[I Still Have Heart] -- Last year at this time, I launched a multi-week exploration of 80s "Winter Holiday" tunes. Well, I'm not quite ready to break into songs of the season. So, instead, this week I'm exploring songs about having heart. These three songs defined the time from the beginning of my senior year of high school through the conclusion of my first year at college. Wondering if your heart beat in tune with mine? To find out, read and hear more after the break.
Flashback #1: "It's never enough until your heart stops beating."
Flashback #2: "This is stranger than I thought | Six different ways inside my heart."
Even before I had settled on a theme, "Shellshock" set the tone for what I was looking for in this week's flashback tunes. Our next song is quite different in attitude, but I can hear some similarities in its musical components. There's a synth line (or two) that mimic the sound of strings; a keyboard riff that kind of plays the role of a bass loop; interesting percussion; and varied synth arrangements. But where "Shellshock" is a driven, one might say almost anthemic, tune, this second flashback has a lilting, almost dreamlike, quality. Of course, lilting and dreamlike are words that no one expected to be applied to a song, let alone an album, by goth rock poster boys, The Cure. But the year 1985 saw Robert Smith and company moving further away from the sound that had initially defined them. As they experimented more with keyboards and synthesizers, and gained more confidence in the recording studio, they were able to explore new sonic directions while still stamping their identity courtesy of Smith's warbling vocals. Although this particular track, "Six Different Ways," was never released as a single from The Head on the Door (1985), and (according to Wikipedia) it has rarely been played in concert since 1986, it is popular among fans. Well, it is popular with this fan, anyway. And while the version from the Peel Session is rather cool (as most of John Peel's work is), I'll always prefer the original album version.
Flashback #3: "Hearts can never be owned | Hearts only come on loan."
Once again, I remind you that the rule of three applies when doing Flashbacks. As I've made my three offerings, that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the archives. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!