Music Nostaligia – Great Songs of ’84 Special Edition

Oh!  I thought it was hard to find songs that I liked…now I have to mesh through the ones I do!  And 1984 is a very hard year for me!  What a great year for music!  It was so awesome that Van Halen actually named an album after it!  So, since I can’t really narrow any of these down, this shall be (probably) the only blog in which I have to have more than five.  I’m something of a mystery when it comes to 80’s music.  I just couldn’t make up my mind which genre I really fit into since I loved so much!

Fire Inc. – Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young

Not many people will recognize this song but that’s quite all right!  The soundtrack for The Reign of Fire was a testiment of 1980’s music and the movie demonstrated the power of music.  The title of the song says it all.

Madonna – Like A Virgin

Ah Madonna.  What happened?  You were the voice of a generation.  You were the 80’s icon.  And this was your opus!

WHAM! – Careless Whisper

To be perfectly honest, I prefer Seether’s version more.  However, this was George Michael!  This is the man who every woman loved but never caught on that he was gay!  When you look back…how could we have missed that?  it doesn’t matter though.  this is not the last time George is going to be on this list and he still is so very very fabulous!

U2 – Pride

I know a lot of people don’t like U2 because of their mixing of politics, religion, and rock but that is what’s makes them wholely unique!  I love U2!  this is a great hit by U2 since it’s sound is timeless.  It’s not New Wave, it’s not metal…some debate if it’s even rock.  I say rock!

Tears For Fears – Shout

This is defintely a New Wave song!  I miss Tears For Fears.  The video for this song was sort of 80’s classic.  It’s hard to do a video nowadays (Ha!  I laugh at myself!  Videos.  They don’t make those anymore!) that has panaoramic scenes of the UK.

Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

I enjoy this fun “metal” song especially when it’s used for soundtracks, such as Iron Eagle, and current soundtracks, such as Rock of Ages!  I also respect Dee  Snyder who stood up for the Explicit Content discrimination they placed on music.  You know, that really crazy time when parents blamed their kids crazy ass behavior on music…that still happens today regardless of that damn sticker!

Depeche Mode – People Are People

What DM fan would I be I say if I didn’t put them on this list of awesome?!  A lot of people associate this song with DM even though this is by far not their best song.  This great hit has had more radio play than any other song even though their best album was Violator.

Queen – I Want To Break Free

Yes!  Freddie is still here bitches!  This is a great Queen hit and the video was an even greater laugh!  Rock idols in drag and they loved it!

Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok

A song that got it’s singer banned from Bangkok…for life!  This song appeared on the Chess soundtrack which explains it’s clever “queen” jab.

Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

What does it have to do with what?  What is it?  Even though Tina hated this song, it brought her back to the top and those legs…oh! those legs!

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

I like that fact that Reagan used this for his election song when the song wasn’t really about patriotism.  But it was so upbeat and wholely American, more so than any other song in the 80’s.

Depeche Mode – Somebody

I had to put another DM song on here!  My favorite version of this song was 101 live in Pasadena.  What a lovely 80’s song!

Okay, okay!  I think I have to stop now!  I can’t…I just can’t keep going because this blog would be filled for pages and pages of awesomeness!  So much awesomeness that has never been seen since that elephant ride everyone took it their childhood years when your parents dragged your petrified ass to the horrid clown infested circus and you thought “Oh! This could totally get me away from those man eating clowns!” when it was just a cheap trick your parents had for getting a picture to blackmail you with later on your graduation day but you loved that elephant!  Yeah!  That awesome!  I wish I could give everyone the nostalgic kickass feeling from 1984 but I can only give you the small sliver.  Happily, there is a wide world of youtube out there so have at it!

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Underground’s Artists : 4Minute

The life of many Asian musical artists is not only random but fleeting.  Korea has a “Rookie of the Month” award if that says anything.  There are many groups, super groups, boy/girl bands, and solo artists (most who come from said groups) in constant rotation and even more of them who are catorgorized as R&B than you can swing a dead cat at!  In Korea, they love the super groups and girl groups…cute girl groups.  Girl groups that make TLC look timid.  They love color, they love rap, love love to dance, and they love fashion to the extreme!  A great example of this is the 4Minute Girls!

This 5 member band keeps knocking out some great dance hits that are catchy and contagious! In a country where the cuter the better, this band pulled out the stops and added super sexy and risque to the track list.  Announced in 2009, producers decided to keep three of the member s a secret until the release of their first hit song “Hot Issue”, an upbeat dance track in the middle of the Korean girl group boom.  Their style was classified as “Candy Funky” which was demonstrated by 2NE1 and was popular with other girl groups.  The band, of course, denied this.

