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Donnie Iris — Ah! Leah!
Album: Out of the Blue
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Total ratings: 355









Released: 1980
Length: 3:35
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Ah! Leah!

Yeah, it's been a long, long time.
Such a site, you're lookin' better than a body has a right to.
Don't you know we're playin' with the fire?
But we can stop this burnin' desire, Leah!

Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah! Is it ever gonna end?
Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah!

I see your lips and I wonder who's been kissin' them.
I never knew how badly I was missin' them.
We both know we're never going to make it,
But when we touch, we never have to fake it, Leah!

Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah! Is it ever gonna end?
Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah! We ain't learned our lesson yet!

Baby, it's no good. We're just askin' for trouble.
I can touch you, but I don't know how to love you.
It ain't no use! We'er headed for disaster.
Our minds said, "No!" But our hearts were talkin' faster, Leah!

Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
Ah! Leah! Leah, Leah, Leah!
Ah! Leah! Here we go again!

Ah! Leah, Leah, Leah!
Ah! Leah! We're never, ever, ever gonna make it yeah!
Ah! Leah!
Ah! Leah! Here we go again!
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I am a music snob (prog guy, so all the drama and arrogance that comes with that), but this is just a great song.  Good straightforward rock, very well written.
Funny story - 2009, we brought our baby daughter home from the hospital, but hadn't chosen a name yet.  We had 3 names on the list, and one of them was Alea.  A friend of mine called to say congratulations and asked what we named her.  I told him we hadn't decided and told him the 3 names on our list, and he said "Alea - that's from the Donnie Iris song!"  I hadn't heard this song before, looked it up on youtube, and watched the live concert version.  It's hilarious, with Donnie writhing around on the stage.  At that point it was decided - Alea would be her name!
Was never crazy about this song but when it came on RP I giggled and thought, why does this song sound so good on RP? 
Niiiiiiice!!!
 
{#Bananajam}
 nevar23 wrote:
Wow, this song was all over the album oriented rock station I grew up with. Good tune. Thanks for the reminder, RP.
 
And this is the first time I have ever heard it. Probably never made it over the Atlantic. 
Wow, this song was all over the album oriented rock station I grew up with. Good tune. Thanks for the reminder, RP.
{#Bananajam} {#Dancingbanana_2}
  outstanding throwback this.. {#Music}
 randyblew wrote:
I wouldn't want to hear it every day on RP
 
Isn't the set of "things you hear every day on RP" limited to Bill's voice and Rebecca's voice?
Now there's a time stamped guilty pleasure... 
80's rock gem. Light n' a little fluffy, but still a nice rock song. I wouldn't want to hear it every day on RP, but a nice relief here and there. H8r's gonna H8 - whatevs. Thanks Bill for always being a refreshing surprise.

Word from Raleigh.
Oooooh. What special effect did he use to get voice to go "ah" "ee" "oh"?

This sucks. 
 dburges wrote:
treatment_bound wrote:
Absolutely unnecessary...I hated this song 25 years ago, and it certainly hasn't improved since. Let's hope Donnie gets filed away for a long spell at RP.


I second that motion.

 
And a decade later Voila
i wanted to name my daughter Leah but, alas, my wife had other plans.
This threw me back in time...to the back seat of a very decked out Camaro....thank you!
redeyespy wrote:
Just for that, I think I'll upload "Love is Like a Rock," you old grumpypants.
Please do! :guitarist:
kcar wrote:
I used to hear this all the time on FM radio in the Boston area. Now it's definitely relegated to shows like Barry Scott's "Lost 45's" (if that's even still around).
With "Shades of 45" by Gary O.
I used to hear this all the time on FM radio in the Boston area. Now it's definitely relegated to shows like Barry Scott's "Lost 45's" (if that's even still around).
MidLyfe wrote:
Donnie Iris was great. Great shows for the time, too. Saw him in Pittsburgh.
Ya think that's because he's from Pittsburgh? :roflol:
LaurieinTucson wrote:
This doesn't fit with the style of music I usually hear on RP.
:lol: I'm sorry for laughing, but what do you mean by "the style of music {you} usually hear on RP"?
treatment_bound wrote:
Absolutely unnecessary...I hated this song 25 years ago, and it certainly hasn't improved since. Let's hope Donnie gets filed away for a long spell at RP. :arghhh:
Just for that, I think I'll upload "Love is Like a Rock," you old grumpypants.
This doesn't fit with the style of music I usually hear on RP.
Jack_Jefferson wrote:
I agree. And what's with the silly album cover?
Call it a one hit wonder....I liked it back then and got a kick out hearing it again today.
jadedragon wrote:
Who knew Donnie had enough of a catalog to warrant a 'collection'
I agree. And what's with the silly album cover?
guilty pleasure :shifty:
johnfitty wrote:
rock on. this is song is so cheesy as to be ironically hip.
an entire jar full of 'darn proud' cheeZ
Thanks for playing this, Bill. It might be fromage-like, but it's good to hear every so often.
I had a boyfriend like that once...he was fun... :hearteyes:
All I can think of is mullets in a dance club.
Kismet wrote:
Yeah, what's the problem here? Frankly the tune sounds okay, and it reminds me of so many good times....
IMO, that's the purpose of music.
Who knew Donnie had enough of a catalog to warrant a 'collection'
treatment_bound wrote:
Absolutely unnecessary...I hated this song 25 years ago, and it certainly hasn't improved since. Let's hope Donnie gets filed away for a long spell at RP.
I second that motion.
The initial beat makes me think I'm about to hear Spinal Tap...fat bottom...
Totally forgotten about this song. Can't even remember if it was late 70s or early 80s... Too many brain cells have gone under the bridge.
Donnie Iris was great. Great shows for the time, too. Saw him in Pittsburgh.
wow do i miss this one!
Holy crap - what a time travellin' blast from the past!
Best of its vintage (which isn't saying much, but I really like this song.) Nice nerdy album cover too.
really? flashback to 11 years old.
This song is about as cheezy as his red blazer
This would be a great song to come on the radio driving back from some weekend camping trip. Haven't heard it in ages. At least a 7.
keller1 wrote:
I'm with you ... down with muso snobbery.
Yeah, what's the problem here? Frankly the tune sounds okay, and it reminds me of so many good times....
I like this song...
heh - guilty pleasure - but as often as i heard this growing up i never knew that that's what the man looked like - awesome
All I can think to say is: "Is this really necessary?"
grego_lj wrote:
I think the brief forays into mainstream pop-rock are almost always done with good taste on RP. I like this song, as the unsophisticate I am.
I'm with you ... down with muso snobbery.
Absolutely unnecessary...I hated this song 25 years ago, and it certainly hasn't improved since. Let's hope Donnie gets filed away for a long spell at RP. It's so awful I think I'd rather hear someone just as bad who looks like Donnie Iris...do you have any Gary Lewis (with or without the Playboys)? :arghhh:
rock on. this is song is so cheesy as to be ironically hip.
The_Enemy wrote:
Here's where Michael Jackson stole his fashion ideas
PROBABLY.
I think the brief forays into mainstream pop-rock are almost always done with good taste on RP. I like this song, as the unsophisticate I am.
Losman wrote:
amazing restraint on all RP'ers to not comment on that album cover
Here's where Michael Jackson stole his fashion ideas
I was thinking of rating something really low for the first time.
diazo wrote:
Okay, this is funny -- once. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Please?
I AGREE, MY FRIEND, I AGREE.
luv'd it with a smirk.
Do you smell the fromage in the air ?
Okay, this is funny -- once. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Please?
The "BEST OF" !? WTF does the rest sound like?
Out....standing!!!
Sounds like Florida's Panhandle on hot summer nights, in my hitchiking days. No people it's cool, very cool.
That's it...I'm switching to my IPod! :no:
Our minds say no but our hearts are talking faster... Oh yes.
Meh. I guess as powerpop goes, it's not bad.
Crankin' it up for this!
And I always thought this song was about boxing and Mohammad Ali....;)
who's that at the cover photo? SUPERMAN?
from the bottom of the box....
etwilson wrote:
Ack. They play this everyday on the rock station here in the 'Burgh. Dawwwnie Arrris is a minor diety here for reasons that I've never understood. I actually know someone who named his daughter Leah after this song. Cool glasses though. Edit: Oops, it looks like I made the exact same comment about this song two years ago in this same thread. Must be getting old. :{
no, nu-uh!! yinz are from da burg, n'at? yeah, i could do wifout donnie on RP, n'at. chess don't compute. plus, look at his mullet!!
one of the last songs I would ever want to hear, especially from this station.
annoying.
Ack. They play this everyday on the rock station here in the 'Burgh. Dawwwnie Arrris is a minor diety here for reasons that I've never understood. I actually know someone who named his daughter Leah after this song. Cool glasses though. Edit: Oops, it looks like I made the exact same comment about this song two years ago in this same thread. Must be getting old. :{
amazing restraint on all RP'ers to not comment on that album cover
radiozep wrote:
Cool to see all the comments from afar. I though he was only known in Pittsburgh, where he is a cult icon...
I used to play this on my radio show on KZUM-FM, the community radio station in Lincoln, NE back in the mid-80s. Always loved his stuff. Very powerful rock.
jvalatka wrote:
Yeah, well, I disagree. Very much so, in fact, that I dug up and uploaded this song to RP! Don't everyone thank me at once!
Thank you! How can you not like this? (don't know if I could take a whole album, but this song's great right now)
Thanks for the cheeze, Bill!
radiozep wrote:
Cool to see all the comments from afar. I though he was only known in Pittsburgh, where he is a cult icon...
:wave:
The album had some other classics, too. "Agnes was a waitress at a bar..."
There is something about this song thst just grabs me! I like it, still.
This is why I listen. Great stuff Bill and excellent segue. That's worth and another RP donation. Thanks!
it's amazing how after 25 years a song can seem so much better. In 2031 (hopefully the next time I hear it) this song will kick ass!
Donnie Iris, good guy...Still draws a huge crowd here in Cleveland. He's from Pittsburgh...
This song CANNOT be denied!
kaupmees wrote:
Whoa. I had to check to make sure I was still listening to RP.
Same here!
trekhead wrote:
Wow... Few words, Didn't even know who that was, but instantly recognizable. An 8.
:music:
Cool to see all the comments from afar. I though he was only known in Pittsburgh, where he is a cult icon...
Friggin' sweet!!!!! This brings back wonderful memories of grade school in the late '70's/early 80's and hearing this song constantly played on WLS AM890 in Chicago. Awesome!
hahahahahahahahah
Back in the day, this was a very important song :) Donnie's father Sam used to go to the shows and hang around backstage... Article about Donnie and Sam
Thanks for making my day! I always thought the song was a woman's name -- Aliyah...
Very cool sequence: Donnie Iris - Ah! Leah! Roy Orbison - Leah Mazzy Star - Halah Teitur - Louis, Louis
i thought You don't like this kind of songs. bob hmmm i'll take any cheap trick song over this
Coming right out of Roy Orbison's "Leah"...great segue, Bill
I don't know why I like it, but I do -- still, after all these years! I just changed my rating from a 7 to an 8, and I don't even feel bad about it! :dancingbanana:
WTF? I cannot beleive RP is playing this. I fotgot that I like this song. It's so 80's!
OMG. This is, like, TOTALLY bitchin!! Way over the top, but it's fun to hear overblown stuff like this once in a while.
hahahaha...from Orbinson's Leah to Iris' Ah! Leah!
Always loved this... :yes:
Name game.
WTF? Journey next?
This is one of those great big power-rock anthems. Way over-the-top, big vocals, big guitars, woman screaming "LEAH!" passionatetly as Donnie Iris sings "here we go again." A spectacular blast of joy and which comes out on the sunny side. :music: :cool: :sunny: :sunny:
Well I'd never ever heard it before..never heard of 'em..like it :D
no. thank you. should have been left in wax.
:roflol: :bounce: :sunny.gif: :roflol: :bounce: :sunny.gif: :bounce: :sunny.gif: :roflol: :bounce: :sunny.gif: :roflol:
Wow... Few words, Didn't even know who that was, but instantly recognizable. An 8.
OMG. Flashback to high school. I am old, that's for sure.
kaupmees wrote:
Whoa. I had to check to make sure I was still listening to RP.
lol, i just did the same. Debbie Gibson album shown above.
First The Records, now Donnie Iris. I am definitely having college flashbacks over here!
Wicked tune - Donnie rocks. This whole albumn is great. However, his best song ever is 'The Rapper'! Let's hear it! Hey Bill, did you just call this cheesy? That's fightn' talk!!!
loving every minute of it
Can I give it a 12? Yeah, it's straight up rock 'n' roll, but I haven't heard this one in forever. I wouldn't want a whole station of this, but it's a great choice!
Cheesy, yes, :clap: but I like it too!
Wow! Great song! Haven't heard it in a long time. Really takes me way back when. Sheez, how did I get this old? Thanks for the flashback!
8O Whoa. I had to check to make sure I was still listening to RP. :drummer: :guitarist:
Oh, YEAH! I had the 45 of this (and still do) and just loved/love it! This captures not only the era, but the intensity of your first sexual feelings, dunnit? Especially the screaming backing vocals... "AHHHHH, LEAH!!!!"
Talk about rewinding time!!! What a great trip!!! Excellent day to do it!!!
Still stands up. Great tune. I used to play this one on KZUM-FM in Lincoln on my show nearly 20 years ago, which probably four or five people heard back then...
This takes me back to 6th grade and cranking WLS AM890 in Chicago on my little radio. Excellent!
:jump:
Wow, I haven't heard this song in a decade or two. Used to love it! I remember driving from Canada down to Ohio in '81 for the Toledo Jam, one of the last stadium general seating concerts I can recall, I remember Donnie Iris was one of the opening acts for Loverboy and Foreigner ... a great 80's memory. Cheesy yes but great tasting cheese Bill! Randy
I am totally transported back to middle school. It sounded really good to me, but I've been working too much!