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Remember This: Male Singers Part 2

Did you enjoy my trip down memory lane? Here are some more guys I am bringing back into the spotlight:

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Paul Young
British soul singer Paul Young had the biggest hit of his career with his take on a song from Hall & Oates.
Essential songs: Everytime You Go Away, Come Back and Stay

Howard Jones
New wave keyboardist Howard Jones, have had a decently long career. He has written some great pop gems, that still sound great. He was one of the headliners on the Regeneration Tour last year.
Essential songs: Things Can Only Get Better, No One Is to Blame

Kenny Loggins
For a while this guy was the go-to singer for movie soundtracks in the 1980’s. And this was after his success with Jim Messina in the 70’s.
Essential songs: Footloose, I’m Alright, Danger Zone

Babyface
One of hottest singer, songwriter and producers of the 90’s and beyond. He has written and produced for Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown and more. Plus had hits on his own too.
Essential songs: Whip Appeal, It’s No Crime

Bobby Brown
He first came to prominence in the group New Edition, but after his 2nd album he was a star on his own. Lots of attitude and swagger… he owes a lot of his success to his songwriters and producers.
Essential songs: Don’t Be Cruel, My Prerogative

Billy Ocean
Equally adept at dance songs and ballads, this singer from Trinidad, had a good run of catchy songs.
Essential songs: Caribbean Queen, Get Out of My Dreams (Get into My Car)

Rick Astley
He looked like an Archie comic, but sang like a soul star. Thanks to the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman, he became a worldwide sensation.
Essential songs: Never Gonna Give You Up, Together Forever

Seal
This British soul singer definitely made a name for himself . First with his songs, second for who he married and divorced (Heidi Klum).
Essential songs: Crazy, Kiss from a Rose

Lenny Kravitz
American born rocker who hasn’t been shy about his love of music from decades past especially the 60’s and 70’s. He also acts — see The Hunger Games.
Essential songs: American Woman, It’s Not Over til It’s Over

That’s it for round 2. Did I leave anyone off? 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.

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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.

Friends v. F*** Buddies

I have had this title for awhile… So here goes. I don’t have any friends with benefits or a f*** buddy. I never have. Yet for other people, this is nothing. It has happened for them, and will happen again. Is it more prevalent in the gay community or does it exist in the straight community too? (It does if you believe recent romantic comedies).

As a gay man, I long for friendships with other men. Someone I can talk to, hang out with, and share some fun times. Sex has gotten in the way a couple of times — one or the other wanted something more, but the other person didn’t and the friendship fizzled out.

Or we did have sex, and then you think you will be friends with the person at the very least… but that doesn’t happen either. You end up running into that person someplace else, and you both have the feeling “Haven’t I met you before?” Yeah, we had a drunken hook-up at so-and-so’s party…

I am sure straight guys run into the same issues with having female friends. Can a straight guy have a female friend he hasn’t slept with? I’d love to hear from people on this.

I’ve wondered if me being in a relationship has scared off potential friends. Because I am not available, and they want a boyfriend. Maybe there is even mutual attraction, but we know that we can’t act on it, or if we did it wouldn’t be anything more than a temporary fling? I have my life partner.

Also, I know it is sometimes hard being friendly to my partner’s ex’s. Yeah, I know they had sex, and it was in the past, but I wonder if they still want him. And are they being friendly to me just to please him, or do they genuinely like me too.

Recently I have tried to reach out to some past partners… I had fun with them, and I like them as persons. Do they like me too outside of the bedroom? Can my partner handle the friendship, or will he be worried that we will hook up again? What if I want to hook-up again?

Relationships are not easy.. for anyone, gay or straight. They are work… but ultimately they are worth it.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. The eBook, A View from the Cheap Seats, can be downloaded from LuluAmazon and the iBookstore. It can be read on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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