"Pac Man Fever" by Buckner and Garcia -- oh yeah. 7th grade. We were all Pac-Man nuts then.
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth -- ya know, this one didn't receive tons of airplay around here. But it's sort of been branded into the national 80s consciousness -- much like "I Melt With You" by Modern English (and where the hell is THAT song on this list, huh?).
"Perfect Way" by Scritti Politti -- great song! I loved it. Still do.
"Pilot of the Airwaves" by Charlie Dore -- I don't remember this one. But I have heard it since then (for a while I was hooked on a Canadian online station). It's okay.
"The Politics of Dancing" by Re-Flex -- great dance song.
"The Promise" by When in Rome -- one of my favorite one-hit-wonder-of-the-80s songs. Love, love, love it.
"Pump up the Volume" by M/A/R/R/S -- At first, I hated this song. It grew on me. A lot.
"Puttin' on the Ritz" by Taco -- Oh my God. Summer '83. Memories of playing in Granny B's backyard with Gigi (who came up to visit her grandparents, who were also neighbors), Natasha and Ansley (Granny B's great-grandchildren). Gigi and I were more babysitting than anything else, but it was all fun. And we listened to this over and over -- Ansley always wanted to sing the "super-duper" part.
"Radioactive" by The Firm -- oh yeah.... a fabulous song. But they also had another good one, "Satisfaction Guaranteed." I can still name all four members of The Firm.
"The Rain" by Oran "Juice" Jones -- heh heh heh. I loved this song. There was also an answer song, where some female singer answered his "charges" -- "$3700 lynx coat? Sucka, that ain't even a $37 rabbit coat!" Great, great song.
"Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang -- another of the few rap songs I enjoy. Sixth grade recess where we made up silly dances to this, and "Whip It" and a few other songs.
"Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood -- I had a big oversized white tee with "Frankie Say: Relax" on it. I did. I loved the song, and I suppose I always will.
"Respect Yourself" by Bruce Willis -- well, he'll never make me forget the Staples Singers!!!
"Right on Track" by Breakfast Club -- I remember this one. It's okay....
"Rock On" by Michael Damian -- puh. leeze. David Essex has the only version that matters.
"Romeo's Tune" by Steve Forbert -- one of my very very very very very favorites. Love, love, love, love, love this song. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I could listen to it over and over. And do.
"Round and Round" by Ratt -- okay, technically, chart-wise they might have been "one-hit" but HELLO? "Lay It Down" with Chucko the Clown in the video? At the little boy's birthday party? And didn't they also have "Way Cool Junior" in '89 or '90? Okay, rant over -- I loved this song. There. I said it.
"Rumors" by Timex Social Club -- damn fine dance tune.
"Rush Hour" by Jane Wiedlin -- I could take it or leave it. I liked the Go-Go's stuff better.
"Sausalito Summernights" by Diesel -- another FABULOUS one from the "WAU" collection. When I first heard the WAU collection, I kind of remembered it but couldn't say for sure. It's a great song, though!
"Seven Year Ache" by Rosanne Cash -- really good! A great artist who's still putting things out. Not commercial enough for modern CHR radio and too artsy for Nashville. Dang, that's a shame, because Black Cadillac is a CD worth listening to.
"Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott -- oh yeah. oh yeah. Great B&G song.
"She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser -- I liked this one. Still do. Still makes me a little sad to hear it sometimes.
"She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby -- okay, another one I take umbrage with. Yes, he had a huge hit with this, but he also had "Hyperactive" which is a durn fine song as well. Anyhow, good heaven, Mr. Komoto, this one's BEAUTIFUL!
"So Alive" by Love and Rockets -- Didn't they also do "No New Tale to Tell"? I remember that one from MTV. Anyhow, great song. Still love it.
"Somebody's Knockin'" by Terri Gibbs -- oh yeah. I remember this one. 6th grade.
