WATCH: “Driver’s Seat” by Sniff ‘n’ The Tears LIVE – 1980 on Dutch TV

04/24/2018

I know you know this song by heart, but who remembers the band “Sniff ‘n’ The Tears? The British band made eight albums over the years, starting in 1979, but “Driver’s Seat” off their debut album Fickle Heart was the only real hit they ever had. In fact, the song didn’t do nearly as well in the UK not because the public didn’t like it, but because the record label…

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WATCH: What Makes This Song Great? Van Halen’s “Running With the Devil” – Rick Beato

04/19/2018

Have you ever wanted to understand what really makes a great song? What it takes to put everything together just right to get that incredible sound? I’ve wanted a number of this guy’s videos and Rick Beato is the real deal!  Here’s more from his Facebook page biography: Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock…

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WATCH: The Cars “Just What I Needed” on The Midnight Special 1978

04/16/2018

Another great performance on the late late 70’s and early 80’s show “The Midnight Special, this time from The Cars!  “Just What I Needed” was released as their debut single from their self-titled debut album, The Cars, released in 1978 on Elektra Records. The song started as a demo, and became a successful single for The Cars, hitting the The Top 30 on the Billboard Charts, and continues to be…

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WATCH: Firefall performs “Strange Way” – 1978

03/27/2018

This is about as close as I’ve been able to find to a LIVE performance of this song after quite a bit of searching.  At least they’re pretending like it’s live, so there you go. Here’s more on the band from Wikipedia: Firefall is a rock band that formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. It was founded by Rick Roberts, who had been in the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock…

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WATCH: Shirtless Ted Nugent rocks “Cat Scratch Fever” LIVE on The Midnight Special (1978)

03/14/2018

I remember this appearance by “The Motor City Madman” on The Midnight Special back on September 6, 1978.  He played both “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever” that night, but the latter really brought the house down as I recall. “Cat Scratch Fever” was originally released on May 13, 1977 from Nugent’s thrid studio  album and is well known for its signature guitar riff, which is a “3-tone minor-key melody harmonized…

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WATCH: Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion (LIVE Texxas Jam ’78)

02/19/2018

For those of you not familiar with the event, the Texxas Jam was the nickname of an annual summer rock concert officially known as the Texxas World Music Festival held between 1978 and 1988. Over the years it was he held in either Dallas at the Cotton Bowl, and in Houston, at either the Astrodome or the Rice Stadium on the campus of Rice University and was intended to duplicate…

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WATCH: Van Halen Lost Footage From Early Concert – January 28, 1978 – Fresno, California

02/11/2018

We’re still doing research, but this appears to be some of the earliest “watchable” video of Van Halen in concert, early in 1978, just before their debut album, Van Halen, dropped. Yes, there is other footage that claims to be older, but it’s mostly ghostly images that are hard to make out … and even harder to listen to. Kids these days don’t realize how hard it was to sneak…

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LISTEN: Van Halen’s Debut Album from 1978 – Full Recording

02/11/2018

Van Halen’s self-titled debut studio album was released on February 10, 1978, and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200. The album became widely owned as the band’s popularity grew, eventually going on to sell more than ten million copies in the United States. By August 7, 1996 and Van Halen was certified Diamond. One of only six rock bands to release two RIAA Diamond status albums, Van Halen…

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