“Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham (1983)/”Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac (1976)

Poor Lindsey Buckingham. My man officially got sacked by his Fleetwood Mac bandmates just last year, and the parting does not appear to have been amicable. Sounds like the band took Lindsey’s own lyrics to heart; after all, he was the author and vocalist of “Go Your Own Way”, a song that is not only… Read More “Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham (1983)/”Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac (1976)

“The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)

Prince’s demo version of “The Glamorous Life” (released on the Originals set earlier this year) is illuminating if only because it provided proof of what he brought to the table on this song, and what Sheila E. added. His soon-to-be protege shaded in what was already a monster track with her powerful percussion. The end result… Read More “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E. (1984)

“Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Don’t Look Any Further” is Dennis Edwards’ biggest solo hit. It went all the way to #2 on Billboard’s R&B charts. It didn’t cross over, because even in the age of Thriller, “Don’t Look Any Further” was way too black for top 40 radio. Thanks to a long life as a hip-hop sample (providing the… Read More “Don’t Look Any Further” by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett (1984)

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid (1984)

Here’s what separates “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” from “We Are The World” and the other, lesser, ‘80s charity singles. Thirty-four Christmases later, if “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” comes on in the grocery store/shopping mall/randomly comes up on shuffle, I get the warm fuzzies. I sing along. I only cringe during Bono’s ill-advised “tonight… Read More “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid (1984)

“Darling Nikki” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

So much to say about “Darling Nikki”. And, in one of those cool weird coincidences, this song’s number comes up about 12 hours before I’m headed into Williamsburg to see Purple Rain on a big screen for the first time ever! I didn’t realize until recently that “Darling Nikki” and “Little Red Corvette” run along similar lyrical paths.… Read More “Darling Nikki” by Prince & The Revolution (1984)