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The only people who aren’t Rush fans are communists, critics who look like Elvis Costello and most women. :lol: 

Famine, disease, and non-Rush fans...do you also wonder why God made so many mistakes?

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86. The Kinks “Destroyer” (from Give the People What They Want)  https://youtu.be/_WJ6FbcWYRU The Kinks were actually a pretty good 80s band, as Ray Davies still had some songwriting chops l

67. Journey “Stone In Love” (from Escape)  https://youtu.be/kFqXFE8OSG4 Sorry @wikkidpissah there’s going to be a few more standard type rockers coming up here. What can I say? They were big i

44. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (from Bella Donna)  https://youtu.be/H5i7j0VhEHw The music to this song was written by Mike Campbell (l

9 hours ago, timschochet said:

48. Men At Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (from Business As Usual)

https://youtu.be/SECVGN4Bsgg

I can still remember watching this video on MTV for the first time; it was my introduction to this band. I liked it instantly and I remember being impressed by the saxophone. Still one of the best sax solos I’ve ever heard. 

 

I have to wait until April of 2022 to see Colin Hay. Hopefully the third time’s a charm. 

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7 minutes ago, timschochet said:

46. Kim Wilde “Kids in America” (from Kim Wilde

https://youtu.be/r_GH6M7cUq4

I forgot how coked out she looks on the video. Great song though.

The Muffs, fronted by Kim Shattuck (R.I.P to one of the greatest power pop songwriters ever), did a cover of this for Clueless, the movie. I like both versions and was not aware this was '81. Good stuff.

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This YouTube rabbit hole led me to a video proclaiming "Here are 80 Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers." The first video that was up? "The Tide Is High" by some girl group called Atomic Kitten. Who is this Atomic Kitten and why am I so old?

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50 minutes ago, rockaction said:

This YouTube rabbit hole led me to a video proclaiming "Here are 80 Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers."

I’ll take that challenge. BRB ... my bridge bid is that I’ll know 75 of 80. Unless there’s a lot of 2020 artists covering songs from 2012 or something.

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2 minutes ago, Doug B said:

I’ll take that challenge. BRB ... my bridge bid is that I’ll know 75 of 80. Unless there’s a lot of 2020 artists covering songs from 2012 or something.

Noooooo...it was such clickbait. Don't do it, Doug B!

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34 minutes ago, FairWarning said:

The YouTube rabbit hole can be great.

I'm going down the Who Sampled? rabbit hole right now, which to me, is a blast on Friday night.

Right now, I'm down Dillinger's "Cokane In My Brain" sample hole.

https://www.whosampled.com/remix/147186/Dillinger-Cokane-in-My-Brain-(Groove-Corporation-Remix)-Dillinger-Cokane-in-My-Brain/

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3 hours ago, Osaurus said:

I have to wait until April of 2022 to see Colin Hay. Hopefully the third time’s a charm. 

I feel like Business as Usual didn't come out in 1981. 

 

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3 hours ago, rockaction said:

This YouTube rabbit hole led me to a video proclaiming "Here are 80 Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers." The first video that was up? "The Tide Is High" by some girl group called Atomic Kitten. Who is this Atomic Kitten and why am I so old?

Hanging on the Telephone was also a cover by Blondie


I love getting lost on YouTube 

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24 minutes ago, HellToupee said:

Hanging on the Telephone was also a cover by Blondie

I love getting lost on YouTube 

Heh. You're too kind. I momentarily forgot that Blondie's version was a cover when I typed that. I knew that, actually, just momentarily thought their version -- probably the definitive one -- was the original. As for "Hanging On The Telephone," it was The Nerves, right?

I was just laughing because I remember the Blondie version of "The Tide Is High" being bandied about as a cover from first glance (I didn't watch the video to find out about the eighty songs), thinking of the band Atomic Kitten ("Atomic" being another Blondie song) and realizing I'm damn near fifty. Whoo baby! Time flies. 

