the power station

The Power Station

Jason Landry, contributor

In 1985, my mother was the right caller and won a copy of The Power Station album from our local radio station, WHEB in Portsmouth, NH. It featured some killer guitar licks and bass lines by fellow Duran Duran members Andy Taylor and John Taylor, smooth vocals by Robert Palmer, and a thunderous drum beat by former Chic drummer Tony Thompson. The album brought a unique sound to the music scene with their mix of funk, rock, and pop influences. This was also one of the first times that I remember hearing the term “supergroup” when referring to a band.

One of the standout tracks was “Get It On (Bang a Gong),” a cover of the T. Rex classic. The band’s version is a high-energy, funky take on the original, with Robert Palmer’s powerful vocals leading the charge.

Other noted tracks that had heavy airplay on MTV and radio were “Some Like It Hot” and “Communication”, which both reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Power Station will be known as a solid debut album that showcased the band’s diverse range of influences.