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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Great Eighties countdown week 11

We have come to the top one hundred at last here at the countdown, and as nothing more Friday the 13th-ish has happened, let's have at it.

100- Into The Groove, Madonna, b-side of #5 hit Angel, 1985.  You wouldn't have known it was a b-side around here; I don't even really remember Angel.

99- The Beat Goes On/Switchin' To Glide, the Kings, #43, 1980.  "Nothing matters but the weekend/from a Tuesday point-of-view..."

98- Goodbye, Elenore, Toto, #107, 1981.  From their lp Turn Back, had pretty brisk airplay on Rock 104.

97- Lost In Love, Air Supply, #3, 1980.  I was as big a fan as any when these guys first hit here with this song.

96- Walking On Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves, #9, 1985.  Katrina Leskanic was a cousin of Padres pitcher Curtis Leskanic.  He didn't know his cousin was THAT Katrina until she sang the national anthem at a Padres' game.

95- Synchronicity II, The Police, #16, 1983.  About a guy with a crappy life, a crappy job, a crappy boss, and the Loch Ness Monster creeping up to his front door.

94- Boulevard, Jackson Browne, #19, 1980.  From the classic lp Hold Out.

93- Don't Stand So Close To Me, The Police, #10, 1980. I got this lp (Zenyatta Mendatta) for my birthday one year.  A very good listen.

92- At The Sound Of The Tone, John Schneider, #5 country, 1982.  Yeah it's Bo Duke, but he was a helluva singer.  I really could/should have put in about 5 more of his, but this was my favorite.

91- I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner, #1, 1984.  The choir at the end (the New Jersey Mass Choir) is the best part.

90- Saved By Zero, The Fixx, #20, 1983.  A song that wrapped itself around a good dream about a girl I've forgotten.  Just got their greatest hits CD this past week.

89- Shakin', Eddie Money, #63, #9 Mainstream Rock, 1982.  Yes, another track from No Control, the first one in fact.

88- Edge Of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks,  #11, #4 MSR, 1982.  Another song whose chart numbers probably suffered because of how much it was played before it was released.

87- If This Is It, Huey Lewis and the News, #6, 1984.  I think every track but 2 on this lp (Sports) played on the radio around here.

86- Talking To The Moon, Gatlin Brothers Band, #4 country, 1986.  Reminds me of Ray Stevens' Misty.

85- Arc Of A Diver, Steve Winwood, #48, #11 MSR, 1981.  I couldn't stand While You See A Chance, but loved the follow up.  This was the title cut of his breakthrough lp.

84- Into The Night, Benny Mardones, #11 in 1980 and #20 in 1989.  The perils of dating a 16-year-old.

83- Games Without Frontiers, Peter Gabriel, #48, 1980.  I was hearing this in my mind as the squirrels at Pokagon hurled their half-eaten acorns at us.

82- Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper, #1, 1984.  Another benefit of work closing was not having to hear the karaoke-esque, screwed-up-lyrics version of this on the CD player.

81- Don't Go Back To Rockville, REM, non-charting, 1984.  Actually I only know this song from their greatest hits disc Eponymous.

And that wraps another excursion into the eighties.  Be sure to come back next week as we close in upon the end.

1 comment:

  1. CWM:
    Love this list...
    --Huey Lewis was always a wonderful escape from traditional pop tunes and a voyage into more of those "fun" songs we used to ahve ages before.

    --Foreigner..hit one outta the park with "I wanna know what love is".

    -- Air Supply...people can say what they want to, but I LOVED their music.
    Recently got a CD of the greatest hits (to go with the original VINYL I still have).

    Even got to see them once out at the Vaklley Forge Music Fair (back in the day) good as it gets for a LIVE performance...marvelous concert.
    (theater in the round, so every seat was a good one) And all for UNDER $20!!!
    God, those were some great days!

    Excellent list.

    Keep on rockin', Buddy.

    Stay safe up thre.