“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston (1985)

“How Will I Know” was the song that made Whitney Houston America’s sweetheart. And as calculated as Clive Davis’s plan to make her a superstar were (release a couple of singles that solidified a base of R&B fans before making an all-out pop push), it worked. And it worked with a great song, even if… Read More “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston (1985)

“Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears (1985)

Tears For Fears is a textbook example of an act that made incredible singles, but their album tracks are uniformly…well, not bad. But significantly weaker by comparison. They were scorching in the summer of 1985, thanks to a trio of fantastic singles. We’ve discussed “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”earlier (damn, almost a year ago… Read More “Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears (1985)

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (1985)

My high school experience was nothing like anything John Hughes ever captured in a film. For one thing, there were people of color in my high school. Actually, Brooklyn Tech was (and still is) predominantly Asian. And not one of them sounded or acted like Long Duk Dong. Also, I don’t think my high school… Read More “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (1985)

“Don Quichotte” by Magazine 60 (1985)

I discovered this amazing not-quite-a-hit via Rhino’s (awesomely curated) The Disco Years CD series from the mid ‘90s. Although “Don Quichotte” came a few years too late to “officially” qualify as disco (whatever that means), it’s also not hi-NRG or dance-pop a la Madonna, it’s…it’s absurd is what it is. Absurd synthesizer music with pidgin Spanish,… Read More “Don Quichotte” by Magazine 60 (1985)

“Crush On You” by The Jets (1985)

First off, let’s show some love to the brown girl attitude all over “Crush On You”’s first couplet: “you must have heard it from my best friend/she’s always talkin’ when she should be listenin’”. You weren’t getting that much sass in your pop/R&B in the ‘80s, especially from female singers. Then Elizabeth Wolfgramm and Janet Jackson hit you with… Read More “Crush On You” by The Jets (1985)

“Computer Love” by Zapp featuring Charlie Wilson and Shirley Murdock (1985)

Technology can do many things, but it can’t get you off. It can provide assistance, of course. But it can’t induce orgasm, and it certainly can’t curl up next to you in bed. At least not yet. You still need a flesh-and-blood human, whether you’re hitting the sheets with your honey or hitting the sheets… Read More “Computer Love” by Zapp featuring Charlie Wilson and Shirley Murdock (1985)