5 ‘Oh Wow!’ Songs From The 80’s That You Forgot All About
It’s no surprise, the 80’s was and still is my favorite decade. Since I started in radio in 1981, I’ve had many a 80’s record ingrained in my memory. Sometimes that can be a good or bad thing, depending on the song. I can’t even count how many times I played ‘Island In The Streams’ or ‘Endless Love’ every three and half hours back in the day. But, there were some ‘gems’ that over the years got lost in the ‘shuffle.’ So here are five songs that you know, but forgot all about.
Rick Springfield – Human Touch (1983)
There is one thing Rick Springfield hates and that is being called a ‘one-hit wonder.’ While tending to patients in Port Charles on General Hospital, this rock doc was also making radio magic. He had eight top 20 hits in the 80’s and this one reached #18.
Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur (1989)
I think this is just a fun song. When I hear hear it, I can’t help but turn it up loud. The masterminds behind the group is Don and and David Was. (Don Fagenson & David Weiss). This was the groups only claim to fame on the charts, peaking at #7, but Don Was went on to become one of the world’s top record producers. He’s produced records from The Rolling Stones, Elton John and even Garth Brooks, just to name a few.
Limahl – The Never Ending Story (1985)
In 1983, Christopher ‘Limahl’ Hamill was the lead singer of the group Kajagoogoo. The group had a huge hit that year with ‘Too Shy,’ but with success came internal battles with the band. Before you could say, ‘I love that song,’ Limahl was booted out of the bad. The group re-branded themselves as Kaja and Limahl went on to have this top 20 solo hit from the movie ‘The Never Ending Story‘.
Psuedo Echo – Funky Town (1987)
In less than a decade this classic 1980 hit from Lipps, Inc. was re-recorded by a group from down under. Psuedo Echo hit the scene fast and faded out just as fast. This was their only hit record, which they took to #6. [TRIVIA NOTES] Lipps, Inc, took the song to #1 for four weeks and their version is spelled as one word, ‘Funkytown.’
Hall & Oates – Adult Education
You can’t talk about the 80’s without making some reference to Daryl Hall & John Oates. The sounds of Philadelphia were all over the radio with this duo that passed The Everly Brothers as the #1 charting duo of the rock era. 22 top 40 hits and five went to #1, spending a combined total of 12 weeks at the top spot.