“Peeps’ Flashback ’80s Fridays”

After a stormy, rainy Thursday night, Friday is finally here and maybe these flashbacks to the 1980s will get us through the day and the weekend will be here.

“TAINTED LOVE” — SOFT CELL

In England, the duo, Soft Cell, scored 12 Top 40 hits. Of those, six reached the top ten, and only “Tainted Love” reached number one.

In America, they only had one hit. “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go” entered the Billboard “Hot 100″ at #90 in mid-January 1982. It peaked at #64 and dropped to #100 for two weeks at the end of February and early March. Then, it started climbing again and it reached the top forty after 19 weeks. The song reached #8 and spent a then record-breaking 43 weeks on the Hot 100.

“VALLEY GIRL” — MOON ZAPPA

Although Moon Zappa and her brother were frequent guests on MTV in the mid-80s, Moon first gained success on her father’s single, “Valley Girl” in 1982 from the album, “Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch”. I love that title!

“Valley Girl” peaked at #32 on the “Hot 100″ and reached #12 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

The “valleyspeak” made the phrases, “grody to the max” and “gag me with a spoon” popular.

“LOVE’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT HARD ON ME” — JUICE NEWTON

Grammy Award winner Juice Newton only had two big country albums with one of those becoming a pop crossover hit.

While she scored a top 40 country hit in 1979, in the 1980s, she had 16 more country hits. Of those hits, 9 reached the top ten with four topped the chart.

Along with her country success, Juice also crossed over to the pop chart. In 1981 and 1982, she had 7 top 40 pop hits. Four of those made the top ten. Although “Queen of Hearts” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, this one, “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” reached #7 in 1982.

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