The first track that I rocked in tonight’s 80’s at 8 is from Judas Priest‘s tenth album Turbo titled “Locked In.” The album was released in 1986 and is known for the band’s change to a commercial glam metal sound, which had them using synthesizers for the first time.
Following the success of their previous album, Defenders of the Faith, Judas Priest initially recorded a double album that was intended to be released under the title Twin Turbos, half of which would be more commercial and the other half would be aggressive heavy metal. This idea was scrapped. Instead, the material was split up, with the more commercial songs appearing as the album Turbo. The lyrical content on Turbo was markedly different from previous Judas Priest albums, with more emphasis on grounded subjects such as love and romance rather than the band’s usual sci-fi and fantasy themes.
The album was certified Gold in the US in 1986 and Platinum in 1987. It reached #17 on the Billboard 200 album chart making it a commercial success and its highest chart position until 2005’s Angel of Retribution. The music videos supporting “Turbo Lover” and “Locked In” enjoyed heavy rotation on MTV, furthering the success of the album commercially.
You can check out the music video for Locked in by Judas Priest here:
The second track is from Rainbow‘s sixth album Right Between The Eyes from 1982 titled “Death Alley Driver.” This track lives up to the title with its racing beats and guitars. The title of the album The title allegedly came from a phrase from Jeff Beck, describing Jimi Hendrix to Richie Blackmore.
Rest in Peace Jeff Beck. The album reached # 30 on the Billboard 200 album chart and in 2022 the album was named #5 of ‘The 25 greatest rock guitar albums of 1982’ list in Guitar World magazine. Videos were shot for the songs “Stone Cold” and “Death Alley Driver”, which featured Sega’s 1981 arcade video game Turbo. They were occasionally still aired on VH1’s Metal Mania program, but have not been aired since 2005.
You can check out the music video for Death Alley Driver by Rainbow here: