Cinderella never got the recognition or exposure that they deserved – especially this album. That’s a shame, because they were (are) one of the most competent and musically worthwhile bands to come out of the 80’s hard rock/metal/“hair” explosion.
Cinderella should never, ever be lumped in with all the thousands of “hair bands” that dominated the mid-late 80’s music scene. They are a pure blues-based band that has the swagger and groove of Aerosmith as well as the electricity and punch of AC/DC.
“Night Songs” is a classic rock album and one of the truly underated debuts ever.
Never say that this is the end, the final road. Wherever a drop of our blood fell, there our courage will grow anew. This song, written in blood, was sung by a people fighting for life and freedom. Our triumph will come and our resounding footsteps will proclaim “We are here!”
From land of palm-trees to the far-off lands of snow. We shall be coming with our torment and our woe; And everywhere our blood has sunk into the earth Shall our bravery, our vigor blossom forth.
We’ll have the morning sun to set our days aglow; And all our yesterdays shall vanish with the foe. But if the time is long before the sun appears, Then let this song go like a signal through the years.
This song was written with our blood, and not with lead; It’s not a song that summer birds sing overhead; It was a people, amidst the toppling barricades, That sang this song of ours with pistols and grenades.
So never say you now go on your last way, Through darkened skies may now conceal the blue of day, Because the hour for which we’ve hungered for is near, Beneath our feet the earth shall tremble, “We are here!”
On this day in music history: March 2, 1964 - “Twist And Shout” by The Beatles is released. Written by Phil Medley & Bert Russell (aka Bert Berns), the song is recorded on February 11, 1963 during the sessions for the bands first album “Please Please Me”. The last song of a marathon twelve hour recording session, the band record the song completely live in one take. Following its release on their first UK album, the song is also issued as the title track of a four song EP that also quickly becomes a best seller. The single is released in the US on Vee Jay Records subsidiary Tollie Records and quickly races up the charts. “Twist And Shout” peaks at #2 for 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 (beginning on April 4, 1964) behind their own “Can’t Buy Me Love” which is released two weeks later. “Twist And Shout” experiences a major resurgence in popularity in 1986, when the song is featured in the John Hughes directed comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The exposure the song receives from the film results in the single being re-released and re-entering the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #23 on September 27, 1986.