Turn The Radio Up

Oh Mother, I hope ES plays another gangsta rap song today!

Feeling a bit slow and an hour behind this Monday?  Well, we can’t do anything about the jet lag, but The Nest sure can get you up and moving again on this first full day of Fake Time!  Let us once again to dig deep into Father Time’s playlist as we yank another forgotten song that’s as invisible as the 2 AM hour straight from that clocktower of lost hits we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy doesn’t really know what time it is because they ban clocks down at the club, while the Sponkies get a lesson in why the experts are idiots.  You can play this song until the sun sets just before midnight…

Once upon a time in the 70’s a band emerged from great rock and roll city of Cleveland by the name of The Raspberries.  That group had one memorable hit in the very suggestive titled “Go All The Way,” a power pop classic from 1972 that’s solidly among the C-list of anthems from the quirky decade.  A few years later, the band would break up and its lead singer and songwriter would embark on a solo career that saw him score a handful of hits in the late 70’s and 1980’s…

Boy, Barry Manilow sure has been letting his hair go…

Eric Carmen‘s solo hits would have a slightly different feel to them than the edgier hits from his Raspberries days.  His first big solo song was 1975’s “All By Myself,” which is just as horrifically awful as the title makes it sound.  He later scored a big hit on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack with “Hungry Eyes”…. which is a little better, but still a far cry from “Go All The Way.”

Rainbow Donkey went all the way… to Sparklepony’s doghouse.

Carmen soon followed that up with another sappy ballad….. but unlike his past mistakes, this one actually had a snappy feel to it!  When I think of the Summer of 1988, this is one of the first songs that comes to my mind….

“Make Me Lose Control” was released that year as a non-album supported single, and it became Carmen’s third and final Top 5 solo hit, reaching #3.  This one’s got a lot going for it, and does of a great job of being soft and sweet when it needs to be, and a little bit out of control when it’s time to let it all loose.  And I always thought this song should have been named “Turn The Radio Up,” as that was how I felt when this song got incessant airplay 35 years ago.  Instead, radio has largely turned “Make Me Lose Control” off since its heyday passed… thus why we find it here in the DVA today.

It was probably the really bad hair that did it in…

Come back next Monday for another lost hit that will make you turn the radio up…


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Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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17 Responses to Turn The Radio Up

  1. Kismet says:

    I enjoyed the ’50’s cars more than the song.

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Hungry Eyes is one of my favorites.

  3. Hey, there’ nothing wrong with Hungry Eyes and I always enjoyed All By Myself with its nice crescendo and cool guitar and drum riffs between the piano. This one, not as much-sigh.

  4. Juliette says:

    Such a beautiful voice. On another note, I bet he spent more time on his hair than I did back then.

  5. I LOVE this song…. I watched the video in an endless loop… my mom came and said is that the mom of your class mate betty? sacrilege!

  6. Wow, that hair was something else! I definitely preferred him with the Raspberries. His solo stuff was awful in this metalhead’s ears. My trucker husband who still listens to stuff like the Association and the Turtles actually liked Carmen’s solo stuff. I can’t listen to schmaltzy.

    • With the exception of this song, which I love, I agree with you. Definitely not a fan of Eric’s other solo work. Your hubby sounds like my Mom, who goes to the Happy Together concert every year when it comes through town, though mainly for The Cowsills, who were her favorite group growing up….

  7. I couldn’t stop looking at his hair! I do recall his music – and his voice – but really and truly that hair was loaned to him by Farrah Fawcett right???


  8. draliman says:

    I enjoyed the first couple of seconds but then it cut away from the girl on the beach and he started singing.

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