Bacliff, TX is a city that grew from an abandoned seaside resort town call Clifton-by-the-Sea in the 1930’s. By the 80’s Bacliff is a smaller, much poorer ransacked town that sits in the shadow of a large power generating station that looked as if three Borg cubes landed on its edge. Power plants which every now and then would make middle of the night explosions and bring out the entire population of Bacliff to the streets to stare at it as if it was some kind of angry God.
There was also the semi annual hurricanes to deal with not the least of which was 83’s Alicia which rocked and flooded Bacliff to its core.
The time was 1983, the music was country and western (both types), the clothing was blue jeans, sleeveless trans-am shirts, neon hair highlights and so many wicker chairs.
The themes of drugs, Regan, Ma Bell, BBQ, Astrodome and state recession were in the air.
In the Shadow of Alicia
- Rod Stewart “Forever Young”
- Neil Diamond “Cracklin Rosie”
- The Hollies “Long Cool Woman”
- Poco “Crazy Love”
- Eddie Rabbit “I Love A Rainy Night”
- Johnny Lee “Lookin’ for Love”
- Eddie Rabbitt “Drivin My Life Away”
- Air Supply “Lost in Love”
- Ronnie Millsap “Smoky Mountain Rain”
- Linda Ronstadt “Blue Bayou”
- Journey “Open Arms”
- Waylon Jennings “Luckenbach, Texas”
- Eddie Rabbit “You and I”
- The Bellamy Brothers “Let Your Love Flow”
- The Steve Miller Band “Jet Airliner”
- Firefall “Just Remember I Love You”
- Hall and Oats “Kiss on My List”
- Cream “Lay Down Sally”
- Rod Stewart “You’re in my heart”
- Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes”
- Kansas “Carry on Wayward Son”
- The Cars “You Might Think”
The Life Album series was taken from a talk director Cameron Crowe had where he talked about his practice of collecting mixtapes from every year indexing songs that may have not been huge hits but had resonance for him personally or emotionally. I took that as a springboard and created albums based on the mood and times I lived in different cities.