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    Here's a tune from 1989 that was the subject of an obscenity ruling all the way from SCOTUS. I don't think many songs have that distinction! BTW, NSFW -
    They were busted for playing that song in Hollywood, Fl. I tried to get in the club that very night, but the fake ID failed. Not sure why we were even interested, since this was the first wave of misogynistic rap that became popular and hasn't abated yet in the area.

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    INXS, "The One Thing":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJyKTNdPL5s

    I saw them live many times - the first was when they opened for the Go-Gos.


    Midnight Oil, "Dead Heart":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bFBzx7I_0

    Another Aussie 80's band, Screaming Tribesmen - "Date With a Vampirehttps: (wouldn't this make a cool exhibition for a pairs team with a sense of humor?)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=892u4ha3OFk
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-16-2014 at 05:22 AM.

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    There's a part two to the article I mentioned earlier:

    The Best 80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40, Pt. 2
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/xaque-...b_4532154.html

    My favourites from that article:

    Indeep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (1982, didn't make the Hot 100)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtfZbj4J71A

    The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way (1982, only hit #44)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb4JY2mr-_Y

    Berlin - Like Flames (1986, only hit #82)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwXlj3zI_8c

    Herbie Hancock - Rockit (1983, #71)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHhD4PD75zY

    Wendy & Lisa - Waterfall (1987, #56)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdfAhCG3oDo

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    Who will admit to once owning a "FRANKIE SAY" t-shirt? (I did. )

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two Tribes":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTOQUnvI3CA

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    The band that refused to die!
    First there was Bauhaus.....
    "She's In Parties" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCg4i1f_oDY

    Then there was Tones on Tail.....
    "Go!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TJC48BRBn8

    Then there was Love and Rockets...
    "No Big Deal" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpDzee9uguw

    And then Peter Murphy went solo
    "Cuts You Up" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY85bkZlJk4
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-17-2014 at 07:24 AM.

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    Leigh Bowery "Useless Man"

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    I am just looking forward my holiday to start. Then I will listen ALL the songs mentioned here.
    Great thread.
    I loved Pet Shop Boys.

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    This is a cool list, all the #1 songs on the pop charts from the 1980's:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_of_the_1980s

    In yellow they list the most popular song of each year:

    1980 - Blondie - Call Me
    1981 - Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    1982 - Olivia Newton-John - Physical (released at the end of '81, it must have spent most of it's chart life on the 1982 charts)
    1983 - The Police - Every Breath You Take
    1984 - Prince - When Doves Cry
    1985 - Wham - Careless Whisper
    1986 - Dionne Warwick - That's What Friends Are For (With Elton, Gladys and Smokey)
    1987 - The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
    1988 - George Michael - Faith
    1989 - Chicago - Look Away

    The last one surprised me the most. It must have been one of those songs that stayed on the chart for a really long time while other songs shot up the chart quick and then dropped off quick as well.

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    The saxophone sure was a staple in 80s pop music, wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Who will admit to once owning a "FRANKIE SAY" t-shirt? (I did. )

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Two Tribes":

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTOQUnvI3CA
    i still sleep in mine. it's a little fra - gee- lay so i try not to wear it too often
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchthis!! View Post
    This is a cool list, all the #1 songs on the pop charts from the 1980's:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_of_the_1980s

    In yellow they list the most popular song of each year:

    1980 - Blondie - Call Me
    1981 - Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    1982 - Olivia Newton-John - Physical (released at the end of '81, it must have spent most of it's chart life on the 1982 charts)
    1983 - The Police - Every Breath You Take
    1984 - Prince - When Doves Cry
    1985 - Wham - Careless Whisper
    1986 - Dionne Warwick - That's What Friends Are For (With Elton, Gladys and Smokey)
    1987 - The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
    1988 - George Michael - Faith
    1989 - Chicago - Look Away

    The last one surprised me the most. It must have been one of those songs that stayed on the chart for a really long time while other songs shot up the chart quick and then dropped off quick as well.
    Interesting list!

    Very small correction. That's What Friends Are For was Dionne Warwick with Elton, Gladys and Stevie Wonder.
    Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
    ~DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchthis!! View Post
    This is a cool list, all the #1 songs on the pop charts from the 1980's:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...s_of_the_1980s

    In yellow they list the most popular song of each year:

    1980 - Blondie - Call Me
    1981 - Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes
    1982 - Olivia Newton-John - Physical (released at the end of '81, it must have spent most of it's chart life on the 1982 charts)
    1983 - The Police - Every Breath You Take
    1984 - Prince - When Doves Cry
    1985 - Wham - Careless Whisper
    1986 - Dionne Warwick - That's What Friends Are For (With Elton, Gladys and Smokey)
    1987 - The Bangles - Walk Like An Egyptian
    1988 - George Michael - Faith
    1989 - Chicago - Look Away

    The last one surprised me the most. It must have been one of those songs that stayed on the chart for a really long time while other songs shot up the chart quick and then dropped off quick as well.
    1984 - Madonna - Like a Virgin was #1 for 6 weeks but it straddled 1984 and 1985.
    1989 - Janet Jackson - Miss you Much was #1 for 4 weeks, longer than anything else that year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Hopefully I'll raise it - does anyone remember "Do You Wanna Funk?"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H69xXQRSgM

    Nobody's mentioned U2 yet! "New Year's Day" is one of my favorite songs ever.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsVJfT-L_dA

    Any Talking Heads fans? I love the live version "Slippery People" (from Stop Making Sense)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9biPKTozTg
    Speaking of Talking Heads I love their version of "Take Me to the River"

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    1984 - Madonna - Like a Virgin was #1 for 6 weeks but it straddled 1984 and 1985.
    1989 - Janet Jackson - Miss you Much was #1 for 4 weeks, longer than anything else that year
    I think there must be some other criteria besides number of weeks at #1 for determining the song of the year.

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    MJ, Whitney, Jody Watley, Wham, Angela Bofill, The System, Simple Minds, Glass Tiger, Jeffrey Osborne, Spandau Ballet, Chaka Khan, Alison Moyet, Bananarama, Expose', Rick Astley, Michael McDonald . I played Dionne Warwick's Heartbreaker tape so much, it broke! I was such a jheri-curl wearing closeted dork. I lived at The Black Angus in Chula Vista. There was another one up in Escondido we'd go to as well. Loved 80s pop music. Anything by Whitney. And you could call the radio station and they'd actually take a request. THOSE were the days...

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    omg, I should have read this thread before writing this week! So much good stuff here!

    One of my faves was Just Got Lucky by JoBoxers

    http://youtu.be/xDC3v-aA4Tg

    And I adored Bow Wow Wow "Do You Want To Hold Me"

    Here's my column: Sorry, kids, you can't shock the 1980's MTV generation

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