Daily 80's Video #90: Here is an amazing rendition of Split Enz's last big hit "Message To My Girl." Split Enz weren't hugely popular in America, only breaking through with their 1980 hit "I Got You", the Enz were very popular around the world, mainly in Australia and obviously New Zealand, where they're from (explaining the spelling of their name which is an abbreviation of the New Zealand). Brothers, Tim and Neil Finn were the main singers and songwriters of the group. After the demise of the group in 1985, the latter would go on to form Crowded House. Enjoy the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's tranquil and haunting arrangement and Eddie Raynor, of Split Enz's, masterful piano playing.
Daily 80's Video #89: In 1984, Crowded House rose from the ashes of Split Enz. Here is a very emotional performance of "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House during their 1996 farewell tour. This is the very last song of the tour! Paul Hester, the drummer, and light-hearted, jovial center of the group, was so touched by the moment, he can't hide his tears. This was Crowded House's biggest worldwide hit. Unfortunately the world lost Paul Hester in 2005. RIP PH.
Daily 80's Video #88: Here's the first of many to come, Clash songs. "Magnificent Seven" is a driving, almost rap song off The Clash's Sandinista album. Strummer, Jones, Simonon, and Headon are on their game as they deliver this powerfully charged song about, well, a whole lot of stuff. Apparently Joe Strummer wrote it on the spot, stream of conscious style, about the working class, various historical figures, and today's ad-driven society. When the Clash came to America in 1980 they discovered the emerging American music genre rap, with artists like Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five and the Sugar Hill Gang. Obviously this new genre was a huge influence on this song. Enjoy the magnificent Clash! RIP Joe Strummer.
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