Dear Aimz -
My best friend Mani lives in Washington DC. Her 36th birthday was last weekend. In honor of this occasion, she threw herself a huge 1980s-themed party. You know the 80s - big hair, jelly bracelets, Nutra Sweet, Valley Girls, trading arms for hostages, ketchup as a vegetable, and other fun things. Anyway, as a birthday present I put together three CDs of 1980s MP3s. 181 tracks covering 1980s pop, hip-hop, and, of course, hair metal. Over 800 mega bytes of music goodness (or badness, depending on how you look at it)! I sent them by Canada Post on Monday, March 2, and paid $20.85 to guarantee that the CDs would arrive by Friday, March 6, in time for the party on Saturday night. As of today, Tuesday, March 10, the CDs have not arrived! Aimz, I am devastated that Mani couldn't hear "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" at her birthday party. Can you please post some 80s tunes to heal my broken heart, and to wish Mani a very happy 36th birthday? Except for songs by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - those songs really sucked ass.
Purple Raining in Toronto
Dear Purple Rain,
I would be delighted to post some 80s tunes. And I will make sure to post at least one track that the PMRC and Tipper Gore would disapprove of. But I refuse to post "Walk the Dinosaur" cause that sucked ass too. Its a fine line between 80s music that is so bad that its good, and 80s nostalgia that is just fucking awful.
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again.mp3 (1987)
Holy shit, these guys are still recording and touring! MySpace.
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It.mp3 (1986)
Salt (Cheryl James Wray) makes gospel records. See a great interview about her current life on the BET website. Pepa (Sandy Denton) still preforms, acts, and recently published a book about her life. DJ Spinderalla (Diedra Roper) co-hosts a syndicated radio show about old-school hip-hop called The Back Spin.
Erasure - Chains of Love.mp3 (1988)
Andy Bell and Vince Clarke are marketing a best-of Erasure three disc set called "Total Pop." MySpace.
Thompson Twins - If You Were Here.mp3 (1983)
The trio split up in 1989. Singers Tom Bailey and Alannah Currie, married, had kids, and divorced. Currie is an artist in London, and Bailey is a producer and artist in France.