American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 3/8/80 and 5/31/80

Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. These two entries have been edited a bit from the originals.

3/8/80: Kicking off the countdown is this fine tune by J. Geils and crew; it climbed to #32.  It’s another song for which it’s tough to find a decent video.  Apologies for it being a little out-of-focus, but we can still see Peter Wolf go through his whole repertoire of moves!  It’s pretty well overshadowed now by the follow-up, “Love Stinks,” which made #38 about three months later.

The man who gave his name to the band died about a month after I posted this originally.


5/31/80: When I posted this last year, the day before had been Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s 72nd birthday–he’s almost back around for another one now.  This was his sole US Top 40 song (#25 here, soon to reach #21), though he got a decent amount of airplay a few years later for “If I Had a Rocket Launcher.”

Enjoy the pix of numerous kings and queens of the jungle.

2 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 3/8/80 and 5/31/80”

  1. Huge fan of both of these tracks.

    “Come Back” was one of the first dozen tracks I successfully lobbied for and got added to rotation with the caveat that I track down the single edit which was almost too easy.

    The strangely chill political “If I Had A Rocket Launcher” was my gateway to Cockburn’s back catalog and the sublime “Wondering Where The Lions Are”


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