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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

THE LATEST ADDS AS OF THE END OF APRIL 2020

Here is a list of the latest adds to the regular rotation for Awfully Awesome 80's. There is plenty more to come in May, including several well-known/fairly known artists making their first-ever appearance on the station:

Bryan Adams - Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven
Air Supply - Every Woman In The World
Paul Anka - Hold Me 'Til The Mornin' Comes
Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious
Robin Beck - Save Up All Your Tears
Bee Gees - The Woman In You
Bonham - Wait For You
Cheap Trick - Way Of The World
Eric Clapton - I've Got A Rock N' Roll Heart
Cock Robin - Thought You Were On My Side
The Cretones - Real Love
Danger Danger - Bang Bang
Chris De Burgh - Ship To Shore
Chris De Burgh - The Lady In Red
Karla DeVito - Cool World
Karla DeVito - Midnight Confession
Neil Diamond - I'm Alive
Dr. Hook - Loveline
Dokken - Burning Like A Flame
Thomas Dolby - Europa And The Pirate Twins
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive
The Doobie Brothers - Here To Love You
Earth Wind And Fire - Fall In Love With Me
EBN OZN - AEIOU Sometimes Y
Jackie English - Once A Night
Falco - Der Kommissar
Foreigner - Heart Turns To Stone - Single Remix
Glenn Frey - I Found Somebody
J. Geils Band - Land Of A Thousand Dances
Giuffria - Call To The Heart
Go West - Don't Look Down The Sequel
Kelly Groucutt - Am I A Dreamer
Daryl Hall And John Oates - Family Man
Heart - How Can I Refuse
Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still
Roger Hodgson - Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)
The Honeydrippers - Sea Of Love
The Honeydrippers - Rockin' At Midnight
Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now
Icehouse - No Promises
Imagination - Just An Illusion
Donnie Iris - Do You Compute?
Jermaine Jackson - Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
Joe Jackson - Happy Ending - Duet With Elaine Caswell
Joan Jett And The Blackhearts - Crimson And Clover
Kiss - Tears Are Falling
Gladys Knight And The Pips - Save The Overtime (For Me)
Kon Kan - I Beg Your Pardon
Lone Justice - Shelter
Melissa Manchester - Nice Girls
Barry Manilow - Some Kind Of Friend
Mac McAnally - Minimum Love
Midnight Star - No Parking (On The Dance Floor)
Steve Miller Band - Circle Of Love
Stephanie Mills - Two Hearts - Featuring Teddy Pendergrass
Ministry - Work For Love
The Motels - Remember The Nights
Motorhead - Ace Of Spades
Olivia Newton John And Cliff Richard - Suddenly
Nu Shooz - Should I Say Yes?
Ozzy Osbourne - Shot In The Dark
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - The Waiting
Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell - Single Version
Poco - Shoot For The Moon
Pointer Sisters - Should I Do It
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Jerry Reed - She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)
Lee Ritenour - Is It You
Diana Ross - So Close
Scorpions - Make It Real
Scorpions - No One Like You
Phoebe Snow - Games
Rick Springfield - What Kind Of Fool Am I
Streets - If Love Should Go
Styx - Love At First Sight
Donna Summer - The Woman In Me
Supertramp - My Kind Of Lady
10cc - Runaway
38 Special - Teacher Teacher
Nolan Thomas - Yo Little Brother
Billy Thorpe - Children Of The Sun
Toto - Stop Loving You
Triumph - Magic Power
The Tubes - Tip Of My Tongue
Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire Titles
Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl
Wa Wa Nee - Sugar Free
Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids
Dionne Warwick - Take The Short Way Home
Jody Watley - Some Kind Of Lover
Jody Watley - Everything
Wham! - Where Did Your Heart Go?
White Lion - Little Fighter
The Who - You Better You Bet
The Williams Brothers - Can't Cry Hard Enough
Steve Winwood - Still In The Game
Peter Wolf - Lights Out
Stevie Wonder - I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
Paul Young - Come Back And Stay
Paul Young - Love Of The Common People
Paul Young - Everytime You Go Away

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CONVINCE YOU TO BE A "DEVOTEE?"

