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Remember That Song – 4/26/21

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Can you name the artist and song:

Flyin’ high we never took the time
To stop and feel the need
Funny how those years go by
Changing you, changing me


Last Song: “Why Can’t This Be Love” by Van Halen from 5150 (1986)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Erwin (@erwin_green)!!!

Whoa, here it comes
That funny feeling again
Winding me up inside


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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 1/27/21

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Question: What was Madonna’s first Billboard Hot 100 number 1?


Question: Before this band settled on the name we all know, their previous band names were, The Broken Combs, The Space Brothers, The Trojan Rubber Company, and then Genesis. Upon finding out the latter name was already taken, they changed their name yet again to Mammoth.

Who did they become after Mammoth?

Answer: Van Halen

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Remember That Song – 12/10/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Though I’ve tried before to tell her
Of the feelings I have for her in my heart
Every time that I come near her I just lose my nerve
As I’ve done from the start


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

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Craig (@cdennis0130), and Lisa (@gabbyg89)!!!

If you wanna see other guys
Baby, I could let it slide

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Remember That Song – 2/28/20

Can you name the artist and song:

We can steer, we can near
With Rob Dickins at the wheel
We can sigh, say goodbye Ross and his dependencies


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

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

You got it tough
I’ve seen the toughest around

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Remember That Song – 10/11/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Break out of captivity
And follow me, stereo jungle child
Love is the kill, your heart’s still wild

Last Song: “Love Walks In” by Van Halen from the album 5150 (1986)

Great job Paul (@PaulRidley5), Nigel (@WBAnigel), and Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Another world, some other time
You lay your sanity on the line

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Remember That Song – 5/6/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Who’s gonna pay attention to your dreams
Who’s gonna plug their ears when you scream
You can’t go on thinking nothing’s wrong


Last Song: “I’ll Wait” by Van Halen from the album 1984 (1984)

Great job J-Dub and Miss Poppy Kox (@blondasabat)!!!

I wrote a letter and told her these words
That meant a lot to me
I never sent it, she wouldn’t have heard
Her eyes don’t follow me

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Remember That Song – 3/20/19

Can you name the artist and song:

Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny


Last Song: “Feels So Good” by Van Halen from the album OU812 (1989)

Great job blonde as a bat (@blondasabat)!!!

Yesterday I saw my love light shine
Straight ahead in front of me
You never really know
When love will come or go

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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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