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Notblueatall’s TFIF Music Countdown: 80’s Edition! (Part One)


Oh yeah! I love 80’s music! While I was happily born in ’77, I grew up during some interesting and musical times, my friends. This is the first in what will probably be a series of 80’s countdowns (among other decades). Thanks in advance for reading and listening and…seriously? Could someone comment already? I’d like to know that maybe just one other person is semi-entertained by these posts. Thanks!

(no particular order)
1.) “Never Say Never” Romeo Void: Probably my fave 80’s song ever! In fact, I just bought it on vinyl! I just love this song, the band, the singer is a rad fattie and she rocks my socks! The eclectic sound of the sax along with the more new wave/punkish rhythms and riffs make this an essential song of the 80’s!

Never Say Never – Romeo Void

2.) “Borderline” Madonna: While many will cite “Like A Virgin” as the ultimate in her catalogue, I disagree! I think “Borderline” is more apt a choice. With it’s tender chimey-melodic intro and street style music video it appealed to many an 80’s kid! In the video you see Madonna in ripped jeans, floppy hair bow and many outfits in a faux modeling/photo shoot style montage. As with most of her songs back then, this one involved a troubled love affair, “You just keep on pushing my love over the borderline!” Gotta love it!

Borderline – Madonna

3.) “Rock ‘N Roll High School” The Ramones: Okay, The movie “Rock ‘N Roll High School” rocked my third grade world! I saw it at a friend’s house while spending the night and while I had no idea what the world “laid” meant, I knew it was awesome and that the legendary Ramones were the ultimate both in rock and punk! We felt like we were peaking into the real-awesome world of high school and rock ‘n roll! Still my fave Ramones song (along with “Judy is a Punk” it’s a tie). A must for true 80’s music!

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (Rem…

4.) “True” Spandau Ballet: Sing along now! “Ahh huh huh huuuuh huh…” Everyone knows this ditty! It’s a classic and a true statement of what new wave music really was. Always heartfelt and always catchy!

True – Spandau Ballet

5.) “Kids in America” Kim Wilde: Fun, full of pop effervescence and yet somehow still cool and almost punk leaning! (Like the Go-Go’s but without all the booze!) This song speaks to the music dork in me, too. Because when you’re young and every song in Your Song you feel like you really are living and moving and feeling just for the music! Ya gotta love that it’s on Rock Band 2, too! I always get 5 stars on this badboy! =0)

Kids In America – Kim Wilde

6.) “I Ran” Flock of Seagulls: C’mon! You can’t think 80’s and not think of this song, this band and those hairstyles! I do love this song though. It’s so 80’s Emo it hurts…in a good way! Plus, how many songs mention the Aurora Borealis? You know you wanna do that 80’s shuffle-arm-swingin-finger-snap-dance! DO IT!

I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock …

7.) “No More Words” Berlin: Sure, everyone knows “Take My Breath Away” from the Top Gun soundtrack, but this is my fave Berlin gem! I love her voice and the frankness of the lyrics! Okay, I love “Metro” as well, it was a toss-up for sure…but this one won out! (Also, the video has a cool depression era theme…Love it!)

No More Words – Berlin

8.) “Rock Lobster” B-52’s: The video? Rad! It is all things 80’s! Stop-motion animation, weird and bright outfits, polluted environmental images, funky dancing and an homage to all things retro-glam! Okay, so it’s sums up the B-52’s as well. But you can’t deny the cool factor and the quirkiness that made this song (and the fab band that made it) a hot 80’s tune!

Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

9.) “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun“ Cyndi Lauper: How could I leave out my beloved Cyndi? I would die(of humiliation)! Her album “She’s So Unusual” was an obsession of my 5 year old life! Not only did I love Cyndi Lauper and want to be her (doy!), but I poured over every lyric and melody and stared at the album’s images for hours on end! I wanted those painted shoes, that crinolyn skirt, that mad-rad hair do! When I begged my dad to let me shave and color my hair like Cyndi he thought I had lost my mind! I have always loved Cyndi, she’s my idol! She’s an incredible person and seeing her live for the first time a couple of years ago blew my mind! She eminates a light of goodness and warmth from her that can only be experienced in person! She has had a vast and steady recording career and her latest album “Bring Ya To The Brink” still kicks my ass with it’s fabulosity! She’s a true artist!

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – …

10.) “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” Michael Jackson: It wouldn’t be an 80’s countdown at all without MJ! I know this song in particular wasn’t a huge hit in its own right (I believe anyway), but it was the opening track that spawned a revolution! That snare-bass line combo that is the intro can still give me chills to this day! It was such a moment in time! (*Please see the post before this one regarding my thoughts and history with the album “Thriller”.) It’s actually kind of a funky song, but it still makes me move my ass to the thumpy beat! And even sing along to the strange lyrics: “you’re a vegetable” The king of pop (and R&B crossovers) may be gone from this world, but his contribution to the world will never be forgotten.

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – …

Thanks for reading (and hopefully commenting!) Don’t like my picks? Hit me up about it! Tell me why! What’s your ultimate 80’s songs? Lemme know! Thanks and take care! =0)

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One Comment to

“Notblueatall’s TFIF Music Countdown: 80’s Edition! (Part One)”

  1. On July 20th, 2009 at 4:15 pm wakkosfriend Says:

    Yay for Madonna and Cyndi. I LOVE “No More Words.” It is far better than “Take My Breath Away.”

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