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‘Cause if my eyes don’t deceive me there’s something going wrong around here (Joe Jackson debuts in 1979)

On April 7, 1979, Joe Jackson’s debut album, Look Sharp, entered the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart at #182. The album had been released in Britain in January and initially generated little fanfare, although the Joe Jackson Band garnered … Continue reading

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Qu’est-ce que c’est ? (Talking Heads first charting single in 1978)

On Feb. 18, 1978, a light-hearted ditty from Talking Heads entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #98. “Psycho Killer” was the second single (of three) to be released from the band’s debut LP, Talking Heads:77, and the only one of … Continue reading

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Jenny don’t change your number … (Tommy Tutone hits at 4 with 867-5309 in 1982)

Quite a few people asked to have their telephone number changed thanks to the success of one pop song in the 1980s. On Jan. 23, 1982, “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #88. The new wave … Continue reading

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Men down under become international, record-setting sensations

On Nov. 13, 1982, the Australian new wave band, Men at Work, began a 15-week reign at #1 on the US album charts with their debut LP, Business as Usual. The feat broke the American record for most weeks at … Continue reading

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Dance in the super-mart, dig it in the fast lane (talk about Pop Muzik)

“It’s all around you.” On Nov. 3, 1979, “one-hit-wonder” M topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the infectious new wave / synth pop ditty “Pop Muzik.” M was Robin Scott, who had been a folk singer in the … Continue reading

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“I can remember … ” — David Bowie, “Heroes” (1977)

October 14, 1977, was the release date for David Bowie’s Heroes album. It was his second collaboration with Brian Eno — Low had been released earlier in January. Both albums were recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin, located alongside … Continue reading

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Everybody’s dancin’ to the Farfisa beat (Squeeze, 1980)

One of my favorite, quirky pop tunes is “Farfisa Beat” by the British “new wave” band Squeeze. It’s from their third LP “Argybargy” (their first to chart in the US) and it’s about dance club scenarios and the Farfisa, an … Continue reading

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