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Saturday video break: Snakedance

Here’s the terrific Texas trio of Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, and Lou Ann Barton: There’s live footage of one televised concert they did off this album, but none I could find featuring this song. Here’s a live version of Marcia Ball singing it solo, which is good because Marcia Ball is never not good, but […]

Saturday video break: Shame On The Moon

Here’s Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band with a deep cut: Gotta say, in thirty years of listening to AOR and classic rock radio, I don’t think I’d heard that song before. I know, the playlists are shallow, but still. Now here’s Rodney Crowell: I’ve mentioned the Fluxblog 80s mixes before. Turns out the […]

Saturday video break: Secret

We’re all about the 80s here, and very few things say “the 80s” like Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. It’s the hair, the synthesizers, the usage of black and white footage to tell a story about…well, I don’t know exactly, but that’s not the point. The point is, this is what the 80s was all […]

Friday random ten: Fluxblog 1981

Fluxblog 80’s set #2: 1. Stand And Deliver – Adam and the Ants 2. Rise Above – Black Flag 3. What A Day That Was – David Byrne 4. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing – Heaven 17 5. Computer Love – Kraftwerk 6. Fire On The Bayou – The Neville Brothers 7. Harden […]

Saturday video break: No Questions Asked

A song I recently acquired, from the Flesh Eaters: I got that from the 1980 collection of the Fluxblog 1980s Survey Mixes, which you absolutely need to get if you like 80s music in all its ugly beauty. It’s a lot of music, and Fluxblog also has annual mixes beginning in 2002. I haven’t gotten […]

Saturday video break: Girls Just Want To Have Fun

In a world where music videos had plot lines, there was Cyndi Lauper’s 80s classic: Lauper went on to do several remakes and remixes of this song, which stands up pretty well 30 years later. While this is absolutely Lauper’s song, it was written by Robert Hazard five years before Lauper recorded it. She changed […]

Saturday video break: Eye Of The Tiger

It’s Survivor. Feel the awesomeness. You can’t top that – you can’t even come close to equaling it. There’s a reason Dave Bickler, the lead singer, went on to do those Real Men of Genius ads. The best you can do is something completely different. That means Big Daddy. I only wish Big Daddy made […]

Friday random ten – Dance Party!

I mentioned Scalzi’s 80s dance party playlist a couple of Fridays ago, and also mentioned that it had some oversights on it. Well, no party lasts forever, so you have to cut it off somewhere. Be that as it may, what songs would I have included that Scalzi didn’t? Here are ten additions from my […]

Saturday video break: Tainted Love

Song #15 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Tainted Love”, originally by Gloria Jones and covered by Soft Cell. Here’s the original: I’ve covered this before, if you will. It’s still pretty mind-blowing to hear this as a Motown song, even if you can totally see the straight line from this version to […]

Saturday video break: Der Kommissar

Song #20 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Der MKmmissar”, originally by Falco and covered by After the Fire. Here’s the original: I guess I have to add this to the “originals I’d not heard before” list, since I didn’t know the original was in German. Unlike many other unknown-to-me originals, this one […]

Saturday video break: Every Time You Go Away

Song #46 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Every Time You Go Away”, by Hall and Oates and covered by Paul Young. Here’s the original: Okay, that’s not actually Hall and Oates, but how could I resist Daryl Hall backed by Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, and the most amazing flowing-locks-and-sideburn combination since, I […]

Saturday video break: I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On

Song #53 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On”, originally by Cherelle and covered by Robert Palmer. Here’s the original: Yet another “song I didn’t know was a cover” song. Very 80s, but in a different way than the better-known cover is very 80s. Speaking of which: […]

Saturday video break: Bang A Gong (Get It On)

Song #69 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Get it On (Bang a Gong)”, originally by T.Rex and covered by Power Station. Here’s the original: That’s a song you’re probably quite familiar with if you’ve been anywhere near a classic rock station in the last 25 years or so. I have no idea what he’s […]

Saturday video break: Always On My Mind

Song #76 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Always On My Mind”, originally by Brenda Lee and covered by the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s the original: I didn’t realize this was the original. I like this version, but it’s not the one I think of when I think of this song. I’ll get […]

Saturday video break: Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody

Song #83 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody”, originally by Louis Prima and covered by David Lee Roth. Here’s Prima: Two things to note. One, the song Just A Gigolo was recorded many times before Prima’s version in 1956, with versions dating back to at least 1931. […]

Friday random ten: The past is never what you remember it to be

What hath the iPod wrought this week? 1. The Best Is Yet To Come – Frank Sinatra and Count Basie 2. Better Be Good To Me – Tina Turner 3. Hammer To Fall – Queen 4. Bridge Of Sighs – Robin Trower 5. Born In Time – Bob Dylan 6. Downtown – The B-52’s 7. […]

Saturday video break: All Through The Night

Song #87 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “All Through The Night”, by Jules Shear, and covered by Cyndi Lauper. If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “Huh, I didn’t realize this was a cover for Cyndi Lauper”. So I’ll start with that one, since it’s likely what we’re all familiar with: God, […]

Saturday video break: Bizarre Love Triangle

Song #88 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Bizarre Love Triangle”, originally by New Order and covered by Frente. Here’s the original: That’s kind of an unsatisfying version of the song – there’s something off about the audio, the singer’s level is too low, and it cut off at the end. Here’s a […]

Saturday video break: You Are in My System

Song #90 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “You Are In My System, originally by The System and covered by Robert Palmer. Here’s the original: It’s an 80s music video boiled down to its essential elements. I love the computer keyboard embedded into the synth keyboard. How come no one makes those any […]

Friday random ten: The 80s

The 80s. If you don’t already understand what things like parachute pants and Members Only jackets were about, there’s nothing I can say that will help you understand them. 1. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen (1980) 2. Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work (1981) 3. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow […]

Saturday video break: You’re so fine you blow my mind

We were at a fundraiser for Olivia’s school last Saturday. They had a DJ playing music to appeal to a bunch of mostly 40ish married people, along with videos on a big screen. Which is to say, 80s music in all its bizarre glory. I was reminded that I’d never actually seen this particular video […]

Friday random ten: That’s just crazy

So I was sitting with my laptop trying to be inspired for this week’s Friday list, and it occurred to me that the girls had been driving us a little crazy all weekend. And thus was I inspired. 1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen 2. Let’s Go Crazy – Storybox 3. Crazy – […]

Saturday video break: Never trust a cartoon that comes to life

Because we’re all about the 80s here, I give you the literal video version of A-ha’s “Take On Me”: The gold standard for the Literal Videos is still Total Eclipse of the Heart, but this one’s pretty good, too. And finding it led me to this version of the song by Reel Big Fish: That […]

Saturday video break: Is there such a thing as being “too 80s”?

I’m pretty sure the answer to that question is No, but if it is possible to be “too 80s”, I think this might qualify: It’s hard to say just what exactly is the most awesome part of this video. Is it the hair? The unbelievably dorky dancing? Abe Lincoln? I can’t pick just one, but […]

Saturday video break: Motoring

You know what this feature really needs? A big steaming dose of cheesy 80s goodness. And it just doesn’t get any cheesy-80s-goodness-ier than this: Night Ranger – New Music – More Music Videos What can I say? The 80s, man. You had to be there. Via Awesomely Bad Lyrics, which may be my new favorite […]