#Music A-Z Challenge Week 13 – Quiet, Reticent, Silent Are None of These

November 13, 2016


As I’ve mentioned in the past weeks, there are so many artists from the 80’s who were ignored, and should’ve received more notoriety besides from just me. Q-Feel is a prime example. They had one song, Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop), but the rest of their self-titled 1982 album is wonderful. Crosstalk, the first track, is amazing, as is the next A New Science, but few know that, and maybe that’s OK, I don’t mind having them to myself. The lead singer, Martin Page, did go on to have a solo career, but that is a different letter all together.

Red Flag I never considered them a one-hit wonder, though there might be disagreement. Naïve Art (1989) is a very dance oriented album, as are the ones following, but will not be mentioned as they were after the 80’s. Russian Radio is probably the most known song, but Broken Heart is better in my opinion.

Re-Flex was screwed by the music industry because they didn’t like the themes of their music. Well EMI can suck it, and they did, they went away in 2012. Re-Flex had the song The Politics of Dancing in 1982 from the album of the same name, then when we were loving them, they were pulled. Oh well, they released the unleased stuff a few years back, I was able to grab them from their website. The second album Humanication, which is phenominal, was originally to be released in 1985, wasn’t until 2010.

There were only 2 albums from Robbie Nevil in the 80’s; Robbie Nevil (1986), and A Place Like This (1988). Both are exceptional, and I wish he had done more into the 1990’s and beyond. All of his songs are great, I love them all, and it’s hard to choose which video to share with you.

Samantha Fox sent delightful chills down my spine with her US introduction, Touch Me (I Want Your Body) in 1986. She was hot, didn’t worry about being provocative, and exposed herself in adult magazines; every teenage boy’s dream, even mine, and I’m gay. Originally, she was my brother’s favorite popstar, but I took over when she released the next album Samantha Fox (1987); I think he said something like, they all sound the same. For the longest time I didn’t understand what he meant, then I realized he was talking about the beat, she’d gone completely dance with the second album, and yeah they have the same beat. The only song I’ve ever not really liked is her cover of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction; it was weird. 1988 brought her next album I Wanna Have Some Fun, which was more danc-a-licious.

Another of my favorite one-hit wonders from the 80’s was Scarlett & Black with the Sophistipop sound. You Don’t Know (1986) was the only song of theirs that made the charts, but their entire self-titled album is delicious. I recommend you checking them out, more than this video.

Sheena Easton was what I consider Adult Contemporary in the early years with songs like Morning Train, and For Your Eyes Only, until she met Prince and her A Private Heaven (1984) album hit the airwaves. It was gritty and provocative with songs like Sugar Walls and Strut. Then she appeared on the song U Got The Look, and her sound after that changed for the better. The songs No Deposit, No Return and The Lover In Me from the Lover In Me (1989) album are the best.

I end this week’s installment with Siouxsie and the Banshees. My first album from them was Through the Looking Glass (1987) with songs that fit perfectly with Alice in Wonderland. I then picked up Tinderbox (1986), which is darker than the previously mentioned album. I love this band was excited last year when Siouxsie Sioux did a song for the finale of TV Series Hannibal. Peepshow is by far my most favorite album from the band. Each track is like sitting on the edge of a heinous act, fitting into my style of book writing.