Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks

Since Betty is visiting us, I have a long weekend off work.  However, if you still have to work today, let me get you motivated with three of my favorite songs from the 1980s.

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) — Tina Turner

The former Anna Mae Bullock, who became Tina Turner, scored  her first hit, “A Fool in Love” in 1960 with her husband Ike Turner.  It reached #27.  With Ike, she would score six Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  The biggest, “Proud Mary” peaked at #4 in 1971.  After years of abuse, she left Ike and started her solo career.

Tina’s first solo hit, “Let’s Stay Together”, only peaked #26 on the Hot 100 (although it reached #3 on the R&B chart and #1 on the Dance Chart).  However, the second release in the U.S. would become her signature song.  “What’s Love Got To Do With It” hit #1 in 1984.  It would be the first of her six top ten solo hits and just one of her 14 Top 40 songs.  Her last hit was in 1993 when “I Don’t Wanna Fight” reached #9.

My selection today is from the movie, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” from 1985 where she played Auntie Entity .  Not only did she win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, she took the song, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” to #2 in 1985.

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

Unless you were big dance fans back in the 1980s, you might not know much about New Order.  The English band only hit the Billboard Top 40 two times.  “True Faith” peaked at #32 in 1987 and “Regret” made it to #28 in 1993.

However, it was a totally different story on the Billboard Dance charts.  Their first dance hit, “Blue Monday” hit #5 in 1983.  They would have a total of 16 Top Ten Dance hits including the classics, “Blue Monday” (remixed and released in 1988, it went to #1 — so, it charted in the top five on the Dance chart twice!), “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “True Faith”, “Round & Round”, “Touched By The Hand of God”, and “Crystal”.

“Bizarre Love Triangle” only reached #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it did make it to #4 on the Dance chart in America.  As a single, it reached the top ten in Australia, Ireland, and as an Indie single in the U.K.

Have a great weekend!


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