“Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads (1983)

Speaking In Tongues takes David Byrne’s weirdness, tosses it in a blender with the avant garde funk sounds that Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz developed during their time as the Tom Tom Club, and what comes out is pretty damn glorious. It’s accessible without feeling like a sellout move. And it’s a perfect album for 1983,… Read More “Girlfriend Is Better” by Talking Heads (1983)

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears (1985)

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” was the song that introduced me (and a lot of America) to Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the dudes that made up Tears for Fears. It’s got an instantly memorable intro. It’s got a bright, insistent, shuffling groove and a gigantic chorus that seems like it’s sung by 100… Read More “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears (1985)

“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police (1981)

“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” signaled something of a change in the sound of The Police’s music. It was more polished, more pop sounding, than anything previously existing in their catalog. It’s the damn piano! The 88-keyed monster made its Police debut on “Every Little Thing…” and the song is all the better… Read More “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by The Police (1981)