I'm now on Live 365 and everything seems to be running well. I don't want this to be a hobby anymore, but I'm at a loss for how I can prove to everyone(not just 2 to 4 loyal devotees) that I am serious about the music I program and that I want to make this station as satisfying a listen as possible. So this is my question to you:

What will it take for you to help raise the "temperature" on my webpage's monthly thermometer goal?

I will admit that I was a bit lax during February. Unfortunately, my other life...a customer service representative...has had a lot of uncertainties during the past few weeks. It's sort of a government job, but not really as I work for a contractor. There is no set-for-life salary or luxurious, fully-paid-for benefits packages like it was 20 or so years ago. For the second time in 14 months, my co-workers and I are bracing for a new contractor. Health insurance costs are much more with this new contractor and somewhere down the road, we will probably be facing production quotas and mandatory overtime. The mandatory overtime will force me out the door. So lately I have been uploading onboarding documents, accepting offer letters, waiting to vote on the contract ratification, waiting to roll over my 401K, etc. Not to mention being bummed that my spouse can't be part of my benefits package due to the high cost! So naturally, these events took precedence over the station.

March is a long month, and I am looking forward to delivering the Featured Artist Of The Month and a couple of other things. But I know some of you are thinking "We have so many other listening choices out there...you're not compelling enough...I've heard these songs many times before, etc." Let's talk! What would you like? How can I make you a "devotee?" Possible suggestions:

- Do you want more hits?
- Do you want more non top 40 charters and rarities?
- Do you want a bigger variety of jingles and more vintage commercials?
- Do you want me to speak more and be your trivia-filled DJ?
- Do you want a weekend theme night?
- Do you want to be able to request flip sides and album tracks?
- Would you like the opportunity to buy records and CDs from me?
- Would you like to have the auto-queue request feature back(wait time still applies)?
- Do you want me to have a couple more really specialized stations?
- Do I need to be more interactive with the Facebook group?

Think about it and let me know your thoughts through the chat widget in the lower right corner of this webpage. I can't please everyone...I get that. But I promise to keep trying. For example, I am starting to remix some of the older tracks in my library for a better listening experience. So if you see some familiar titles in my upcoming "New Adds" lists, then you will know why. Thank you for being a listener and/or supporter and for hearing me out.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

JANUARY 2020 NEW ADDS

Here are January 2020's new adds on Awfully Awesome 80's:

ABBA - Super Trouper
Alias - Waiting For Love
Herb Alpert - Rotation
Adam Ant - Wonderful
The Babys - Turn And Walk Away
Bad Company - If You Needed Somebody
Dan Baird - I Love You Period
Bee Gees - He's A Liar
Pat Benatar - You Better Run
Pat Benatar - Treat Me Right
Blondie - The Hardest Part
Blondie - The Tide Is High
Blondie - Rapture
Blondie - War Child
Blues Brothers - Who's Making Love
David Bowie - Blue Jean
Jimmy Buffett - Volcano
Tony Carey - West Coast Summer Nights
Kim Carnes - Cry Like A Baby
Kim Carnes - Invitation To Dance
Kim Carnes - Abadabadango
Kim Carnes - Divided Hearts
Cheap Trick - Voices
Chicago - What Kind Of Man Would I Be?
Eric Clapton - I Can't Stand It
Joyce Cobb - Dig The Gold
Cocteau Twins - Pearly Dewdrops' Drops
Commodores - Lady(You Bring Me Up)
Commodores - Nightshift
John Cougar - Ain't Even Done With The Night
Christopher Cross - Say You'll Be Mine
The Cure - Lovesong
Damn Yankees - Where You Goin' Now
Charlie Daniels Band - The Legend Of Wooley Swamp
Dazz Band - Let It Whip
Def Leppard - Two Steps Behind
Devo - Working In The Coal Mine
Dr. Hook - Better Love Next Time
The Doobie Brothers - One Step Closer
John Eddie - Jungle Boy
Walter Egan - Fool Moon Fire
Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train To London
The Fixx - Stand Or Fall
The Flying Lizards - Money
Foghat - Third Time Lucky(First Time I Was A Fool)
The Fools - Running Scared
Steve Forbert - Romeo's Tune
Gamma - I'm Alive
Genesis - Turn It On Again
Great White - Rock Me
Daryl Hall And John Oates - Wait For Me
Corey Hart - I Am By Your Side
Heart - Who Will You Run To
Rupert Holmes - Escape(The Pina Colada Song)
The Inmates - Dirty Water
INXS - Disappear
Jefferson Starship - Jane
Jefferson Starship - Find Your Way Back
Waylon Jennings - Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard(Good Ol' Boys)
Billy Joel - She's Got A Way
Elton John - (Sartorial Eloquence) Don't Ya Wanna Play This Game No More?
Don Johnson - Heartbeat
Katrina And The Waves - Do You Want Crying
Kenny G - Silhouette
Kiss - Shandi
Kool And The Gang - Ladies Night
Little River Band - Cool Change
Melissa Manchester And Peabo Bryson - Lovers After All
The Manhattan Transfer - Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone
Don McLean - Crying
Don McLean - Since I Don't Have You
Don McLean - Castles In The Air
Ronnie Milsap - Smoky Mountain Rain
The Moody Blues - Gemini Dream
The Motors - Love And Loneliness
Randy Newman - It's Money That Matters
The Outfield - For You
Robert Palmer - You're Amazing
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Don't Do Me Like That
Pleasure - Glide
Pointer Sisters - Could I Be Dreaming
The Police - De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Elvis Presley - Guitar Man
The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Queen - Play The Game
Eddie Rabbitt - Drivin' My Life Away
Eddie Rabbitt - I Love A Rainy Night
REO Speedwagon - Time For Me To Fly
Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore
Smokey Robinson - Cruisin'
Dann Rogers - Looks Like Love Again
Linda Ronstadt - I Can't Let Go
Diana Ross - It's My Turn
Rossington Collins Band - Don't Misunderstand Me
Rufus And Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Rush - Limelight
Rush - The Big Money
Santana - You Know That I Love You
Santana - Winning
Bob Seger - The Horizontal Bop
Shakespear's Sister - Stay
Sheriff - When I'm With You
Phoebe Snow - Mercy Mercy Mercy
Spider - It Didn't Take Long
Rick Springfield - Love Is Alright Tonite
Billy Squier - The Stroke
Billy Squier - All Night Long
John Stewart - Lost Her In The Sun
Supertramp - Breakfast In America - Live Version
10,000 Maniacs - Trouble Me
.38 Special - If I'd Been The One
John Waite - Tears
The Who - Athena
Kim Wilde - The Second Time(Go For It)
Yarbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop The Music
Yes - Rhythm Of Love

There is plenty more to come, including a test playlist for a hard rock/metal/AOR station I would like to bring back from the dead(now that I have one...and soon two...available servers at my disposal), Captain Fingers, some Australian new wave, and some duo that wanted to teach us the vowels.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

OCTOBER 2019 NEW ADDS

Just a few new adds this time around:

