Remember That Song: 5/22/15

Hair’s to Friday!!
Can you name the artist and song:

A one way ticket
A change of pace
You’ve had enough
Can’t take no more


Last Song: “Dress You Up” by Madonna from Like a Virgin (1984)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

Let me cover you with velvet kisses
I’ll create a look that’s made for you

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Remember That Song: 5/21/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Let me cover you with velvet kisses
I’ll create a look that’s made for you


Last Song: “I Heard a Rumour” by Bananarama from WOW! (1987)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and TW (@Twshanklin)!!!

Now it seems they’re telling me
You’ve changed your wicked ways
But should I give you a second chance
Baby, I’m too afraid

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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 21, 1988: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. In addition to more hits from this week in 1988, we have a Long Distance Dedication today! Now, let’s Return to the week ending May 21, 1988, and move on with the countdown.

 20. “My Girl” by Suave

This is a cover of The Temptation’s classic 1964 hit. This was Suave’s first and biggest hit. There’s a good reason why we haven’t heard much else from him. Suave, whose real name is Waymond Anderson, was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 for arson murder. He torched a crack house near the USC campus, which resulted in the death of a drug addict. He is still in prison. However, new information has been presented that he was in Jackson, Mississippi, visiting his sister the day of the murder. A minister in Jackson also said that he saw Suave in church that day. There were witnesses that implicated Suave, but they have since changed their stories saying that they were placed under duress by the police. This sounds like it could be a Dateline special.

19. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston

This was the fourth single to be released from Whiteney’s second album, Whitney. Initially, Houston did not want to record the song. But, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she obliged. I suppose that Clive Davis did know what he was doing pre-American Idol.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” did indeed become a number one hit – Houston’s seventh consecutive one in the U.S.

18. “Circle in the Sand” by Belinda Carlisle

I love the Go-Go’s, and I love Belinda Carlisle’s solo work just the same. She has a unique voice. Fun fact: Thomas Dolby played the keyboard for this song.

17. “Make It Real” by The Jets

I enjoyed The Jets back in the day. This is a really good ballad. It would be the group’s fifth and final Top 10 hit.

16. “Dreaming” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

OMD had that classic ’80s New Wave sound. This song was released as a single from their greatest hits album, and would be their last single before the band split up.

15. “Angel” by Aerosmith

As with all the other singles released from Aerosmith’s huge comeback album, this song was overplayed beyond belief. It is a good ballad that I would enjoy more if it wasn’t played so much.

14. “Together Forever” by Rick Astley

I feel like this is a continuation of “Never Gonna Give You Up“. The music sounds the same. And if he’s never gonna give, never gonna give, never gonna give you up [damn earworm!], then that means that you will be Together Forever. So, this all makes sense now – 27 years later! The songs ARE related!

13. “Pink Cadillac” by Natalie Cole

This is a Bruce Springsteen song that was originally released on the B-side of “Dancing in the Dark“. In 1988, Natalie Cole covered the song and ran away with it, making it a Top 10 single. I was never a big fan of this song. I also get confused between this song and Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love.”

Long Distance Dedication

We have now arrived at a staple of American Top 40 – The Long Distance Dedication. Most of us have had childhood friends that we have long lost touch with – either because they moved away, or we moved away. Robert sent in a letter that most of us can relate to. He says,

Dear Casey,

Good friends are important to all of us – and I have two of the best. In 1981 I moved to Frankfurt, Germany with my military family. I was nervous: no friends, a new school AND a new country. I clearly remember my first day of seventh grade. I slowly walked to the bus stop and stood away from everyone. There was not a soul I knew. As the bus pulled up I reluctantly boarded and took a seat by myself. I kept my eyes forward – scared to say anything – until I heard a voice ask me if it was alright to sit next to me. I looked up, said “Yes” and my life was changed forever. I was too nervous to notice that someone else was standing away from the group and not talking – and now he was sitting next to me. His name was LeRoyce and he had just moved to Germany as well. We continued our conversation all the way to school. As fate would have it, we had a few classes together and we got to know each other even better. We spent hours together and I met his younger brother Marvin. The three of us became inseparable. We helped each other through the hard times of growing up. We survived junior high and high school together – never letting each other down. Naturally, high school ended and we were forced to go our separate ways and create our own lives. Unfortunately, after graduation we lost touch. It was not until 12 years later that I made a good attempt to locate LeRoyce and Marvin. I was successful! I found that they were both living in Louisville, Kentucky. I got a hold of them, booked a flight and our reunion was set. I cannot describe the absolute joy of being back together with my best friends. We had a great time and vowed to not let so much time pass between our get togethers. We now meet every summer, rotating between Louisville and my home in Nebraska. In fact, they will be here in July. One bond we have always shared was music. We spent countless hours listening to our favorite songs. One of those songs never fails to remind me of them every time I hear it. Casey, would you please play When Doves Cry by Prince for LeRoyce and Marvin – it was one of our favorite songs and it always reminds me of those great times we spent together. We still listen to it every time we reunite now.

OK, Robert. Here is your long distance dedication:

http://www.mojvideo.com/video-prince-when-doves-cry/63806cee6342494500af

That was “When Doves Cry”, the 1984 classic by Prince from the Purple Rain soundtrack.

Now, on with the countdown.

12. “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’Arby

I was never much of a fan of this song. Despite that fact, MTV and radio constantly played it. I don’t hate it as much now, but I’m still not a fan. “Wishing Well” was a #1 hit. It did take a while though, as it was on the charts for 17 weeks before topping the charts.

