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Top 40 Songs This Week: August 8, 1987 – Songs 30-21

Welcome back as the countdown continues. If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go back and check them out. In the early ’80s, radio was quite diverse. Disco was still winding down, and there were a lot of singer/songwriter, rock, and pop tunes. In the late ’80s, the Top 40 countdowns were still diverse. There was a good combination of pop, rock, and R&B. And today’s list is no exception. So, let’s go back to the good ole days, and Return to the week ending August 8, 1987, and go on with the countdown.


30. “Point of No Return” by Exposé


Often imitated, but never duplicated! This pioneering female freestyle group had an incredible start, landing four top 10 hits from their debut album, Exposure. And this was one of them.

29. “When Smokey Sings” by ABC


Am I the only one that thinks this video would be awesome if it featured Jackie Gleason, Burt Reynolds, and Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit?

28. “Doing It All For My Baby” by Huey Lewis & The News


Not one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs. But man, were the videos fun back then! The music doesn’t even start until over 3 1/2 minutes in!

27. “Something So Strong” by Crowded House


Much like Exposé, Crowded House got off to a strong start, turning out hits like this and “Don’t Dream It’s Over” from their debut album.

26. “Hearts On Fire” by Bryan Adams


Yes, people born post ’80s, Bryan Adams had more hits than “Summer of ’69” and “Cuts Like a Knife”. For example…this song! I can’t get enough of it.

25. “Living In a Box” by Living In a Box


Often, the question comes up, Can you name a song with the same name as its artist? This, Night Ranger, and Danger Danger are always my go-to’s. This song has that classic ’80s pop sound.

24. “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe


Meh. If you want to listen to some real Crüe, go back to their first 2 albums – Too Fast For Love and Shout At the Devil.

23. “Can’t We Try” by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard


Music whiplash! We go from a rocker to a slow duet ballad. There were a lot of great duets in the ’80s, and this is definitely one of them.

22. “I’d Still Say Yes” by Klymaxx


Another ballad I remember slow dancing to back in those high school days.

21. “Love Power” by Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne


We wrap up today with a classy song. This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. I love both Dionne Warwick’s and Jeffrey Osborne’s voices. And together, they sound great.


Well, we’re halfway through the countdown. What do you think so far? Do you have any favorites, or are there any surprises that you had forgotten about? Let me know.

Episode (Turn it up to) 11: This is Spinal Tap

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We welcome Scott Compton back to the show as we geek out over the classic rockumentary, This is Spinal Tap! In the spirit of rock and roll, this episode’s Play this, Not That features Mötley Crüe. There is also a new Remember That Song, and the ’80s Trivia is still up for grabs. Come give us a listen as we walk that fine line between stupid and clever.
Also, feel free to email us your thoughts about Spinal Tap, or anything 80s. We would love to hear from you! We can be reached at returnto80s@gmail.com.
Enough of my yakkin’. Whaddaya say? Let’s boogie!


Opening

– Welcome back, Scott Compton
– We had somebody scheduled to sit in the 4th chair, but he is no longer with us. The official explanation is that he choked on vomit. We just don’t know whose.
– Tesla talk

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Sentimental Street” by Night Ranger
I know what you’re thinking / Cause I’ve been there myself / I’ve
been kicked so many times / I don’t know nothing else / Still I noticed your urgency / I recognized the flair / That you got from chasing all those East coast dares

Winner: James Herington

New Song: But I know the neighborhood / The talk is cheap, but the story is good / And tales grow taller on down the line

’80s Trivia

What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?

Play This, Not That

Mötley Crüe

Instead of “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”

Play “Live Wire”

– Mötley Crüe talk

Main Topic: This is Spinal Tap

– Turn it up to 11
– Other Christopher Guest mockumentaries
– Synopsis
– “Big Bottom”
– Scott’s synopsis
– Our take on which bands influenced this movie
– Our favorite scenes (which is basically the entire movie) and lines
– The Curse of the Spinal Tap Drummer
– Awesome pre-CGI flashback scenes
– Supporting cast
– DVD opening
Spinal Tap lawsuit
– English teacher, Mr. Mishou educates us on the Shelley and Byron reference
– Music
– Jeanine
– Nigel’s guitar solos
– Did people think this was real?
– More of our favorite lines

Closing

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Remember That Song: 10/4/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Tonight, I need your sweet caress
Hold me in the darkness


Last Song: “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Mötley Crüe from the album Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) in honor of Tommy Lee who turned 54 yesterday.

Trick or treat, sweet to eat
On Halloween and New Year’s Eve
Yankee girls you just can’t be beat
But you’re the best when you’re off your feet

Remember That Song: 7/26/16

Can you name the artist and song:

You make a grown man cry
Ride like the wind at double speed
I’ll take you places that you’ve never, never seen


Last Song: “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Mötley Crüe from Dr. Feelgood (1989)

Nothin’ left to do
Too many things were said
To ever make it feel
Like yesterday did

Remember That Song: 5/5/16

We have a deep track today.
Can you name the artist and song:

So let it start, my friend, let it start,
Let the tears come rolling from your heart,
And when you need a light in the lonely night


Last Song: “Wild Side” by Mötley Crüe from Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

Puppets with strings of gold
East L.A. at midnight
Papa won’t be home tonight
Found dead with his best friend’s wife

Remember That Song: 2/9/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There’s someone reaching back for me


Last Song: “Too Young to Fall in Love” by Mötley Crüe from Shout at the Devil (1983) in honor of Vince Neil who turned 55 yesterday.

Well you’re killing me
Your love’s a guillotine
Why don’t you just set me free

Remember That Song: 12/14/15

Since the new Star Wars movie is coming out this Friday, all this week I would like to Return to the decade that brought us the original Star Wars – the 1970’s! All the songs, and each Quote of the Day will be from the ’70s this week.

