Saturday, January 25, 2020

I Shoulda Loved Ya

I Shoulda Loved Ya
by Narada Michael Walden
January 1980

In early 1980, Disco wasn't dead. There were quite a few really good songs getting airplay.

Narada Michael Walden (b. 1952) is an American R & B singer, songwriter, and musician (drums). In 1979 he released his second album, titled The Dance of Life

'I Shoulda Loved Ya', a track from the album, was released as a single and appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 in late January 1980. It peaked at No. 66 on March 1 that year. 

A lip-synched performance on Soul Train is available here. I think that's Patrice Rushen as the female vocalist......?

The bass line in this song is amazing - I'm surprised it never was sampled for a rap song. Toss in a great saxophone solo, and you've got disco dynamite !

That's how they did it, back in '80.

I shoulda loved ya
I shoulda loved ya
Ooh, when I touched ya
I shoulda loved ya
There you were, I was blinded
After love, swore I couldn't find it
A seduction grabbed my hand
Ooh, my body screamed but my heart just didn't understand
Life between the sheets is fine
If all you wanna make this time
But if you wanna make it last
Ooh, you'll lose control if you drive too fast
I shoulda loved ya
I shoulda loved ya
Ooh, when I touched ya
I shoulda loved ya
Going down for the count
Now I'm in but you are out
My memories are my obsession
Beggin' for attention, ooh yeah
Apprehending all my criminal need
That stole your heart, then left you to bleed
Those days are over, baby, yes, I swear
Just say the word and I'll be there
I shoulda loved ya
I shoulda loved ya
Ooh, when I touched ya
It made too much of you
I shoulda loved ya
I shoulda loved ya
Ooh, when I touched ya
It made too much of you
I shoulda loved ya
I shoulda loved ya
Ooh, when I touched ya

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Thing from Another World issue 2

The Thing from Another World
Issue 2
Chuck Pfarrer (script) and John Higgins (art)
Dark Horse / Universal Studios
1991



 

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Thing from Another World issue 1

The Thing from Another World
Issue 1
Chuck Pfarrer (script) and John Higgins (art)
Dark Horse / Universal Studios
1991

One of the greatest comics of the 1990s was the two-issue sequel to the classic 1982 film 'John Carpenter's The Thing'.

By 1991, mainly through the success of its Aliens titles, Dark Horse comics had become the king of presenting licensed film properties in comic books. When the company got the rights to do a sequel to The Thing, they didn't botch the opportunity.

This is due to an excellent script by Chuck Pfarrer, who stayed true to the concepts and themes of the film while introducing new elements that kept the reader turning the page.

And of course, the artwork.



By 1991 John Higgins was an established artist in the UK, with work in comics, advertising, magazines, and other media to his credit, but in America he still was best known as the colorist for the DC comic book series Watchmen

With his outstanding work on The Thing (including one of the most memorable covers ever done for a comic book), he became a household name among the U.S. comic book-reading public. 

While copies of the two-issue sequel still can be had for reasonably affordable prices, the followup series (Climate of Fear and Eternal Vows) are long out of print, and copies in good condition have steep asking prices. Maybe one of these days, Dark Horse will re-release all of its Thing from Another World comics in an omnibus edition.

Till then, posted below is the entirety of issue one of The Thing from Another World

Issue 2 will be posted next.