“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks”‏

I only have one day off this week (today) before I begin a very strange five-day work period including back-to-back shifts Sunday night until 10:45 p.m. and then back in Monday at 2 a.m. until noon.  So, the flashback to the ’80s had better get me motivated today.  I hope it does the same for you.  Have a great weekend.

“You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) — Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive has always been one of my favorite dance bands and this goes all the way back to my freshman year of college at Murray State University and hanging out with my friends, Jeff and David, at Woods Hall!

Dead or Alive had a total of seven top ten hits on the Billboard Dance chart with two of them hitting number one.  However, at more conservative pop radio, only two of their songs made the top 40.  In 1984, this song reached #11 and in 1986, they had their only other hit, “Brand New Lover”.  It reached #15 on the Hot 100.

“Shake It Up” — The Cars

During my junior year of high school, in biology class, while still listening to country music, this was one of the first rock/new wave hits that I was introduced to by my lab partners, Todd and Randy.

The Cars scored a total of 13 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  “Shake It Up” was the first reaching #4 in 1981.

The band had a fantastic year in 1984 with their “Heartbeat City” album.  It spawned four top 20 hits alone in 1984.  The biggest were “You Might Think” (#7) and “Drive” (#3).

“Voices Carry” — ’til Tuesday

The band, ’til Tuesday, was formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1982, and headed up by singer Aimee Mann.

It hit it big in 1985 when “Voices Carry” made it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.  That would become their first and only top ten hit on that chart.

The group also charted with the #26 hit, “What About Love”, in 1986.  However, I don’t remember that one.  I’ll have to go back and listen to it to see if it rings a bell.



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