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This Week In The 80s
174 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
#52: The MTV Story
Yappin' about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts in "This Week In The 80s" - Labor Day Weekend! "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles was the 1st video played on MTV, but... what was the 2nd??? Remembrances of when I toured my first radio station.. at age 6! My Dad's $h!tbox truck. The ZZ Top stiff that gets played more nowadays than ANY of their actual hits. Lame white yuppie soul! The song that ended Whitney Houston's incredible streak of seven consecutive #1 hits. The weakest of all the Hall & Oates hits. The real reason Keith Sweat sounded so WHINY. The 1st rap "feature" to hit the pop top 10. The project that c-blocked a Beastie Boys masterpiece. PLUS- I will finally tell my own "MTV Story" - the one I've been referring to since the series started... 12 months ago! Warning: It not for the faint of heart! By the end of this episode, I'll have talked about EVERY song to hit the American pop music charts in the 1980s. All 4,166 songs!!!! The 1st time this has even been done in podcast form. There's more to come... After I take a nap! Meantime... Go re-live the magic and re-listen to Episodes #1-#51. I dare ya! Thank you all for listening. This has been fun! #TWIT80s.You Tube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2YEa8U8
107 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
#51: You're just too darn loud
All the songs that peaked in popularity "This Week In The 80s"- the 4th week of August. The biggest 80s version of a song that was a hit in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The Go-Go's get drunk and go water skiing. Let's rank the Beatles! Stevie Nicks gets... married??? Lionel Richie goes country. The worst Elvis Costello album ever? A song so good Prince wrote a letter to the artist to say how impressed he was. Lame soccer mom VH-1 music takes over 1988. And the #1 song from the greatest movie EVER MADE!!!! It's our 2nd to last episode. When it's all over, we'll have talked about EVERY song to ever hit the American pop music charts in the 1980s. Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2E9xWZa
191 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
#50: Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen
"This Week In The 80's", Episode #50. All NINETY FIVE songs that peaked in popularity the 3rd week of August, "This Week In The 80s". The "Genesis" of "In The Air Tonight". The Greatest American TV Theme Song Of The 1980s. My Grandparents get cruise control (and an FM radio!). The greatest Hall & Oates stiff of the 1980s! Van Halen gets their final top 40 hit with Dave Lee Roth. Andrew Ridgeley gets his final top 40 w/ George Michael. An overheard conversation inspires a #1 Madonna hit. The most forgettable song that Journey ever put into the top 20. John Spinks of The Outfield: Unsung Hero Of Mainstream Power Pop Songwriting! Richard Marx: Barry Manilow with a mullet. PLUS - And what DOES "Gunter Glieber Glauten Globen" mean anyway??? Only TWO more episodes to go... and we'll have talked about EVERY song to ever hit the American pop music charts in the 1980s- Over 2,000 songs! Thanks for listening. Tell a friend and spread the word! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Y64xWv
124 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
It's "This Week In The 80s", Episode #49- all the songs that peaked in popularity - the 2nd week of August! Is "Star Wars" the most overrated movie franchise of all-time. Yes. Yes it is! Why were Duran Duran jealous of....Kajagoogoo? The 2 biggest hits from both "Ghostbusters" movies. Elton John hawks designer jeans. My first rap record. Was Freddie Jackson... a racist??? Belinda Carlisle just says "YES". Why did Rod Stewart hate one of his biggest 80s hits? U2's love/hate relationship with America. George Michael gets BANNED from radio! Two early 60s dance hits get another shot in 1988. PLUS - was THIS the strangest song to hit #1, perhaps... EVER??? All that and more. Over 2 hours of incessant babbling about 80 pop music. The series is almost done. Share, subscribe and tell a friend. I'm getting my ass kicked in the podcast wars! Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/3f6uvib
144 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
#48: Paging Dr. Noah Drake
