Give me your favorite songs from the Eighties

OK, it’s official. Daron’s Guitar Chronicles will start posting again on November 10th, with a Tuesday/Thursday posting schedule. As before, any week where the Tip Jar gets $25 or more will trigger a Saturday post, as well. Sales of the ebooks through the DGC site will count toward the Tip Jar total, as well!

What we need from you folks right now is titles of your favorite songs through 1989. Actually, we can go right through 1990 at this point. So comment here, or on Twitter, or Facebook, with title of song and artist. I’ve titled most of the chapters I’ve written already, but there are always some that still need one, or need a better one. If you’re really motivated, a link to where the song can be found on Youtube or other linkable site would be awesome as well.

The first few posts will be the long-promised Remo flashback story, we’ll have some art from the fabulous Tab Kimpton, and then the Chronicles will pick up a little bit ahead of where we left off.

We last saw Daron in San Francisco as the B-tour was winding down. We’ll pick up with him at home with the A-tour — and some major decisions — looming.

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  1. Paul wrote:

    Somebody put something in my drink – RAMONES

    TV Party – Black Flag

    Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie

    Open Your Eyes – Lords of the New Church

    Just a few of the top of my head, So happy to see the return of DGC, I’ve turned a few friends onto the series and all have had rave reviews !


    ctan Reply:

    OMG, have I really not used any Ramones yet? Definitely time to fix that. These are all great, though! Thanks, Paul!


    Posted 17 Oct 2011 at 3:25 pm
  2. ctan wrote:

    Comments collected from my many other blogs:

    From Rikibeth:
    Blood and Roses, the Smithereens, works as both.
    Strangers When We Meet
    Behind The Wall of Sleep
    Only A Memory
    Cuts You Up
    Lips Like Sugar
    This Corrosion
    If You Leave
    In Between Days
    Cities in Dust
    Small Blue Thing
    Pretty Persuasion
    Desperate But Not Serious
    Always Something There To Remind Me (I’ll admit it)
    Total Eclipse of the Heart (while I’m admitting things)
    I Will Follow
    Angel of Harlem
    The Metro
    Pleasure Victim (bet you can use that!)
    Love Vigilantes
    Mirror in the Bathroom
    Twist and Crawl
    Senses Working Overtime
    Wrapped Around My Finger
    Here Comes The Rain Again
    The Ghost In You
    Love My Way

    From AlexMegami
    Question of Time, Depeche Mode
    Strangelove, Depeche Mode
    Another One Bites the Dust, Queen
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen
    I Want To Break Free (…yeah, I’m a bit of a Queen fan)
    Call Me, Blondie
    Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield
    Kiss on my List, Hall and Oates
    Jack & Diane, John Mellencamp
    Tainted Love, Softcell
    Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
    Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey
    Any Way You Want It, Journey
    Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
    Girls on Film, Duran Duran
    Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
    Mr. Roboto, Styx
    Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
    Rock This Town, Stray Cats
    99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons, Nena
    Love is a Battlefield, Pat Benetar
    Mad World, Tears for Fears
    Head Over Heels, Tears for Fears
    Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears
    Rock Me Amadeus, Falco

    Ummm… a lot of Clapton, but it’s hard for me to say what’s original to the 80s and what isn’t…

    Shreikback: “Nemesis”, “Shark Walk”, “On the Road (and Gunning for the Buddha)”, “Get Down Tonight”
    Fine Young Cannibals: “She Drives Me Crazy”, “Johnny”
    Thomas Dolby: “The Flat Earth”, “One of Our Submarines”
    B-52’s “deadbeat club”
    figures on a beach “accidentally fourth street”
    echo & the bunnymen “bring on the dancing horses”
    big audio dynamite “e=mc^2” or “the bottom line”
    eurythmics: “Sexcrime” (1984 soundtrack), “Right by Your Side”

    I Love Rock-n-Roll: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (1982)
    Sweet Dreams (are made of this): Eurythmics
    Down Under: Men At Work (1981)
    She Blinded me With Science: Thomas Dolby (1983)
    Mexican Radio: Wall of Voodoo (1983)
    Time After Time: Cyndi Lauper (1983)

    1)Siouxsie and the Banshees Gun
    2) Red hot chili Peppers “The Righteous & The Wicked”
    3)Eurythmics “I Saved the World Today”
    5) Pixies Here’s come your man –
    6)Bjork (90’s; she is around since 80’s with sugarcubes band, but as bjork 90’s) “Big Time Sensuality”
    7) Siouxsie and the Banshees Fireworks
    8) GARBAGE (90’s) “Push It”
    9) DEPECHE MODE “I Want You Now” +++ *Master and Servant*
    10) Siouxsie and the Banshees Stargazer +++ *Peek-a-Boo*
    11) DEPECHE MODE “In Your Room” +++ *little 15*
    12) Siouxsie and the Banshees See breezes
    13) Mission U.K Wasteland
    14) PIXIES “Blown Away” ++++ *Levitate Me*
    15) Chris Isaak “Wicked Game”
    16) Portished(90’s) “It Could Be Sweet”
    17) BRYAN FERRY “Sensation”
    18)New order “True Faith”
    19] Red Hot Chili peppers “Nobody Weird like Me”
    21] The Ramones “Take the Pain Away”+++ *I Wanna Be Sedated*
    22] Bjork (90’s; she is around since 80’s with sugarcubes band, but as bjork 90’s) “I Miss You”
    23] ERASURE “Rescue Me” +++ *I love to hate you*
    24] Brian Ferry (70′-80’s Roxy music, 80’s-90’s alone, this is 80’s) Limbo
    25] BRYAN FERRY “Bete Noire”
    26] The cure Why I can’t be you?
    27]Bjork “Hidden Place”
    28] PORTISHEAD “Numb”
    29] Bjork(90’s; she is around since 80’s with sugarcubes band, but as bjork 90’s) “Play Dead”
    30] Eurythmics “I Need You”
    31]Duet with Siouxie Sioux of Siouxie and The Banshees and Morrisey Interlude
    32] New order “Bizarre Love Triangle”
    33] Depeche Mode “I Feel You” +++ * Behind the wheel*
    34] Mission U.K Love Me To Death
    other bands that I love from the 80’s
    The Smiths, Dead can dance, Joy Division, Gary Newman, Echo and the Bunny man, Duran Duran, Spandau ballet, Ultravox, Ximox, Human League. :D

