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Remember That Song – 5/18/18

Can you name the artist and song:

I don’t know what color your eyes are, baby
But your hair is long and brown


Last Song: “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates from the album Private Eyes (1981)

Great job SweetPurpleJune, Sherry (@TheSherryThomas), Claude (@claudeingle), and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Oh girl, you’ve got to know
What my head overlooks
The senses will show to my heart
When it’s watching for lies

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

Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: And the winner is…

Out of Touch

Yes, the voters have spoken, and “Out of Touch” is the winner of the Return to the ’80s inaugural tournament – Hall & Oates March Madness. “Out of Touch” defeated “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”, pretty handily 22-10. On the road to this victory, “Out of Touch” defeated “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (51-7), “Method of Modern Love” (15-3), and it’s closest matchup, “Maneater” (11-10).

This tournament was a lot of fun. Thank you so much for voting, and making this worthwhile. We will definitely have another one.

Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Finals

Out of Touch vs. I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Well, here we are. The Hall & Oates Finals! This has been an incredible tournament. For many of us, this has been more exciting than the actual NCAA tournament.
“Out of Touch” reached this round by defeating “Maneater” by a score of 11-10. “Out of Touch” was released as the lead single from Big Bam Boom on October 4, 1984, and it was their last Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, topping the chart for two weeks in December 1984. It also became the duo’s fourteenth consecutive top 40 hit since 1980.

“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” reached the final round by edging out “You Make My Dreams” by a score of 11-9. “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” was released as the second single from their tenth studio album, Private Eyes (1981). The song became the fourth number-one hit single of their career on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second hit single from Private Eyes.

So, which of these #1 songs will get the distinction of being the champion of the Return to the ’80s 2018 March Madness Tournament? Voting is open now, and will close at 12:00pm Eastern on Monday, March 26.

Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Final Four

Wow! What a finish to the Elite 8! There were two blowouts, and two tight matches. And one of those matches had to go into overtime! And the overtime was very exciting. I posted the overtime poll on Twitter, the 80s Fans Unite!!! Facebook group, and the Return to the ’80s Facebook group. “Kiss On My List” defeated “You Make My Dreams” by the narrow margin of 23-22. On the the 80s Fans Unite!!! page, “Dreams” squeaked by 5-4. The tie breaker was on the Return to the ’80s Facebook group page where “Dreams” won handily 6-0, moving it on to the next round. We’re getting down to the nitty gritty now! You can place a vote in each bracket

Out of Touch Maneater

Out of Touch (1) def Method of Modern Love (2) (14-3)

Maneater (1) def One on One (2) (14-2)

You Can’t Make My Dreams Go for That (No Can Do)

I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def Private Eyes (1) (10-7)

You Make My Dreams (3) def Kiss on My List (1) (9-9 regulation, 33-27 in overtime)

Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Elite Eight

Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates in New Haven, CT, in March 1985. (Glenn Osmundson/Inquirer File Photo)

Welcome back to the Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament! It took me all weekend to try to come up with these brackets. There are so many incredible songs to choose from, so it was difficult. While all Hall & Oates songs are great, we are now getting into the elite. So, things are about to get very interesting.

Speaking of interesting, while listening to podcasts yesterday, I got to Martha Quinn’s totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. On this particular latest episode, Martha had none other than John Oates as a guest! It was a phenomenal interview. Hall & Oates is going to be touring with the group Train. So they spoke on that. And John Oates also has a brand new solo album out called Arkansas. It is a great album all the way through! It doesn’t have that classic Hall & Oates sound. This particular album has a kind of old school country/western feel, but blended with a modern sound. It reminded me of the first part of Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man”. It is very cool, and I suggest you check it out. And if you are reading this, I would highly suggest that you listen and subscribe to Martha Quinn’s podcast, Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. You can also listen to Martha every single morning from 6am – 10am Pacific time on iHeart80s @ 103.7.

OK, let’s move on to the Elite 8. Just like yesterday, you can vote for a song in each bracket. You can also click on the song title to get the YouTube video. This poll will be open for 24 hours. Please share this with all your friends. The more votes there are, the more exciting this will get.