It's August...and we're talking about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts, "This Week In The 80s". Including two of John Lennon's favorite radio hits from the summer of 1980. Things start to happen for Rick Springfield. John Cougar goes with his gut. We'll take a quick diversion from the music and run down the top 5 movies of 1983. Mick Jagger's Michael Jackson obsession. Which was better "Breakin'" or "Beat Street?" The Duran Duran solo hit that rips off... the Bellamy Brothers??? A #1 song so lame even Glenn Frey (RIP) turned it down. Added bonus: My critically acclaimed Jeff Goldbum impression. It's uncanny! Only 4 more episodes left??? Is that right??? Whoa! Thanks for listening! #TWIT80s.YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2ZQiIjV
124 minutes | Jul 26, 2020
#47: The 16 year old prostitute who OD'd and got Don Henley arrested
2 hours of non-stop chatter about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts the final week of July... "This Week In The 80s". We'll connect the dots from Michael Jackson to neil of "The Young Ones". The #1 American classic that almost got c-blocked thanks to Sylvester Stallone. The insane behind-the-scenes drama on the set of a Fleetwood Mac video. A Prince stiff gets re-released...and rightfully becomes a hit. Rod Stewart plays... Sun City?!? Not one, but two big landmarks for Whitney Houston. We'll check our mandatory Hall & Oates box with an obscure album track that becomes a big #1 hit remake. All of the artists that turned DOWN "Danger Zone" before Kenny Loggins. Barry Manilow goes clubbin' in the 80s. The song that kept "Pour Some Sugar On Me" from hitting #1. And... Oh yeah... and that time Don Henley got arrested all because of a 16 year old prostitute that OD'd at his house. All that and yes... MORE! Another fun-filled, trivia packed edition of "This Week In The 80s". Thank you for listening! #TWIT80s. YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Ov2bv6
144 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
#46: And you thought Stevie B. was a sh*tty singer!
"This Week In The 80s"- Episode #46. All the songs that peaked during the 3rd week of July. Do you remember "Who Shot Jr?" Cuz I sure don't! The singer who claims she was blacklisted... because of Bill Cosby! The top 20 Journey hit you won't get on their "Greatest" compilation. This pop-metal classic is as good as anything Def Leppard did! The WEIRDEST (musical) thing Michael Jackson ever did. PLUS- the 1984 top 10 hit that many radio played UNCENSORED! Ah, the good ol' days. Lots of Dorky Dad Rock (and some Dorky Dad Funk too!). PLUS - "Tainted Love" strikes America! "Wikki Wikki Wikki". It's "This Week In The 80's". Fillin' your rim to the brim with more 80s music trivia per episode than any other podcast in the history of podcasts EVER!* YouTube Playlist: YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2CvvYBl*We don't really know if that's true.
144 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
#45: The Electro Soul Circle Jerk
It's "This Week In The 80s", Episode #45. Is this 1981 stiff the rarest 45 to hit the charts in ANY decade? We'll discuss the most played song in the history of radio! Elton John gets sloppy with Duran Duran. Duran Duran gets sloppy with a soundtrack. Cyndi Lauper gets pissy. Bob Seger beats a dead horse. Peter Gabriel comes back for seconds. And... We will celebrate the Summer of... Kenny G! PLUS - some truly great songs from Stevie Wonder, Berlin, Simply Red and the Bangles. All that and a good ol' fashioned R&B electro soul circle jerk!"Why you looka-so sad???" It's "This Week In The 80s". Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Zn1NUy
159 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
#44: Dig if u will, a podcast.
All the songs that peaked on the pop chart, "This Week In The 80s", the first week of July. New Wave Alice Cooper. Anne Murray covers the Beatles. Chrissie Hynde covers her future Baby Daddy. George Harrison gets opportunistic. The Hall & Oates song your kids know. We'll try & do justice to the "other greatest song of the 80s". Why doesn't "Who's Johnny?" get any airplay anymore? Is this the crappiest Michael Jackson #1 since "Ben?" The song that helped Mariah Carey get a record deal... and major market pop radio shuns one of Tom Petty's most iconic songs. All that plus.... Dirt on Chris Deburgh! Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/3fNPBmi
126 minutes | Jun 28, 2020
#43: Your Madonna Over-Saturation Station!
It's the last week of June. Let's discuss all the songs that peaked in popularity, "This Week In The 80s". Dork pop from John Denver & Neil Diamond. What do "The Exorcist" and Hall & Oates have in common? The closest Bruce Springsteen ever got to a #1 single. Another Michael Jackson Motown "money grab". Which polarizing pop vocalist was considered to replace Steve Perry??? The answer kinda makes sense! PLUS - the Madonna song that we never even should've brought up on this podcast! Here we go. Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Ya4Jog
132 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
#42: The Stars on 45 keep on turning in your mind!
