Split Enz were a rock band from New Zealand, popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was founded in 1973 by Tim Finn and Phil Judd, had a variety of other members during its existence. Split Enz had eight songs listed in the APRA Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time, more than any other band. Split Enz had ten albums reach the top ten of the Official New Zealand Music Chart. From 1980 to 1982, the band had four number-one albums in three in Australia, it had two albums break the top ten of the Canadian Albums Chart, two break the top fifty of the Billboard 200, one break the top fifty of the UK Albums Chart. The only number-one single for Split Enz was "I Got You", which topped the charts in both New Zealand and Australia. Other top-ten singles include "One Step Ahead", "History Never Repeats", "Dirty Creature", "Six Months in a Leaky Boat". In late 1972, university friends Tim Finn and Phil Judd founded a acoustic band called Split Ends in Auckland, New Zealand. Finn played piano, while Judd sang and played guitar.
Both wrote songs. They were accompanied by Tim's old school friend Mike Chunn on bass, Miles Golding on violin, Mike Howard on flute. Finn and Judd became close friends. Another key personality in this period was Phil Judd's university friend Noel Crombie, who performed with them over the next few years. Another powerful creative influence was Phil and Tim's love for British author and artist Mervyn Peake, whose Gormenghast novels inspired a number of their early songs. Named "Split Ends" they were an odd and eclectic mix for a pop band, Golding having been educated in classical music and Finn influenced by the Beatles, the Move, the Kinks. With financial backing from friend and fan Barry Coburn they issued their first single, "For You"/"Split Ends", in April 1973 and undertook their first short first tour, supporting British blues legend John Mayall, it was at this point that Mike Chunn's brother Geoff Chunn was brought in to replace their original drummer Div Vercoe. Golding and Howard left soon after, Chunn wanted the band to become electric, so extra members were added: guitarist Wally Wilkinson, saxophonist Robert Gillies.
By this time Split Ends had become Tim's primary focus and he dropped out of university to concentrate on the band. In late 1973 Split Ends entered the New Faces television talent contest, in preparation for their performance they recorded two new Judd-Finn songs: "129" and "Home Sweet Home". Soon after, they recorded "Sweet Talking Spoon Song", which would become the second single. In the event - and much to the dismay of the Finn family watching at home - Split Ends finished second-last in the contest. Although this first television appearance was not recorded by TVNZ, the Finn family still have the shaky, silent 8mm b/w home movie footage they shot directly off the TV screen and a portion of, included in the Split Enz documentary Spellbound. Despite their loss on New Faces, the group made a sufficiently strong impression to secure them a 30-minute concert special for Television New Zealand, recorded soon after. Typical of the time, the performances were mimed to pre-recorded backing tracks, so the band put down four more songs including "No Bother To Me", "Malmsbury Villa" and "Spellbound".
It was around this time. In November 1973, EMI NZ issued the band's second single, "129" / "Sweet Talking Spoon Song". Over the next eighteen months Split Enz honed their material and performances; the TV special exposure enabled them to undertake their first national concert tour, although Phil Judd did not take part. He disliked performing live, was uncomfortable with negative reactions to the band, felt that their developing music was too complex for successful stage presentation, so he decided to stay at home to write and record new material while the rest of the band toured, although he returned to make occasional live appearances and rejoined full-time. In early 1974 the group's sound took a major step forward when Tim acquired a Mellotron and in February keyboard player Eddie Rayner joined the band. Rayner's accomplished playing soon became a crucial part of the group's sound and he was one of two members who remained with the band for its entire subsequent career, the other being percussionist Noel Crombie.
