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« on: June 29, 2008, 11:05:03 PM »

 Cheesy

Okay, I'll start. And it's not really cheesy.

Der Kommisar (I forget who recorded it)
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 11:11:45 PM »

The Safety Dance
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 11:26:27 PM »

A-ha - Take on Me

Oh yeah!  Actually, it's a pretty cool video.....lol.  Love it! laugh
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 11:28:31 PM »

Anything sung by Duran Duran   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 11:32:46 PM »

Anything sung by Duran Duran   Roll Eyes

The uncontested kings of 80's cheese.  No one else comes close.   Grin

....then again, I'm sure I'll be reminded of some pretty stiff competition by the time this thread has run its course.....
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2008, 11:41:51 PM »

....then again, I'm sure I'll be reminded of some pretty stiff competition by the time this thread has run its course.....

Mickey, one hit former #1 wonder by now 64 year old Toni Basil.
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2008, 11:51:21 PM »

Mickey, one hit former #1 wonder by now 64 year old Toni Basil.

Truly awful.  Like a cross between Joan Jett and Pat Benatar, with about a quarter of their song-writing ability.  (shiver)
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008, 11:54:01 PM »

Baby Stay with Me Tonight - Robert Ingram

We Built This City on Rock 'n Roll - Jefferson Starship

Anyone rember who recorded Der Komissar?
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008, 11:58:47 PM »

Anyone rember who recorded Der Komissar?

The Austrian Group, Falco.  The British band, After the Fire, covered the song in 1983

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008, 11:59:18 PM »

We Built This City on Rock 'n Roll - Jefferson Starship

Oh man.  I'd forgotten that that Starship song existed.  Thanks so much for reminding me.   Angry
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2008, 12:10:50 AM »

"We Built This City"-- The Starship

"Heartbeat"--Don Johnson
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2008, 12:18:46 AM »


That dance isn't nearly as safe as these guys made it out to be!

For me, it's the entire Top Gun soundtrack! 

I feel dirty after saying that. Angry
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2008, 12:21:39 AM »

Not that it's really that cheesy, but what's the 80's without INXS?
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2008, 12:22:10 AM »

For me, it's the entire Top Gun soundtrack! 

I feel dirty after saying that. Angry

Haha. I thought about posting Berlin - Take My Breath Away
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2008, 12:27:05 AM »

Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2008, 12:42:41 AM »

You want cheese?  Bombs away......

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
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You want cheese?  Bombs away......

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

Wow, I wish I wasn't born in the 80s now...
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2008, 01:31:19 AM »

Mickey, one hit former #1 wonder by now 64 year old Toni Basil.

I liked the Weird Al spoof on that one.  In fact, I liked most of Weird Al's spoofs.  Does he still do them?
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2008, 06:36:37 AM »

^Oh yeah, he released an album in 2006 called Straight Outta Lynwood.

"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey (and just about anything else by Journey)
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler
Anything produced by Chicago
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2008, 08:56:52 AM »

You want cheese?  Bombs away......

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

I can't believe I forgot that one...
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2008, 09:00:25 AM »

You want cheese?  Bombs away......
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

That wouldn't be a cover of a Barry White song?  Note, I'm bandwidth limited and unable to watch YouTube, at least from home.
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2008, 10:59:47 AM »

Well, I was just looking through my 1980s pop collection, and I found the following:

  • AC/DC
  • David Bowie
  • the Cochteau Twins
  • the Cure
  • Depeche Mode
  • Echo and the Bunnymen
  • INXS
  • Guns and Roses
  • Joy Division
  • New Order
  • Oingo Boingo
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • the Pixies
  • the Pretenders
  • the Psychedelic Furs
  • the Police
  • R.E.M.
  • the Smiths
  • the Stone Roses
  • Sonic Youth
  • Talking Heads
  • They Might Be Giants
  • U2
  • Violent Femmes

Hmm. Only a very small rate of cheesiness here. I shall have to dig further.

Oh, here we go: this song.
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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2008, 11:01:14 AM »

"Whip it"   by Devo
"Rock Lobster"  by B'52's
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2008, 11:10:52 AM »

I can't believe I forgot that one...

Wow, I wish I wasn't born in the 80s now...

Just be thankful that you've never been "rickrolled"! Wink

That wouldn't be a cover of a Barry White song?  Note, I'm bandwidth limited and unable to watch YouTube, at least from home.

No.....I believe it's Rick's own glorious creation.....
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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2008, 11:30:41 AM »

"Whip it"   by Devo

I was hoping that someone would post this one.  The video caused a lot of controversey when it was released.  It seems that people either didn't understand the ironic social commentary and were offended, thought it was hilarious, or understood it only too well and were offended.  I think it looks very tame compared to what one can see out there nowadays, but I'm sure it still ruffles some sensibliities, so beware....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30UnzRWw

These guys came up with a lot of creative stuff in the seventies and eighties that closely followed their own satirical "belief" that humans had finished evolving and were now "de-evolving".  Pretty humourous, or irritating, or worse, or all of these, depending on your POV.  Wink  They formed while pursuing degrees in art at Kent State.  And yes, our contingent of posters from Ohio have reason to be proud....they hail from Akron.  Wink  Mark Mothersbaugh (one of their principal members) is still very active making music for films and commercials.  I must say, I think that his visual art can be absolutely ghastly.  Well, there you are.
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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2008, 11:44:46 AM »

I love most of these (I don't know 'Mickey').

