Gem of the Week: “The Glamorous Life”-Sheila E.

Song: “The Glamorous Life” Artist: Sheila E. Album The Glamorous Life (1984) 80’s pop singer-drummer goddess Sheila E.’s first album, The Glamorous Life remains a mesh-legginged, big-haired strut and a #throwbackthursday win. Released in ’84, at the height of Madonna-styled female independence, chunky bangles, and snappy radio hits, the singer’s freshman studio album bops with quirky synths, heavy dance…

Gem of the Week: “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)”-Billy Ocean

Song: “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” Artist: Billy Ocean Album: Suddenly (1984) Deep in the subconscious of most radio-hip ’80s teens-now-moms (specifically, mine) likely still lingers the vintage, isle-disco sounds of Trinidadian-British singer Billy Ocean and his peppy dance legacy. The R&B slash pop figure upheld a catchy status, yet remained a step above…

Gem of the Week: “Use Me”-Bill Withers

Song: “Use Me” Artist: Bill Withers Album: Still Bill (1972) The dusky-voiced soul behind some of the sleekest R&B singles of the ’70s, Bill Withers should probably be known for more than just “Lean on Me”, the solo artist’s trademark ballad. Withers started up in 1970, his breakout studio album, Just As I Am, releasing in 1971….

Gem of the Week: “Hang On To Your Love”-Sade

Song: “Hang On To Your Love” Artist: Sade Album: Diamond Life (1984) As elevator-R&B crept its way into mid-to-late 1980s radio, the exotic, glossy-toned Sade couldn’t have seized a better role than queen of the newborn genre. Oozing an unfound tropical vogue that could enchant any instrumental—jazz, pop, or otherwise, the singer’s unprocessed approach to vocals…

Gem of the Week: “Barbarism Begins At Home”-The Smiths

Song: “Barbarism Begins At Home” Artist: The Smiths Album: Meat Is Murder (1985) Long before the term ‘indie’ was tossed around in music gossip, or ‘hipster’—to out the misfit genre’s followers—several quirky 80s artists were already taking the avant-garde business by storm; in particular, the yawn-jowled, perpetually aloof Morrissey and his snooty new-wave clique, collectively known…

Gem of the Week: “Lullaby”-The Cure

Song: “Lullaby” Artist: The Cure Album: Disintegration, 1989 Every post-punk junkie knows the basics about–or more so, the ‘hits’ off the iconic Disintegration. Most can verify the EP’s intended mood; it retains a somber notability that even the new-generation, black eyeliner-smeared goth kids can dig. But to coin a Frank Ocean aphorism…’the best song wasn’t the single’. While…