Thursday, September 16, 2021


Top-five countdown: 

5. Nina Blackwood 

4. Alan Hunter 

3. Martha Quinn 

2. Mark Goodman 

And, at No. 1, ....

... please continue scrolling! ...

... it's J.J. Jackson! 

But, to be clear, I loved Nina Blackwood.


  1. One thing that strikes you in watching actual commercials from 1984 is how correct the parodies of commercials from 1984 have been over the last three decades plus.

  2. Also, I was listening to the radio the other day, and Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend" came on. I realized I know nothing about Loverboy. I mean, I don't know the name of one person in the band. I have no idea where they're from. I have no idea whether they are still performing. And I thought to myself that Loverboy might well be the act with the greatest distance between the amount of prominence they've had in my life and the amount I know about them.

    Watching this old MTV clip, though, it occurs to me that Rainbow and .38 Special also should be shortlisted to present for this title.

  3. Oh, yeah ... "Closet Classics" ... had forgotten those.

  4. Candy and cassettes ... clothes and Clearisil ...

  5. No, Martha Quinn is No. 2; Mark Goodman, No. 3.

  6. There exists what is purported to be a banned video for "In a Big Country" on YouTube, and, if that really was the band's first draft, I side with the suits who made the boys revise to the three-wheelers.

  7. In 1984, the United States economy grew by 7 percent in one year.

  8. The top story in the March 6, 1984, Paducah Sun was a Berry Craig thing about how there was no need to line up at 8 a.m. the upcoming Monday when Genex Corporation was planning to start distributing applications at the state Department for Employment Services office on South Sixth Street. The company, which made an ingredient of NutraSweet, was planning to initially hire about 70 people after taking over the old Heublein plant on my and your old exists on I-24.

    1. In 1984, McCracken County went for Reagan over Mondale by a vote of 12,903 to 12,535.

      In 2020, McCracken County went for Trump over Biden by a vote of 21,820 to 11,195.

  9. New entrants in the 1984 U.S. top 100:

    — “Taxi” by J. Blackfoot (didn’t remember it, like it) at No. 95

    — “No Parking (on the Dance Floor)” by Midnight Star (didn’t like it at the time, now like it a great deal) at No. 93

    — “The Sun and the Rain” by Madness (didn’t remember it) at No. 90

    — “Do You Love Me?” by Andy Fraser (didn’t remember it) at No. 89

    — “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson (a great song I didn’t like then, don’t like now and haven’t been able to avoid for probably more than four or five consecutive days in the 37 years since) at No. 79

    — “A Fine, Fine Day” by Tony Carey (had forgotten it, like it) at No. 77

    — “Don’t Answer Me” by the Alan Parsons Project (had forgotten it, and, OH, MY GOSH, I LOVE THIS SONG) at No. 70

    — “Leave It” by Yes (LOVED this when I was 15 and bought the album on cassette) at No. 60

    — “Miss Me Blind” by Culture Club (oh, yeah … had forgotten this one … like it) at No. 40

  10. 35. "Livin' In Desperate Times," Olivia Newton-John. At some point, I acquired the Two of a Kind soundtrack on LP. It might've been a gift, or it might've been that I mistakenly ordered it through one of those record clubs. I joined those things frequently, much to my mother's chagrin.

  11. 30. "Let's Stay Together," Al Green. The first time I remember hearing Al Green's original, in the early 1990s, I thought it was the first time I ever heard the song. But I guess Tina Turner had been tuning my ear for it.

  12. 27. "Almost Over You," Sheena Easton. Feels like she had about four different careers going at once. Wikipedia says she was scheduled for the New York state fair earlier this month.