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Top 40 This Week – Week Ending November 5, 1988: Songs 40-31

Time for another Top 40 countdown! With Election Day tomorrow, I decided to go with the week of an Election Day from the 80s. I had already done 1984 for this week. So, we will go towards the end of the Reagan era. This Presidential race was George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis. This was the first election I voted in.

I had graduated earlier in the year, and was now attending Community College. Well actually, I was registered at the Community College of Rhode Island. However, I attended DG’s Arcade instead of actual college classes. 3 months later I was heading to Great Lakes, in the dead of winter, for Navy boot camp.

Now, let’s Return to the week ending November 5, 1988, and see what songs may have come on the radio in my 1981 Chevy Citation, on the way to the arcade.

As usual, you can click on the song title to get the YouTube video, and you can click on the album cover to check out this song on Amazon.


40. “Spy in the House of Love” by Was (Not Was)

This is a pretty good song with a funky beat. But, I spend the entire song waiting for them to burst out singing about walking a dinosaur.

 

 

39. “I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne burst on to the scene in 1987 with her debut album, Tell It to My Heart. She was one of the hottest acts around in the late ’80s/early ’90s. This was the 3rd song released from her debut album, and first ballad. It got Taylor Dayne nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal, was also nominated for Best R&B Song.

38. “Time and Tide” by Basia

This song from Basia’s debut album of the same name, is her biggest hit.

 

 

 

37. “Small World” by Huey Lewis and the News

This is the title track of Huey Lewis and the News’ last album released release on Chrysalis. The album did not sell as well as the band’s previous albums, Sports and Fore!.

 

36. “True Love” by Glenn Frey

This forgotten gem (well, I had forgotten about it anyway), was released off the late great Glenn Frey’s third studio solo album Soul Searchin’.

 

35. “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen

According to the book, Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, Van Halen’s OU812 album was complete (or so they thought), Eddie came up with the riff at 2 in the morning and went down to his then-neighbor Sammy Hagar to show it. Hagar let Eddie in, and the two played guitars in his balcony until they had a completed song.

34. “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby

This is a pretty cool, funky song. I would have never listened to it back when it was originally released. That may explain why I don’t remember this song at all.

 

 

33. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses

This is probably one of the most iconic hard rock songs of the ’80s.

 

 

 

32. “Domino Dancing” by Pet Shop Boys

This seems like a little different sound for the Pet Shop Boys. The music is a freestyle dance style. Before the vocals come in, this sounds like it could be a song by Exposé, Sweet Sensation, or the Cover Girls.

 

31. “Downtown Life” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

Hall and Oates seem to have a different perspective of the city than Guns N’ Roses! Even though Hall & Oates had their best years behind them as far as climbing the charts is concerned, this is a pretty good tune. If it was released in 1982, it may have been a bigger hit.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Not a bad start. Come back tomorrow to check out songs 30-21.

Top 40 Songs This Week – April 5, 1986: Songs 20-11

Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. The hits are getting bigger and bigger. However, there are still two songs on today’s list that I was unfamiliar with. That’s always exciting for me. Now, let’s Return to the week ending and move on with the countdown. And as usual, if you’d like to listen to the song on YouTube, click on the song title. And if you want to listen or buy this song on Amazon, you can click on the album cover.


20. “King for a Day” by Thompson Twins

If I were king for just one day, I would make sure this song gets played just as much as “Hold Me Now”.

 

 

 

19. “I Can’t Wait” by Stevie Nicks

This is the second song, on this countdown, with this name. This is defintely the superiour song. I love Stevie Nicks, and this is one of my favorites by her.

 

 

18. “Calling America” by Electric Light Orchestra

I didn’t realize that ELO was still around at this point. This would be their last U.S. hit, peaking right here at #18. I like this one.

 

 

17. “Beats So Lonely” by Charlie Sexton

Here is another pleasant surprise for me! And you would never know that this was a 16 year old that recorded this!

 

 

16. “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen

This was our introduction to the Van Hagar years. Great way to start them!

