It’s an ’80s Kind of Day Part 3

It’s that time of the week again!  I’m feelin’ kinda ballady today.  So let’s see what I can come up with:

1. Foolish Beat By: Debbie Gibson

I LOVED THIS SONG when I was younger!  OMG!  I thought it was so deep and heartfelt.  That Debbie.  She had me obsessed with boys I think just from this song.  Oh the heartache!  As for the video, gotta love her dancing on the stage at a concert and she’s basically in silhouette.  Cute.  It occurs to me watching this that she’s a bad lip syncher as she sits in the cafe.  LOVING her big hair and shoulder pads!  Is this her big acting debut?  What’s with all that crazy white fabric she’s wearing?  And that huge bow that’s going to overtake her head?  So many questions!  Classic: the tears on the left side of her cheek.  Too much!

2. The Flame By: Cheap Trick

Ahhhh the big hair bands.  Gotta love ’em!  Hey they’re just having fun playing their instruments!  You mean not all music videos from this time need to be really dramatic?  And just in case we forget we’re watching Cheap Trick they make sure they paint their name on the floor they’re performing on in the video.  You never know.  We might forget.  Feels like I’m at a middle school dance again.  You know, those awkward slow songs when we were only allowed to slow dance as long as we had at least a foot between us?  OH and who on earth do we ask?  Will he/she dance with me?  I always wanted a boy to sing this to me and insist that they would be the The Flame.

3. Could’ve Been By: Tiffany

Who knew her last name was Darwish?  Just learned that.  Tiffany was the first music artist I ever spent money on for myself.  She was my first music cassette tape.  I was so proud of myself.  And I thought she was so much better than that Debbie Gibson girl!  I used to do concerts for my parents with her songs.  What’s with her waving on the stage so much in her video?  Was she worried we’d forget about her?  Wow.  Sing with her nose much?  Whoa!  That is a puffy jacket she’s wearing.  Oh the things that could’ve been…

4. True By: Spandau Ballet

What a name for a group!  Don’t we all know this much is true?  How can you not love the cool lighting behind the screen?  The close up of the lead singer’s face on camera singing to me is kind of scaring me.  I can’t help it!  Gettin’ a kick out the suits.  Kinda cool lighting throughout actually.  Sure.  And then there’s the cool sax guy with the big golden bangs playin’ his solo.  So deep.  I don’t think I realized how long the song was.  Wow.  5 whole minutes of knowing this much is true.

5. We Are the World Live *Written By: Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and *Produced: Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian *Sung By: Bazillions of Music Artists

Live Aid!  1985!  Who remembers how BIG that event was or how monumental it was to have so many musicians in the same place at once singing for a greater cause??  Still gets me.  I’m choked up now re-watching it.  I mean, how can you go wrong with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson (very sparkly in the video), Dionne Warwick and the list goes on and on. “It’s true we make a better day just you and me.”


OK.  I think that was deep enough.  I have fulfilled my ballad need.  Enjoy!


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