"Stand by Me" by Mickey Gilley -- BLECH!!!!!!!!! If I'm gonna rank the Looziana piano-playing cousins, The Killer is far and away #1. Mickey is a poor 2nd. Brother Jimmy is an even-more-distant 3rd. (If you didn't know, those are Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley, and Jimmy Swaggart). Hate this version.
"Sugar Don't Bite" by Sam Harris -- Sam Harris. The much-hyped first winner for male vocalist ever on Star Search. Sam Harris. Whose "Sugar Don't Bite" stunk up the airwaves and didn't get any further than 39th. Wonder whatever happened to him? (PS: I just found out, apparently, he's a star of the musical stage. Go read his Wiki article. It's a completely glowing review..... )
"Surrender to Me" by Robin Zander (with Ann Wilson) -- great song from Tequila Sunrise. Robin Zander. In his day, man, was he cute (Tom Petersson, now HE was hot). Anyway......
"Sweet Baby" by Stanley Clarke and George Duke -- another great song from my late elementary school days. Hard to imagine, but I covered part of elementary school, all of high school, and part of college all during the 80s. Geez. Anyway, I liked this song. Nice and sweet. They don't write 'em like that anymore.......
"Swing the Mood" by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers -- now THAT's the one I was thinking of when I was talking about "Hooked On Swing"
"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell -- I used to like this one. I still do, a smidgen, but it's SOOOOOOO dang overdone for 80s weeks and 80s weekends, and BLECH! they took a good song and overkilled it.
"Take Your Time (Do It Right), Part 1" by The S.O.S. Band -- GREAT dance tune!
"Talk It Over" by Grayson Hugh -- first time I heard this, I had to do a double-take: "He said WHAT?" Hmm. Maybe Grayson Hugh had a good point.
"Tarzan Boy" by Baltimora -- yep. I recall this one. It got a decent amount of airplay -- for once, not overdone or underdone. Probably why I do like this one.
"Tender Love" by Force M.D.'s -- oh wow. I remember this one pretty well. Slow dance in the gym. Don't even remember who danced with me. Guess it wasn't that important.
"Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)" by Joey Scarbury -- another one from Spring '81 and Mr. Rice's scienzzzzzzzzzzzz clazzzzzzzzzz. It was rather unoffensive. I can take or leave it.
"There's No Stoppin' Us" by Ollie and Jerry -- brrrrrreak. Brrrrreak dancing. Oh man. Can't believe I remember that. Good song, though.
"They Don't Know" by Tracey Ullman -- I really enjoyed this song. And when her show came on Fox a few years later, I actually remembered who she was. Some folks didn't remember the song.
"Tired of Toein' the Line" by Rocky Burnette -- good memories of Summer '80. I can't remember if it was Em or Tee who had the 45 of this. I liked it.
"Tomorrow People" by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers -- ehhhhhh. I could frankly care less for it. Somehow, and I still know not how, I ended up with a copy of their cassette (sans case). I didn't buy it, so I have no idea how I got it. Apparently, no one missed it enough to claim it either. Well.
"Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo -- now this was a good song. Okay, so I have very fond memories of music from about 1983-1986.
"Tuff Enuff" by The Fabulous Thunderbirds -- I will always associate this song with Al Bundy. Big fan of Jimmie Vaughn though.... and his album with Stevie Ray, shortly before SRV left us for good....
"Turning Japanese" by The Vapors -- another one that's been branded into the national 80s consciousness. I honestly don't remember much airplay for this one around here.
"Turn up the Radio" by Autograph -- now this one got TONS of airplay. A local rumor was that one of our local boys was in the band. Welllllll, Mark *had* a band called Autograff, but it was not these guys. There was also the rumor that they were Russian.
"Two Occasions" by The Deele -- another good B&G, slow-dancing song. Why do I keep seeing my high school gym whenever I think of these songs (and countless dances in the gym? Homecoming Dance. Christmas Dance. Spring Dance. Luau back-to-school Dance.).
"Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles -- again, really from the late 70s, but SOOOO part of the 80s as it was the first video ever played on MTV. You know, I miss the old MTV from 1981-88 or so. Back when they played videos.
