“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)

“Don’t You Know That?” by Luther Vandross (1981)

Luther’s first official solo album, Never Too Much, is a great album. Luther was pretty well-formed for a debut artist; but of course he’d had ten years of experience behind some of the greats (Bowie, Midler, Chic) and released two albums as a member of the band Luther. So he wasn’t really a debut artist.… Read More “Don’t You Know That?” by Luther Vandross (1981)

“Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin (1981) | “Do You Love What You Feel” by Rufus & Chaka (1979)

Let’s give it up for Quincy Jones and two of the finest vocalists he ever worked with. Patti was an actual Quincy protege. She’d been a professional singer for a full decade, making one-off singles, cutting jazz records, doing a ton of jingle work. She finally leveled up by duetting with MJ on ‘79′s “It’s The Falling… Read More “Do You Love Me” by Patti Austin (1981) | “Do You Love What You Feel” by Rufus & Chaka (1979)

“Darkness” by The Police (1981)

“Darkness” is the drone-y final track on The Police’s fourth album, 1981’s Ghost In The Machine. A damn fine album on its own merit, it has the misfortune of being sandwiched between the trio’s two undisputed classics-Zenyatta Mondatta (arguably one of my ten favorite albums ever) and Synchronicity. Much like, say, Stevie Wonder’s Fulfillingness’ First Finale,… Read More “Darkness” by The Police (1981)