The latter joined that year, along with Paul Crowther, while Geoff Chunn and Rob Gillies departed. Early in their career, the group made the decision to treat records, live shows, publicity photos, stage design, costumes and makeup as a total package, this was assisted by their wide-ranging interests in literature and the visual arts: Judd was an accomplished painter and subsequently created cover paintings for two Enz albums, his artist friend Noel Crombie was soon roped in to become the group's "stylist" and Noel went on to create all the extraordinary costumes, hairstyles and stage sets which soon became their trademark, as well as coordinating all their single and album artwork and associated promotional material, he directed all their music videos. In early 1974 Split Enz undertook a series of radio-sponsored "Buck-A-Head" shows which played in theatres rather than in pubs or clubs. Taking advantage of this and Tim de
Philip David Charles Collins is an English drummer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor. He was the drummer and singer of the rock band Genesis, is a solo artist. Between 1982 and 1989, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career; when his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. His most successful singles from the period include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds", "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Two Hearts" and "Another Day in Paradise". Born and raised in west London, Collins played drums from the age of five and completed drama school training, which secured him various roles as a child actor, he pursued a music career, joining Genesis in 1970 as their drummer and becoming lead singer in 1975 following the departure of Peter Gabriel. Collins began a solo career in the 1980s inspired by his marital breakdown and love of soul music, releasing a series of successful albums, including Face Value, No Jacket Required, and...
But Seriously. Collins became "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the'80s and beyond", he became known for a distinctive gated reverb drum sound on many of his recordings. In 1996, Collins left Genesis to focus on solo work, he rejoined Genesis for their Turn It On Again Tour in 2007. Following a five-year retirement to focus on his family life, Collins released an autobiography and began his Not Dead Yet Tour, which runs from June 2017 until October 2019. Collins's discography includes eight studio albums that have sold 33.5 million certified units in the US and an estimated 150 million worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists. He is one of only three recording artists, along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, who have sold over 100 million records worldwide both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band, he has won eight Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times—two Golden Globe Awards, one Academy Award, a Disney Legend Award.
He has received six Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors, including the International Achievement Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012, the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013. Philip David Charles Collins was born on 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, England, to Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent, Winifred June Collins, a theatrical agent, he was one of two boys, his brother being Clive Collins, who would become a noted cartoonist. He was given a toy drum kit for Christmas, his uncle made him a makeshift set that he used regularly. As Collins grew older, these were followed by more complete sets bought by his parents, he practiced by playing with music on the radio. According to Barbara Speake, founder of the eponymous stage school Collins attended, "Phil was always special.
His professional acting training began at the age of 14, at the Barbara Speake Stage School, a fee-paying but non-selective independent school in East Acton, west London, whose talent agency had been established by his mother. Collins studied drum rudiments as a teenager, first learning basic rudiments under Lloyd Ryan and studying further under Frank King. Collins recalled: "Rudiments I found very helpful – much more helpful than anything else because they're used all the time. In any kind of funk or jazz drumming, the rudiments are always there." He never learned to read and write conventional musical notation and instead used a system he devised himself. He regretted this, saying: "I never came to grips with the music. I should have stuck with it. I've always felt. For me, good enough, but that attitude is bad." Ryan recalled: "Phil always had a problem with reading. That was always a big problem for him. That's a shame because reading drum music isn't that difficult."The Beatles were a major early influence on Collins, including their drummer Ringo Starr.
He followed the lesser-known London band the Action, whose drummer he would copy and whose work introduced him to the soul music of Motown and Stax Records. Collins was influenced by the jazz and big band drummer Buddy Rich, whose opinion on the importance of the hi-hat prompted him to stop using two bass drums and start using the hi-hat. While attending Chiswick County School for Boys, Collins formed a band called the Real Thing, joined the Freehold, with whom he wrote his first song, "Lying Crying Dying". Collins began a career as a child actor while at the Barbara Speake Stage School and won his first major role as the Artful Dodger in the London stage production of Oliver!, the musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. He was an extra in the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night among the screaming teenagers during the television concert sequence, filmed at Scala Theatre in central London; this was followed by a role in Calamity the Cow, produced by the Children's Film Foundation.
