((Lionel Richie)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

Written by Patrick McNamara

The curious case of Lionel Richie. You know? Right? It’s like, what the hell happened to this guy? Do you know how big he was in the ‘80s? Man, he was the ‘80s! Sure, Michael Jackson, Madonna, yeah, yeah, got it. But Lionel Richie was right there with ‘em. He was right there!

I don’t know how many #1 hits Lionel had or how many records he sold (and I’m not even TALKING about his time in the Commodores). I guess I could look it up. But I’m not going to. Suffice it to say, the answer is a SHIT TON. There was a time when you literally* could not escape Lionel Richie on the radio with all the “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Say You Say Me” and “You Are” and “All Night Long” and “Stuck on You” and “Penny Lover” and on and on it goes. I know the words to all those songs. I never know the words to songs anymore.

(*improper use of the word "literally" - in most cases, one could just turn off the radio - pay $250 fine - die.)

Oh yeah, and not to mention how Lionel Richie was a prolific writer for others - he wrote “Lady” for Kenny Rogers and “We Are The World” with the aforementioned Michael Jackson. Not to mention those two things I just mentioned.

Lionel Richie was everywhere. And then he was nowhere. It’s not like he had some spectacular flame-out or fall from grace, either. He just sort of…..disappeared….POOF….erased from existence….like dust in the wind….dudes.

Do you think he left because he just couldn’t write the jams anymore? Or, do you think he was just like “Fuck it. I quit. And I never have to do anything I don’t want to do ever again.” I’m sure there’s been a Behind The Music or something that’s answered this vexing question in great talking head detail. But I’ve never seen it. And frankly, I don't want to. I prefer to pontificate.

Look, I don’t have any answers for you about Lionel Richie. And I'm not sure you even asked. But I do know he’s playing some shows this summer. So there's that. He’s here. He’s not here. He’s here again. But it's not the same. I just don't understand it.

The curious case of Lionel Richie. That’s one tough nut to crack.

(this is a good song - but what’s with the really random rock out part at 2:50?)

(seriously how WEIRD is that part?)

Published February 25, 2014
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