Power Station was a super group during the mid 1980s with Robert Palmer on vocals, the guitarist and bass player, Andy and John Taylor, from Duran Duran and Tony Thompson on drums. They only made one album in the 1980s but in my opinion it is the definitive 1980s album because it has everything a good 1980s album should have, passionate vocals, funky riffs, blazing solos and drums that sound like plastic buckets.
The album had three singles, Some Like It Hot, Communication and Get It On Bang a Gong. Some Like It Hot features a good chorus and excellent solo. Communication has a startlingly blaring intro, you might want to turn down the volume before this one starts, and is the most dance oriented of the three. Get It On Bang a Gong is a choppy cover of T-Rex’s original and is great for blasting out the window while driving.
The other songs on the album include an anthem for a dangerous woman called Murderous. Lonely Tonight and Go To Zero are a couple dance songs with Lonely Tonight featuring probably the best solo. The last two songs are the cover of the Isley Brothers’ Harvest For the World, which might have the most passionate vocals on the album and the ballad Still In Your Heart featuring a saxophone solo.
There is an extended edition of this album, which features the theme song for Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger called We Fight For Love, and some alternative, more dance oriented versions of the three singles. I originally thought that the alternative versions were a little repetitive, but I like them more now because the original album was so incredibly concise the alternative versions really flesh it out more.
What makes this album brilliant is how it manages to be so incredibly diverse and concise at the same time. In just eight songs, little more than just half an hour, we have powerful rockers, bouncy dance songs, classic covers and an incredibly atmospheric ballad. Power Station might have made only one album, but when you’ve captured lightning in a bottle it shines bright as a beacon and then it’s gone.