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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 27, 1983 – Songs 20-11

Welcome back to another installment of this week’s Top 40 countdown. If you missed the previous entries, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. So far, it’s been a pretty good week. Let’s see if it continues. Let’s Return to the week ending August 27, 1983, and move on with the countdown.


20. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler


This smash hit by Bonnie Tyler is the second Jim Steinman song on this week’s countdown. This song still stands the test of time as I have heard it on several recent television commercials. And of course with the recent eclipse, the song has been getting even more airplay.

19. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King” by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)


In the ’80s, there was a lot of nostalgia for the ’50s and ’60s. This song has that old time sound.

18. “Take Me to Heart” by Quarterflash


It is so refreshing to hear a Quarterflash song that is not “Harden My Heart”. They have several great songs, and this is one of them.

17. “Hot Girls in Love” by Loverboy


A good rocker. Loverboy was on a roll throughout the ’80s. Then grunge happened.

16. “Don’t Cry” by Asia


Time for the Prog Rock supergroup Asia! I always loved this song and band. This song did get a ton of MTV airplay.

15. “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran

I still think this should be called “Please, Please Tell Me Now”. Duran Duran was the ultimate ’80s group. This song is classic, just like the rest of their early 80s music.

14. “Lawyers in Love” by Jackson Browne


This song got by me. I had never heard it before. It isn’t too bad. This title track from Browne’s seventh album was the highest charted song from this album, which also includes “Tender Is the Night” – which I have heard of.

13. “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson


This pretty song was the 5th single released from the legendary Thriller album. They must have broken the budget with all the previous singles, because there is no music video for this. This song was written by Steve Porcaro (the keyboardist from Toto) and John Bettis.

12. “Tell Her About It” by Billy Joel


This was the first single released off of Billy Joel’s album, An Innocent Man. I loved it when it came out. Then got sick of it as it played on MTV constantly. Then I missed it when the follow-up single “Uptown Girl” got overplayed even worse.

11. “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats


This is one of the more iconic songs of the ’80s. There is no mistaking which decade this song belongs to. And no, perverts, this isn’t about safe sex. This is an anti-establishment song. The following is from a very cool article from Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict. Sam Tweedle interviewed the writer/lead singer of Men Without Hats, Ivan Doroschuk. Sam asked Ivan about the origins of the song. Ivan explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogoing to 1980s new wave music:

The inspiration for the song was from back in the days when Punk and “New Wave” were starting off and the discotheques were still playing disco music. But every now and then they’d slip in Blondie’s Heart of Glass or Rock Lobster by The B-52’s. Well, obviously, anybody who was into that kind of music would rush on the dance floor and start jumping up and down and would bang into the guys trying to do their disco two steps. I got thrown out of a lot of clubs because of that. So that’s basically the origin. I was kind of mad that they wouldn’t let me dance if I wanted to, so I took matters in my own hands and wrote an anthem for it.


That’s it for today. There were some very familiar songs, and others that don’t get much airplay on ’80s radio these days. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring when we wrap up the countdown.

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Remember That Song: 6/21/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I said, please excuse me
I didn’t catch your name
Oh, it’d be a shame
Not to see you again


Last Song: “Girls On Film” by Duran Duran from the album Duran Duran (1981)

Great job MC Chunky A (@MCChunkyA)!!!

Lipstick cherry all over the lens as she’s falling
In miles of sharp blue water coming in where she lies

 

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 10, 1984: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31. My addiction to MTV was still in full force this week. There are some classics here today. So, let’s Return to the week ending November 10, 1984, and move on with the countdown.


30. “I Can’t Drive 55” by Sammy Hagar

Sammy’s signature song. This is a classic song and classic video. In 1994, Sammy was interviewed on the show In the Studio, and said this about the song:

“I was in a rent-a-car that wouldn’t go much faster than 55 miles an hour. I was on my way back from Africa. I did a safari for three months throughout Africa. A really great vacation after Three Lock Box. I was traveling for 24 hours, I got to New York City, changed planes, Albany, New York. Got in a rent-a-car. Had a place in Lake Placid at the time, a little log cabin, I used to go there and write with my little boy. Aaron, at that time, went to North Country school when I was on tour. I would go there and see him. It was a really cool getaway. But it took two and a half hours to drive there from Albany. And I was driving from Albany, New York at 2:00 in the morning, burnt from all the travel. Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, ‘We give tickets around here for over-60.’ and I said, ‘I can’t drive 55.’ I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt.”

