Let’s Talk About 80s Music, Shall We?
So it’s Saturday nite, almost 11:30pm. This is that time of the nite for me when I usually have two choices. Flip channels before going on the computer before bed, or go on the computer first, THEN flip channels before going on the computer before bed.
As you can see, I’ve opted for the second choice. This should be fun.
I have a couple of friends that are huge fans of 80s music. No, not the good 80s music. I’m talking about the Flock Of Seagulls, the Hall and Oates (don’t even), the Culture Club.. you know, the One Hit Wonder tripe they play on those “Awesome 80s” infomercials at like 3 in the morning.
I’m not a big fan of that kind of music. I mean, sure, that cheesy synth stuff has come back into popular music with some success. Both The Killers and Kanye West have gone synth-happy and I’ve enjoyed it. However, just because it’s working a bit now doesn’t mean it was working all the friggin’ time then.
Don’t get me wrong, I like a bunch of Music That Came Out In The 80s, but I wouldn’t classify myself as someone that likes “80s Music”. I mean, you had Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Genesis, and countless others make some good music without being really weird or overly european or all cyborg-androgynous. (Mind you, MiJac was still super-dope back then, and Prince is gully as fuck–don’t let the poiple fool you)..
So, that being said, here’s a list (yay for lists!) of some songs from the 80s that kick 8 tons of ass. I’m sure there are a lot of other notables I’m going to miss, but if you feel that strongly about them, keep two things in mind:
I- Plenty of room on the interweb to create your own lists.
II-It ain’t that serious.
Without further ado:
1- El Debarge, Rhythm of the Night- Ah yes. We come to the first blatant Motown plug featured in the seminal 80s flick, Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. Like the movie from whence it came, this song is awesome. El Debarge is just chillin’ in the car, then he’s all dancing in the streets and junk. The beat is f’n bouncy fun, and anybody born between 1978 and 1982 knows at least part of the lyrics/chorus. If this song has been sampled, I haven’t heard it.
Peep Disssssss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7T4FuJJO1E
2- Deniece Williams, Let’s Hear It For The Boy- First off, This song doesn’t need a disclaimer because half of the coolest things in the 80s were very…um…liberal. I mean, seriously, it’d be easier to just call it “The 80s [||]”. Anyway, This song is from the movie, Footloose, which I think I might’ve seen even tho’ I don’t really remember it. (Pops is a movie buff). Ya’ll know the drill: Town bans dancing, Kevin Bacon, “Everybody get loose, Footloose, kick off your sunday shoes”, etc. I guess this is the other big hit off the soundtrack. It’s got that 80s Casio (no swizz beatz) bounce to it that’s still pleasant 24 years later. Plus, like #1 on our list, everybody knows the words. Sure, it’s not the manliest chorus in the world, but if you’re bugging out, few songs provide lyrics as fun as: “He might not be a romeo, but he’s my lovin’ one man show, whoa-whoa-whoa-Whoa! LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOOYYYYY!” Awwww yeaaahhh.
Peep Disssssss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzwvYaZ99fM
3- Genesis, Land of Confusion- What I’m about to say is going to hurt and shock many of my loyal readers/lurkers. *ahem* This video is the greatest video of all time. Any genre, any country, any land. That means it’s better than all of Michael Jackson’s videos, any of the Hitmen-Era Bad Boy videos, any of those stupid “Gorillaz” videos, better than The Roots’ “What We Do” video. I mean, granted, Janet Jackson’s “If” video practically stole my virginity, but in terms of non-puberty inducing videos, this is the end all be all. Um…Pause. Anyway, Phil Collins is the absolute shit, and Genesis has done a ton of cool songs. The beat to this song is definitely aggressive content. Programmed 80s drums with some crunchy guitars and some well placed synths all kicked ass. The lyrics on this song were edgy and confrontational, and Phil Collins emotes the fuck out of them. The chorus is the ultimate in sing-along awesomeness. Then there’s the video. Ya know what? I’m not even gonna explain it. I couldn’t do it justice if I tried. Just clicka da link. All in all, this is a song with clanking balls of steel. So clankeriffic, that I won’t even put in a disclaimer.
