Welcome to the 80’s at 8 blog, updated daily with each day’s show content and the music videos for all the songs we’ve played! If you ever find yourself wishing that Scott Baio was in charge of your days and your nights, if you ever professed your love for KISS on your lunchbox, if you miss the days that strange things were afoot at the Circle K, or if you've ever been tempted to follow up a dangerous liasion with a fatal attraction, then you’re in the right place; this is the 80s at 8, and we’re kicking today’s show off with a song from 1983 that was in heavy rotation on MTV when the network was picking up steam, giving The Fixx a great deal of exposure stateside along with acts like Duran Duran and the Eurythmics. Here’s “One Thing Leads To Another”
From 1985 Scritti Politti “Perfect Way” If you know the crew at on Three's Company used to unwind at the Regal Beagle, if you keep Steve Martin's speech to Mrs. Poole handy for dealing with incompetent customer service reps, or if you're still a little freaked out by Legend, The Dark Crystal or The Last unicorn, then you’re listening to the right station; this is the 80s at 8 From 1985 Level 42 “Something About You”
From 1985 Katrina and the Waves “Walking On Sunshine” If you're still bitter that Meatloaf missed out on Total Eclipse of the Heart, if you still jam out with your walkman, or if sometimes you wonder whether your life is just a kid's snowglobe daydream, then you’re in the right place; this is the 80s at 8 From 1982 Chicago “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”
From 1982 Chicago “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” That was their first #1 hit after years of being outperformed by disco groups and dealing with rumors that its lead singer, Peter Cetera, would ditch them for solo career, which he did three years later. Here is the answer to the timeline, in which year did each of the following things take place?
Judge Harry T. Stone banged his gavel for the first time in "Night Court"
The US-led invasion of Grenada gave President Reagan's popularity a jolt
& Tom Cruise went from being a Princeton hopeful to being on the run from Guido the Killer Pimp in Risky Business in 1983. That same year also saw the release of a song that includes a tap dance solo in the middle honoring Fred Astaire. My favorite version of this song is still Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder as a Young Frankenstein. Here’s Taco “Puttin On The Ritz”
From 1983 Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax”. If Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert ever inspired you to revisit the Little House on the Prairie, if you know exactly what Miss Mary Mack was wearing or if you wasted a half an hour on the couch watching Bob Ross paint happy little trees, then you’re listening to the right station; this is the 80s at 8 From 1986 The Bangles “Maniac Monday”
From 1981 Hall and Oates “Kiss On My List” If you think no one can ever dethrone Mary Lou Retton as America's Sweetheart, if you still want to give a paternity test to My Two Dads, or if you remember when a high school degree could get you a halfway decent job, then you’re in the right place; this is the 80s at 8 From 1989 Fine Young Cannibals “Good Thing”
From 1983 UB40 “Red Red Wine” If you ever stocked your fridge with ice-cold TAB for your friends, if you know man who catch fly with chopsticks accomplish anything, or if you learned about the birds and the bees from an ABC after school special, then you’re listening to the right station; this is the 80s at 8 From 1982 Adam Ant “Goody Two Shoes”