29. “Teacher, Teacher” by .38 Special

Another great song! This was the theme for the film, Teachers. I really need to get back and revisit this movie. I remember enjoying it at the time. And check out this cast: Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, Richard Mulligan, Laura Dern, Crispin Glover, and Morgan Freeman.

28. “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Yet another classic song. This was one of Duran Duran’s biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video was pretty cool too. It had a post-apocalyptic feel too it, like the Mad Max movies. The video should have been good. It cost over one million British Pounds to make, which was a staggering amount for a music video at that time.

27. “Walking On a Thin Line” by Huey Lewis & The News

This was the fifth and final single released from the Sports album. All the previous singles from the album was severely overplayed. This song was one of my favorites from the album, and I don’t ever remember hearing it on the radio! This was Heuy Lewis and the News’ commentary on the Vietnam War.

26. “It Ain’t Enough” by Corey Hart

This song ain’t played enough! As much as I like “Sunglasses At Night“, it would be nice to hear some more of Corey Hart’s other work.

25. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers

Originally a #1 R&B hit in 1959 by Phil Phillips. The Honeydrippers were formed by former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant. The band also included fellow former Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and other friends and well-known studio musicians. They scored a big hit with this song, peaking at #3. The band released only one recording, an EP titled The Honeydrippers: Volume One. With the EP’s success, Plant stated that a full album would be recorded, but it never was.

24. “I Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor

My favorite song by Survivor. This was the first single released from the Vital Signs album, which was the first Survivor album featuring Jimi Jamison on lead vocals.

23. “Swept Away” by Diana Ross

This isn’t bad for a dance song. We are broken away from disco, and now have the ’80s sound in full swing now. This song was written by Daryl Hall with Sara Allen.

22. “Cool It Now” by New Edition

This title track to New Edition’s second album, was their big breakthrough. It would peak at #4 on the Hot 100. They were trying really hard to be the new edition of The Jackson 5. They did have some pretty decent music, including this song.

21. “Who Wears These Shoes” by Elton John

I didn’t remember this song at all. It was released off of elton John’s Breaking Hearts album, which featured the song “Sad Songs (Say So Much)“. This may be blasphemous on this page, but I much prefer Elton John’s ’70s music to his ’80s music. He does have some really good ’80s songs. But a lot, like this song, are just middle-of-the-road.


Well that wraps up today’s list of songs. What do you think, now that we are halfway through? Any favorites? The countdown is just going to keep getting better. Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown.

Remember That Song: 10/31/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Searching in the darkness, running from the day
Hiding from tomorrow, nothing left to say


Last Song: “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran from the album Rio (1982)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk) and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

In touch with the ground
I’m on a hunt down after you

Remember That Song: 4/27/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I wake up every morning, I stumble out of bed
Stretching and a’ yawning, another day ahead


Last Song: “The Wild Boys” by Duran Duran from Arena (1984)

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

Reckless and so hungered
On the razors edge you trail
Because there’s murder by the roadside
In a sore afraid new world

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Bringing Me Down

Well, we come to the conclusion of another great week of music, brought to us by Robert. I can’t believe I had never heard any of these songs before. I hope you enjoyed these as much as I have. Andy Taylor is an incredible rock guitarist, and probably one of the most underrated. So, let’s listen to one last great song by him. And thanks, Robert, for continuing this great series.


Bringing Me Down

I have spoiled myself and saved my favorite song from Thunder for last. I always felt that this would have made a great single, but I do understand the radio friendly releases from this album and the soundtracks Taylor is featured on. All of the things I like are here: quiet guitar and bass intro that explode into a full band and catchy, song sustaining rhythm, a killer chorus, and a great solo. Once again, there are pretty simple lyrics about a man yearning for a woman who seems to be in love with someone else: “It’s time to go but I can’t stop / ‘Cause I can’t find which way to go / You’re tearin’ me, me apart /With twisted love, ain’t no doubt.” Insert the catch chorus here. I love the phrasing that Taylor uses here, “I can’t help it that you’re in love / I know you’re wrapped around / But you are bringing me down.”
The song continues, “Why don’t you spend some time with me / It’s hard to talk but time to walk / Into my lonely emptiness / And time to find a place to rest.” This song is the one that I returning to more often than not from this album. Great stuff!


Thunder is an absolute masterpiece of 80s pop/rock, but many have never heard of it. I like Duran Duran, but after spending (a lot) of time with Thunder it becomes clear that the band never really let Andy Taylor soar and do his thing. Taylor is an excellent guitarist who was in a great band, but not a guitar driven band. His solo work deserves to be heard by every fan of the ‘80s. If you are not familiar with his music, take some time a find his stuff on Youtube – I promise you will like it.

