Former lead singer of Glass Tiger, Alan Frew, who has been working on various projects since the band’s heyday in the mid-80s, including writing songs with and for other artists, releases solo album 80290 Rewind this week. As the title suggests, it presents covers of 80s songs. Alan recently suffered a stroke which he was happy to overcome and get his album launched. He is originally from Scotland, eventually relocating to Newmarket, Ontario. Glass Tiger achieved big success not only in Canada but in the United Kingdom and United States in the mid-1980s. On the new album, Alan and a team of musicians in Nashville, U.S. recorded his interpretation of a dozen classic songs, most of them from 1984-1986 and one from 1990. He reinterprets one of his hits with Glass Tiger, “Someday”.
Covers can come in handy especially for those who liked the musical composition of the original but maybe not the vocals or the arrangement/ production. Also, those who have grown tired of the original recording might like to hear the song in a different light. We can celebrate some of the big hits from the 80s with Alan Frew’s beautiful vocals. Below is a table of the track list from 80290 Rewind with the 80s artist, peak Canadian chart position (RPM), and date the song reached the peak. We have added notes on a few of the songs. Below that, check out the promo video for the album. iTunes
Don’t You (Forget About Me): Alan Frew’s fellow Scots in band Simple Minds were an underground group for many years and finally saw a big breakthrough with this song due to its being featured in the popular Hollywood motion picture The Breakfast Club.
Human: Lacking inspiration for new music, Britain’s The Human League turned to 80s hitmakers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who wrote and produced this track.
Every Time You Go Away: This was originally done by Hall & Oates in 1980 (not released as a single). The original had more of a gospel feel to it. Paul Young reinterpreted it with Gary Numan fretless bass collaborator Pino Palladino and an electric sitar and took it to the top of the Canadian charts in 1985.
Live To Tell: Madonna co-wrote this ballad, which appeared on her album True Blue, with Patrick Leonard who is of French Canadian descent.
Nothing Compares 2 U: This is the song that made Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor famous. It was written by Prince.
In Your Eyes: Written by Peter Gabriel and produced by Canada’s Daniel Lanois, the song featured Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour with some verses in the Wolof language.