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FlinterFile: Mick Jagger- Ruthless People

In 1986 the movie Ruthless People was released. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Smithereens- Strangers When We Meet

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The Smithereens made their debut in 1986. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Het Goede Doel- Alles Geprobeerd

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In 1986, the Dutch band Het Goede Doel had a hit with the song Alles Geprobeerd. It was only number 25, but has become a classic song in the Dutch culture. The text is about someone who needs a break in his relationship.

Enjoy

Het Goede Doel- Alles Geprobeerd

I have not dared to say goodbye
Because saying goodbye is painful
I didn’t mean to really leave you
But wanted to be on my own
To think, research, refuel
And to discover if I still love you

FlinterFile: Carmel- Sally

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In 1986, the band Carmel had a minor hit with the song Sally. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Beastie Boys- (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)

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In 1986, the Beastie Boys became superstars. However, it never was their intention: this whole song was a joke… Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Falco- Rock Me Amadeus

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In 1986, Falco had his first international hit. Although he had success in Germany and Austria, the rest of the world didn’t know him yet. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Smiths- Bigmouth Strikes Again

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In 1986, the Smiths had a new album, The Queen Is Dead. Johnny Marr, the guitarist, wanted it to be the first single of the album, as it was their answer to the song Jumpin’ Jack Flash by Rolling Stones. It marked a new sound they had, which caused some problems when they were recording the song. Morrissey, the singer, also sung the high-pitched part in the background. When he had to record his own parts, he kept on laughing, because he heard himself on such a high pitch. Eventually, they put the normal part in during the recording, and later replaced it with the high-pitched version. The lyrics describe the media, and how they can make people mad. In the UK chart, it was a number 26 hit. Enjoy

The Smiths- Bigmouth Strikes Again

FlinterFile: Eddie Money- Take Me Home Tonight

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In 1986, Eddie Money reworked a classic. It all started with Be My Baby from the Ronettes. Michael Leeson and Peter Vale (also the writers of Would I Lie To You?) took the song, left the line ‘be my little baby’ in there and changed the rest to the story of a man who wants a girl to take him home. It ment the return of Ronnie Spector, who disappeared after a last chart entry in 1971, on a record of George Harrison. It made a number 4 hit in the US. Enjoy

Eddie Money- Take Me Home Tonight

FlinterFile: Farley “Jackmaster” Funk- Love Can’t Turn Around

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In 1986, house music entered the music scene. Farley “Jackmaster” Funk started with DJing in Chicago in 1981. He was DJ in The Warehouse, where house was found. Farley shared an apartment with Steve Hurley, who made a cover of I Can’t Turn Around, a song by Isaac Hayes. Farley made his own version of this song, and released it in 1986, making the first house song a hit: number 10 in the UK. The song by Steve Hurley later became a number 1 hit in the US dance chart. Enjoy

Farley “Jackmaster” Funk- Love Can’t Turn Around

Song of the day: John Cougar Mellencamp- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

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In 1986, John Cougar Mellencamp released his album Scarecrow. This album, which is quite grim, was first not the right album to include this song on it. As John was putting it as a bonus track on the cassettes and CD’s, his manager said: why not make it a track on the album, since it has such an energy? The song has some references to sixties songs, something his band has known: they had to learn hundreds of songs from the sixties, before playing on the album. In the US it was number 2, in the UK number 67. Enjoy

John Cougar Mellencamp- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.