“Give Me The Night” by George Benson (1980)

I’ve been thinking recently about Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson’s oft-repeated assertion that Epic Records wasn’t enthused about the choice of Quincy as producer for Off The Wall, stating that he was “too jazzy”. I can’t verify whether that (or a variation of it) was said or not said, obviously. I wasn’t there, Michael is… Read More “Give Me The Night” by George Benson (1980)

“Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones (1980)

Disco/funk Stones is pretty damn good Stones. Not to show my hand early, but there are several more songs that qualify as “disco” Stones on this list. “Emotional Rescue”, the title track to the venerable rock band’s 1980 album, finds Mick riding his falsetto hard while Keith, Charlie, Ron and that creepazoid Bill lay down… Read More “Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones (1980)

“Don’t Stop The Music” (Yarbrough & Peoples, 1980)/”Don’t Stop The Music” (Rihanna, 2007)

Two very different songs from two generations (although the latter song reaches back to the sounds of the generation that made the former song a hit) with one thing in common: if you play them loudly, your ass will start wiggling. You may think Yarbrough & Peoples were a one-hit wonder, but they had a… Read More “Don’t Stop The Music” (Yarbrough & Peoples, 1980)/”Don’t Stop The Music” (Rihanna, 2007)

“Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)” by The Isley Brothers (1980)

Ronald Isley and his brothers (and brother-in-law Chris Jasper) have a lengthy list of bedroom bangers, but none of them bangs as hard as 1980’s “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)”, a song that spent a month as the #1 R&B record in the nation (and peaked in the lower reaches of the pop… Read More “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)” by The Isley Brothers (1980)

“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)