“We can dance if we want to....”; for those of you who remember the 80s, the classic Men Without Hats song “Safety Dance” may have already started playing in your head.
After writing the column that appeared in this past Thursday’s edition, I came to a very important conclusion. It happened as I sat in this great new to me recliner my thrift wife found for me. As I watched TV a show came on that is set in the 1980s, and as is vital to telling the story of any period in the past, music plays an important role in the show’s story line. So, when the school dance was announced in the background a song was playing I had not heard for a very long time. I quickly found myself singing the words I remembered – “we can dance if we want to.” For those of you who remember the 80s, the classic Men Without Hats song “Safety Dance” may have already started playing in your head. The problem was I could not remember the words, and so I just sang the ones I recall “cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine,” which drew lots of “you’re weird” expressions from the Krause progeny. (Even my Gideon looked a bit befuddled as he heard those horrible noises coming from his daddy.) Realizing I had forgotten the lyrics, I decided to go online to recall them. What I discovered was even the words I had recalled were not right. I began to wonder if I had been singing the words to any other songs from my past. Sadly, there were plenty. I also discovered there must have been something very wrong going on for some of those lyricists from the 80s, because I came across the words of plenty of those old songs that I had to read more than once. I still have no idea what Men at Work is singing in “Down Under.” (See Quote of the Day above) While I read more and more songs I quickly determined there were far too many words that were locked in my brain from 30-plus years ago that would continue to be belted out wrong even if I did know the right words. So, I continue to sing them wrong, but I appreciate them nonetheless. In fact, I appreciated the 80s songs so much I spent a few hours just listening to some of my favorites, especially those from those obscurely named bands. Here are a few I enjoyed: • “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama • “Mr. Roboto” by Styx • “Shout” by Tears for Fears • “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics • “Heart and Soul” by T’Pau • “True” by Spandau Ballet • “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister • “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League • “99 Red Balloons” by Nena • “Africa” by Toto • “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls There were plenty more by bands with great names, such as Glass Tiger, Pet Shop Boys, The Vapors, Taco, Honeymoon Suite, ’Til Tuesday and The Buggles. Some of those songs reminded me of the days when I would listen to the American Top 40 each week and try my best with my “boom box” to record them from the radio. As you all know I do not own a cell phone, and as far as I am concerned I never will. However, if the time would ever come when I did decide to get one, I am confident I would use one of those Classic 80s hits as my ringtone. (Do people even do that anymore?) If I had to choose what that song would be today, I have to admit there really is only one song for me – “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. I have to admit there was a bit of a sinister reason I offered this column to you. Once you start thinking about these old classics it is hard to get that one song out of your head. Just try and sing the lyrics to one of these or your favorite Classic 80s song and see just how long you are singing it. You’re welcome.