Peep Disssssss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBdUz_IJ4VA
4- Tiffany, I Think We’re Alone Now & Belinda Carlisle, Heaven is a Place On Earth (yep, a tie)- When I was in grades 1 thru like 3, my mom lived one county over from me. She would pick up me and my brother (I don’t think I’ve given him a nickname yet…) and we’d drive the 30 minutes or so, and one or both of these songs would be on the radio. Both songs really stuck with me on account of how genuine and sweet they seemed. Even ’til this day, with my current state of Single-Induced Emo, both songs remind me of the simple joys of liking a girl, and the daydream that one day some pretty girl with a gentle spirit and beautiful soul would *gasp* actually like me back. First up we have Tiffany The Mall Queen. Hers is a cover, I believe, of some oldies song. The lyrics are cute.. A tale of (I’m guessing) teenage love–Romeo and Juliet stuff. The idea of letting love just sorta steal you away from all of life’s bullshit is the theme. Just her and her dude (or chick, she doesn’t really specify) hiding away and holding on to each other, banding together against all the confusion, angst, and fear that comes with The Human Experience.
Belinda Carlisle’s song might be my favorite of the two. Belinda used to be a bangle, but this was her first solo hit (followed up by “Mad About You”, I believe). The beat is actually pretty hard. Some power-ballad guitars and hard drums combined with a gentle piano in the background. The lyrics are upbeat and powerful and positive. I mean, they’re so happy and triumphant that they could charge up a whole tank of happy Mood Slime (Step Your Ghostbusters 2 Game Up!). To me, her voice has always been pleasant and soothing, and the idea of being so much in love that you actually feel like you’re in heaven is comforting in itself. At the risk of an overshare: This is the kind of song that reminds me of the first time I kissed a girl. I was all smiles and happiness and I swear my feet didn’t touch the ground for like 2 days. I know everyone on the internets is supposed to be all Tough and whatnot, but ya know what? This is It Ain’t That motherfucking Serious, and I’m gonna say how I feel when I feel how I feel, you underdig? Anyway, Viva la Mushy Music. It beats the crap out of the songs coming from female “artists” nowadays. “I Think We’re Alone Now” > “Promiscuous”, and “Heaven is a Place on Earth” > “Fergalicious” every day allll day.
5- Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror- If you’re not moved by this song, just click that little “x” in the upper right hand corner. I mean, seriously, you’re definitely on the wrong blog. This song is a mid-tempo ballad about the… Aw, fuck it. I shouldn’t have to explain this song. It’s heart and soul personified. It’s Michael Jackson in his prizzime, before all the bullshit. The first 30 seconds of the song still gives me chills, and by the time the choir kicks in at about the 2:50 mark, I’m all ready to follow MJ to the ends of the earth, putting right what once went wrong. Just a kid from Indiana and his Fat Hispanic counterpart–like Sam Beckett and Al, word up.
Peep Disssssss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW5BsSEnzro
Call Reynolds, Cuz it’s a wrap.
So there ya go. My picks for some awesome songs from the 80s. There are gads more great songs out there that came out between January 1st, 1980 and December 31st, 1989, but these are the ones I felt like rocking with for right now. Check out the links and throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe.
Also, I know there isn’t any rap on here, but to be honest, I didn’t start checking for rap ’til “O.P.P.”. Make your peace with it.
Thanks for checking in.
Biggity Bizzonus Trizznacks!
Here are 2 songs that I think are equal parts sweet and exceptional. It’s true, I’m a mushy Emo bastard, and these songs help make that a little easier. That’s the thing about love/sweet booty songs.. When they’re genuine, they make you feel better, whether that’s helping you express how you feel about someone you’re currently with, helping you reminisce over a love gone but not forgottetn, or giving you hope and an outline for your next great Love.
Neither one really needs an introduction, so happy clicking…motherfuckers.
Alicia Keys’, No One-
J. Holiday, Bed-