Bracket 1

Out of Touch (1) def. How Does It Feel to Be Back (51-7)
Method of Modern Love (2) def. Did It in a Minute (30-24)

Bracket 2

Maneater (1) def You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (39-15)
One on One (2) def Adult Education (35-19)

Bracket 3

Private Eyes (1) def. Everything Your Heart Desires (48-7)
I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) (2) def. Family Man (46-6)

Bracket 4

Kiss on My List (1) def. Your Imagination (47-4)
You Make My Dreams (3) def. Say It Isn’t So (30-17)

Hall & Oates March Madness Tournament: Sweet 16

Hi Everybody! This year, I decided to hop on the March Madness bandwagon. Hall & Oates was the biggest duo of the ’80s, and one of the biggest acts, period. Between 1981 and 1984, they had five #1 hits, and 21 Top 40 hits, with most of them reaching the Top 10. So, let’s see what your favorite is. There is only 24 hours until the next round, so vote early, and please share with as many people as you can, so we can get a great voter turnout. I appreciate your vote. Just pick one song from each of the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Brackets below. You can click on the song title to listen to the song on YouTube if you’d like.

Bracket 1

(1) Out of Touch
(4) How Does It Feel to Be Back
(2) Method of Modern Love
(3) Did It in a Minute

 

Bracket 2

(1) Maneater
(4) You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
(2) One on One
(3) Adult Education

 

Bracket 3

(1) Private Eyes
(4) Everything Your Heart Desires
(2) I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
(3) Family Man

 

Bracket 4

(1) Kiss on My List
(4) Your Imagination
(2) Say It Isn’t So
(3) You Make My Dreams

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 27, 1982: Songs 10-1


Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown!!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We are down to our top 10 songs. We have some true classic songs coming up, so let’s get to it. Let’s Return to the week ending November 27, 1982, and wrap up this week’s countdown.


10. “Muscles” by Diana Ross

This song earned Diana Ross her twelfth Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Oh BTW, this was written and produced by someone you may or may not heard of – Michael Jackson.

 

9. “The Girl is Mine” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Speaking of Michael Jackson, this was the first single released from his up and coming album, Thriller. At least he got the worst song out of the way! It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for all that yapping at the end.

 

8. “Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson

Love this song by Joe Jackson! It peaked at #4, and was Jackson’s highest charting hit in the U.S. This song received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1983 but lost to “Rosanna” by Toto, which is fine by me.

 

7. “Maneater” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

This song, from Hall & Oates’ eleventh studio album, H2O, was a smash hit, hitting #1 and staying there for four straight weeks. This was a staple on MTV.

 

 

6. “Mickey” by Toni Basil

This iconic ’80s tune was Toni Basil’s only hit. But, boy was it ever a hit, reaching the top of the charts. The legendary Cheerleader video is considered the very first choreographed dance video.

 

5. “Heartlight” by Neil Diamond

Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with this song. My mom is the biggest Neil Diamond fan, so this was my life. I do like his early stuff a lot. But, I didn’t care much for his easy listening music. This song was written by Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and her then-husband Burt Bacharach. They were inspired by the blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which Diamond, Bayer Sager and Bacharach had all seen together.

 

4. “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

This classic duet is from the film, An Officer and a Gentleman (which I have yet to see). The movie’s producer, Don Simpson, demanded “Up Where We Belong” be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, “The song is no good. It isn’t a hit.” (Sounds like a Trump tweet. Oh shit, here come the comments and emails!). It’s a good thing Simpson was a movie producer, and not a music producer. The song was a #1 hit in the US for three weeks, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983.

3. “Heart Attack” by Olivia Newton-John

This is one of those new songs that was placed on a Greatest Hits album. And this song definitely belongs there! I love this ONJ song! It was the first single released off of Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

 

2. “Gloria” by Laura Branigan

I have always loved Laura Branigan’s voice, and I had a huge crush on her. I was devastated when she died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm. This was Branigan’s signature song. It peaked right here at #2, and remained her for three weeks.

