Tag: 80’s

Music Monday – Week of May 21st

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 21st, 1983

David Bowie overtakes the number one spot with his single “Let’s Dance”. It’s Bowie’s second #1 song and his last. The song, however, is credited with exposing Bowie to a younger audience that weren’t familiar with his career in the 1970s.

“Electric Avenue” by Eddie Grant enters the countdown this week, as well. The song’s title refers to Electric Avenue in the south London district of Brixton which was the first market street to be lit by electricity. The area is also known for its high population of Caribbean immigrants. At the beginning of the 1980s, tensions over unemployment, racism and poverty culminated in the street events now known as the 1981 Brixton riot. Those events led Grant to write the song and a year later it was playing on radio.

Music Monday – Week of May 14th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 14th, 1983

This is the last week at #1 for “Beat It” and, despite the enormous success of the album, this is Michael Jackson’s last number one song from the Thriller album. He’ll release four more singles that will all reach the top 10 but none will reach #1. INXS appears on the charts for the very first time with their single “The One Thing” (probably my favorite INXS song). This is also ZZ Top’s first peek inside the top 40 since “Tush” peaked at #20 in 1975.

Music Monday – Week of April 30th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 30th, 1983

Well, looks who’s back in the top spot! After a week off, Michael Jackson moves back into the #1 spot with “Beat It”.

There are three songs that are about to fall off the charts, “Back On The Chain Gang”, “I Know There’s Something Going On” and “Twilight Zone”, that have all been on the chart for over 20 weeks. Of those three songs, “I Know There’s Something Going On” by Frida (of ABBA fame) leads the pack with 26 total weeks in the Top 40. It’s the debut single from her solo album produced by Phil Collins who, incidentally, plays drums on the track. A month ago, Collins cracked the top 40 (barely) with another drum heavy track, “I Don’t Care Anymore”. That track peaked at 39 before falling off into oblivion (I honestly thought it climbed higher on the chart than that).

Music Monday – Week of April 23rd

 

Music Monday

 

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

  • Michael Jackson is finally knocked out of the top spot. I have to confess I didn’t know that “Come On Eileen” was ever a #1 song.
  • Michael Jackson, Duran Duran and Journey all have two songs on the charts this week.
  • Songs entering the charts this week with noticeable titles: “Affair of the Heart”, “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Faithfully”

Music Monday – Week of April 16th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 9th, 1983

  • Michael Jackson has owned the top spot since the first of March. Seven weeks strong and still going. He also sits at #5 with “Beat It”.
  • Look at that top 10. It looks like a greatest hits of the 80’s CD or playlist.
  • Def Leppard enters the charts for the first (but certainly not the last) time.

8 Board Games I Love

Board games have long occupied space in closets and on book shelves, and have entertained families of all types and sizes for decades. While growing up, my brother and I spent many days and hours playing games, just like my daughters do today.

I admit, when the original Nintendo came along, I spent far less time with the conventional board game, and shifted most of my focus to video games. Even so, I have so many fond memories attached to board games, so here today I’m taking a trip down memory lane to look at six of my favorite board games from days gone by, and two more recent ones.


Monopoly

Monopoly

When I hear “board game”, Monopoly is the first thing that comes to mind. I would consider it the “Boardwalk” of board games, while all the others are “Vermont Ave” or “St. James Place”.

The current recognized version was first published in 1935 by Parker Brothers. It underwent a major resign in 2008 that saw Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues colors from purple to brown, and GO from red to black. It also changed the Income Tax to a flat $200, and upped Luxury Tax from the original $75 to $100.

When I was a kid, my family would play, but in the beginning, I was too young to be in on the game. When my time finally came, I instantly fell in love with it. I thought I was a big deal when I could barter my way to a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, or buy Oriental Ave. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand back then how the game worked and would usually be quickly put out of the game due to faulty business decisions.

As I grew older, I graduated from playing with family to playing with friends, where the playing field was a little more level. As an adult, my friends and I came up with a set of additional rules that we called “Survival Monopoly”. It threw in things like “everyone moves one chair to the left”, meaning that you now owned all of your neighbor’s property, and left yours behind to be taken over by someone else.

From the simple color schemes, to the simple rules, playing this board game these days always takes me back to another place in time. A place when I was sitting in front of the fire-place, with my brother and my folks enjoying the evening together. It’s one of the things that brings back some of the strongest feelings of nostalgia within me, and makes me ache to go back. But at the same time, the game helps me stay anchored in the present, as I love to play the game with my daughters. I see in their faces the same joys of playing the game that I have always experienced, and know that I am helping to create in them something that one day they will look back on with similar nostalgic feelings.

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Music Monday – Week of April 9th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending April 9th, 1983

  • Michael Jackson owns the top spot for the sixth straight week. He also owns the tenth spot.
  • David Bowie debuts on the charts with “Let’s Dance” the first single from the album by the same name. This album will be Bowie’s biggest commercial success and most accessible to the listening masses. Little known fact: Stevie Ray Vaughan is the guitarist on this album. Bowie and Vaughan met at the Montreux Jazz Festival in ’82 and Bowie was so blown away by the guitarist’s talent that he recruited him to play on the album.