'80s Tunes

Thanks to the '80s Dance Party conversation a few posts down, I now have a bunch of '80s songs in my head (though, let's be honest, that's a usual state of things for me).

With that in mind, here are two quick playlists for the Overboves, who like '80s music, seeing as how they live amongst retro things. (We'll get to Fair and the 1940s down the road. And Sutton? Her tastes are all about today. And Prior? He's all about what's next that nobody yet knows about.)

I've always thought of Gomery as a Queen fan; I know, they're more associated with the '70s. ("Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie is an all-time top 5 song for me.) Actually, Gomery leans more '60s/'70s, I think, as I sit here. He also really likes Earth, Wind & Fire. I love EW&F. Oh, and he loves later Beatles.

Monty is probably more into bands like Crowded House and R.E.M. Slightly more college radio. And soundtracks, of course. And maybe a little '90s, too.

Gomery='60s/'70s. Monty='80s/'90s

Okay, so these won't be dance party lists -- that'll be another post. Eesh!


"Mr. Blue Sky" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Lonely Boy" -- Andrew Gold
"Sweet Thing" -- Chaka Khan and Rufus
"Burnin' for You" -- Blue Oyster Cult
"Just Between You and Me" -- April Wine
"February's Quiet" -- Big Star
"The Only Living Boy in New York" -- Simon & Garfunkel
"For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her" -- Simon & Garfunkel
"September" -- Earth, Wind & Fire
"The Village Green Preservation Society" -- The Kinks
"Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" -- Queen
"Hey Jude" -- The Beatles


"Beetlejuice" Theme -- Danny Elfman
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" Theme -- John Williams
"Friday I'm in Love" -- The Cure
"Heat of the Moment" -- Asia
"Abacab" -- Genesis
"Centerfold" -- J. Geils Band
"Vienna" -- Billy Joel
"Any Way You Want It" -- Journey
 "Something About You" -- Level 42
 "Just What I Needed" -- The Cars
"Closing Time" -- Semisonic

Oh good gravy. This post just went COMPLETELY off the rails and turned out to be not dance-party-ish at all but rather older random songs these two guys might like. And the sad thing is I'm not even near done with their lists but I've got to wrap this up for now.

To be continued and I promise I'll write a dance party post soon. For now, though, here's a 1988 Crowded House song I've had in my head this week. Video starts about :15 in.

***Last thing, though: What are your '80s songs?***


bess said...

There are so many . . .my top picks would probably be the aforementioned Just What I Needed, Bad Reputation, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Jessie's Girl and to slow it down a little Eternal Flame. Also anything Cyndi Lauper.

I really like lists like these, they're like secret glimpses into the characters' lives or iPods.

Chiara said...

We'll just have to introduce Sutton to the awesomeness that is the music of 80s then. In the meantime I'll be dancing with the Overboves, maybe a bit more with Monty because I like the 90s as well.

Oh good gravy. This post just went COMPLETELY off the rails and turned out to be not dance-party-ish at all but rather older random songs these two guys might like.

I love this :D

As for me and the 80s, I'm with Bess, there are so many! Total Eclipse, Jessie's Girl. I'm also all for vintage Michael Jackson: Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Man in the Mirror. Oh, and Like a Virgin, vintage Madonna is fun as well. I'm just going with artists now, too many songs... Cyndy Lauper, Tina Turner. I like rock as well 80s but maybe more into the 90s (or earlier), female singer song writers but that would take us more into the 90s. Okay, this is going way beyond your question, I like too many things but when it comes to the 80s, 80s themed dance parties are the best!

bess said...

This post sent me on a quest to make an 80s playlist that I just had to finish before doing the sink full of dishes. Putting the "pro" in procrastination, that's me.

Chiara, I have a real soft spot for 90s too. I feel like the mid-90s were when I really started paying attention to music, it's so weird to hear it on some oldies stations now!

Chiara said...

Bess, it's the same for me as well. The 80s is the music from my childhood but I wasn't yet at an age to properly pay attention. It wasn't until later that I appreciated it more. The 90s was that time for me as well when I really started to pay attention to music. It's always fun to hear those songs on the radio I think! Weird as well, yes, but fun :)

Erika said...

Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Lionel Rickie, Phil Collins, Gloria Estefan, And Earth Wind and Fire Are the sounds of my childhood... And Whitney Houston.

90's music will always have a soft spot on my heart but the 80's music always makes me want to jump up on a ledge and dance like I'm in The Breakfast Club

Erika said...

"Whip it" - Devo
"another one. Bites the dust" Queen
"Celebration" Kool and the Gang
"tainted love" -soft cell
"Mickey" Toni Basil
"footloose" Kenny logging
"we're not gonna take it" twisted sister

Wilfair Book said...

bess: Great list. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is my husband's karaoke song. He does a magnificent, dramatic job with it, too.

Chiara: Tina Turner! Yes. And I mentioned a few posts back that one of the zombies from the "Thriller" video is my dance teacher. She teaches the zombie moves every Halloween. They're quite hard, actually.

Erika: Devo! Another favorite of my husband's; I've actually seen them a few times in concert. In fact, we never, ever approach famous people here in LA, as a rule, but my husband made an exception when we saw the lead singer out at the county fair.

Lionel Richie, too; my "Thriller" dance teacher was also in a lot of Lionel Richie videos and I'm forever asking her to play his tunes; love.

And EW&F is THE BEST. Seriously, "September" is a total Gomery song; even before I really knew who he was I'd think "this should be a song for a cute guy character." It's so happy.

I want to write a post about all the songs on your list because they're so good and I have opinions. (Duh, right? Always with the opinions.)

All ladies: More lists from this era to come and definitely more '90s!

One Gomery '90s tune I didn't add: "Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews Band. I don't know why but it sounds like him, to me.

bess said...

Weirdly, my fella's karaoke song is also "Total Eclipse of the Heart". He spent a whole summer that he was teaching in Maine perfecting his routine at local joints. He hasn't done it in awhile but I bet he still remembers where to punctuate with dramatic kicks.

A couple of songs that I've heard recently that reminded me of the books: 1) Apples in Stereo "Dream About the Future" reminded me of the world in general. 2) David Bowie "Queen Bitch" because, as wonderfully sweet as she is, Fair should embrace her inner bitch at times. Also by Bowie "Golden Years"which might be a Gomery song for me.

Wilfair Book said...

Holy schnikey, Bess! That whole Apples in Stereo album is fab. It reminds me of a modern version of something ELO would do (a band Gomery loves and I do, too).

I'm starting a playlist of songs other people have told me remind them of the books; it does actually have one other song already on it. Woot!

Huge huge huge David Bowie fan. "Oh! You Pretty Things" and "Life on Mars?" are actually on my way-too-massive Wilfair playlist, the songs I listened to when I wrote the first book.

I love picturing your guy's "Total Eclipse" kicks. My husband does a lot of pleading, overly dramatic hand gestures. It is a wonder to behold.

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