 

 

 

15. “Sara” by Starship

Awesome 80s power ballad. It was the band’s second number-one hit after the song “We Built This City”.

14. “Harlem Shuffle” by the Rolling Stones

This cover of the 1963 Bob & Earl song would go on to be a #5 hit. The animation, in the video, was directed by John Kricfalusi, who would go on to create The Ren & Stimpy Show.

13. “This Could Be the Night” by Loverboy

Another awesome power ballad. They don’t make ’em like they used to.

12. “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys

Classic ’80s tune that became a #q hit in both the U.S. and U.K.

11. “Tender Love” by Force M.D.’s

Very cool R&B song just before New Jack Swing music became big.


That wraps up today’s list of songs. Come back Friday as we wrap up this weeks awesome countdown!

 

Remember That Song: 10/11/17

Can you name the artist and song:

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


Last Song: “Little Guitars” by Van Halen from the album Diver Down (1982)

Catch as catch, catch as catch can
Anybody in their right mind could see, it’s you and me

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Crossover Event – Favorite 80s Music Videos


It’s time for another ’80s crossover event! This time we are talking/writing about some of our favorite music videos. Here are the entries from the rest of the ’80s League. Please check all of these people out, and leave comments.

 

 
80s Reboot Overdrive – Podcast and Blog
Killer Kitsch – 1980s Music Videos

 

We were fortunate enough to grow up in a time where we saw the birth of MTV, and watch it become one of the most influential entities of the decade. Before cable TV arrived, we had 3 major networks (and some UHF channels, that only had a little static if we were lucky). Then cable TV opened up a whole new world for us. I loved having HBO and Showtime. Being a sports fan, ESPN was great. You Can’t Do That on Television on Nickelodeon became one of my favorite television shows.

However, most of my television viewing went to MTV. The day I came home from school, and cable was newly installed in our home, the first station I put on was MTV. The first video I saw was “Little Red Corvette” by Prince. I don’t think I was the only person glued to MTV at the time. It was so different than anything else we watched. And if there was a song you loved, if you watched long enough, the video would come back on within a couple of hours. MTV helped out several artists who arrived on the scene at the perfect time – Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran, Madonna. Unfortunately, it ruined some artists who were huge before MTV – buh-bye Christopher Cross and Billy Squier.

Now, for this #Fave80sMusicVideos crossover event, I’ll present some videos that stand out to me. There are many, many more. But, it would take days for this page to finish loading on your screen if I listed all my favorite, and groundbreaking videos. So, we’ll start from the beginning:

Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles

As any ’80s fan knows, this is the one that started it all. Not only is the song title appropriate for the first video to ever air on MTV, but it has that perfect ’80s sound. I still love this song to this day. The video itself isn’t too bad either. It doesn’t have that movie production value. There were some really cheesy and cheap videos in those early days, and this was above most of them.


ZZ Top Eliminator trilogy

While a lot of great acts from the ’60s and ’70s faded away with the dawn of the MTV generation, ZZ Top adapted extremely well. There was no mistaking their signature guitar sound of the ’70s, which made them wildly successful. But, instead of riding off in the sunset, they rode a customized 1930s Ford coupe, called the Eliminator, all the way to the stratosphere. They took advantage of the music video age, and made a marketing coup. While they weren’t the only singles released from the Eliminator album, these trilogy of videos are the most memorable. There is a storyline that runs through all three of these videos. First up…

Gimme All Your Lovin’

Great introduction to this series! I love how the first thing we see, even before the music starts) is the Eliminator. The car pulls up to a gas station, where we meet our protagonist dude, and we are introduced to the 3 Eliminator babes. The dude is a gas station attendant, who has a boss that’s a prick. The band tosses the keys, on the iconic ZZ Top keychain, to the dude, and he goes for a ride, while we listen to this awesome song! At the end, it appears the whole thing was a dream…or was it???

