#Music A-Z Challenge Week 4 – It’s All About the D!
D is huge for me, and it troubles me that I cannot share all of its splendor. In total, I have 322 releases, including singles, in my digital library for D, spanning more than New Wave and Pop. First, I’m going to babble about a few, and start this off with Dale Bozzio. She was the front woman for Missing Persons. She did some work with Frank Zappa, and had one notable solo album. Her voice is quirky and fun. Dan Hartman had a big hit I Can Dream About You, which was included in his album of the same name, and the soundtrack for Streets of Fire in 1984. One more before I go into my top D’s. Danielle Dax is a very strange but lovely creature. The album Dark Adapted Eye is my favorite release with the song Whistling For His Love.
David Bowie began his career in the late 60’s, and I remember hearing about him when I was a kid in the 70’s, but never really heard anything until 1983 when Let’s Dance came into the world. The video for China Girl entranced me, his voice trembled through my soul, and I fell deeply in love. Every track on Let’s Dance was memorized within a week, and I could spout the lyrics at will to amaze my friends. Never Let Me Down was the next album I adored (somehow I completely missed Tonight back then). My best friend and I replayed this album over and over again, and discussed how awesome it was. I’m still sad at the loss of this genius in the world.
Lover Come Back to Me was the first Dead or Alive song I heard on the static laden radio in my bedroom playing one of the Top 40 shows, it was exciting. Pete Burn’s voice was raspy and sexy, and the beat, well, it quickened my pulse. I needed to know this delight more than this song, and throughout the years Pete and Steve have blared from my car speakers. Of course, everyone knows their tacky hit You Spin Me Round, and while this song is important, they have so many other delights that needed air play.
This next D absolutely does not fit into New Wave, but has found a place in my collection, and stands up with anything else I enjoy without any trouble at all, even if they fit better into my brother’s musical tastes than mine. Def Leppard was the first concert I went to in college. I knew their music, who didn’t, MTV did a great job of showing us everything there was. Photograph was the most listened to song for me, until Hysteria came and gave me Pour Some Sugar on Me (I’m hot, sticky sweet, from my head to my feet). I’d never felt the sexual pulse in a Hair Band before, and I think that is why Def Leppard tends to stay in my top list.
DEVO had a strangely exciting song Whip It!, do you remember it with the video of a dude flicking his whip at cigarettes in people’s mouths? Well, let me tell you, there is so much more to DEVO than Whip It! like Beautiful World (an ‘I’ covered it this year), Freedom of Choice, and Post-Post Modern Man. They have a charm that is like nothing else I’ve ever heard, and sound unique I can’t find anything even close, (and believe me if it’s New Wave or 80’s Pop I have it).
Duran Duran is one of those bands that has been with me since Girls on Film. There was a fellow student in High School who was hooked on them like some in recent days have been with the Backstreet Boys. I get it, I have my musical addictions, as I’m sure you’ve figured out by this 4th week. Rio was a song about a stripper that danced superbly (just kidding, please don’t stone me), I really don’t know the inspiration, but wow what an enchanting song, but my favorite from the album of the same name was The Chauffeur. Wow, talk about seductive; I shiver thinking about it. The next sensations from the boys were The Reflex, New Moon on Monday, and Union of the Snake, which I found all to be spectacular. The song I always thought got gypped was The Wild Boys; it had a single, an epic video, but only found its way to the live album, Arena. I’m so glad Duran Duran has lasted throughout the years.
My D finale is Depeche Mode, and suddenly I’m lost for words. I’m having trouble describing one of the most influential bands in my world. They came into my life with People are People, and it struck home with me. Why is there so much hate? Why can’t we just get along and agree to disagree? Utopian thoughts I know, but this band helped me through a lot in tight, dark places in my teenage years as did a band in E. They told me things I needed to hear. The first DM album for me was Some Great Reward, I was blown away. It made me think, I mean really think; I was a teenager so it wasn’t exactly an easy task. Each song explaining more and more of the world to me, breaking my heart and loving me all at once. Their next amazing song for me was Never Let Me Down Again, I saw the video before I bought the album (Music for the Masses), I recorded it on VHS and watched it over and over again. It thrilled me hearing the substantial change in their tone and texture from Some Great Reward; it was darker, grittier, and more sensual, especially with I Want You Now.