"I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)" by Donald Fagen -- you may remember this one better from the first lines of its refrain: What a beautiful world this will be, what a glorious time to be free! "The Nightfly" is one of my very favorite CD's. This is one of my very favorite songs. Howard Jones did a remake of it, and it pains me to listen to it, because I am so enamored of Fagen's version. And the video for "New Frontier" was pretty damn cool in its day. Have I mentioned how much I love this song?
"I've Never Been to Me" by Charlene -- Please. Slit my wrists so I never have to hear her lousy tale again.
"I Believe in You" by Don Williams -- fabulous country artist. Awesome music. I like this song. I never realized it crossed over. I like his "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" better.....
"I Couldn't Say No" by Robert Ellis Orrall with Carlene Carter -- also on the "WAU" collection. I didn't remember it. I like it though! Now, to be fair, Robert Ellis Orrall and Carlene Carter both went on to have songs on the country charts. I loved his "Boom! It Was Over" and her "Every Little Thing."
"I Do What I Do" by John Taylor -- from 9-1/2 Weeks. I liked Andy Taylor's "Take It Easy" (from American Anthem) much better. (And why isn't THAT song on Wiki's list???) But John was muuuuuucccch easier on the eyes than Andy. That was for sure!!!
"I Don't Mind At All" by Bourgeois Tagg -- a completely fabulous song. Fond memories of my first semester in college. It got a lot of airplay in Charleston, but apparently not back home, because my brother has no memory of this song at all. And I do mind that. Very Beatle-esque harmonies and just an all-around great song.
"I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida -- oh yeah. I remember this one pretty well. Also saw the video on "Night Tracks." I have this one as well.
"I Loved 'Em Every One" by T.G. Sheppard -- GAAAAAG!!!!! I can't believe THIS one crossed over to be a hit? Was America just so worn down by the confusion of the late 70s and early 80s to have enjoyed this song?
"I Wanna Be a Cowboy" by Boys Don't Cry -- heh heh heh. Fond memories of Summer '86. Girls' State, Columbia SC. Leigh Anne Satterfield: "I wanna be your Commissioner of Agriculture. And you can be my constituency!"
"I'm Happy That Love Has Found You" by Jimmy Hall -- another from the "WAU" vault. Great song!
"Iko Iko" by Belle Stars -- from The Big Easy. Great song! Good movie!
"In a Big Country" by Big Country -- awesome song!
"In My House" by Mary Jane Girls -- oh yeah. I remember this one.
"Into the Night" by Benny Mardones --- GAAAAAG! Again, was America so desperate for ... whatever ... in 1980 that we actually put this dreck on the charts? AND again in '89? I mean, this is a horrid song? If the parents of the 16-year-old had been smart, they'd have had ol' Benny put away for stalking and statutory something!!!
"Invisible" by Alison Moyet -- I remember the video from MTV, but it didn't get much airplay on our radio.
"Is It You" by Lee Ritenour -- I really enjoyed this one. Spring '81. Mr. Rice's science class was so dang boring that I took to reading the little leaflet that WQOK-AM put out each week -- their Top 30. This was on their leaflet for quite a while.
"It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock -- I'm not a fan of rap, but I do love this!!
"It's Now or Never" by John Schneider -- Bo Duke does Elvis. Now, my brother loves John Schneider's music. What can I say? I tried......
"Just Got Lucky" by JoBoxers -- I remember this from "Night Tracks" and it was on the "WAU" collection as well. Great bouncy song!
"Just the Two of Us" by Grover Washington, Jr. (with Bill Withers) -- fabulous song. Completely fabulous. I loved it then, I love it now. I even love Dr. Evil's version.
"Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by The Georgia Satellites -- heh heh heh heh heh. Oh yeah. Great memories of singing this song in school.
"Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins -- I liked this song. Really. Seriously.
"Kiss Him Goodbye" by The Nylons -- this single ...er, single-handledly ... is responsible for the revival of singing this to your defeated opponents after a sports loss.
