The 20 Day Album challenge continues. My pick for Day 12 is Contact by The Pointer Sisters.
While “Jump (For My Love)” and “I’m So Excited” got all the attention for The Pointer Sisters, my favorite song by them was “Dare Me” from this album. It really pumped me up before Cross Country meets, and it always put me in a good mood when I needed it. This is another album that is very solid. I love every song on it. In addition to “Dare Me“, I fell in love with “Back In My Arms.”
The Pointer Sisters will forever hold a place in my heart. While serving on a Naval hospital during the Gulf War (Desert Shield/Desert Storm), the Pointers came on our ship at Christmas time, and headlined a show as part of the Bob Hope tour. All the female performers from that year’s special put on the show. Ann Jillian was the host, and other performers included Marie Osmond and Khrystyne Haje (Head of the Class). All of those performers will always have my love and respect. And it may be nos surprise, but the Pointer Sisters’ playlist included “Jump (For My Love”), “Dare Me”, and “I’m So Excited.” I will never forget it.
I cannot recommend this Contact album enough. You can check it out on Spotify:
And if you’d like to get the album from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:
Welcome back as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Well, I think this has been a great week of classic ’80s music. And as you will see, there are going to be no surprises in this top 10 today. They are all songs and artists that helped define the decade. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 14, 1984, and finish the Countdown.
Van Halen had been known for their hard driving guitar rock, led by Eddie Van Halen. But, it was this synthesizer based song that really brought Van Halen into the mainstream and gave them their only #1 single. “Jump” dominated the airwaves for a very long time, and the video was an MTV staple,
Here is another song that there could be no mistake as to which decade this was from. I do have to admit that The Thompson Twins did drive me and my minor OCD slightly insane in that they were not only NOT related, but there were THREE of them! Ugh!! But, that does not take away from the greatness of this song.
This was a time when Boy George and Culture Club were among the top artists of the music landscape. This was their third single released from the classic Colour by Numbers album. This is another song and video that could come from no other decade than the ’80s.
Well, this is not one of my favorite Lionel Richie songs at all. But, it is good to hear once in a while. And now I can say that I’m not as creeped out at seeing this Lionel Richie sculpture from the video:
as I was after I saw this recent I Love Lucy sculpture:
Let’s dance!!! The king of ’80s soundtracks scored big time with this smash hit song. It is one of Kenny Loggins’ most identifiable songs, and won a Grammy for Song of the Year. Great way to end a countdown!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s Countdown. I feel like I used the workd “classic” quite a bit. But, it was a appropriate. There were so many signature ’80s songs this week. What a great year of music! We’ll be back with a new countdown soon. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.
Welcome back to this week’s Countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. Well, I think this has been a really solid countdown this week. And there are going to be some ’80s classics in this Top 10. So, let’s Return to the week ending March 9, 1985, and wrap up this week’s countdown.
This is a great fun song by the Pointer Sisters, with Ruth as the lead singer. It was included on their great album, Break Out. However, it’s inclusion on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack may have helped it become a huge hit. The song went so perfectly with the awesome chase scene at the beginning of the movie.
This was Julian Lennon’s biggest hit. I could not get over how much he looked and sounded like his father, John. Back then, I was kind of hoping the Beatles would reunite, with Julian taking his father’s place. But, I could not even imagine the pressure he already must have felt. So, that may have been unfair to him. I kind of like this song, and it really brings me back.
I do love me some classic Madonna! I even had a little crush on her back then. It was nice when she was relevant. By the way, did you know she has a new studio album out? I didn’t, until I just went to iTunes for something else. Oh well. After this song, Madonna would sometimes be called the Material Girl in the headlines of newspapers and magazines. She did have a hit with “Like a Virgin“, but I notice she was never called Virgin Madonna. Anyway, “Material Girl” helped play a big part in helping Madonna become a pop icon of the ’80s.
Another ’80s classic! And another smash hit from Beverly Hills Cop. This song would top out at #2, being held off by this week’s top song. However, it is the highest U.S. charting solo single by any member of The Eagles.
Now is the time of the countdown where we find out what was topping the other charts this week in 1985.
This was George Michael’s first solo hit, although he was still performing in Wham! at the time. The song was on Wham!’s Make It Big album. This is one of those songs that I did not like at all when it came out. But, I like it now.
We have reached the top of the charts with this classic power ballad by REO Speedwagon. This was the first week of this song’s run as the #1 hit in the country. If you see any ’80s love song compilation, chances are very good that this song will be on it.
When I was younger and not working yet, it was always a big deal to get an album or cassette – especially for a music lover like me. I think maybe my parents got sick of me listening to the likes of AC/DC, Def Leppard and Motley Crue, and wanted me to listen to more pop music. For Christmas in 1985, I got 2 new tapes! One was Emergency by Kool and the Gang (classic). The other was Contact by the Pointer Sisters, which turned out to be one of my favorites! Sure I still listened to my rock music. But I played this one over and over again. I had already loved the Pointer Sisters because of their more recent hits such as “Jump (For My Love)” and “I’m So Excited”. But I had never owned anything by them.
So 26 years later, I thought I’d share this album with you. Unless you are a diehard Pointer Sisters fan, or if you just happened to own this album, you may not have heard most of these songs before. And not to beat a dead horse, I also wanted to show my gratitude to the Pointers for coming on my ship during Operation Desert Shield during Christmas week in 1990. Like all musicians, actors, and comedians who go out and perform for the troops, they will forever have my respect.
Well, here is 1985’s Contact. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do:
Twist My Arm
What a way to start an album! Being a rock fan at the time, I don’t know how much I would have liked this album if they had started it with a ballad. This song just jumps out right at you from the get-go.
This song is a little slower, which isn’t a bad thing. I feel like the Pointers put a lot of feeling into this song. And their harmonies are incredible.
Pound, Pound, Pound
I like this song more now then I did make then. It is a very cool and upbeat song. But, one of my favorite songs followed this. So I would fast forward this to get to the next song. And anybody around my age knows what would happen. When I did the fast-forward, I would always catch the end of this song. Or sometimes I would fast forward a little too much. Then I would have to rewind, and still catch the end of this song. Now I appreciate this song much more. It’s a pretty good rocker.
Back in My Arms
This is either my #1 or #2 favorite Pointer Sisters song of all time. I think this should have been a hit. But it wasn’t a ballad, and it wasn’t a jump around and get excited song. The music is just incredible, and once again the harmonies are second to none. This song just soars.
Burn Down the Night
A great way to end the first side of the tape! A great rockin’ song, and great harmonies.
Bodies and Souls
This was the first song on side 2. Another good rockin’ song. It is almost like a continuation of “Burn Down the Night”.
Unfortunately, there is no video to be found online anywhere for this. So on to the next song.
See “Pound, Pound, Pound”. This song preceded my favorite song on the album. So I skipped this one a lot. However, It is still an outstanding song, and really like this one a lot.
This is my favorite song on the album, and it is the song that most people would recognize from this album. This is a great song for working out, or running to. And it is also a great song to get psyched to before a sports competition. I still love this song.
This is the only slow song on the album. It is the ultimate R&B song. They have great voices, and once again, great harmonies.