiators, Jones worked as a songwriter and session musician in France for such artists as Françoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, and Johnny Hallyday (“The French Elvis”), for whom he wrote many songs, including “Je suis né dans la rue” and “À tout casser” (which features Jimmy Page on guitar). When The Beatles toured France in 1964, they befriended Mick when Hallyday’s girlfriend and future wife Sylvie Vartan played on the same bill as they did. Between 1965 and 1971 Jones recorded in France with Tommy Brown (Thomas R. Browne) as State of Mickey & Tommy, as well as under other session names including the Blackburds, Nimrod, and the J&B.
After leaving France to return to his home country, Jones joined Gary Wright, formerly of the band Spooky Tooth, to form Wonderwheel in 1971. In 1972, Jones and Wright reformed Spooky Tooth, and after this Jones was a member of the Leslie West Band. He also played guitar on the albums Wind of Change (1972) for Peter Frampton, and Dark Horse (1974) for George Harrison.
In 1976, Jones formed Foreigner with Ian McDonald and recruited lead singer Lou Gramm. Jones co-produced all of the band’s albums and co-wrote most of their songs with Gramm. Jones wrote the band’s most successful single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, by himself. Tensions developed within the band during the late 1980s, attributed to a difference in musical taste between Gramm, who favoured a more hard-edged rock, as opposed to Jones’ interest in synthesisers. Gramm left the band in 1990 but returned in 1992. In 1989, Jones released his only solo album titled Mick Jones on the Atlantic Records label. Jones is the only person to play on every Foreigner album.
In between his Foreigner commitments, Jones also started a side career as a producer for such albums as Van Halen’s 5150 (1986), Bad Company’s Fame and Fortune (1986) and Billy Joel’s Storm Front (1989).
He co-wrote with Eric Clapton the song “Bad Love” on Clapton’s Journeyman album, and in 2002 co-wrote the song “On Her Mind” with Duncan Sheik. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he played with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
He was married to socialite/writer Ann Dexter-Jones, mother of Mark, Samantha and Charlotte Ronson. Ann and Mick have two children, Annabelle and Alexander Dexter-Jones. Married for nearly 25 years, Jones and Dexter-Jones divorced in 2007. In 2017, the couple remarried. He also has two sons, from prior relationships, Roman and Christopher Jones.
In addition to the Foreigner albums, Jones has produced the following:
5150 – Van Halen (1986)
Fame and Fortune – Bad Company (1986)
Dead, White and Blue – Flesh & Blood (1989)
Save the Last Dance for Me – Ben E. King (1989)
Storm Front – Billy Joel (1989)
In Deep – Tina Arena (1997)
Beyond Good and Evil – The Cult (2001)
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5150 (pronounced “fifty-one-fifty”) is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. It was released on March 24, 1986 by Warner Bros. Records and was the first of four albums to be recorded with lead singer Sammy Hagar, who replaced David Lee Roth. The album was named after Eddie Van Halen’s home studio, 5150, in turn named after a California law enforcement term for a mentally disturbed person (a reference to Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code). The 5150 name has been used several times by Van Halen. The album hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, surpassing the band’s previous album, 1984, which had peaked at number 2 behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, on which Eddie Van Halen made a guest appearance.
1. “Good Enough” 4:05
2. “Why Can’t This Be Love” 3:48
3. “Get Up” 4:37
4. “Dreams” 4:54
5. “Summer Nights” 5:06
6. “Best of Both Worlds” 4:49
7. “Love Walks In” 5:11
8. “5150” 5:44
9. “Inside” 5:02
Sammy Hagar — lead and backing vocals
Eddie Van Halen — lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Michael Anthony — bass guitar, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen — drums, percussion
1984 (stylized as MCMLXXXIV) is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen, released on January 9, 1984. It was the last Van Halen album until A Different Kind of Truth (2012) to feature lead singer David Lee Roth, who left in 1985 following creative differences. This is the final full-length album to feature all four original members (Van Halen brothers, Roth, and Michael Anthony). Roth would return in 2007, but Eddie’s son Wolfgang would replace Anthony in 2006. 1984 and Van Halen’s debut are Van Halen’s bestselling albums, each having sold more than 10 million copies.
1984 was well received by music critics. Rolling Stone ranked the album number 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. It reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller, on which guitarist Eddie Van Halen made a guest performance. 1984 produced four singles, including “Jump”, Van Halen’s only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100; the top-20 hits “Panama” and “I’ll Wait”; and the MTV favorite “Hot for Teacher”. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999, signifying ten million shipped copies.
1. “1984” 1:07
2. “Jump” 4:01
3. “Panama” 3:31
4. “Top Jimmy” 2:59
5. “Drop Dead Legs” 4:14
6. “Hot for Teacher” 4:42
7. “I’ll Wait” 4:40
8. “Girl Gone Bad” 4:35
9. “House of Pain” 3:19
David Lee Roth – vocals
Eddie Van Halen – guitars, keyboards, background vocals
Michael Anthony – bass guitar, synth bass on “I’ll Wait”, background vocals
Alex Van Halen – drums
Diver Down is the fifth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen and was released on April 14, 1982. It spent 65 weeks on the album chart in the United States and had, by 1998, sold four million copies in the United States. It is their shortest album to date.
1. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone!” 3:02
2. “Hang ‘Em High” 3:28
3. “Cathedral” 1:23
4. “Secrets” 3:28
5. “Intruder” 1:39
6. “(Oh) Pretty Woman” 2:53
7. “Dancing in the Street” 3:43
8. “Little Guitars (Intro)” 0:42
9. “Little Guitars” 3:47
10. “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” 2:44
11. “The Full Bug” 3:18
12. “Happy Trails” 1:03
David Lee Roth – lead vocals, synthesizer on “Intruder”, acoustic guitar and harmonica on “The Full Bug”
Eddie Van Halen – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, synthesizer on “Dancing in the Street”
Michael Anthony – bass guitar, backing vocals
Alex Van Halen – drums