The year started with the breakup of the AT&T Bell systems and it seemed to signal that this was a year of many changes. The Faulkand Islands became the new world hotspot, as Israel formally gives back the Sinai to Egypt in return of a cold-peace that lasts still today. But they invade Lebanon to finally rid themselves of Yasser Arafat and the PLO (they thought). The Weather Channel debuts to the delight of amateur weathermen everywhere and Braniff Airlines ceases operations, never to be heard from again.
Cal Ripken starts the first game of what will eventually become his record-breaking consecutive games played streak and Checker cabs are no more. In Chicago, seven people die when someone injects poison into Tylenol bottles. This led to safety standards in place today which cause hardships for all of us arthritis-sufferers.
Sony introduces the compact disc player, double-stuff Oreos are created and Barney Clark becomes the first man to receive an artificial heart - which paves the way for folks like me to survive and write these wonderful lists.
What Do All the People Know – The
A product of the new-wave music style that had become popular in the early 80’s, the
Lilah – Don Henley
After the breakup of the Eagles, the members of the band went their separate ways to varying results. Don Felder, Timothy Schmitt and Joe Walsh each recorded albums that failed to reach universal acclaim. Glenn Frey, however, managed to score a top 10 album with No Fun Aloud – which included the #1 AC hit “The One You Love.” Don Henley did even better. His first solo LP, I Can’t Stand Still was critically acclaimed and it included the top 3 hit “Dirty Laundry.” It was the first of three straight commercial successes for the singer and furthered his rise to stardom. “Lilah” is a cut off of I Can’t Stand Still and has always been one of my personal favorite ballads by
Underground - Men at Work
Colin Hay immigrated to
Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
After recording a number of albums to moderate success, and have a few singles hit the Billboard charts, Dan Fogelberg finally hit the big time with his fifth studio album,
Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Chicago
This song marked a turning point for
Real Men - Joe Jackson
Along with Elvis Costello and Graham Parker,
Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
Wall of Voodoo vocalist Stan Ridgway has said in interviews that the inspiration for this song was the way he and his band would sit in his old Mustang in Los Angeles, trying to find a Mexican station on the radio - they liked the sound of something they couldn't understand. There are many high-wattage unregulated AM border-blaster Mexican radio stations which can be received all over the world. The occasional interjections in Spanish in the song were recorded off a real Mexican radio station. The quirky video got a lot of airplay on MTV, which launched in 1981 and didn't have many to choose from at the time. Although the band formed in the late 70’s and recorded well into the 80’s “Mexican Radio” was the only commercial success for the band. While two former band members both died within a few years of each other in the early 2000’s, Ridgway reformed the band and they were scheduled to tour as late as last year.
Make Believe – Toto
Toto was a Grammy Award winning band founded in 1977 by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the 1980s, beginning with the band's self-titled debut, released in 1978, which immediately brought the band into the mainstream rock spectrum of the time. Continuing with 1982's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV, Toto became one of the biggest selling music groups of their era. “Make Believe” was the first single taken off of Toto IV and was the only one of the four singles released from that album not to make the top 10. However, at the 25th Annual Grammy Awards on
Sometime Lovers –
After they split from their longtime producer, George Martin,
Here I Am – Air Supply
Air Supply formed in 1975 when Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met as cast members on the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1977 they toured their home country of
Laura – Billy Joel
The Nylon Curtain was Billy Joel’s first studio album in two years. Following the successes of his previous three studio albums (The Stranger,