- Audio CD (June 12 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: One Way Records Inc
- ASIN: B00005KCHD
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
|2. Naughty Naughty|
|3. Love Grammar|
|4. Treat Me Like An Animal|
|5. She's Gonna Love You To Death - John Parr & Betsy Durkin Mathers|
|7. Heartbreaker - John Parr & J. Downes|
|8. Somebody Stole My Thunder|
|9. Don't Leave Your Mark On Me - John Parr & J. Downs|
Actually, the song is quite good. As is the entire album. I wish I had owned this album in 1984, but I was pretty young and too busy listening to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to take notice. I probably shouldn't have been into "Naughty, Naughty" at that point anyway though. Nonetheless, I wish I had discovered John Parr's music sooner. I saw a couple of his videos last year and then discovered that he was the one who did the "Man in Motion" theme from St. Elmos Fire. After that I was intrigued and decided to buy the "John Parr" album, kind of just for kicks, so I could blast "Naughty, Naughty" and what have you. But I ended up really enjoying the album and getting into his music. After that I ended up purchasing all of his other albums as well. Sometimes they are available through various sellers here at Amazon.com.
1986's "Running the Endless Mile" is a very underrated album. I guess it didn't do well commercially, which must by why some people tend to write it off. In my opinion, it's a more complete album than "John Parr". He showcases his versatility much more here. Parr also produced this album masterfully, and afterward went on to produce a lot of music for other artists. It's not as "in your face" as the "John Parr" album, but a great compliment to it and a very different look at Parr as a songwriter and musician. Also...there's another version of "Don't Leave Your Mark On Me" on this one - Mark II.Read more ›
"Naughty Naughty" got some good airplay back in '84, and "Love Grammar" was on the radio some. But these are only two of the great songs on this CD. The whole CD is really good, with well-written and interesting songs written in the 80's hard-pop style with good keyboard and guitar work, as well as interesting lyrics that tell a story.
I was thinking who I might be able to compare this too, and the best I can come up with is Foreigner. I could hear Foreigner perform some of these songs - John Parr does sound a little like Lou Gramm.
John Parr did have a big hit with the theme from "St. Elmo's Fire" in '85 (I believe), and he released another CD a little later. The other CD didn't go anywhere, though - the tunes were not as catchy, and then he dropped from the scene. So this is one of those one-shot deals. If you're looking for good mid-80's hard pop, this is an excellent choice.
This is his debut album. While not all songs are the greatest, by far the best and most popular is Naughty, Naughty. That song alone is worth the price of the CD.
I have heard most of the songs on this CD. Not too bad. As a whole the CD is pretty fair.
Take a listen to Naughty, Naughty. Chances are you have heard it at some point. If you like his guitar work and voice, then rest of the songs have a similar tone. Still for a debut album, he did a pretty good job.
If you like John Parr, besides Naughty, Naughty, check out St. Elmo's Fire (you still hear it on 80's radio stations sometimes, very good medium paced song), and the theme to The Running Man movie. The song is called "Running Away With You", but I've also seen it called "Restless Heart". Same song. It is played at the end of the movie.
Anyway, for the price you can't go wrong. Unfortunately, John hasn't been heard from in YEARS. The last work of his that I even read about was around 1992. He moved back to the UK where he came from. I wish he would put more music out. He has an excellent voice.