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80's @ 8 With Bamber 5/26

Amber Spencer

May 26th Playlist

*First a little 500 business...there is a small correction to my on-air statement about the number of attendees at the track. I believe it's more like 350k and not 450k, but who is counting? On the day of the race IMS could still be considered about the 40th largest city in the US. A couple other things that would fit in the Speedway: The Roman Colosseum, Yankee stadium, Churchill Downs and Liberty Island. There's a pretty cool graphic going around Facebook that puts that in perspective.

As many of you might know, the race was completely sold-out this year so the live broadcast black out has been lifted! So fans without tickets can watch it live this year, Sunday at Noon on ABC. Here's a few more tidbits of 500 trivia: the 500 is the only race where the cars start in rows of 3, rather than 2. Fastest lap? That belongs to Arie Luyendyk, at 237.498 MPH (1996). And lastly, this fun fact - if all the hot dogs/brats consumed at the race were laid end to end, they would circle the track 4 times. (For those of you who are good at math, that's 2.5 miles x 4 = way too damn many hot dogs!)

(*Again, muchas gracias John Eastes, for the track trivia!)

  • Cars - Gary Numan

* A one-hit-wonder about how people isolate themselves with technology and materialism. Not so surprisingly, 30 years later it's still holds true, with social media and all our gadgets. (This song could easily be updated to "Phones" as in...'here on my phone, i feel safest of all, I can ignore everyone, it's the only way to live...on phones.' Where's Weird Al when you need him?)

  • Shake It Up - The Cars
  • Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen
  • Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
  • Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
  • She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
  • Start Me Up - Rolling Stones
  • I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
  • Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
  • Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
  • Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me?) - Gap Band
  • Little Red Corvette - Prince

Side Notes

  • Culture Club will be at Clowes Memorial Hall on July 15th. Now, I wouldn't go so far as to say Boy George is a good looking man, but the Karma Chameleon must have fallen in the Fountain of Youth because he does NOT look 54. Talk about aging well! Seriously, go google image him.

 

80's @ 8 With Bamber 5/19

Amber Spencer

MAY 19th Playlist

  • Jump - Van Halen

*Rumored to be one of the 'possible' reasons David Lee Roth left the band was the disagreement over the inclusion of this song on their "1984" album. While Eddie Van Halen was classically trained on piano (and only learned guitar much later) he wrote the synthesizer part that Diamond Dave didn't like. Guess what Eddie says goes. And so did Roth after this album.

 

  • Welcome to the Jungle - Guns-N-Roses

* This song is obviously about trying to make it big in L.A., but for those who don't know, William Bailey (aka Axl Rose) is an Indiana native, having been born in raised in Lafayette, IN. 

 

  • White Wedding - Billy Idol

*"Hey little sister..." Billy Idol finally clarified that this song was not about his real life sister, but instead about being in love with a woman who marries someone else. Ironic that despite it's twisted take on marriage it gets played at so many weddings.

 

  • One Thing Leads To Another - The Fixx

*A song about politics that still holds true today over 30 years later...'why don't they do what they say, say what they mean..." One thing leads to another.

 

  • My Sharona - The Knack

*Written in 1979, but still popular in the early 80's, "Sharona" (Alperin) was the real life crush of the Knack's Doug Fieger. They dated and were engaged at one point but later ended it. Run DMC sampled the guitar part for "It's Tricky".

 

  • What I Like About You - The Romantics

*The Romantics decided on their band name because they were formed on Valentine's Day in 1977. Even though this song never made it on the Top 40, it was their most well known song. It got attention after it was used in a Budweiser Commercial.  

 

  • The Future's So Bright -Timbuk 3

*A one-hit-wonder for Timbuk 3, it was later said that this was sort of a pessimistic/sarcastic take on life and not some bright and shiny outlook on the future. Huh? Why so cynical?

 

  • Manic Monday - The Bengles

* This first hit for the Bengles was written for them by none other than Prince, who helped propel them to fame. (Not the first time he would do that, as you'll see below). Interestingly, in 1986 while Prince's own song "Kiss" was #1, "Manic Monday" was at #2. They went on to make several more hit songs like "Hazy Shade of Winter," "Eternal Flame," and of course, "Walk Like an Egyptian."

 

  • Glamorous Life - Sheila E.

*Another song written by Prince. Initially he wrote it for yet another group he was helping, "Vanity 6", but after meeting Sheila E. he gave the song to her. "Vanity 6" became "Apollonia 6" after Vanity backed out of the film, Purple Rain, which instead featured Apollonia and of course, The Time.

 

  • Oh Sheila - Ready For The World

*This song slipped through the cracks and didn't garner as much attention mainly because it sounded to much like Prince...but wasn't. And it also wasn't about Sheila E. as most people thought, the name was just picked randomly. 

 

  • Jungle Love - Morris Day & The Time

* What Time is it? The Time was yet another group created by His Royal Badness, Prince. He is listed in the writing credits for this song as well. The Time were featured as his rivals in Purple Rain, but Prince had known Morris Day since high school when they were in a very early band together. 

  • Invisible Touch - Genesis

*Featuring Phil Collins as the vocalist (instead of previous Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel), this was one of 17 top 40 hits for Genesis. And it went straight to #1. From the album of the same name, if you want to know more about how great the "Invisible Touch" album is, go watch American Psycho!

 

  • New Sensation - INXS

* "Live, baby live!" INXS were one of a handful of bands from "the land down under" that were popular in the 80's...(AC/DC, Men at Work, Crowded House, Midnight Oil). They had several hits like "Suicide Blonde," "Never Tear us apart," "Disappear," and "Need you tonight".

