Here’s some songs that you may not know from the 1980’s. None of these were huge hits on the radio at the time, but damn it, they should have been.
“What’s He Got” was a fantastic power pop song by The Producers. I’ve always said that these guys should have been hugely popular. Sadly, like a lot of acts, they kind of got screwed over by their record companies and they never got promoted the way they should have been. It’s a shame because they had a lot of awesome songs. I still frequently listen to their debut album from 1981, which this song came from. The song never really got much airplay on the radio, but this video was in high rotation on MTV for a long time.
Want to hear a nearly flawless debut pop album? Then go and listen to PLAY DEEP, released by The Outfield in 1985. This was the first of four singles from it. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite song from that album, but this one is definitely in the running.
Tommy Shaw will probably always be best known for being in the band Styx, where he sang lead on such classic songs as “Renegade” and “Too Much Time On My Hands,” but he’s also had some very good solo music over the years. This is the title track from his great debut solo album in 1984 called GIRLS WITH GUNS. This song rocks!
“She’s Tight” came from Cheap Trick’s 1982 album, ONE ON ONE. This one was big on MTV, but it only made it to #65 on the U.S. charts, which always surprised me because it’s a great song. It’s also a very fun video. Enjoy!