Monday, April 20, 2015

"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley

Top Ten Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  1233
Date:  10/30/1982
Debut:  73
Peak:  3
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Henley's debut solo album, "I Can't Stand Still," got off to a lackluster start due in part to the low #42 peak of its first single, "Johnny Can't Read." But this second single kicked things into high gear and would establish Henley as a viable solo artist. The song would spend three weeks at #3 on the pop chart while reaching #1 at Mainstream Rock. Henley would go on to have a few more Top 10 hits in the decade, but this song ended up being his biggest chart success as a solo artist.

ReduxReview:  Henley rocks it out on his second single and it pays off. I loved this song right off the bat and I think it was the first solo product of an ex-Eagle I ever purchased. The groove is furious, the production great, and Henley really sounds energized - he means it folks! It still remains one of his best efforts.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song is basically Henley's ode to tabloid news and the writers, reporters, and anchors who do everything they can to get the popular dirt. Since Henley was part of a massively successful band (Eagles), he had to deal with all the fame that came with it, which included being fodder for the tabloids. 2) There is a line in the song that says "is the head dead yet." This is a phrase used in print journalism to ask if changes can still be made to a major headline and article. Therefore, if the "head" is "dead," that means that the headline is already being printed and no changes can be made.


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