Thursday, 14 June 2012

All killer and no filler at Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages musical London
(Photo courtesy of meglet127 on Flickr)

The film version of Rock of Ages featuring Tom Cruise and Russell Brand is released this month – and the soundtrack to both the movie and the musical is a brilliant trip down memory lane!
If you love 1980s power ballads like Europe’s The Final Countdown then this is the show for you.
Here we look at some of the tunes that make Rock of Ages essential viewing either at the theatre or at the cinema:
Don’t Stop Believin’
Everyone knows the words to Journey’s 1981 smash hit, especially after the cast of Glee covered it. Strange, then, that it has never topped the charts either in the UK or America. In fact, Don’t Stop Believin’ didn’t even make the top 40 when it was released over 20 years ago in the UK! Nevertheless, it remains a firm karaoke favourite.
We Built This City
Starship’s debut single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in America in 1985 and entered at number 12 in the UK. It may have been included in The 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs…Ever by one magazine, but it’s fantastically catchy and instantly recognisable.
The Final Countdown
With long blonde hair and decked out in all leather, Europe announced themselves to the world on a truly global scale with The Final Countdown. The Swedish band’s biggest track made it to number one in no fewer than 25 countries, which is some achievement.  
I Want To Know What Love Is
And we STILL want to know what love is nearly two decades after Foreigner’s 1984 smash hit first hit the airwaves. Foreigner are often referred to as one-hit wonders, but the band have actually shifted over 70 million albums and are still touring to this very day.
Cum On Feel The Noize
Superb opening riff – check! Charismatic frontman – check! Catchy chorus – check! Factor all this together and Slade’s iconic Cum On Feel The Noize was only ever going to be runaway success. And so it proved. The song itself turns 30 next year and made ripples in the early 1970s as glam rock arrived on the scene.

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