The 1980’s Part II Female Artists/Hits

Let’s just say I’m honored to have been a teenager in the 80’s. It’s my absolute favorite era. How could it not be? The music…..THE MUSIC was fucking magnificent! There was glam rock, new wave, hip hop, rap, punk, soft rock, take your pick. In 1981 MTV launched it’s new hip channel with all of the faces to go with the music and the moves! This channel flowed throughout our big ass chunky TV’s and we were hooked.

If you were a kid of the 80’s what were you wearing? I owned a few different colors of parachute pants, vans, jelly shoes, jordache jeans, asahi tennis shoes, and neon colored shirts. I had a mullet with a tight perm and eventually a purple rat tail. The bigger my hair the better. Ok so the hairstyle I had back then wasn’t anything to brag about but the clothes and the music were epic.

Let’s get on with the music! I know last week the incredible Lex Jones shared with you some major iconic female artists which was spectacular. No worries loves, she will definitely be back again real soon! If you missed last weeks post check it out: Part I 1980’s Female Artists/Hits

Part II:

We can’t possibly forget the fabulous Paula Abdul now can we? Forever Your Girl is so true as she’ll always be our girl. No matter what the mood is, if you hear this song no doubt it will put a smile on your face. Any time I think of Paula it makes me smile. Her positive happy upbeat energy is contagious!

 

Debbie Gibson…How could I forget this little nugget? She made us all think we could wear a hat and overalls. That sweet innocent pop voice had us dancing in our jammies at slumber parties. Only In My Dreams was my absolute favorite!

Teena Marie…she had me at Shoo de Ba – This girl claimed the stage when she performed. She was essential to our 80’s era. She was sexy and knew how to jam – RIP Sister, you were amazing!

Joan Jett – Whether you’re straight, bi, or gay she had some serious sex appeal. She made me want to kiss a girl. If you were to google BAD ASS her face should come up.She was H.O.T. and you listened up when she belted out her rock anthems.

Chaka Khan – I feel for you – I can remember skating to this song. The disco ball was spinning and I was hustlin’ in my skates and singing along.

Now go get your 80’s groove on and stay tuned for next weeks Part III loves!

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1980’s Part III Female Artists/Hits

The 80’s were full of incredible female artists. So many to choose from. The eighties were flavorful, vibrant, and oh so memorable. Lets kick off the finale of this 80’s era with…..

Heart – Never  – That Hair! Seriously….can we just have a moment of silence for the hair? Cut the volume up and get your air guitar on. Yeah, sing along, you know the words don’t you? It’s OK, let it out. Belt out these lyrics…

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – Head To Toe – What can I say about her…she was gorgeous, knew how to wear a banana clip, and had serious pipes. You recognized her voice instantly on the radio. No one sounded like her.

Pointer Sisters – Jump – I had a few dresses like this I might add. I didn’t have the hat though. Love this song. They had a ton of hits.

Patty Smyth – Warrior  -After many break up’s as a teenager this is the song that I would listen to. Such a great fucking song!

Expose – Let me Be The One – These chic’s were classy! Fabulous girl group!

Shannon – Let The Music Play – Who  hasn’t heard this song? Another song I loved to skate to. What a voice!

Last but not least…Irene Cara – Fame – Who remembers Solid Gold? I know I do! Who remembers Flashdance? OMG! One of my favorite movies ever. Irene Cara was so beautiful and this song just makes you feel like you can do anything!

 

That’s it for the 1980’s era. Next week we’ll be in the 1990’s and I can’t wait!

1980’s (Part I) Female Artists/Hits By Lex Jones

Greetings readers, Lex Jones here!  The lovely Lennon Carlyle has been kind enough to let me write a guest post for her Women in Music series.  And as luck would have it…I am writing about the 80’s.  Where do I even begin?  There were so many incredible artists that I could write a mini-series on this decade alone.  So here goes…my top ten in no particular order, because they are all number one.

Pat Benatar:  This little vixen started out as a classically trained opera singer and found her place in rock. I love her voice, her passion.  My personal faves are “Shadows of the Night” and “We Belong.” But be warned, if I hear “Love is a Battlefield” I will still do the dance.  I pretend I’m her, pointing my finger at the greasy pimp (played by her husband in the video) I just wish I had those pipes.

