The hit songs when I was 18
I was tagged by supermom Earth Ember [ sorry ange, can’t help it 🙂 ] to name the hit songs of the year I turned 18. Oh what a trip down memory lane. The year I turned 18 was one of the most turbulent years of my life.
I ran away from my auntie’s house where my mother left me and my sister when she went abroad. I went to live with my paternal grandmother because I missed my father. But my father didn’t live there and would only go there on the weekends. After my first year of college, I left Centro Escolar University and transferred to the Philippine School of Business Administration because, I would explain to people then that, PSBA had the best accounting courses and they produce the topnotchers in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Exams. But here’s the fact. My boyfriend, who stopped seeing me, was enrolled there. I know. How pathetic was I? I guess I followed him there. It’s a long story and maybe I’ll blog about that another time. You wish. He he he.
Well, anyway, Return of the Jedi (Star Wars) and Superman 3 were released on that year. And it was also the year when our Philippine hero Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino Jr. was shot at the tarmac of Manila International Airport, now known as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. I was there at the overpass at Lerma-Espanya to watch his funeral procession with my buddies Tess and Lyn. Right at the exact moment when the coffin that was surrounded with yellow flowers came right below us, rain started to pour. And I came home soaking wet. How’s that for a memory?
Does that tell you yet how old I am? 🙂
1. Go to www.popculturemadness.com
2. Select the year you turned 18
3. Get all nostalgic over the hit songs of the year
4. Write about it
5. Pass this tag onto 5 others
Billie Jean and Beat It – both by Michael Jackson. His Thriller album went #1 and stayed #1 for 37 weeks. I didn’t see the video of Thriller until I came here in Canada in late ’89. And I had to rely on my imagination for the visuals of his Thriller song. The creaking sound of a door opening, the foot steps and the howl at the beginning is very clever, I think. I have a CD of MJ’s Greatest Hits Volume 1 and wrote about it in my post, The Timeless Music of MJ. And as I’ve said before, it’s MJ’s talent that I admire, not the person that he has become.
Flashdance (What a Feeling) – Irene Cara. I enjoyed this song not just because it was sang by my namesake but also because of the upbeat tempo. I haven’t seen the movie but don’t you just love the dancing scene?
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics. This was the theme song of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, one of the shows she started on her comeback after her ordeal with the law. Just look at these lyrics: “Some of them want to use you Some of them want to get used by you Some of them want to abuse you Some of them want to be abused.” So fitting for her.
Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton. I like his duet with Sheena Easton, We’ve Got Tonight better than this one. There were quite a few songs then that are duets of big music stars. My favourite Kenny Rogers’ song of the 80s is Lady. Remember, I was pining for my “knight in shining armour.” 🙂
All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie. I didn’t care much for this song. My favourite Lionel Ritchie songs were Endless Love and Truly. The lines “two hearts that beat as one” and “I’ll have your heart for always” got me. I know, I am so baduy.
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club. Do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry? Remember Boy George? Their song Karma Chameleon became a hit the following year.
Every Breath You Take – Police. Was it Senor Enrique who pointed out that people neglected to see the real meaning of this song? “Every move you make Every vow you break Every smile you fake Every claim you stake I’ll be watching you.” It’s actually about stalking somebody.
Making Love Out of Nothing at All – Air Supply. This song only made it to Number Two but it was one of the greatest hits of that year. I love Air Supply and I also have a cassette tape, later on replaced by a CD. I was in my first year at PSBA when a classmate in Social Science and I discussed what the title of this song means. How do you make love out of nothing at all? Obviously, we both had not experienced making love yet. We were still talking when our professor called her to share a story and she related to us how her boyfriend died, I can’t remember exactly the details now. And then she told me that there’s this guy who looks like the handsome Vic Sotto and he has shown an interest in her and he would sing her this song.
Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler. This is the song that kept Making Love Out of Nothing At All from the top position, but they both stayed up on the charts for six months. Don’t you just love this lyrics:
“Once upon a time I was falling in love
But now I’m only falling apart
There’s nothing I can do
A total eclipse of the heart
Once upon a time there was light in my life
But now there’s only love in the dark
Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart.”
I guess that was just me hurting from an unrequited love.
Okay, enough of my pathetic life back then.
Both Ipanema and Teacher Julie tagged me for the 7 songs meme. Ipanema, some months ago and Teacher Julie, a couple of weeks ago. But I wasn’t able to name 7 songs that I am currently listening to because, as I explained to them, I am not up to date with the current songs. I’m stuck in the 80’s. 🙂 So I’ll understand if they’re not up to doing this tag. 🙂