Memorial Day lost and found: The Hollies 'Stop In the Name of Love'
With today being Memorial Day in the United States, it is fitting that we honor the service men and women that have protected our country over the centuries.
In 1983, The British band The Hollies reached No. 29 on the charts with the remake of The Supremes 1965 No. 1 hit Stop in the Name of Love. The song would be the last of 13 Top 40 singles that The Hollies would chart in the USA.
In the early ‘80s, it was a time of the Red Scare and teenager boys filling out their Selective Service postcards and sweating out rumors of the draft being reinstated. While the video for Stop In the Name of Love takes the love song and turns it into a plea for peace, I think the spirit of the video reflects the feelings of that time period that nobody wanted to go to war. The ‘80s Cold War sparked the motto of Peace Through Strength – a catch phrase that was the mantra of the Reagan presidency and some have credited as the cause of the Soviets losing the arms race and the eventual fall of The Iron Curtain.
The Hollies are celebrating their 50th year making music and are touring to celebrate the anniversary.