Your Love Was on the Rebound

Uriah Heep are an English rock band that formed in London in 1969.  They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide and they had over 4 million in US sales.  The origins of this band go all the way back to 1967 when the 19-year-old guitarist Mick Box formed a band in Brentwood called The Stalkers that played cover songs.  When the bands singer left, drummer Roger Penlington suggested his cousin David Garrick as a replacement.  Box and Garrick instantly formed a partnership and, they set up a new band called Spice, and this is when David Garrick changed his surname to Byron.  Drummer Alex Napier joined, and bassist Paul Newton of the Gods completed the line-up.  From the very beginning Spice avoided playing covers. 

The four-piece band then changed their name to the scheming, parasitic lawyer from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, Uriah Heep whose name become synonymous with being a “yes man”.  Uriah Heep has been acknowledged as one of the classic examples of early heavy metal and they decided to change their sound by adding keyboards so they picked up Ken Hensley, a former colleague of Newton in the Gods, who was then playing guitar in Toe Fat.  Uriah Heep went through four drummers during their first year.  In the late 60s, they were known for their soft and sweet harmonies, because they had five singers in the band, and that became their trademark.  Uriah Heep rose to become one of the most important hard rock acts, along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.  In the 1980s, they became more of a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States.

Uriah Heep entered the ‘80s on a downward slide, but their 14th studio album Abominog released in 1982 was critically acclaimed and it is considered to be a comeback album for the band, as it became a commercial success getting strong reviews.  ‘On the Rebound’ was originally recorded by Russ Ballard, on his 1980 Russ Ballard & the Barnet Dogs album.  Abominog is the name of the orange demon dude that appears on the cover of this album.  Mick Box deserves credit for keeping the band going, in this period when it seemed like they lost their way.  Abominog was the first album by the new Uriah Heep, as old members left and new ones joined and they featured a new wave sound.  The album was full of covers which alienated a lot of their fans.  Uriah Heep’s only remaining original member is Mick Box and he has been in this group for 40 years, playing in 53 countries around the globe.

This song is about somebody that falls in love and it is told from the man’s point of view about a girl who is on the rebound.  People have a tendency to jump into new relationships because they had their heart broken in their previous one.  It may be hard to get over an ex, and the rebound relationship can be a nice way for you to temporarily forget them.  In this song a guy gets hurt because the girl he is with, seems to have chosen him because she was on a rebound and he got nothing but pain from this relationship.

On the rebound, on the rebound
That’s how you fell for me
That’s how you changed my life
You cut me like a knife

On the rebound, on the rebound
You came, you saw, you took
It only took one look
And lady, I was hooked

On the rebound, it’s a replay
Your love was on the rebound
On the rebound
You came and took my soul
You came and left a hole
Where your love used to be

On the rebound, on the rebound
You like to drown in your tears
And after all these years
You give your pain to me

On the rebound, you came to me, babe
On the rebound, to set you free
On the rebound, too bad for me
Your love was on the rebound

You came to me
To set you free
To pray for me
It’s a replay
You came to repay
It’s a replay
To set you free
Just a replay
Your love was
Just a replay

Written for Mindlovemisery Menagerie MM Music challenge about the Laura Branigan song ‘Gloria’.

Week 90 – Gloria

‘Gloria’ was Laura Branigan’s signature song and it was influenced by Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Nicks. Her recording career began in 1972, with folk group Meadow. She toured with Leonard Cohen in 1976, as a backing singer on his first European tour and her first single, ‘All Night With Me’ charted at # 62. Her other hits were ‘Solitaire’, ‘Self Control’, and ‘Power Of Love’. After the release of her seventh album Over My Heart in 1993, she semi-retired from the music industry to care for her husband, Larry Kruteck, who was suffering from cancer and ended up dying in 1996. Branigan died in her sleep from an undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm in 2004.

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Laura Branigan recorded this song in 1982 on her Branigan album.  Gloria reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it spent 36 weeks on the chart, it also went to #6 in the UK and it set a new record for a single by a solo female act at the time.  This Euro disco song ‘Gloria’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female in 1983, but she lost out to Melissa Manchester’s ‘You Should Hear How He Talks About You’.  This song was written by Italian composer Gaetano Bigazzi, Italian pop singer Umberto Tozzi, and Canadian songwriter Trevor Stanley Veitch.  Umberto Tozzi released this song in 1979 and it was popular in some non-English-speaking countries in Europe. 