Their next hit “MUSIK”  whose “B” track (if they even have such things anymore) was deemed too risque for mainstream radio but it is that very fact that made the song so awesome!  Another little fact that most people don’t know is that most Korean artists are bilingual in Japanese, they have to act, dance, and sing.  If they could learn how to cook that would also be of some value to a record exec.  Their Japanese version of MUSIK was released last year.

Their new mini album was just released with their new single “Volume Up”.

Members

Ji Hyun

Leader/ Vocalist

Ga Yoon

Main Vocals

Ji Yoon

Rapper/Lead Vocals

Hyun A

Lead Rapper/Main Dancer/Vocals

So Hyun

Rapper Vocals

Albums

  • [2011.04.05] 4Minutes Left

Mini-Albums

  • [2009.08.31] For Muzik
  • [2010.05.27] Hit Your Heart
  • [2012.04.09] Volume Up

Digital Mini-Albums

  • [2011.03.29] Heart to Heart

Digital Singles

  • [2009.06.15] Hot Issue
  • [2009.12.02] Jingle Jingle
  • [2010.04.13] Personal Taste OST Part.3 (개인의 취향)
  • [2010.07.19] Superstar
  • [2010.11.11] Jigudaepyo Rolling Stars OST (지구대표 롤링스타즈)
  • [2011.07.20] Fly So High (U-CUBE (BEAST, 4minute, G.NA))
  • [2011.08.03] Freestyle

Collaborations / Other

  • [2010.01.05] God of Study OST (#2 Dreams Come True)
  • [2010.02.18] Amerie – Heard ‘Em All (#1 Heard ‘Em All (feat. 4minute & BEAST))
  • [2010.05.14] Dasi Han Beon Daehanminguk (#2 Dasi Han Beon Daehanminguk (Brown Eyed Girls & 4Minute))
  • [2010.10.13] Fugitive: Plan B OST (#3 Chaos A.D)
  • [2010.12.23] It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl OST Part.3 (#2 One Thing)

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’83

It’s starting to get really, really good now!  By this time, the world was fascinated by other parts of the world.  Exotic sounds, looks, and styles came together in a modge-podge  of ideas and those awesome Indian Jones movies made the world and travel look a hell of a lot cooler.  Travel was now for the adventurous and nothing enjoyed this more than Rock and Roll!  Ireland, the UK, Australia, Japan…Americans ate it up!  But by this time, everyone knew what Vegemite was, the religious and political turmoil in Dublin, and that there were still starving peoples in Africa.  See!  Music is awesome in many other ways than it’s awesome self!

Men At Work – Down Under

Aussies with awesomeness!  Even though very few people know more than this great song, the boys from down under made Australia the center of the world and this song became its anthem!

Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Not really Boy George.  If I made you cry, your mascara would run and for that to happen would be tragedy in itself.  Then I would have to deal with a whole mess of drama that could have been avoided.

Cyndi Lauper -Girls Just Want to Have Fun/ Time After Time

The first Lady Gaga!  This woman wore a chandelier for crying out loud! I decided to include both of these since they came out in the same year.  Both are classic!  One is for having a good time and the other is for sitting down in your darkened living room eating a galleon of Napoleon ice cream drenched in caramel sauce while looking through photo albums in your pajamas at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  But don’t you miss Cyndi?  She still performs you know!  Check her out!

U2 – Sunday, Bloody Sunday

This incredible Irish band made hit songs about protesting issues and this song is no exception.  This was mostly about the 1972 Bloody Sunday in which 13 citizens were killed at a civil rights protest in Derry.

Def Leppard – Rock of Ages

The only thing that really stands out for me in this song was “I have something to say./It’s better to burn out then to fade away!”  This was also quoted in the first Highlander movie and I thought that was the coolest thing ever!

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’82

Now we come to my year!  The year I was born, the year that gave me reason, the year of Adam!  By this time video really had killed the radio star since MTV had been in production and forever in popular culture for a year.  The world was changing faster than ever and the musician started taking on rolls of spokesperson, model, entrepenuer, and became the face of many causes.  I think that was because little Mikey banging out to Billy Idol would have listened to Mick Jagger over his own mother!  For whatever reason rock is made…it’s still rock!

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

The start of making awesome songs about creepy subject matter!  However, this was the introduction of Annie Lennox, one of the great soulful singers around today.  Not only does this song earn merit in the 80’s but it later saw a resurgence in the 90’s with Marilyn Manson’s much, much creepier version.

Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

Yes!  We finally got to Duran Duran!  Trust me when I say this will not be their only showing on this list.  This was what some consider the first “pretty band” but their New Wave style and SynthPop sound was a breath of fresh air for the image confused Brits.

