Selected tracks from my Wicked Game playlist, which is basically the songs I fell asleep listening to on adult contemporary radio circa 1989 – 1991. Some songs are older than that, but were still in rotation when I was 9, 10, 11.
Alone – Heart: They were perfect in the 70s. They were perfect in the 80s and 90s. They are perfect now. The way Ann delivers “Till now…” gives me chills. I know the Wilsons didn’t write this song, but Ann perfectly interprets and embodies it. Great, measured production ensures that the opening musical phrase actually evokes the lyric:
“I hear the ticking of the clock
I’m lying here the room’s pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone”
And then the deft crawl:
“And the night goes by so very slow
Oh I hope that it won’t end though..”
And then Ann Wilson destroys you.