Los Angeles keyboardistGreg Mathieson replaced Edgar Winter in White Trash, and from 1974-1976 he traveled with Helen Reddy around the world and then from 1976-1978 he traveled with Olivia…

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Only Love Can Fill

‘Comes a Time’ is a Grateful Dead song written by Garcia and Hunter and it was released on the 1976 Reflections album which is made up of all original songs, but half of them were by The Jerry Garcia Band the other half were basically Grateful Dead songs.  This song also appeared on the Grateful Dead Hundred Year Hall album that was released in 1995 which is a live double CD, the first album released after Jerry Garcia died.  The Grateful Dead started doing this song in concert back in 1971, although it never made the permanent rotation and was only played a total of 66 times, disappearing and reappearing periodically over the years. 

It is a sad song filled with regret where a person can’t determine the “difference between the dark and light”.  It is also about time, but more specifically a turning point like moment of time that each of us may at times reach.  It is about a person who sees the love in his life slipping away and he must hang on despite how much pain he has to endure.  He “can’t let go, because he is afraid to fall, but he feels that the day may come when he can’t feel at all”.  This song contains several common themes used in other Grateful Dead songs, like blindness and sight, cups being empty and dreams.

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says, “Don’t you see?
Gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe
Don’t give it up, you got an empty cup
That only love can fill, only love can fill”

Been walkin’ all mornin’, went walkin’ all night
I can’t see much difference between the dark and light
And I feel the wind and I taste the rain
Never in my mind to cause so much pain

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says, “Don’t you see?
Gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe
Don’t give it up, you got an empty cup
Only love can fill, only love can fill”

From day to day just letting it ride
You get so far away from how it feels inside
You can’t let go ‘cause you’re afraid to fall
But the day may come when you can’t feel at all

Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand
Says, “Don’t you see?
Gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe
Don’t give it up, you got an empty cup
That only love can fill, only love can fill, only love can fill”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Only Love Can Break Your Heart.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Neil Young defied categorization and tested unusual forms and sounds. Young underlined his stance as a rock-and-roll shaman, a visionary who projected his psyche onto the world and thereby exorcised his own demons and those of his audience while playing by his own rules his entire life. Young composed the song ‘Sugar Mountain’ on November 12, 1964, which was his 19th birthday. In 1969, Neil Young “Shot her dead” in ‘Down By the River’. On his solo album, After the Gold Rush, which made the Billboard 200 Top 10, Neil has a pleasant dream while he is Looking “at Mother Nature on the run In the Twentieth Century.” In 1971, Young wrote ‘Ohio’ in response to the killing of students by National Guard troops at Kent State University in 1970. In 1972, Neil wrote an ode to the Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten in his song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’.
Neil gave us ‘Old Man’, ‘Southern Man’, ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, ‘Cinnamon Girl’, ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ and ‘Helpless’. Young has received several Grammy and Juno Awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice: in 1995 as a solo artist and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield and he was also inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1982). In 2000, Rolling Stone named Young the 34th greatest rock ‘n roll artist. Young was honored as 2010’s MusiCares Person of the Year and he won Best Rock Song for ‘Angry World’.

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Neil Young recorded this song in 1970 for his third album After The Gold Rush and it charted #33 in the USA.  Young wrote this song to console Graham Nash, who was heartbroken after breaking up with Joni Mitchell.  Young performed this on the 1970 Déjà Vu tour with Crosby, Stills, & Nash months before it was released.  Joni Mitchell started dating David Crosby around 1967, and he produced her debut album.  Crosby took up with an old girlfriend, Christine Hinton, Joni found out at a party that was given at Peter Tork’s house.  Apparently, Mitchell didn’t like Crosby treating her like a prized, talented possession when he introduced her to his friends and this attributed to their breakup. 

In August of 1968, soon after their breakup, Mitchell hooked up with the married Graham Nash, whose marriage was on the rocks then and he was still in the Hollies, but in…

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What I Got Baby

The Grateful Dead song ‘Chinatown Shuffle’ has lyrics and music written by Ron McKernan and it was performed many times on the Europe 72 tour.  For a while, Pigpen was the leader of the Grateful Dead, and those who were privileged enough to see him play will never forget what an incredible musician and performer he was, because he was able to capture the attention of his audiences through his ability to entertain, singing from deep down in his soul, touching the hearts of all those who knew him.  In 1971, McKernan first fell ill after a concert at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, and he took a three-month hiatus from the band.  He joined the group again for their European tour, reportedly against the doctor’s orders, and the long, bumpy bus rides punished his liver.  When he returned, his condition was diagnosed as anemia (shortage of healthy red blood cells resulting in adequate oxygen being delivered to the rest of his body).  The Europe tour was Pigpen’s last hurrah, and ‘Chinatown Shuffle’ was his swan song.