11. “Piano In the Dark” by Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito

Well, this song gets my vote for song of the day. I loved this song when it came out, and I still do. “Piano in the Dark” was in heavy rotation as I was sorting mail at the post office. This would be Brenda Russell’s biggest hit, peaking at number 6 on the Hot 100. It also earned Russell two Grammy Award nominations in 1989, including one for Song of the Year.


That’s it for today. We will wrap up the countdown on Friday. As always, please let me know what you think of the countdown so far, and if you have any memories from 1988 that you’d like to share..

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Quote of the Day: Beverly Hills Cop

Serge: I see you look at this piece.
Axel Foley: Yeah. I was wondering how much something like this went for.
Serge: One hundred and thirty thousand dollar.
Axel Foley: Get the fuck out of here!


Serge:  No, I cannot! It’s serious! Because it’s very important piece.
Axel Foley: Have you ever sold one of these?
Serge:  Sell it yesterday to a collector.
Axel Foley: Get the fuck out of here!
Serge: No! I’m serious! I sell it myself!

 
Happy 56th Birthday to Bronson Pinchot!!!

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Remember That Song: 5/20/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Now it seems they’re telling me
You’ve changed your wicked ways
But should I give you a second chance
Baby, I’m too afraid


Last Song: “Legs” by ZZ Top from Eliminator (1983)

Everytime she’s dancin’ she knows what to do.
Everybody wants to see
If she can use it

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2 Friends Talking interviews Return to the ’80s

“Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” Yes, I’m Mr. Fancy Pants now! Of course, I’m just kidding. But, after reaching my 5 year bloggerversary this year, I knew things were going to start picking up. But, this came out of the blue. The guys from the site and podcast 2 Friends Talking contacted me and asked if they could interview me for their site. Mario and Sean, from that site, were so awesome that I happily obliged.

Sean and Mario have been friends for years. They decided to start a podcast hanging out and talking about random topics. For example, the first podcast is titled “The Bionic Man, Evel Knievel, Ted Cassidy & Breakfast Cereal“. They also have Top 10 lists – one of which I will also be shortly providing them. So, go check them out and give them some love!

Also, be sure to head on over there to read my interview. They asked some really great questions – all ’80s related. Enjoy!

Here is the link to the full interview

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Top 40 Songs This Week – May 21, 1988: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Today we have quite the variety of music we come to expect from the mid-to-late ’80s. Let’s just jump right into it today, and Return to the week ending May 21, 1988, and continue the countdown.

30. “Kiss Me Deadly” by Lita Ford

What a great way to kick things off! Lita Ford just flat out rocks! This would be Lita’s signature hit. Before this song, I was unaware of The Runaways, so I had no idea that she was such a pioneer for women in rock, along with Joan Jett. Lita’s still rockin’ it today. Her 2012 album, Living Like a Runaway is awesome.

 29. “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson

Being a rock fan, this is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. This was the fifth single released from the Bad album, and would go on to be a number 1 hit. Jackson scored Eddie Van Halen for “Beat It” from the Thriller album. This time, he got Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens to play on this song. So good!

28. “One Good Reason” by Paul Carrack

I love when Paul Carrack sings with Mike + The Mechanics and I love his solo hit, “Don’t Shed a Tear“. I didn’t remember this song until I heard the chorus. This is a pretty good one.

27. “Alphabet St.” by Prince


Wow, Prince’s handlers must be slacking off. Last year when I started these countdowns, it was almost impossible to find a Prince video. He’s still not on YouTube, but it is way easier to find his videos now.
I’m not really a post-Revolution Prince fan. I do like his music if I’m in the mood for it. Right now, I’m not in the mood for it.

26. “Prove Your Love” by Taylor Dayne


Taylor Dayne’s follow-up single to her hit “Tell It to My Heart” was a success. This is another high energy freestyle song, just like it’s predecessor. “Prove Your Love” would peak at #7 on the Hot 100.

25. “The Valley Road” by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

This is a typical Bruce Hornsby song. I do tolerate this one a little more than “The Way It Is” and “Mandolin Rain“. But, this is another song that I really need to be in the mood for in order to make it through the song. I made it to around a minute today.

24. “I Still Believe” by Brenda K. Starr

Some of the younger crowd may know this song pretty well. Mariah Carey made this song a big hit in 1998. But, this song was originally done 10 years earlier by Brenda K. Starr. Mariah Carey actually sang backup on this original version. It would be Brenda K. Starr’s only top 20 hit. Mariah Carey did her version as a tribute to Starr because Starr had helped jump-start Carey’s career by handing a demo tape to CBS Records executive Tommy Mottola, who then signed Carey to her first recording contract.

23. “We All Sleep Alone” by Cher

This song often gets overlooked by radio. This was a good song in the middle of one of Cher’s many comebacks. This song was produced by David Geffen and written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora

22. “Foolish Beat” by Debbie Gibson

As much as I was in love with Debbie Gibson back then, this was not one of my favorite songs. It’s not a bad ballad, but I kind of get bored by it.

21. “Strange But True” by Times Two

This song is from Times Two’s 1988 debut album,X2. It would be their only hit song. It peaked at #20 on the Hot 100. This same year, Times Two was Debbie Gibson’s opening act for her Out of the Blue tour.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. It was kind of a mixed bag for me today. I hope you enjoyed it. We will be back tomorrow with some awesome songs. As always, please let me know what you think of the countdown so far, and if you have any memories from 1988 that you’d like to share..

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