It's Guys' Weekend time, which means another music list. This year the guys are supposed to identify three songs that were released during their high school years that have significant meaning to them. For our annual trip to Vancouver Jim and I listed 10 songs from our respective high school years for discussion during the trip. Here are my songs, from Fall 1981 to Spring 1984, in no particular order:
Duran Duran "Rio"
Actually the first Duran Duran song I heard was "Hungry Like the Wolf", but I didn't really like it. Still not one of my favorites. Then I heard "Rio" and saw the video, and I was hooked on this band. I've seen them in concert three times so far, and always up for seeing them again.
Journey "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
Speaking of concerts, most people know that Journey (with Bryan Adams opening) was my first rock concert, and still one of the best I've attended. I know this song is the subject of a lot of derision, especially for the cheesy video, but it's right up my alley. Great one to sing along with.
Bow Wow Wow "I Want Candy"
I don't think anyone in my high school was quite ready for this song, but we took to it quickly. Always a favorite "fast" song during dances, all of us pony-ing along with the upbeat tempo and suggestive lyrics.
Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl"
Sigh...Rick Springfield. I had such a crush on him when he played Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, and loved the music he was putting out in the early 80s. It was a bit of a shock to find out that he was much older than we thought, but in the end we really didn't care.
Van Halen "Jump"
We all thought it was pretty cool that the name of the latest Van Halen was the same as our graduation year, even if Eddie Van Halen was playing synthesizer in this song.
Go-Go's "This Town"
Not one of their hits, but this album always reminds me of trips with the softball team to various games. Even though my softball career is not my favorite memory of high school, these trips bring a smile to my face. We all had the album, and we could sing all the songs, without any electronic devices.
Bryan Adams "Cuts Like a Knife"
As I mentioned above, new artist Bryan Adams was the opening act for my first rock concert, and he blew me away. Very engaging, the perfect combinations of singing and interacting with the crowd.
Corey Hart "Sunglasses At Night"
Kinda cool, a little creepy, but this song has always been a favorite of mine. A "go-to" lyric when referring to someone wearing sunglasses, even if it wasn't at night.
Wham! "Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go"
I remember the first time I heard this song, and enjoyed it so much I called my friend Becky to find out what she thought. She liked it too, and we couldn't wait until the next school dance, because we thought it would be fun to dance to. Unfortunately, we were wrong. It *sounded* uptempo, but it really wasn't. So we enjoyed it on the radio and MTV, but skipped it at any dances.
Kajagoogoo "Too Shy"
I really can't explain this one, it just resonated with me. A classic "One-Hit Wonder", not a lot of substance, but still intriguing. Hearing lead singer Limahl talk about this days is a little jarring - looking at him you don't expect to hear coherent complete sentences, plus for some reason I always think he sounds like a professor with his measured speech pattern.