Fortunately, the Internet remains the Holy Grail for music lovers like me trying to track down those long-lost forgotten gems of songs. From YouTube to iTunes to various music blogs, the Net has provided me with numerous opportunities to relive my youth through audio treats.
So do yourself and your ears a favor and track down these criminally under appreciated songs:
“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime,” Korgis. McCartneyesque in its simplicistic epicness. One of those you hope gets stuck on the “repeat” button.
“So You Are a Star,” The Hudson Brothers. Yes, they of that early 1970s cheese ball TV show. But on this track, the three crafted a song that plays just like an unreleased mid-60s Beatles track.
“I’m Not In Love,” 10cc. Yet another Beatles song that never was, overdubbed/multi-tracked harmonies included at no extra charge.
“Cruel to Be Kind,” Nick Lowe. Nicknamed the Jesus of Cool. This song shows damn well why.
“Draggin the Line,” Tommy James. “My dog Sam eats purple flowers, we ain’t got much but what we got towers…” They don’t write em like that anymore. Speaking of which:
“Breakup Song (They Don’t Write Em),” Greg Kihn Band. Why this reached only the Top 15 is unforgiveable.
“She Sells Sanctuary,” The Cult. Massive riff, beat and groove, with unmistakeable vocals, from a band that’s much too neglected for its genius.
“The Rain The Park and Other Things,” The Cowsills. Heads and shoulders above anything any other family band released, with the exception of maybe
“ABC” (The Jackson Five) and “One Bad Apple” (The Osmonds.)
“Hands To Heaven,” Breathe. Hands down, the greatest ballad to come out of the 1980s. Heavenly soaring chorus is among the best. Ever. Breathe’s “How Can I Fall” is a close second.
“Never Been Any Reason,” Head East. Although released in 1975, this riff-driven rocker never, ever, ever gets old.
“Fool If You Think Its Over,” Chris Rea. Touching on emotional levels I didn’t even know I had.
“You Got It,” The Jets. Written by the late Rupert Holmes, the genius behind that “Pina Colada” song, and sung by a teenager.
“Some of Us,” Starsailor. One of my top 10 favorite ballads of all time. Somber, melancholy and truthful Britpop.
“Better,” Guns N Roses Although it’s just Axl and some hired guns, this is as good as anything off “Appetite” or anything after.
“All I Want” and “Walk On The Water,” Toad the Wet Sprocket Personally, I think the dumb band name did it in for this amazingly melodic but underappreciated group.
“Welcome to the Boomtown,” David + David. Fantastic synth pop with intense lyrics…just trust me on this.
“Midnight Confessions,” Grass Roots.
“Miracles,” Jefferson Starship
“Hearts,” Marty Balin
“China,” Red Rockers
“Everything I Own,” Bread
“Lido Shuffle,” Boz Scaggs
“Never Say Never,” Romeo Void
“All You Zom bies,” The Hooters
“Wouldn’t It Be Good,” Nik Kershaw
“This Guy’s In Love With You,” Herb Alpert
“Mississippi Queen,” Mountain
“Brother Louie,” Stories
“Imaginary Lover,” Atlanta Rhythm Section
“Couldn’t Get It Right,” Climax Blues Band
“How Much I Feel,” Ambrosia
“Send Me An Angel,” Real Life
“Mama Let Him Play,” Doucette
“Thunder Island,” Jay Ferguson
“Nature’s Way,” Spirit
“Hot Child in the City,” Nick Gilder
“I’d Love To Change The World,” Ten Years After