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Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by Gas Hed, Dec 6, 2019.
since this is turning into the cheezy metal ballad thread.
best male voice of the 80s and he sure could do a ballad
OK, we can finally end this thread right here:
Prince wrote Purple Rain based on this tune. Jonathan Cain has mentioned that Prince called him to make sure he was cool with it. There are a lot of similarities between the two songs.
Faithfully was written in 45 minutes. Solo. That turned out to be one heck of a payday lol.
I’m late to the party but here’s a couple:
for you, and others sure. Not for everyone.
Personally his grooves didn’t move me as much as a rock band doing the same with guitars. What I mean is in a lot of his grooves I’m often hearing that synth sound driving it, and a synth to me is about as anti-groove usually as one can get. Give me guitars grooving and I’m there. Something about the mix, often is kind of off to me. That and drum machines that seem sterile.
I’m not a huge Prince fan, but I appreciate a lot of his stuff, but it doesn’t move my feet like a great rock band does. I do really like Purple Rain though.
Plenty of great choices. Purple Rain is certainly an epic song - and fairly in the conversation.
The correct answer - just sneaking in with a 1980 release is Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet
I like this live version Knopfler did on the Roadrunning tour:
But there are plenty of others - a few other notable ones;
The Smithereens - Especially For You (dang I nursed more than one broken heart to this on repeat...).
Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love (maybe more a slow jam than ballad but I'll count it - one of my favorite lines 'we're too young to reason, too grown up to dream' and David Gilmour on guitar... tough to argue with the entire album really a fitting coda to Roxy's swan song Avalon).
Here's a couple of more from the early 1980s on my own personal she-broke-my-heart-and-I'll-never-forget-whats-her-name...
Up first is an excellent tune from his Middle Man LP (1980) featuring a nice solo by Carlos, mimed in the video by Michael Landau (and apparently none of the others in the video played on this song):
Speaking of Michael Landau, here's a tune from 1983; even though I don't care for Laura Branigan's singing, it's a great tune with an awesome solo - and required listening/learning for me since we had to play it 6 nights a week.
I'll get on the Prince train.
... I'm mostly just here to comment that this thread headed in exactly the direction I figured it would with the TGP crowd involved - a litany of B-class 80's hair bands.
Not even close in my book
I got chills when I first heard the Tori Amos cover version years ago.
Keep 'em coming, fellas.
I think the OP is on to something.
In the spirit of the Billie Eilish/Van Halen thread, I have to admit...
I have never heard Purple Rain.
I have heard of the song, but am not a Prince fan and have never listened to it.
If I see the name on Sirius I usually just keep scrolling.
I listened to a few seconds of it but I don't like it enough to care how it ends.
Talking of 80's ballads, this one can't be ignored.
Street of Dreams by Rainbow.
On the merit of just pure songwriting and hooks, I believe that any discussion of 1980s ballads must include these pop gems:
This deserves to be repeated, great song.
I'm glad that Steel Heart and Tuff have not been mentioned.