Category Archives: Artists

Remember That Song – 1/18/19

Can you name the artist and song:

You used to tell me we’d run away together
Love gives you the right to be free
You said be patient just wait a little longer
But that’s just an old fantasy


Last Song: “Notorious” by Duran Duran from the album Notorious (1987)

Great job BeagleLife72 (@TiffanyNGroce72), Mark (@Mark_CCFC1927), blonde as a bat (@blondasabat), and Ty (@coug88)!!!

You own the money
You control the witness
I’ll leave you lonely
Don’t monkey with my business

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Remember That Song – 1/17/19

Can you name the artist and song:

You own the money
You control the witness
I’ll leave you lonely
Don’t monkey with my business


Last Song: “Young Turks” by Rod Stewart from the album Tonight I’m Yours (1982)

Great job MelissaRob, and blonde as a bat (@blondasabat)!!!

Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you’re undecided
And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands

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Remember That Song – 1/16/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Because life is so brief and time is a thief when you’re undecided
And like a fistful of sand, it can slip right through your hands


Last Song: “Head to Toe” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam from the album Spanish Fly (1987)

Great job Melissarob, BeagleLife72 (@TiffanyNGroce72), Rich (@RichIMET), Colleen (@ColleenIrishRo1), Lisa (@gabbyg89), and Cody (@bandit5160)!!!

Who would have thought that we would become lovers
As friends we were so, so tight
Can’t help myself, you make me feel so right
I got to, got to, got to tell you, darlin’

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Remember That Song – 1/15/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Who would have thought that we would become lovers
As friends we were so, so tight
Can’t help myself, you make me feel so right
I got to, got to, got to tell you, darlin’


Last Song: “I’ve Done Everything for You” by Rick Springfield from Working Class Dog (1981)

Also acceptable: Sammy Hagar (who wrote the song) from the album All Night Long (1978)

Great job Melissarob, Melanie (@melanieofoz), and Cody (@bandit5160)!!!

You said someday I’d have a whole lotta money
I’d be a millionaire
But when that didn’t happen overnight
I found out how much you really cared

Sammy:

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Remember That Song – 1/14/19

Can you name the song and at least one of the artists who performed this

You said someday I’d have a whole lotta money
I’d be a millionaire
But when that didn’t happen overnight
I found out how much you really cared


Last Song: “Say Say Say” by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson from the album Pipes of Peace (1983)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Take take take
What you need
But don’t leave me
With no direction

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – January 12, 1985: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous posts, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. I hope you’ve been enjoying these songs this week. There will be quite a few familiar ones today. So let’s Returh to the week ending January 12, 1985, and see what was topping the charts in the U.K.


10. “The Power of Love” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

I had never heard this song in my life. However, it had topped the charts in the U.K. This was Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s third single, aft “Relax” and “Two Tribes”. This song is often regarded as a Christmas song, even though it doesn’t reference Christmas in the song lyrics. But, the video and the single cover are kind of Christmas themed

9. “Everything Must Change” by Paul Young

Paul Young had a handful of hits in the U.S>, including the #1 smash, “Every Time You Go Away”. But, he was even bigger in the U.K. This was his 5th top 10 hit there, and “Every Time You Go Away” hadn’t even been released as a single yet! I was unaware of this song, but I am liking it now.

8. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.

Wow, this worldwide smash hit had staying power in the U.K. It had been the #2 song for three weeks in September the previous year, and is still in the Top 10 here! The song even re-entered the UK Top 75 on November 2, 2008, at No. 49.

 

7. “Shout” by Tears for Fears

This is one of the most recognizable songs of the mid-80s, and was a worldwide smash hit, hitting the top 10 in 25 countries.

 

 

6. “Nellie the Elephant” by Toy Dolls

You Brits are mad! I love this! This 1956 children’s song was made into a punk rock song by Toy Dolls. It became a #4 hit.

 

 

5. “We All Stand Together” by Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus

And this is another children’s song from the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. Except this isn’t a punk song. This is the early-mid 80s Paul McCartney style that sticks in your head whether you want it to or not.

 

4. “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner

We all know this power ballad by Foreigner. It was a Top 10 hit in many countries, and #1 in some of them. We’ve heard this song millions of times. But to mix things up, the YouTube link goes to the newly recorded version featuring Shriners Hospitals For Children patients. This is very cool! And the proceeds from this version, which was just released on January 1, 2019, go to Shriners Hospitals For Children. You can donate at https://showthemlove.org/.

3. “Like a Virgin” by Madonna

Here is yet another worldwide smash. This was the lead single from the Like a Virgin album.

 

 

2. “Last Christmas” by Wham!

