Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Embarrassing '80s Songs

Have you read Tina Fey's "Bossypants"? In it, she cautions that you should never use your own iPod for background music during a photo shoot, because inevitably an embarrassing song like "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover" from "Annie" will pop up -- twice.

So true. Well, maybe not the photo-shoot part, but I guarantee we've all got at least one '80s-music skeleton in our closet that we can't stop singing along to when it pops onto the radio. For me, it's "Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth and "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid, to name two. Also, pretty much anything by Rick Astley.

So many options. Robert of the Radish outlined his take on the top 20 embarrassing songs from the '80s here.

How about you? What's the one '80s song you just can't stop lovin'?


demoncat said...

the one eighties song that have to admit is a guilty pleasure but would not want to be caught in public with it george michels careless whisper. mostly because of it being a song about some one having regrets about getting caught cheating and is so guilty they lose their ability to dance.

Stephanie said...

Lady In Red, Chris DeBurgh
The ENTIRE Top Gun soundtrack
(I Just) Died In Your Arms, Cutting Crew*
I've Been in Love Before, Cutting Crew*
You're the Inspiration, Chicago (not so much embarrassed by the song as what I did while listening to it.)

*I own these on the same tape single, yes I do.

Dimestore Lipstick said...

Wham! “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”

Brian said...

You could create a whole separate blog on embarrassing '80s music!! Perhaps the most cringe-worthy was a song by someone named Charlene called "I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me" (originally recorded in 1976 but became a hit in 1982). Classic line: "I've stripped for kings, and I've seen some things that a woman ain't supposed to see..." There was a spoken-word monologue in the middle that some think (but others deny) is about abortion. Another buzz-kill song from the '80s was "We don't have to take our clothes off to have a good time" by Jermaine Stewart. Definitely NOT the song you want playing if you're trying to strike up a mood and get someone OUT of their clothes!!! Plus, anything sung by a non-musical celebrity (Eddie Murphy, Don Johnson). And, of course, novelty songs like "Pac Man Fever" and "General Hospi-tale" "Pass the Dutchie" never seems that embarrassing -- but I do recall all the controversy about what it meant, the general consensus being that it had something to do with drugs.