Billy Idol – White Wedding

Hard core 80’s style!  Whenever you want to know what the definition of cool was back in the 80’s…check out Billy!  His style was so important to his music that he kept the same look all the way up through “Cradle of Love”.  And who in the hell could do a better job of making even marriage look bad ass…that would be Billy.

Scorpions – No One Like You

I loves the Scorpions!  They were metal but had the advantage of having one of the greatest singers front the band.  They were able to knock out hit after hit since they mixed up those hits with soft metal and ballads.  This one could have been played at every strip club on the strip!

Adam and the Ants – Stand and Deliver

Yes!  Quintessential New Wave if ever I heard it and I love Adam!  What a damn foxy looking man!  This is what the early 80’s was all about: nothing but everything at the same time.  You could be anything including a highwayman and it was cool!  Not only cool but this gig put Adam and the Ants in the stratosphere of SynthPop!

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’81

This was the year my older sister was born, the year Reagan got shot, and the first official year for 80’s music!  There was a new air about music with the beginning of the decade.  For starters, funk and disco were dead and the masses craved guyliner and hairspray.  There were many who fit into that mold but others who set their own style and standards with which the music scene both acknowledges and respects them.  We’ll see many like that: U2, The Police to name a few.  At the start, anything went!  Actors even started getting in of the action…so to speak.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – I Love Rock & Roll

Ah Joan.  The surviving guitarist of The Runaways hit it big with a small string of catchy rock ballads that people still rock out to today!  I always found the lyrics to this one interesting since not only does it reference “record machine” but it also encourages rock to do her (that’s right!  Rock & Roll is a her!  Only bitches could make music this awesome!) greatest feats!

Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

And I wish I had you Rick Springfield!  What an astonishing surprise Rick was when he (a General Hospital, the only show on worth watching, actor) came out with this hit song about lusting after your best friends girl and desiring to steal her away.  At least he didn’t talk about trying to kill the poor bastard!

The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me

I think the Police have a splendid way of singing about disturbing behavior with a poppy back beat.  Their classic “I’ll Be Watching You”, once considered a great love song, was actually about a stalker.  This one is far more awesome since it’s about young lust for a young teacher, namely Sting.  Freakin’ awesome!

Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure

Hahahaha!  I’m sorry but every time I hear the opening I hear a distressed Vanilla Ice trying some bullshit excuse why his hit song was not really a copy of this excellent Queen song.  As you all must know I love Queen…they can do no wrong.  When I start feeling bad at work I start singing this one…not Ice Ice Baby!

Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight

When will we ever know I what exactly Phil was feeling that night but I do love it myself.  Were you feeling sad, sensing a storm a brewin’, monkeys flying out of the elevator?  What?  The question is like a Tootsie Pop: until science intervenes…the world may never know.  Still a great song though so I guess it doesn’t matter which is a great mentality of the 80’s!

Music Nostaligia – 5 Great Songs of ’80

AND finally…we’ve hit the 80’s!  Break out the day glow socks, reclaim vintage fashion, and salute the birth of New Wave because it’s time to get it on!  The 80’s has always been a great time period for me though i only remember half of it due to the fact that I was born in ’82.  But that is besides the point!  I can remember Jem, I can remember He-Man, I can remember the horror that was high school themed movies.  Mostly, I remember the music!  My favorite time is the mid and late 80’s but it’s important to mention the early part of the decade since that was when everything went.  Adam Ant became an 80’s David Bowie and Molly Ringwald was our awkward Sandra Dee!

Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker

I actually love the fact the Pat was a trained opera singer and decided to do rock instead!  How awesomely rock and roll!  This was a badass song to tell the ladies to stop going after the hot guys…unless you’re planning on a one night stand then they only might be useful for a night or so anyways!

Queen – Another One Bites the Dust

Haha!  Of course Queen is still on the list!  They were masters at inventing songs that were catchy enough to still be used in sport arenas around the world.

Vapors – Turning Japanese

Do you really think so?  Do you?  That’s cool!  Show me how you do it!  I have to loose about 60 pounds and shrink about a foot and a half!  It might prove to be a challenge.

Blondie – Call Me

The punk band with a good time.  Debbie was a bleach blonde beach girl who loved the feel good scene of the California coast…or at least i read that in an interview.  I still think she can put a cigarette out in my eye though!

AC/DC – Back in Black

A song that so many hardass (and not so hardass) men have as their theme song when either sliding off a motocycle or creeping out of the gym door before curling into the fetal position from the pain caused by a bit too many crutches.