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    What are some of your favorite songs from the decade that gave us some of the greatest music ever recorded?

    I'll start with a tune that contains one of the best bass lines ever. The lyrics and video capture the cold war era of 1984 perfectly. This song never fails to get my adrenaline pumping when I crank it up.

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

    "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving is not for you"

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    This one just came up on my i-pod. First Detroit band on MTV...


    The Tubes' She's a Beauty takes me back to some care-free Reagen era days too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    This one just came up on my i-pod. First Detroit band on MTV...


    The Tubes' She's a Beauty takes me back to some care-free Reagen era days too!
    Steve Lukather played on "She's a Beauty" and also another good one "Talk to ya later".

    I took a music class in 1993 with Bill Spooner - original guitarist for the tubes - and we used to sit on a fire escape and smoke cigarettes and talk guitars.

    I was playing my EVH EBMM guitar at the time and Bill played it and loved it.

    An 80's tune that was a big influence on me was "Every breath you take" by The Police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybeane View Post
    Steve Lukather played on "She's a Beauty" and also another good one "Talk to ya later".

    I took a music class in 1993 with Bill Spooner - original guitarist for the tubes - and we used to sit on a fire escape and smoke cigarettes and talk guitars.

    I was playing my EVH EBMM guitar at the time and Bill played it and loved it.

    An 80's tune that was a big influence on me was "Every breath you take" by The Police.
    I've always preferred "Talk To Ya' Later" to "She's A Beauty".

    Here's my favorite Police tune, and it's message is more relevant than ever with the disaster going on in Haiti:

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybeane View Post
    Steve Lukather played on "She's a Beauty" and also another good one "Talk to ya later".

    I took a music class in 1993 with Bill Spooner - original guitarist for the tubes - and we used to sit on a fire escape and smoke cigarettes and talk guitars.

    I was playing my EVH EBMM guitar at the time and Bill played it and loved it.

    An 80's tune that was a big influence on me was "Every breath you take" by The Police.
    Around 1981-ish, I caught a very low key show by The Tubes at a tiny club/bar in Anaheim, CA where they played a few as-yet unreleased songs that later showed up on "The Completion Backward Principle" album. At the time, I don't think they were on a record label and it was kind of funny seeing several of the band members pull up in front of the club in a pretty beat up compact car dressed in business suits. At that point, the only song I knew from these guys was "White Punks On Dope" from the '70's and I wound up being pretty blown away by their set. One highlight was a cover of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly."

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    My favorite INXS tune:

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    The Knack - "Let Me Out"
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    So did Donna Mills.

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    Not only did this guy play guitar like a young EVH, he looked like him, too.

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

    "If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving is not for you"

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    [QUOTE=Bugs Meanie;1235600]This one just came up on my i-pod. First Detroit band on MTV...


    The Look huh?
    Bitter Sweet Alley-Time To Move would be the song from the 80's that comes to my mind.

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    Before there was White Lion there was Lion. Anybody remember this one?

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    [QUOTE=VH122;1236002]
    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    This one just came up on my i-pod. First Detroit band on MTV...


    The Look huh?
    Bitter Sweet Alley-Time To Move would be the song from the 80's that comes to my mind.
    BSA was everywhere! Here's Flash Kahan... Remember them? Pretty sophisticated video considering the budget of a band "on the cusp".


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    The Church:



    The Cult:

    "It's so lonely at the top because it's so crowded at the bottom" - Diamond David Lee Roth

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    The Knack lead singer Doug Fieger dies / "My Sharona" singer battled cancer for 6 years

    WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday. He was 57.

    Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack's manager, Jake Hooker.

    Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on "My Sharona."

    Fieger said the song, with its pounding drums and exuberant vocals, was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.

    "I had never met a girl like her — ever," he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. "She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn't quit. She was very self-assured. ... She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy."

    "My Sharona," an unapologetically anthemic rock song, emerged during disco's heyday and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks, becoming an FM radio standard.

    It became a pop culture phenomenon, parodied by Weird Al Yankovic and others and sampled by rap group Run DMC.

    In 1994, "My Sharona" re-entered the Billboard chart when it was released as a single from the soundtrack of the Ben Stiller film "Reality Bites."

    "My Sharona" gained attention again in 2005 when it was reported that George W. Bush had the song on the presidential iPod.

    Their songs, about young love and teenage lust, included the hits "Good Girls Don't," ''She's So Selfish" and "Frustrated."

    The Knack continued to release albums and tour through the mid-2000s but they never replicated the success they enjoyed with their first two albums, "Get the Knack" and "... But the Little Girls Understand."

    Fieger battled cancer for six years. In 2006 he underwent surgery to remove two tumors from his brain.

    He is survived by a sister, Beth Falkenstein, and a brother, attorney Geoffrey Fieger of Southfield, Mich., who is best known for representing assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

    A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family is being planned.
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