The Popdose Podcast: Episode 16

 

Merry Christmas, everybody! Wait a minute…shit, we missed Christmas. We missed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day, too. What the hell is wrong with us? Don’t we know we have a responsibility to provide you with at least an hour of rambling per month? Well, schedules have finally cleared up (that takes care of December and January) and computers have temporarily stopped crashing (February), and so we’re finally back with a brand-new episode of The Popdose Podcast! Let there be rejoicing and much drinking from the few of you that aren’t already in a drunken stupor (and that includes two of my podcast colleagues)!

This month, with no burning topic presenting itself (other than Jeff’s mom getting rid of that rash — could we get a doctor to guest on the show, please? Literally, it’s burning), we decided to revisit a topic we covered at Dave’s blog many moons ago:

It’s  been too long since CHART ATTACK! has made an appearance on Popdose, something I intend to rectify (ha! I said rectify! I totally did!) this year. Until then, though, you can hear our brilliant, insightful ruminations on the Top 10 from March 9, 1985!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 16: Chart Attack! (1:19:50, 73.1 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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0:00 Jeff has to go and bring up Charlie Goddamn Sheen. Luckily this conversation ends quickly, because it’s time for…

5:17 …The Top 10 from March 9, 1985! Unsurprisingly, Jeff and Dave are meh about this chart, and I like it quite a lot. Fuck ‘em. And feel free to agree/disagree in the comments!

10. Misled — Kool & the Gang

9. Sugar Walls — Sheena Easton

8. I Want To Know What Love Is — Foreigner

7. Neutron Dance — Mr. Pointer The Pointer Sisters

6. Too Late For Goodbyes — Julian Lennon

5. Material Girl — Madonna

4. California Girls — David Lee Roth

3. The Heat Is On — Glenn Frey

2. Careless Whisper — Wham! Featuring George Michael

Bonus links:

Original video

Wham! Featuring George Michael – Careless Whisper (Jerry Wexler Remix) (download)

and your #1 song for the week ending March 9, 1985:

1. Can’t Fight This Feeling  — REO Speedwagon

Video 1:

Video 2:

…and that’s it! You made it! Congratulations! And you know what comes next:

EnDOSEments

1:08:46 Jeff and Jason share an endorsement for the phenomenal new album by The Damnwells, No One Listens To the Band Anymore. (Song: The Damnwells, “Werewolves”)

1:14:41 Dave’s endorsement this month goes to Lucinda Williams’ Blessed — read Dave’s review on WFW and Ken Shane’s on Popdose. (Song: Lucinda Williams, “Buttercup”)

Wrappin’ It Up

…And we’re out! Hope you enjoyed our look back at the Billboard charts — we certainly had a blast. Please join us in the comments for more discussion on these songs. Do you have a topic suggestion for next month? Let us know! If you like what you hear, please leave us a review on iTunes, and don’t forget to visit our Facebook fan page as well as the Popdose Twitter feed. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next month!




  • http://mostlymodernmedia.wordpress.com Beau

    Hey — Mr. Jordan is a decent album.

  • http://mostlymodernmedia.wordpress.com Beau

    Hey — Mr. Jordan is a decent album.

  • David_E

    Why Alex Dezen isn’t world famous and rich and in high demand is totally beyond me.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    True, but by that point, nobody cared about him anymore.

  • http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/ Chris Holmes

    The next group of Chart Attack songs should be sung by Jason. Boom, instant #1 podcast ranking.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    It would never work.

    “The top ten songs from the year 1987 are all “Thank You For Being Black.”

  • http://www.bullz-eye.com Anonymous

    “I’m going to have to bring back CAPTAIN VIDEO! for this one.” Music to my ears.

  • http://ickmusic.com Pete

    Enjoyed listening to you fuckers during my workday this afternoon. Thanks. Fuckers.

  • Anonymous

    You’ll love this! As I was looking at Allee Willis’ website and discography, I saw that she wrote most of the songs on Richard Simmons’ Reach, which Dw wrote about a couple of weeks ago. EWF, Pointer Sisters and…Richard Simmons!

  • Snipnsnap

    I like most of this list, though I still feel dirty listening to Sugar Walls. As for the idea of the power ballad killing the career of Foreigner and REO, I loved the Foreigner song at the time (schmaltzy and over the top, but solid) and hated REO’s. I think it’s more timing. Arena rock bands had their heyday (about ’76-’85), then tastes started to change. They all had one last big album (Boston in ’86, Cheap Trick in ’88), mostly powered by ballads. By that time their fans were moving into an age group that weren’t the big buyers anymore. The youngsters went for hair metal, hip hop and the like. Plus as bands age it’s got to be hard to keep writing rocks songs about getting laid without sounding like dirty old men. Easier, and more natural, to focus on relationship material- and risk sounding like you’ve lost your balls. For the record, I’d always thought REO was fine- until this song. About 10 yrs ago my wife & I saw them in concert with Styx. She was excited for REO, I for Styx. Styx was great. REO was so cheesy we we and looked at concessions while they played. Haven’t been able to listen to any of their stuff since.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    That’s a good point. The hair metal bands came in and wiped away the AOR mainstays, and brought their own power ballads to boot. And then grunge came and killed them all off. Except for Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.

    Godammit.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    That’s a good point. The hair metal bands came in and wiped away the AOR mainstays, and brought their own power ballads to boot. And then grunge came and killed them all off. Except for Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.

    Godammit.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    That’s a good point. The hair metal bands came in and wiped away the AOR mainstays, and brought their own power ballads to boot. And then grunge came and killed them all off. Except for Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.

    Godammit.

  • EightE1

    At some point, I’m going to record a rebuttal to the dissing of Foreigner and REO. In fact, that should be a new feature on the podcast — The Power Ballad Rebuttal.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    I think you should consider our dissing as the rebuttal to your column.

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Just for the record, I did say it took me years to be able to appreciate Foreigner because of that shitty song, but I did eventually come around. I loved “Mr. Moonlight.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/seanberrybellingham Sean Berry

    Another great podcast – which you guys had the time to do more of ‘em!

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Thanks, Sean. You shouldn’t have to wait long for the next one…

  • http://www.popdose.com jefito

    Thanks, Sean. You shouldn’t have to wait long for the next one…