“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)

“Don’t You Want Me?” by The Human League (1981)

“Don’t You Want Me” is one of those songs that could be the plot of a movie…a movie that could potentially end in disturbing fashion. As I’ve grown older and understood relationships more, I’ve figured out how factual the story arc of “Don’t You Want Me” can be. By the time a relationship ends, usually… Read More “Don’t You Want Me?” by The Human League (1981)

“Dirty Mind” by Prince (1980)

I’ve said plenty about Prince. So for this entry, I’m gonna turn the mic over to Miles Davis, who encapsulates perfectly why “Dirty Mind”, in Prince’s hands, is perfection. In the same quote, he also encapsulates perfectly why this same song (and many of Prince’s songs) wouldn’t have worked coming from, say…Rick James. Or Teddy Pendergrass.… Read More “Dirty Mind” by Prince (1980)