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14 hours ago, timschochet said:

48. Men At Work “Who Can It Be Now?” (from Business As Usual)

https://youtu.be/SECVGN4Bsgg

I can still remember watching this video on MTV for the first time; it was my introduction to this band. I liked it instantly and I remember being impressed by the saxophone. Still one of the best sax solos I’ve ever heard. 

 

Hi Tim.  I really appreciate these threads, they're fun.  And I don't really question what or why you pick.  It's your show.  

But, this is one of the best sax solos you've ever heard?  

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1 minute ago, shuke said:

But, this is one of the best sax solos you've ever heard?  

We need Tim to do a 1978 countdown so we can get his take on Baker Street. 

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11 hours ago, timschochet said:

47. Joe Walsh “A Life of Illusion” (from There Goes the Neighborhood

https://youtu.be/_tiOMu_Bf8Q

Whenever I hear this song it stays in with me for days afterward, can’t get the melody out of my head. But I think it’s one of his better compositions. 

 

Wow.  I'm a little high right now but I feel like I'm hearing this song for the first time, yet it's also nostalgic at the same time.

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10 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

We need Tim to do a 1978 countdown so we can get his take on Baker Street. 

Jungleland may very well kill him first when he does 1975.

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10 hours ago, shuke said:

Hi Tim.  I really appreciate these threads, they're fun.  And I don't really question what or why you pick.  It's your show.  

But, this is one of the best sax solos you've ever heard?  

I’m not really into sax. I know this is heresy but- I love Springsteen but not so much Clemons. 
 

My favorite sax of all time is “Joeys On the Street Again” (Boomtown Rats.) 

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45. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (from Duran Duran

https://youtu.be/KCjMZMxNr-0

Obviously these guys were mostly about image but they could be an excellent band at times amd this is one of those. This is an excellent tune and for me personally it somehow avoided the annoyance factor that came with so many of their other hits being so incredibly overplayed. 
The video is considered a classic. Sumo was never such fun! 

 

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I like Duran Duran, but this was not one of their better hits.  It flopped here in the U.S. initially, but I believe was later re-released as a single after the RIO hits exploded. I seem to recall seeing the video on MTV more later rather than back in '81.  Not that the video was ever played that much given its risky nature. 

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1 hour ago, Ghost Rider said:

I like Duran Duran, but this was not one of their better hits.  It flopped here in the U.S. initially, but I believe was later re-released as a single after the RIO hits exploded. I seem to recall seeing the video on MTV more later rather than back in '81.  Not that the video was ever played that much given its risky nature. 

Have always felt that Duran Duran was overrated.   Songs are not very interesting.  Assume the girls liked the band for their looks.  

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7 minutes ago, DocHolliday said:

Have always felt that Duran Duran was overrated.   Songs are not very interesting.  Assume the girls liked the band for their looks.  

Funny - I’ve always thought of them as very underrated for their talent (notably John Taylor) and their hooks. I like GOF, but agree that there are better songs of theirs.

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17 hours ago, timschochet said:

46. Kim Wilde “Kids in America” (from Kim Wilde

https://youtu.be/r_GH6M7cUq4

I forgot how coked out she looks on the video. Great song though. 

 

Just looks stoned.  Maybe a nice combo high going on there.  

She may be stoned, but could also be that early ‘80s British look going on. Always liked the tune quite a bit.

Her dad Marty Wilde was a famous early rock singer in Britain, but never seemed to make it in the US.

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17 hours ago, timschochet said:

46. Kim Wilde “Kids in America” (from Kim Wilde

https://youtu.be/r_GH6M7cUq4

I forgot how coked out she looks on the video. Great song though. 

 

I always wanted her to marry Steve Perry in South Detroit, honeymoon in East California, then retire to NW South Dakota so i wouldnt have to listen to em anymore

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44. Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (from Bella Donna

https://youtu.be/H5i7j0VhEHw

The music to this song was written by Mike Campbell (lyrics by Tom Petty) and his lead guitar and melody is so distinctive. It reminds me very much of “Refugee” in how the verse and chorus keep rising to a crescendo. This is simply great classic rock. 

