episode date - June 15, 2011
Some people say we don’t pay enough attention to the ‘80s. Well, shows like today provide ample reason for avoiding pop music from that decade!
By 1981, the pop charts had grown vapid and the top 40 was a veritable wasteland for quality music. MTV was launched in Summer of 1981, and from an aural perspective, that didn’t seem to help matters. Today, the videos from this era look anachronistic at best, while many of the songs themselves are about as dated (and about as appealing) as a carton of milk from the same time.
That’s not to say that all music from the early ‘80s was horrible. A few of the singles featured here still sound pretty darn good, and the album tracks (which will be featured in subsequent shows) are often downright excellent. All I’m saying is that, as a lifelong fan of popular music, living through the ‘80s was no picnic.
Next show, we’ll feature a few great album releases from the Summer of 1981. Meanwhile, here are the singles featured in this show;
1) Being With You – Smokey Robinson
2) Watching the Wheels –John Lennon
3) Stars on 45 Medley – Stars on 45
4) In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
5) Double Dutch Bus – Frankie Smith
6) Give It to Me Baby – Rick James
7) Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones
8) Beach Boys Medley – The Beach Boys
9) Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
10) All Those Years Ago – George Harrison
11) Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
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