Sans Time: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

This is not another post waxing poetically about the "good ol' days", to the contrary this new series seeks to highlight music that exists outside of a particular era. The inspiration for this series was culled from a personal experience last week, whereby I happened to be driving and cycling through the local radio offerings when this song was spun.

I happened to remark to my traveling companion that even though I know the precise moment in time when I first heard this song and the era of its popularity, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" lives outside of those confines. I know without a shadow of a doubt what 1987 sounds like and hearing this tune the other day I didn't get the feeling of when the expiration date has passed. No, this music sounded as fresh and alive as when I first heard it.

Artists are often forced to chase trends and while a trend may be popular for the moment, the result can be the musical equivalent of wearing bellbottoms. Some trends are for and can be easily identified with a moment in time while others... timeless.


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Artist of the Month (Song of the Day) - Bad

You would have to be "Bad" with an opening line like "Your butt is mine" nothing else to talk about see here... but seriously the title track from the final album in the MJ/Quincy trilogy is bad as in bad meaning good not bad meaning bad(cue Run-DMC). Based in part on a story that Michael had read in Time magazine, "Bad" had a two week stay at #1 in the Fall of '87. I particularly like the Jimmy Smith Organ solo and who didn't practice the "You're doing wrong!" section of the video in the basement by the full length mirror? Or was that just me?