Tito! Get me a tissue. It's "This Week In The 80s" Episode #42. We shall speak on all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts the 4th week of June every year in the 1980s! The story of "Stars On 45" - the international phenomenon that ushered in a year-long medley craze on American radio. PLUS - the 1st "dance mix" to go #1 pop? An 18 month old Bryan Adams soundtrack song finally gets its due. The song that inspired an entire episode of "Miami Vice". And... Some deep, dark confessions from 1986. All that & more. Are we done yet??? Are you still listening? Thank you! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2MYv9CK
122 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
#41: The Adventures Of Christopher Cross and the Sophomore Slump
#TWIT80, Episode #41. Yappin' about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s"-the 3rd week of June. "Old Blue Eyes" gets his final top 40 hit... in the 80s??? Journey inspires Bryan Adams. Christopher Cross falls victim to the dreaded "Sophomore Slump". Madonna gets her 1st top 10 hit and Daryl Hall & John Oates get their final top 10 hit. PLUS - "Up With People", Elvis Costello rip-off artists, Japanese R&B, the ONLY country crossover between 1985 and 1992 and how many versions of "Wind Beneath My Wings" did it take to finally "hit". We'll find out! All that and more on another exciting, fun-filled edition of "This Week In The 80s". Thanks for listening. Please share, subscribe and write a review. 41 episodes in- We're almost to the end of the series!YouTube Playlist: https://rb.gy/dehlla
119 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
#40: Whatever happened to "Oh, Sherrie?"
#TWIT80s - Let's chat about all the songs that peaked in popularity "This Week In The 80s" - the 2nd week of June. "Yacht Rock" and "synth pop" co-mingles with Canadian folk and bar band power pop. Chipmunk dance funk from Montreal. Greg Ham: Unsung Hero of the Men At Work sound. Whatever happened to the "Sherrie" in "Oh Sherrie?" The story of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World". Madonna & Sean Penn: A love story?. Veruca Salt's Dad gets Power Rotation On MTV... and the classic Bon Jovi album track that was never a single. PLUS - A few example of Top 40 radio proving itself to be a major force in influencing pop culture as legendary radio programmer, Guy Zapoleon goes on a vacation and brings back a hit... and a passionate music director in NYC gives a 1970's a surprise 80s comeback! All that and a lot more. Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/3ci4A5U
122 minutes | May 31, 2020
#39: Michael Jackson didn't invent the moonwalk
#TWIT80s. Episode #39. All the hits n' stiff that peaked on the charts "This Week In The 80s". From Frunkytown to the "Akron Sound". From Montreal with Gino Vannelli and Aldo Nova to a tribute to the rule-breakin' "Hit Radio, WLOL Minneapolis". PLUS - Did Japanese porn help Quincy Jones get some Grammy love? We'll revisit Tootie from "The Facts Of Life"'s Jermaine Jackson-inspired temper tantrum. My 2nd favorite Elton John song of all-time. The story of the short-lived 80s novelty, "My Toot Toot"... A whole lotta "Pretty In Pink", Frisco Jones quits his day job. Two superstar duets fail to impress and... What went wrong with George Michael? 2 hours of non-stop 80s music yappin'. And who DID invent "The Moonwalk?". A large piece of fruit may fall on your head. Holy crap. It's June! Thanks for listening! #TWIT80s.YouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2Wx0v9p
179 minutes | May 24, 2020
#38: John Oates ain't no Andrew Ridgeley
#TWIT80's. Yappin' about all the songs that peaked on the charts "This Week In The 80s" - the 4th week of May. Punk goes top 40. A legendary radio programmer turns a 1976 dud into a 1982 top 5 hit. Prince finally hits the pop top 10. Is this the greatest song to just miss the American top 40? I sure think so! The song that gave Kanye West his first hit. And it's true... John Oates ain't no Andrew Ridgeley! PLUS - prank calls, blank tape culture, cookie fights at the church retreat, 80s tv themes, late night Cinemax and my top 3 favorite gums of the 1980s. Exciting stuff, folks. Exciting stuff! Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: rb.gy/g4pznw
130 minutes | May 17, 2020
#37: Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club
#TWIT80s. Talkin' about all the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s", the 3rd week of May. I rank my favorite 80's K-Tel albums. The unsung heroes of "Bette Davis Eyes". Two different superstar duets that "haven't dated well". The theme to my 6th grade graduation. The debut of Van HAGAR! Janet Jackson goes top 10 for the 1st time. The colossal flop that was... "Hands Across America". U2 gets their hit. The 1st "hair metal" top 10? The New Jack Knockoff who got life in prison for arson! PLUS - the story of "Don't You (Forget About Me" - one of the most enduring classics of the 1980s. All that and so much more. Over 2 hours of incessant babbling about the 80s. Thanks for listening! Listen to my older episodes too. The goal is to talk about ALL the songs that ever hit the charts in the 80s. Spread the word! #TWIT80s YouTube Playlist: rb.gy/oohbko
124 minutes | May 10, 2020
#36: Hello... Is it useless music trivia you're looking for?
