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Quote of the Day: Running Scared

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Ray Hughes: How come the bad guys always have the good cars?

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Running Scared was released in theaters on this day, 33 years ago (June 27, 1986)

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And now I’m in the mood for this song…

Remember That Song – 1/31/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Full moon in the city and the night was young
I was hungry for love, I was hungry for fun


Last Song: “Yah Mo B There” by James Ingram & Michael McDonald from the album It’s Your Night (1983)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen), GoodSport09 (@GoodSport09), and Sarey (@SareyGamp)!!!

‘Cause it’s a long hard road
That leads to a brighter day
Don’t let your heart grow cold
Just reach out and call his name, his name

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

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Top 40 Songs This Week – September 25, 1982: Songs 20-11

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown. Today, we will cover songs 20-11. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21.
Just like the previous songs, this list has a mixed bag of styles. There is rock, country, pop, and R&B. This was a very interesting time. The ’70s were disappearing, but we have not really gotten to the classic ’80s sound yet. Looking over this list, everybody here had gotten their start in at least the ’70s or earlier. So let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending September 25, 1982, and continue the countdown.


20. “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

I love when the list starts with a great rock song! I used to love this song – until 5 minutes ago when I found out that this is actually a Gary Glitter song. Now this song takes on a whole new meaning. If you aren’t aware of Gary Glitter’s history, I don’t want to get into details here, but you can look him up. But. I’ll still listen to Joan Jett’s version, and rock out to it.

19. “Hold On” by Santana

This is a very good Santana song, which features Alex Ligertwood on vocals. Santana is still around today. Just this year the album Santana IV was released and reunited the ’70s classic lineup of Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve. This was the first time in 45 years they recorded together.
I know that most of us say that music sucks these days. But, I feel that it’s just Top 40 music that sucks. A lot of our bands are still releasing new work, but we never hear about it through normal channels. You just need to know where to look. As I am writing this, I’m thinking that I can help keep us informed.

18. “Let Me Tickle Your Fancy” by Jermaine Jackson

This is the title track of Jermaine Jackson’s final album for for Motown Records.
He married Berry Gordy’s daugther, Hazel, just as he started his solo career, while still playing with the Jackson 5. When The Jackson 5 left Motown for CBS records, Jermaine broke with the group and stayed loyal to Motown. After Jermaine’s 9th studio album here, he left Motown for Arista Records.

17. “Only Time Will Tell” by Asia

I really enjoy all of supergroup, Asia’s songs. The band consists of John Wetton (former bassist/vocalist of bands including King Crimson, Family, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, UK and Wishbone Ash), Steve Howe (guitarist of Yes), Geoff Downes (keyboardist of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster). This song, “Only Time Will Tell”, is my favorite by them.

16. “Think I’m In Love” by Eddie Money

Gotta love Eddie Money! This song is classic. It was just after this that Money’s career was starting to fall apart. I’m sure his drug use didn’t help. But, he did have a huge comeback a few years later with the album Can’t Hold Back, which featured “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back.” As far as I know, his most recent work was in this Geico commercial:

15. “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) by Michael McDonald

This song was off of If That’s What It Takes, Michael McDonald’s first solo album away from The Doobie Brothers. I think that in every single countdown I’ve covered, Michael McDonald has been involved in at least one song that week in one way or another, whether it’s singing lead, backup, part of a duet, or even written. I was not a fan at all. Now I’m loving everything he has done. I think my friend Jim performed some sort of jedi mind trick on me. Hey, whatever works, right? I like this song a lot now, where in the past, I may have skipped right over it. Now, somebody has to get me to like Bruce Hornsby, and one other band which will be featured in the top 10 this week.

14. “Blue Eyes” by Elton John

I know this may be blasphemous on this site, but I much prefer Elton John’s music in the ’70s than I did in the ’80s. There are some ’80s songs by him I love. But, overall there is nothing like his earlier music. This is one of those songs I don’t love. I do like it a lot if I’m in the mood for it. Otherwise, this is kind of boring for me.

13. “Love Will Turn You Around” by Kenny Rogers

Earlier, we heard my favorite Asia song. Now we get to hear my favorite Kenny Rogers tune! This was also the theme song for the movie Six Pack, in which Kenny Rogers starred. I watched it constantly when it came on HBO. I haven’t seen that movie in years. I really need to revisit it though. In addition to Rogers, the movie stars some other actors you may have heard of: Diane Lane, Erin Gray, and Anthony Michael Hall.

12. “You Can Do Magic” by America

This was a small comeback for the folk rock duo, America. This is a pretty good song. It does have that late ’70s/early ’80s sound to it.

11. “Take It Away” by Paul McCartney

Not the greatest song in the world. But, it should be noted that this song features Ringo on drums, and produced by George Martin.


Well, that wraps up today’s list. We’ll be back to finish up the Top 10 songs on Friday.

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Remember That Song: 11/17/15

Can you name the artist and song:

The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner


Last Song: “Yah Mo B There” by James Ingram and Michael McDonald from It’s Your Night (1983)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Heavenly father watching us all
We take from each other and give nothing at all

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Remember That Song: 2/13/15

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

Are you crying tonight?
Are you feeling all right?
I told the world that you were down on your luck


Last Song: “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald from Patti LaBelle’s album Winner in You (1986)

So many promises
Never should be spoken
Now I know what loving you cost

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Remember That Song: 2/13/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Shes always talkin when she should be listenin’
Can’t keep a secret
To save her life
But still I trusted her with all I felt inside


Last Song: “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald who turned 61 yesterday

Great job Kickin’ it Old School (@oldschool80s) and Kids Inc Daily (@kidsincdaily)!!

Shine your light on me
You are the magic
You’re right where I wanna be

and courtesy of @kidsincdaily:

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