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Music from 1981
Genesis. from 'No Reply At All'
|Which 1981 UK top ten hit does this lyric come from?
"Bible says we must pay
I am the judge for the judgement day
There'll be no warning no alarm
I'll be the one who's saved"||Music From the 80s - 1981
"Einstein A Go-Go" by Landscape. "Einstein A Go-Go" was one of only two singles by Landscape to enter the UK charts. Released in February 1981, "Einstein A Go-Go" spent 13 weeks on the chart and peaked at number five. Their only other chart entry, "Norman Bates" stalled at number 40.
"All Stood Still" by Ultravox spent ten weeks on the UK singles chart in 1981 and peaked at number eight. "Ghost Town" by The Specials was a number one hit in the summer of 1981. "Souvenir" by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark was released in August, spent 12 weeks on the chart and peaked at number three.
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Siouxsie and The Banshees. "Spellbound" by Siouxsie and The Banshees was released in the UK in May 1981. The song spent eight weeks on the UK singles chart and its highest chart placing was number 22.
Soft Cell. A cover of a song originally recorded by Gloria Jones, "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell was released in August 1981 and spent an impressive 36 weeks on the UK singles chart, two of which were at number one.
Haircut 100. "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" by Haircut 100 was released in January 1981. The song spent 14 weeks on the UK singles chart and its highest chart position was number four.
"Stray Cat Strut" by The Stray Cats. "Stray cat strut, I'm a ladies' cat,
A feline Casanova, hey man, thats where its at
Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man
Get my dinner from a garbage can
Yeah don't cross my path"
What a great song! "Stray Cat Strut" by The Stray Cats was released in the UK on 25 April 1981 and spent 11 weeks on the singles chart, peaking at number ten.
"Hold on Tight" by ELO spent 12 weeks on the chart in 1981 and peaked at number four. "Don't Break My Heart Again" was a number 17 hit for Whitesnake in 1981. "All Stood Still" by Ultravox was also a hit in 1981 and reached number eight.
Depeche Mode. "New Life" spent 15 weeks on the chart in the summer of 1981, peaking at number 11 and was followed in September by the infernally catchy "Just Can't Get Enough", which peaked at number eight. Synth player Vince Clarke left the band in 1982 and was replaced by Alan Wilder. Depeche Mode were still enjoying chart success 25 years later. Vince Clarke went on to play with Yazoo and later with Erasure, both of which were very successful bands.
"Mind of a Toy" by Visage. Released in March 1981, "Mind of a Toy" by Visage spent eight weeks on the UK chart, peaking at number 13. This is possibly the least remembered of all their singles.
"All Stood Still" by Ultravox was also a hit in 1981, spending ten weeks on the chart and peaking at number eight. "Souvenir" by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark spent 12 weeks on the chart in 1981 and peaked at number three. "Hold on Tight" by ELO (sometimes known as the Electric Light Orchestra but only going by their initials on this release) also spent 12 weeks on the chart in 1981 and peaked at number four.
Beggar and Co. Soul/jazz/funk outfit Beggar and Co was formed by three former members of the band Light of The World. "(Somebody) Help Me Out" was released in February 1981 and spent ten weeks on the chart, peaking at number 15. Their only other UK chart entry "Mule (Chant No 2)" was released in September and only reached number 37.
Hazel O'Connor. Hazel O'Connor is a singer-songwriter and actress. She appeared in the film "Breaking Glass" (1980) and recorded the accompanying soundtrack. "D-Days" was released as a single in the UK in March 1981, spent nine weeks on the chart and peaked at number ten. "Will You" was released on 23 May 1981, spent ten weeks on the chart and peaked at number eight.
|Another act from 1981 that was a one-hit-wonder on the UK charts was a band called The Passions. What was the title of their only UK chart hit?||Music From the 80s - 1981
I'm In Love With A German Film Star. Spending eight weeks on the UK Chart in early 1981, "I'm In Love with a German Film Star" peaked at number 25. I still think this was a fabulous record.
"Mirror In The Bathroom" was a hit for The Beat in 1980 and achieved a highest chart placing of number four. "We Are Glass" is a song by Gary Numan that was released in May 1980 and spent seven weeks on the chart, peaking at number five. "Garden Party" was recorded by Icelandic instrumental group, Mezzoforte and spent nine weeks on the chart in March and April of 1983, peaking at number seven.
Susan Fasbender. Released on 17 January 1981, "Twilight Café" by Susan Fasbender spent eight weeks on the UK chart, peaking at number 21. Whatever happened to her?
