Song of the Day #4,940: ‘Sunset Grill’ – Don Henley

Another 1984 album I know only vaguely, Building the Perfect Beast was Don Henley’s second solo album and the home of his greatest solo song, ‘The Boys of Summer.’

A collaboration with members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (specifically, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Stan Lynch), Building the Perfect Beast is the sort of adult pop album that Henley would hone to an even finer point five years later with End of the Innocence.

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Song of the Day #3,886: ‘You’re Not Drinking Enough’ – Don Henley

Here’s a track from Don Henley’s 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast, best known for opening track (and bona fide classic) ‘The Boys of Summer.’

That song was written by Henley and Mike Campbell, but all but one other song on the album was written or co-written by Danny Kortchmar, a frequent collaborator of Henley’s. Kortchmar has the sole writing credit on today’s SOTD. He also co-wrote most of the tracks on Henley’s 1989 follow-up, The End of the Innocence.

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Song of the Day #803: ‘The Boys of Summer’ – Don Henley

I have a complicated relationship with Don Henley. It probably stems back to my active dislike of The Eagles, because Henley is the most prominent Eagle of all.

He’s immensely talented, no doubt. It’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of a song such as ‘Desperado,’ even as its sibling ‘Hotel California’ makes me want to pull my hair out. And sometimes his vocals just annoy me, while at other times it seems like he has the perfect rock voice. What is it with this guy?

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