Category Archives: Artists

Remember That Song? – 7/7/11

Can you name the song that has these lyrics:

Step on a Crack
Break Your Momma’s Back


Yesterday’s: In honor of Sylvester Stallone’s 65th birthday – “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor:

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

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30 Day Song Challenge – ’80s Edition: Day 1 – Your Favorite Song

Hey Everybody! I found an interesting Facebook page called the 30 Day Song Challenge. Each day has a different topic. Examples are:
Day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

Day 1 is Your Favorite Song. Please join this challenge with me. I will try to post one each weekday. I am going to make this a little more challenging for myself by only picking ’80s songs. There may be older or newer songs that I may find more appropriate for me, but I will only list ’80s songs here. If you decide to take this challenge with me, you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.
So, here is Day 1 – My Favorite Song

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

My favorite song changes daily, or even hourly. But, I’ll stick with my consistent #1. No matter how bad my day is, this song always makes me feel better.

Tomorrow’s will be “Your least favorite song”.

Remember That Song? – 7/6/11

Return the Artist, song, and complete the lyrics:

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must _____ ____ __ ____ ____ _____


Yesterday’s: “Do You Believe in Love” by Huey Lewis and the News. Yesterday, Huey Lewis celebrated his 61st birthday:

I was walking down a one way street
Just a looking for someone to meet
One woman who was looking for a man

Remember That Song? – 7/5/11

Can you name the artist and song?

I was walking down a one way street
Just a looking for someone to meet
One woman who was looking for a man


Friday’s: “The Tide is High” by Blondie

The tide is high, but I’m holding on,
I’m gonna
be your number one

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Remember That Song? – 7/1/11

Happy Birthday Debbie Harry! Can you complete the lyrics:

The tide is high, but I’m holding on,
I’m gonna __ ____ ______ ___


Yesterday’s: “Pink Houses” by John Cougar Mellencamp

He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
He says, “Lord this must be my destination.”
‘Cause they told me when I was younger
“Boy, you’re gonna be president”

Remember That Song? – 6/30/11

Can you name the artist, song and complete the lyrics:

He’s got greasy hair, greasy smile
He says, “Lord this must be my destination.”
‘Cause they told me when I was younger
___ _____ _____ __ _________


Yesterday’s: “Down Under” by Men At Work (It was lead singer, Colin Hays’ birthday yesterday:

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six-foot-four and full of muscles
I said, “Do you speak-a my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich

Hits of 1987 – Horrible and Great

On April 27, 2010, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1987 podcast. Here is their list:

10. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
9. Songbird – Kenny G
8. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
7. With or Without You – U2
6. Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
4. Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
2. Always – Atlantic Starr
1. Heaven is a Place on Earth

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

I had a lot of great music memories from this year. But, there were also so many bad songs, that I couldn’t just whittle it down to 5 like I have done for all my other Horrible lists. So here are my 10 Horrible Hits of 1987:

10. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung

The very first time I heard this song was at a dance/mixer. I got there early to set up, and the DJ played this song first, before the rest of the people showed up. I thought it sounded pretty good when it was being blasted on the big speakers. But upon further listening on normal radio, it slowly drove me crazy. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight! Everybody Wang Chung tonight?” Really?!? It seemed a bit desperate (or arrogant) to try to make their band name a part of our vocabulary. Well, it didn’t work, and they didn’t have too many hits after this song.

9. I Want Your Sex – George Michael

I was really sick of George Michael by the time this came out. The only song I really liked by him was “Faith”. Remember when this song was the most controversial thing that George Michael did? We all long for those days again!

8. Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie

I love Lionel. But after an extremely long sting of successful hits, this stinker was kind of a jump-the-shark moment for him in my eyes. I even liked “Hello” better than this. I couldn’t listen to the whole song back then, and I can’t do it now.

7. Shake You Down – Gregory Abbott

This song is just meh to me. It might not have made my horrible list if it didn’t make the top 10. But, not only was this a top 10 song, it was a #1 hit! Not my cup of tea.

6. Looking for a New Love – Jody Watley

This was kind of boring for a dance song. I’ll take anything by Janet Jackson over this any day!

5. Hip to Be Square – Huey Lewis and the News

I don’t know why, but this song just rubs me the wrong way.

4. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Bruce Hornsby has a unique sound on his piano. Unfortunately, every song I’ve heard by him sounds exactly the same. And they are all horrible. I can’t turn this song off fast enough as soon as I hear it.

3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna

I love Madonna’s early music, and I even liked her music through the ’90s. But, this crappy boring song was the valley between her coned mountains of hits.

