Match The 80’s Backing Bands: The Blackhearts, The Destroyers, and The Attractions

“LITTLE LIAR”    JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS

joanjettliar“Up Your Alley” was the 1988 Joan Jett CD best known for the song “I Hate Myself For Loving You”.   The follow-up single, “Little Liar” only verified the legacy of Joan Jett.  A power ballad co-written with Desmond Child (famous for his work with KISS, Cher, and  even Michael Bolton).   Two videos were released, a live version and a story driven video about a cheating guy that Joan’s calling out on stage.

“EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK”    ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS

elvis-costello-and-the-attractions-everyday-i-write-the-book-rcaThe Attactions were the backing band for Elvis Costello during his most successful decade, 1978-1988.    Songs like “Allison”, “What’s So Funny”, “Red Shoes”,  and my choice from 1983 were essential Elvis Costello hits.   “Everyday” is a hopeless romantic pop song that Elvis wrote in ten minutes as a dare to himself to see if he could compose a hit in such a short time.  It turned out to be a career highlight and a fan favorite.

“IF YOU DON’T START DRINKING I’M GONNA LEAVE”   GEORGE THOROGOOD and THE DESTROYERS

george-thorogood-if-you-don-t-start-drinking-silver-b791They’re actually called the Delaware Destroyers.   George Thorogood’s best known for “Bad To The Bone” but this is a band that sold more than 15 million albums, opened for the Rolling Stones, played at Live Aid, and kept the spirit of Chuck Berry alive for over 35 years.  “If You Don’t Stop Drinkin'”  is vintage old time blues rockabilly.  If you ever get the chance, check out a Thorogood concert, despite being in his early 60’s, George is one of the hardest working, entertaining bluesmen around today.

 

 

 

 

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