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Good advice straight from the '80s: 'Spend It on Love'

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Having trouble trying to find the right Christmas gift for that someone special this season? Instead of just buying stuff why not follow the '80s advice of the Rainmakers and Spend It On Love.

It's been too long since we've featured Kansas City's favorite hometown boys, the Rainmakers, and the holiday season is the perfect time to feature the always socially-interested lyrics of lead singer Bob Walkenhorst. Spend It On Love was the lead single off the Rainmakers' third album, The Good News and The Bad News, and was released in 1989. With the Rainmakers, the good news was everything they released was outstanding - the bad news was that mainstream America never found the Rainmakers and not one of their singles ever hit the Top 100 singles chart.

It was at the end of 2015 that the media reported that the top 20 Americans owned 50% of the wealth in the U.S. Over 25 years ago, the Rainmakers made a video for Spend It Love with lyrics asking the question about how we spend our money. Walkenhorst proposes that instead of accumulating wealth and spending money solely on possessions and war that perhaps we might consider to spend it on investing in people and the less fortunate. Walkenhorst cautions those who horde great wealth about the reckoning they might face one day with great phrases like "ride a camel through a phonographic needle one day."

Since we last featured the Rainmakers in 2013, the Rainmakers have released one new album, Monster Movie in 2014, and continue to play selected dates in the Midwest.


[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2016 10:05am]


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