I did a previous post about eighties rock, and I promised more to come. Well, I kind of got sidetracked with other stuff (did I mention I have a short attention span?)
But tonight, as I'm sitting here, with basically nothing to do, I thought I would delve further into the wonderful world of rock and roll in the eighties.
There were so many memorable songs during that period that it's really difficult to narrow it down. I think I started off quite well on my first post, but then I got tired and had to go to bed.
But I'm back! And I always like to get the party started right, so here we go!
THE B-52'S - LOVE SHACK
Ahh, the 80's. When people still knew how to have fun. Wouldn't we all like to spend Saturday night at the "Love Shack"?
I must say, too, that I'm impressed with Fred Schneider's way with the "spoken word". Notice that he doesn't actually "sing".
I've got me a Chrysler that seats about TWENTY
So hurry up and bring your juke box MONEY
I remember there was a debate way back when about what exactly Kate Pierson was saying toward the end of the song. Because it's not real clear. But I think it was determined that she was saying, "Tin Roof. RUSTED" (in case you were wondering).
While we're all just dancing around, I thought I would add this one, from 1984.
KENNY LOGGINS - FOOTLOOSE
I have to admit, I never actually saw this movie. But the video looks nice. I guess it was about some hick town where Kevin Bacon wasn't allowed to dance. And I guess he REALLY wanted to dance. So, this tells me that the movie is pure fiction. Because did you ever know a guy who actually WANTED to dance? Somehow, I can't picture my husband "busting a move", you know? The last time we actually danced together was about 10 years ago, and it was sort of just shuffling around the floor. But in theory, I guess you could call it "dancing".
While we're on the subject of "Footloose", I found this fun video on YouTube of the cast of "The Office" (my favorite show, by the way), dancing and just basically being uncomfortable as usual, backed by Kenny Loggins' song.
THE OFFICE - FOOTLOOSE
I gotta say, kudos to nikki8907, whoever you are, for a GREAT editing job on this!
I can't let this opportunity go by without including this video from the 1987 movie, "Dirty Dancing".
This is one of my favorite movies (I guess it's a "chick thing" - I find that men don't have the same fondness for this movie that women do - for some strange reason).
BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES - I'VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
I guess we'll close out the "dancing" portion of our show with this final video, by Lionel Richie:
ALL NIGHT LONG
Lionel had quite the career going in the eighties. Sadly, he's now only known as the father of one of those rich, spoiled kids. Ahh, how times change.
Now, on to some "non-dancing" videos.
Speaking of careers, here's another guy who did quite well for himself back then. I hear all these Chicago "purists" talk about how he basically ruined the band, blah, blah, blah. Hogwash. He's a great singer. And really, if it wasn't for Peter Cetera, Chicago would have dried up after "Saturday In The Park". No offense to Chicago.
PETER CETERA - THE GLORY OF LOVE (FROM "THE KARATE KID")
Speaking of great singers, to me, this is one of the greatest voices of all time in rock:
STEVE PERRY - OH, SHERRIE
While we're on the topic of great solo singers, here's one that I love:
PAUL YOUNG - EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY
If you've never seen the movie, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", please rent it or get it from your local library. Steve Martin, John Candy. It's a comic classic. A John Hughes movie. And this song is from that movie.
Another particular favorite of mine:
FOREIGNER - I WANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
Again, like Peter Cetera, denigrate this singer all you want, but I bet you'd like his money, wouldn't you? Did he do every soundtrack from the eighties?
BRYAN ADAMS - HEAVEN
I think we'll close this out with a song that I really like. Duran Duran was a band that I didn't get into too much, but I think this is a really good song. I started to write about the connection this song has to a certain true crime book that I read many years ago, but then I thought, why spoil the vibe?
DURAN DURAN - HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF
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