Famous 80’s hair metal band Ratt has had two members going ‘round and round’ for some time now, in a lawsuit that has just recently seen it’s end. Former drummer Bobby Blotzer staked a claim against bassist Juan Croucier, saying that he used the RATT name to promote his other band, which is trademark infringement. According to other reports however, Croucier was still a part of the partnership that owned the RATT name, along with his former drummer, and the rest of the band.
Oddly enough, a few members of the band attempted to transfer the name to another entity in 1997, but this was ruled invalid, meaning by technicality, Croucier was still a member of the partnership that owned the name, and was legally allowed to use the name in his new band’s name.
The last twist of the story includes the other members of the band stating that Blotzer was now officially out of the band, and could only use the words ‘Former member of RATT’ when referring to himself in another music situation.
RATT was famous for their songs ‘Round and Round’, ‘Slip Of The Lip’, ‘Lay It Down’, ‘Wanted Man’, and many more — ‘Round and Round’ peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200.
If you are an 80′s baby like me you know how great the music was back then. From Michael, to Dolly, Madonna. Back then music was really music. The artist could actually sing. It wasn’t all this auto tune and changing stuff up in the studio to make it sound better (not that there’s anything wrong with that, if that’s what your in the mood for). I loved the music from the 80′s and every now and then I need my fix.
Unfortunately it can sometimes be very difficult to find an 80′s radio station in my local area. But thanks to the internet I can listen to any music from any era right on my computer or mobile device. In my opinion, the 80′s Station on HitsRadio.com is one of the best. The playlist is handpicked by a real human being, not some stupid algorithm that thinks it knows what you want to to hear.
Our Channel offer’s 80′s music that only plays the top hits from that decade. Its great to be able to turn on a radio station that is dedicated to the 80′s right? Listening to songs that have so much meaning and bring back so many great memories. Remember your first kiss? I bet it was to a hit from the 80′s, even if you weren’t an 80′s baby.
Remember the first person you fell in love with? How about the first time you made love? Chances are it was to one of the hits in the 80′s. The 80′s were the best. And when you listen to 80′s radio it will make you smile as you remember all the wonderful things that took place in your life during the 80′s.
The 80’s introduced the world to some of the best music ever created. Notable artists such as Duran Duran, Michael Jackson and Kenny Rogers released some of their greatest hits in the 80’s. 80s music was the type of music that crossed all lines and borders. It brought people together like never before. Do you remember the song “We Are The World”?
That song still till this day is considered one of the greatest songs ever written. It touched millions of people all over the globe. And guess who it was written by? None other than Micheal Jackson and Lionel Richie. And who can forget the very edgy and provocative “Like A Virgin” by Madonna? It was pop magic and it push the limits on every level.
It was an iconic statement that could only be made by an artist as bold as Madonna. And No top 80s music list would be complete without the legendary rap group Run DMC. There impact on the world of hip hop can’t overlooked. They are the ones responsible for introducing rap to the urban culture.
Not only did they influence the music world, they also had a huge influence on the fashion world. No one can forget “My Adidas”. They made Adidas the shoe to wear in neighborhoods all over the world. You also can’t forget “Walk This Way”. That collaboration with Aerosmith took music as whole to a new level. It brought 80s music rap to the mainstream and made it something people of all races and backgrounds wanted to hear.
A grand mal seizure may have caused R&B singer Teena Marie’s untimely death at the age of 54.
The singer was found dead in her Pasadena home the day after Christmas. Marie was taking an afternoon nap in her bedroom where her daughter checked her twice while she was asleep. On the second time she was checked at 3 p.m., Marie was already unresponsive.
Pasadena, California police said the singer died of “natural causes” according to a TMZ report. The singer’s publicist, Lynn Jeter, said in her statement that Marie might have suffered a grand mal seizure. It was reported that the R&B artist endured the same type of seizure a month ago, but was immediately taken to the hospital, enduring another seizure while inside the ambulance.
