“Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Rick Springfield (1982)

Have you folks checked out the Beyond Yacht Rock podcast? It’s awesome. Actually, before that, you might want to check out the Yacht Rock web series, and then jump over to the podcast. One of my favorite elements of the podcast is that there’s a recurring series of mini-sodes called “Yacht Or Nyacht”, in which the… Read More “Don’t Talk To Strangers” by Rick Springfield (1982)

“Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” by Janet Jackson (1982)

I’ve already discussed how Janet’s 1982 debut album is a low-key jam. “Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” is probably the album cut that’s most suggestive of the itchy funk that she’d go on to perfect with the assistance of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. It’s produced by Foster Sylvers, whose big brother Leon defined… Read More “Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” by Janet Jackson (1982)

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” by Culture Club (1982)

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”-you can’t really ask for a better debut single. Everything that made Boy George what Boy George is, is present here; vulnerability, that soulful croon. Some elements that push “Hurt Me” over the edge to 5-stardom; that sumptuous near-acapella intro, that dubby bass/drum breakdown in the bridge. Some folks talk… Read More “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” by Culture Club (1982)

“Do Ya Wanna Funk?” by Patrick Cowley featuring Sylvester (1982)

Sylvester confused me as a kid. Correction: androgyny confused me as a kid. My concept of gender identity as a kid in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was that there was a very specific way boys were supposed to act and a very specific way that girls were supposed to act and anyone who didn’t act in… Read More “Do Ya Wanna Funk?” by Patrick Cowley featuring Sylvester (1982)