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Falling Out of Love with Singers

Do you still like the same music you liked growing up? Or even the same artists as you did 10-20 years ago? I remember I liked KC & the Sunshine Band and Andy Gibb back in grammar school. I haven’t heard any of their music lately, but I do own their greatest hits collections.

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Being someone’s fan for a period of time, doesn’t mean we have to like everything they put out. People change, and your taste in music changes too. And an artist changes and evolves over their career too. Madonna, is someone who I have loved over the course of her entire career. Sure, there were albums and singles that I didn’t like as much, but overall, she is very dependable, and someone I would like to hear new music from.

For other singers, you may love a period of their music, or you loved them then, but not so much now. Who have I fallen out of love with and why? I have included my chances of buying new music or seeing them in concert at the end of each entry on a scale of 1-10. Read on to see my choices:

Olivia Newton-John. She was my favorite from Grease up to her Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and “Heart Attack.” I loved a lot of her music, and have seen her in concert a number of times. But her recent music…. Well, it is all sort of mellow and boring from what I have heard. I still love Olivia, and would love to see her in Vegas, but I will stick with her old music. And pass on any new music. Chance of seeing in concert: 8; Chance of buying new music: 5.

Kim Carnes. Mistaken identity was a great pop-rock record. Besides “Bette Davis Eyes”, there was a whole album of great songs there. I enjoyed her next few albums too, but as the hits stopped coming, my interest in her waned too. Never got to see her in concert. Chance of seeing in concert: 5; Chance of buying new music: 4.

George Michael. He was once my favorite singer. I especially loved Wham! and “Faith”. After “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” it was all downhill. I honestly haven’t followed him in years. Chance of seeing in concert: 6; Chance of buying new music: 3.

Toni Braxton. I loved her music when she was on Arista Records. Her output since then has been hit or miss. I do want to get her album with Babyface though. Chance of seeing in concert: 8; Chance of buying new music: 7.

Prince. I was a little late to the party with him. After “Purple Rain” I got all of his stuff up until the “Emancipation” CD. He just released too much, and it was just OK. Still a great live performer. Chance of seeing in concert: 8; Chance of buying new music: 6.

Debbie Gibson. I was really into her when she was on Atlantic Records… the first 3 were all great pop records. And she put on a good live show too. But after going through a few labels, and different styles I lost interest. For example, I would love to see a pop version of the Regeneration Tour (which has highlighted new-wave groups). How about Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Stacey Q., Samantha Fox, and Lisa Lisa together? I would so be there. Chance of seeing in concert: 5; Chance of buying new music: 3.

Rick Springfield. One of my favorite heart throbs from back in the day. His career was much more than “Jessie’s Girl” and I advise you to check out his anthology collection. But recent albums have been underwhelming or hook free for me. I know I haven’t bought the last few. Chance of seeing in concert: 7; Chance of buying new music: 5.

Blondie. This group has a great catalog of great songs from “Dreaming” to “Call Me” up to “Maria.” But 40 years on, I can’t say I am all that interested in the new music. But Debbie Harry is one of the best rock vocalists around still, and there might be a few songs I like on their recent releases. Chance of seeing in concert: 8; Chance of buying new music: 6.

Billy Joel. The Piano Man is still a force to be reckoned with on the concert trail. He has a great catalog of hits… but he says he is done with releasing new music. His last album was 21 years ago. I for one would love to see him do a covers album or a Christmas album. Chance of seeing in concert: 5; Chance of buying new music: 8.

So that’s my list. Who have you fallen out of love with? I would love to hear from you.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Remember This: Male Singers

This is the third blog in a series that focuses on musical acts from the past that I enjoy. The first was on female singers. The second was on groups. This one will focus on male singers. So who do I want to put the spotlight back on?

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Adam Ant
This singer from London, first made a splash in the group Adam and the Ants. With outrageous music videos and a great fashion sense, he definitely had his own style.
Essential songs: Goody Two Shoes, Strip

 

Billy Idol
With his spiky bleach blonde hair, and his snear, he was made for the music video era. He took punk to the mainstream, and had a few hits along the way.
Essential songs: Dancing with Myself, Rebel Yell

 

Michael Bolton
Singer-songwriter Michael Bolton definitely made plenty of hearts flutter back in the day… with his beautiful long locks and sexy, romantic vocals.
Essential songs: How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, When a Man Loves a Woman

 

Rick Springfield
He was my main teenage crush. He first came to my attention on the “Mission Magic” cartoon. But it was “Jessie’s Girl” that really put his musical career on the map. He is still a popular touring act.
Essential songs: Jessie’s Girl, Human Touch

 

Bryan Adams
This Canadian rocker with the raspy voice, had a string of hit songs in the 80’s and 90’s. He also did a number of movie songs too. He was equally adept at tender ballads and arena rockers.
Essential songs: Summer of 69, Heaven

 

George Michael
Before all the scandals and the self-imposed exile, he was a hitmaker with an impressive range of Top Ten hits. He was a great pop singer and songwriter.
Essential songs: Faith, Father Figure, Freedom ‘90

 

Terence Trent Darby
This man was proceeded by a fair amount of hype, his debut lived up to it. Too bad the rest of his career didn’t.
Essential songs: Wishing Well, Sign Your Name

 

Phil Collins
Already a star in the band Genesis, he also had a string of hit songs in the 80’s on his own.
Essential songs: In the Air Tonight, Sussidio

 

Sting
Another lead vocalist gone solo, he came from the group The Police and never looked back. He explored jazz, world music, soul and more in his solo career.
Essential songs: If You Love Someone (Set Them Free), Fields of Gold

 

Falco
Closer to a one-hit wonder than not, this singer had us caring about Mozart all over again. Sadly he died in car crash in 1998.
Essential songs: Vienna Calling, Rock Me Amadeus

 

Look for Part 2 of this conversation next week. Let me know what you think.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Speedos, Masculinity and Music

Real men still wear Speedos. Little did I know that this would become my most famous and successful posting to date. This latest entry will examine men in the music/entertainment business. We’ll talk about famous guys in Speedos as well as some views on masculinity too.

After cruising around the web the other day, I stumbled upon a new music video by the group LMFAO called “Sexy and You Know It.” The description said that members of the group were shakin’ it in Speedos at Venice Beach. I watched it, and thought it was a very fun video. It is about time that we get to see men shake it in music videos. LMFAO is a relatively new group made up of 2 guys — Redfoo and SkyBlu, both related to industry maven Berry Gordy (son and grandson). They had a big hit this past summer with “Party Rock Anthem.” Redfoo is the lead singer on the latest video, while SkyBlu is seen sporting a cardboard box TV head. I give the guys props for donning Speedos. They seem secure in their sexuality (I assume they are straight) and are having some fun. They don’t seem to care what other people think. Dancing at the club in Speedos would be awesome I am sure. And there are liberal shots of them shaking their “junk.” Be sure to watch the video here.

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