“Holiday” by Madonna (1983)

It’s been a long time…I shouldn’t have left you. But I’ve spent most of the past month prepping my new podcast Detoxicity, and my writing has had to take a pretty significant back seat. But…it looks like the COVID-19 outbreak is going to corral my social calendar plus I’m going to be working from home.… Read More “Holiday” by Madonna (1983)

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

“Girls Just Want To Have Fun” is an anthem for feminists and those who love them. Interestingly, it was originally written from the male point of view. Yep, Cyndi Lauper’s breakout hit was a cover, written and originally performed by Robert Hazard in 1979. Hazard might lay claim to the first version of the song,… Read More “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

“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)

“Dead Giveaway” by Shalamar (1983)

Writer/producer Leon Sylvers III (yes, of the “Boogie Fever” Sylvers) took Black music into the post-disco era with a stream of killer records by Shalamar, Lakeside, Dynasty and The Whispers. Essentially, he created the sub-genre “boogie”, which was a catch-all brand name for danceable pop/soul that was a few steps removed from disco. A couple years later,… Read More “Dead Giveaway” by Shalamar (1983)

“Come Give Your Love to Me” by Janet Jackson (1982)

Pre-Control Janet wasn’t bad. Before JJ’s Jam/Lewis-assisted breakthrough, she recorded two albums. The second of the two, 1984′s Dream Street, was a bit messy and unfocused. Her self-titled 1982 debut, though? It’s not…I mean it isn’t The Velvet Rope, but it’s a solid piece of early ‘80s dance/boogie/funk, contemporaneous with what acts like Shalamar (whose Howard… Read More “Come Give Your Love to Me” by Janet Jackson (1982)