In 1982, I gave birth to my son, Eric…I had him on my 20th birthday in fact–and even though there are times when the old grouch gets pissed off, he’s still the best birthday present I ever had. I didn’t give a damn about the politics of the day. I didn’t give a damn what people thought of me too much then–and still don’t…Gee…I wonder where 2 of my kids get that from? I’m smiling sheepishly as I remember those days…I liked bowling, dancing, walking about and above all–writing and listening to music.
While 1982 was a banner year, it was also a year of loss. Hell, we lost Marvin Gaye. Now with all the crap going on, “What’s Going On?” really comes to mind here…Forget the “Sexual Healing” bit…He got a lot of accolades for that one but I still say “What’s Going On?” is one of his best.
I can say a lot about 1982 right now…first it was a “Thriller”…. 1982, I was so “Caught Up in You”. I loved it loud then, and “I Love It Loud” now. I wonder if “Jack and Diane” ever got into saying “If You Want My Love” to each other? If they did, maybe it was in the “Heat of the Moment”.
I do know if they had tried to pass the Patriot Act in 1982 there would have been a loud “I Can’t Go For That” being screamed in D.C. Has anyone ever figured out what the “Young Turks” needed to be free from yet? Just wondering. However as far as men and women go, I haven’t heard anyone trying to use “I’ve Been Waiting for a Girl Like You” as a pick up line in a bar yet…
We have learned that it is best to take the advice Rick Springfield gave us…”Don’t Talk to Strangers” because serial killers do not make it “Hurt So Good” now do they? Funny how when we were young we didn’t seem to worry about too much of that stuff, or did we? Well I know I didn’t. I do know that my exes were never “Always on My Mind” when I got enough balls to say “Goodbye to You”.
Well whatever went on in “Allentown”–it wasn’t “Sexual Healing”…Hedonism was the furthest thing from the imagination in that part of the country as well, I think. However, there was some “Tainted Love” going on until someone decided to “Shake It Up” a bit when they found out their sweetheart was the “Centerfold”–that is, until someone younger came along and the agent said “Abracadabra” and that model got replaced by a younger one a few years later…
Some also said “I Ran Away” because it was “Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry”. I can fully prove that was a lie. I just opted for the “Thriller” of a time when someone asked “Don’t You Want Me”? I said no and then turned back to my ultimate love at the time…I mean, most who know me will be the first to tell you that “I Love Rock N Roll”–which left “Rosanna” slightly perplexed as in counseling, she thought I wanted to be a writer and not a rock star.
In music, there was always harmony between “Ebony and Ivory”–until the hair bands told everyone else to “Beat It”. So what did the rest of us young fools do? We went to “Rock the Casbah” while possessing the “Eye of the Tiger”! We got so “Physical” in that fight that we left “Billie Jean” perplexed and lying in the dust!
And after that fight, we were “Hungry Like the Wolf”….
Well that was a long time ago. And now that I’ve compiled this morbidly insane list from ONE video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAGYIvg1FHk in order to complete this writing exercise, with the exception of “Hungry Like the Wolf”– which is included because, quite simply, I know it came out in 1982, I hope you enjoyed this ridiculous trip down memory lane since I was under immense “Pressure” to hurry up and get it done prior to going to bed…By the way, “Pressure” by Billy Joel is not in the video either which surprises me because it was a damned good song! I should know…I didn’t forget my birthday that year or the fact I gave birth to Eric then!
However, in the present “All You Need is Now” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X3O4PCP5MM In fact, that is all I need too. Have a great night!