Ah, Charlie Doreâ€™s ode to calling the DJ request line. Every â€˜80s child has been there, hanging on the phone, waiting for that busy signal to stop, finally getting it to ring, then sitting there waiting for the DJ to answer so you can make that request. Sigh. Well, Charlie had a decent sized hit with â€œPilot of the Airwavesâ€, however, it seems to have faded into obscurity since it hit. But Charlie did okay since, writing songs for Tina Turner, Celine Dion and a little â€˜80s jam for Sheena Easton called â€œStrutâ€. Who knew?
But weâ€™re talkinâ€™ requestsâ€¦
Lost in the 80s started just three short months ago, and with the help of such fantastic sites as mp3blogs.org and Tofu Hut, has grown from a couple of my friends and blogging buddies visiting once a week, to more than 500 hits a day from around the world. And with this new traffic comes plenty of great e-mail from fellow â€˜80s geeks. I read and truly appreciate each and every one, even if it takes me forever to respond. You guys are awesome.
Letâ€™s dig into that mailbag a bit, yes?
One of the first e-mails I got from this site was waaaay back in March was from John G. who had two fine requests, one for Q Lazzarus and another for the extended version of Heaven 17â€™s â€œLet Me Goâ€.
Well, John, I have both tucked away somewhere in Clevelandâ€¦unfortunately, Iâ€™m in Cali. Until I dig them out of storage, how about the radio edit of â€œLet Me Goâ€ to tide us over? Can you believe this was Heaven 17â€™s only Hot 100 chart entry in the States? We suck.
â€œletit bemeâ€ writes in with a bunch of good requests, a few I may get to eventually, but I love one in particular â€“ Industryâ€™s â€œState of the Nationâ€.
Industry had an EP and later a full-length release on Capitol Records. Both are long out of print, but â€œState of the Nationâ€ surfaced a few years ago on a CD compilation titled â€œCanâ€™t Get Enough of the â€˜80sâ€. That CD is also now out of print, but you may be able to find it used at SecondSpin.com. While you search, hereâ€™s â€œState of the Nationâ€, plus a nice Razormaid remix. Without getting too political, I think the lyrics are probably more relevant today than back in 1983â€¦
One last requestâ€¦mine! Iâ€™m looking for a pretty obscure one here, folks. Anyone remember â€œBaby Come Backâ€ from Billy Rankin? In 1984, this former Nazareth member put out a solo album containing that single which peaked at #52 on the Hot 100, accompanied by a pretty stylish video where he watched himself on TV chasing himself on TV, then a static-y version of himself came out of the TV and chased himself into the TV andâ€¦well, it was cool. I love that song and itâ€™s never been issued on CD. And Iâ€™ll be damned if I can find the album (â€œGrowinâ€™ Up Too Fastâ€) much less the 45. Anyone?
That is my request. You donâ€™t have to play it, but Iâ€™ll hope youâ€™ll do your best.
â€Pilot of the Airwavesâ€ by Charlie Dore peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980.
â€œLet Me Goâ€ by Heaven 17 peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on the Club Play Singles chart and #32 on the Mainstream Rock chart (??) in 1983.
â€œState of the Nationâ€ peaked at #99 on the Billboard Hot 100.