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Apr. 15th, 2014

07:42 am - Playlist for April 15, 2014

It's Tax Day! In honor of that, I will play no songs that have anything to do with taxation whatsoever. I could, mind you, but I won't.

Guess what? Alternative Grammys! After this year, the pickins get pretty slim, but we forge on. In 1987, Bruce Hornsby and the Range won the Best New Artist Grammy over some rather soft competition (most of which I happen to like, actually). But who else was eligible? Hmm...

Bruce Hornsby & The Range - Every Little Kiss
Glass Tiger - You're What I Look For
Nu Shooz - Don't Let Me Be The One
Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
Timbuk 3 - The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades
David & David - Ain't So Easy

They Might Be Giants - Everything Right Is Wrong Again
Stabilizers - If I Found Rome
Book Of Love - Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes)
Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You
Erasure - Heavenly Action
Concrete Blonde - True
fIREHOSE - Brave Captain

The Housemartins - Sheep
Crowded House - Mean To Me
The Woodentops - Love Affair With Everyday Livin'
Fishbone - When Problems Arise
Pet Shop Boys - Two Divided By Zero
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - 21st Century Boy
Big Black - Passing Complexion
Cinderella - Somebody Save Me

The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
Tony Carey - The First Day Of Summer
Sparks - Funny Face
Max Tundra - Benjamin Mountain (recorded by an 11-year-old on a BBC Micro computer in the mid '80s!)
Tones On Tail - There's Only One
The Names - Calcutta
Laurie Anderson - From The Air

'80s HADES Word of the Day (from

farceur (fahr-SUR) n.

1. A joker.
2. A writer or director of or actor in farce.

Apr. 8th, 2014

07:33 am - Playlist for April 8, 2014

You thought the Alternative Grammys were kaput. Through. Finished. Ha! You were wrong. We still have a few more years to go, though I may just give up once we get to 1988 or 1989. It just gets a bit depressing. But for now, it's 1986, when Sade landed the Best New Artist Grammy. A good choice? We'll see!

Turns out I could almost fill a show with debut albums from 1985, so I did. Enjoy!

Frankie Knuckles - Bad Boy (Feat Jaimie Principle) (Unreleased 12” Mix)
Pseudo Echo - Listening
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero [Album Version]
The Communards - For A Friend
Julee Cruise - Falling

Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
a-Ha - Take On Me
Katrina & The Waves - Walking on Sunshine
Strawberry Switchblade - Let Her Go
Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home
Julian Lennon - Jesse
Del Amitri - Sticks & Stones, Girl

Camper Van Beethoven - Oh No!
Volcano Suns - Cornfield
Beat Happening - Foggy Eyes
The Dead Milkmen - Gorilla Girl
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Never Understand
Big Audio Dynamite - The Bottom Line
Mantronix - Fresh is the Word
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town

Whitney Houston - Thinking About You
Mike + The Mechanics - All I Need Is A Miracle
The Outfield - Your Love
Arcadia - The Promise
The Colour Field - Castles In The Air

'80s HADES Word of the Day

deke (DEEK) v./n.

1. To deceive an opponent with a feint.
2. A fake or feint meant to deceive a defensive player. (both ice hockey terms)

Mar. 31st, 2014

10:37 pm - Playlist for April 1, 2014

The Alternative Grammys continue on '80s HADES! In 1985, Cyndi Lauper won Best New Artist Grammy. Not a bad choice, but what were the...alternatives?

Cyndi Lauper - All Through The Night
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
The Smiths - Pretty Girls Make Graves
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Sheila E. - Oliver's House
Dead Or Alive - That's The Way (I Like It)

The Pogues - Dark Streets of London
Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo
Bon Jovi - Get Ready
Honeymoon Suite - Burning In Love
Corey Hart - She Got The Radio
Wire Train - Like

Hoodoo Gurus - My Girl

Guess who's coming to St. Louis tomorrow night!

Gary Numan - I Die: You Die [Alternate Version]
Thin White Rope - Take It Home (long version)
George Harrison - Devil's Radio
David Bowie - D.J.
Green On Red - Sea of Cortez
Green Telescope - Make Me Stay

Joey Scarbury - Theme From "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not)
The Creatures - Standing There
Julie Brown - I Like 'Em Big And Stupid
Deutsche Amerikanische Fruendschaft - Co Co Pino
Man Parrish - Boogie Down Bronx

Thanks to Phillip for his pledge!

'80s HADES Word of the Day

coxcomb (KOKS-kohm) n.

A foolish, conceited dandy; a pretentious fop.

Mar. 24th, 2014

08:53 pm - Playlist for March 25, 2014

Birthday time, kiddies! Don your party hats for the albums of March 1984 and March 1989!

