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Wednesday Night Dance Party: Stuff Sarah Palin (probably) Rocked Out to in High School/College August 31, 2010

Posted by wintersetruss in Music, Politics.
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Since Mrs. Palin is a mere 4 years older than I am, I’m gonna assume that she was listening to a lot of the stuff that I was in the 80’s.  Well, at least she had ACCESS to the same music I did.  So I’m dedicating this edition of my musical indulgence to that moose-huntin’ momma from Wassila.

Here’s the first entry in the subcategory “Songs in Modern Commercials that I Remember from the 80’s”.  The The, with “This Is The Day”.  When I first saw that M&M’s commercial featuring this song, I was telling myself “Dude, You used to CRUISE around drinking beer with that song on the tape deck.”  Now they’re using it to sell candy.  In 30 years, I look forward to ad campaigns for adult diapers featuring this song again.

I’ve already declared my love for Richard Thompson in previous comments threads here, and this is the song that introduced me to one of the greatest guitarists and songwriters around.  I bought a copy of Rolling Stone sometime in late ’85, and read an article about this former English folkie and his tumultous career.  They abso-freakin-lutely gave his “Across A Crowded Room” album rave reviews, so I took a chance and bought it.  Good call.

OK, I’m not going to be able to convince any of you that I was only listening to Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf back in junior high, right?  So this won’t be too embarrassing.  New Order’s been cranking out dance tunes since they formed in 1980, and this is the veritable Tyrannasaurus Rex of all those great tunes.  I’m 99.9% certain that Sarah Palin has been on a dance floor when this tune was playing at SOME time in the past.  If this tune comes on, how can you NOT get up and dance?  Even notorious goobers like Dave in Texas feel the urge to dance when the bass starts bouncing on this one.

Another guilty pleasure from the 80’s:  Echo and the Bunnymen.  I figured out that “Echo” is the lead singer, but what in the Sam Hill is a Bunnyman?  Wait, don’t tell me.  It’s probably something that Rosetta from The Hostages is into, and once you get those images into your mind, you can’t get them out short of a full frontal lobatomy.  Here’s one of their better known tunes.

What do you call a list of danceable songs from the 80’s that doesn’t contain any Oingo Boingo?  A damn sloppy job, IMHO.  Danny Elfman has pigeonholed himself into soundtrack work since the 80’s, but back in the day, he was the leader of a band “that could turn goat piss into gasoline” in the words of Steve “The Colonel” Cropper.  Well, he didn’t say it about Oingo Boingo, but he SHOULD have.  I thought about putting up “Goodbye, Goodbye” or “We Close Our Eyes”, which are both good tunes, but settled on this better known tune for two reasons.  One, it rocks.  Two, the video features Rodney Dangerfield.  Plus, even though “We Close Our Eyes” is a great tune, it’s got an accordion featured, and I’ve already covered that demographic with my first selection.

Damn near everyone in America knows a line or two from “Caddyshack” and can work it into a conversation.  That’s cool, it sort of works as pop culture shorthand for Americans.  Imagine my frustration with the rest of you morons who give me dumb stares when I crack a GREAT reference line from “Repo Man” because you didn’t bother to memorize it like I did?  The Plugz were an LA band that contributed three songs to the “Repo Man” soundtrack, including “Reel Ten”, the minimalist classic which was featured as the closing song of the movie.  The lead singer for The Plugz went on to front The Cruzados in the late 80’s, and he’s been seen recently as the frontman for Tito & Tarantula, a band that Robert Rodriguez features in his movies.  They were the bar band in “From Dusk to Dawn”, and you should definitely surf YouTube to hear some of their stuff.  Kickass, ifyouknowwhatImeanandIthinkyoudo.

If you were ever at a kegger (anytime between 1983 and, well, let’s face it….now), you HAVE to have heard this song before.  And if you’ve still got your “Eighties Card”, you can still sing all the lyrics without spilling a drop of your lukewarm Busch Light.  “..share a smoke, make a joke, grasp and reach for a leg of hope..”  Even though Brewfan is a little too old for this music (he went to grammar school with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for God’s sake), he should enjoy this one too because these guys are fellow Cheeseheads.   (NOTE:  This song contains three “f-bombs”, so if profanity is an issue at your workplace, consider it NSFW, at least without headphones.)

I’ll wrap it up presently.  I can already hear Michael whining about “wasting bandwidth on music that doesn’t even feature clarinets” already, so I’ve just got two more that I want to share.  It’s hard to pare the list down, because I keep remembering cool tunes while I’m posting all the ones that occured to me this afternoon when I decided to create this list.  Everyone who lived through the 80’s remembers The Police, right?  Do you also remember Wall of Voodoo, the one-hit wonder that gave us “Mexican Radio”?  Well, imagine what would happen if Stan “The Man With Ethel Merman’s Vocal Inflections” Ridgeway got together with Stewart “Mr. Percussion” Copeland?  This was the featured tune for Francis Ford Coppola’s movie “Rumble Fish” from 1983.

