Reaching way back in the archives for this one. This was one of the first videos ever played on MTV back in 1981. Although this song was their biggest hit, I have been a fan since 1974, with the release of the song “Rosewood Bitters” (still in my top 10 songs of all time). His concert in 1975 was one of the first concerts I ever went to.
Michael Stanley (born March 25, 1948 as Michael Stanley Gee in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and disc jockey. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band, his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.
Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College where he was a disc jockey for WHRM, the school’s radio station, and was elected to the Student Senate.
Stanley worked with producer Bill Szymczyk and artists such as Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, and David Sanborn. In 1974 Stanley formed the Michael Stanley Band and recorded albums through the mid 1970s and early 1980s.
Stanley’s song “Let’s Get the Show on the Road” was covered on the 2000 album Live in the Classic City by Widespread Panic. “My Town” was covered by Little Texas on their album Big Time. “Rosewood Bitters” was covered by Joe Walsh on his 1985 album The Confessor.
His highest charting singles with the Michael Stanley Band were “He Can’t Love You” (#33) in 1980 and “My Town” in 1983 (#39), which both got decent nationwide airplay. In fact, “He Can’t Love You” was the 45th video ever played on MTV. The Michael Stanley Band was such a huge sensation in its home area that it still holds attendance records at Cuyahoga Falls’ Blossom Music Center. Additionally, The Ohio State University Marching Band uses “My Town” as one of their premier stand tunes.
This video is as cheesy as they come, however, it embodies what the early 80’s video sensation was all about. It is still a fitting part of the archives for “those who have ears to hear”.
My obsession with this band goes on.
Growing up is never easy; each day we face various trials and tribulations that impact our lives in one way or another. But there are those moments where everything in life just seems perfect, and all one wants to do is soak in the joy of being alive. That is the feeling the members of Holiday Parade are trying to capture in their music.
Simple innocence is something that has almost been lost in music today. It seems as though the music industry now days is far too concerned with putting out records simply to sell millions. Finding a truly meaningful song on the radio is nearly impossible. Andy Albert, the band’s song-writer, is set on changing that: “When I write songs I rely heavily on personal experiences and the things that mean the most to me in life. If you really think about it, everyone goes through similar, if not the same, experiences: first kisses, falling in love, friends and enemies, loss etc. We are all intertwined in this aspect…. so I write about all of them.”
After playing in various local bands for the last 5 years, Holiday Parade was formed out of Andy’s overwhelming ambition to get somewhere with his love for music. “I’ve played in and out of plenty of bands with people who were not at all committed to the cause (making great songs) for nearly 5 years. Over the last 6 months (early 2004) I wrote songs following the belief that if you want something done right you have to do it yourself. And I firmly believe that if you truly want something out of life, you have to do all in your power to achieve it.”
The name Holiday Parade blossomed from the simple idea of celebration: instead of crying about how difficult life can be we must rejoice in the fact that we are alive and do everything we can to love life.
Through playing numerous shows with bands such as MTV favorites Cartel, Drive Thru’s young star Dave Melillo, and Virgin Records’ The Summer Obsession (to name a few), in addition to constantly writing and recording songs, Holiday Parade hope that one day they will have the opportunity to share their positive outlook on life with the world, giving everyone a chance to, even if only for a split second, love being alive.
Here is another video that I think will make you a fan…..more importantly…it is definitely for “those who have ears to hear”.