Martha and The Muffins' only UK hit was "Echo Beach" which entered the UK chart in March 1980 and remained there for ten weeks. Its highest chart position was number ten. Landscape had only one UK top ten hit, "Einstein A Go-Go", which was released in February 1981, spent 13 weeks on the chart and peaked at number five. Tracey Ullman released six singles in the UK, the first of which charted in 1983, so she was certainly not a one-hit wonder.
Spandau Ballet. "The Freeze" was released in January 1981 and achieved a highest chart placing of number 17 during an eight week stay on the UK chart. "Musclebound", which was released as a double A side with "Glow" was released in April and spent 10 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 10. Spandau Ballet released two other singles in 1981, "Chant Number One (I Don't Need This Pressure On)", released in July spent 10 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 3 and "Paint Me Down" which was released in November and only reached number 30.
|From which hit single of 1981 does the lyric come?
"No job to be found in this country
Can't go on no more
The people getting angry"
||Music From the 80s - 1981
"Ghost Town" by The Specials. Released on 20 June 1981, "Ghost Town" spent 14 weeks on the UK singles chart, including three weeks at number one. There was some civil unrest in Britain at the time this record came out and the song really does capture the mood of that time.
Incorrect answers: "I Want to be Free" by Toyah reached number eight in 1981; "All Stood Still" by Ultravox was also a hit in 1981, and also reached number eight and "Kids In America" by Kim Wilde spent 13 weeks on the chart in 1981 and reached number two.
Duran Duran. Duran Duran formed in Birmingham, England in 1978 and their name is based on that of a character from the film "Barbarella" (1968). Released in February 1981, "Planet Earth" was Duran Duran's first UK single release, spending 11 weeks on the chart and reaching a highest position of number 12. I liked this record as soon as I heard it and remained a "Durannie" for many years.
The Human League. The Human League formed in Sheffield in the late 70s and were originally an all male band, some of whom went on to become Heaven 17. The remaining members, augmented by the addition of two girl singers/dancers, allegedly picked up in a disco, went on to be a highly successful second version of The Human League. Released in August 1981, "Love Action" spent 13 weeks on the UK singles chart and peaked at number ten. "Love Action" is from the album "Dare" which spent 72 weeks on the chart, and made it to number one. I can remember buying "Dare" in Woolworth's on New Years Eve 1981.
|Track Listing ten is a song sung by the music group Kool and the Gang. It is a song about partying around the world. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Celebration. The 1981 tune "Celebration" is co-produced by Eumir Deodato on the "Celebrate" album. The song was used for a Diet Orange Crush jingle in 1984. The song is also on the soundtrack for "Wreck-it Ralph" movie.
|Track Listing number nine is sung by American Rhythm and Blues singer William "Smokey" Robinson. It is a title track off a solo album.
What is the right song title for this track?
||The Right Music (1981)
Being With You. "Being With You" is a single off the "Being With You" RIAA certified Gold album.
The is "Smokey" Robinson's first Billboard top hit as a solo artist.
|Track Listing number eight is a song sung by the singers of Hall and Oates. It has to do with kissing their women. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Kiss on My List. The song,"Kiss on my List" is from the "Voices" album. It is a tune written by Janna Allen and Daryl Hall and it was produced by Hall and Oates. The song is played on the movies "She's Out of My League" and "You Again".
|Track Listing number seven is a song sung by American pop and country singer, songwriter, and guitarist Judy Kay "Juice" Newton. The song is about a sweet woman who is a queen of sorts. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Queen of Hearts. "Queen of Hearts" is an updated version of the tune "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) on the "Silver Spur" album. "Queen of Hearts", itself, is on the "Juice" album and it is written by Hank Devito.
|Track Listing number six is by the country music star Dolly Parton. It is a song about working long hours for your boss. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Nine to Five. The song, "9 to 5" was written and performed by Dolly Parton in the movie "Nine to Five" which starred Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Parton herself. The track is included on the "9 to 5" and "Odd Jobs" albums.
|Track Listing number five is sung by Australian singer-songwriter Olivia Newton-John and the video is about working out at the gym. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Physical. The song, "Physical" was released in September of 1981 in the USA. The song was an international success. It was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick with production of the track done by John Farrar. The guitar solo is played by the group Toto's Steve Lukather.
|Track Listing number four is a song by the United States new-wave Blondie band. The song is about being a special friend's number one. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
The Tide is High. "The Tide is High" is a song that was originally performed by lead singer, John Holt of the Paragons band. The song was written by Jamaican DJ Duke Reid. Later, the song was remade by the band Atomic Kitten in the year of 2002.
