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Steve Peake

Updated Articles and Resources

By Steve Peake

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Top AC/DC Songs of the '80s Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      As the result of tragedy, hard rock band AC/DC moved into an entirely new phase for the '80s that ultimately became its most popular period of all.
    • Top 10 Albums of 1984 Created: Sunday, August 12, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      While 1984 graced us with some of the strongest, most lasting albums of the '80s, the year was so thick with important pop music that there's plenty of competition for the top 10 albums culled from...
    • Top 10 Arena Rock Artists of the '80s Created: Saturday, May 23, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Based on bright, memorable melodies as well as minimal menace, arena rock has never been accused of being edgy or critically beloved. Where it has found great success, however, is in selling lots a...
    • Top 10 Most Tragic & Untimely Deaths of '80s Artists Since 1990 Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Since the end of the '80s nearly two decades ago, many of its musical artists have aged and matured in typical ways, either in or out of the business. Some, of course, dealt with that constant evol...
    • Profile of All-Female '80s Pop Band the Bangles Created: Sunday, April 23, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Though they originated from L.A.'s Paisley Underground scene, the Bangles became one of the decade's biggest chart-toppers during the mid- to late-'80s, following a decided shift to mainstream pop....
    • Top 10 Metallica Songs of the '80s Created: Sunday, April 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Despite releasing only four full-length studio albums during the band's most relevant decade, 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica delivered a strikingly high percentage of quality t...
    • Top Alabama Songs of the '80s Created: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      One of commercial country music's few hugely successful bands of the past three decades, Alabama maintained stable membership as a quartet and perfected an easy-going sound during the '80s that app...
    • Top '80s Rod Stewart Songs Created: Saturday, December 13, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      For every '80s listener that enjoyed the increasing influence of disco and dance music on Rod Stewart's sound, there have always been several more long-time fans deflated by his departures from roc...
    • Top 10 Irish, Scottish & Welsh Artists of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      When it comes to pop music and the British Isles, the English have always enjoyed a dense concentration of talent and therefore the lion's share of attention. But during the '80s as well as before ...
    • Top 5 Blustery Vocal Performances of the '80s Created: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      '80s music certainly had its share of over-the-top performances, especially on the part of singers emoting so much they had to be close to physical collapse. Here's a look at a few of the most extr...
    • What was the longest-running number one U.S. mainstream rock hit of the '80s? Created: Monday, March 08, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Enjoy here another feature in a series focused on essential '80s music trivia, as this time we examine the single that enjoyed the longest run of the decade at number one on the U.S. Billboard main...
    • Cheap Trick Artist Profile Created: Thursday, August 16, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Arena rock favorites Cheap Trick became nearly instant superstars during the late '70s, but the American band remained consistently active during the '80s as well. Never championed too much by critics anyway, the group experienced declining reviews and sales as the decade wore on, but the quirky, melodic songwriting of guitarist Rick Nielsen delivered some gems nonetheless. Here's a look at the sustained career of one of the most beloved bands of the arena rock era.
    • Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Yo La Tengo - "Clunk" Created: Saturday, May 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Indie rock band Yo La Tengo began its career during the mid '80s, bringing a freewheeling, lively approach to the early years of indie and alternative rock.
    • Jangle Pop - Profile of '80s Underground Genre Jangle Pop Created: Saturday, March 14, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      As one of many subgenres of post-punk and college rock, jangle pop was distinguished by its retro focus on Beatles-inspired guitar pop and its further development of the power pop and early alterna...
    • What is Steve Perry's primary European heritage? Created: Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      A brief discussion about Steve Perry's heritage.
    • Heartland Rock - Profile of '80s Mainstream Genre Heartland Rock Created: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Heartland rock has exerted its influence on subsequent decades and certainly drew from previous rock, folk and country styles, but it hit its peak during the '80s as a viable mainstream form.
    • College Rock - Alternative When Alternative Wasn't Commercial Created: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      College rock is a blanket term used to refer to early alternative music of the '80s that found its radio home on college stations with an eclectic, independent philosophy. Though much of the music ...
    • Arena Rock - Profile of Mainstream '80s Genre Arena Rock Created: Thursday, May 22, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Without arena rock, '80s music would have been a far different creature, and despite common attitudes to the contrary, probably not for the better. Despite its commercial nature, the '80s blend of ...
    • Paul Young Solo Artist Profile Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      English singer Paul Young enjoyed one major pop hit in the U.S. but became a major star in his native U.K. during the '80s.
    • Top 8 '80s Songs That Address a Person by Name in the Title Created: Sunday, September 02, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Here's a look at some of the best music of the '80s addressed directly to another person, an interesting list of top hits and lesser-known album tracks from various genres.
    • Mike + the Mechanics Artist Profile Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Led by guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame, Mike + the Mechanics also featured a pair of shining veteran lead singers in Paul Carrack and Paul Young.
    • Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Uncle Green Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
      Though originating in New Jersey, guitar rock band Uncle Green relocated to Atlanta and became a well-received if generally little-known underground band.
    • Hunters & Collectors Artist Profile Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Like many of its Australian peers, guitar rock band Hunters & Collectors began as a pub rock outfit, ultimately evolving into an imaginative, significant group of the '80s and '90s.
    • Top 10 R.E.M. Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      R.E.M. has always been known as a strong album band and, thanks to their firm entrenchment in the underground during the early '80s, the band never really had much of an outlet for singles. Even so...
    • Top Songs by British Alternative Legends The Smiths Created: Thursday, August 27, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      I know I'm taking a huge risk by even attempting a list like this, but sometimes an '80s music guide has to do what an '80s music guide should have done months before. After all, it's safe to say t...
    • Top 10 Paul McCartney Solo Songs of the '80s Created: Sunday, March 14, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      I've mostly steered clear over the years of too much exposure to Paul McCartney's work with his '70s band Wings and his subsequent solo work. Of course, I haven't been able or even wished to avoid ...
    • Top 9 Psychedelic Furs Songs of the '80s Created: Thursday, July 10, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Aside from having a curious and mysterious band name and settling on an ingenious blend of pop and rock impulses, England's Psychedelic Furs simply had no shortage of great songs. That's what trans...
    • Top 9 Violent Femmes Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Exploring the back catalogue of a band like the Violent Femmes, one of rock music's all-time cult favorites, is a rewarding enterprise just on its own merit. But when placed against the backdrop of...
    • Top 8 Elvis Costello Songs of the '80s Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Although Elvis Costello made his biggest splash in the late '70s as a pub rock/punk/new wave singer-songwriter, the decade in which he demonstrably proved his eclecticism and broad range of talents...
    • Top 8 XTC Songs of the '80s Created: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Few '80s artists representing any genre released music as ambitious and solidly built on songcraft as XTC, one of the decade's primary masters of quirky British post-punk. Here's a look at some of ...
    • Top 10 Songs of 1988 Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Here's a look at 10 of the most striking, singular tunes from 1988, a year dominated by some pretty lame pop hits and hair metal posturing but somehow still rich with delightful musical surprises.
    • Forgotten Gem of the '80s - Peter Himmelman Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman often receives the label of a musician's musician, and his history as a serious, multi-faceted artist got its start during the '80s.

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