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At 6th October of 1981, Journey released their great single "Don't Stop Believin'". Included on their seventh studio album "Escape", it became a number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. "Don't Stop Believin'" has entered other charts across the world in recent years, following a gain in popularity.

During their initial 14 years of existence (1973-1987), Journey altered their musical approach and their personnel extensively while becoming a top touring and recording band. The only constant factor was guitarist Neal Schon, a music prodigy who had been a member of Santana in 1971-1972. The original unit, which was named in a contest on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, featured Schon, bassist Ross Valory, drummer Prairie Prince (replaced by Aynsley Dunbar), and guitarist George Tickner (who left after the first album).

Another former Santana member, keyboard player and singer Gregg Rolie, joined shortly afterward. This lineup recorded Journey (1975), the first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals. By 1978, however, the group decided it needed a strong vocalist/frontman and hired Steve Perry.

When Steve Perry joined Journey, keyboarder and founding member Gregg Rolie still sung some songs. He quit the band two years later and was replaced by Jonathan Cain from The Babys. The Babys opened some concerts for Journey and was the candidate of choice for the band.

Jonathan Cain was a big reason for Journey’s success with the album “Escape”. He wrote some songs, which were too soft for The Babys but later ended up on the Journey album and became big hits. He also became the connector between the bandleaders and mains songwriter Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon.

His skills as songwriter were a big reason for some big hits like “Open Arms”, “Who’s Crying Now” and “Don’t Stop Believin”. In early 1981 the band had written enough songs and auditioned them during one months and then went to the studio were they recorded the album, which only cost 80’000 dollars. The album included singles like “Open Arms”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Who’s Crying Now” and “Still They Ride”, which all hit the top 20 of the single charts.

The album generated a lot of interest and sold over 20 million copies until today and still is very popular because “Don’t Stop Believin’” is one of the most used soundtracks of all time in movies or TV series. Prior to 1981, Journey had a couple of moderate hit albums and a few singles scraped the lower rungs of the Top 40, but they blew up huge with this one. Four Top 20 hits, three Top 10's. And mullet-stuffed arenas from Buffalo to Houston.

#Journey #StevePerry
#80sMusic #Rock
#SoftRock #ClassicRock
#AOR #Music #OS4L

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At 6th October of 1985, the first episode of "Jem and the Holograms" aired. "Jem", also known as "Jem and the Holograms", is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988 in U.S. first-run syndication. The series is about music company owner Jerrica Benton, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures. The series was a joint collaboration by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, the same team responsible for "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers."

Truly, truly, truly outrageous. If you grew up in the 80's, most likely you know and love "Jem and the Holograms". The cartoon series that starred Jerrica and her secret rockstar identity Jem. Along with her bandmates, The Holograms and Synergy a holographic computer designed to be the ultimate audio/visual entertainment synthesizer. As you can see, the cartoon was nothing short of amazing.

What makes this cartoon so different from the many others is the intricacy of the series, the show uses the characters as the central driving point in contrast to the majority of other cartoons that simply use them as a vehicle for mindless action. The reason for this is most likely the fact that the show was aimed at girls and as such random action isn't appealing however, characters, relationships, and inner conflicts are.

Jem features episodes that are both fun and exciting, examples of such are "The Battle of the Bands", "One Jem to Many", and "The Fan". Jem also has episodes that make the show transcend your everyday cartoon such as "Scandal", "Father's Day", "Riot's Hope", "A Father Should Be", and of course the powerful "Out of the Past" the maturity of which would never be understood by a child or even some adults.

The more emotional episodes feature complex themes such as the death of a parent, personal secrets, conflict among friends, and family strife. It's the mix of fun and depth that really make this such a wonderful show to watch, especially as an adult when you can really appreciate it's complexity.

Jem features three music videos spaced evenly throughout each episode breaking up the action nicely. The show has a talented voice over cast featuring Britta Phillips (singing voice of Jem), Samantha Newark (Voice of Jem/Jerrica), and Charlie Adler (Eric Raymond) as well as others. Episodes usually involve the rival band the Misfits and their attempts to thwart Jem's plans out of jealously. They are assisted by Eric Raymond whose goal is to regain control of Jerrica's business which he lost early in the series.