My addition:

Matthew Wilder, 'Break My Stride'.

Goofy, good-natured New York Jew trying to sound Jamaican but the song has always seemed Italian to me because of the lyrics about strutting and the circus-organ cadence of the synth keyboard.

There exists on YouTube a clip from 'Solid Gold' of him performing this song with either the distraction or the unintended hilarity of dancers getting it all wrong. The song does not match the fruity choreography. Like Frankie Valli's falsetto it's got real male Italian attitude.

I think I'll head for South Philly's Italian Market, get a gelato and strut down Ninth Street for a bit.
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2008, 11:48:20 AM »

"Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, fronted by musical genius Danny Elfman.

"Come on Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners, although their lesser known cover of Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said" is far better.  I even had the latter played at my wedding.
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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2008, 11:49:20 AM »

Wow, I wish I wasn't born in the 80s now...

Actually, this is when we're supposed to be thankful we were too young to remember most of the 80s.
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2008, 11:56:51 AM »

"Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, fronted by musical genius Danny Elfman.
Absolutely. Cheesy, but a terrific song nonetheless. Oingo were a voice in the electronic wilderness, crying, "Repent, for the terror of Grunge is at hand!"
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2008, 12:35:46 PM »

Just be thankful that you've never been "rickrolled"! Wink

I have been! That's why I said I can't believe I forgot Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: June 30, 2008, 12:56:16 PM »

Lovesong by the Cure.

My husband proposed to me at a Cure concert as soon as they started into Lovesong (swoon...)


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Worst 80's song hands down! For lyrical content alone. If the lyrics were different I could almost stand this song.
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« Reply #32 on: June 30, 2008, 02:40:53 PM »

Banarama's remake of "Venus"

Epitome of 80s cheese but I still love it   Cheesy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8YYQXvv21Y&feature=related

And then there are the Go Gos (my favorite girl band)

"Our Lips are Sealed" still brings back fond memories  laugh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq42To1QgtY&feature=related

listening to this music makes me want to gel my hair up again  laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2008, 09:21:40 PM »

Thanks for the reminder regarding After the Fire.

There is another song that when I first hear it on the radio I will think is Der Kommisar but isn't and I can't think of the title of that song.

I was incorrect about an artist in an above post - it was James Ingram

Here are some others that came to mind:
Carribean Queen - Billy Ocean (did I get that right?)
What's Love Got To Do With It? (Tina Turner)
Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)

Thanks for reminding us of The Cure and Men At Work. When MTV first launched and showed like 10 videos repeatedly all day long, the "Down Under" video was in the rotation. It made it memorable. Anyone know what a vegemin sandwich is (Ozgeorge)?
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« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2008, 09:49:13 PM »

Yup, I love ’em.

Men at Work sang 'vegemite sandwich'. Vegemite is the Aussie version of marmite (eew), brown gunk made from yeast that some people like to spread on bread and eat.
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« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2008, 08:06:07 AM »

My first semestre of college I had a roommate whose father was Australian (he was from Chicago, though). He had a large supply of Vegemite, and ate the stuff daily. One day in December he ran out. From then on, just about all he talked about was going home for Christmas so he could get some more Vegemite. Awful stuff, that. I imagine it's one of those things you have to be Australian to appreciate.
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« Reply #36 on: July 01, 2008, 11:54:21 PM »

I have been! That's why I said I can't believe I forgot Cheesy

lol!   laugh
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« Reply #37 on: July 03, 2008, 09:57:20 PM »

Yup, I love ’em.

Men at Work sang 'vegemite sandwich'. Vegemite is the Aussie version of marmite (eew), brown gunk made from yeast that some people like to spread on bread and eat.
thanks for the explanation and spelling/pronunciation correction
Reminds me of a newspaper article I recently read with all the funny things people thought song lyrics said because the mis-heard the lyrics
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« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2008, 10:59:44 PM »

Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three:  "The Roof Is on Fire"

Madonna:  "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin"

Madness:  "Our House"
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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2008, 12:15:00 AM »

Burning Down the House
Take Me to the River
both by the Talking Heads
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« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2008, 01:30:27 PM »

The whole soundtrack to Scarface, especially "Push It To the Limit".

ETA:  I found a link!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljY5EE_KPoY   Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: November 10, 2009, 01:02:40 AM »

D-Mob featuring Cathy Dennis - C'mon and Get and My Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4Pcidyhx5k

The dancing is definitely better in the "live" version  Wink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC2II6R_H5I
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« Reply #42 on: November 10, 2009, 01:07:47 AM »

She Blinded Me With Science

Science!
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« Reply #43 on: November 10, 2009, 01:13:39 AM »

^  lol!  Science!
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