Monday, July 9, 2007

Digging Deeper Into the Spin City Archives

It is now less than 3 weeks before I am back on the air and I can't wait to be able to assault the local airwaves with music from the 70s and 80s once again. In the meantime, here is another playlist from my pre-blogging life. This was during the time when my show was free-form, focusing on different themes and genres every week. On this show (which aired on 12/17/05), I decided to spotlight the music from the decade of Reagan, Rambo, and Rubik's Cube. The response I received from this show led me to adopt my current show format.

Feel free to share any memories you have regarding songs on this playlist.

4 pm hour

Young Turks- Rod Stewart
Mirror Man- The Human League
Can You Stand the Rain- New Edition
Magnetic- Earth, Wind, and Fire
Theme from Night Court
Dear Jessie- Madonna
Early In the Morning- The Gap Band
The Pleasure Principle- Janet Jackson
Freeze Frame- J. Geils Band
Girls On Film- Duran Duran
It's Tricky- Run DMC
Goodbye Seventies- Yaz
West End Girls- Pet Shop Boys
Theme from L.A. Law- Mike Post

5 pm hour

I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man- Prince
Private Eyes- Hall & Oates
Mandinka- Sinead O'Connor
Lonely At the Top- Mick Jagger
I Wonder If I Take You Home- Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force
Cold Blooded- Rick James
Hurts So Good- John Cougar
Alex Chilton- The Replacements
Better Be Good To Me- Tina Turner
Believe It Or Not (Theme from The Greatest American Hero)- Joey Scarbury
Rappin' Rodney- Rodney Dangerfield
Time Bomb- Public Enemy
Dancing In the Sheets- Shalamar
Theme To Miami Vice- Jan Hammer

6 pm hour

Boom There She Was- Scritti Politti
I Need A Man- Eurythmics
Sweetest Taboo- Sade
When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around- The Police
Wild Wild Life- Talking Heads
My Drawers- The Time
I Drove All Night- Cyndi Lauper
I Couldn't Believe It- David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks
A Woman Needs Love- Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
Theme To 21 Jump Street- Holly Robinson
Change- John Waite
Do You Wanna Touch Me- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Hold Me Now- The Thompson Twins
Genius of Love- The Tom Tom Club


reddragonsangel said...

hey Malcom- thanks so much for stopping by- another one of my gret loves is in fact music- as Iscrolled the list I heard most- if not all- the songs in my head!! Thanks for the flashback! I'll def. be back- man! I used to LOVE Sinead - I still think The Lion and the Cobra was totally underrated! LOL

Malcolm said...

Hello M.O.M. (aka reddragonsangel),

Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm glad to hear that this playlist brought back some good memories for you. One of the fun parts of posting my playlists is also including links to clips of some of the songs. I always love it when I come across a clip that I didn't expect to find or never even knew existed.

Taj said...

I was obsessed with British bands/singers. I played out my One Thing Leads To Another. The man in Tina's video is Cy Curnin from The Fixx.

I don't know why but I have always disliked Dear Jesse. But Freeze Frame..I used to dance in front of the mirror to it. That and Centerfold.

21 Jumpstreet..what memories. Even before I clicked the video I was humming the song..

BookMama said...

Another excellent playlist! I reconize many from my "peak" pop music period (i.e when I was the most current ever) of, say, 1981-1984.

Can't wait until they make your show available online ... someday!

Malcolm said...

Hi Taj,

Yes, that is Cy Curnin. You definitely know your Brit bands from the 80s. Last summer I won tix to see The Fixx, Tommy Tutone, and The Knack. Since I knew more of their songs, I enjoyed The Fixx the best. It was cool to hear tunes such as "The Sign of Fire", "Red Skies" and "Deeper and Deeper" after all these years.

The first time I ever heard "Dear Jessie" was a few years ago when they played the video on VH1 Classic. Since it wasn't released as a single over here and I didn't have the "Like A Prayer" album, I completely missed it back in 1989.

Although it only ran for 3 years, I am surprised that 21 Jump Street hasn't been rerun more... given Johnny Depp's superstardom. The theme song is included on an excellent 2 CD set called "All-Time Top 100 TV Themes". The set actually uses all the original themes, not re-recordings like many of these types of compilations.

Hello Bookmama:

Thanks! One of the pleasures of doing the show/posting the playlists is tapping into the memories of others. I also love hearing from the college students who weren't even born when much of what I play was first popular.

pjazzypar said...

You have some great stuff on the playlist. Speaking of The J Geils Band, my favorite by them was "Flame Thrower". I don't know if you remember the dance show out of Detroit called "The Scene" (it was Detroit's answer to "Soul Train"). Anyhow they use to dance to "Flame Thrower" quite regularly when the song was popular.

Anonymous said...

Flamethrower is one of the best JGeils songs ever. That and Angel In Blue, and of course, Love Stinks. I giggled myself blind watching The Wedding Singer.

Malcolm: said...

Flamethrower got alot of airplay on the Flint R&B station back when it was out. When I hear it now, I sometimes think of an ep of "Freaks and Geeks" that used it.

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