The SOS Band landed their first hit with “Take Your Time (Do it Right)” on their self titled debut album released in 1980. The song was co-written by Sigidi Abdullah and Harold Clayton and featured the sweet melodic vocals of their lead singer Mary Davis. Soon after the single’s release, they caught the attention of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who helped them write and produce a slew of smash hit dance tracks throughout the 80s including “Just Be Good to Me” and “Weekend Girl.”
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I wanted to big a Throwback Friday post that addressed the issue of suicide. I picked Billy Joel’s “You’re Only Human (Second Chance)” because he cleverly took a serious topic and managed to make an upbeat sounding track about it. The song was written to address teenage suicide, something that is a matter of his own heart.
Rounding out my music related posts for today, I wanted to pick something mellow from the 80s and “Holding Back the Years” by Simply Red came to mind. It’s on their album entitled “Picture Book” originally released in 1985. Simply Red’s lead singer Mick Hucknall (aka “Red”) from the UK wrote the song when he was 17 years old. The song is inspired by Red’s childhood having been raised by his father after his mother left the home when he was 3 years old. “Holding Back the Years” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1986.
This is sooooo Skateland in Columbia, Maryland for me. You know that 2-step to the right and then 2-step to the left with your hips swaying that we used to do? Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam “I Wonder if I Take You Home.”