Today, there are several choices, again, to choose from as the anniversary feature. Let’s see… Today is the 40th anniversary of both British Steel from Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, the debut, self-titled album from… you guessed it… Iron Maiden. It’s also the 38th anniversary of Van Halen’s Diver Down album, the 37th anniversary of Bowie’s Let’s Dance album, the 34th anniversary of Cocteau Twins’ Victorialand, and the also the 34th anniversary, and the second of the day for Judas Priest, of Priest’s Turbo.
Now, let’s see. I’m not a huge fan of Cocteau Twins and Diver Down is one of my least favorite Van Halen albums, so those are out. I’m a Dickenson fan and not a Di’Anno fan so the Iron Maiden is out, too. British Steel is a little early in the NWBHM realm for me to say that I love it. That means New Wave of British Heavy Metal. I dig it, but not my favorite. That leaves Bowie and Turbo. Man, that’s hard.
Turbo is my favorite Priest album. Yeah, it’s like the cheeseballest, 80s pop Priest record, but that was what I cut my Priest teeth on. I like “Turbo Lover” and “Parental Guidance.” Sorry, but I do. I liked the over-polished hipness of it. Sue me. Well, don’t. You wouldn’t get any from me.
Let’s Dance starts off really strong. “Modern Love,” his version of “China Girl” and the title track. It gets a little squirrely outside the theme from Cat People, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”, co-written by Giorgio Moroder.
So, for my vid pick for today, I decided I couldn’t pass up on Culture Club doing a Bowie cover. I hope you enjoy it! I should think I’d have liked to see Culture Club doing “Grinder” from British Steel but oh well.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“If you say run, I’ll run with you. And if you say hide, we’ll hide. Because my love for you would break my heart in two if you should fall, into my arms and tremble like a flower.” – “Let’s Dance” (Bowie)