The Go-Go’s:  The very first vinyl album I bought with my own money, was Beauty and the Beat.  My favorite song by the band is, “Head Over Heels” and was on their next album (which I bought on cassette, remember those?).  And to this day, regardless of what she says, I think Lennon and Belinda Carlisle could be sisters.  But Lennon’s dance moves are far better!

Janet Jackson:  That is Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.  Janet Jackson is directly responsible for many of the choreographed numbers I spent hours mastering in front of my bedroom mirror.  She came out strong with “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty” but I think my favorite single from the Control album was “The Pleasure Principle”. In fact, if memory serves, Lennon and I tore up the floor trying to learn that dance!  Those were the days.  Janet followed that album up in 1989 with Rhythm Nation.  I can’t don a baseball cap and a ponytail, without secretly singing the intro to Rhythm Nation, “5-4-3-2-1”

Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.  Ok, true confession time…I was obsessed with Chrissie Hynde.  She was the coolest chic out there.  I loved her voice.  I loved her style.  And I loved her black eyeliner.  She was a badass in her own right fronting an all-male band.  She could sing her skinny arse off and she could rock a guitar.  She was tough like one of the guys, but had this underlying sex appeal that lured you in.  There are so many hits by the Pretenders that I love, but my favorite is “Middle of the Road”

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Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics:  I can hear the first line of “Sweet Dreams” and I am transported to the video, where a gender-bending Annie Lennox intrigued us all with her tailored suit and shocking red hair.  The song itself is prophetic and true with many subliminal themes running through the video.  And personally, I think Scott Weiland, from Stone Temple Pilots, totally ripped off her hair-do  Annie did it better.  And she just keeps getting better with time.

Whitney Houston:  She was the darling of the 80’s.  Her voice was a powerhouse and she always presented herself as a class act with her squeaky clean image.  I think “The Greatest Love of All” was the number one choice at every graduation and small town talent show for years because of her.  My favorite Whitney songs are her remake of the Isley Brothers’ “For the Love of You” and “Saving All My Love”.  Such a sad ending to her short life.  RIP, Whitney.  We will ALWAYS love you. 

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Tina Turner:  You really could include Tina Turner in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s.  But she came into her own in the Eighties.  The 80’s were when she finally dropped Ike’s sorry, wife-beatin’ ass and did her thang!  And she owned it.  It seemed that “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was on every time I tuned into MTV.  And thanks to that video, I learned how to sashay in heels at the tender age of 12 (thanks, Tina).  And although Private Dancer was her fifth solo studio album, it stands out as an icon of the 80’s.  My personal favorite tracks are, “Better Be Good to Me” and her cover of “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Madonna:  All hail the reigning queen of the 80’s.  I will never forget the first time I saw the video to “Borderline” I immediately wanted to go out and get a goofy striped beret and some spray paint.  Instead, I invested in about 50 black rubber bracelets, fingerless gloves, blonde hair dye and tons of black eyeliner.  Madonna was a constantly evolving enigma of an artist.  She was always changing.  Always pushing buttons.  She should have an honorary degree in marketing because early on, you recognized her brand…you always knew she would change and morph into another version of herself in song and in film.  She was everywhere.  Personally I never felt that she was a particularly good singer, but she was the whole package.  She was a performer.  And still is.  My favorite Madonna songs from the 80’s are “Lucky Star” and 1989’s “Express Yourself” (an anthem for my off-the-wall fashion choices that year)

The Bangles:  Let me just say…I HATED, HATED “Walk Like an Egyptian” but other than that, I liked the Bangles.  Prince had a crush on Susannah Hoffs (so did everyone else) and wrote “Manic Monday” for them, making it their biggest hit.  Hoffs’ voice is unforgettable and unique.  As you know I typically choose the obscure hits as my faves, and for them, it’s their cover version of the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Hazy Shade of Winter.”  They rock in this song and I like their cover better than the original.

