Sax: ’80-’82

Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me – 1980


Well it’s no longer rock & roll to me. Now it’s a sax solo.


Hazel O’Connor – Will You? – 1980


This song has so much sax it should be on a webpage rating vocal solos in sax music instead. It would probably get a C there though.


Lipps Inc. – Funkytown – 1980


There’s not much to this one, but it certainly is funky. I would definitely miss this one.


Elton John – Little Jeannie – 1980


When this solo comes in, you don’t just expect it, you WANT it.


Michael Stanley Band – He Can’t Love You – 1980


If what you’re looking for is to be exposed to continuous sax solos (of love), than Michael Stanley is right: your other man probably can’t love you the way that Michael Stanley and his band can.


Roxy Music – Same Old Scene – 1980


With the weird orchestra-like hits alongside the sax and the singing, I couldn’t tell if I was playing Mario Paint or listening to a Roxy Music song. I wish it had been Mario Paint.


Quarterflash – Harden my Heart – 1981


Somehow the rest of the song was bad enough that this solo actually enhanced it. The solo’s still lame, but at least it’s short.


Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – 1981


I can’t really go for that sax solo. (No can do)


Rick James – Super Freak – 1981


This is a great solo – too bad it’s just an afterthought.


Foreigner – Urgent – 1981


For being so urgent, they sure didn’t hurry up the solo.


Phil Collins – If Leaving Me is Easy – 1981


So smooth…so dull.


Haircut 100 – Boy Meets Girl – 1981


In the early 80′s, some bands really took pride in their sax solos. This didn’t really last.


Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend – 1981


Just waiting on a friend to finish playing his solo.


Michael Stanley Band – Lover – 1981


This song is about this woman who keeps going back to a “bad” guy. The bad guy is the saxophone (I think). If that’s true, I’m not sure why she didn’t have time to get away. I wasn’t even able to include all the sax parts in this clip….way too many.


George Thorogood – Bad to the Bone – 1982


If I could keep myself from cringing during the solo this one could probably climb a grade.


Men at Work – Who Can it Be Now? – 1982


zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Duran Duran – Rio – 1982


When I first learned to adjust the pitch of my sax by varying my jaw tightness, for awhile I enjoyed to make everything I played flat on purpose. This player somehow never got out of that phase.


Hall & Oates – Maneater – 1982


With this sax in here, these guys probably had a lot of trouble with maneaters. This would have been an A solo if it was a bit shorter. And not so flat.


Donald Fagen – Maxine – 1982


I think I was asleep by the time the solo came on. So even though the solo couldn’t completely wake me up, it was much, much less boring than the rest of the song.


Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots – 1982


So close to perfect – I don’t think I can make an exception and not take off points for having a solo during the fade.


Romeo Void – Never Say Never – 1982


I guess the total nonsense of this solo complements the simple, repeated themes of this song?


Roxy Music – Avalon – 1982


A great example of how to balance voices and sax. Went on a few measures too many though.


The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like – 1982


Unless the sax is supposed to represent some sex-starved boy this singer is toying with, I really don’t get it. Also, did they forget to turn on the player’s mic before the solo started? The playing is pretty great actually, I just think it belongs somewhere else.


Fear – New York’s Alright if You Like Saxophones – 1982


A pretty terrible solo to listen to. Since the point of the song is that New York is terrible, I’m really not surprised. I’m sure it was really fun to play though. I’m giving the solo a D, but the song as a whole would get an A+ for the sax commentary.


Ray Parker Jr. – The Other Woman – 1982


The repetitive sax fills in this song were not really representative of the message, which is: in order to be happy, the singer needs to cheat on his relationship with someone spontaneous and different. Points for the duet though – that was unique.


4 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxjEZm321kA is the link I am referring to: Orange Juice with the album version of I can’t help myself

  2. Posted March 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Recorded in 1982 and therefore a little old fashioned. And the fading at the end is not the best. But it is a nice and quite long solo for a pop song. I hope you enjoy it. Bart

  3. alexis
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    do you know any website that I could get the sheet music for Who Can it be , Maneater, and Its still rock and roll to me?

  4. CARLOS MORENTIN
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    i CAN`T GET ANY MUSIC STORES TO FIND THE SHEET MUSIC TO THESE SAX SOLOS SO I CAN PLAY THEM! ROI. MANEATER, ONLY THE LONELY, ITS STILL ROCKEN ROLL TO ME. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS.

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