1984! Now With 50% More Casio Handclaps
I can’t front. The first time I heard Bowie’s 1984 was not on Diamond Dogs, but on Tina’s SMASH comeback LP Private Dancer. I used to rock out to that song, Steel Claw – the “Black Cat” of its day – and the “coulda been a contender” party starter I Might Have Been Queen.
Can we talk about how Tina shut down “I Might Have Been Queen” when La Mommie took us to see her in 1984/1985 in Frankfurt. Man, folks could have stopped by Ramstein Air Base and found it a few brothas short. Playa, we were standing on them folding chairs telling her to “Go ‘head!” Cause, seeing Tina is like going to a black church. She’s up there testifying and the music’s real good.
Anyway, as I look to the coming summer of working, loving and hopefully power sliding (Electric Slide on Roller Skates) iPod made a mix for me. Not only was it delightful and slamming, but it also helped me blaze through the first ten items on my “Spring Cleaning” list.
And no, I don’t ever listen to any “new” music, unless instructed to do so by PopLife. Seriously, if she doesn’t tell me “it’s good” I’m not trying to hear that noise. As I approach 40 I look forward to blasting Luther, EW&F Slow Jams and Maze feat. Frankie Beverly from my car without judgment. You gotta earn the right to blast them jams from your Buppiemobile.
- “Together” by Tierra
- “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
- “Street Life” by Randy Crawford/The Crusaders
- “Glad” by Traffic1
- “This Place Hotel (Heartbreak Hotel) by The Jacksons
- “Love Holiday” by Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Don’t Disturb This Groove” by The System
- “Do Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)” by Zapp
- “Never Too Much” by Luther
- “Poppy Girls” by Anthony Jackson2
- “Da Funk” by Daft Punk
- “Saturdays” by Cut Copy
- “Stomp” by The Brothers Johnson
- “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith3
- “Decemeber 1963 (Oh What a Night) by Frankie Valli & The Four Season
- “Makin’ It” by David Naughton – yeah the “Meatballs” song
- “65 Love Affair” by Paul Davis
- “Stir it Up” by Patti Labelle4
- “Rock-a-Lot” by Aretha5
- “1984” by Tina Turner
1Better known to me as “the song from The Prodigal Son episode of Miami Vice introducing us to Penn Jillette“.
20:50 (slap ass)
3Oh I know you’re not asking me to defend my choice to get jiggy wit it. If so, here’s a quarter for your “buy a ladder and get the fuck over it” fund.
4Nobody’s watching. Go ‘head and get your Molly Ringwald on! *snap swing shuffle*
5The Rock-a-Lot is strong in this one.