Sunday, January 7, 2007

30 sontgs from the 80s Day 3 (1-10)

10 - "Centerfold" - J Geils Band

See if you can spot then MTV veejay Martha Quinn in the video.

9 - "Rapture" - Blondie

For many mid-American white kids, this was the first exposure to rap. Has the filthiest lyric to never get censored on top 40 radio. Guess they figure no one notices, since it is buried in the ethereal first verses.

8 - "I Know What Boys Like" - The Waitresses

Not in the same class historically as the other top 10 songs, but has the only lyric that still makes me laugh after over 20 years ("teeheehee .... sucker")

7 - "Our Lips Are Sealed" - Go-Gos

Known in Australia as "Alex the Seal". That's what they heard down under, anyway.

6 - "Don't You Want Me" - Human League

For many mid-American kids, this was their first exposure to synthpop. The Human League are one of the few retro-80s bands probably better now than back in the days.

5 - "Kids In America" - Kim Wilde

My little brother was impressed that I knew this song when it was featured in the Jimmy Neutron movie.

4 - "New Day Rising" - Husker Du

This is my Ramones. The best wake-up song EVER. Don't bother with the alarm - if this doesn't rouse you, nothing will.

3 - "Walk Together Rock Together" - 7 Seconds

Title track from the first 7 Seconds album I ever purchased. Ain't nothing wrong with another unity song.

2 - "I Love Rock and Roll" - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Those first two chords ...

1 - "When Doves Cry" - Prince and the Revolution

A funk song. With NO BASSLINE! Absolutely bloody amazing.

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