You Better Run
"You Better Run" is a song by The Young Rascals. Written by group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, it was released as the band's third single in 1966 and reached the top 20 in the United States. A review in a 1966 issue of Billboard magazine described the song as a "big-beat wailer" and a "strong follow-up to'Good Lovin"". In the book Pioneers of Rock and Roll, author Harry Sumrall wrote that the song represented the apex of the band's sound and complimented guitarist Gene Cornish's "slashing chords". Allmusic's Matthew Greenwald called it "a classic garage rocker with a punkish energy showcased the band's live chops to a great effect, as well as Felix Cavaliere's awesome soul-inflected vocals." Music journalist Fred Bronson noted that "You Better Run" was a commercial disappointment, having peaked at number 20 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 after their previous single, "Good Lovin'", had reached number one. 7" Vinyl Pat Benatar recorded "You Better Run" for her second album, Crimes of Passion.
The song was released as the album's lead single. It peaked at number 42 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #44 on the Cash Box Top 100; the song appeared on the soundtrack to the 1980 film Roadie. On August 1, 1981, the music video for the song was the second video broadcast on MTV, after the network premiered with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, it was used on D-TV's Monster Hits in 1987. 7" Vinyl In 1966, with the band Listen, Robert Plant made his recording debut singing lead vocals on a cover version of "You Better Run", released as a single by CBS Records. In 1966, the N' Betweens, who became the British rock band Slade, covered the song, released as a single on Columbia, it was produced by Kim Fowley and reached No. 1 in the local Midlands chart and remained there for six weeks. The Listen and N' Betweens versions were released on the same day, their respective vocalists, who were friends, had no idea of the competition until the records had become available. In 1966, the Québec band "Les Aristots" made a French cover "Je ne vois qu'elle".
In 1980, Peter Criss recorded a cover version of the song on his solo album Out of Control, his first solo album after leaving KISS. In 1980, the Canadian rock band Toronto recorded a version of "You Better Run" on their debut album Lookin' For Trouble. IN 1981, Pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods covered the song on the group's album Fish'n' Chips
Michael Johnson (singer)
Michael Jay Johnson was an American pop and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his 1978 hit song "Bluer Than Blue", he charted four hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and nine more on Hot Country Songs, including two Number One country hits in 1986's "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder". He co-wrote "Cain's Blood", the debut single of 1990s country group 4 Runner. Johnson was born in the small town of Alamosa and grew up in Denver, he started playing the guitar at 13. In 1963, he began attending Colorado State University to study music but his college career was truncated when he won an international talent contest two years later. First prize included a deal with Epic Records. Epic released the song "Hills", sung by Johnson, as a single. Johnson began extensive touring of clubs and colleges, finding a receptive audience everywhere he went. Wishing to hone his instrumental skills, in 1966 he set off for Barcelona, Spain, to the Liceu Conservatory, studying with the eminent classical guitarists, Graciano Tarragó and Renata Tarragó.
Upon his return to the States, he joined Randy Sparks in a group called the New Society and did a tour of the Orient. When the band dissolved in 1967, he signed on with the Chad Mitchell Trio for a year, spending some of that time co-writing with another member, John Denver; the group was renamed Boise & Johnson. When the trio came to an end, Johnson made a radical departure from everything he had done by taking on a major supporting role in the off-Broadway production of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." The show visited Los Angeles and Chicago over the next year. In 1971, Johnson signed with Atco Records to release his first album, There Is A Breeze, released in 1973 and produced by Johnson, Chris Dedrick, Peter Yarrow and Phil Ramone in New York and Toronto, Canada. Feeling this first effort wasn't a true reflection of his music, Johnson self-produced his next LP in 1975, For All You Mad Musicians, relying more on his voice and guitar for a folk feel, he followed this up with Ain't Dis Da Life.
With each new recording and his continued touring, his popularity was increasing. It was time to make a move on the national market. Teaming up with Brent Maher and Steve Gibson in Nashville, Johnson created a two-song demo consisting of "Bluer Than Blue" and "Almost Like Being in Love". EMI America took one listen and wasted no time in signing him getting The Michael Johnson Album out in 1978; the first single, "Bluer Than Blue", became Johnson's first Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1978. "Almost Like Being in Love" went to No. 91 on the R&B chart while hitting the Top 5 on the AC chart and the Top 40 on the pop chart. His next EMI album, provided his third big hit, "This Night Won't Last Forever" and a Gold Record for European sales of "I'll Always Love You". Johnson recorded five albums in all for EMI and in 1985 moved over to RCA Records, where he adopted a contemporary country style that stayed compatible with his soft, mellow leanings, he scored five Top Ten country hits from 1986 to 1989, including the chart-toppers "Give Me Wings" and "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder."