This discussion of Andy Taylor has conjured up memories of one of the other tapes I bought in a fevered rush before the airplane took off – next week: Night Ranger.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Tremblin’

Tremblin’

By today I think you are seeing a pattern with this album. The lyrics are pretty simple and the guitar is placed firmly at center stage. The chorus clearly captures the speaker’s feeling about the woman, “Why do I feel bad? / Why do I feel sad? / What I’m trying to say / I’m tremblin’ / Though I can’t explain / That I’m going insane / I need you so / I’m tremblin’.” I am going to go back to Mr. Keating in Dead Poet’s Society here. He assigns each boy in the class an original poem. One boy is a typical teen and writes a short (and bad) poem about “A cat one a mat.” He is clearly rebelling and putting a poor effort into a ‘silly’ assignment. Keating does not get mad, instead he says that he is not upset at the simple subject of the poem because there are many great poem about simple subjects. He is only disappointed in the effort, “Don’t let your poems be plain.” This song reminds me of that very idea. It is not a complex song by any means, but it does capture a true emotion that the speaker is feeling about a woman. He is struggling with it and he is laying it out there and sharing his struggle with us. More solid guitar work here – nice song.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Let’s keep the existential sentiments going today with this song, but this time there is a bluesy feel to the music. As expected, there is more great guitar work by Taylor. The pacing of this song is slower and it does get a bit repetitive at the end. Taylor saves it with a second guitar solo that is better than the first. The song is a great example of what I like when a band’s guitarist records as a solo artist. He is allowed to create his own music and establish his own sound and style. If he wants to solos in a song, well, then he puts two solos in the song. Existential philosophy is one that is accepting of many ideas, typically hesitating to commit to a consistently concrete world view and being willing to accept many ideas. Taylor writes, “In this smoking gun world / Our lights don’t last / They’re over fast.” No one knows how much time we have and there is not time for absolutes. We all need to define what is right for us and live the way we want to live and avoid having our lives being dictated by others. The video a live version of the song because I believe you can see and hear the true talent of a guitarist when he/she is performing onstage.

Deep Tracks: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor – I Might Lie

Hi Everybody! This is going to be another great week of Deep Tracks. This week, Robert is bringing is some tunes from Andy Taylor, the guitarist of Duran Duran. I had never heard any of these songs before, so this is a special treat for me. And after listening to these songs, it looks like iTunes is going to be getting some more of my money! Also, you don’t need to be a Duran Duran fan to really enjoy these songs. And Duran Duran fans should love this. Here is Robert…


Duran Duran Fans – Don’t Miss This Gem

I am going to take a slightly different approach to the idea of “deep tracks.” This time I am going with a member of a VERY famous ‘80s band and look at a solo album he released in 1987.

In May of 1987 I graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt (West) Germany. My father was in the Army and we were due to be rotated back to the United States. By this time I was seventeen and had gotten used to this – besides, I was headed to college so I was not too concerned about the move. As was typical, the movers showed up about a month before the actual rotation date, so all of my belongings had to be packed and remain unseen for nearly two months. I diligently packed all of my stuff, but did not have the foresight to keep any of my cassettes from being sent away. I needed music! For no apparent reason I kept my Walkman handy, but nothing to play in it. I made a temporary fix by borrowing a few tapes from friends, but those needed to be returned before I left. So there I was faced with six weeks of no music- an impossible position to endure. I begged my father to let me buy three tapes before we went to the airport.

As I quickly grabbed a few tapes to inspect, out of the corner of my eye I see a line drawn cover of a man playing an electric guitar in front of a mountain and the name ANDY TAYLOR.

I did not have much time, so I had to make a quick decision. I was an average fan of Duran Duran and knew that Andy Taylor was the band’s guitarist. I also had the soundtracks to American Anthem (starring gymnast Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones (Mrs. Wayne Gretzky)) and (the second) Miami Vice album which each contained great tracks from Taylor (“Take It Easy“, “Wings of Love“, and “When the Rain Comes Down“). I loved these songs and they left me wanting more. Taylor’s solo work was a big departure from Duran Duran. On his own he rocked! These were guitar driven melodic songs much more in line with the songs he played on with The Power Station. In short, I wanted to hear more from the guitarist who was never really allowed to cut loose with Duran Duran.

