Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday 80s Flashback for May 10, 2019

[Breakout] -- Swing Out Sister started out as a trio, but became a duo during the making of their sophomore album. Fortunately, that duo still included vocalist Corinne Drewery. As an act, Swing Out Sister has a catalog of 10 studio albums, two of which were recorded and released in the 80s. In fact, their debut album, It's Better to Travel, was released 32 years ago as of tomorrow, May 11. So, let's celebrate SOS's anniversary with some selections from that debut album. I know you're wondering if your favorite made the cut. And to find out, you'll have to read and hear more after the jump. 

Flashback #1"Blue moods taken hold of you."

"Blue Mood" was Swing Out Sister's debut single. Released in the UK in 1985, it didn't chart. It later appeared on the band's debut album, It's Better to Travel (1987). Do you remember when you first heard it, or saw the video? 

Flashback #2"The time has come to make or break | Breakout, don't stop to ask."

"Breakout" was Swing Out Sister's breakout single. It hit charts in October 1986. The song peaked at #4 in the UK, #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It also found itself in the #1 spot -- er, the first track -- on the band's debut album, It's Better to Travel (1987).

Flashback #3"Don't be fooled by love songs and lonely hearts."

Our final flashback was Swing Out Sister's fourth single: "Twilight World." Released in April (UK) and December (US) of 1987, this song was a commercial success, though not nearly as successful as "Breakout." It peaked at #32 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reaching #9 and #31 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and the Billboard Hot 100 respectively. And I'm sure you've heard it at least once in the last 32 years -- or however long you've been around. 

Once again, I remind you that the rule of three applies when doing Flashbacks. As I've made my three offerings, that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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