|1. The Boys Of Summer|
|2. You Can't Make Love|
|3. Man With A Mission|
|4. You're Not Drinking Enough|
|5. Not Enough Love In The World|
|6. Building The Perfect Beast|
|7. All She Wants To Do Is Dance|
|8. A Month Of Sundays|
|9. Sunset Grill|
|10. Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed|
|11. Land Of The Living|
1. Boys of Summer -- Everybody has heard this tough yet pretty mid tempo pop/rocker about lost innocence and the past. Plenty of synths and rhythm guitar make it sound like a California coast soundtrack (also supported by its black and white video).
2. You Can't Make Love -- Melodic semi ballad which, although it's heavy in synths, sounds like it could've been a classic 70's hit.
3. Man With A Mission -- An interesting mix of an oldies rocker with an 80's sound. Rowdy yet fun (semi autobiographical?) rocking tune about looking for a woman, meanwhile "running a few red lights, starting a few fistfights," etc. If someone in 1958 performed 80's hard rock, it would probably sound like this.
4. You're Not Drinking Enough -- Country inspired melodic ballad about drowning your sorrows after a breakup with a girl.
5. Not Enough Love in the World -- Another melodic, mid tempo pretty ballad with rhythm guitar. Though it was a minor hit, it's more or less forgotten today, sadly.
6. The syhtn heavy rocking title track isn't one of the better ones, but interesting nonetheless. Deals with technology and corporations taking over.
7. All She Wants to Do is Dance -- Hard edged uptempo hit, also sounding inbetween 70's classic rock and 80's pop/rock. Sounds like it's about a girl he knows who "wants to party. She wants to get down" while all this political stuff is going on in the world.
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I originally bought this on cassette when it first came out. A few years after that, I deemed this worthy of replacing with the CD version and it will always stay in my CD collection, along with all the other CD's I bought from the 80's and '70's re-releases.
"The Boys Of Summer" having been covered recently by DJ Sammy and AFI, makes me appreciate the original all the more. I mean an oontsa-oontsa remix or a punk cover clearly can never capture the wistful pain of trying to forget a lost time on the beach.
Another variation on the wealth not being able to buy love is told on the leisurely "You Can't Make Love" featuring Lindsey Buckingham on guitar and harmonies and the Heartbreakers�EBenmont Tench on keyboards. There's an added dimension to the theme, that one can make a promise and walk down an aisle, and "make a life for her that fits like a glove" but--you get the idea.
The rocking "Man With A Mission�Ewith a 50's rock-and-roll sound, of someone out to have a rowdy partying time, such as running a few red lights, starting some fist fights, drinking a few beers. I was surprised this didn't make it on the Fast Times At Ridgemont High soundtrack, because thematically, this would fit. Charlie Sexton helps on guitar, as does Belinda Carlisle on harmonies.
"You're Not Drinking Enough" has a trace of the country rock that popularized the Eagles. The idea here is trying to forget a woman and if "you still wanna hold her/you must not be drinkin' enough.Read more ›