 

1. “Truly” by Lionel Richie

“Hello” seems to get all the love out of Lionel Richie’s ballads. But, this one is my favorite. This was also Richie’s debut solo single. It was the first single released off of his self-titled debut album. The song won a Grammy Award for Richie in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Not a shabby start for a solo career.


That wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. Did you have any favorite songs this week? Are there any that you got sick of hearing? I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song: 10/12/17

Can you name the artist and song:

That’s how it’s gotta be now
‘Cause I don’t have no use
For what you loosely call the truth


Last Song: “Adult Education” by Hall & Oates from the album Rock’N Soul Part 1 (1983)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

And long halls and the gray walls
Are gonna split apart
Believe it or not
There’s life after high school

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

Top 40 Songs This Week – October 17, 1981: Songs 10-1

Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far. And there are some classics here today. And don’t forget, you can click on the song title to get to the YouTube video to listen to the song. Now, let’s Return to the week ending October 17, 1981, and wrap up this week’s countdown.


10. “The Night Owls” by The Little River Band

We begin the top 10 with a decent rock song. This is off of The Little River Band’s Time Exposure album. The album was produced by George Martin. This was the band’s last album with Glen Shorrock on lead vocals until 1988, and with lead guitarist David Briggs.

9. “Hard To Say” by Dan Fogelberg

This was Dan Fogelberg’s third Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is notable for featuring the late (I still can’t believe I’m saying that) Glenn Frey.

8. “Who’s Crying Now” by Journey

download-1This was the first single released from the legendary Escape album. This began the hugely successful commercial run of Journey, 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Do hear more about Journey, check out the first episode of the Return to the ’80s Podcast:

7. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

This was the first single from Stevie Nicks’ debut solo album, Bella Donna. It was written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, inteneded to be a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song. However, Jimmy Iovine, who was also working for Stevie Nicks at the time, arranged for her to sing on it. This was a good call, because these two unique voices sound great together.

6. “Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

How could a song with a handclap in the chorus be bad? This classic Hall & Oates tune was a staple on MTV. It would go on to be a #1 hit, holding that top position for 2 weeks.

5. “Step by Step” by Eddie Rabbitt

This country-crossover hit was also the #1 song on the country chart this week, and would peak right here at #5 on the Billboard 100.

4. “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton

This was the theme song of the 12th James Bond movie of the same name. Easton is the only artist (to date) to be seen singing the theme song to a Bond movie during its opening titles. This song was also nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1982.

3. “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones

This song was my introduction to The Rolling Stones. I didn’t have MTV yet, but I did see the song on the television show, Solid Gold. The basic track of this song was written during the 1978 sessions for the Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls. It was at first cut as a reggae-rock track named ‘Never Stop’, but after dozens of takes the band stopped recording it and it was shelved. In 1981, with the band looking to tour, engineer Chris Kimsey proposed to Mick Jagger that archived songs could be put in the set. It was re-worked to the classic that we now know, and was recorded for the Tattoo You album.

2. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

This is Lionel Richie’s third entry on this countdown. This was recorded as the title track of the film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love. The song ended up being a bigger hit than the movie, reaching number 1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 15 to October 10, 1981.


Before we reveal the #1 song, let’s see what was topping some of the other charts this week.

The #1 R&B song this week was “When She Was My Girl” by The Four Tops.

Topping the Dance charts was “Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin.

The #1 album this week was Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones

And the #1 Adult Contemporary tune is also the #1 song on the top of the pop charts this week…

1. “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” by Christopher Cross

And we have another movie soundtrack song. Coming off his mega-successful self-titled debut album, Christopher Cross followed up with this smash hit. This would be a #1 hit for 3 weeks. The song also won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Although his music was still great, Christopher Cross’ popularity faded away quickly once everybody started getting their MTV. This was definitely his high point.


Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have. Let me know your thoughts on this list, and on any part of the countdown. We’ll count down a different year in the near future. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song: 10/12/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been thinking about my own protection
It scares me to feel this way


Last Song: “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates from the album Voices (1980)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Twist and shout my way out
And wrap yourself around me
‘Cause I ain’t the way you found me