|Track Listing number three is a 1981 song by the Australian soft-rock Air Supply band and it is about loving a special someone. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
The One That You Love. "The One That You Love" is a popular song written by Graham Russell. The song was recorded on the album "The One That You Love", which was produced by Clive Davis. The duo, Air Supply, was originally formed in Melbourne, Australia in the year of 1975.
|Track Listing number two is a song sung by Australian pop-rock singer Rick Springfield about a young man's thoughts about a friend's girlfriend. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Jessie's Girl. The song, "Jessie's Girl" is on the "Working Class Dog" 1981 album. The song was rerecorded by Rick Springfield into an acoustic version on the "Karma" album in the year of 1999. This track is used on the USA movies, "Boogie Nights" and "13 going on 30".
|Track Listing number one is a song sung by American singer-songwriter Kim Carnes and it is about a seductive woman. What is the right song title for this track?||The Right Music (1981)
Bette Davis Eyes. The song, "Bette Davis Eyes" was written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon in the year of 1974. The tune did not become a major success until Kim Carnes sang it in the year 1981.
|This song was done by an L.A. punk group called the Suburban Lawns. Some lyrics from the number 12 song on the countdown are: "All action is reaction, expansion, contraction, man the manipulator". Here is some help. The title of the song is the title of the person who usually cleans up your workplace. What is the name of the song?||Songs From KROQ'S 1981 Countdown
Janitor. The Suburban Lawns were a popular club group in the L.A. punk scene during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were so popular that the Go-Gos were their OPENING act at Perkins Palace in Pasadena California in 1979.
An interesting note, "Janitor" lead singer Sue "Su Tissue" McLane played the role Peggy Dillman in the 1986 Jonathan Demme movie "Something Wild". Demme had directed the Suburban Lawns first video. It was for their song "Gidget Goes to Hell".
|I'll finish this quiz with two obscure songs from KROQ's list. This song came in at number 94 on the list. It was done by the author/poet/musician from New York City, Jim Carroll. Part of the lyrics are: "Mary took a dry dive from a hotel room, Bobby hung himself from a cell in the Tombs, Judy jumped in front of a subway train, Eddie got slit in the jugular vein, and Eddie I miss you more than the others". The above lyrics are a big hint to the name of the song. What's the song's title?||Songs From KROQ'S 1981 Countdown
People Who Died. Jim Carroll achieved some notoriety from his book "The Basketball Diaries" which was made into a movie released in 1995. In the movie, the role of Carroll was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Mark Wahlberg got good reviews for his supporting role in the movie.
An interesting side note, "People Who Died" was chosen by Steven Spielberg for the first scene with the kids (about eight minutes into the movie) in his blockbuster movie "E.T.-The Extraterrestrial".
"Waiting on a Friend" is by the Rolling Stones.
"Don't You Forget About Me" was done by the Simple Minds.
"Oliver's Army" was recorded by Elvis Costello.
|The number 48 song on the countdown was a collaboration by David Bowie and Queen. Sample lyrics are: " It's the terror of knowing what this world is about, watching some good friends screaming 'let me out', tomorrow gets me higher, pressure on people - people on streets". What is the "stressful" title of this song?||Songs From KROQ'S 1981 Countdown
Under Pressure. "Once In a Lifetime" was recorded by the Talking Heads in 1980.
"Spread Your Wings" was done by Queen without Bowie from the "News of the World" album released in 1977.
"Rebel, Rebel" was done by Bowie without Queen. It is from the "Diamond Dogs" album released in 1974.
|The number 15 song on the KROQ countdown is by the group Sparks. Some lyrics from this song: "That was the day I jumped off the bridge, trying to end it all, I barely lived, Dr Lamaar said 'Your face is a mess', all the rest you can guess". What song is this?||Songs From KROQ'S 1981 Countdown
Funny Face. "Funny Face" was on the "Whomp That Sucker" album, which was recorded in Munich, Germany.
"Ode to Billie Joe" was performed by Bobbie Gentry, and released in 1967.
"Cool Places" was a Sparks and Jane Wiedlin collaboration.
"Always On My Mind" has been recorded by over 300 artists according to Allmusic, but originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972, the same year Elvis Presley did his top 10 version.
|The number 23 song on the countdown was done by the British group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) known for their "synth-pop" sound. The song's title refers to a monthly utility bill! What is the song's title?||Songs From KROQ'S 1981 Countdown
Electricity. There are four versions of the song "Electricity" released at different times starting in 1979. The version that became popular in 1980-81 on KROQ, from OMD's self-titled debut album in the USA, is version three.