Sunday, June 24, 2012

If you believe that the 80's are Rock and Roll, then I have a bridge to sell you

Beauty and I went to the movies on Friday night and saw Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise. I always like those kinds of movies and I liked this one also. However, when we left the theatre, I turned to My Love and said, thank god for Seattle Grunge and Rap, because Rock was being killed by the 80's. Beauty immediately took offense and told me that I was crazy (nothing new there) and that the music was great. "How could I say nothing very good came out of the 80's", she continued.
Well, of course we all love Foreigner doing I Want To Know What Love Is, and Guns 'n Roses Paradise City, and Journey was acceptable, but really, is acceptable enough when we just left the age of The Beatles and The Stones at their prime, and Janis and Santana and Motown (yes, you know I love you Smokey). No, the 80's were the decade of Rock Disaster.
So, today, I put Beauty's words to the test. I checked out our master ipod list. This is our master list of all songs and consists of my music and the Beauty's music. There are 5,266 songs, which according to Apple would take 15.7 days to listen to. And, I don't think that includes sleeping. We have everything from Bing Crosby to Lady Gaga, and it grows and grows and grows. So, how many songs do we have that were featured on Rock of Ages, 4:

  • We Built This City (Jefferson Starship)
  • Paradise City (Guns 'n Roses)
  • I Want To Know What Love Is (Foreigner)
  • Don't Stop Believing (Journey)

Although we have 15 Bon Jovi songs (I blame this on Beauty, but in truth, I like Bon Jovi), we do not have Wanted Dead or Alive, or the other 18 songs featured in the play, although not necessarily in the movie. For those of you who don't know what songs I'm referring to, here is a complete list of the song list from the Broadway   performance of Rock Of Ages:

  • "Cum on Feel the Noize" (Slade, 1973, covered by Quiet Riot in 1983)
  • "Just Like Living in Paradise" (David Lee Roth, 1988)
  • "Nothin' but a Good Time" (Poison, 1988)
  • "Sister Christian" (Night Ranger, 1984)
  • "We Built This City" (Starship, 1985)
  • "Too Much Time on My Hands" (Styx, 1981)
  • "I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister, 1984)
  • "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister, 1984)
  • "More than Words" (Extreme, 1991)
  • "To Be With You" (Mr. Big, 1991)
  • "Waiting for a Girl Like You" (Foreigner, 1981)
  • "Wanted Dead or Alive" (Bon Jovi, 1987)
  • "I Want to Know What Love Is" (Foreigner, 1984)
  • "Harden My Heart" (Quarterflash, 1981)
  • "Shadows of the Night" (Benatar, 1982)
  • "Here I Go Again" (Whitesnake, 1982)


  • "The Final Countdown" (Europe, 1986)
  • "Any Way You Want It" (Journey, 1980)
  • "Paradise City" (Guns N' Roses, 1988)
  • "High Enough" (Damn Yankees, 1990)
  • "I Hate Myself for Loving You" (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 1988)
  • "Heat of the Moment" (Asia, 1982)
  • "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar, 1980)

So, my great readership, how many of these classics are on your master song list? (by the way, in this contest the lower the number the better off you are). Tell me if I'm wrong.

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