“Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks”

The weekend is almost here and if you live in the Quad Cites’ area, there’s three more nights of the Mississippi Valley Fair.  So, whatever you do, have fun.  I’ll kick off this week’s flashbacks of my favorite 1980s songs with a fair-themed song.

“She’s A Beauty” — The Tubes

The San Fransisco, California rock band, The Tubes, only scored two top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in their career.  The first, “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore” reached #35 in 1981, but they hit it big two years later with the #10 smash, “She’s A Beauty”.

“We Close Our Eyes” — Go West

There are times when I really like a singer or a group and they never really make it in America or it takes forever.  Go West, an English duo, is one of those acts.  They formed in 1982 and scored 9 hits in the U.K.

In America, it took them until 1987 to crack the top 40 here with “Don’t Look Down – The Sequel”.  It peaked at #39.  The reason it’s called “The Sequel” is because it was a hit in England in 1985 and it was remixed and released in the U.S. two years later.

I fell in love with their sound and first album in 1984.  Their first release, “We Close Our Eyes” peaked at #41 in America, but it reached #5 on the Billboard Dance charts.  I”m featuring that song today.

Go West would score a top five hit (#4) in 1990 with “King of Wishful Thinking” from the “Pretty Woman” soundtrack.  They had another hit following that, “Faithful”, in 1992, that reached #12.

“Sugar Don’t Bite” — Sam Harris

Before there was there was the term “reality show”, Oklahoma singer Sam Harris was one of the first original reality stars.

He won the 1983 “Star Search” competition and blew people away with his rendition of “Over The Rainbow”.  He then became of the few white singers signed to the Motown label.

His first release, “Sugar Don’t Bite” reached #36 in 1984 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Harris would go on to release many fantastic albums and sell millions of copies, become a star on Broadway and television, but he never reached the Top 40 again.

He and his husband, film producer and director Danny Jacobsen have been together 18 years and in 2008, they adopted a son.



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