Eric Raymond is noteworthy as a main antagonist as he uses manipulation, money, and thugs instead of "magical powers" like many other cartoon villains, this brings a sense of reality that you don't often see in a cartoon. Near the end of the series Eric Raymond becomes so ruthless in his ways that it reaches a point of utter cruelty such that you forget you are watching a show made for children. Jerrica Benton (Jem) runs a foster home for girls that is funded entirely by her music company and it's primary act Jem and the Holograms, this noble undertaking gives real consequence to the struggles that occur.

The threat of potentially losing her business is a constant fear as it would destroy her charity work. Jerrica also deals with an emotionally draining love triangle due to her dual identity as Jem that involves her boyfriend Rio. This becomes even more complex as the show progresses with the introduction of a new group known as "The Stingers". Jem's inner emotional turmoil is explored throughout the series providing another interesting thread to the story that you might not pick up on until a second viewing.

While Jem has a few bad episodes, usually featuring forced or unoriginal stories, most are lighthearted and fun. If you have a cynical attitude such that you can't stomach positives messages, often find older shows "cheesy", or if you prefer to nitpick 1980's children's cartoons for plot holes (ex. why aren't the villains in jail for assault) then you won't likely enjoy this show.

Jem has wonderful characters, great music, and an interesting premise. A great deal of effort was put into character development allowing the viewer to get absorbed into the series following the struggles of the characters until the very end. You might find yourself enjoying a lighthearted episode only to be saddened by an unexpectedly emotional one that follows. Jem isn't political, sexual, violent, or negative yet still manages to be quite entertaining.

One difference you might notice is the almost total lack of sarcasm, after watching this show you'll start to observe that in modern shows, even during tense situations, characters are constantly making sarcastic comments. This is a crutch that writers these days use to keep people watching whereas the writers of Jem expect you to appreciate the story as a whole, not just bits and pieces of dialogue.

Jem is a very unique show, with music videos, great stories, and lovable characters, these factors drive the show instead of shock value often found in modern television shows. The writers of the show push Jem beyond your normal children's cartoon making it quite emotionally and thematically complex.

#Jem #JemAndTheHolograms #80sCartoons
#TVSeries #AdventureSeries #Fantasy
#Cartoon #Cartoons #VintageCartoons
#FantasySeries #Animation
#AnimatedSeries #Onthisday #TV
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At 10th October of 1992, R.E.M. scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Automatic For The People', featuring the singles 'Drive', 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight'', 'Man On The Moon' and 'Everybody Hurts.'

By the time they released this album in 1992, R.E.M. had already made the transition from cult college rock band to a rather unlikely stadium act. After the ‘shiny happy’ pop of their breakthrough 'Out Of Time', the ruminative 'Automatic For the People' turned them into one of the biggest bands on the planet for a while, selling a whopping 15 million copies.

Singer Michael Stipe’s words had long since emerged from the deliberately foggy lo-fi production of their early years ­ but the appeal of R.E.M. had always hinged on the hummability of their tunes, and there were more anthemic songs here than on any of their discs before or since. Perhaps surprisingly, though, it’s a more understated record than 'Out Of Time', leaning strongly towards an acoustic sound, with a third of the tracks even featuring orchestral arrangements by former Led Zeppelin bassist, John Paul Jones.

As usual, the lyrics are rather cryptic, and the way that “Sweetness Follows” rhymes ‘wonder’ with ‘thunder’ seems to suggest they’re sung for sonic effect as much as content. Perhaps the fact that “Man On The Moon” name checks glam rockers Mott The Hoople is a clue in that respect. Nonetheless, the sense of vulnerability and compassion evident in “Everybody Hurts” (and also “Sweetness Follows”) struck a chord with many.

The halting “Drive” is an unusual but effective opener and the title of “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” acknowledges its melodic debt to the much-covered “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. If there’s one downside to the wealth of familiar hits, it’s the way the album sags in its third quarter, from the plodding and incomprehensible “Monty Got A Raw Deal” and the rowdy “Ignoreland” to the rather slight “Star Me Kitten”.

“Man On The Moon” comes to the rescue just in time with a sure-fire chorus, and Stipe’s Elvis impersonation provides a rare flash of humour, after which the closing hush of “Nightswimming” and “Find The River” make for an impressively cathartic dénouement.

R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on "Automatic for the People", nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.

