Thursday, February 19, 2009

80s Music

I love music.
All kinds: pop, jazz, country, hip-hop. After spending so much time with my older brother last year, I've rediscovered Motown (my brother bleeds Motown), and listen to it everyday, via Internet radio, while I'm working--although I must admit I've been dancing more than working. So it's probably bye-bye Motown, at least during the work day.

When I was coming up with a prom theme for Never Slow Dance With A Zombie, I chose the 80s. 80s prom themes are pretty popular these days, and I wanted to be current. For the chase scene near the end, I wanted to have all this great 80s music playing in the background. My idea was the changing songs would mirror Margot's changing emotions as she tried to escape from a school full of zombies. So, I listened to lots of 80s music, and I discovered how really cool the 80s were. From Michael Jackson to The Boss. It was the Music of Glenn Fry that made me want to become a Beverly Hills Cop (or at least be as cool as Eddie Murphy), and Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time is the song I played again and again when my heart was breaking after being dumped by the then love of my life.

Looking back, it strikes me that the 80s were a more innocent time. The music wasn't complicated. Songs were about love, and loss, and being born to run, and not one woman was singing about kissing a girl... Well, maybe Madonna.

I plan to add an 80s playlist to my new website, where 80s music will be bumping all the time. So, what are your favorite 80s tunes? Come on, I know you have at least one. What songs do you think I should include on my website's 80s Infinite Playlist? Is there any song the conjures up a special memory for you? I'd love to hear about it... and the memory.

Gotta go, I've got some dancing... I mean, work to do.

Sleep tight, don't let the zombies bite.


  1. So I have no memories to go with any of these songs, seeing as I was born in 1990.
    I do however love 80's music!

    "Don't Stop Believing" -Journey
    "It's Tricky" -RUN DMC
    "Take On Me" -Aha
    "The Final Countdown" -Europe
    "I Want To Break Free" -Queen
    "Electric Avenue" -Eddy Grant
    "The Stroke" -Billy Squire
    ...there is so much more that I can't even remember at the moment

  2. Ok so the 80s music is all me.. :) I would love to hear earth wind and fire( like after the love is gone),Reo Speedwagon(heard it from a friend who),Stix (Lady), The commodores I thnk that is how you spell it, well I will look up the rest of my favs on the 80s as I have to get to bed.. I love this topic.. you rock or dance or jazz :)

  3. Hey Uncle Sonny! I can't say I have any specific memories but here are a few of my favorite songs from the 80s. You will probably get more from your niece.
    "THRILLER"!!! - Michael Jackson
    "Three Times a Lady", "Hello", "Say You, Say Me" - Lionel Ritchie
    "1999", "Little Red Corvette", "Purple Rain", "When Doves Cry" - Prince

  4. "Kiss" (Prince) will always have a special place in my heart, because every time I hear it I think of driving around with my mom as a kid and being so excited to sing along with her.

    She was really into 80s hairbands too, so I have similar associations with them. Like, Whitesnake, Guns-N-Roses, Poison. I can really only stomach the power ballads now, but all that hair band stuff makes me smile.

    What else? I have an 80s playlist on my iPod that I generated on my 21st birthday (since I made all of my friends dress in 80s gear, I figured I should have tunes to reflect it). Some of my faves are:
    ~"Take Me Home Tonight" (Eddie Money)
    ~"I Think We're Alone Now" (Tiffany)
    ~"Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (Wang Chung)
    ~"Walk This Way" (Aerosmith/Run DMC)

  5. I am surprised to see Run/DMC on a few of the lists. "Walk This Way" is a song I mention in the book, so I'm glad to see it included. Of course I use Thriller. I don't know how I left out Queen or Prince, but they will both be rocking my website's playlist. You guys rock! ;)

  6. E.
    Being chronologically challenged (and perhaps drugs may have been involved) I'm not sure what songs came out when but here are some of the songs I remember listening to in the 80's.
    Start Me Up by the Stones, the theme from Beverly Hills Cop by whoever did The Theme from Beverly Hills Cop.Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
    Whatever Queen Latifah, Kool Moe Dee, and The Eagles were doing. I could go on and on but some of the 80's were a hazy memory.