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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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One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1984 – Talk Talk

“It’s My Life” by Talk Talk

Here is the second New Wave/Synthpop one-hit wonder of the day. Talk Talk was another band that was a one-hit wonder in the U.S., but had more success in other countries. In the band’s early days, they were compared with Duran Duran, as both bands had a name which was a single word repeated, a Roxy Music-inspired musical direction, and shared the same record label (EMI) and producer (Colin Thurston).

Talk Talk released their first album, The Party’s Over, in 1982. It was successful in the U.K. They achieved huge international success in 1984/85 when they released their second album, It’s My Life. The title track of the album was a hit in several countries, including the U.S., where it peaked at #31 on May 19, 1984.

The band abandoned the New Wave style completely with The Colour of Spring in 1986. That album was a smash hit in the U.K., but the success never translated over to the U.S. Their follow-up, 1988’s Spirit of Eden, while critically acclaimed, did not sell as well as it’s preceding albums. The band then wanted to be released from their contract with EMI.

In 1990, Talk Talk signed a two-album contract with Polydor Records. They released the album, Laughing Stock in 1991. After Laughing Stock, Talk Talk disbanded in 1992, as lead singer/founder Mark Hollis wished to focus on his children. In 1998, Mark Hollis released his self-titled solo debut Mark Hollis, and then retired from the music business shortly afterwards.

However, Talk Talk made an impact beyond the ’80s. The band No Doubt remade “It’s My Life” to be included on their greatest hits album The Singles 1992–2003. The song became a hit for them also, and was nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 47th Grammy Awards.

So, here is both versions of the song:

Talk Talk

No Doubt

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