After two country albums on RCA, Johnson moved over to Atlantic Records in 1991. He recorded sporadically in the 1990s for smaller labels. In 1995, the country music group 4 Runner scored a minor hit with the single "Cain's Blood", for which Johnson co-wrote an updated version with Jack Sundrud of Poco. Johnson proved to be a successful writer of prose when he penned "The Solo Performer" columns for the magazine Performing Songwriter from 1993-98. Johnson died at his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 25, 2017 at the age of 72. Official website Michael Johnson at AllMusic Michael Johnson discography at Discogs
You Better You Bet
"You Better You Bet" is a song by the British rock band The Who, appearing as the first track on their 1981 album Face Dances. It is sung by frontman Roger Daltrey with backing vocals from Pete Townshend and bassist John Entwistle. Townshend's guitar part is performed on a Rickenbacker 360/12. "You Better You Bet" became a hit and one of The Who's most recognizable songs. It was the last single by the band that reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 18. The track was at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart for five weeks beginning 4 April 1981. It was their last single to hit the Top Ten in the UK, peaking at No. 9. "You Better You Bet" was written by Pete Townshend as a love song for his girlfriend at the time: "I developed over several weeks of clubbing and partying. I was seeing the daughter of a friend of mine. I wanted it to be a good song because the girl I wrote it for is one of the best people on the planet." Townshend commented: "'You Better You Bet' was a spontaneous lyric.
A spontaneous, peppy song. Rex... and Who's Next". The synthesizer riff is performed on a Yamaha E70 home organ. "You Better You Bet" was released as the first single from Face Dances in February 1981, backed with the John Entwistle-penned "The Quiet One". The song peaked at No. 9 in the United Kingdom. This is thought to have been because Warner Bros. Records had decided to boycott independent promoters in America, which resulted in less airplay for the track. Roger Daltrey praised the song's vocal melody, comparing it to Elvis Presley: "A wonderful, wonderful song; the way the vocal bounces, it always reminds me of Elvis." and stated: "'You Better You Bet' is still one of my favourite songs of all." A music video for the song was produced in black and white featuring the band and keyboardist John Bundrick playing onstage. It was the fourth video played upon MTV's launch on 1 August 1981; the video was the 54th video to be aired on MTV, making it the first video to be shown on MTV more than once.
List of Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one songs of the 1980s
Robin Lane is an American rock singer and songwriter. Her band, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters, released three albums on Warner Bros. Records in the early 1980s, was best known for its single "When Things Go Wrong". Robin Lane grew up in Los Angeles, her father was Ken Lane and pianist for Dean Martin. While in her teens, Robin began performing in folk-rock clubs in southern California. From 1968 to 1970 she was married to future Police lead guitarist Andy Summers. In 1969, she sang backing vocals on the song "Round & Round" on Neil Young's album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. In the 1970s, Lane moved to eastern Pennsylvania and to Cambridge, where her musical interests turned from folk-rock to a harder sound influenced by the growing punk rock and new wave genres. In 1978, Lane formed the Chartbusters with Asa Brebner and Leroy Radcliffe, Scott Baerenwald and Tim Jackson, she had signed with Private Stock Records. After Jerry Wexler saw a Chartbusters show, however, he signed the band to Warner Brothers.
Their first album, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters featured the singles "When Things Go Wrong" and "Why Do You Tell Lies?", earned favorable reviews, received widespread airplay. The band had two more releases on the EP 5 Live and Imitation Life; the limited commercial success of these records, combined with business disputes and Lane's desire to have a child, led to the breakup of the Chartbusters in 1983. Lane continued writing and recording music, released the independent EP Heart Connection, the self-produced cassette In Concert, the full-length Catbird Seat, she co-wrote the song "Wishing On Telstar" for the 1991 Susanna Hoffs album. In 2001, Lane and several of the Chartbusters regrouped for two reunion concerts, decided to continue recording and performing. Since Lane has moved to western Massachusetts, where she works with the Turners Falls, Massachusetts Women's Resource Center, using music therapy to aid survivors of abuse. On 4 April 2014 Tim Jackson premiered his film of Robin Lane's life and career, When Things Go Wrong, followed by a Q & A and a set by Robin Lane & the Chartbusters, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts.