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Salt n Pepa:  You simply cannot talk about women of the 80’s without mentioning these trailblazers of rap.  Not only were they pioneers as female rappers, but there were able to  cross over to mainstream pop, commanding us all to “Push It REAL GOOD…”  We were all under their spell each time this song came on and we found ourselves thrusting uncontrollably!  They followed this up with many other hits in the 80’s.  I still love “Push It” and “Shake Your Thang” which was on their next album.

I am running out of time, but here are a few of my honorable mentions:  Sheila E., Sade and a bevy of one-hit wonders:  Til Tuesday, Bonnie Tyler, Kim Carnes.

The 80’s were a time of empowerment for women.  They were large and in charge, free to be themselves.  Free to experiment.  They were constantly pushing boundaries with sexuality as they ruled MTV and owned the airwaves.   They were good.  They were bad.  They were ever-changing.  And many of them are still making it happen thirty years later!

Now Push it REAL GOOD!!!!

1970’s Female Artists/Hits

The 70’s were no doubt a daring fashion moment in history. From skin tight bell bottoms with flower patterns to showing your midriff with a halter top. The colors were vibrant and women were meant to be seen. Lip gloss was heavily applied and blue eye shadow was the new craze. Diana Ross showed us how to wear a tight sequence jumpsuit. The cars….well let’s just say, size mattered. The bigger, the better. My Mom drove a 1976 big ass mint green mercury cougar. She had the big hair to match it too. Now, onto the music….

1st Up: Blondie – One Way Or Another – Was she not gorgeous? That raspy voice got you every time didn’t it? Anything she sang I was ALL in. She was singing about stalking way before it was common, before Fatal Attraction, before Facebook and shit like that…. Ha!

2nd: Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive – Ahhh…Now this is what I’m talkin’ about. Gloria Gaynor set the world on fire with this hit. To this day it’s a powerful song. When you’re having the shittiest day or going through a horrific divorce or your heart is broken, blast this! I promise you, you’ll come back stronger than before.

3rd: Linda Ronstadt – You’re No Good – I mean all of us chic’s can relate to this song. Listen to her sweet voice belt out how he’s no good for her and she’s no good for him. Such a fantastic song and so much fun to sing along with the windows down.

4th: Dian Ross – Upside Down – Isn’t she spectacular? This is my favorite song of all of her hits. The beat just gets me moving. Pardon her pause in part of the song in this video..yep even the magnificent Diana Ross forgot her lyrics and probably got nervous performing. Just shows you she’s human like the rest of us. Check out how feminine and stunning she is.

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for next Sunday’s 80’s series. Can’t wait!

1960’s Female Artists/Hits

On this stormy Sunday afternoon I got to thinking a bit about today’s music. If you haven’t noticed, the majority of the female artists hits out now are empowerment songs. I absolutely love it because for the younger generation coming up in today’s world it’s extremely important for girls to know that they can do anything they want when they’re ready.

This brought me to digging a little into many years ago to see what type of women empowerment music was out there for my Mom or my Aunts. Well, I had a very hard time finding anything in the 40’s or the 50’s. The majority of the female artists back then sang about love which is dreamy and I love, LOVE. But, there was also quite a few hits of men doing the women wrong or whatever. So, I’m skipping the forties and the fifties and jumping ahead to the sixties. I think I’ll start doing this segment every Sunday. 🙂

The sixties….there were the headbands, bell bottoms, Jackie Kennedy versus the Brigitte Bardot wannabe’s…plaid, go go boots and mini skirts were in and oh so hip. Ladies were wearing the gigantic beehives way before Adele was even thought about. The cat eye was perfected and the headscarves were tightened and matched accordingly to whatever pattern your dress was. The palest shades of pink lipstick were smoothed over their lips and the clip on earrings were dangling. Their style was impeccable if you ask me.

In my opinion this is when women began to speak their mind and shook up the music scene a little. They kicked the gravel out of the way and started vocalizing their feelings and wanted to be heard….. Enjoy!

My gosh, what would we do without this power house? She brought it and served it up….the best of the best, Aretha Franklin. I love her little dance on the sidewalk, sassy!

Sigh….Lesley Gore…she could probably sing Trump’s RNC speech and it would sound good. Ha! Strong message here in her song “You Don’t Own Me”.

Legs? What Legs? One of my very favorites! Love the dancing and the outfits, fabulous song!