Great lost hit: Julian Lennon, “Say You’re Wrong” (1985)

(Above: The artist, looking just a bit like Dad.) By the end of April, 1985, I was a junior in high school. I was supposed to be concentrating on things like taking the ACT, finishing my classes, and looking for a summer job. Of course, none of those things were priorities with me or most … Continue reading Great lost hit: Julian Lennon, “Say You’re Wrong” (1985)

Car tunes: The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1967)

(Above: My 1969 Chevrolet Impala, nicknamed "The Chariot of Death.") April 4, 1985 was a Thursday.  The end of my junior year of high school was in sight. While many of my classmates were making plans for the junior prom, I had no such prospects. Instead, I made a rather questionable investment of about $700 … Continue reading Car tunes: The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (1967)

Rest in peace, Joey Alves: Y&T, “Summertime Girls” (1985)

(Above: Y&T from the "Summertime Girls" video. Nice shorts.) Got word this evening that Joey Alves, the guitarist for the band Y&T, passed away after a battle with ulcerative colitis.  He was 63. It's the second death for the band in the last six months following the passing of drummer Leonard Haze last fall at … Continue reading Rest in peace, Joey Alves: Y&T, “Summertime Girls” (1985)