Tag: 80’s

Were You Cool Enough to Wear L.A. Gear?

L.A. Gear

“Your ticket to Los Angeles, no matter where you live.”

With L.A. Gear’s fancy footwear on your feet, whether you were in Los Angeles or Kansas, you were the height of fashion. Founded in 1983, L.A. Gear provided high-style shoes in bold colors and designs for the whole family. Best known for their fashion color hi-tops with colored laces, the company also manufactured shoes for dancing, playing or just strolling the beaches.

L.A. Gear shoes were everywhere in the 80’s: they graced the feet of Michael Jackson (who even had his own line, complete with ‘Moonwalker’ logo), Paula Abdul and just about every school-age girl in America. Although they had a men’s line, LA Gear’s high-fashion style appealed to girls looking for a pair of pink high-tops to match their blue slouch socks, acid wash jean skirt, and off the shoulder pink sweatshirt.

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Music Monday – Week of May 28th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 28th, 1983

Welp. A day late and a a dollar short this week due to the holiday. Sorry about that…

  • Irene Cara starts a six week run at #1 with “Flashdance… What A Feeling”.
  • Lot’s of new entries on the chart this week including some 80’staples like “Our House” by Madness and “Come Dancing” by the Kinks.
  • Ronnie Milsap’s single “Stranger In My House” tops out this week at 23. While it reached higher on other charts, it stalls out here because some radio stations refused to play the song due to radio personnel believing it’s guitar solo sounds too much like Led Zepplin. Some stations go as far as to edit out the solo but still don’t give it substantial airplay. This lost air time keeps it from going any higher on the chart. It’s personally my favorite Ronnie Milsap song for two reasons: his voice and, you guessed it, that guitar solo.

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.