Ron was born in 1945, his father Phil worked as a disk jockey under the name of Cool Breeze where he was the only white Disc Jockey to spin the blues at an all-black radio station in the Bay area.  Phil had a daily blues program on radio station KRE in Berkeley from 1951 to 1956 which exposed Ron to R&B at an early age.  Growing up alongside many African American friends, Ron felt very connected to African American music and culture.  He refused to take music lessons, and he taught himself how to play the blues piano and developed a biker image and a nasty habit for heavy drinking, having his first drink at age twelve.

Pigpen was first known as “Rims” like the rim on a wheel, because had a motorcycle chain permanently bolted to his wrist.  Ron enjoyed crossing over to the wrong side of the tracks where he learned the blues, drank Thunderbird wine.  Ron was given his nickname Pigpen from his girlfriend Vee who he met in 1966, because of his dirty appearance resembling the Peanuts comic strip character.  This black lady named Veronica was the main love of his life, and some people said that her name was Veronica Grant, while others said she was Veronica Barnard.  Vee moved in with him at 710 Ashbury, and later moved to Novato with him in 1966 onto a ranch at Olompali, which was then the former Boy Scout camp in Lagunitas.  They were said to have had one of those on-again, off-again relationships, but it was mainly on and this was the only long-term relationship that Pigpen ever had.

In the fall of 1968, the Dead played some concerts without Weir and Pigpen and there were rumors that they were both fired, McKernan for not showing up to practice and fights about Bobby’s guitar playing.  Further investigation shows that Veronica had a stroke in October ‘68, and Pigpen went to be at her side devoting himself to her, as she couldn’t walk or talk for quite a while.  She got back on her feet after her surgery, and the band gathered around in support, with Jerry and Bobby coming into her hospital room with guitars and a duo performance.  Pigpen helped her pull through, and then later she stuck by him when he was having health problems.  Pigpen and Veronica stayed together for years until November ‘72, when they fought and split.  Many people feel that Pigpen sent Vee away, knowing how sick he was and not wanting her around when he died.

Towards the end of 1962 Pigpen got a part-time job at Swain’s Music Store in Palo Alto and in 1963 he was in was a short-lived group called The Second Story Men.  Swain’s Music Store was run by a guy named Troy Weidenheimer who had ideas about forming his own rock ‘n’ roll band.  Troy knew Pigpen, Pigpen knew Garcia, Garcia knew Kreutzmann, so they formed a band called the Zodiacs that played frat parties and other dances.  Troy played lead guitar, Pigpen was on harp, most of the time Bill Kreutzmann played drums, and Garcia would sometimes join in on bass guitar.

Take it, you can have it
What I got baby I can’t hold
If you find the secret
Tell me how to build a mold

And I can’t handle your problems
So don’t try to handle mine
Get yourself a shotgun a pocket full of shells
And we can while away the time

Look up at the wall, do it right
If you make a mistake, you’re gonna pay for it twice
But if you need it, got to have it
Get yourself a shotgun and bring it back home
Look up at the wall, you know you gotta crawl
Before you start crawling get ready to fall
And if you fall in my direction
Don’t expect no help at all

Get it right, do it nice
But if you make a mistake you’re gonna pay for it twice
But if you need it, gotta have it
Get yourself a shotgun and bring it back home
Look up the walls
You know you gotta crawl
But if you start calling you’re ready to fall
And if you fall in my direction
Don’t expect no help at all
Don’t expect no help at all
Don’t expect no help at all
And if you fall in my direction
Don’t expect no help at all

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge She’s My Baby.

She’s My Baby

The Traveling Wilburys wanted to remain incognito, so they began operating using the pseudonyms of Charlie T., Nelson, Otis, Lefty, and Lucky Wilbury. They even went through the trouble to create a nonsense backstory, which is detailed in the liner notes of their Volume 1 album that says, “The Original Wilburys were a stationary people who, realizing that their civilization could not stand still forever, began to go for short walks–not the ‘traveling’ as we now know it, but certainly as far as the corner and back. They must have taken to motion, in much the same way as penguins were at that time taking to ledges, for the next we hear of them they were going out for the day (often taking lunch or a picnic). Later, we don’t as yet know how much later, some intrepid Wilburys began to go away for the weekend, leaving late Friday and coming back Sunday. It was they who evolved simple rhythmic forms to describe their adventures.

