Monday music, vol. 19: St. Elmo’s Fire

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

Only 25 years late, I watched St. Elmo’s Fire for the first time this weekend. Fashion from the 80s will never cease to amaze me — really, with the unflattering baggy everything and the crimped hair? But… I did enjoy the movie, and what a kick-ass theme song. I was singing it all weekend. (And please check out that glorious mullet.)

Monday music, vol. 18: Summer Vacation

Every Monday, I’ll be sharing a pick-me-up song with the hopes of helping you begin your week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

You may have thought that Britney, Christina and Justin were the first to record albums after their stints on The Mickey Mouse Club (MMC), which ran from 1989 to 1994… but if you thought that, you’d be wrong. Does anyone remember a little group by the name of The Party? Don’t lie. You know you had the tape (and a crush on Damon)…. orrrr maybe that was just me.

Tune in, groove on, bust out, people. Happy Memorial Day. Let the summer begin!

forgotten tune: “While You See a Chance”

Until a few years ago, I thought of Steve Winwood only as a guy who knew how to rock the quintessential 80s synthesizer and shoulder-pad-blazer look. It wasn’t until my husband turned me on to some of his older music that I realized what a musical genius Winwood is, with amazing songs like “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Can’t Find My Way Home” in his repertoire. I had no idea that he was only 14 years old when he joined his first band, The Spencer Davis Group, which shot him to fame, and I have learned about the many other bands he has been a part of over the years.

After having a bit more insight into his career, I gave some of his 80s hits a second listen… and I realized that if you can listen past the synthesizers (and really, really strange videos — exhibit A below), he has some really great songs. “While You See a Chance” is one of my favorites that I had forgotten about until I heard it on my drive home from work recently.

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Nick and I went to the Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton concert last summer in Philly, and it was, hands down, one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to (second only to Paul McCartney). Both musicians have only improved with age and we became even more impressed with Winwood after seeing him master so many instruments on stage. He is a rare talent, indeed.

forgotten tune: “Goodbye to You”

Okay, I never really forget about this song because I love it, but it came on today while I was listening to Pandora and I’m always pleasantly surprised to hear it — the 80s classic “Goodbye to You” by Patty Smyth/Scandal.

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Remember the show “Kate and Allie”? There was a great episode where Kate’s daughter, Jennie (played by Allison Smith), sang this song, and I think my best friend still has the episode on VHS somewhere. We used to watch it over and over and over again. Hearing this song takes me back!

forgotten tune: “I Would Do Anything for Love”

Nearing home after a Memorial Day weekend visiting my in-laws, we were growing weary of aggressive and stupid drivers and just ready to be home already. We decided to get some fresh air and roll the windows down/open the sunroof. Moments later, we were treated to a serious forgotten tune… the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, “I Would Do Anything for Love” by Meatloaf. I’m sure Nick was thrilled that I knew every. single. word. and couldn’t NOT crank up the volume and belt it out. I think I caught him singing along a few times, too.
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Meatloaf – Anything for Love (But I Wont Do That) –

Go ahead. Just try not to sing along. It’s impossible, I assure you.

My favorite ridiculous line? “Will you hose me down with holy water if I get too hot?”

HAA! So hysterical. Love it.

forgotten tune: “Sister Christian”

I thought it would be fun to start featuring “forgotten tunes” every so often — those songs you sort of forget about until you hear them on the radio while driving and feel the need to blast them and belt them out while banging on the steering wheel. (Or is that just me?)

Today’s forgotten tune: “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger.

Go ahead. I’ll give you a second to crank up your volume. Ready?

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And check out those hairdos!

What great “forgotten tune” have you heard lately?