Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Hot 100 Countdown #81

Some very good suggestions this week, introducing me to all manner of songs I hadn't heard before...

Alyson suggested Joanna Newsom - '81.

Nice harp there, as always from Joanna.

C & The Swede came up with Miles Davis - 81.

I wish I could be hip enough to pretend to have loads of Miles Davis in my record collection. I'm not, but I do like a nice bit of trumpet.

The Swede also offered Gato Barbieri & Dollar Brand - '81st Street'.

The Swede is doing his best to get me into proper jazz... and to be fair, he's got more chance of that than getting me into Simple Minds, though it was inevitable that New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) would crop up again this week.

Meanwhile, Rigid Digit - who's just about given up on trying to get me into Jim Kerr and his buddies - tried Marillion - White Feather, which contains the following lyric...

When I hit the streets back in '81
Found a heart in the gutter and a poet's crown
I felt barbed wire kisses and icicle tears
Where have I been for all these years?

Not in my collection either, but still more palatable than SM.

Much more my cup of tea (but sadly not yet in my collection) was Lynchie's suggestion: Candy & The Kisses - The 81. That would be a winner if I owned it.

Chris also came up with a suggestion I liked... but don't own... Roger Whittaker - New World In The Morning. Another lyrical 81... but that doesn't rule it out... as you'll see shortly.

I met a man who had a dream he'd had since he was twenty,
I met that man when he was 81

If all those weren't in my collection... what was? I was struggling a bit this week. The only titular 81 I could find was this...

The Fuzztones - Ward 81

It's not bad. Actually, it's MAD. But it didn't really feel like a winner. So I went lyrics diving myself... and this is what I came up with. One of my favourite from MCC... great Tom Petty nod in the chorus.

All the way down 81
I've got some friends in Nashville
Atlanta it's been way too long
By morning I'll make Asheville

...all of which takes us to the last of the 80s: number 80. Any suggestions?


  1. 80's Ladies - K.T. Oslin (who wrote the song which is on her debut album of the same name).

  2. Would you allow Killing Joke 'Eighties'?

    1. I definitely would (but it's not my decision)

  3. Glad you liked my suggestion(even though it wasn't 81 in the title). A bit of Mary Chapin Carpenter is never a bad thing.

  4. There's been a lot of Dream Syndicate action round the blogs lately. I'll keep the quota up by suggesting '80 West' from their recent LP 'How Did I Find Myself Here?'.
    I can also offer 'DK 50/80' by Otway & Barrett. I should warn you that this one will re-appear as a suggestion in approximately 30 weeks time.

  5. Rol, the songs in my collection with the number 80 in the title are Acceptable in the 80's by Calvin Harris, Blow out at 80 MPH by Milky Wimpshake and Bored of the 80's by The Vox

  6. Just realised i have also got 80's Comedown Machine by The Strokes

  7. Manfred Manns Earth Band - Lies (Through The 80s)

    Tori Amos - Glory Of The 80s

  8. How about a bit of 80's Romance from the Belle Stars. Takes me back - Very much of its time.


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