Music is the heartbeat of the entire world, so it only makes sense that bands and performers would use names and places of the world for their band names or song titles. Many bands in the 1980s used places such as countries, continents, and landmarks to name themselves or their songs. Here is a small list of some of these great performers and great songs from the greatest decade EVER!
Europe – Rock The Night (1986)
I guess Europe could fall into the “Hair Metal” category but I never saw them as such. First, they didn’t have the edge that other acts like Motley Crue, RATT, or Cinderella. I mean come on, Motley Crue had a whole video about hanging out in a strip club…these dudes are hanging out in a Hard Rock Café and playing with their menus and rocking the house with spoon drum sticks and ketchup bottle guitars. Second, my dad loved Europe…Either way Europe had some great music and they were fun. This song is a great way to kick off the weekend!!
Toto – Africa (1982)
Toto, what can I say…um, how about EPIC. Toto had a few great hits but Africa is a song that is infamous for its awesomeness. Whenever I hear the first bars of this songs I am instantly transported to another time and place rooted squarely in the ’80s. In the early 80s a lot of great songs still thrived on a ’70s production sensibility and Africa is evidence of that. Oh, and it’s only week two and we have another awesome beard! and a stack of books for a stage…like I said EPIC.
Asia – Only Time Will Tell (1982)
Asia was another band my father loved. My dad was a huge Emerson, Lake, and Palmer fan (which I inherited) and when Carl Palmer left the band to play drums for Asia, my father went along too. A super band at the time, Palmer was joined by lead vocalist and bassist John Wetton of King Crimson, guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, and keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles. Most of the band’s success can from their debut album in 1982, but they did have many more great songs throughout the years. The video is a good indication of the evolution music videos made, but to be honest it’s still better than most of the videos today.
Duran Duran – Rio (1982)
Is it just me or does 1982 seem like a very popular year for Geography based bands and songs? Anyway, Duran Duran…not really much can be said about this band that hasn’t been said before. They were everywhere during the early ’80s and their jet setting, model-like lifestyle really encapsulated the birth of the era of excess. Rio was just one of many hits from them and I can guarantee this won’t be the last time we see them on this summer odyssey of awesome music.
Murray Head – One Night In Bangkok (1984)
Did you know that this song came from a musical written by Tim Rice and Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA called Chess? Me neither…kinda blows my mind. Rice who was known for musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and some of Disney’s biggest hit songs of the ’90s wrote this along side the two dudes from ABBA. Let that sink in a second. Murray Head who sang the “rap” as they call it (what the hell) was an English actor and comedian while Anderson and Ulvaeus provided the chorus parts. I loved this song as a kid (still do) but it showcases a kitschy side of the ’80s that was really hit or miss. Either way, you pop this song on and the PARTY IS ON!!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!
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