Today we are going for a fun song for the Song of the Day – “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters. The song was written by Allee Willis and Danny Sembello. Allee Willis also wrote Earth, Wind & Fire’s hits “September” and “Boogie Wonderland“. Danny Sembello was the younger brother of Michael Sembello.
This song featuring Ruth Pointer on lead vocal was introduced on the Pointer Sisters’ October 1983 album release Break Out. There had already been four singles released from that album. But “Neutron Dance” was issued as a single in November 1984 thanks to its addition to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.
In March 1985 “Neutron Dance” became the fourth Top Ten single issued from the Break Out album rising as high as #6. It would be their last Top 10 hit. “Dare Me“, from their follow-up album Contact, peaked at #11.
It’s that time of year again! Welcome to the 5th Annual Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. As with last year, voting will be done right here on the site, Twitter – @Returntothe80s, And the Return to the ’80s group page on Facebook.
This year we are going t=with the legendary Phil Collins. This will be his solo hits, and not Genesis songs, as he had enough to make the Sweet Sixteen on his own.
This Tournament is in collaboration with RealWeegieMidget Reviews as Gilll from that site reviews the Phil Collins film, Buster. Collins had a couple of hit songs from that movie. It was not widely seen in the U.S., so you may be interested in reading the review. So go check it out!
First, check out the podcast episode as we review each song in the tournament.
Now, let’s get going with the Sweet Sixteen! Voting will be open for this round until Sunday, April 3. The Elite 8 will be posted on Monday, April 4. In addition to voting on Twitter – @Returntothe80s and the Return to the ’80s group page on Facebook, feel free to comment your picks below. 1 vote per battle please. You can click on the song titles to see each music video.
In honor of Eric Clapton’s 77th birthday, today’s Song of the Day is his 1986 hit, “It’s in the Way That You Use It”. This song was the first track on the album August, which was named after the month Clapton’s son Conor was born. It was also was written for the movie The Color Of Money, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Paul Newman and Tom Cruise as pool sharks. It appeared on the soundtrack before Clapton’s album was released. Clapton wrote this with Robbie Robertson, who’s work with The Band in the ’60s encouraged Clapton to get away from the long, heavy solos he was playing with Cream. Robertson was in charge of the music for The Color Of Money, but because he was not finished with his first solo album, his record company would not let him sing on any of the songs. He got around it by contributing instrumental songs to the soundtrack.
Surprisingly, this song did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. However, it reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1986 and eventually positioned itself at the top of the charts one year after.
Today’s Song of the Day, “Love Is” by Alannah Myles, was the first single off of her self-titled debut album in Canada, and was the second single released after “Black Velvet” in the rest of the world. In 1990, the song was nominated for the Juno Award for Single of the Year, losing to the Canadian singer/songwriter’s own “Black Velvet”. “Black Velvet” had also won the 1991 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
“Love Is” was released as a single in April 1989 in Canada, the song peaked at #16, in June of that year. In the U.S., it peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While Myles only charted with “Black Velvet” and “Love Is” in the U.S., she had several Top 40 hits throughout the ’90s in Canada, and even topped the charts with “Song Instead of a Kiss” from her 1992 album Rockinghorse.