I love this song. However, when you start hearing it in stores in September and October, it’s a little ridiculous. I know it is after Christmas now, but I can understand that it is still charted this high at this point, because it was released in December. Wham! thought they would have had the Christmas song market cornered in December 1984. And they would have too, if it wasn’t for…

1. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid

I still love this song, and it was for such a great cause. It is so funny to see how young everybody looks in the video! And I just figured this out. In this song, these awesome British artists asked to “Feed the World”. Later on in the year, U.S. artists came out and proclaimed “We Are the World”. Were they expecting to get fed? Greedy bastards! I am just kidding of course. Both songs, as well as Wham!’s “Last Christmas”, raised money for the people suffering the famine in Ethiopia.


Well, that’s a wrap. The next countdown will be back in the U.S. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song – 1/11/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Take take take
What you need
But don’t leave me
With no direction


Last Song: “Alive & Kicking” by Simple Minds from the album Alive & Kicking (1985)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk), Scott (@ScottPhillips44), and Cody (@bandit5160)!!!

What you gonna do when things go wrong?
What you gonna do when it all cracks up?
What you gonna do when the love burns down?
What you gonna do when the flames go up?

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Remember That Song – 1/10/19

Can you name the artist and song:

What you gonna do when things go wrong?
What you gonna do when it all cracks up?
What you gonna do when the love burns down?
What you gonna do when the flames go up?


Last Song: “Catch Me (I’m Falling)” by Pretty Poison from the album Catch Me I’m Falling (1988)

Great job Melissarob and blonde as a bat (@blondasabat)!!!

You came into my life
The look in your eyes
Took me by surprise
It’s you
And nobody else

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – January 12, 1985: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to the Top 40 Countdown! If you missed the previous posts, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, and 30-21. Once again, this has been a great week of discovering music, for me. Today is another great mix of songs. So, let’s Return to the week ending January 12, 1985, and move on with the countdown.


20. “Round and Round” by Spandau Ballet

Wow, Spandau Ballet did songs other than “True”?! I actually like this one better.

 

 

19. “It Ain’t Necessarily So” by Bronski Beat

This is a cover of George and Ira Gershwin’s popular song from the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. It has been covered many times, including this version, from Bronski Beat’s debut album, which reached up to #16 on this chart.

 

18. “Do the Conga” by Black Lace

The novelty act, Black Lace, is back with another hit! This is similar to Buster Poindexter’s “Hot, Hot, Hot“. I guess Black Lace was really trying to get the Wedding Reception circuit.

 

17. “San Damiano (Heart and Soul)” by Sal Solo

Sal Solo had been the lead vocalist of Classix Nouveaux, as part of the New Romantic movement. He embraced the Roman Catholic faith after a pilgrimage to San Damiano, a small village in Italy near Piacenza. He began a solo career, scoring a hit with this song, which would peak at #15. After 1987, Solo stopped recording music commercially, and became active in youth ministry in the Catholic Church in the UK.

16. “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head

Here is the song from Chess that I did know about already, and love! Murray Head raps the verses and the chorus is sung by Anders Glenmark, a Swedish singer, songwriter and producer. For fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show, Murray Head is the brother of Anthony Stewart Head, who played Giles.

15. “Police Officer” by Smiley Culture

Smiley Culture was a reggae rapper. We did not hear this style music in the U.S. at this point. This was the supposedly autobiographical tale of how Smiley Culture was arrested for the possession of cannabis, but then let off in return for an autograph when the policeman recognized him as a famous reggae artist. In a cruel twist of irony, Smiley Culture died at the age of 48 in 2011 during a police raid on his home.

14. “The Riddle” by Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw was huge in the U.K. through the mid-80s. He did not break through in the U.S. Most likely, U.S. audiences would mainly have seen him from his Live Aid performance in Wembley.

 

13. “Lay Your Hands On Me” by The Thompson Twins

This was the first song released from the album Here’s to Future Days. It peaked right here at #13 in the U.K., and reached #14 on the U.S. charts. This song and “King for a Day” are my favorite songs by The Thompson Twins. And both songs are from the same album.

12. “Fresh” by Kool and the Gang

Great song from the Emergency album! I owned the cassette, and the whole first side is flawless, in my opinion. I love the funky R&B sound of this song. It peaked at #11 here, and cracked the Top 10 in the U.S., peaking at #9 there.

 

11. “Step Off (Part 1)” by Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five

My long-time readers and podcast listeners know of my love of rap, and how I loved to break out the cardboard and boom box, throw on my parachute pants, and throw down some break dance moves. Well, this is right in my wheelhouse! I love how the Chaka Khan/I Feel For You rap got mixed in here too.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. I think this is the best list so far! Come back Friday as we see what the Top 10 songs were this week in the U.K. in 1985.

Remember That Song – 1/9/19

Can you name the artist and song:

You came into my life
The look in your eyes
Took me by surprise
It’s you
And nobody else


Last Song: “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes from the album Partners in Crime (1980)

Great job Jason (@jasonh444) and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face

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