To close things out, I went with an English Import:  The English Beat.  Not overly popular, but it was a nice little song that I really liked, so I’m gonna go ahead and assume that Sarah Palin liked it too.  They did an acoustic version of this song somewhere along the line, and it sounds great, but I’m gonna put the original up, just to be correct.  I’ve been assuming that Sarah Palin listened to a lot of the same stuff I did, but I’m assuming that it’s not a big reach.  After all:  I’m conservative, she’s conservative – I own guns, she owns guns – She’s got a son named Trig, I’ve got a son named Moses – She’s smoking hot, and I’m…….in possession of classical chiseled features, or so I’m told.  (SHUT UP Dave, I have so been told that before.)  Here’s “Save it For Later”.

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1. wintersetruss - August 31, 2008

All those links and not a busted one in the bunch the first time out? I’d better go out and get a lottery ticket right now!

Here’s a couple that I didn’t add to the main page for the sake of brevity.

The Kings. Mucho radio play for this song in the mid-80’s, at least here in Central Iowa. Another great kegger sing-along song:

Talk Talk. I saw these guys open for The Psychadelic Furs at the Des Moines Civic Center back in ’84, and they almost stole the show. Good tune, with a classic video. Much better than No Doubt’s cover version, which was pretty good too:

Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, or “OMD” if you prefer. Yeah, the one from “Pretty in Pink”. Great movie, great song, great combination of the two:

2. Michael - August 31, 2008

*Standing by his pool in Texas, Michael stares north, and raises his glass towards a farm in Iowa, awestruck.*

Whatever happened to wifebeater shirts? That was a kinda cool thing about the ’80s.

3. Michael - August 31, 2008

I listened to that Richard Thompson song three times.

Never heard that before.

4. Russ from Winterset - August 31, 2008

Richard Thompson cannot be recommended highly enough, IMHO. There’s tons of his work on YouTube, and if you want to get one of his discs, “Rumor and Sigh” is a great place to start. Several classic tunes, including his megahit “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”. Hell, he even did the soundtrack for “Grizzly Man”, that documentary about Timothy “Bear Chow” Treadwell.

5. Michael - August 31, 2008

Now I’ve listened to it four times. Aside from the distinctive voice with a big range, the guitar solo is really good. Not overdone and showy, but really good.

6. wintersetruss - August 31, 2008

“Rumor and Sigh”
“Shoot Out the Lights” (w/Linda Thompson, his ex wife)
“Amnesia”
“Across a Crowded Room”
“The Old Kit Bag”
“1000 Years of Popular Music”

There are others, but these will get you started.

7. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

She’s Straight 80’s bro. halen, crue, maybe some metalica, and some katrina with some berlin and I bet she knows “99 luft baloons” in english, AND german, straight 80’s.

8. BrewFan - August 31, 2008

Even though Brewfan is a little too old for this music (he went to grammar school with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for God’s sake)

We used to jam on the harpsichord and lute in his stable. Wolfie was a real chick magnet so there was never any shortage of groupies. We’d minuet the night away…

Good times!

9. Russ from Winterset - August 31, 2008

Michael, this one’s for you, brudda. Richard Thompson covers Britney Spears. Yeah, it SOUNDS cheesy, but he freakin’ nails it.

I swear to God, this guy could make commercial jingles sound like Classical Music. He should do a disc of nothing but covers of music from bubblegum, soulless pop groups like Britney, 98° and the like, just to show them what a REAL musician can do. That would be hilarious, and I’d buy the damn thing.

10. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

Russ, I am Sarah Palin’s age and must disagree with your picks. I only recognized Boingo and New Order and only because my little sister played them.

She’s Straight 80’s bro. halen, crue, maybe some metalica, and some katrina with some berlin and I bet she knows “99 luft baloons” in english, AND german, straight 80’s. That’s getting warmer.

Skynard, Kansas, Boston, Styx, Kiss, Meatloaf, The Knack.

11. Robert - August 31, 2008

I take it you probably enjoyed Donnie Darko too

12. Pupster - August 31, 2008

I’m not slamming your picks Russ, I just didn’t get exposed to any of that music, and I only went to dances for the slow music, IYKWIM.

These were what I had in my big brown box of cassette tapes:

.38 Special, Foreigner, Journey, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Ozzy, Megadeth, Crue, Metallica, Ratt.

13. kevlarchick - August 31, 2008

I was still into Zep in the 80s. Loved U2 and the Cult too.

14. Retired Geezer - August 31, 2008

Wow, who knew that Lipstick and I had the same musical taste?
Oh yeah and Pupster too.

You haven’t lived until you hear Mrs. Geezer sing the Judas Priest tune “You got another thing coming”, when we play RockBand ™.

I took my grandson to the Boston concert a month ago. Good Times.