Sharp Dressed Man

Protagonist dude is changing into a tuxedo. He must make a lot of money at the gas station! Oh, wait. He’s a valet who gets treated like crap by coworkers and snooty, rich patrons. Then the Eliminator and Eliminator girls arrive, and the dude goes on another drive. He comes back in a new suit, and parties with the snoots, putting on the dance moves.

Legs

The third and final video of the Eliminator series features a woman as the main protagonist. She’s a mousy girl with glasses who goes to a burger joint, and is harassed by everyone there except for one guy, the cook, who is also harassed. She escapes the joint, leaving behind a food container and her glasses. The cook grabs the stuff and goes after her. She arrives at the shoe store where she works, where she is treated pretty much the same as at the burger joint. The cook gives the poor woman her stuff, then he is unceremoniously thrown out the the door by an asshole. But, he is thrown right in front of the arriving Eliminator. The Eliminator girls step out of the car, help the guy out, and go in the store, and exact revenge on the assholes in the store. Then our protagonist girl gets a makeover. After her makeover, the ladies all head over to the burger joint and rescue the guy, again, exacting revenge on the assholes in that place. The Eliminator drives off into nothing, and ZZ Top waves goodbye to us and fades away.

Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen

Sit down, Waldo! As with several of David Lee Roth’s solo videos, this Van Halen video begins with a kooky skit before it gets into the song. As much as I love Sammy Hagar, there have been very few showmen like David Lee Roth. The whole band was at the top of their game right here. The song starts with that iconic drumbeat, and of course when you have a legend on guitar, you can’t go wrong. Not only is the song awesome, but as a teenage boy when this song came out, I did not mind the hot bikini clad teachers. At all. Looking at it now, it seems just as creepy as Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” video where a boy watches Madonna strip and dance. I also liked how they got kid versions of the band members who liked just like them. This was a very fun and funny video.

Land Of Confusion” by Genesis

Another great song accompanied by an awesome video. Even though this video got constant airplay, I never got sick of it. This was my introduction to the caricature puppets by the British television show Spitting Image. I know that Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” are heavily promoted as innovative videos. But, this is the one that fascinated me. In the age of CGI, I doubt we’ll see the likes of this again.

What were some of your favorite music videos? And don’t forget to visit the other pages and podcasts of my fellow 80s League (soon to be Banzai Club)  members .

Remember That Song: 3/13/17

Can you name the artist and song:

So many nights I longed to hold you
So many times I looked and saw your face
Nothing could change the way I feel
No one else could ever take your place


Last Song: “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen from the album OU812 (1988)

Great job, Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

I like to look, to long run
I like to take each step, one by one
Right on time, you will arrive
By keepin’ the dream alive

Remember That Song: 8/8/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Lover, I’m on the street
Gonna go where the bright lights and the big city meet
With a red guitar on fire


Last Song: “Happy Trails” by Van Halen from Diver Down (1982)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Who cares about the clouds when we’re together
Just sing a song an’ think bout sunny weather

Live version

Remember That Song: 5/9/16

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Should I try to be a straight ‘A’ student?
If you are then ___ _____ ___ ____


Last Song: “Everybody Wants Some!!” by Van Halen from Women and Children First (1980)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

You can’t get romantic on a subway line
Conductor don’t like it, says you’re wastin’ your time

Remember That Song: 1/27/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I see you, you see me
Watch you blowin’ the lines
When you’re making a scene


Last Song: “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen from 1984 (1984) in honor of Eddie Van Halen who turned 61 yesterday

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

I think of all the education that I missed.
But then my homework was never quite like this

Remember That Song: 1/7/16

Can you name the artist and song:

The winds of wild insanity
Blow with me tonight
Saddle up, all you cowboys, gonna ride


Last Song: “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen (or Van Hagar, if you prefer) from 5150 (1986)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Hey I don’t know
Just tell me where to begin cause I never ever
Felt so much

Remember That Song: 11/12/15

Can you name the artist and song:

Did you think I would curse you
Or say things to hurt you


Last Song: “Jump” by Van Halen from 1984 (1984)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

You got to roll with the punches
And get to what’s real
Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here
I got my back against the record machine