40 Year Itch
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Phil Collins makes his solo debut in America on the Tomorrow Show
Sunday, August 1, 2021
MTV Debuts :You'll Never Look At Music The Same Way Again
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
July 1981: Girls Just Want To Rock
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Female Bonding celebrated on The Go-Go's debut Beauty and the Beat
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
R.E.M's "Radio Free Europe" leads a bounty of new singles in July of 1981
Sunday, July 4, 2021
July 1981 : That's When I Reach For My New ELO Album
On July 4, 1981 Mission of Burma released their debut EP Signals, Calls and Marches on the Ace of Hearts label. Best known for “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” and “ All World Cowboy Romance”, the “Marquee Moon” of post-punk, the EP’s intense, noisy, yet catchy punk rock sound nearly instantly transformed alternative rock and what we played on college rock radio. My favorite EP of the year, the CD version includes the first single “Academy Fight Song/Max Ernst” and other extra tracks.
On July 3, 1981, Gang of Four released the single “To Hell With Poverty”, perfectly encapsulating the Reagan/Thatcher attitude towards people of lesser means. The punky funk number became a dance club hit in America where cheap wine comes in refrigerated boxes.
As July of 1981 began, a new song topped FM rock station playlists. Featuring synthesizers programmed and played by an unknown Thomas Dolby and a sax solo by the legendary Junior Walker, “Urgent” was one of the great booty call songs of the decade. The first single from 4, “Urgent” was a US#4 hit. The album is also a huge seller because most listeners aren't as annoyed as I am by Lou Gramm constantly pushing his vocal range to the breaking point (ie "He heard one guitar/juts blew him away" on "Juke Box Hero").