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Tom has a -2 point bias against The Police.
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October 26, 2020 on The Number Ones: Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”
Words are hard to find. They're only checks I've left unsigned. From the banks of chaos in my mind.
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October 26, 2020 on The Number Ones: Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”
Shout was the soundtrack to my High School yearbook staff beach trip to Bald Head Island. Bonfires and Twister and sparkling, phosphorescent sand. A 10 for nostalgia alone.
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
If TFF were Australian, they probably would have been in Moulin Rouge.
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
I feel Tears for Fears are masters at pushing repetition to the brink of tedium, adding elements at just the precise moment to keep forward momentum. EWTRTW is short enough not to make it an issue, but Shout is about as long as they could push it. Still prefer this one though. I'm a sucker for a good piano intro. https://youtu.be/CsHiG-43Fzg
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October 19, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Shout”
I got the job! It's been a long and demoralizing 6 months (5 virtual years), but thanks to TNOCS for providing support and a welcome diversion! Here's to future days⁹
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October 16, 2020 on The Number Ones: Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away”
I'm dreading the day when "50 years ago" starts to overlap this column.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
Ditto! I missed giving it a 1 as well.
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October 14, 2020 on The Number Ones: Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill”
Regardless of what anyone thinks of this song, Matt Bomer can sing "Heaven" to me any day. P.S. Job interview went well. Hiring manager intimated that I've got the job pending the reference check. But I've done this long enough to not celebrate until an offer is in hand.
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October 9, 2020 on The Number Ones: Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”
Shout, shout. Let it all out. These are the things we can do without.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Almost as bad as CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley dying on the same day as JFK.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
The job is field-based, but the interview is in Orlando.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Not to bring anyone down, but job interviews today have nothing to do with rigorous insight or committed focus. It's just another high school popularity contest and who can charm the hiring manager the most. I don't play games so this is difficult for me, especially over video. Ageism is also a factor. I didn't get any interviews until I deleted graduation dates and 10 years of experience. Fortunately this company is very entrepreneurial and seems to value the unconventional. My playlist for the plane trip inspired by you guys: Don't You (Forget About Me) Walking on Sunshine Things Can Only Get Better Everybody Wants to Rule the World Don't You Want Me
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Jilly, I think you are correct. I suspect Tom's was a typo.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
I'd give it a 10 as well. It was the soundtrack of my Summer of 85.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Wish me luck guys. Flying down to Florida tomorrow for a job interview. Bank account is starting to wear a bit thin. I keep getting down to the final two during the process, but they keep going with "candidates that are a better fit."
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
I'd've done the same thing my. You helped a friend when he asked for help. That's all you can ever do. I'd rather be a sucker any day than a cynic.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
I really got into OMD in 1985 as well, following "Crush." A largely underrated gem of a band here in the States.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Barnable’s Most 80-est Number One Songs of the ‘80s. Not the brightest. Not the best. But the most-iconic examples of 80s sound, culture, and themes. Songs people immediately identify with the 80s and, perhaps, would never have been hits in any other decade. No post-#1-reveal let-downs here! 1985 continues a strong year with its 2nd straight top-5 entry! 1. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Simple Minds 2. “Don’t You Want Me” The Human League 3. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” Tears for Fears 4. TBA 5. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Eurythmics 6. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Bonnie Tyler 7. “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club 8. “Come on Eileen” Dexys Midnight Runners 9. “Down Under” Men At Work 10. “Time after Time” Cyndi Lauper 11. “Beat It” Michael Jackson 12. “When Doves Cry” Prince 13. “Careless Whisper” George Michael/Wham! 14. “The Reflex” Duran Duran 15. “Maneater” Hall and Oates 16. “Like a Virgin” Madonna 17. TBA 18. TBA 19. TBA 20. TBA By mid-1985, much of pop music was becoming a tedium. The excitement, originality, and novelty of MTV was wearing off. In January of 1985, VH-1 premiered giving us TWO video-related channels which required filling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And most of what we got was just that—filling. Additionally, the novelty and originality of the synthesizer was wearing thin, and most artists were simply using synths as a means to an end—usually an economic, lazy end, as synth drum tracks and horns edged increasingly toward obligatory, synthetic, and cheap. Enter Tears for Fears and “Songs from the Big Chair.” In an environment of increasingly generic synth-pop, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” exploded on the scene during the summer of 1985 and demanded your attention in what I would contend to be the apex of 80s synth-pop #1’s. By 1985, Tears for Fears had become masters at combining repetitive synth musical motifs, pushing them right to the edge of tedium, into a surprisingly complex and unforgettable gestalt (see their next appearance in this column for the ultimate example). From what I can tell, almost all the sounds, except the guitar, of EWTRTW are synth-based, including a rather complex stuttered drum track and drum fills (supposedly inspired by TNO’s Mel Gaynor of Simple Minds). And yet, the synths in EWTRTW are far from synthetic; they are organic and feel entirely realized. In the right hands, synthesizers had evolved from the sterile, cold, yet fantastic starkness of The Human League and Gary Numan, to the rich and propelling and propulsive “wall of sound” of Tears for Fears. Roland Orzabal’s guitar, instead of competing with the synths meld cohesively and organically into this complex tapestry of an arrangement. And that’s not even mentioning Curt Smith’s soaring, angst-driven vocals and Cold War inspired lyrics. Who can’t resist joining in once Smith hit’s “There’s a room where the light won’t find you, holding hands while the walls come tumbling down.”? So, as virtual summer 1985 fades into memory, Tears for Fears’ synth-pop masterpiece EWTRTW snags a coveted Top-3 spot on Barnable’s List of 80est Number One Songs of the 80s. Just like last week, we’ll be back . . . in a day or two.
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October 7, 2020 on The Number Ones: Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
It's better than "The Christmas Shoes."
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October 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants”
It's like Ridgely secretly inserted the "Wham!" to remind everyone that this wasn't a solo George Michael song.
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October 5, 2020 on The Number Ones: Wham!’s “Everything She Wants”