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Mount Radmore of Music

This weekend, I listened to the latest episode of the totally awesome podcast Talk Talk with Martha Quinn. If you don’t subscribe and listen to that podcast, I highly recommend that you do. This most recent episode featured a heated discussion about who should appear on the ’80s music version of Mount Rushmore, which Martha named Mount Radmore. These are the songs that we would consider the founding fathers of the ’80s sound. There are so many great artists that are definitely deserving of monuments. But, if you had to choose only 4 who actually influenced the sound of the ’80s, who would you choose?

As you can imagine, things got heated on the podcast in the iHeart80s Radio 103.7 studios. Martha’s husband, Jordan, and iHeart80s Radio 103.7 DJ, Little Ricci, even got pulled into the debate.

I would highly recommend listening to this episode, then come back, and let me know who you would pick for your Mount Radmore.


I know that this will spark some debate, but I will give you my picks anyway.

Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles

Released in 1979, this song was a major influence for what was to come in ’80s Pop, New Wave, and just that fun, quirky, 80s attitude. Not to mention that it also kicked off MTV, which pretty much defined our 80s generation.

Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

Here is another song that was released in 1979, and influenced an entire genre of music, and a lifestyle. Thanks to The Sugarhill Gang, we got some Newcleus, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and me with my boombox, parachute pants, cardboard, and some kick-ass break dancing moves. Without Rapper’s Delight, we may not have had Run-DMC (which would also mean no Aerosmith comeback), and other awesome Rap acts of the ’80s.

Tossup between “Cum on Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot and “Rock Of Ages” by Def Leppard

I’m cheating here, but I give these two songs a tie. Both of these versions were released in 1983. Rock music had been around for a long time. But, these two songs brought hard rock to the mainstream. This would lead to big hair, big parties, and big attitudes that made the 80s so much fun.

Let The Music Play” by Shannon

Shannon may have been a one-hit wonder, but this one hit would define a brand new genre of music with Freestyle. This style of music would carry on through the early ’90s. It smoothly transitioned 70s disco to 80s dance-pop. This would lead to Exposé, The Cover Girls, Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and Sweet Sensation. An 80s high school dance would not be complete without us dancing (even badly) to a song by any of these Freestyle artists, thanks to Shannon.


OK, I know I got this all wrong. There were thousands of artists in the 80s, and we can only pick a handful. Who would you pick for your Mount Radmore? I’d love to hear from you!

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Martha’s Mix Tape


I love this! This was Martha’s Mix Tape on today’s Martha Quinn Show on iHeart80sRadio (103.7 San Francisco). Do you know what these 3 songs have in common? 1. Super Freak 2. The Heart of Rock & Roll 3. Jungle Love.

Feel free to cheat and check out Martha’s Facebook page and/or Twitter account to find the answer. And if you know the answer, what other songs would you add to this list?

Also, I would highly recommend listening to Martha’s show. It is on from 6:00am-10:00am Pacific Time. You can listen on the 103.7 web site or on the iHeartRadio app. Make sure you choose the 103.7 station.

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Martha Quinn’s Desert Island pick

I love these posts that Martha Quinn has on Facebook. Here is what she said:

Desert Island pick! Which SiriusXM Big 80s on 8 countdown do you choose: 1981 or 1983?? Share which songs tip the scales!
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So, let’s have it! What is your pick? This was a very tough one! I went with ’83. This was the year I finally got my MTV. The first time I ever saw Olivia Newton-John perform “Physical“, I had the biggest crush that I ever had in my life at that point. So, ’81 scores some sentimental points with me on that one. However, “Twist of Fate” is one of my favorite ONJ songs. Also “Synchronicity II” is one of my favorite Police tunes, so ’83 scores some points there. And of course “Cum On Feel the Noize” pretty much defined my musical taste throughout the ’80s.

And basically everything from 22 through #1 on the ’83 list was a staple on MTV. As I mentioned, we had just gotten cable TV and MTV that year. So even though some of them have been overplayed over the years, they were nice and fresh back then.

Please don’t be shy! Let’s hear what you have to say about these two countdowns.

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Daily Trivia – 6/6/12

Question: What was the name of Richie Rich’s dog?


Last Question: Which veejay graduated to films like Dangerous Curves and Chopper Chicks in Zombietown?

Answer: Martha Quinn

1988’s Dangerous Curves reunited Airplane!‘s Leslie Nielsen and Robert Stack, and also starred Robert Klein and SpaceCamp‘s Tate Donovan. Here is the movie trailer:

In addition to Martha Quinn, the 1989 movie, Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, also starred featured Billy Bob Thornton and Hal Sparks before they became famous. Here is the movie trailer:

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