“Human” by The Human League (1986)

I remember at the height of “Human”‘s success, someone (I’m fairly sure it was Donnie Simpson on BET’s “Video Soul”, but I’m not 100% positive) remarking that it was the “hardest” sounding slow jam that he’d ever heard. That’s the truth. Slow jams were…well, soft. “Human” was sensitive, but the beat kicked. Producers Jimmy Jam… Read More “Human” by The Human League (1986)

“How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees (1971)/Al Green (1972)

The Gibb Brothers were many things over the course of their forty years as a musical unit-Beatle clones, disco savants, disco pariahs, resurgent veterans. One thing that remained consistent, regardless of their public perception, was their ability to write a hell of a song. Proof of that talent lies in the mile-long list of Gibb… Read More “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” by The Bee Gees (1971)/Al Green (1972)

“Hot Stuff” by The Rolling Stones (1976)/”Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer (1979)

Here are two songs that split the difference between rock and disco. The Stones’ “Hot Stuff” is a showcase for some smoking guitar by Keith Richards. I must admit I haven’t paid much attention to Keef as a guitarist, but he is smoking here. There’s also some fantastic interplay between the rhythm section of Bill… Read More “Hot Stuff” by The Rolling Stones (1976)/”Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer (1979)

“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)

“Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

Believe it or not, I did not listen to very much classic rock radio growing up. My folks pretty much kept the dial on R&B radio (with occasional excursions into reggae and adult contemporary/easy listening) and, left to my own devices, I did the same with a heavy concentration of whatever was on the Top… Read More “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

“Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)

This list only has one song standing in between “Help!” and “Helter Skelter”, so I’m just gonna go ahead and lump the two Beatles songs together. There’s not much I can say about “Help!” that I didn’t say in the “Hello, Goodbye” post. “Help!” was the second of the five Beatles movies and I vaguely… Read More “Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)