Posts Tagged ‘80s music’

Guest Blog: Is It Any Wonder? [NeedaHobby]

June 30, 2009

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ed for this opportunity to be a guest blogger. I’m thankful for making new friends through this blog, even though we have never met IRL. Thanks Ed for creating that environment!

So anyways, I think I might’ve mentioned before that I am a huge music lover. I have a collection of close to a 1000 CD’s (it’s hard to get an exact number because hubby and I merged collections after we got married – we had lots of duplicates to sell!). I know, I know, in this day and age, you would think that I would just download the songs. But, I guess I’m old-skool in that I would rather buy the CD and rip the songs into MP3’s. There’s just something I like about having the “hard copy” with CD artwork and liner notes.

There are certain artists (U2, Madonna, REM come to mind) that are able to crank out hit after hit, album after album with tons of success. But, what about those artists who (sadly) hit their prime after only one song? The 1980’s seem to have had a lot of one-hit wonders. I’m not sure if they necessarily had a lot more than other decades, or that I just remember them because they were songs I grew up with.

I think most will remember “Take on Me” by A-ha.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JohoUZ1U91A

What about “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P6I4pT_tVA

Or, “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qW0Edq1KqI

And, Soft Cell’s, “Tainted Love”?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cCI_XDQWb0

Got any one-hit wonders to add? If you have a website link, or a story related to that song, please share that too. And, to help Ed’s post count, let’s try posting one song per post. !O7VHVW

90s Is the New 80s

March 1, 2009

Dear 1980s, I would like to announce – here and now – that you are on borrowed time. With the peeps who can relate to you getting up in age (yea, I said it!), your 15 minutes of fame is almost up. ‘Twas fun while it lasted though yeah?

OK, so I’m not exactly non-80s. I was born somewhere in the 70s actually (zip your lip!) But, while the craze of the 80s was a bumpin’, I was still early in childhood development in elementary school. Other than breakdancing and the Atari game system, your boy can’t relate much to the other “popular” (and expensive) trends like the Members Only jacket, Jelly shoes, slap bracelets, big hair, anything Lycra or neon (or both), mostly because I didn’t have spending money (and, I was a male! 😛 ).

So really, I am a product of the 90s culture and fashion. Hear me roar! Hehe!

Did you know that the 90s brought us some of the following life-changing winners?:

* The first show in (contemporary) reality TV format
* Major advances in video game play
* The mobile phone explosion
* The first, publicly available HDTV
* And, oh, this little thing called the Internet

You’re welcome 80s lovers. Beats PONG* shmall kine don’t it? *grin*

However, on the flip side, I had absolutely nothing to do with the following 90s gems:

* Beverly Hills 90210
* NKOTB (New Kids On the Block for those of you not in the know)
* Vanilla Ice
* Milli Vanilli
* O.J. Simpson

Apologies 80s lovers. 😛

A-ight, that’s enough nonsense for one day. But before I let you go, leaving you wondering what the heck the point of this blog was, here’s an explanation:

This is actually a lil’ taste of a new game we’re gonna play up in hurr on Fridays called “Flashback Friday.” I’ll give y’all a topic from yesteryear (80s, 90s or otherwise), and we’ll discuss amongst ourselves (until we’re not so verklempt). Be sure to check in then (and every other day for that matter) to join in on the tantalizing discussions, ya hear?

Mahalos to all you new readers who found your way here via my ugly mug in today’s Sunday paper. Hopefully, you’ll be back. Mad props also to the regular WWE commenters and readers/lurkers. Shoots! Have a good Sunday and I’ll see y’all on the flip side! Payce.

* Yes, I know PONG actually came out in the 70s you history Nazis. 😛