1983… (A Merman I should turn to be)

According to Wikipedia 1983 was a ‘common year starting on a Saturday’. When I moved to Spartanburg a week ago I didn’t think 1983 would play such an integral role in my time in a new place with new people for a year. What I have come to learn is my fellow residents and myself are all born in 1983.

Such a rare occurrence in the history of any organization, and such an exciting occurrence for Hub-Bub’s fifth season of AiR’s.  This discovery among my fellow residents has us stirring and thinking of all things 1983, more specifically music of 1983. And why would music of all things be so important of this period in history you ask. Well karaoke of course.

Last week my fellow residents and I were welcomed with ever so many invites to dinners, parties, and events. Last Wednesday was no exception. Our final destination on Wednesday evening was the Taproom for $2.50 pint night and karaoke. What better way to get to know people you just met by taking turns singing to one another in a public forum.

So in honor of this glorious occurrence my fellow residents Corinne, Ian, Kerri and I would like to implore this Wednesday evening, June 23, 2010 will be a 1983 theme karaoke. With the help of everyone else we would like to cover as many songs from 1983 or songs referencing 1983 during our musical performances.

Here are some ideas to get you started thinking 1983. In 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience wrote a song “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) on their third album Electric Ladyland. Jimi sings of a escape from civilization into the sea from the warring disturbance of an apocalyptic future. How can one posit the potential occurrences of a time 15 years into future, other than through song.

In 1983, Prince had a major hit with 1999. This time an artist thinking 17 years into future toward a massive party leading into the new millennium. If Prince was ready for the turn of the century in 1983, we better be ready for our next year to come at Hub-Bub. We will get to that future through our commonality of being born in 1983 and singing about it.

Below is a list of the top 100 songs of 1983 thanks to my fellow resident Corinne Manning. Accoring to Corinne, “It was a good year.” Tonight let’s party like it’s 1999. We will be wearing vests (you can ask later ‘why vests?’).

1. Every Breath You Take, Police
2. Bille Jean, Michael Jackson
3. Flashdance…what a feeling, Irene Cara
4. Down Under, Men At Work
5. Beat It, Michael Jackson
6. Total Eclipse of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
7. Maneater, Daryl Hall and John Oates
8. Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin and James Ingram
9. Maniac, Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Culture Club
12. You And I, Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works HArd For The Money, Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go, Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf, Duran Duran
18. Let’s Dance, David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone, Golden Earring
20. I Know There’s Something Going On, Frida
21. Jeopardy, Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant
23. She BLinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
24. Africa, Toto
25. Little Red Corvette, Prince
26. Back On The Chain Gang, Pretenders
27. Up Where We Belong, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
28. Mr. Roboto, Styx
29. You Are, Lionel Richie
30. Der Kommissar, After The Fire
31. Puttin’ On The Ritz, Taco
32. Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination, Human League
34. Time (Clock of the Heart), Culture Club
35. The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
36. Be Stiff, Toni Basil
37. You Can’t Hurry Love, Phil Collins
38. Separate Ways, Journey
39. One On One, Daryl Hall and John Oates
40. We’ve Got Tonight, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
41. 1999, Prince
42. Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats
43. Allentown, Billy Joel
44. Stand Back, Stevie Nicks
45. Tell Her About It, Billy Joel
46. Always Something To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
47. Truly, Lionel Richie
48. Dirty Laundry, Don Henley
49. The Girl Is Mine, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
50. Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
51. Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
52. Rock The Casbah, Clash
53. Our House, Madness
54. Overkill, Men At Work
55. Is There Something I Should Know, Duran Duran
56. Gloria, Laura Branigan
57. Affair Of The Heart, Rick Springfield
58. She’s A Beauty, Tubes
59. Solitare, Laura Branigan
60. Don’t Let It End, Styx
61. How Am I Suppose To Live Without You, Laura Branigan
62. China Girl, David Bowie
63. Come Dancing, Kinks
64. Promises Promises, Naked Eyes
65. The Other Guy, Little River Band
66. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Air Supply
67. Family Man, Daryl Hall and John Oates
68. Wanna Be Starting Somethin’, Michael Jackson
69. I Won’t Hold You Back, Toto
70. All Right, Christopher Cross
71. Straight From The Heart, Bryan Adams
72. Heart To Heart, Kenny Loggins
73. My Love, Lionel Richie
74. I‘m Still Standing, Elton John
75. Hot Girls In Love, Loverboy
76. It’s A Mistake, Men At Work
77. I‘ll Tumble 4 Ya, Culture Club
78. All This Love, Debarge
79. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, Sammy Hagar
80. Heartbreaker, Dionne Warwick
81. Faithfully, Journey
82. Steppin’ Out, Joe Jackson
83. Take Me To Heart, Quarterflash
84. (She’s Sexy) + 17, Stray Cats
85. Try Again, Champaign
86. Dead Giveaway, Shalamar
87. Lawyers In Love, Jackson Browne
88. What About Me, Moving Pictures
89. Human Nature, Michael Jackson
90. Photograph, Def Leppard
91. Pass The Dutchie, Musical Youth
92. True, Spandau Ballet
93. Far From Over, Frank Stallone
94. I’ve Got A Rock N Roll Heart, Eric Clapton
95. It Might Be You, Stephen Bishop
96. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
97. You Got Lucky, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
98. Don’t Cry, Asia
99. Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
100. Fall In LOve With Me, Earth, Wind and Fire

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