My mom used to say, “Everybody has a talent.”? Or maybe that was Claire Huxtable.? At any rate, the important thing to note here is that I subscribe to this theory.?
Unfortunately for me, not all talents are created equal.?
For example, my? “special” ability? involves remembering impossibly random 80′s songs and lyrics.? This skill (and I use that term very loosely) is infinitely less desirable than, say, the ability to change dog poop into diamonds (in which case I would be a bazillionaire by now) or the ability to see out of the back of my head (great for catching my son BEFORE he? “decorates” baby sister with red duct tape).?
Heck, I’d even take the ability to cook dinner while taking a nap.? But alas, no such luck.
Thus far, the only real use I’ve discovered for? my “talent” is to annoy friends by screaming “It seems I care enough to know that I could never love you” any time Poison Arrow comes on at a party or bar.
At long last, though, I’m getting? a chance to utilize my talent to better mankind.? Or, at least,? to make? my 20 year high school reunion music selection not suck (although, “not suck” and “80′s music”? is something of an oxymoron).? And yes, I said 20 year—the midlife crisis? provoked by this? landmark? will undoubtedly fill another fifty blog posts at some later date.
But back to 80′s music.? Here’s the part where you help me out.? Below is a list of songs I remember from my high school years (1984-1988).? If YOUR favorite song from that time period is missing, please, put it in the comment section below.
In turn, I promise not to scream ABC lyrics ever again.? ? So long as? Dead or Alive? is still fair game.
Mission Viejo High School Class of 1988 Reunion Song List:
Squeeze (happy now, Joe?? J? ? –Tempted,? Hourglass, Pulling Mussels from a Shell
Beastie Boys—Brass Monkey, Fight for Your Right, Paul Revere, Girls, She’s Crafty
Guns n’ Roses—Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Brownstone, Sweet Child of Mine, Paradise City
General Public—Tenderness, Never You Done That, General Public
The Cult—She Sells Sanctuary, Love Removal Machine, Wild Flower, Lil’ Devil
Oingo Boingo—Dead Man’s Party, Not My Slave, Only a Lad, Wild Sex (in the Working Class)
The Cure—Just Like Heaven, the Lovecats, Why Can’t I Be You,? Hot! Hot! Hot!
Thompson Twins—Lay Your Hands on Me, If You Were Here
Bryan Ferry—Slave to Love
New Order—Bizarre Love Triangle, The Perfect Kiss, Blue Monday, Shell Shock, Subculture (re-mix)
Gene Loves Jezebel—Desire
Dead or Alive—You Spin Me Right Round, Something in My House
Flesh for Lulu—I Go Crazy
Yaz—Situation, Don’t Go
INXS—Need You Tonight, Original Sin
Tears for Fears—Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout
The Call—Everywhere I Go, I Still Believe
The Alarm—The Stand, Strength
Psychedelic Furs—Pretty in Pink, The Ghost in You
Frankie Goes to Hollywood—Relax, Two Tribes
Wham! –Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Everything She Wants, I’m Your Man
Siouxsie and the Banshees—Cities in Dust
Soft Cell—Tainted Love
Simple Minds—Don’t You (Forget About Me), Up on the Catwalk, Alive and Kicking
The Fixx—One Thing Leads to Another, Are We Ourselves?
Berlin—No More Words, Sex (I’m a…..)
Duran Duran—Hungry Like the Wolf, The Reflex, Rio
Thomas Dolby—She Blinded Me with Science, Airhead
The Smiths—Bigmouth Strikes Again, How Soon is Now?, What Difference Does it Make?
Naked Eyes—Always Something There to Remind Me
Talk Talk—It’s My Life
Go West—We Close Our Eyes
Sly Fox—Let’s Go All the Way
The Clash—Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Rock the Casbah
Madonna— Holiday, Into the Groove, Like a Virgin
Bangles—Hazy Shade of Winter, Walk Like an Egyptian
ACDC—You Shook Me All Night Long
Wall of Voodoo—Mexican Radio
Bryan Adams—Run to You, Summer of 69
Cutting Crew—I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight
Whitesnake—Here I Go Again
Crowded House—Don’t Dream its Over
REM—The One I Love
U2—With or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for, The Sweetest Thing
Falco—Rock Me Amadeus
Bananarama—Venus, Cruel Summer
LL Cool J—I’m Goin’ Back to Cali
Wang Chung—Everybody Wang Chung Tonight
Howard Jones—Things Can Only Get Better
Level 42—Something About You
Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam —Take Me Home
Boys Don’t Cry—I Wanna Be a Cowboy
Van Halen—Jump, Dreams
David Lee Roth—Just a Gigolo?
