Another fun week over at Jingle, Jangle, Jungle who came up with another great set of themes this week. She is also contributing to the A To Z Challenge with her 80s hits and I am thoroughly enjoying listening to all these songs which I know so well having danced to many of them in my 20s....and 30s..well, even now. You should check it out and enjoy some fun tunes but, just so you know, here are her 3 themes for this week.
A SONG WITH "RADIO" IN THE TITLE
A SONG WITH "RAIN" IN THE TITLE
A SONG WITH "RUN" IN THE TITLE
1. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR-THE BUGGLES-1979
I had no clue this song came out back in 1979 when I was still in High School, Grade 10 to be exact. I just remember dancing to this tune in many disco dance clubs back in the 1980s. There was a big concern that the video would kill music as we know it. Some musicians wanted to have no video and just let us envision what we think the music is about, not be told. Funny, I always hated this group's name because it reminds me of the word buggery....yuck.
2. HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN-THE EURYTHMICS-RELEASED 1983
Yes, "Singing In The Rain" was the very first song that came into my head but I have spoken about the film so often I went with my next choice which is from this group headed by the very weird Dave Stewart and the equally strange Annie Lennox. Annie Lennox has an amazing voice, so unique and versatile who exploded onto the music scene with her androgynous look and orange hair. There is so much more to this fine lady and this band had many hits.
3. RUNAWAY-DEL SHANNON- 1961
I am certain many of you can tell me the history of this song and I know it is considered a true classic. I recall going to a great bar, in Kitchener, Ontario, called Lulu's. Back in the day it laid claim to being the biggest gin joint in the world and the actual longest bar in the world as well. I have no idea, all I know is I enjoyed drinking many zombies there before I actually became one and tried to walk across the dance floor. My best friend and I would spend money on balloons that carried different meanings of which we always chose purple (never white..please I'm as pure as the driven slush) before heading out onto the dance floor. We saw The Byrds(I think there may have been 1 or 2 original band members there) but we also saw Del Shannon, I think, 2 or 3 times. He always played this song and we always danced to it. We would wave to him, if we saw him with our booze-soddened eyes and kept dancing. When we found out he committed suicide, we were very upset and saddened by this and so we would play this song as we had a couple (or more) drinks in his honour.
What can you think up?