“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red (1985)

“Holding Back The Years” introduced Simply Red to American audiences in early 1986, zooming to the top of the pop charts while also placing respectably on the adult contemporary and R&B listings. Mick Hucknall (who, for all intents and purposes, is Simply Red) wrote the song about his childhood, focusing on the strained relationships he… Read More “Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red (1985)

“Her Town Too” by James Taylor & J.D. Souther (1981)

There aren’t too many divorce songs floating around in the pop single universe, so that’s one thing that makes James Taylor’s “Her Town Too” (a duet with singer/songwriter/Eagles associate J.D. Souther) special. The song is sung from the perspective of a friend who is watching the female half of a couple get ostracized from her… Read More “Her Town Too” by James Taylor & J.D. Souther (1981)