Oh the things that make me happy…

I was in California last week on business. Drove back and forth between LA and Bakersfield. I found an amazing radio station that played all 80s and 90s music. You may be saying to yourself, “Big whoop Lincee. We have a radio station like that here in [insert city].”

Well this one was different. Sure it played your typical George Michael, Bon Jovi and Madonna staple tunes, but only 50 percent of the time. The other half was dedicated to the songs you LOVED back in the day, but the artists didn’t necessarily stand the test of mainstream radio play. You didn’t buy their entire cassette tape…but you did sing at the top of your lungs to the cassette single that cost you only $1.99.

Confused yet?

Let me give you a few examples of these little gems that I re-discovered while driving with my windows down along I-5.

Song/Artist: All Cried Out by Lisa Lisa
Lyrics: “How was I to knooooooow? You would weaken so easily?
Aaahhh-iii-eee-iiii-eee-iiii…I don’t know what to do. Now I’m all cried out. Over you.”
Memory: I really felt I knew what this woman was going through even though I was ten.

Song/Artist: Always by Atlantic Starr
Lyrics: “And weeeeeeee both knooooooooow. That our luuuuuuuuv. Will groooooooow. And FOREVER. It will BE…YOOOOOOOUUUUU and MEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Yeah-eh-eh-eh-uh.”
Memory: Picture it…my uncle shows up with his family on the Fourth of July, picks me up and begins a road trip to Disney World. It was the summer of 1986 and I was in the back seat with my cousins Johnny and Stephanie. That song was on the radio all the time. Since we had to pass through a million states to get from Texas to Florida, radio stations would go in and out. Therefore, we heard Always about every 15 minutes. And we sang loud and proud. To the top of our lungs. Good times.

Song/Artist: Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman
Lyrics: “Give me one reason to stay heeyah. And I turn right back around.”
Memory: My sister played this over and over. Love, love, love it.

Song/Artist: What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes
Memory: Tryout routine for Bobcat Belles. Awesome.

I’ve downloaded them all and they are now a part of the Lincee i-Tunes family. But I would like to add some of their friends to the playlist.

Any ideas for me? Stick to the 80s and 90s and don’t make me laugh by suggesting Milli Vanilli, MC Hammer, Spice Girls, Wham, etc. You know I already have all of those. Shame on you if you don’t.

I’m in meetings all day, but I will be checking tonight for sure. Tomorrow is download day since I am headed to NYC and need some fresh tunes on the old i-Pod.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


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The Final Countdown – Europe. The follow up single, “Carrie”, was not quite as good but I felt like they were singing just to me.


Hey Lincee – I think if we were to get together and compare playlists, we would like to jazzercise to the same stuff! My husband loves to make fun of me for loving the early 90’s hair bands, but not much makes me happier than a good power ballad. So, I’m suggesting “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison in the case that you may not already rock out to it, and also “Heaven” by Warrant. Good old early 90’s cheese!! Husband is making fun of me right now, but I might mention that he can sing along to every 80’s song ever made since he is much, much older than me! 😉


“The Promise” by When in Rome…..LOVE IT!!!
I’m sorry but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know this may not sound the way I planned it to be………………………..


iTunes will pick out songs for you that they (the awesome little gnomes in my computer) think i will like. how did they know? i will check later at the 15 new songs i downloaded after finding this terrific feature.


These two songs always make me sing out loud and for a moment it sounds (to me) as though I can actually carry a tune: La Isla Bonita – Madonna and Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper


My ‘excuse me while I J-A-M out’ songs are:
Forever Young by Alphaville
Heart and Soul by T’Pau
Tennessee and/or Mr Wendel by Arrested Development
Meet Me Halfway by Kenny Loggins


Rosanna–by Toto and Sister Christian by Nigh Ranger. Sure Africa might have been a more popular song, but can you really change the channel when Rosanna comes on?


Excuse my spelling…

“Come on Ilene” by Dexie’s Midnight Runners
“Change” by John Waite
“Take it easy on me” by Little River Band
“My Kinda Lover” by Billy Squier
“Kiss Off” by Violent Femmes

How’s that for diverse ’80’s?


Annie Lennox-No more i love you’s (doo be doo be do do ah ah) and Walking of broken glass
Tears for Fears-Sowing the seeds of love (sowing the seeds…birds and the bees) and Shout
Martika-Toy Soldier (step by step heart to heart left right left we all faaaallll dowwwn like toy soldiers)


“My Sharona” – The Knack (I think?)
“Close to Me” and “Friday I’m in Love” – The Cure
“Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benetar
“Eternal Flame” and “In Your Room” by The Bangles
“Look Away” by Chicago

Z. Vyne

Tainted Love – 1981 Soft Cell

“NoWWW I knooow I’ve got to (BUM BUM) run awayyy…”

Need I say more?

It’s every school girl’s (and gay guy’s) anthem to love gone bad.

Z. Vyne


Sweet Child O Mine – Guns and Roses, Shout-Tears for Fears, Never Let Me Down Again-Depeche Mode, In the Name of Love-U2,

UA Cat 96
UA Cat 96

All for Love – Color me Badd
Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant


“Still Haven’t Found (What I’m Looking For)” . .U2
“They Don’t Know (About Us)” . . Tracey Ullman (you know you yelled out, “BABY!”)
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” . . .The Proclaimers (only the happiest song known to man)
“Walking on Sunshine” . . Katrina and the Waves (probably the 2nd happiest song known to man)
“Escape. . The Pina Colada Song”. . .Rupert Holmes (why didn’t it bother them that they were both about to cheat on eachother?)
“Make a Move on Me” . . Olivia Newton-John (nothing else needs to be said. . but go ahead and add “Little More Love” for good measure. . then move on to the whole “Xanadu” soundtrack! Olivia Newton-John + ELO= SOLID GOLD!!!!)
“Money Changes Everything” . . Cyndi Lauper
“Good Enough” . . Cyndi Lauper (let your inner Goonie roam free)

girl. . I could go on and on!!!! This is too much fun!


This really IS too much fun! I’m glad that Lincee understands how great 80’s music is, even if my husband does NOT. 😉

Gary Numan – Cars
J. Geils Band – Centerfold, Freeze Frame
GoGos – We Got The Beat
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
a-ha – Take on Me
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
Howard Jones – No One is To Blame
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Dream Acadamy – Life in a Northern Town
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Corey Hart – Never Surrender
Madness – Our House
Big Country – In a Big Country
Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Modern English – I Melt With You
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – What I Am
B-52’s – Love Shack
Elvis Costello – Veronica
Enya – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)
Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69, Heaven

Hmmm – now I have to go buy an 80’s compilation after work!