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Workin’ For The Weekend: Planes To Iowa “Pictures Of You”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Planes To Iowa “Pictures Of You”

Sometime soon I hope to take a trip to a cabin, preferably in a countryside not too far from here where a fire crackles nightly, and long walks through wooded areas seem like heaven on earth. I’ll probably bring my warm Coleman boots, my Cannon DSLR (which I still have no idea what I’m doing with), my North Face hat and gloves, my high-tech-super-fancy base layer, and most importantly my earbuds.

Between my ears my synapses will be thumping to one of the greatest mood albums of the 1980’s, The Cure’s Disintegration.

It’s awfully dark album to be so good, but it teeters on the verge of accessibility enough that it feels comfortable and recognizable. I’ve always enjoyed The Cure, not necessarily for their artistic, dour value, but because they made some really nice, and surprisingly beautiful music.

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Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

Workin’ For The Weekend (Tuesday Edition): Kiddos Gonna Rampage “Kids In America”

From 1981 to 1993 Kim Wilde was a British pop singer sort of hovering in the background. A pretty good solo performer who knew her way around a stage, and was want to give a pretty solid MTV interview. Her messy blonde hair reminded folks of many female acts of the decade, and truthfully that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The synth pop drum machine style of music seemingly suited her well, and some loved her for it.

When her career fizzled a bit the glamour squad made every attempt to hammer out her rough edges that initially made her enigmatic. In the end it sort of paid off, and her late 80’s to early 90’s moments in adult contemporary were special at times, but mostly forgettable. Suddenly most realized that Wilde’s early career was her sweet spot, and that’s where we will softly land today.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: OKC Hosts Toronto & Then San Antonio “Tempted”

Workin’ For The Weekend: OKC Hosts Toronto & Then San Antonio “Tempted”

Squeeze is one of those bands hailing from the late 70’s and early 80’s that were far too kitschy to gain major success in the U.S. market. Call us Americans simple, go ahead, but digesting soul music has always been difficult post-60’s. While Hall & Oates steamrolled the competition in the new-soul market during the 80’s, other really intelligent bands existed during the same era, were completely ignored stateside, and that would be a shame.

Indeed, when you think of Squeeze you don’t instantly think of the dynamo lyric and composition tandem of Difford and Tilbrook like you do Hall and Oates, but you certainly should. Their ability to place soul, Motown, and sophistication high on a pedestal without making it entirely cheesy is perhaps their most endearing quality.

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Wild Weekend In OKC “Thriller”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Wild Weekend In OKC “Thriller”

‘Thriller’, the 1982 follow up to Michael Jackson’s ‘Off The Wall’, needs no introduction. Nine singles, four authored by Jackson himself, is all it took to amplify Jackson and his electro-funk-soul-rhythm-pop sound to the top of the charts in the early parts of 1980. Where ‘Off The Wall’ fell short in its contrived, disco ways, ‘Thriller’ would more than make up for.

The title cut from the album of the same name has reached pop legend status. Quincy Jones’ production, the Landis helmed video, and a bit of luck thanks to the emergence of MTV, this is a cut for the ages.

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Workin’ For The Weekend (Wednesday Edition): Stars Again “I Won’t Back Down”

Workin’ For The Weekend (Wednesday Edition): Stars Again “I Won’t Back Down”

Yawn. Stretch. Reach for your Starbucks Verona. Grab your high-falootin’ reading gadget, and join me for a game day preview from the friendly confines of Halloween week in Oklahoma City. Sooner or later it was bound to happen. We would eventually use the Tom Petty…

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Workin’ For The Weekend: Texas Twice, Sorta Nice “Don’t Believe The Hype”

Workin’ For The Weekend: Texas Twice, Sorta Nice “Don’t Believe The Hype”

Oh man, Public Enemy was a scary good outfit. Long before Flavor Flav was a running gag, and Chuck D was doing voice-overs for Grand Theft Auto, PE was one of the most culturally significant, and socially braggadocios hip-hop groups of any decade. The 1980’s had seen the birth of rap music through the lens of previous “passing trends” like disco and such. However, Public Enemy, and their spastic beats, were enunciated by the politically charged content of their lyrics, and this made them great. Chuck D remains one of the greatest lyrical poets of that era, musically or otherwise, and the balance of Flavor Flav’s good-hearted Jerry Lewis jabs continue to be dynamic nearly thirty years later. Despite where the band evolved from in the late-80’s to now (and the controversy that came along with it), there’s no denying the importance of Public Enemy. Go ahead, I dare ya.

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