Thursday, March 28, 2013

8 of the 80s: 3/28/13 (1982)...

Hey gang, it's time for another voyage back to the 80s, and this week it's eight more nuggets from 1982, the year Johnny Carson hosted the Oscars and Chariots Of Fire won Best Picture.

George Benson - "Turn Your Love Around"
from the album The George Benson Collection (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5

An add-on track to Benson's greatest hits set, this single's smooth, positive delivery belies its love-in-trouble lyrics, written by Chicago's Bill Champlin and Toto's Steve Lukather.

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Stevie Nicks w/Don Henley - "Leather And Lace"
from the album Bella Donna (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #6

This extremely personal song made even more tear-inducing with the inclusion of ex-boyfriend Henley on a verse. A fitting soundtrack to Stevie's OWN interview this past week.

The Oak Ridge Boys - "Bobbie Sue"
from the album Bobbie Sue (1982)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12

A country song where she waits until she's eighteen to elope? What on earth? The ORB's last big pop hit, from their second top-20 album. I always like this better than "Elvira" anyway.

The Beach Boys - "Come Go With Me"
from the album M.I.U. Album (1978)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18

This cover of the Dell-Vikings classic showed up on the charts three years after its appearance on their 22nd studio set, while the BB revival craze (and endless touring) was getting revved up, and Mike Love was taking control of the group from a mentally frail Brian Wilson.

Foreigner - "Juke Box Hero
from the album 4 (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26

This is the in the pantheon of great rock and roll songs about the "business" of rock and roll.

Tom Tom Club - "Genius Of Love"
from the album Tom Tom Club (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31

At the time, the side project of Talking Heads' Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth had a hit almost as big as their main gig's biggest at the time, and conquered R&B radio in the name of future hipsters everywhere.

 Donnie Iris - "Love Is Like A Rock"
from the album King Cool (1981)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #37

The power-pop whiz ruled in western Pennsy and Ohio, and this song is still used by the PA Slippery Rock teams...

The Go-Go's - "Get Up And Go"
from the album Vacation (1982)

Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50

I admit, I owned Vacation long before I took the time to get the girl-group's classic Beauty And The Beat set. I'm seeing them in June, I really hope they play this, my favorite from this album...

That's it for tonight...I'll be back tomorrow with another Song of the Day, candletime, and my top-100 tunes for the week. Good night!

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