Tones on Tail—Go!
Shannon—Let the Music Play
Chaka Kan—I Feel for You
? Klymaxx– Meeting in the Ladies Room
The English Beat—Mirror in the Bathroom, Save it for Later
Michael Jackson—Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal
Peter Murphy—All Night Long
Go-Go’s—Head Over Heels, Our Lips are Sealed
ABC—Poison Arrow, Be Near Me
Midnight Oil—the Power and the Passion
Alphaville—Big in Japan
Pet Shop Boys—West End Girls, Heart
Icicle Works—Whisper to a Scream
Modern English—Melt With You
Billy Idol—Rebel Yell, Mony Mony
OMD—If You Leave
Heaven 17—Let Me Go
Book of Love—I Touch Roses
Samantha Fox—Naughty Girls Need Love Too
Aha—Take on Me
Steve Perry—Oh Sherrie
Poison—Every Rose Has Its Thorns
Sting—We’ll Be Together
Ratt—Lay It Down
Katrina and the Waves—Walkin’ on Sunshine
King—Love and Pride
Murray Head—One Night in Bangkok
Los Lobos—La Bamba
Don Henley—Boys of Summer?
Jermaine Stewart– We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off
Nik Kershaw—Wouldn’t It Be Good?
? Lloyd Cole and the Commotions—? ? ? Perfect Skin
Ministry—Everyday is Halloween?
Depeche Mode—Master and Servant, Something To Do, A Question of Time, Stripped, Black Celebration, Shake the Disease
Altered Images—Happy Birthday
Big Audio Dynamite—The Bottom Line
Divinyls—Pleasure and Pain
The Pretenders—Show Me
Joe Jackson—Right and Wrong
Sisters of Mercy—This Corrosion
Violent Femmes—Blister in the Sun, Add it Up
Morris Day and the Time—Jungle Love
Prince—Let’s Go Crazy, U Got the Look, When Doves Cry,
The Outfield—Your Love
The Romantics—What I Like About You
Bronski Beat—Hit that Perfect Beat, Why?
Erasure—Sometimes, Who Needs Love Like That?
Club Noveau—Lean on Me
Junior—Mama Used to Say
Terence Trent D’arby—Sign Your Name
David Bowie—Modern Love, China Girl
George Michael—I Want Your Sex, Hard Day, Faith
Love and Rockets—No New Tale to Tell, Ball of Confusion
Bon Jovi—Livin’ on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive
Def Leppard—Pour Some Sugar on Me
Ready for the World—Oh Sheila
C-Bank—One More Shot
Shannon—Let the Music Play
Sheila E—The Glamorous Life
Expose—Point of No Return
Cover Girls—Show Me
Fivestar—All Fall Down
The Dead Milkmen—Bitchin’ Camaro
Aerosmith—Dude Looks Like a Lady
Echo and the Bunnymen—Sugar Kisses
Robert Palmer—Addicted to Love, Simply Irresistable
Salt N Pepa—Push It
Grand Master Flash—White Lines
B-52’s –Rock Lobster, Summer of Love
Kim Wilde—Keep Me Hangin’ On
JoBoxers—Just Got Lucky?
Billy Squier—The Stroke
INXS and Jimmy Barnes—Good Times
Kenny Loggins—Danger Zone, Footloose
Motley Crue—Looks That Kill
Peter Gabriel—Big Time, In Your Eyes
Phil Collins—Easy Lover
Real Life—Send Me An Angel
The Police—Roxanne, Message in? a Bottle, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Every Breath You Take
Talking Heads—Burning Down the House
The Cars—Hello Again
The Ramones—I Wanna Be Sedated
Til Tuesday—Voices Carry
ZZ Top—Sharp Dressed Man
Run DMC—Walk This Way
Tin Tin—Kiss Me
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