“Hazy Shade Of Winter” by The Bangles (1987)

“Hazy Shade Of Winter” was originally written and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1968. I initially became familiar with the song via The Bangles’ cover, which appeared on 1987’s soundtrack to the Robert Downey Jr. Less Than Zero and peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts early the following year. Having heard both versions… Read More “Hazy Shade Of Winter” by The Bangles (1987)

“Harvest For The World” by The Isley Brothers (1976)

In 1976, the Isleys took a short break from epic funk/rock workouts and baby-making slow jams to deliver this inspiring slice of folk/soul. “Harvest For The World” is a hopeful anthem in which Ronald Isley puts on his preacher’s hat and testifies for brotherhood and world peace. As one might sadly expect, those who were… Read More “Harvest For The World” by The Isley Brothers (1976)

“The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)

Jimmy Cliff originally wrote and sang “The Harder They Come” as the theme song for the movie of the same name, in which he starred. The Harder They Come, the song, album and film, are widely credited with familiarizing non-Jamaican music fans with reggae. I’ve been familiar with the song my whole life; partially because… Read More “The Harder They Come” by The Joe Jackson Band (1980)