When you think of pop stars of the 80s I’m sure
Madonna immediately pops
into your head, right?
Followed by Cyndi Lauper, Janet Jackson, Pat Benatar, then maybe down the
line you have Sheena Easton when she was hanging out with Prince, then
maybe waaay down the line you have, umm, I don’t know, Martika?
I’m trying to work out on a more regular basis and lately my Pandora has
been stuck on the “80s Dance Parties” station, which I highly recommend
if you want to hear a great remix of “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”
followed by a funkified version of “Der Kommissar.”
Because sometimes, you just need “Der Kommissar” to get you up that last
The other morning I heard a string of songs by women from back in the day
that made me smile really big. They took me back to that place where I’m
cruising for boys at the beach in my dad’s convertible. They made me lip
synch like a fool as I trudged along, doing my pathetic walk/jog that I
like to refer to as my “wog.”
Last Monday I had one rockin’ 80s wog.
“I Wonder if I Take U Home” – Lisa
Lisa and Cult Jam.
Lisa Lisa! So nice they named her twice! Oh my goodness I loved this song,
I taped it on my boom box off of the radio – remember doing that? That
song and also the super-sappy “All Cried Out” (which I also loved, and
of course, cried to) were her big hits. One thing I failed to realize
about this song until hearing it recently was just how many times she
says the word “home” – it felt like, 900 times. It got my heart rate up,
that’s for sure, but towards the end it was more like, just take him
home already...stop talking about it and just DO IT. No one is going to
think any less of you, Lisa Lisa.
“Two of Hearts” – Stacy Q.
Hearing this song was like chewing a piece of super-sweet-super-pink
bubble gum that I haven’t had in a long time. I don’t believe Miss Q had
any other hits besides this one? As I listened I kind of remembered the
video - Stacy was very pretty, freakishly small, and had some crazy,
long, too-perfect-to-be-true hair. Oh, and that she needed this guy.
Like really bad. I think it was the “I need you I need you” part and the
“I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-NEED-I-NEED-I NEED-YOU” part that clued me in.
This one, also got my heart rate going, but more in a nervous/anxious
kind of a way. I hope Stacy’s doing ok.
“Heart and Soul” – T’Pau.
Oh. My. God. I LOVED THIS SONG. Very dramatic, with all the spoken lyrics.
Sometimes I liked to sing the “Give a little bit of heart and soul” part
and sometimes I liked to do the “must I...beg you” talking part. It’s
like two songs in one! I was impressed that I could pretty much sing
along with the entire song, my favorite part is the “I used to have a
lover with the Midas touch, I turned to gold but he turned to dust”
part. DRAMATIC! The singer (T’Pau?) had dark smoky eye makeup and giant
hair that could have used a deep conditioning treatment. I have to admit
this song made me smile the most and wog the fastest.
So thank you Pandora and more importantly, thank you ladies for helping me
burn some extra calories with your sweet, nostalgic sounds.
My next workout I’m hoping to hear a little Taylor Dayne, Shannon, or The
Cover Girls. And I think I could make it up and down that giant set of
stairs more than once if “Point of No Return” by Expose comes on.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.