Category: Music Mondays

Music Monday – Week of July 2nd

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 2nd, 1983

Here’s what’s going on this week on the Top 40 chart…

    • For the sixth week, Irene Cara is still holding on at #1 with “Flashdance”.
    • Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”, enters the top ten. It’s a song that was originally written and recorded for his “Off The Wall” album but didn’t make the cut. It was rerecorded for “Thriller” which explains why it sounds a little out of place with the rest of the Thriller album. Unlike Thriller’s previous singles, this one didn’t not have a video.
    • The Human League, Loverboy and Michael Sembello all enter the charts this week. The Hollies also enter the charts this week with an updated version of “Stop In the Name of Love”.

Music Monday – Week of June 25th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 25th, 1983

  • “Every Breath You Take” by the Police has rocketed up the chart. After debuting at #36 three weeks ago, it’s already at #4.
  • Michael Jackson, Prince and Bryan Adams all have two songs on the chart this week.
  • “White Wedding” by Billy Idol appears on the chart. The song was originally released in 1982 and only got has high at #108.

Music Monday – Week of June 18th

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 18th, 1983

  • Irene Cara spends her fourth week at #1. She’ll still spend another two weeks in the top spot.
  • Five songs jump into the Top 40 this week: “1999” by Price, “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics, “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks, “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summers and “Is There Something I Should Know” by Duran Duran. All solid 80’s classics (adding more proof to my assertion that 1983 is the greatest year for 80’s music).
  • There are two songs on the chart this week that currently aren’t available for streaming in the US, for some strange reason: “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Electric Avenue” (that’s why there are strange versions of them on the playlists). Each artist has an extensive catalog available on Spotify EXCEPT for these songs. I can only surmise that it’s a recording label issue.

Music Monday – Week of June 4th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 4th, 1983

  • a couple of recognizable songs jump into the top 40 this week: Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.
  • Hall & Oates have a cover song on a steady climb. However, this isn’t the first time on the charts for “Family Man”. Only a year earlier, Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly to the song to #6. It’s surprising to me how many times this happens in the early 80’s.

Retro Round Table: Top 5 Albums of the 80’s

 

We’re back once again for another Top 5, and this time, we’re talking about something retro lovers universally love, 80’s music!  The music from the 80’s is one thing most nostalgiac folks look back on fondly, and we all have a different take on what the best from that decade was.  Now since everyone has such varying tastes, presenting a list of just my favorite five albums may not be too interesting, I’ve brought in an esteemed panel to widen the choices a little.  As usual, this list is a Top 5, but each pick tops the list for each of these contributors.

On the panel this week we have Eric Vardeman from EricVMusic.com, Jason Gross of Rediscover the 80’s, Scott Keith from Scott’s Blog of Doom, Hoju Koolander from the Sequel Quest Podcast, and myself, The Retro Rambler.  Let’s see what we’ve picked as the top of the 80’s music scene……


Raising Hell

Raising Hell from Run DMC

While there are too many albums I adore to choose an absolute favorite, I’ll choose the one I remember collecting first as a kid. MTV pretty much introduced me to rap and hip hop music and it dominated my collection up through the early 90s. One song in particular, “Walk This Way, by Run-DMC and Aerosmith, had just about everything I loved in music at the time. And the antics of the music video beginning as battle of the bands and ending in a perfect mashup of rock and rap made the song perfect for my young ears.

A neighborhood friend (or maybe his older sister) had Run-DMC’s album “Raising Hell” with my favorite song and it quickly became one I needed to own. Up to this point, I had only collected 45 records thanks to my mother’s ear for Top 40. But one fateful day visiting the record store in the local mall changed my collecting habits and I bought “Raising Hell” on cassette. Side A was primarily what I listened to which included “Walk This Way”, but also tracks I’ve grown to love like “Peter Piper”, “It’s Tricky”, and “My Adidas”. On Side B, “You Be Illin” was by far my favorite with its hilariously woven lyrics and Jam Master Jay’s mix with that horn section riff. “Raising Hell” remains one of my favorite ‘80s albums to this day and truly defines what I believe was the most diverse decade for popular music.

– Jason Gross

Jason is the creative force behind Rediscover the 80’s and is always posting some of the best retro content you’ll find anywhere on the web.  His twitter feed is a heavenly slice of the 80’s, so you should give him a follow there at @rd80s.  He and I collaborated last year to compile out list of our ten favorite episodes of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  Check out his five here, and then give my five favorites a look too!

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Heisenberg: My 80’s Contraband Life

Heisenberg

I read an article last week talking about the fact that cassette tapes were making a comeback. In fact, cassette tape sales were up over 130% in 2017. I used to love cassette tapes. They were my musical modus operandi all through junior high, high school and into college. While the renewed interest in this antiquated technology may be nothing but a passing fancy, reading the article brought back some fond, fond memories for me.

I was a late bloomer, musically. I didn’t really get into music till around the age of thirteen. Up to that point (and even after), my parents had tried to head the rock and roll devil off at the pass by pushing me towards Christian music. Early in 1984, though, I heard two songs that cemented my rock and roll fixation forever: “(You Can Still) Rock In America” and “The Reflex”. One day, while at a mall with my family, I spent some of my hard-earned lawn mowing money at Hastings Records and Tapes on two cassettes. I bought Midnight Madness by Night Ranger and Seven and The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran. My parents promptly made me return them, opting instead to take me to the Christian book store where I plunked down my hard-earned cash on a couple of tapes from a little known Irish band called U2, October and War  (the jokes was on them with that purchase…but I digress).

 

Night Ranger

 

I didn’t matter though. I was hooked. I found a friend at school who had the album versions of both the tapes I tried, unsuccessfully, to purchase and paid him a dollar a tape to record them for me. I started recording everything. I had cassettes full of songs recorded off of the radio as well as television. I also soon discovered that a local radio station, KMOD in Tulsa, Oklahoma, would play albums from beginning to end in the wee hours of Sunday night/Monday morning. I started recording those as well. I would set a watch alarm under my pillow so I could wake up and change the tapes out when I needed to. On several occasions I scored the mother lode. One night, they played four Van Halen records back to back (I, II, Diver Down and 1984). Recorded them all. Another night, they played four Ozzy Osbourne records (Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of A Madman, Speak of The Devil and Bark at The Moon). Got them too. On and on and on.

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Elvira’s MTV Halloween Special from 1986

Back in the day before Netflix and Youtube, when good old fashioned television was all we had for our viewing entertainment pleasure, tv specials like these were looked forward to for days and weeks.  I remember watching specials like this, and considered them appointment television.  So here, in all it’s glory, is the original Elvira’s MTV Halloween Special from 1986.  Find a quite evening, turn out the lights, fire this up, and step back in time to 1986 for some Halloween fun with Elvira and cool old music videos.