“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashback”‏

It’s Friday and we’re heading back to the Quad Cities today after a week in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  I think I need some ’80s music to get me motivated to head back to work Saturday.  Enjoy these tunes and have a great weekend.

“I’ll Be Your Shelter” — Taylor Dayne

I’ve always been a huge fan of Taylor Dayne and I saw her in concert in 2010 at Chicago’s Gay Pride.

She had quite a bit of mainstream success in the late-1980s and early-1990s and then she wanted to do her thing without the support of a major label.

During her mainstream career, she scored three successful albums that produced seven consecutive top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1987-1990.  Her first two hits, “Tell It To My Heart” and “Prove Your Love” reached #7.

Her biggest Hot 100 hit was the #1 smash, “Love Will Lead You Back” in 1990.  Her last top ten hit, “I’ll Be Your Shelter” peaked at #4 that same year.
“Come Go With Me” — Expose

Freestyle dance music exploded in the 1980s and this Miami trio took advantage of it.

Expose had a total of ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100’s top forty.  Of those, eight went to the top ten from 1987-1993.

“Seasons Change”, in 1988, was the group’s only chart topper.

I saw them at Market Days in 2008 and they looked and sounded fantastic.

Their first hit, “Come Go With Me”, in 1987 reached #5 on the charts.

“The Glamorous Life” — Sheila E.

While she still works today, drummer and percussionist Sheila E. is probably best known for her work with Prince.

As a solo artist, she scored three top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Her first solo hit was he biggest.  “The Glamorous Life” made it all the way up to #7 in 1984 and it also topped the Dance chart.

That was followed by the #34 hit, “The Belle of St. Mark” in 1984 and “A Love Bizarre” in 1985.  The song just missed the Hot 100 top ten peaking at #11.  However, “Bizarre” did reach #1 on the Billboard Dance charts.




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