Sunday, September 16, 2012

Steel Breeze - You Don't Want Me Anymore

A testament to the growing power of MTV, "You Don't Want Me Anymore" became a hit for Steel Breeze in 1982.  The song was undoubtedly helped by the quirky video, which went into heavy rotation on your favorite video music channel.

Based in California, Steel Breeze was named after a line in Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond."  [The line:  "You were caught on the crossfire/Of childhood and stardom/Blown on the steel breeze".]  The band released their self-titled debut album in 1982, and actually had two top 40 hits -- "You Don't Want Me Anymore" which peaked at #16 and "Dreamin' Is Easy" which hit #30 (and no, I don't remember "Dreaming Is Easy" either).

The band (with multiple lineups) released four albums after their debut, but none of them charted and they more or less faded from view ... until now.

Cool trivia fact:  "You Don't Want Me Anymore" was the last charting single produced by Kim Fowley, best known for being the manager of the Runaways.

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