As she so often does, Belinda Carlisle has saved the day.
You may remember from my last post that the first morning of my vacation to Delaware was kind of horrifying. Katy asserted that she has little sympathy for anyone who grouses about being on a trip, particularly one that involves free breakfast, but I'd submit that it's hard to have an enormous amount of perspective on these things when they're actually happening. But I've got perspective now, by God, and it's largely because the aforementioned former Go-Go helped turn my trip around. (It ended up being really, really fantastic. Rock on, Delaware!)
And the first great thing that happened? Just before mini-golf and my discovery of a pair of sunglasses that doesn't look askew on my slightly crooked nose?
I was on the radio! In Delaware! Requesting Belinda Carlisle!
You see, this radio station was playing an "All 80s Weekend," and the guy said they were looking for requests. So quick as a Wild West gunslinger, I pulled out my phone and dialed. I got in right away and spoke to the DJ.
Here's what was broadcast on the radio:
Mark: Hey! Are you taking 80s requests?
DJ: Sure thing! Whaddya got?
Mark: I would LOVE to hear "Heaven is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle
DJ: An 80s classic.
Belinda: Oooh, baby, do you know what that's worth?
At this point, Andrew cranked up the radio, and we set to jamming. God, it was awesome.
And this got me thinking about how much I l-o-v-e "Heaven is a Place on Earth." Whenever I find a radio station that plays oldies, I kind of always hope they'll play that song.
To be bold, I'd say "Heaven is a Place on Earth" is one of my Top 10 Songs of the Eighties.
I know that's quite a statement, but I mean it.
A few qualifiers: When I say "top 10 songs of the eighties," I mean songs by artists whose careers didn't substantially exist in any other decades. Therefore, my top 10 does not include tracks by Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson, or the like. Plus, I'm not allowing myself to include songs by groups whose lead singers were popular in the 90s. Therefore, no Wham! or The Smiths.
We're only talking songs by people who can be entirely contained within that magical decade of "Family Ties."
(Note: Deneice Williams had a number one hit in the 1970s. "Let's Hear It For the Boy" would otherwise make my list.)
Herewith is my entire Top 10. Which songs are in yours?
Mark's Top 10 Songs of the 80s (in alphabetical order by title)
"Buffalo Stance," Neneh Cherry
"(Don't You) Forget About Me," Simple Minds
"Don't You Want Me," Human League
"Heaven is a Place on Earth," Belinda Carlisle
"It Takes Two," Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock
"Kyrie," Mr. Mister
"Lean on Me," Club Nouveau
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," John Parr
"Take on Me," a-ha
"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves