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Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Great Eighties countdown week six

And we are now in the top 200 of our count- one-third of the way to the top.  With the only question remaining being why I keep typing "Greta" rather than "Great", let's get on with this week's list:

200- Ship Of Fools, World Party, #27, 1987. A pretty tough answer to Wang Chung's Everybody Have Fun Tonight, World Party is one-man band Karl Wallinger, who was a member of alt-rock group the Waterboys.

199- When Doves Cry, Prince, #1, 1984.  While I wasn't a big fan of this guy- especially once he started that "artist formerly known as" garbage- He had some real gems, and this was the most powerful.  But what's with replacing all the videos of this on youtube with other stuff?  Tres annoying!

198- New Moon On Monday, Duran Duran, #10, 1984.  I was a reluctant fan of these guys at first, but by this time they were on their second #1 on my chart.  They have two more coming.


197- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper, #2, 1983.  We got this every night at 9:57 PM on WFFT-TV channel 55.  They were just starting out, and so was she.  Why it was this song every night- and no other- I have no idea.  She'll be back one more time.



196- Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes, #1, 1983.  Yes roared back into prominence with this lead cut from the great lp 90125.  Two more are coming.

195- My Town, Michael Stanley Band, #39, 1983.  This should be played at all sports events- the ultimate rah-rah song for any city.

194- Foolin', Def Leppard, #28, #9 Mainstream Rock, 1983.  The final of three trips into the chart for this band.  Is anybody out there...?

193- This Time, John Mellencamp, #27, 1980.  I told you before, the Mellencamp songs you hear on my chart won't be the ones you expect. 2nd of 4.

192-  Cruel Summer, Bananarama, #9, 1983. Second time on the countdown.  Man could they pick a name a little harder to spell right?



191- Brass In Pocket, The Pretenders, #14, 1980.  Our first taste of Chrissy Hynde.  They'll be back three more times.

190- Don't You Want Me, Human League, #1, 1981.  A song that went through a long "grow on you" process for me; by the time it hit #1 nationally, it was #1 on my chart too.

189- Queen Of Hearts, Juice Newton, #2, 1981.  The second big hit for Ms. Newton, a Dave Edmunds cover.  Only rarely did her crossover hits make big noise on the country chart; this one hit #14.

188- Time, Alan Parsons Project, #15, 1981.  Another great cut from The Turn Of A Friendly Card, and three more from them coming up.

187- Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson, #18, 1983.  In the top five of "list of singers whose voice I wish I had."  He'll be back twice more.

186- She's A Beauty, The Tubes, #10, #1 MSR, 1982.  The philosophy of strip bars, in one easy lesson.

185- Streets Of Bakersfield, Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakum, #1 country, 1988.  As is much with Buck, just a fun time.




184- Love Stinks, J. Geils Band, #38, 1980.  I been through diamonds, I been through minks; one thing's for sure- love stinks!

183- Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth, #10, 1982.  Another song that brings back memories of the early tendrils of spring.  It was a cold and lonely, breezy afternoon...

182- And She Was, Talking Heads, #54, #11 MSR, 1985.  On the other hand, this one relates for me to the heart of summer.




181-  Street Of Dreams, Rainbow, #60, #2 MSR, 1983.  Top song on the chart for Richie Blackmore and the boys.

And that's it for another week!  Tune back next week for more 80s fun.

1 comment:

  1. CWM:
    I was wondering WHERE you snuck this bugger in at...
    Queen of Hearts was a wonderful foot-tapper...I STILL think it's a great song.

    Love Stinks was one of our "sing-alongs" back when I was working in "Joisey"...LOL.

    "Owner" (by Yes) was a perennial fave for me...was kinda haunting in a way.

    Excellent list this week.

    Keep those hits coming!

    Stay safe up there.

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