"Let's Go All the Way" by Sly Fox -- pop, pop, zimi-nimi. Lots of fun and raised eyebrows with this one. And fond memories of the Lost Weekend at Stephanie's house. Possums and BK fries. Giggles and typewriters, and erasers and pencils. Oh yeah.....
"Let It Whip" by The Dazz Band -- love this song. Great for dancing. I just hate that a few short years ago, it was used in a Tampax commercial.
"Let the Music Play" by Shannon -- another great dance song!
"Lookin' for Love" by Johnny Lee -- wookin' pa nub!!!! (BTW, I wasn't crazy about this song).
"Love Changes (Everything)" by Climie Fisher -- great tune!
"Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" by David Foster -- LOVE the instrumental. A few years later, a version with lyrics appeared, and was my brother's high school class's goodbye song for their last assembly. BLECH!!!!!!
"Love You Like I Never Loved Before" by John O'Banion -- another "WAU" tune -- and a great one to boot!
"Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling -- oh yeah. This one was a classic. I knew there was a connection to "Space Oddity." The other thing I remember is sitting in homeroom one morning, and the bus was leaving for Vocational School -- and some of the guys leaving for VS were walking down the hallway singing, "Earth below us, drifting, falling..." These guys were NOT new-wave fans -- they were more into Bocephus and country. So we all knew when they were doing it, that it was a huge joke. I still like the song.
"Mama Used to Say" by Junior -- another classic from the "WAU" vault! I don't recall it being played much here, so I've learned it from this collection.
"Mary's Prayer" by Danny Wilson -- love this song!!!!!
"Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer -- oh yeah.
"Mickey" by Toni Basil -- if this song would go away, it'd really really make my day, GO! MICKEY! GO! Mickey....
"Modern Day Delilah" by Van Stephenson -- a forgotten classic. Got a good bit of airplay here. Van Stephenson went on to play in the country group Blackhawk (and I loved their music) along with Henry Paul of the Outlaws and some other guy. But "Modern Day Delilah" was just an awesome song.
"More Than Just the Two of Us" by Sneaker -- another "WAU" gem!
"Motortown" by Kane Gang -- a fandamntabulous song! So very reminiscent of Steely Dan. Could have easily fit on Fagen's "Nightfly" and fit perfectly. Of course, I have it.....
"My Ever Changing Moods" by The Style Council -- I loved this song. I remember a little of the video from "Night Tracks" (we didn't get MTV until late '84 on our cable system). I was SOOOO disappointed when it didn't chart higher.
"The Never Ending Story" by Limahl -- I remember it well, but it wasn't a favorite of mine. Probably because it was connected to a kiddie movie.
"New Romance (It's a Mystery)" by Spider -- another from the "WAU" vault, and one which I didn't know until I heard it there first. A good one!
"Nightbird" by (Stevie Nicks with) Sandy Stewart -- now, I always remember this being a Stevie Nicks song, primarily, instead of a Sandy Stewart song. That's why its inclusion here is bizarre!
"Nobody" by Sylvia -- yep. Memories of 8th grade Home Arts class, and a couple of folks singing this one a good bit while working in the kitchen or hunched over those infernal sewing machines. Funny thing about us as kids: we were not quite "city kids" and not entirely "country kids" so we had pretty eclectic tastes in music. We were as likely to listen to Duran Duran as we were to Midnight Star as we were to Alabama. Well-rounded, we were.
"Object of My Desire" by Starpoint -- I remember this one. All over the airwaves for a while.
"On the Loose" by Saga -- oh my God! One of my favorites from that time. Does anyone remember "Nick Rocks"??? (6 pm every day on Nickolodeon) .... yep, this one got played a good bit.
"Operator" by Midnight Star -- Midnight Star! I didn't realize this was their only charting hit, because I sure as hell remember "Freak-A-Zoid" (A computerized voice saying, "Freakazoids ... robots ... please .. report .. to the .. dance ... floor!") and "No Parking on the Dance Floor" (big heaving sigh) Thank you, WHYZ, for some fond memories.
More to come......