WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 11

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

“Under Pressure” would have made for an awesome finale, but alas, there was a little more tape remaining, so we get what’s likely an anticlimax. This reached #17 in early 77; it sprung out of a British commercial for, well, jeans. Consider it a fun chaser; maybe a song that’s in part about getting out and about is what I need, anyway.

I have another, shorter series of posts about another tape that I expect to post here in the not-so-distant future, and plenty of other tapes/songs over which to reminisce; consider yourself warned!

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 10

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

Yes, there’s the memorable, sample-able bass line, but what is it that makes this song so great? On one hand it has the combination of two amazing and iconic voices, but on the other there’s nothing much in the way of melody. For me, its greatness lies in the passionate deliveries of the climax, starting with Freddie’s “Can’t we give ourselves one more chance?” and running through David’s “This is ourselves…” Made #29 in early 82.

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 8

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

I often say to myself that this (#31, Spring 84) is among my 10 favorite singles from the 80s, but until recently I hadn’t bothered to think much about what the other 9 might be. This is how I’d fill it out today; might be different if I did it some other time. In chronological order:

Ah! Leah!–Donnie Iris
Do You Believe in Love–Huey Lewis and the News
867-5309/Jenny–Tommy Tutone
Someday, Someway–Marshall Crenshaw
Back on the Chain Gang–Pretenders
I Melt With You–Modern English
It’s My Life–Talk Talk
Coming Up Close–‘Til Tuesday
Don’t Dream It’s Over–Crowded House
Luka–Suzanne Vega

I’m happy enough that No Doubt scored success with its cover, but seriously, it can’t compare to the original.

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 7

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

I really dug ELO in the late 70s; their 76 release A New World Record was another of the few albums I owned in high school, and it’s a classic. This was the second 45 from it, reaching #24 in Spring 77. It originally scored as a single by The Move, Jeff Lynne’s previous band (#93, late 72).

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 6

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

One of my favorite AOR songs in summer 81 was this band’s “No Turning Back.” This one comes from an EP they released the following year. They’re from Australia and were originally named Sherbet.

My worst segue was the one leading into this song; I didn’t fade Rod quite quickly enough, and a note or two of “You’re In My Heart” creeps in after this has already begun.

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 4, Song 5

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

I’d like to be able to tell you that this was included at least semi-ironically, but… Like I said earlier, disco was close to untouchable in 85, but I maintained a soft spot for this one. Clearly a ridiculous work, but also pretty darn catchy.