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Two great gentlemen… without a woman

Zucchero & Paul Young – Without a woman

“Without a woman”, “Senza una donna” in the original italian version, is a wonderful song. One of Zucchero’s elegies, probably in the best period of his long career, a timeless poem. Even more precious due to the participation of Paul Young, an icon of the 80s,

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The King is never wrong

And actually he could not be wrong: his style was so pure and his genius was in the peak of creativity. In November 1987 Michael Jackson released as a single this fantastic song, the third single from “Bad”. And it was immediately a great success, one of those the fans really loved.

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80’s birthday

Band Aid – Do they know it’s Christmas

Do they know it’s Christmas absolutely deserves a special recognization in the 80s. That is, if I had to choose the birthday of the 80s, I’d have a doubt. First choice could be between Jul 29 and Aug 1.

In fact,

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The songs of destiny

Paul McCartney – Once upon a long ago

“Once upon a long ago” sounds like a special song to me.

Some songs enter our lives for unexplicable reasons, occurences, and they don’t go away. And they will never go away. Thirty years ago the great Sir Paul McCartney wrote this song for a due with his close friends Freddie Mercury.

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Talent and character

On Nov 16, 1987, the great Rick Astley released his first album “Whenever you need somebody”. We already met him: a sensational voice, an undeniable talent, the meeting with the three producers of the late 80s, projecting him towards success. But Rick still remains, we say it after 30 years,

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The king of glamour

ABC – King without a crown
But a King without a crown! Martin Fry and ABC were definitely a stylish group, created some great music, but I think they were sort of underestimated.
Maybe thay lacked some perseverance or maybe their songs, yet beautiful, never reached the peaks required to become Duran Duran or Spandau Ballet.

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Extreme

Eurythmics – (I love to listen to) Beethoven

In everything she did, throughout all the 80s, Annie Lennox was extreme, like in “Beethoven”. Extremely skilled, peculiar, iconic, sometimes upsetting, seductive. Both in the worldwide hits of the first albums like “Sweet dreams” and “It’s alright”, and in the hit that had minor success.

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From purple to white

Whitesnake – Here I go again

Whitesnake released “Here I go again” thirty years ago, early November 1987, and this song has a great story behind. We know Whitesnake are the creation in the 80s of David Coverdale, who was in the 70s one of the leaders of Deep Purple,

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Genius and madness

Genius, we had one. The Prince of Minneapolis, author of this fantastic song. Madness, there she was, upset girl at her first success, handsome but also weird, a fabulous voice, great empathy. But also great fragility, for all of her life, between changes of mind and suicide attempts. We know the 80’s recipe for success,

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