This is truly a great album and I will highlight five tunes.

I Might Lie

This song starts with motorcycle engines revving up, letting the listener know that they are in for quite a ride. Upon a first listen, a Duran Duran fan may be saying, “I know this is Duran Duran’s guitarist, but this does not sound like Duran Duran.” Yes, that listener would be right. In a 1986 interview with Duran Duran after Taylor left, Nick Rhodes said that being in the Power Station with Andy Taylor was the beginning of the end of Andy Taylor’s time with Duran Duran. This song sounds a lot more like something the Power Station would perform. There is no way around – this is a guitar driven song that just rocks. Taylor’s vocals are more than adequate and his guitar work is nothing short of excellent. This (like most of his songs) has a strong and consistent rhythm guitar that is established early and carries the song. The chorus is catchy made to be sung out loud. As you would expect, a famous band’s guitarist is going to highlight his own skills, so there is a clear, solid guitar solo. The lyrics are simple and straight-forward: a guy is trying to talk a girl into being with him – nothing earth shattering, but not bad either. The fascination with her is wrapped in a bit of a mystery, “I don’t know why I love you / When I don’t even know you / Trust in you, I do the best I can.” He is taking that step into the unknown, asking her to trust him, just like he is trusting her. If this is the first song by Andy Taylor you have heard, there is no way you are disappointed – and no way you can’t come back tomorrow for more.

Top 40 Songs This Week – May 28, 1983: Songs 30-21

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. 1983 was an incredible year of music. The ’70s sound had pretty much disappeared, and ’80s music was building it’s own identity. At this time, I was 12 years old, and would become a teenager later in the year. I was wrapping up 7th grade, and getting ready for my final year of junior high. Now, let’s Return to the glorious week of May 28, 1983, and continue the countdown.

30. “The One Thing” by INXS

I did not know about INXS until later in the decade, when their Kick album came out. So I was unfamiliar with this song. It is classic INXS. I really like this one a lot. It may be 1983, but this sounds like it could have been from their incredible 1987 album.

29. “Mornin'” by Al Jarreau

Ahhh, the smooth sound of Al Jarreau! This definitely would not have been on my radar in 1983. But, I like it a lot now. This came off of Al Jarreau’s #1 Jazz album, Jarreau. This song was written by David Foster and Jay Graydon. It was originally supposed to be an instrumental that was to appear on David Foster’s 1983 album, The Best of Me. Jay Graydon produced many of Al Jarreau’s songs, so they gave the song to him.

28. “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

This was my introduction to Elton John. Thank you MTV! I tend to favor Elton John’s ’70s songs over his ’80s songs, but I love this one. It’s so upbeat and fun.

27. “Try Again” by Champaign

I believe this R&B ballad has been on one of my countdowns before. I still like it. This is another one that would not have been on my radar back then, but I like it a lot now.

26. “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

You know it. You love it. This is ’80s personified! This was Kajagoogoo’s only hit in the U.S., but they did have some other hits in the U.K.

25. “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant

There is no mistaking which decade this song is from! This was one of the biggest hits of 1983. The song’s lyrics refer to the 1981 Brixton riot, the title referring to Electric Avenue, a market street in the Brixton area of London.

24. “Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sérgio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller)

Although I am a rocker at heart, I really love a lot of soft rock from the early ’80s. And this is one of the best. Sérgio Mendes is a bandleader, and does not sing in this one. That credit goes to Joe Pizzulo and Leza Miller.

23. “Stranger In My House” by Ronnie Milsap

Kenny Rogers may have been the king of country cross-over music in the ’70s and ’80s, but Ronnie Milsap is no slouch either. This particular song peaked at #5 on the Country charts, #8 on the Adult Contemporary charts, and right here at #23 on the Hot 100.

22. “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

I love this song, even though I can’t understand the lyrics, other than the title. This falls in the same category as “Louie, Louie” by The Kingsmen and “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. This is great music, which is a lot of fun.

21. “Rio” by Duran Duran

Another ultimate ’80s song, by an ultimate ’80s band. Duran Duran was on top of the world at this time. And with songs like this, we can see why. Girls today have their One Direction. The girls of our generation had Duran Duran. Almost 35 years later, they are still going strong, having released a new album this past September, Paper Gods. And I think they sound the same today as they did in our glorious ’80s.


Well, classic Duran Duran is a good way to wrap up the countdown for today. Are you liking this countdown so far? And as the numbers get smaller, the hits get bigger. So, come on back tomorrow to check out the next 10 songs of the countdown.