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Four For Friday

It’s that time again! Due to the popularity of a post earlier this week called “True” which featured some classic 80’s music, guess what this weeks Four For Friday is? You got it. Here are four random as usual tunes for this week. Big shout out to Mudpuppy,  JK and Rindy for their confessions of 80’s music lyric memorization syndrome too!

1.We are the World” by USA for Africa – Heather asked this the other day and I had to admit to it. Did anyone else do “Hands Across America“? C’ can admit it. I did! I stood by the Burger King in Bedford Heights, Ohio with my prom date (it was prom weekend). Lovely….

2. “Mr. Telephone Man” by New Edition – I was quite possibly the biggest New Edition fan in Bedford! They were my first concert without my parents. It was New Edition, UTFO (Roxanne, Roxanne…yikes) and the Jessie Johnson Review! How’s that for a show? I still buy New Edition CD’s when they drop.

3. “Don’t Change” by INXS – Loved this song! We were in Downtown Cincinnati last summer and some cover band did this song during a street fair. I busted out in a concert all my own. Heather and the kids just walked away. “Don’t change for you…don’t change a thing…for me”

4. “If You Leave” by O.M.D – This is in my ALL TIME five favorite songs. I have no idea why. It always reminds me of the movie “Pretty in Pink”. That was the first date I ever went on without my parents (they dropped us off). I am convinced this world needs more O.M.D!

How about you? Let’s have them. It was the 80’s. The hair was big (even mine), the pants were parachute, MTV showed music videos and the tunes were everlasting. Give me your Four!


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  • Brian · July 11, 2008

    Wasn’t Hands Across America on a Friday possibly? I think the family and I were driving from Gary, Indiana to Seattle Washington that day. I think I was 10 if even that old. I remember as a kid singing that song all the time and mimicking the voices of all the burnt out artists. Good times. Thank you Bruce, Kenny, Willie, Lionel, Michael, Sheila, Daryl, Ray, Billy, Cyndi, Huey, Kenny, John, Waylon, Steve, Smokey, Diana, Paul, Tina, Stevie, Bette, Tito, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon and the rest of you no names.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE “If You Leave”

  • mudpuppy · July 11, 2008

    Too young when that thing rolled around for me. At least I was too young to drive out to do it myself. We were an hour away from Little Rock, Arkansas and I was in the 6th grade.

    But GREAT list today. I can’t stop lovin’ the 80’s! I watch every VH1 special I come across.

    What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) – Information Society
    Take On Me – A-ha
    Forever Young – Alphaville
    Word Up – Cameo
    Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
    Walking Away – Information Society
    Rocket 2 U – The Jets
    Just Got Paid – Johnny Kemp
    Freakazoid – Midnight Star
    Blue Monday – New Order
    Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
    I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
    Jam On It – Old Skool Professors of Funk
    If You Leave – OMD
    The Rain – Orange “Juice” Jones
    Always On My Mind – Pet Shop Boys
    Let’s Go All The Way – Sly Fox
    Rumors – Timex Social Club
    The Promise – When In Rome
    Situation – Yaz

    (at least it’s divisible by 4)

  • Ernie · July 11, 2008

    “I Ran” — Flock of Sea Gulls

    Anything by “The Outfield”

    “Separate Ways” — Journey

    “With or Without You” — U2

    I also must admit the 80’s Lyrics disease. My kids think I am a freak. There should be a support group for this.

  • Aaron · July 11, 2008

    Ern – We’re you support group. Admitting it is the first step. Living in it is even better. “I’m sorry but I was thinking of the right words to say”.

    I noted that “If You Leave” is on two of the three lists so far. Quality!

    I also noted that clearly I am a bit older….

    The honest truth is that my prom date drove us to Hands Across America because I was only a sophomore and didn’t have my license. She was a Senior.

    Many a ride in the Cutlass singing Outfield Ern. We wore that tape OUT! I can still see the change lined up on the speedometer…..

  • mudpuppy · July 11, 2008

    You said tape…

  • MichaelConners · July 11, 2008

    My 80s Four for Friday…

    1) Rolling Stones – “Emotional Rescue”
    Mick. Singing falsetto.

    2) Blasters – “American Music”
    I was living in L.A. in the early 80’s, and the Blasters (Dave and Phil Alvin) were friends of the Conners Brothers. California Rockabilly. “Greatest music that you ever knew – American Music!”

    3) Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus”
    Best part of this tune was the alternate lyrics – “Eat me, I’m a danish”.

    4) Devo – “Whip It”
    I was working in a record store, and the “Freedom of Choice” was a regular favorite of the folks I worked with. We’d fight over other stuff to play but not this album.

  • geekpie · July 15, 2008

    mudpuppy: is that yazz or yazoo at number 10?

    Yazoo was Alison Moyet’s early 80s outfit, while Yazz didn’t come along til 88.

    I need your early 80s UK new Romantic stories and content at

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