Herb Alpert - Route 101
April Wine - Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
George Benson - Never Give Up On A Good Thing
George Benson - Lady Love Me(One More Time)
Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling
Irene Cara - Anyone Can See
Kim Carnes - Draw Of The Cards
Kim Carnes - Voyeur
Kim Carnes - Does It Make You Remember
Kim Carnes - Crazy In Love
Carpenters - Touch Me When We're Dancing
Carpenters - (Want You) Back In My Life Again
The Cars - Strap Me In
Harry Chapin - Sequel
Rita Coolidge - All Time High
Elvis Costello And The Attractions - Everyday I Write The Book
Crosby Stills And Nash - War Games
Curiosity Killed The Cat - Misfit
Michael Damian - She Did It
The Charlie Daniels Band - Still In Saigon
Arlan Day - I Surrender
Dead Milkmen - Bitchin' Camaro
Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
Teri DeSario With K.C. - Yes I'm Ready
Neil Diamond - Love On The Rocks
Neil Diamond - America
Robbie Dupree - Brooklyn Girls
Eagles - I Can't Tell You Why
Sheena Easton - Almost Over You
Larry Elgart And His Manhattan Swing Orchestra - Hooked On Swing
ELO - Rock N Roll Is King
The Expression - With Closed Eyes
Donald Fagen - I.G.Y.(What A Beautiful World)
Fleetwood Mac - Gypsy
Foreigner - Luanne
The Four Tops - When She Was My Girl
Aretha Franklin - Jump To It
Bob Geldof - This Is The World Calling
Genesis - Paperlate
Get Wet - Just So Lonely
Andy Gibb - Desire
Andy Gibb - I Can't Help It - Duet With Olivia Newton John
Go Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed
Grateful Dead - Touch Of Grey
Grateful Dead - Hell In A Bucket
Debbie Harry - Backfired
Debbie Harry - The Jam Was Moving
Heart - Even It Up
Jennifer Holliday - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
Billy Idol - Hot In The City
The Jacksons - Heartbreak Hotel
Jefferson Starship - Stranger
Elton John - Empty Garden(Hey Hey Johnny)
Journey - Walks Like A Lady
Greg Kihn Band - Happy Man
The Kinks - Destroyer
James Last Band - The Seduction(Love Theme)
Led Zeppelin - Fool In The Rain
Levert - Casanova
Little River Band - You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind
Melissa Manchester - Fire In The Morning
Barry Manilow - Let's Hang On
Mink DeVille - I Must Be Dreaming
Kylie Minogue - It's No Secret
Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight - With Ronnie Spector
Eddie Money - Walk On Water
Eddie Money - I'll Get By
Walter Murphy - Themes From E.T.(The Extra Terrestrial)
Olivia Newton John - Landslide
Night Ranger - Goodbye
Oak - Set The Night On Fire
Ric Ocasek - Something To Grab For
Jeffrey Osborne - I Really Don't Need No Light
Jeffrey Osborne - Don't You Get So Mad
Ray Parker Jr. - The Other Woman
Ray Parker Jr. - Let Me Go
Ray Parker Jr. - I Still Can't Get Over Loving You
Alan Parsons Project - Time
Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky - Includes Sirius Intro
Steve Perry - She's Mine
Mike Post - The Theme From Hill Street Blues
Eddie Rabbitt - Step By Step
REO Speedwagon - Sweet Time
REO Speedwagon - Here With Me
Cliff Richard - Carrie
Cliff Richard - Give A Little Bit More
Lionel Richie - Love Will Conquer All
Smokey Robinson - Let Me Be The Clock
Smokey Robinson - Tell Me Tomorrow Part 1
The Rolling Stones - Going To A Go Go
The Rolling Stones - Mixed Emotions
Scandal - Goodbye To You
Scandal - Love's Got A Line On You
Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth - The Warrior
Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth - Hands Tied
Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth - Beat Of A Heart
Timothy B. Schmit - So Much In Love
Eddie Schwartz - Over The Line
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Sherbs - No Turning Back
Sherbs - I Have The Skill
Sherbs - We Ride Tonight
Silver Condor - You Could Take My Heart Away
Patty Smyth - Never Enough
Patty Smyth - Downtown Train
Rick Springfield - I Get Excited
Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts
Stars On - Stars On 45 III A Tribute To Stevie Wonder
Barbra Streisand - Promises
Donna Summer - On The Radio
Donna Summer - Walk Away
Supertramp - Dreamer - Live Version
Survivor - Summer Nights
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
Tavares - A Penny For Your Thoughts
Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
Til Tuesday - Looking Over My Shoulder
Til Tuesday - Love In A Vacuum
Til Tuesday - (Believed You Were) Lucky
Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
Louise Tucker - Midnight Blue
Voices Of America - Hands Across America
Grover Washington Jr. - Just The Two Of Us - With Bill Withers
Stevie Wonder - That Girl
Stevie Wonder - Do I Do
ZZ Top - I Thank You

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

THE NEWEST ADDS - JULY 2019

Here are the newest adds, consisting of the usual mix of the familiar and not-so-familiar:

The Johnny Average Band Featuring Nikki Wills - Ch Ch Cherie

Badfinger - Hold On

Jeff Beck - Ambitious

Jeff Beck With Rod Stewart - People Get Ready

Bee Gees - Living Eyes

Pat Benatar - Looking For A Stranger

Berlin - Sex(I'm A...)

