Category Archives: pop
A few years ago a local radio station started a new format and started billing itself as an 80′s music station. I listened to it for awhile, but it was a disappointment. It didn’t play the weird or quirky stuff from that decade, which didn’t surprise me. Most oldies stations do that–they do sort of a Top 10 version of the decade in question. This one didn’t even do that–it was a subset of a Top 10 station, playing some artists–Michael Jackson, the B-52′s, the Eurhythmics, and such–in heavy rotation, with a smattering of others; while many other songs and artists that were very prevalent in the 80′s were nowhere to be heard. Joe Jackson is a case in point–I clearly remember that in the early 80′s, he was wall-to-wall over the airwaves. I don’t think I ever heard him on the station I mentioned. It eventually changed to a generic oldies, playing mostly 70′s with a bit of other stuff. Anyway, I heard “Steppin’ Out” on a grocery store’s sound system this morning, not having heard it in years, and thought it deserved a post. Enjoy!
When I went to YouTube for the David Bowie video at the top of this post, I saw this in the related videos tab. This is one of my favorite Queen songs, and one of my favorites from the 80′s in general. Thus, I figured, what the heck–I’ll post it!
I was going to post the ultimate New Year’s song, “1999″, by Prince, but couldn’t find the actual video from the 80′s. Oh, well–can’t go wrong with ABBA, either! Happy New Year!
The theme to the Burt Reynolds movie The End, referenced here. I always liked Paul Williams, and I like this song, short though it is. The second video is a longer version of it by Glen Campbell.