A remarkable sophisticated musical culture developed, considering there were no managers or agents, and the further the Wilburys traveled the more adventurous their music became, and the more it was revered by the elders of the tribe who believed it had the power to stave off madness, turn brunettes into blondes and increase the size of their ears. As the Wilburys began to go further in their search for musical inspiration they found themselves the object of interest among many less developed species – nightclub owners, tour operators and recording executives. To the Wilburys, who had only just learnt to cope with wives, roadies and drummers, it was a blow from which many of them never recovered.  A tiny handful survived – the last of the traveling Wilburys – and the songs gathered here represent the popular laments, the epic heroic tales, which characterize the apotheosis of the elusive Wilbury sound. The message of the music travels, as indeed they traveled and as I myself must now travel for further treatment. Good listening, good night and let thy Wilbury be done.”

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This Traveling Wilburys song was written by all four members of the band George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty and each of them sings a portion of the track.  This was the opening song on the 1990 album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 which followed Roy Orbison’s death which was their second album and it won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.  The Traveling Wilburys were George Harrison’s creation which he put together out of a desire to play with his mates and Harrison, Lynne, Petty, Dylan, and Orbison didn’t want to use their own names, so they made up pseudonyms.  George and Jeff had been calling the studio equipment (limiters, equalizers) “wilburys”, so they first named their five some, The Trembling Wilburys, but Jeff suggested “Traveling” would work better.  Everybody sang, everybody wrote, everybody produced and they all had a lot of fun.

The Traveling Wilburys changed their names for Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and Harrison became…

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Don’t Forget My Name

This song ‘Down So Long’ was a short-lived Grateful Dead original that featured traditional-sounding chord changes and it was sung a few times by Jerry Garcia in 1966.  The lyrics were supposedly inspired by Richard Fariña’s 1966 novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me.  The novel was based largely on Fariña’s college experiences and travels, and it is a comic picaresque story that is set in the Western United States, in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution, and at an upstate New York university.  Richard Farina took the line from a 1920s Furry Lewis song ‘I Will Turn Your Money Green’ and it is possible that is where the Dead got the idea for this song.  The Doors’ recorded a completely different song titled ‘Been Down So Long’.  Near the end of this song Jerry Garcia sings, “please don’t forget my name”, which always makes me think of his song ‘Sugaree’, where he sings, “Please forget you knew my name”.  It is also interesting that the candyman makes an appearance in this song, which was another Hunter and Garcia song.  The Candyman is a shady character, a gambler, a drinker, a musician, a ladies’ man, and possibly a drug dealer.

Hard headed lover, won’t you please let me stay all night
If you just let me stay, I think everything’s all right
With my shoes in my pockets, eyes on the door
Mama won’t you give me the key
I been down so long it looks like up to me

I’m afraid of going but I can’t stand standing still
The hole that I’ve been in looks more and more like a hill
In a rowboat on the ocean, swept offshore
I started to feel all at sea
I been down so long it looks like up to me

The candyman is standing with his friends outside my door
There’s a hole in the circle and I’m [going down in the floor]
Been told many times, but again my friend, the best things in life are free
I been down so long it looks like up to me

[You gotta have plans] please don’t forget my name
‘Cause the hand that I got just won’t let me win the game
If I had plenty of time […]
[…] looks like I’ve started to see
I been down so long it looks like up to me

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Don’t You (Forget About Me) Week 87.

Don’t You (Forget About Me) Week 87

When I went to High School, I became friends with the smart kids, the ones who took advanced classes. My High school experience changed one day in the cafeteria at lunch, when I was caught shooting spit balls made from the paper wrappers on the plastic straws. This teacher picked me up by the back of my shirt out of my chair and threw me on the floor and said. “Don’t ever come back to my cafeteria anymore.” I had to eat lunch outside after that and find new friends. The kids that ate lunch outside were a tougher crowd and after being exposed to them and their ways, I started getting a lot of detention and by the time I became a senior, I had more detention than anyone else in the school. I certainly had more than rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock, who were all members of the Breakfast Club.