    Anything and everything by Bruce Hornsby and the Range.
    Avalon, by Roxy Music.
    The Whole of the Moon, by the Waterboys.
    A Girl like You, by the Smithereens.
    Born in the USA, by Bruce Springsteen.
    She’s So Unusual, by Cyndi Lauper.
    Aliens Ate My Buick, by Thomas Dolby.
    Almost everything by the Police.


    Posted 18 Oct 2011 at 1:59 am
  3. Lucie Le Blanc wrote:

    Buggles – Video killed the radio star (1979)
    A-Ha – Take on me
    Kim Carnes – Bette Davis eyes
    Visage – Fade to grey


    ctan Reply:

    I think I used Video Killed the Radio Star already.. but maybe not. WIll have to check! These are great!


    Posted 18 Oct 2011 at 3:12 am
  4. SM Johnson wrote:

    She’s like the Wind – sung by Patrick Swayze for Dirty Dancing (grin)


    ctan Reply:

    I never saw Dirty Dancing but it’s apropos. :-)


    Posted 18 Oct 2011 at 10:22 am
  5. Mark Augustus Gee wrote:

    King of Pain, Beds are Burning, I Don’t Like Mondays, Hey Nineteen, Genius of Love, Another One Bites the Dust.


    ctan Reply:

    Some great ones there. Need more Steely Dan, for sure!


    Posted 18 Oct 2011 at 8:24 pm
  6. Joe Casadonte wrote:

    Some late-era Grateful Dead song titles:

    Feel Like a Stranger –
    Lost Sailor / Saint of Circumstance –
    Touch of Grey –
    Hell in a Bucket –
    When Push Comes To Shove –
    Foolish Heart –
    West L.A. Fadeaway –
    Throwing Stones –
    Built to Last –
    Victim or the Crime – (lyrically this is particularly apropos if there are some dark passages coming our way)
    Lazy River Road –
    Days Between –
    So Many Roads – (another lyrically apropos song, perhaps for an overly dramatic Daron, thinking he’s given his all, that he’s done; this is from their final show — I think Jerry knew it was the end, his playing was beautiful and it still gives me chills watching it)

    Styx titles
    (Practically anything from Paradise Theater):
    Rockin’ the Paradise
    Too Much Time on My Hands
    Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
    The Best of Times
    Lonely People

    More as I have time…


    ctan Reply:

    I was so into Styx as a teenager. Always loved Tommy Shaw’s guitar playing and *almost* got tickets to the pre-shows of the Mr. Roboto rock opera in NYC when they did a warm-up run in a smaller theater. Almost. Sigh. (I think I had final exams or a wind ensemble concert or something…)

    Forgot about the Dead. Definitely will look into that! Thanks for the links!


    Posted 19 Oct 2011 at 8:58 am
  7. Marleen wrote:

    I wear my sunglasses at night – Corey Hart

    You spin me round (like a record) – Dead or Alive

    Tell me Why – Bronski Beat

    Small Town Boy – Bronski Beat

    I feel love – Bronski Beat / Marc Almond

    Never can Say Goodbye – The Communards

    Don’t leave me this way – The Communards

    Run Away – The Communards

    Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Dancing with tears in my eyes – Ultravox

    Vienna – Ultravox

    Burning for You = Blue Oyster Cult

    What have I done to deserve this – Pet shop boys

    It’s a Sin – Pet Shop Boys

    Always on my mind – Pet shop boys

    Love Resurrection – Alison Moyet

    Sometimes – Erasure

    Loud Love – Soundgarden

    Hands all over – Soundgarden

    Master of Puppets – Metallica

    How many do you need? Cause I can keep going for another week or so. Teenager in the 80s and all that.


    daron Reply:

    You and me both. I’ve been waiting to use “Small Town Boy” but the time for it never seems quite right… I”m sure it’ll come up eventually though.


    Posted 21 Oct 2011 at 12:53 am
  8. Elvet Velvis wrote:

    Iggy: Instinct.


    daron Reply:

    Nice one.


    Posted 11 Nov 2011 at 9:18 am
  9. Sheeri wrote:

    I have a weak spot in my heart for Transvision Vamp’s 1988 “Tell that girl to shut up”.


    daron Reply:

    Nice one!


    Posted 09 Feb 2012 at 9:10 pm
  10. steve wrote:

    Assuming you still need suggestions, anything from Throwing Muses pre-Real Ramona is 80s (and with a Providence-to-Boston tie-in!), but maybe “Mania” or “Delicate Cutters” would be particularly useful.


    ctan Reply:

    Oh yes love some Throwing Muses. Kind of amazed I haven’t used any yet. Daron’s fond of them, too, especially the old stuff.


    steve Reply:

    Well, he probably played with them once or twice in Providence!

    Since I’m more caught up now (just read the date/hookup/whatever it was with Johnathon), maybe you can actually use one of the songs with a title that DOESN’T sound like he’s insane and life is awful. “Call Me”?


    ctan Reply:

    Ahhaha. Life is often not insane or awful. But those aren’t as interesting to write about. :-)


    Posted 04 May 2012 at 12:03 pm

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