15. Dave in Texas - August 31, 2008

Black Dog

16. Lipstick - August 31, 2008

Yeah, Boston came to Johnstown and it was my first concert.

17. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

The dogs lay at your feeheeheet KC.
The wind Caress your cheheeheek KC!

18. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

It also works with your real name you know.

19. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

For KC.

20. Wickedpinto - August 31, 2008

Lead Singer has Amazing Hair!

21. Michael - September 1, 2008

You haven’t lived until you hear Mrs. Geezer sing the Judas Priest tune “You got another thing coming”, when we play RockBand ™.

I’m thinking you’re probably right. I haven’t heard that yet, so my life has kinda been empty and meaningless.

22. kevlarchick - September 1, 2008

*squeal!* Thanks WP.

23. wickedpinto - September 2, 2008

*squeal!* Thanks WP.

Thats how most women respond KC.

*breaths on then buffs fingernails.*

24. Pupster - September 1, 2010

*wonders if Pinto still lurks*

*checks dashboard*

25. wiserbud - September 1, 2010

so, basically the entire IB gang is out of new ideas and just bumping old threads now?

Damn, wish I knew it was gonna be this easy. I wouldn’t have put so much effort into my last two posts.

26. Pupster - September 1, 2010

*eagerly awaits cats-on-treadmill post*

27. geoff - September 1, 2010

We need a IB vs. Hostages Compliments thread.

28. Michael - September 1, 2010

Go ahead and get it started, Geoff. We still need a post for today.

I’m sure we can all think of some way to say something nice about the knuckle-draggers at H2.

29. wiserbud - September 1, 2010

*eagerly awaits cats-on-treadmill post*

what, and give away all my best stuff to the competition?

yah. I don’t think so.

30. wiserbud - September 1, 2010

We need a IB vs. Hostages Compliments thread.

That sounds challenging.

Should we have team captains here or just a free-for-all?

31. geoff - September 1, 2010

Go ahead and get it started, Geoff. We still need a post for today.

Sorry – I’m writing proposals right now, so I can’t do anything weblike that takes more than a minute.

Where’s laura or Dave?

32. daveintexas - September 1, 2010

I’m busy

33. wiserbud - September 1, 2010

I’m busy

Too busy to pay someone a compliment?

nice.

34. daveintexas - September 1, 2010

yeah yeah..

I just got an update on my friend George. His surgery went really well. He’s alert, remembers things, talkative. Vision is good.

thank you all who sent your thoughts and prayers.

35. wiserbud - September 1, 2010

I just got an update on my friend George. His surgery went really well. He’s alert, remembers things, talkative. Vision is good.

And this is why I refuse to get a vasectomy.

Seriously, that’s great news, DinT.

36. daveintexas - September 1, 2010

yep

37. Eddie The Bear - September 1, 2010

good to hear. Scary stuff

38. Mrs. Peel - September 1, 2010

In two years, no one noticed that Russ spelled Wasilla incorrectly?

39. BrewFan - September 2, 2010

Every two years we have to be reminded that Rock ‘n Roll died sometime around 1979. Thanks Russ!

40. kevl - September 2, 2010

OMG I loved Ratt. I must go put “Round and Round on my iPod.

41. Tushar - September 2, 2010

You guys are like Catholics and Protestants, or Shias and Sunnis, or Marxists and Fascists.

I consider myself equal parts Innocent Bystander and Hostage. I guess I will just have to insult compliment both sides of the schism.

42. Cathy - September 2, 2010

If you were ever at a kegger (anytime between 1983 and, well, let’s face it….now),

Busy nursing and raising babies.
Keggers were out for me, just sayin’

And GREAT NEWS about George! Dave!

43. Cathy - September 2, 2010

Whatever happened to wifebeater shirts? That was a kinda cool thing about the ’80s.

Went ‘out’ with wife-beating… and mullets.

44. Russ from Winterset - September 2, 2010

The mullet will NEVER die!

45. The Lovely Janis - September 3, 2010

Yes — my hsuband has some interesting tastes in music — even I have to ask him “who is this?” And this is what he was doing Tuesday night hogging the computer.

When we dated in high school I remember Russ going on and on about The Psychedelic Furs! And I still wonder who they are!!! He also took me to see Dread Zepplin and Blues Traveler.

But I have to give a thumbs up on Richard Thompson — before we got married Russ asked if I wanted to go to concert of some English guy who was playing a one man accoustic guitar show at a local ballroom. Never heard of the guy but Russ really wanted to go so I said sure — It was awesome — Russ kept asking me “Is he the only one playing guitar?” as it sounded like two or three — masterful!!! And 1952 Vincent Black Lighting is one of favorites!!!

46. Russ from Winterset - September 3, 2010

Honey, look at the date on the first comment on the thread. Michael’s been playing with the wayback machine again.

47. wintersetruss - September 3, 2010

Thanks honey — Michael must really be bored!!! oops — forgot to sign you out before I commented. The Lovely Janis


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