“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashback”

The weekend is almost here and I hope you have great plans.  Here are three of my favorites songs from the 1980s to get you motivated this Friday morning.  Enjoy!

“HARDEN MY HEART” — QUARTERFLASH

Two Portland, Oregon, groups, Seafood Mama and Pilot combined to form Quarterflash and their very first single ended up being its biggest.  “Harden My Heart” reached #3 in 1981.  The follow-up, “Find Another Fool” peaked at #16.

The group ended up having one more top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983, when “Take Me To Heart” made it up to #14.

Although the band was dropped by its label in 1985, lead singer, Rindy Ross, and her husband, Marv, released another Quarterflash album in 2008.

“GYPSY” — FLEETWOOD MAC

The rock band Fleetwood Mac is still one of top grossing concerts acts when it tours.  The group’s 1977 album, “Rumours”, is one of the biggest selling albums worldwide.  It’s sold more than 40 million copies and is still the sixth best-selling album in U.S. history.

The band has scored 18 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with nine of those reaching the top ten.  But, they’ve only had one #1 song on the Hot 100, “Dreams” in 1977.

While the group had six consecutive top ten hits from 1976-1979, one of my favorites, “Gypsy”, from the “Mirage” album only reached #12 in 1982.

“(KEEP FEELING) FASCINATION” — THE HUMAN LEAGUE

While I didn’t get a chance in my teenage years to see the English new wave band, the Human League, in concert, their first international hit, “Don’t You Want Me”, that reached #1 across the world, including here in America, and is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

They ended scoring five more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with two more of those reaching the top ten.  The two other top ten hits were “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” that peaked at #8 in 1983, and “Human” that topped the charts in the United States in 1986.

Back in the early 2000s, I got to see the Human League in concert at Market Days in Chicago and I felt 17 again!

Anthony

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