“Hands To Heaven” by Breathe (1987)

There is an element of religious iconography present in the music of British sophisti-pop group Breathe. Of their five top 40 American hits, one is called “Say A Prayer”, another (the excellent and phenomenally sad “Does She Love That Man”) takes place during the Christmas season, and their debut single is called “Hands To Heaven”.… Read More “Hands To Heaven” by Breathe (1987)

“Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day (1997)

…In which your favorite blue-haired snot throwing punks grow up? “Good Riddance” finds Billie Joe Armstrong picking up an acoustic guitar, enlisting a string section, and creating a song that would be used to commemorate graduation ceremonies, proms, weddings and the endings of beloved sitcoms for generations to come. In a typical case of “Every… Read More “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” by Green Day (1997)

“Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx (1987)

In the liner notes to his greatest hits album (which I proudly owned), singer/songwriter Richard Marx claimed that the version of “Endless Summer Nights” that wound up being commercially released-with the exception of a synth bass that was later replaced by the legendary Nathan East-was rejected by multiple record labels while Richard was looking for… Read More “Endless Summer Nights” by Richard Marx (1987)