When I got this CD to review, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. A band that re-imagines many of the sappy, chart-topping ’80s ballads in an edgy, driving rock and roll style? I know… But, if like me you took a look at the track listing and could not imagine songs such as, Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf”, Kim Carnes’ “Betty Davis Eyes” or even Naked Eyes’ “Promises Promises” being amped up on steroids, then you might actually miss out.
You see, these guys are more than just your average cover band, they are solid musicians and, once you get over the fact that the whole thing is sort of gimmicky, you begin to sing along, smile, and realize that it is a pretty fun listen… and sometimes that is all that matters. I find it refreshing to sometimes see an act that can do something creatively different and not take themselves too seriously.
I grew up in the ’80s and these songs have a special place in my heart. Perhaps I can appreciate the songs on this disc a bit more than the average listener nowadays, but I know for sure I enjoyed listening. The problem is, though, that while these songs are all a fun listen, for me at least, they kind of have an extremely short shelf life.
Just The Hits: 1981-1985 Track Listing:
01. Criminal Mind
02. Sunglasses At Night
03. Out Of Touch
04. Hungry Like The Wolf
05. Young Turks
06. Bette Davis Eyes
07. Holding Back The Years
09. Promises Promises
10. Something About You
11. The Power Of Love
Run Time 37:09
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Travel to the ’80s with the band’s tubular “Something About You” music video