This song hit the charts in December of 1984.
For the California band Autograph, it proved to be their only top 40 hit. In fact, they only had one other song that received significant airplay (“Blondes In Black Cars” in 1986).
Like so many others, the band fought to get this song included on their album. Their record label thought it had no commercial value.
The song was also featured in an episode of “Miami Vice”, one of the Grand Theft Auto games and in the movie “Hot Tub Time Machine”.
Unlike previous posts here, this one is my message for you. I want to let you know about some of the online radio stations I’ve built (and continue to manage).
As most of you probably know, I run the Sounds of Christmas (an online Christmas music station that will have its 12th season later this year).
I run it with the philosophy that listeners that tune in do so because they love Christmas music. I also believe listeners don’t want to hear the same songs over and over, so I program the station with thousands of songs, featuring a wide variety of artists and genres.
I just felt that there were so many artists that were getting forgotten, while newer artists never got a chance, and so many others just got lost in the shuffle.
I get the feeling others believed at least some of all that, as I’ve built a worldwide audience of around five and a half million.
Last year, I carried this same philosophy to a new station.
I created a station for a group of senior living communities, programming it with music from the 1940’s, 1950’s and early 1960’s. You know, the stuff traditional radio doesn’t play anymore. And this way, they get to have the music they love without commercials. The facilities like it, too, because it’s all licensed, so BMI isn’t knocking on their door.
I did the same thing for another senior community about a month ago. This time, it’s just one community rather than a group of them, so it allows programming catered to their specific group – that means I can air announcements for them and program specific kind of music for events (and also work out a request hour).
I’ve also recently launched Tapestry Radio, which plays everything (all eras, all genres) because I don’t think I’m the only one that likes more than one kind of music (and you can’t find many traditional radio stations that do that). The intention for his station, as mentioned on Blog Talk Radio’s Psychic Tapestry shows, is that you get the songs with the messages you need to know whenever you listen. Tapestry Radio is supported by many of the guests that have appeared on the Psychic Tapestry shows.
I’m pretty sure there are others that would like to have a station where they work (or in a business they own) that really played what their customers wanted to hear, without having to sit for giant blocks of ads (especially when some of those ads are for the competition – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a restaurant and heard their music interrupted by a commercial for the Pepsi to their Coke).
If this sounds like something your business might be interested, I’d love to talk to you about it. And the stations I build and maintain all have licensing for ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Sound Exchange, so you don’t have to worry about getting fined for performance fees.
Just leave me a message here if you’d like more info (or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll help you get your business an exclusive online station that only plays the artists/genres/eras that you want!
And just in case you’d like to sample them, here are the links for two of my stations – www.vibrantliferadio.com and www.cedarcreekradio.com (and you can listen to Tapestry Radio on the front page of this website)!
Thanks so much for taking the time to read all this, and if you know someone that might be interested, please feel free to forward this to them!
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If you'd like to hear the Autograph song, check out the video below (which is their original 1984 video which aired in high rotation on MTV)!
Ken Kessler has always been interested in psychic phenomena, and like Mulder on the X-Files, wants to believe. But like most, he tends to look for, and accept, rational explanations. (More)