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2 hours ago, DocHolliday said:

Have always felt that Duran Duran was overrated.   Songs are not very interesting.  Assume the girls liked the band for their looks.  

I am sure the latter helped them a lot, especially since they had unique videos (at the time) in the very early days of MTV.   I don't think some of their hits have aged well at all, but their popularity back then never surprised me. 

2 hours ago, zamboni said:

Funny - I’ve always thought of them as very underrated for their talent (notably John Taylor) and their hooks. I like GOF, but agree that there are better songs of theirs.

John Taylor was definitely a really good bass player.  His work in the Rio title track is killer. 

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5 hours ago, Ghost Rider said:

I like Duran Duran, but this was not one of their better hits.  It flopped here in the U.S. initially, but I believe was later re-released as a single after the RIO hits exploded. I seem to recall seeing the video on MTV more later rather than back in '81.  Not that the video was ever played that much given its risky nature. 

There's a much better song from this debut album that was also re-released as a single post-RIO explosion. We'll see if Tim gets to it. 

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29 minutes ago, Ghost Rider said:

John Taylor was definitely a really good bass player.  His work in the Rio title track is killer. 

In Genrepalooza 4 we have a playlist called All About That Bass for songs with exceptional bass performances. Rio was selected for that. 

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2 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

There's a much better song from this debut album that was also re-released as a single post-RIO explosion. We'll see if Tim gets to it. 

Agreed.  Looks like it was their 2nd biggest hit from the album here in the States, and I think it is one of their hits that HAS aged well, along with Rio, Save a Prayer, Hungry Like the Wolf and New Moon on Monday. 

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43 minutes ago, Ghost Rider said:

I am sure the latter helped them a lot, especially since they had unique videos (at the time) in the very early days of MTV.   I don't think some of their hits have aged well at all, but their popularity back then never surprised me. 

John Taylor was definitely a really good bass player.  His work in the Rio title track is killer. 

Agree 100%. Here it is isolated

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9 hours ago, timschochet said:

45. Duran Duran “Girls on Film” (from Duran Duran

https://youtu.be/KCjMZMxNr-0

Obviously these guys were mostly about image but they could be an excellent band at times amd this is one of those. This is an excellent tune and for me personally it somehow avoided the annoyance factor that came with so many of their other hits being so incredibly overplayed. 
The video is considered a classic. Sumo was never such fun! 

 

This is by far my favorite Duran Duran tune. Probably because this is their most unabashed "homage" to Chic (who was a gigantic influence on this band - it's no surprise two of the Taylors ran off to hook up with Tony Thompson in Power Station). It's all right there in the groove. This was also one of the first music videos I remember seeing, along with U2's I Will Follow and the Tubes Talk To Ya Later.

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4 hours ago, Ghost Rider said:

Agreed.  Looks like it was their 2nd biggest hit from the album here in the States, and I think it is one of their hits that HAS aged well, along with Rio, Save a Prayer, Hungry Like the Wolf and New Moon on Monday. 

Ordinary World sounds as good today as when it was released. Might be in my top 10 from the 90s and definitely their favorite song for me.

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43. Bob Dylan “Every Grain of Sand” (from Shot of Love)

https://vimeo.com/359215525

In 1981, Dylan was just finishing up his trilogy of Christian albums, and this Gospel infused tune from Shot of Love is widely considered his best song of the era- though I personally favor “Precious Angel”. Don’t get me wrong though, “Every Grain of Sand” deserves all the accolades it has received over the years. 

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1 hour ago, HellToupee said:

Ordinary World sounds as good today as when it was released. Might be in my top 10 from the 90s and definitely their favorite song for me.

I was talking more about the 80's stuff, but I agree that Ordinary Man is a heckuva song.  Stuff like The Reflex, Union of the Snake, Wild Boys, A View to Kill...not bad songs, but I do not think they have aged well. 