Can you name the artist and song:

And I guess it’s just the woman in you
That brings out the man in me
I know I can’t help myself


Last Song: “Dr. Feelgood” by Mötley Crüe from the album Dr. Feelgood (1989)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

Cops on the corner always ignore
Somebody’s getting paid

Remember That Song: 11/9/15

Can you name the artist and song:

When there’s no destination-that’s too far
And somewhere on the way, you might find out who you are


Last Song: “Looks That Kill” by Mötley Crüe from Shout at the Devil (1983)

Now she’s bulletproof
She keeps her motor clean
Oh, and believe me, you
She’s a number thirteen

Top 40 Songs This Week – August 11, 1990: Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a new Top 40 Countdown! You may have seen my article kicking off 1990-1991 Week. If not, then “Surprise!” It was this week in 1990 that I left Oakland Naval Hospital to go on to the hospital ship, USNS Mercy, and head to the Gulf War (Desert/Shield Desert Storm). This was a life changing event for me. And my grandmother dying at the same time also added some drama. I know a lot of ’80s music fans are not very fond of the music of this period. But, I have a real soft-spot for it. This music was my outlet as my life was totally changing, post-high school. So, let’s take a look back at what was on the countdown this week in 1990. Things were a little crazy that week, so I’m pretty sure I wasn’t listening to the radio. So come with me, and Return to the week ending August 11, 1990.

40. “Thieves in the Temple” by Prince

This song is from Prince’s soundtrack album, Graffiti Bridge. I had heard of this album, and knew it was a movie soundtrack. But, that was all I knew. I did not know that this was a sequel to Purple Rain. I suppose that shouldn’t be too surprising. The movie was a critical and commercial flop. It was also nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worst Director (Prince), Worst Screenplay (Prince), and Worst New Star (Ingrid Chavez).

As far as this song, “Thieves in the Temple” goes, I kind of remember this song – especially when it gets to the chrous. It’s actually not too bad. I’m not a big fan of Prince’s work post-Revolution. But, I don’t hate this song. It topped the R&B chart, and peaked at #6 on the Billboard chart.

39. “Close to You” by Maxi Priest

Maxi Priest. In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, “That’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. A long time.” Maxi Priest is a British reggae singer. He would hit #1 with this song on October 6, 1990. This song was released just before I left for the Gulf, so I had no idea that it became a huge hit. Although I was heavy into rock music, I also loved R&B at the time. I liked this song, but not enough to run out and buy it.

38. “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Mötley Crüe

Now, this was in my wheelhouse back then! This was the fourth single from the great Dr. Feelgood album. In my opinion, this was their best album since Shout at the Devil. This is a fun, great kiss-off song.

37. “We’re All in the Same Gang” by West Coast Rap All-Stars

This is a collaboration of the who’s-who of the West Coast hip-hop artists at the time. It promoted anti-violence. Here is a list of the artists performing in this song:

King Tee
Body & Soul (including Dee Barnes)
Def Jef
Michel’le
Tone-Loc
Above the Law
Ice-T
Dr. Dre, MC Ren and Eazy-E of N.W.A
J.J. Fad
Young MC
Digital Underground (Money-B and Shock G)
Oaktown’s 3.5.7
MC Hammer

36. “The Girl I Used to Know” by Brother Beyond

Brother Beyond were a British boy band group, who only released two albums – Get Even in 1988, and Trust in 1989. This song, “The Girl I Used to Know”, was off of their Trust album, and would be their last hit song. They broke up in 1991.

35. “Pure” by Lightning Seeds

This song, is from the British band’s debut album, Cloudcuckooland. I’m not a huge New Wave fan, so I was not exactly blown away by this song. I probably like it more now than I would have back then. This was completely off my radar, and I never heard of the band or the song.

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34. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode

More New Wave. But, I do like some of Depeche Mode’s songs. This song isn’t bad, and it’s classic late-’80s Depeche Mode.

33. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette

For some reason, I thought this song was released a little bit later in the ’90s. They released this song in 1990, hot off their Look Sharp! album, for the Pretty Woman soundtrack. Roxette has quite a few great songs, but this is probably the one they are best known for. Here is a fact that I had not been aware of: This song was originally called “ It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)“, and was released in 1987 as a Christmas single. It became a Top 10 hit in Sweden. You learn something new every day!

32. “(Can’t Live Without) Your Love and Affection” by Nelson

I bought Nelson’s After the Rain just before I left for the Gulf. I loved every sing song on that album, including this lead single. When I got back, it seemed like they had more of a boy band reputation instead of a rocker reputation. It doesn’t matter to me. I still love that album, and this song. I think it rocks, and the harmonies are incredible.

31. “My Kinda Girl” by Babyface

We wrap today’s list of songs with an R&B tune. I didn’t remember this song. It was the fourth and final single from Babyface’s album Tender Lover. Babyface has been very successful over the years, as he has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits and has won 11 Grammy Awards.


Well, that wraps up today’s list of songs. What a variety! We had R&B, Rock, Rap, and boy bands. So, there’s a little something for everyone. And tomorrow will be more of the same. I hope you’re enjoying your trip back to 1990 so far, and will come back to continue the countdown tomorrow.

Remember That Song: 5/5/15

Can you name the artist and song:

When shadows fall, I pass a small cafe where we would dance at night
And I can’t help recalling how it felt to kiss and hold you tight


Last Song: “Too Young to Fall in Love” by Mötley Crüe from Shout at the Devil (1983) in honor of Mick Mars who celebrated a birthday yesterday.

Great job Frida (@carrjam94) and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

Well you’re killing me
Your love’s a guillotine
Why don’t you just set me free