Berlin - The Metro

Blackfoot - Fly Away

Blondie - Dreaming

Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

David Bowie - Cat People(Putting Out Fire)

Laura Branigan - All Night With Me

Julie Brown - Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun

Peabo Bryson And Roberta Flack - Tonight I Celebrate My Love

Lindsey Buckingham - It Was I

Irene Cara - Flashdance What A Feeling

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes - Invisible Hands

Kim Carnes - You Make My Heart Beat Faster(And That's All That Matters)

Kim Carnes - I Pretend

The Cars - Since You're Gone

The Cars - Hello Again

The Cars - Strap Me In

Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache

Champaign - How 'Bout Us

Champaign - Try Again

Cher - I Found Someone

Cher And Peter Cetera - After All

Chilliwack - My Girl(Gone Gone Gone) - Single Mix

Chilliwack - I Believe - Single Mix

Chilliwack - Whatcha Gonna Do

Allan Clarke - Slipstream

Joe Cocker And Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong

The Coconuts - If I Only Had A Brain

Concrete Blonde - God Is A Bullet

Culture Club - Miss Me Blind

Neil Diamond - America

Neil Diamond - Yesterday's Songs

Neil Diamond - On The Way To The Sky

Neil Diamond - Be Mine Tonight

The Dillman Band - Lovin' The Night Away

Dr. Hook - Girls Can Get It

Eagles - Seven Bridges Road

Earth Wind And Fire - Let's Groove

Sheena Easton - Machinery

ELO - Hold On Tight

ELO - Rain Is Falling

The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom

The English Beat - Save It For Later

The Expression - With Closed Eyes

A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing(If I Had A Photograph Of You)

Franke And The Knockouts - You're My Girl

Gary O' - Pay You Back With Interest

Gary O' - All The Young Heroes

Andy Gibb - Time Is Time

Andy Gibb - Me(Without You)

Amy Grant - Find A Way

Amy Grant - Wise Up

Greg Guidry - Goin' Down

Sammy Hagar - I'll Fall In Love Again

Daryl Hall And John Oates - Kiss On My List

Jimmy Hall - I'm Happy That Love Has Found You

Emmylou Harris - Mister Sandman

Heart - Tell It Like It Is

Helix - Deep Cuts The Knife

Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

Rick James - Super Freak Part 1

Billy Joel - Say Goodbye To Hollywood

Elton John And Millie Jackson - Act Of War

Johnny And The Distractions - Complicated Now

Rickie Lee Jones - A Lucky Guy

Kansas - Hold On

Kansas - Stand Beside Me

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night

Johnny Lee - Lookin' For Love

The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You

Loverboy - The Kid Is Hot Tonite

Lulu - If I Were You

Madonna - Burning Up

Madonna - Into The Groove

Madonna - Causing A Commotion

Chuck Mangione - Give It All You Got

Meco - Empire Strikes Back Medley

Meco - Pop Goes The Movies Part 1

Meco - Ewok Celebration

Randy Meisner - Deep Inside My Heart

Randy Meisner - Hearts On Fire

Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings

Steve Miller Band - Cool Magic

Ronnie Milsap - Lost In The Fifties Tonight

Kylie Minogue - It's No Secret

Alannah Myles - Still Got This Thing

Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning

Olivia Newton John - Make A Move On Me

Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Stevie Nicks - Blue Lamp

Oak Ridge Boys - Elvira

Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice

Outlaws - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio - A Woman Needs Love(Just Like You Do)

Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio - That Old Song

Dolly Parton - 9 To 5

Bernadette Peters - Gee Whiz

Prince - Controversy

Quarterflash - Right Kind Of Love

Queen - Flash's Theme AKA Flash

Queen - Calling All Girls

Red Rockers - China

Red Rockers - Eve Of Destruction

REO Speedwagon - In Your Letter

Cliff Richard - Dreaming

Linda Ronstadt - Tell Him

Sade - Smooth Operator

Santana - Winning

Boz Scaggs - Look What You've Done To Me

Boz Scaggs - Heart Of Mine

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Shame On The Moon

Simple Minds - See The Lights

Sister Sledge - My Guy

Rex Smith And Rachel Sweet - Everlasting Love

Rick Springfield - I've Done Everything For You

Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts

Rod Stewart - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Barbra Streisand - Comin' In And Out Of Your Life

Styx - Why Me

Styx - The Best Of Times

Styx - Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

Donna Summer - On The Radio

Donna Summer - Walk Away

Donna Summer - State Of Independence

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind - Featuring Wendy Fraser