2. The Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh

Let me know if there is anybody out there that hasn’t danced with a girl/woman in a red dress that actually still likes this song. This is too boring and whiny for me. I don’t care much for male singers that have wussy voices. However, I must admit that I do like DeBurgh’s “Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)“.

1. Songbird – Kenny G

This was the death of the sax in pop/rock songs, until Lady Ga Ga and the late, great Clarence Clemons brought it back last month. I don’t like the thought of elevator music appearing in the top 100, never mind topping at #4! I have a suggestion if you are planning a wedding. Do as I did, and tell the DJ: “NO KENNY G!!!”

And here is my list of Great Hits of 1987:

10. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

“You Give Love a Bad Name” sent Bon Jovi into the stratosphere, and their follow-up song. “Livin’ on a Prayer” kept them there. I get sick of hearing the same song over and over again, but I could not get enough of this song when it came out. It was inspiring hearing about Tommy and Gina, who would go on to reappear in Bon Jovi’s 2000 smash hit “It’s My Life”.

9. Somewhere Out There – Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

This is a guilty pleasure for me. But Linda Ronstadt has an incredible voice, and James Ingram is so smooth. Together, they sounded great.

8. Keep Your Hands to Yourself – Georgia Satellites

Georgia Satellites were a one-hit wonder with this song. I think this song might irritate some people, but I really like it. It’s a great Southern Rock song that makes you want to move to the beat.

7. Jacob’s Ladder – Huey Lewis and The News

This is one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs, if not my favorite. Unfortunately, this song was overshadowed by the other songs from the Fore! album, such as “Stuck With You”, “Doing It All for My Baby”, and “Hip to Be Square”. This song was actually written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby. If Hornsby did this song instead of Huey Lewis, I would either hate this song, or I would like Bruce Hornsby.

6. At This Moment – Billy Vera and The Beaters

This song was originally released in 1981, and topped out at #79. But, thanks to Family Ties, “At This Moment” made the charts again, and skyrocketed to #1. “At This Moment” will now forever be linked with Family Ties – which is not a bad thing.

5. Shakedown – Bob Seger

Kenny Loggins may be the king of ’80s movie soundtracks, but Bob Seger made a pretty good mark on movie soundtracks himself. He scored big time with “Old Time Rock and Roll” in an iconic scene in Risky Business. Then he had “Shakedown” for the Beverly Hills Cop II. I like Bob Seger alot, and this is one of my favorite songs by him.

4. Alone – Heart

In my opinion, Ann and Nancy Wilson are among the greatest females in Rock history. This is one of my favorite Heart songs. Ann sings this song with so much power and passion.

Here is an awesome acoustic version:

3. With or Without You – U2

U2 had some great rockin’ songs that I love. But this slower song is probably my favorite U2 tune. I love songs that starts slow, and becomes more and more powerful as it goes on.

2. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago

Chicago, one of my favorite bands, proved that they could move on without Peter Cetera. Their rock songs are underrated. But, when they do great ballads like this, you can see why these are the ones that get the radio air play.

1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

This is a great song without the video. But, much like “At This Moment” is linked with Family Ties, “Here I Go Again” will forever be linked with the video and Tawny Kitaen. How many of us guys wished that we were that car?!? 24 years later I still love this song. It stands the test of time for me.

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Remember That Song? – 6/17/11

Can you Return the Artist, Song, and complete the lyrics?

I know that I’m a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I’m a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish _ _____ ____ ____ ___ __ ___ ______ _____


Yesterday’s “Winner Takes It All” by Sammy Hagar:

Winner takes it all
Loser takes a fall
Fight to the beginning of the end
Winner takes it all
‘Til he breaks the fall
In time he’ll make it over the top

Remember That Song? – 6/15/11

Return the…” has been renamed to “Remember That Song?”

Today, can you name the artist and song, and finish the lyric?

Straight’nin’ the curves,
Flat’nin’ the hills.
Someday the mountain might get ’em, but ___ ___ _____ ____


Yesterday’s: “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club. Yesterday was Boy George’s 50th birthday.

I’m a man without conviction
I’m a man who doesn’t know
How to sell a contradiction
You come and go, you come and go

Return the Artist and Song – 6/13/11

Return the artist and song for the following lyrics. [Hint: This song was featured in a movie that stars an actress who is celebrating a birthday today]

I tried to understand because I’m people too
And playing games is part of human nature
My heart’s in overdrive, it’s great to be alive


Friday’s: “Just Got Paid” by Johnny Kemp

Just got paid, Friday night
Party huntin’, feelin’ right
Body shakin’, all around (Body shakin’ all around)
No one thinks when I’m gettin’ down