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41 years ago this week, the Commodores and “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100

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September 18, 2022

You can’t get much more 80s than the Commodores “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” video. The short afros (compared to the 1970s), the short shorts and, of course, the ode to a special woman.

Yes, the short shorts that both men and women wore.

“Lady (You Bring Me Up)” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1981. Not sure why it couldn’t get any higher, considering, in my world, only Juice Newton’s “Queen of Hearts” (one of the seven songs ahead of it) has equal or more lasting memories. read more

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Olivia Newton-John: (September 1948 to August 8, 2022). RIP.

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August 8, 2022

I’m so sad right now.

My top five Olivia Newton-John songs.

Magic

Summer Nights

Physical

42 years ago this week, August 16, 1980, Xanadu was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You’re the one that I want

Such an 80’s icon. R.I.P.

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“After All”: Peter Cetera and Cher hit #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts 33 years ago this week, April 22, 1989

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April 29, 2022

The 1989 movie “Chances Are” isn’t exactly a classic. But it’s definitely weird and worth a watch if you’re bored one night. The short, spoiler version is that Louie Jeffries was a young lawyer in the 1960s. He was married to Corrine Jeffries, played by Cybill Shepherd. Louie get killed when he’s hit by a car while crossing the street. But when he goes to the “pearly gates” after death, he slipped through the cracks and was instantly reincarnated as baby Alex Finch (Robert Downey Jr.). read more

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Did You Know? Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud, met his second and last wife, Gretchen Johnson, in an episode of the show in May 1981

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April 24, 2022

Once upon a time, circa 2000, I downloaded 90 episodes of Family Feud via Napster because I was bored and had broadband. The original show ran from 1976 to 1985. It was a daytime game show, wedged between a bunch of soap operas. So I only saw it when I was faking sick or really sick, and at home from school. There were a few prime time (night) special episodes of Family Feud, like the Three’s Company vs. The Love Boat vs. Soap vs. Eight is Enough casts episode in 1978. I saw the re-reruns, as obviously I was too young to remember this live. read more

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Blondie: “Call Me” reached number-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 42 years ago this week, April 19, 1980

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April 23, 2022

The year 1980 is to the oldest of Generation X, as 1990 is to the youngest of Generation X (i.e. ME). Those years transitioned from one era to the next. I talked about Disco Demolition Night in another blog post and in a 2006 podcast I created while a student at Arizona State University.

Disco (circa 1972-1980) was one of the grooviest eras in music history; and the last truly creative genre of Black American music. Synthesizers came along in the 1980s and trivialized pure music talent, meaning people who played actual instruments. The 80s, by far, is my favorite decade of music. But it was nowhere near the most talented decade for artists. read more

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Second Amendment means you don’t need permission, and it brings back memories

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March 4, 2022

I’m just bored tonight, ran a few hundred rounds through the AK, and now just posting a few pics.

The above was my first gun, an AR-15, back in 2009. And that’s my buddy Max. Notice how hard I’m gripping him with my left hand. He’s a Brindle Pit Bull, weighed close to 80 pounds, and was trained to “hurt” certain people at certain times. One of those certain people were in the vicinity and he was ready. That would not have been pretty. Max was my first, last and only dog in adulthood (2004-2010). read more

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27 years ago this week (February 25, 1995), “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan debuted at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100

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February 27, 2022

“This Is How We Do It” gradually climbed the charts for the next seven weeks, until it hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 15, 1995.

Montell Jordan dethroned Madonna and “Take A Bow,” which had been number-1 for seven-straight weeks. That’s a feat to be proud of.

Jordan and “This Is How We Do It” stayed at number-1 for the next seven weeks. Bryan Adams and “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” knocked “This Is How We Do It” out of the number-1 spot on June 3, 1995. I like a lot of Bryan Adams songs, particularly “This Time,” “Heaven,” and “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.” read more

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The Facts of Life: 41 years ago today, November 26, 1980, Season 2 debuted and introduced Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon)

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November 26, 2021So the headline isn’t 100% true. The Facts Of Life Season Two debut aired on November 19, 1980. But it was a two-part series. “The New Girl: Part 1” aired on November 19. Part Two aired on November 26, 1980.

Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon) joined Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel), Dorothy “Tootsie” Ramsey (Kim Fields), Natalie Green (Mindy Cohn), and housemother Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae) at Eastland, a private, upscale all-girls high school in upstate New York. read more

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39 years ago today, November 20, 1982, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes were #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Up Where We Belong” for the third consecutive week

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November 19, 2021

I watched “An Officer and a Gentleman” way late at night on Cinemax or HBO in 1983. My calendar journal from that year has a little side note on the August page. It says “Paul’s mom looks like the Officer Gentleman woman.” I don’t recall who exactly Paul (or his mom) is.

I had no idea what was going on in that movie, or what I was watching. Most 8-year-old kids wouldn’t. But something about it, particularly the soundtrack, stuck with me. I still love it today. read more

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Janet Jackson: “Come Back To Me” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 18, 1990 – stayed on charts for 23 weeks

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November 7, 2021

“Come Back To Me” was #2 for two weeks, as it couldn’t overtake “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey (which frankly isn’t even in my top five of Mariah songs). The final week for “Come Back To Me” on the Billboard Hot 100 was October 20, 1990, when it was #90. That’s a little over 31 years ago – my sophomore year in high school.

The video was filmed in Paris, in November 1989. “Miss Jackson’s” love interest in the video is Mexican songwriter and director René Elizondo Jr. They secretly married on March 31, 1991. In fact it is said to be Elizondo’s hands covering Janet Jackson’s breast on the September 1993 cover of Rolling Stone magazine. read more

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