A grand mal seizure, according to Mayo Clinic, is caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain which features loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Most of the time, this kind is caused by epilepsy while in some cases; the seizure is triggered by extremely low blood sugar or a stroke.
The seizure was said to have caused Marie two broken ribs from a fall; injuries are common for people who suffered from a seizure this massive. Marie’s daughter, Alia Rose, called 911 when she found her mom unresponsive. Despite a very emotional disposition, Alia Rose made the report herself and told the operator that her mother “lost her color…her color is gone”.
An autopsy and toxicology will be performed later this week. By then, questions about Marie’s death will be answered fully, though even now, illegal drug intake has been ruled out as a reason for the songstress’ passing, as law enforcement officials found no traces of such drugs. Marie struggled in fighting addiction to prescription pain medication before, according to the Associated Press. She became addicted to Vicodin when her ex-lover and mentor Rick James passed away in 2004.
Later on, she dismissed taking such medication and had shifted to using herbal medicines. When her body was found, herbal medicines were recovered from her room (not marijuana, according to police).
“Lovergirl” by Teena Marie
Born Mary Christine Brockert, Teena Marie was also known by the nickname Lady T and was dubbed “The Ivory Queen of Soul”. She signed with Motown Records in 1976. The multi-instrumentalist was regarded as “one of the strongest voices in R&B and soul music”. Her hits include Lovergirl, Ooo La La La, and Square Biz. Marie was able to release 13 albums throughout her career, two of which went platinum, and the rest of which went gold. Her 1984 single “Lovergirl” was Marie’s biggest hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Marie was supposed to head to Atlanta to perform a New Year’s show; Jeter shared Marie’s excitement about her scheduled performance, as it was the singer’s first after the seizure she experienced last month.
The late R&B star received four Grammy nominations. Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, described Teena Marie as “a black voice trapped in a white body” for the soulful artistry the late singer possessed. She had worked with big names in the music industry in her three-decade career and was regarded by Hughes as “one of the greatest vocalists of our time”.
The South by South West music festival just took place in Austin, TX. There were hundreds of great bands and musicians from all over the world. Some classic hit bands from the 80s came back to give outstanding free performances for their fans at Auditorium Shores. Hit bands such as The Stone Temple Pilots and Cheap Trick showed up for long lasting fans from their earlier years. People of all ages came to the free concert series to see the BoDeans perform. They rocked the house and had everyone in the audience singing and dancing along with their music.
The BoDeans were formed by musicians Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann in Wisconsin back in the early 1980s. Slash/Warner records signed them on with their music label after a full band was formed by adding a bassist and drummer. They immediately began to record their music, and the first album called Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in 1986. Soon after, they were voted the Best New American Band by the Rolling Stones magazine.
Since the release of their first album, they have released eight more albums. The most recent which will be released in April of this year is called Mr. Sad Clown, and it will be their ninth studio album. You may remember one of their hits if you watched the 90s television program Party of Five. The song Closer to Free from the album Go Slow Down was chosen for the theme song of the series. It instantly brought them more fans and increased their level of fame and exposure. The song was also used in the movie Heavyweights.
Their music is categorized under the genres of alternative rock, roots rock, and rock. Their music has topped the mainstream rock and adult contemporary charts. The band has seen some new members since the original formation back in the 80s. The current members, who include the two original founders Kurt and Sam, and: Noah Levy, Eric Holden, and Bukka Allen. Kurt does the vocals and plays the electric guitar, and Sam performs vocals and the acoustic guitar.
The band has been very successful and has a loyal following of fans that have stuck by them since the 80s. Two of the band members have worked on solo projects but still continue to fuel the success of the band as a whole. The two founders Kurt and Sam have worked on solo projects. Kurt Neumann recorded an album in the late 90s called Shy Dog, and Sam Llanas recorded his album in 1998 called A Good Day to Die.
About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.
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About the Author:
Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.
.977music.com is an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50's thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.
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