"Wake Up (Next to You)" by Graham Parker and The Shot -- I *do* remember this one. Saw the video on "Night Tracks" if memory serves. Nice song.
"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister -- ah! Smells like Teen Angst. Smells like Teen Rebellion. Smells like yesterday's dinner.
"What About Me" by Moving Pictures -- From the Annals of Self-Pity, Volume 1. Still listen to it whenever it comes on, but I can't believe how utterly childish and whiny it sounds.
"What Are We Doin' In Love" by Dottie West (and Kenny Rogers) -- okay, I again take umbrage. Hello -- down in the 70s section, she's listed for "Every Time Two Fools Collide" -- so are we saying "one hit wonder" of each decade?? Anyhow, I liked this song. But I always liked Dottie West's music. When I was very young, apparently I was very fond of her song "Country Sunshine" (or so my folks tell me).
"What I Am" by Edie Brickell and New Bohemians -- I hated this song. I really did. We had a jokester in the fraternity who referred to himself or herself as The Gray Ghost. Everyone got "Gray Ghosted" at least once. The Gray Ghost left a message on our white board one day: "Attention Everyone: Edie Brickell was found dead today -- she'd been choked in shallow water. Her epitaph will read as follows: She wasn't aware of too many things. She knew what she knew, if you know what I mean." That just slew me!
Another reason I wasn't too fond of this song: during Spirit Week, each organization was asked to take part in the banner contest. That year, the theme was music. We had a KICK-ASS banner with "Back in the High Life" -- great picture of a Cougar going for a winning layup. It was fabulously detailed. We came in 2nd. Sigma Nu -- a 2nd tier frat at that time, just coming off double secret probation -- won with "Edie Growell and the New Paw-hemians." Even other frats were like, "Dude, the A Phi O's got cheated!!!!" I can't like this song. But I do love her "Good Times" from '94 (with a killer video that was included as part of the Windows 95 upgrade, along with Weezer's "Buddy Holly").
"Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club -- great song! And sure beat the hell outta Kool Moe D's "Wild Wild West'!
"Welcome to the Boomtown" by David and David -- this one got some play on MTV, but not on radio around here.
"When I'm with You" by Sheriff -- The lead singer of Sheriff was taken to a local hospital shortly after the recording of this song. It took a team of 18 doctors and other assorted medical personnel to remove the vise-grip from his genital regions. When asked why it was there in the first place, he squeaked out, "How else was I supposed to hit that high note?" By the way, I hate this song.
"When the Heart Rules the Mind" by GTR -- I liked this one. My friend LMM and I were at Girls' State that year, and the night before, we'd gone to Columbia to stay with her sister and brother-in-law. We watched MTV all morning before our ride came to get us, and I taped this song off there. I still like it.
"Where Are You Now?" by Jimmy Harnen w/ Synch -- blech.
"Whirly Girl" by Oxo -- another "WAU" classic. And I sort of remembered it from earlier, but I have it now.
"Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)" by Icicle Works -- I liked this one.
"White Horse" by Laid Back -- Eurosynthpop at its finest.
"Who'll Be The Fool Tonight" by Larsen/Feiten Band -- another WAU great!!
"Without Your Love" by Roger Daltrey -- now, this one is on WAU, but I honestly didn't remember it. I was far more familiar with his effort from '85 called "After the Fire" (which got a lot of play on MTV). Great song, it was. "WYL" is good too!
"Yes, I'm Ready" by Teri DeSario (w/KC) -- passable cover. I can take or leave it.
"You Could Take My Heart Away" by Silver Condor -- another GREAT GREAT one from the WAU files. I didn't remember this one at all. Apparently, it didn't get played here. But I have fallen head-over-heels for this song. Great, great, great song!
"You're a Friend of Mine" by Clarence Clemons (with Jackson Browne) -- another one I can take or leave. It's good, but not fabulous. Ya know.
That's it for now!