#TWIT80s. All the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts, the 2nd week of May... "This Week In The 80s". The sleazy, shocking underbelly of John Cougar's backing band. A signature Stevie Wonder ballad flops at both pop & R&B. One of the decade's biggest instrumentals hits #1. An electro/breakdance classic straight out of... Denmark? Madonna Mania hits its stride in the spring of '85. Cyndi Lauper goes top 20 with a somewhat pointless cover. One of latin freestyle's very best. PLUS - Terence Trent "Bigger Than The Beatles" D'Arby! "Hello... Is it useless music trivia you're looking for?". Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://rb.gy/geykpr
121 minutes | May 3, 2020
#35: Frankie say Relax: Book 1
#TWIT80s, Episode #35. We're back! All the songs that peaked in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s" - the 1st week of May. The first single from the best (in my opinion) Billy Joel album. The 2nd single I ever bought. Eric Clapton's only top 10 hit of the 80s. What band who nearly shut down Rochester NY in 1982. Michael Jackson almost succeeds himself at #1. Barry Manilow rocks out (and fails). What do Jim Henson and a 1984 guitar solo have in common? Memories of Rodney Dangerfield's "Young Comedians" special. David Gilmour and Roger Waters have a d*** swinging contest. Who wins??? Daryl Hall John Oates get moody. The most OVERRATED music video of all time. The song that luckily stiffed... for Bon Jovi's sake... and the short-lived U2 cover band I was in. Crammed full of more useless 80s music trivia per episode than all the other shows combined. Well.... maybe. Thank you for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/34MkAuC
130 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
#34: If you don't like "Come On Eileen", you don't like pop music.
#TWIT80s. All the songs that were peaking in popularity on the American pop music charts "This Week In The 80s" - the 4th week of April. Radio and record label politics kills a Loverboy classic. Frank Zappa's all-time favorite music video was a top 5 R&B/club banger from '82. Any guesses? Phil Collins goes soft and Genesis gets "problematic" - in the same week!. Bon Jovi's 1st top 40 hit. Chicago brings the tempo (for a change). Talkin' hip-hop in early '85. And yes.... If you don't like "Come On Eileen"... do you even really like pop music? ADDED BONUS: My impression of "Jackee" from "227". Reminder - All the songs we talk about are in the playlist. Check out the link below. "Some restrictions apply. See store for details!" Hope everyone is holding up okay. Thanks for listening! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist > https://bit.ly/2VfStQd
104 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
#33: It's true we'll make a better day... Just you and me!
#TWIT80s; Episode #33. It's the 3rd week of April... in the 80s! "Check your egos at the door" - We're talkin' "We Are The World". Also- Weird Al's first top 40 hit, a whole lotta Prince and mini-rants about Steve Winwood, "political rock" and VH-1 darling Carly Simon. PLUS - the #1 superstar duet that radio forgot. This may be the "pissiest" episode yet- In more ways than one! Thanks for listening. Please subscribe, share and leave comments/review. Hope you are well! #TWIT80sYouTube Playlist: https://bit.ly/2y17AFd
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