Talk Talk - It's My Life

A Taste Of Honey - I'll Try Something New

Livingston Taylor - First Time Love

Ian Thomas - Hold On

Ian Thomas - The Runner

Ali Thomson - Take A Little Rhythm

Ali Thomson - Live Every Minute

Tycoon - Hang On In

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Bonnie Tyler - Here She Comes

UB40 With Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe

Gino Vannelli - Nightwalker

Gino Vannelli - Hurts To Be In Love

Gino Vannelli - Wild Horses

Billy Vera And The Beaters - I Can Take Care Of Myself

Billy Vera And The Beaters - At This Moment

Jennifer Warnes - Could It Be Love

Max Werner - Rain In May

Jane Wiedlin - Blue Kiss

Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy

Nikki Wills - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Jesse Winchester - Say What

The Live365 trial run is about to begin. For the next two weeks, I'm going to test out the new stream and make sure that it relays okay to Live365's platform. If it's successful, then I will let you know; just bear in mind that updating the new stream to directories such as Tunein may not happen immediately. I am also thinking about changing the old stream to the ultimate guide to hard rock and AOR.

I will be updating my main promo tonight to emphasize that AA80's is listener supported and is part of the Live365 family. Please help grow the business and make the idea of the station going out on a national tour a reality!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - JOHNNY AVERAGE BAND - CH CH CHERIE

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY: Johnny Average Band - Ch Ch Cherie - Bearsville 49671 - Peaked at 53 in Billboard on 3/28/81 and at 66 in Cashbox.

This is a decent upbeat number dominated by guitar and new wave styled keyboards. With its female led vocals, it should be accepted by fans of Blondie and Karla DeVito. The majority of the Johnny Average Band's sole album, Some People, has a ska/reggae sound.

Johnny Average is a British keyboardist and vocalist who relocated to upstate New York and met his future wife and bandmate, Nikki Wills. Johnny was one of the players on the '79 debut album from Randy Vanwarmer, the one with "Just When I Needed You Most." Johnny and Nikki would soon become good friends with Mick Ronson, the late legendary guitarist who worked with David Bowie and Ian Hunter.

They did make a video that got some brief MTV airplay during MTV's first year, but it was for the album track "Public Image." It's worth checking out if you like the quirkiness of The B-52's.

Go to Awfully Awesome 80's' website at http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com and look forward to hearing this and many other great bottom 45's every hour! Also being added this weekend will be Nikki Wills' late '81 minor charting version of "Some Guys Have All The Luck." I might as well complete the jigsaw puzzle and include Rod Stewart's '84 hit version too!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - CONDUCTOR - VOICE ON THE RADIO

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY: Conductor - Voice On The Radio - Montage 1210 - Peaked at 63 in Billboard on 2/20/82 and at 68 in Cashbox.

This is a feature I'm going to start doing on a regular basis, especially since Awfully Awesome 80's likes to play a lot of records from the 80's and early 90's that didn't chart or never reached the Top 40. I'm only going to provide pictures as I would like you to tune into the station and hear these tracks or even request them!

Conductor were essentially a male/female duo rounded out with session players. They could have been like Nu Shooz, Eye To Eye or Unipop, but they were a solid-sounding melodic/arena rock act...and there were MANY of them around during '81-'82! Unfortunately, their career never took off as someone from their record label felt that lead singer Judy Comden's walking disability was a stumbling block. The 80's was all about image, whether we agree with it or not. So there was never a big tour or any MTV videos. A somewhat similar thing happened to Romeo Void in '84 when their "A Girl In Trouble" video was made; less emphasis was placed on the lead singer as someone at Columbia felt that she wasn't photogenic enough. Even though Romeo Void finally had a top 40 hit, their career never recovered.

You will want to check this out if you are/were a fan of Toronto, The Breaks/Drama, Quarterflash without the sax, and Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth(who, just like Conductor, started out with a 5 song EP).

"Voice On The Radio" was written by Franne Golde('79 minor charter "Here I Go(Fallin' In Love Again)") and Peter McIan(Men At Work producer and '80 mid-charter "Solitaire," which AA80's plays). Franne and Peter also co-wrote "Cool Kids," which Franne recorded in '80 and Kix made the best-known version of in '83(some of you may remember Beavis And Butthead's trashing of the video!).

You can hear this and many other bottom 45's every hour at Awfully Awesome 80's' website, which is at http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com. We hope to see you soon at Live365!