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Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s ‘Hair Ballads’ That Don’t, You Know, Suck

I bristle when folks dismiss everything from this era as garbage.

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

A visit with singers who know what it means to lose heart.

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others

“Rosalita” was the song that just had to be played before all important events.

Gimme Five: Danny Seraphine on ’25 or 6 to 4,’ ‘Full Circle,’ ‘Hard Habit to Break,’ others

Gimme Five: Danny Seraphine on ’25 or 6 to 4,’ ‘Full Circle,’ ‘Hard Habit to Break,’ others

We look back on a career that started and continues with CTA.

Gimme Five: Forgotten Kinks singles, including ‘Better Things,’ ‘Sleepwalker,’ ‘Wonderboy’

Gimme Five: Forgotten Kinks singles, including ‘Better Things,’ ‘Sleepwalker,’ ‘Wonderboy’

Time to recognize these as “klassics” in the Kinks songbook.

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s spiritual songs, including ‘My City of Ruins,’ ‘The Promised Land,’ ‘We Are Alive,’ others

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen’s spiritual songs, including ‘My City of Ruins,’ ‘The Promised Land,’ ‘We Are Alive,’ others

On the search for salvation, both in this world and the next.

Gimme Five: Garage Sailing Part II, with Traffic, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Who and others

Gimme Five: Garage Sailing Part II, with Traffic, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Who and others

Finding cool old CDs on sale is great. Just don’t get the greedy eye.

Gimme Five: Overlooked Albums by Bad Company, Genesis, Husker Du, others

Gimme Five: Overlooked Albums by Bad Company, Genesis, Husker Du, others

Call this one: A Trip to St. Cecilia’s Orphanage for Homeless Albums.

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen road songs, including ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Racing in the Street,’ ‘Born to Run,’ others

Gimme Five: Bruce Springsteen road songs, including ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Racing in the Street,’ ‘Born to Run,’ others

He uses these metaphors as a foundation for deeply revealing character studies.

Gimme Five: Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie + Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Send Her My Love,’ ‘Anytime,’ ‘I’ll Be Alright,’ others

Gimme Five: Neal Schon, Gregg Rolie + Steve Smith on Journey’s ‘Send Her My Love,’ ‘Anytime,’ ‘I’ll Be Alright,’ others

They offer unique insights into Journey’s first Top 20 single, and one of its last.