  • You Got Lucky - Tom Petty

*From the album "Long After Dark" and just one of the many hits Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would have in the 80's. The video for this song, with it's "Mad Max" feel, was just the beginning of creativity displayed in their music video's made...also seen in their later video's for songs like "Don't Come Around Hear No More" and "Last Dance With Mary Jane".

 

  • Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band

*Little known, the Greg Kihn band had minor hits with this song and "The Break Up Song" but he was at least popular enough to catch the interest of Weird Al, who parodied this one with "I Lost On Jeopardy". Greg Kihn was a real sport though, and had a cameo in Al's video.

80's @ 8 With Bamber 5/18

Amber Spencer

Welcome to my Totally Awesome blog, where you'll find all things 80's! This is the place to find each show's playlist along with *Trivia Tidbits* (*TT) on some of the songs played. It's also where I will let you know if Flock of Seagulls decides to go back on tour, if leg warmers make a come back or if Billy Idol gets arrested...again! 

 

NEW WAVE/ONE HIT WONDER WEDNESDAY

MAY 18th Playlist

  • Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order

*From their album "Brotherhood. New Order had a very distinctive "New Wave" sound, the same you'll hear in their other hit, "Blue Monday".

 

  • I Ran (So Far Away) - Flock of Seagulls 

*As famous for their new wave sound as for Mike Score's hair. Video Game fans will remember this song as the theme to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

 

  • Tainted Love - Soft Cell

*A cover that had more success than the original 1964, Gloria Jones version. Covered by Marilyn Manson and featured in the movie Coneheads.

 

  • Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

*Girl Power! After the Runaways (her earlier band) broke up no one would sign Joan Jett as a solo artist because she was too wild...this song was her response to her critics. When she was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, she opened the ceremony with this song. 

 

  • Precious - The Pretenders

*Released on the Pretenders debut album in 1980, a little grittier, punk-ier, sound from Chrissie Hynde than the bands later music. 

 

  • Never Say Never - Romeo Void

* "...I might like you  better if we slept together..." Also featured in GTA: Vice City, and the movies Reckless and the Wolf of Wallstreet. 

 

  • Rock Lobster - The B-52's

*Actually released in '79 the song was still popular on the charts in 1980, and features the bands distinctively weird sound. 

 

  • Take On Me - A-ha

*Who can forget this awesome video of the girl being pulled into the comic book! An 80's classic.

 

  • True - Spandau Ballet

*Pronounced like this: Spahn-dow Ballet. Just say it in your best German accent and you're on the right track. Morbidly, the term came from Allied troops in WWI to refer to twitching corpses on barbed wire being hit by german machine gun fire. This song was a #1 hit in 21 countries! It was used in PM Dawn's song "set a drift on memory bliss" and featured in The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers, Sixteen Candles, The Simpsons, The Office and Spin City!

 

  • Don't You Want Me - The Human League

*So new wave that they considered this song "too mainstream". Phillip Oakley was the driving force behind this band.

 

  • Obsession - Animotion

*A song about a stalking...go figure!

 

  • Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode

*This song was written after Martin Gore read Priscilla Presley's book about her relationship with Elvis. It's been re-done by Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson

 

  • Anything, Anything - Dramarama

*Featured in Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and covered later by Buck Cherry.

 

80's @ 8 With Bamber 5/12

Amber Spencer

 

Welcome to my Totally Awesome blog, where you'll find all things 80's! This is the place to find each show's playlist along with *Trivia Tidbits* (*TT) on some of the songs played. It's also where I will let you know if Flock of Seagulls decides to go back on tour, if leg warmers make a come back or if Billy Idol gets arrested...again! 

May 12th Playlist

  • The Stroke - Billy Squire

*"Take your shoes off, let your hair down..." Eminem sampled The Stroke on his track Berzerk, and according to a response by Billy Squire, he was "flattered and pleased" by Eminem's use.

  • Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

*Whoaaa....they were more than halfway there! This Bon Jovi gem was rated as the #1 song on VH1's Greatest 100 Songs of the 80's.

  • Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison

*Ah, love is bittersweet...this song was written by Bret Michaels in a laundromat after a break up (the thorn) due to his successful career touring with Poison (the Rose). Believe it or not this song was actually first played on a country music station, and made it on the pop, rock and country charts!

  • Burning Down The House - Talking Heads

*From their 5th studio album, "Speaking in Tongues", this song was the band's highest charting single.

  • Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood

*Although first claimed to be about "motivation", the clear sexual innuendo of this song caused an attempted ban...surprisingly in the UK,  but not America, where the likes of Tipper Gore's "Parental Advisory Label" was still a year into the future.

  • Shout - Tears For Fears

*AAAAAAAGGGHHH! "Shout" was inspired by a form of Psychological treatment called Primal Therapy, where you pretty much just scream until you feel better. John Lennon happened to practice this style of therapy too.

  • Word Up - Cameo

*Covered by Korn  - and the 40-Year-Old Virgin! If you're a fan of "Word Up" check out their other 80's albums, "Cameosis," "She's Strange" or "Feel Me".

  • Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell

*If you're listening closely and think the chorus sounds suspiciously like Michael Jackson, that's because it is MJ! Rockwell was no less famous himself, being the son of Motown Founder, Berry Gordy. 

  • Walk This Way - Aerosmith & Run DMC

*Rev Run also did a rendition of this song with Elmo on Sesame Street - "Hop This Way" helped Elmo learn about grasshoppers. Yep. 

  • It's Still Rock & Roll To Me - Billy Joel

* "....next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways..."

  • The Heart of Rock & Roll - Huey Lewis & The News

* "Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?" One of 12 Top 10 Hits for this band, mentioned or featured in movies, like Back to the Future and American Psycho.