“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks”‏

It hit 99° yesterday and the heat index in the Quad Cities topped 115°.  It’s definitely summer, so take it easy today all the way through the next week with the heat.  Here are of my favorites from the ’80s to help take your mind off the heat.

“Turn Me Loose” — Loverboy

The Canadian band, Loverboy, will be coming to the Quad Cities later this year with Pat Benatar and Journey.

On the Billboard Hot 100, the band scored 9 top 40 hits with two of them, “Lovin’ Every Minute of It” (#9) in 1985 and “This Could Be The Night” (#10) in 1986 reaching the top ten.  My favorite Loverboy songs were not as successful.  “Working For The Weekend” peaked at #29 in 1981 and their first hit, “Turn Me Loose” only reached #35 in 1981.

“Everybody Wants You” — Billy Squier

American rocker Billy Squier entered the top 40 of  Billboard’s Hot 100 only four times in his career.  “Rock Me Tonight” from 1984 was his highest charting single on that chart at #15.  His first hit, “The Stroke” reached #17 in 1981.

However, he was much more successful on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts scoring 18 top 40 hits with 7 of those reaching the top ten and two went all the way to #1.  The aforementioned, “Rock Me Tonight” hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, along with my favorite from 1982, “Everybody Wants You”.  That song only reached #32 on the Hot 100.

“Radio Romance” — Tiffany

Two years ago, I was lucky enough to see Tiffany at Chicago’s Gay Pride.  When she was at the peak of her career, I also saw her open for New Kids on the Block in downstate Illinois, in the late-1980s.

In her short radio career, Tiffany had two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been”.  She also had two more top ten hits, the #7 cover version of a Beatles’ song “I Saw Him Standing There” in 1988 and “All This Time” that reached #6 in 1989.

Her ballads were definitely my favorites. I also loved the bouncy number, “Radio Romance”, that only peaked at #35 in 1989.

Have a great weekend!


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