Author: Eric Vardeman

Child of the 80's. Tulsa Curling Club founder. Musician. Christmas nut. Olympic enthusiast. Doesn't share food. I curate several 80's themed playlist over at Spotify:

Music Monday – Week of September 24


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 24, 1983

  • After two weeks at #1, Michael Sembello is knocked out of the top spot by Billy Joel.
  • “Islands In The Stream” is quickly moving up the charts. It’s a song written by the Bee Gees and sung by American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Named after the Ernest Hemingway novel, it was originally written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to be changed for the Kenny Rogers album.


Music Monday – Week of September 17


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 17, 1983

  • Prince moves back into the top 40 with “Delirious”. Fun fact: The instrumental parts of the song was used as the theme song to the Captain Kangaroo segment, “Hello America”, in the 1980s.
  • “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads is climbing the charts. It has one of the funniest song stories I’ve read:

The initial lyrics were considerably different, however. In an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” aired on December 2, 1984, David Byrne played excerpts of early work tapes showing how the song had evolved from an instrumental jam. Once the whole band had reworked the groove into something resembling the final recording, Byrne began chanting and singing nonsense syllables over the music until he arrived at a phrasing that fit with the rhythms: “and then I [would] just write words to fit that phrasing…at one point in the process, instead of chanting ‘Burning Down the House,’ I was chanting ‘Foam Rubber, USA.'”


Music Monday – Week of September 10


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending September 10, 1983

  • Michael Sembello moves into the #1 spot with “Maniac”. The song was included in Flashdance after Sembello’s wife accidentally included it on a tape sent to executives at Paramount Pictures who were looking for music to use in the film. Sembello had originally written the song as a horror theme after watching a slasher film (possible 1980’s Maniac) with lyrics such as “He’s a maniac, maniac, that’s for sure / He will kill your cat and nail it to the door.” Producer Phil Ramone convinced Sembello to write new lyrics to reflect the film’s subject matter.
  • Songwriter Jim Steinman has two hits in the top 20. “Total Eclipse of The Heart” by Bonnie Tyler checks in at #8 while “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” by Air Supply checks in at #15.

Music Monday – Week of August 27


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 27th, 1983

  • It’s the eight and final week for the Police at #1.
  • Stevie Nicks’ “Stand Back” peaked last week at #5. Nicks wrote the song on the day of her marriage to Kim Anderson on January 29, 1983. The newlyweds were in the car when Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” came on the radio. Nicks started humming along to the melody and before long “Stand Back” was born. She recorded the demo in the honeymoon suite that night. Later, when Nicks went into the studio to record the song, she called Prince and told him the story of how she wrote the song to his melody. He came to the studio that night and played synthesizers on it then, Nicks says, “he just got up and left as if the whole thing happened in a dream.”

Up All Night: The Fall Guy

Up All Night

Welcome back to the Up All Night Theater!  Tonight, I had a hankering for some classic 80’s tv, and the show in particular I’ve been craving is The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors.  So without further ado, here are a few episodes for us to binge on and kill a few hours with tonight!








Music Monday – Week of August 20


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 20th, 1983

  • For the third week in a row, the top three songs remain unchanged.
  • David Bowie’s “China Girl” is slowly climbing the charts. It’s a song that he recorded with Iggy Pop in the mid 70’s when they were both spending time in Berlin. Iggy recorded it for his 1977 album The Idiot. It’s a very different sounding version of the song and, I dare say, Bowie’s version is better. While many people thought the song was about drugs, Iggy has stated it is a metaphor about his career with the Stooges.

Music Monday – Week of August 13


Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending August 6th, 1983

Not much happening this week on the chart. The Police still have a lock on the #1 spot and the Eurythmics are still holding steady at #2…