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

43. Bob Dylan “Every Grain of Sand” (from Shot of Love)

https://vimeo.com/359215525

In 1981, Dylan was just finishing up his trilogy of Christian albums, and this Gospel infused tune from Shot of Love is widely considered his best song of the era- though I personally favor “Precious Angel”. Don’t get me wrong though, “Every Grain of Sand” deserves all the accolades it has received over the years. 

I didn't listen to Dylan at all during this period...I like the tune.  :thumbup:

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

43. Bob Dylan “Every Grain of Sand” (from Shot of Love)

https://vimeo.com/359215525

In 1981, Dylan was just finishing up his trilogy of Christian albums, and this Gospel infused tune from Shot of Love is widely considered his best song of the era- though I personally favor “Precious Angel”. Don’t get me wrong though, “Every Grain of Sand” deserves all the accolades it has received over the years. 

Arguably as good as any song ever written.

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  • timschochet changed the title to The 100 Greatest Songs of 1981 #42 Watch Your Step

42. Elvis Costello “Watch Your Step” (from Trust)

https://youtu.be/Jyqvdfgv6-o

One of Elvis Costello’s best songs ever, combining some pretty unnerving and scary lyrics with a sublime melody. 
I wrote earlier that IMO Trust is the best rock album of 1981. I wish I could feature more songs from it on this list. Sadly there just isn’t room. 

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36 minutes ago, timschochet said:

42. Elvis Costello “Watch Your Step” (from Trust)

https://youtu.be/Jyqvdfgv6-o

One of Elvis Costello’s best songs ever, combining some pretty unnerving and scary lyrics with a sublime melody. 
I wrote earlier that IMO Trust is the best rock album of 1981. I wish I could feature more songs from it on this list. Sadly there just isn’t room. 

We have different favorites from this great album, and this one is right there for me...but I don't think there's a song on it I don't really like. 

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  • timschochet changed the title to The 100 Greatest Songs of 1981 #41 You Better You Bet

41. The Who “You Better You Bet” (from Face Dances)

https://youtu.be/vXMWNhCmLUg

Following the death of Keith Moon, The Who didn’t seem to have the same energy. Who Are You, produced when Moon was still around, was their last really good album IMO; Face Dances and everything that would follow was mediocre at best. Like The Rolling Stones, they had pretty much reached the end of the line around this time. 
But that didn’t mean that either band couldn’t still release a great song from time to time. “You Better You Bet” is a throwback, filled with the old greatness. One of the last gasps, but a terrific way to go out. 

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

41. The Who “You Better You Bet” (from Face Dances)

https://youtu.be/vXMWNhCmLUg

Following the death of Keith Moon, The Who didn’t seem to have the same energy. Who Are You, produced when Moon was still around, was their last really good album IMO; Face Dances and everything that would follow was mediocre at best. Like The Rolling Stones, they had pretty much reached the end of the line around this time. 
But that didn’t mean that either band couldn’t still release a great song from time to time. “You Better You Bet” is a throwback, filled with the old greatness. One of the last gasps, but a terrific way to go out. 

I think the lyrics are the best part of the tune.

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1 hour ago, timschochet said:

41. The Who “You Better You Bet” (from Face Dances)

https://youtu.be/vXMWNhCmLUg

Following the death of Keith Moon, The Who didn’t seem to have the same energy. Who Are You, produced when Moon was still around, was their last really good album IMO; Face Dances and everything that would follow was mediocre at best. Like The Rolling Stones, they had pretty much reached the end of the line around this time. 
But that didn’t mean that either band couldn’t still release a great song from time to time. “You Better You Bet” is a throwback, filled with the old greatness. One of the last gasps, but a terrific way to go out. 

I enjoy Face Dances quite a bit with 5-6 tunes I look forward to hearing. "It's Hard" is another story, with "Eminence Front" being the only standout song. But what a standout it is!

ETA - There was a lot of animosity between Daltrey and Townshend at the time because Roger accused Pete of saving his best songs for his solo projects. I've seen interviews where Daltrey said "Empty Glass" should have been a Who album.

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