The Icicle Works - Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) (from The Icicle Works)
The Go-Go's - Turn To You (from Talk Show)
Missing Persons - Give (from Rhyme & Reason)
The Cars - Why Can't I Have You (from Heartbeat City)
Berlin - For All Tomorrow's Lies (from Love Life)
The Style Council - You're The Best Thing (from Café Bleu)

Marillion - Punch & Judy (from Fugazi)
Howard Jones - Pearl In The Shell (from Human's Lib)
Rick Springfield - Don't Walk Away (from Hard to Hold)
Run-D.M.C. - It's Like That (from Run-D.M.C.)
Ratt - Wanted Man (from Out of the Cellar)
Scorpions - Bad Boys Running Wild (from Love at First Sting)

Black Flag - My War (from My War)
Minor Threat - Seeing Red (from Minor Threat)

And from March 1989…

Operation Ivy - One of These Days (from Energy)
De La Soul - Say No Go (from 3 Feet High and Rising)
Madonna - Keep It Together (from Like a Prayer)

Death Comet Crew - Funky Dream One (At The Marble Bar 12" with The Rammellzee)
Midnight Oil - Best of Both Worlds

Incredibly, yesterday marked a special movie anniversary. On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five teenagers -- a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal -- showed up for detention. All hail The Breakfast Club!

Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)
Def Leppard - Armageddon It
Pat Benatar - Looking For A Stranger
Freur - Riders In The Night
Roxy Music - Oh Yeah

'80s HADES Word of the Day

elide (ih-LAHYD) v.

1. To omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation.
2. To suppress; omit; ignore; pass over.
3. To annul or quash (law).

Mar. 17th, 2014

09:26 pm - Playlist for March 18, 2014

The Alternative Best New Artist Grammys continue! In 1984, Culture Club took the prize. Not a bad choice, but what were the alternatives...?

Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Men Without Hats - I Got The Message
Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger
Big Country - Harvest Home
Marillion - He Knows You Know
Metallica - Whiplash

Violent Femmes - Promise
Sonic Youth - Inhuman
The Chameleons - A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
Tears For Fears - Suffer The Children
Madonna - Lucky Star
The The - Perfect

And the winner Don't you have to go with Madonna here? I mean, Metallica would also be a respectable pick, but I think the Material Girl has to get the nod just in terms of sheer cultural impact.

China Crisis - No More Blue Horizons (Fool Fool Fool)
Julian Lennon - Too Late For Goodbyes
APB - Shoot You Down
Janet Jackson - Black Cat
The Birthday Party - King Ink

Butthole Surfers - Bar-B-Q Pope
Family Fodder - The Big Dig
Night Ranger - Sing Me Away
Geisha - Kabuki
The Durutti Column - Prayer
John Mellencamp - Jackie Brown

'80s HADES Word of the Day

incunabula (in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luh, ing-) n. (plural; singular: incunabulum)

1. Extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing with movable type.
2. The earliest stages or first traces of anything.

Mar. 2nd, 2014

01:06 pm - Playlist for March 4, 2014

The Comsat Angels - At Sea
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Monkeys On Juice
Twisted Sister - I Wanna Rock
Indigo Girls - Tried To Be True
Quarterflash - Find Another Fool
Game Theory - The Waist And The Knees

Dicks - Dicks Hate The Police
Sting - Englishman in New York
Rockpile - When I Write A Book
Cold Chisel - Cheap Wine
Beat Happening - Catwalk
Miaow - Sport Most Royal
Bluebells - Sugar Bridge (It Will Stand)
Little River Band - The Night Owls

In 1983, Men At Work won the Best New Artist Grammy, leading to the classic line uttered by Colin Hay at the Grammys ceremony -- "We are the Men, and we'll see you again!". Alas, we didn't, as "the Men" followed up Business As Usual with two fine albums but still dropped from '80s consciousness within a couple of years. Was Men At Work a good choice? What were the...alternatives?

Men At Work - Be Good Johnny
Thomas Dolby - Windpower
Orange Juice - Three Cheers For Our Side
The Fixx - I Found You
Meat Puppets - Love Offering
Bad Brains - Sailin' On
R.E.M. - Gardening At Night
Yaz - Don't Go
ABC - Look Of Love (Part One)

Devo - The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise*
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie**
Fine Young Cannibals - Don't Look Back
Underworld - Underneath The Radar
Smash Palace - Living On The Borderline
Tesla - The Way It Is

* - by request from CoolHand Chris
** - by request from the mighty LOU

'80s HADES Word of the Day

perfervid (per-FUR-vid) adj.

Intense and impassioned; extremely ardent.

Feb. 24th, 2014

07:20 pm - Playlist for February 25, 2014

It's birthday time! First, albums from February of 1984. Fortunately for you, it was a great month for new albums.