#REM #90sMusic
#AlternativeRock #SoftRock
#PopRock #CollegeRock
#JanglePop #UKCharts
#Music #OS4L

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At 12th October of 1987, George Harrison released his hit single "Got My Mind Set on You". Included on his 1987 album "Cloud Nine", it was not only the last US number 1 hit by Harrison, but also from any of the ex-Beatles in the US.

After the sales failure that his 1982 album Gone Troppo was, George Harrison decided to retire 'to be a gardener'. When he came back five years later, he returned with a winner, and a big contender as the best album of his carrer: Cloud Nine (1987), co-produced by Jeff Lynne, features some of his best work, in lyrical terms, adorned by exquisite instrumental ornaments and great production skills.

Cloud Nine was Harrison's comeback album. He hadn't had a hit since 1981 with "All Those Years Ago," and his previous US #1 was "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" in 1973. Until the Beach Boys released "Kokomo," Harrison had the record for longest span between #1 hits. "Got My Mind Set On You," however, was his last single to chart.

Proving that he could whip up a hit, he released this very simplistic cover song and it was a huge commercial success. A lot of Harrison's work was well off the mainstream, using unusual instruments and based on Indian music. This proved that he could release a song requiring very little thought and send it up the charts. Predictably, many of Harrison's ardent followers can't stand this song.

This was written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. Harrison bought a copy of the single in the summer of 1963 when visiting his sister Louise in Illinois. Many years later when he was writing his Cloud Nine album, he remembered the song and decided to cover it.

The video shows Harrison surrounded by household objects that move on their own. It helped market the song at a time when MTV was still playing a lot of videos. This was the last song by a solo Beatle to hit #1 in the US. Harrison was also the first Beatle to hit #1

#GeorgeHarrison #80sMusic
#Rock #ClassicRock
#PopRock #Music #OS4L

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At 12th October of 1988, glam metal band Poison released their hit single 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn.' It was released as the third single from Poison's second album "Open Up and Say... Ahh!". "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was named number 34 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s", #100 on their "100 Greatest Love Songs" and #7 on MTV and VH1 "Top 25 Power Ballads".

In a decade fueled by party anthems and power ballads, Poison enjoyed a great amount of popularity, with only Bon Jovi and Def Leppard outselling them. While the group had a long string of pop-metal hits, they soon became just as renowned for their stage show, and continued to be a major attraction long after the '80s came to a close (bringing the commercial downfall of pop-metal with it).

Formerly known as Paris, Poison was formed in 1984 by Bret Michaels, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett. After leaving their hometown of Harrisburg, PA, and resettling in L.A., the boys began holding auditions for a fourth member. Guitarist C.C. Deville got the gig, famously beating out future Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash in the process.

With their lineup intact, Poison embraced a glammy, androgynous image and began playing shows in L.A., becoming masters of self-promotion and D.I.Y. advertising in the process. The hard work won them a contract with Enigma Records in 1986, and they released their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, that summer. The record spawned a pair of Top 40 hits, "Talk Dirty to Me" and "I Won't Forget You," and sold over two-million copies within a year of its release.

The band was already quite popular by the end of 1987, but 1988's Open Up & Say...Ahh! proved to be Poison's commercial breakthrough, due to the massive hits "Fallen Angel," "Nothin' But a Good Time," and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (which became the band's first chart-topping single).

Poison lead singer Bret Michaels wrote this song in response to a failed love affair with Tracy Lewis. After playing at a bar in Dallas, Texas, Michaels called his girlfriend at her Los Angeles apartment and heard a man's voice in the background. The next day the disconsolate Michaels took his acoustic guitar with him to a Laundromat and wrote the song right there. In the US, this was #1 for the last two weeks in 1988 and also for the first week of 1989.

When the song first came out, it was a Dallas country station that actually spun it first, before the rock stations picked the tune up. Michaels recalled to Billboard magazine: "This was back before anyone thought about a crossover. We had 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' at #1 Pop, #1 Rock, and Top 40 Country, which was unheard of."

#Poison #80sMusic
#GlamMetal #Rock
#PowerBallad #Ballad
#ClassicRock #HardRock
#Music #OS4L

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"Para dominar los miedos ajenos... primero hay que dominar los propios" --Batman :P
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