On March 2 and 3, 2019, band members staged another reunion concert at The Burren in Somerville, Massachusetts to support the release of Many Years Ago: The Complete Robin Lane & the Chartbusters Collection. That weekend's edition of the Chartbusters consisted of most of the original lineup: Lane on vocals and guitar, Asa Brebner on guitar, Scott Baerenwald on bass, drummer Tim Jackson, guitarist Billy Loosigian. Many Years Ago: The Complete Robin Lane & the Chartbusters Collection is a three-disc set. Released material consists of the two studio LPs, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters and Imitation Life. In addition, the set contains outtakes from the recording sessions for Heart Connection, as well as a series of demos unreleased studio tracks, various live performances. Robin Lane & The Chartbusters 5 Live EP Imitation Life Piece of Mind Heart Connection EP In Concert Catbird Seat Out of the Ashes The Sweet Candy Collection A Woman's Voice Official site - Robin Lane's Songbird Sings Organization - A unique approach to healing trauma using the creative process of songwriting.
Liner notes by Richie Unterberger for 2003 rerelease of "Robin Lane & the Chartbusters" Another profile of Robin Lane & the Chartbusters Ted Drozdowski, "Back to square one:Robin Lane returns to the Chartbusters, Boston Phoenix, Feb. 13, 2003 Alan Lecker, "On the wings of a songbird - Robin Lane uses music to help victims of abuse", Many Hands magazine Interview of Robin Lane, 1995 Allmusic.com entry MTV Yearbook:1981 - "When Things Go Wrong" music video
Little Suzi's on the Up
"Little Suzi's on the Up" is a song by British new wave group Ph. D; the song was released as the band's first single, appearing on their self-titled debut. The video for the song was notable for being the fifth music video shown during MTV's launch on August 1, 1981, it is sometimes misspelled by music video stations as Suzy. Suzi is the correct spelling; the music video for the song features fast motion at times. It begins with keyboardist Tony Hymas arriving and taking out a "roll out" keyboard from his case and applying it onto the piano to play, it moves on to lead singer Jim Diamond, a butcher, chopping meat and dancing with a pig that has a number on it, as he would be with "Suzi" when they go ballroom dancing which features a judge who appears with two scorecards. It moves on to Suzi, at a salon getting her hair done and decides to dance with a hairdryer surprising the salonist, it shows Diamond with his tuxedo on, ironing his trousers with steam arising. When he looks into the mirror, a picture appears of the guy that he imagines he would be at the dance.
It features the stylist eating a pickled egg with a cold cuts fork. Suzi picks up her dress from drummer Mark Craney in the closet, with the judge appearing from the hamper. Diamond arrives to pick up Suzi who comes running to his motorcycle with the trailer somehow gotten unhitched. Suzi is seen riding behind Diamond on the motorcycle as they arrive at Hammersmith Palais featuring other ballroom dancers. Ruby, the saxophonist arrives at the hall trying to blow into the sax, clogged by a pickled egg which amuses her and she eats it and continues her solo; the reoccurring judge gives them a 10, they have won. As Suzi approaches the stage in a dignified manner, the prize is a jar of pickled eggs with the other dancers leaving in dismay; the video ends with Hymas rolling up his keyboard from the piano back into his case and leaving the stage. Hard rock band Tesla covered the song in 1986 under the name "Little Suzi". Tesla released the cover as the second single from Mechanical Resonance; the single broke Tesla into the mainstream and was the most successful single from their debut, reaching #91 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The video for Tesla's version shows the band performing the song on a stage. Jeff Keith – vocals Frank Hannon – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin Tommy Skeoch – rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar Brian Wheat – bass guitar Troy Luccketta – drums Little Suzi's on the Up Music Video on YouTube