Steel Breeze is a group from California that had a popular video on MTV with "You Don't Want Me Anymore" in 1982. One may ask how did I come to pick this dusty old gem from the attic? Mrs. homercat is a music lover like myself, yet she claims to absolutely hate 80's music. What with all the synths and stuff. She says 80's music chased her over to country music until "real" rock n roll returned in the 90's. So imagine my surprise when I was going through her cache of vinyl albums and there it was. An album that combined all the trends of the day, one I may add that she actually purchased. So now I'm beginning to suspect that she may be a closet 80's fan.
Steel Breeze took their name from a snatch of lyrics to Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" ("You were caught on the crossfire/Of childhood and stardom/Blown on the steel breeze"), the six piece outfit became an early darling of MTV. Blending traditional, guitar-based power pop with the new wave/synthesizer trends of the day, their self-titled 1982 release scored a sizable hit, aided by heavy rotation on MTV of the song "You Don't Want Me Anymore." The song wasn't quite able to crack the Top Ten, but it remained charted for five months. They went on to release one more disappointing album and that was the end of Steel Breeze, like many of their 80's counterparts. This really is a good album, although it is kind of dated. But if you liked 80s new wave rock, it's for you. One thing that may surprise you is that there is some really good guitar licks on this album.
You Don't Want Me Anymore
Lost In The 80's