Simple Minds - Waterfront (from Sparkle In The Rain)
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive! (from The Flat Earth)
The Smiths - Hand In Glove (from The Smiths)
The Alarm - Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? (from Declaration)
Queen - Hammer To Fall (from The Works)
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me (from Somebody's Watching Me)
Talk Talk - It's My Life (from It's My Life)

Nena - 99 Luftballons (from Nena)
Dead Can Dance - Ocean (from Dead Can Dance)
Mike Reno and Ann Wilson - Almost Paradise (from the Footloose soundtrack)
The Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me (from Ammonia Avenue)
Madness - Michael Caine (from Keep Moving)

And from February 1989…

XTC - King for a Day (from Oranges and Lemons)

And now, back to February 1984, for one of my favorite albums as a teen…Into The Gap by the Thompson Twins

The Thompson Twins - Doctor! Doctor!
The Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up
The Thompson Twins - Day After Day
The Thompson Twins - Sister Of Mercy
The Thompson Twins - No Peace For The Wicked
The Thompson Twins - The Gap

The Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now
The Thompson Twins - Storm On The Sea
The Thompson Twins - Who Can Stop The Rain

And now back to February 1989…

Elvis Costello - Veronica (from Spike)
The Replacements - Achin' To Be (from Don't Tell A Soul)

'80s HADES Word of the Day

glabrous (GLEY-bruhs) adj.

Devoid of hair or down.

Feb. 17th, 2014

08:21 pm - Playlist for February 18, 2014

Yes, that's right -- Sheena Easton won the 1982 Best New Artist Grammy. Was justice served? Please. Tune in to see who else should've won, with the benefit of the totally awesome hindsight bestowed upon Dr. Incognito...

Honeymoon Suite - Words In The Wind
Planet P Project - Pink World
Wipers - Alien Boy
Divinyls - Science Fiction
Laura Branigan - Self Control
Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours
Brian Eno & David Byrne - Regiment

Jon Astley - Put This Love To The Test
The Moody Blues - Your Wildest Dreams
Kajagoogoo - Turn Your Back On Me
Chaka Khan - What Cha' Gonna Do For Me
Animotion - Obsession
New Musik - Sanctuary

Sheena Easton - Modern Girl
The Church - For A Moment We're Strangers
The Replacements - I'm In Trouble
Eurythmics - Belinda
New Order - Dreams Never End
Duran Duran - Girls On Film
Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Monkeys On Juice
The Homosexuals - Soft South Africans (Slow)
fIREHOSE - Time With You
Microdisney - Gale Force Wind
Stranglers - No Mercy
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

'80s HADES Word of the Day

ullage (UHL-ij) n.

1. The amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container.
2. The amount of liquid remaining in a container that has lost some of its contents by leakage, evaporation or use.

Feb. 11th, 2014

07:32 am - Playlist for February 11, 2014

Romeo Void - White Sweater
The Pointer Sisters - Neutron Dance
Arthur Russell - Let's Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious
Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement

Shriekback - Fish Below The Ice
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
V Capri - Haunting Me
Corey Hart - It Ain't Enough
Men Without Hats - Moonbeam
Billy Bragg - A New England
Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All

More Alternative Grammys! This week, it's the 1981 Best New Artist Grammy! Who won? Christopher Cross. Who should've won? Hmm...

Christopher Cross - Never Be The Same
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity
Echo & The Bunnymen - Do It Clean
The Psychedelic Furs - We Love You
The Teardrop Explodes - Treason
U2 - A Day Without Me
INXS - Just Keep Walking
Icehouse - We Can Get Together

Electric Light Orchestra - So Serious
Ultravox - One Small Day
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - From a Whisper to a Scream
The Fleshtones - The World Has Changed
Bonnie Hayes With The Wild Combo - Girls Like Me
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Fire
X-Ray Spex - I am a Poseur

'80s HADES Word of the Day

phylogenetics (fahy-loj-uh-NET-ics) n.

The study of phylogeny, the evolutionary (genealogical) relationships between species and higher groups of organisms.

Feb. 3rd, 2014

07:42 pm - Playlist for February 4, 2014

The Cars - Tonight She Comes
Bram Tchaikovsky - Girl Of My Dreams
Crash Course In Science - Cardboard Lamb
Die Hornissen - Zeittunnel
Gary Numan - Metal
Visage - Move Up
The Human League - Mirror Man [Extended Version]

It's time for the Alternative Grammys! This week, we dissect the 1980 Best New Artist Grammy Award, starting with a track by winner Rickie Lee Jones, followed by cuts from new artists who weren't even nominated. Who should've won? Tune in!

Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E.'s In Love
Simple Minds - Life In A Day (Simple Minds actually released two albums in 1979, Life in a Day and Real to Real Cacophony)
The Fall - Industrial Estate
The B-52's - Dance This Mess Around
Gang Of Four - Natural's Not In It
Joy Division - Disorder
The Cure - Fire In Cairo

ZZ Top - Stages
Until December - Until December (Single Version)
Kano - Now Baby Now
Young Marble Giants - Include Me Out
Bryan Adams - It's Only Love
The Lyres - Touch
The Vibrators - Baby Baby

The Wild Swans - Bible Dreams
The Teardrop Explodes - When I Dream
Tina Turner - Private Dancer
Television Personalities - The Prettiest Girl In The World
The Smithereens - Strangers When We Meet
The Mekons - Last Dance

'80s HADES Word of the Day

tittup (TIT-uhp) n./v.

1. An exaggerated bouncing or prancing movement or manner of moving (noun).
2. To move, especially to walk, in an exaggerated prancing or bouncing way, as a spirited horse (verb).

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