Tag: 80’s music

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.”

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…

Music Monday – Week of August 6

 

Music Monday

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

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

  • The Police are still holding strong at #1.
  • The top 20 songs could be their own Best of the 80’s compilation album (I’ve seen worse on Spotify, trust me).
  • One song that is climbing the charts is “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. When I was a kid I always thought this was the weirdest song. The video being set in an English fold revival didn’t help any, either. Here’s the story behind the song:

Ivan Doroschuk, lead singer of the band, explained that “The Safety Dance” is a protest against bouncers stopping dancers pogo-ing to 1980s new wave music in clubs when disco was dying and new wave was up and coming. New wave dancing, especially pogo-ing, was different from disco dancing, because it was done individually instead of with partners and involved holding the torso rigid and thrashing about. To uninformed bystanders this could look dangerous, especially if pogo-ers accidentally bounced into one another. The bouncers did not like pogo-ing so they would tell pogo-ers to stop or be kicked out of the club. Thus, the song is a protest and a call for freedom of expression.

Go figger…

 

Music Monday – Week of July 23rd

 

Music Monday

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending July 23rd, 1983

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

      • No movement in the top six songs. The Police are still kings of the chart for the third straight week.
      • Taco moves into the the Top 40 with “Puttin’ On The Ritz”. It’s a remake of the Irving Berlin song written in 1927 and originally performed by Fred Astaire.