Category Archives: Artists

Return the Artist – 5/25/11

Return the Artist. The title of the song is somewhere in the lyrics below. Also, do you see a pattern this week yet?

Half our lives we spend waiting
For the knock upon the door
When it comes, will it be the one
That I’ve been waiting for

Somebody’s out there, somewhere
Waiting for someone to come their way


Yesterday’s: “Cuts Like a Knife” by Bryan Adams

Well I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new – yeah
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you – oh yeah

Return the Artist and Song – 5/24/11

Return the Artist and Song. Also, do you see a pattern this week yet?

Well I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new – yeah
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you – oh yeah


Yesterday’s: “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart

Keep track of the visions in my eyes.
While she’s deceiving me
it cuts my security.
Has she got control of me? – I turn to her and say:
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades
oh no.

Return the Song and Artist – 5/23/11

Return the Artist and Song:

Keep track of the visions in my eyes.
While she’s deceiving me
it cuts my security.
Has she got control of me? – I turn to her and say:
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades
oh no.


Friday’s: “Friends and Lovers” by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

What would you think if I told you
I’ve always wanted to hold you?
I don’t know what we’re afraid of
Nothing would change if we made love

Return the Artist and Song – 5/20/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song:

What would you think if I told you
I’ve always wanted to hold you?
I don’t know what we’re afraid of
Nothing would change if we made love


Yesterday’s:  “Don’t Fight It” by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry

Some women seem to have a knack
They’ll turn you on and leave you flat
Never can tell who’s playin for keeps
So tell me now what’s holding you back
I know your heart can take it

Hits of 1986 – Horrible and Great

On January 11, 2010 Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 187). Here is their list:

10. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
9. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News
8. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
7. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
6. Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top
5. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
4. Crush On You – The Jets
3. Holding Back the Years – Simply Red
2. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
1. That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was another tough one for me. I didn’t have too much of a problem with the Horrible songs. But there were so many songs that I liked, I had a hard time narrowing it down. If I compiled a list again for this year next week, there could be 10 totally different songs on the list. But, this is what I have right now.
First, the Horrible:

5. Kiss – Prince and The Revolution

I think that only dogs can hear Prince singing this song. It is waaaay to high pitched for me, and gives me quite the headache. I much prefer his Purple Rain songs, and a few others. But this song just goes right through me.

4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin/h3>

The Top Gun soundtrack had some great songs, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, “Playing With the Boys” (despite the association with that horrific volleyball scene in the movie), and Loverboy’s “Heaven in Your Eyes”. This Berlin song just ruins the whole thing. It’s long, boring, droning song. “Heaven In Your Eyes” should have been the only ballad on this soundtrack – unless they got Soundtrack King Kenny Loggins to record one.

3. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News:

This song spent 3 weeks at number 1! Are you kidding me!?! I think they were still be rewarded for their Sports album. This song was off of the Fore album. For me, “Stuck With You” feels like “If This Is It, Part 2”. And if you look at my list of 1984 Horrible Hits, you will notice that I didn’t think too much of that song either.

2. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Much like Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”, this song was probably a huge hit because of it’s innovative video. This song was way too overrated. I love Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, but I could never change the station fast enough when this crappy song came on.

1. Nikita – Elton John

I love a lot of Elton John’s songs. But, he also has many horrible songs. And this clunker is the bottom of the barrel for me. I like some of Elton’s 80s songs. But it’s songs like “Nikita” that make me prefer his songs from the ’70s.

And here are the Great hits of 1986:

10. Burning Heart – Survivor: This song was on the Rocky IV Soundtrack. It wasn’t as big a hit as “Eye of the Tiger”, but it’s still a really good song. Great for working out or running to at the time.

9. Something About You – Level 42: Level 42 is a very underrated English band. This is their best known song in the U.S., and I still like it today.

8. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen: This was the first Van Halen song with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. They proved that they could be successful without David Lee Roth. There was not a bad song on the 5150 album. And “Why Can’t This Be Love” proved that they could perform great ballads as well as rockers.

7. No One Is to Blame – Howard Jones: This is a nice song that is easy on the ears.

6. Your Love – The Outfield: The Outfield’s popularity exploded in the U.S. with the release of this song. This is a fun song that I enjoy a lot.

5. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike + The Mechanics

This Supergroup was formed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and featured Paul Carrack and Paul Young (not to be confused with the Paul Young who sang “Every Time You Go Away”) on vocals. This is a really good, upbeat song. “The Living Years” is probably my favorite song from the ’80s, but this song isn’t too bad itself.

4. Amanda – Boston

After having a string of great songs in the late ’70s, Boston hadn’t had anything new for 7 years. Then they finally came back in 1986 with their Third Stage album, and “Amanda” was the lead single. The song went number one for 2 weeks in a row. Boston was consistenly great, and this is no exception.

3. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” was the theme song for the Romancing the Stone sequel, Jewel of the Nile. Billy Ocean has a great voice, and this was a fun song.

2. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi was a pretty good rock band, with two albums under their belt, when they released Slippery When Wet. When “You Give Love a Bad Name” was released as the first single, the band’s popularity went through the stratosphere. This was a great song as people that were into rock liked it, and people that were more into pop were still drawn to this.

1. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

I was always a Chicago fan, so I was sad when Cetera left the band. But the band went on to continue being successful, and Peter Cetera didn’t do to shabby himself. “Glory of Love” was Cetera’s first solo song, and it was a smash hit. It was on his album Solitude/Solitaire, and was the theme song for The Karate Kid Part II. I could not get enough of this song when it came out.

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Return the Artist and Song – 5/19/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song:

Some women seem to have a knack
They’ll turn you on and leave you flat
Never can tell who’s playin for keeps
So tell me now what’s holding you back
I know your heart can take it



Yesterday’s:  “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

And even though I know
How very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing
On the Same Bright Star

Return the Artist, Song, and Lyrics – 5/18/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics:

And even though I know
How very far apart we are
It helps to think we might be wishing
__ ___ ____ ______ ____


Yesterday’s:  “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson

And all these dreams I saved for a rainy day,
They’re finally coming true.
I’ll Share Them All With You

Return the Artist and Song – 5/17/11

Let’s make this a Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics:

And all these dreams I saved for a rainy day,
They’re finally coming true.
I’ll _____ ____ ___ ____ ___


Yesterday’s:  “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day
Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong

Return the Artist and Song – 5/16/11

Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics (the song and lyrics are the same):

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day
____ ____ __ __ _____ __ ______


Friday’s Answer:  “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall

Return the Artist and Song – 5/13/11

Return the Artist and Song:

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall


Here is Yesterday’s:  “(Roll On) Eighteen Wheeler” by Alabama:

It’s Monday morning, he’s kissin’ momma goodbye
He’s up and gone with the sun
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And he’s off on a Midwest run