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Let’s all go back to the 80s, a time when people thought that the future would be awesome and nobody was practicing social distance, or wearing masks, or worrying about getting sick or dying from the 2020 pandemic.  In 1985, the Simple Minds cut ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ ran during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.  The global success of the chart-topping breakout #1 hit drove sales of the film’s soundtrack, which reached #17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in America.  The film itself went on to make more than $50 million worldwide despite having a budget of about $1 million.  The Scottish group didn’t write ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ and they had to be convinced to record it, as it was turned down by the Fixx, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol.  English song writer, pop musician and record producer…

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Breathing in My Ear

The song ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ was written by New York songwriters Carole Bayer Sager, Muzio Clementi and Toni Wine.  Muzio Clementi was an Italian-born English pianist, composer, and conductor.  Sager was 22 when this song was written, and Wine was only 17.  They wrote the song for Screen Gems publishing, and Jack McGraw, who worked at Screen Gems’ London office, thought the song would be perfect for the British group The Mindbenders.  The song became a huge hit in England, and was released in America a year later, where it was also very successful.  ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ was first released by the vocal duo of Diane Hall and Annita Ray who recorded under the name Dianne and Annita.  In 1960-1961, they were both members of the Bookends, Ray Anthony’s backing band.

In April 1965, a group from Manchester named Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders had a #1 hit their single ‘Game of Love’ which elevated them out of obscurity in America.  Before the year was out, Fontana left the Mindbenders for a solo career, in the middle of playing a concert, no less.  While the loss of a frontman at the height of a band’s success would be devastating to most groups, the Mindbenders carried on as a trio.  Their guitarist Eric Stewart said, “All we lost was our tambourine player.”  ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and all the way to the top of Cash Box singles chart for a week in 1966. Not only did the Mindbenders prove they could succeed without their “tambourine player,” but “A Groovy Kind of Love” outperformed all of Fontana’s solo singles, none of which ever even charted in the US.  Fontana died from cancer on August 6, 2020.

Toni Wine said that her and Carole were talking about the word Groovy because it was a relatively new word.  The only song that they knew of that contained this word was ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy)’, by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.  They wanted to write a song with that word in it, because they knew it was the happening word, and they wanted to jump on that.  Carole came up with “Groovy kinda… groovy kinda… groovy…” and they started saying, “Kinda groovy, kinda groovy, kinda…”  When they paired this with Love, they got a Groovy kind of love, and they were able to write this song in 20 minutes.

Bayer Sager wrote the Carley Simon hit ‘Nobody Does It Better’ with Marvin Hamlisch and the Dionne Warwick song ‘That’s What Friends are For’ along with Burt Bacharach.  Wine went on to write the Checkmates song ‘Black Pearl’ and the Tony Orlando and Dawn hit ‘Candida’, and she also worked as a backing vocalist for artists ranging from Willie Nelson to the Archies.  ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ was a #1 UK and US hit for Phil Collins who produced it along with Lamont Dozier for the 1988 British romantic crime comedy Buster.  Collins was a child actor, and his first role was as The Artful Dodger in a London production of Oliver!  He was wary about taking a movie role after becoming famous as a musician, and he made sure the song didn’t appear until the end of the film, so musical perceptions wouldn’t taint his performance.  The film was a box office flop, but Collins stood by it, saying it was an excellent film.

When I’m feelin’ blue, all I have to do is take a look at you
Then I’m not so blue
When you’re close to me I can feel you heart beat
I can hear you breathing in my ear
Wouldn’t you agree, baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love
Any time you want to you can turn me on to anything you want to
Any time at all
When I taste your lips
Oh, I start to shiver can’t control the quivering inside
Wouldn’t you agree, baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love
When I’m in your arms nothing seems to matter
If the world would shatter I don’t care
Wouldn’t you agree, baby, you and me got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love
We got a groovy kind of love

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Against All Odds Week 86.

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Week 86

Phil Collins suffered a devastating neck injury in 2007, which left him unable to play the drums any more, but he still continued to be a great singer. He joined Genesis in 1970 as drummer and served in that capacity until original frontman Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975. Collins sang backup to that point, and he reluctantly became the group’s lead singer, and as Genesis gradually transitioned from artful eccentrics to more reliable pop purveyors, his natural stage presence and ability to sing complex songs while drumming made the transition a smooth one. Come and visit the MM Music challenge today and contribute some of your writing while you have fun, reading what others wrote.

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Phil Collins was approached to write the title song to the film Against All Odds while it was still in its rough-cut form.  At the time the soundtrack was being completed, Phil was still on tour with his band Genesis.  It is a power ballad in which its protagonist implores an ex-lover to “take a look at me now”, knowing that reconciliation is “against all odds” while considering it worth trying.  Director Taylor Hackford flew to Chicago to see one of the band’s concerts and then, Phil watched the movie on a videocassette recorder in his hotel room, and agreed to appear on the soundtrack.  The film revolves around an aging American football star, who is hired by a mobster to find his girlfriend.

Once you get past the pulse-pounding car-chase opening sequence in this film, sharp-eyed viewers will be able to figure out that this 1984 suspenser is a remake of…

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