Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Retro Summer Blogfest

Wednesday Wishes will return next week. The kitty needed some time off and I wanted to participate in this FUN blogfest hosted by Amy over at The Ramblings of Amy. Be sure to check out the other entries!

We Got the Beat - The Go-Go's
I got Beauty and the Beat for one of my birthdays. I wish I could remember which one. What I do remember - playing We Got the Beat over and over and over and over with my friends (it was a slumber party, of course! with ice cream cake!) until my dad came out into the living room and threatened to yank the stereo out of the wall. Sorry, Dad.

Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
Total break-up song that I cried to during one of the "off" again weeks with my high school sweetheart. Big drama. It was high school.

Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
This song can still bring a smile to my face when it comes on the radio. If I'm driving, I will turn the sound way up.

Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant
By far my favorite Adam Ant song. Listen to it and try not

Faithfully - Journey
Of all the Journey songs, really? This is the one I chose for this tape? It must have been during one of my long distance relationships. The last one I tried, he got another woman pregnant. They're still married. Was that an overshare?

You Make My Dreams Come True - Hall & Oates
This gets my feet tapping no matter where I am.

The One Thing - INXS
I remember how excited I got when I first heard this song. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. So, naturally, I had to play it until everyone was sick of it. I rediscovered it years later. Onto the mix tape it went!

Billie Jean - Micheal Jackson
This takes me back to school dances - I can hear the squeals and feel the rush of bodies pushing past me to the dance floor.

Sister Christian - Night Ranger
My brothers and cousins (we're a musical family) actually performed this for me at our reception. Very sweet. And not as good as the version on my mix tape. But it's the thought that counts, right?

Holding Out for a Hero - Bonnie Tyler
This made EVERY mix tape and still makes every playlist that I do for writing. Okay, and even one of the workout playlists.

867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
Can I tell you how many times my phone number was said in place of this one growing up? Boys thought it was funny because my name was Jennie. I have four brothers - three of them older and all of them on the football team. Do you think anyone had a good time with me?
I hear that if you forget your card at one of the supermarkets, this phone number works in ANY area code to get you the Club Member price. Try it at your local Vons/Ralphs/Albertsons/Stater Brothers and let me know if it works for you!

She Blinded Me with Science - Thomas Dolby
I was at a family reunion in New Mexico and we were parked next to my grandparents. I had all the cousins in my car with me. When this song came on the radio, my grandpa turned it way up. Every time he said "SCIENCE!", grandpa would make a funny face, thrust his finger up and say it with Thomas Dolby. He had us in stitches. My grandpa was the best.

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
LOVE this song. But how creepy was that video? Wasn't he dancing around a teen with her baby in a stroller telling her he wanted to get her naked now? So, just listen to the song and don't think about the video.

Mr. Roboto - Styx
I don't think I even need to say anything about this song. Most everyone I know has their own memories to go with it.

I had so much fun going through my old mix tapes. Spent the entire day listening to music and reminiscing. So much fun!!!

Be sure to visit all the others.

What about you - do you still have old mix tapes? Do you even know what cassette tapes are? Any of the songs I mentioned above trigger memories for you?


  1. 'Do you even know what casette tapes are?' Oh Jennie, you so funny. Also I am loving this snippet of backstory: it must have been during one of my long distance relationships. Funny *and* mysterious! 'You Make My Dreams Come True' totally just makes me think of that scene from 500 Days of Summer; have you seen it? And I agree the song's definitely dance-worthy. I have the Shrek 2 version of 'Holding Out for a Hero. . . I regret nothing.

  2. Great song list Jennie!

    I have a few mixes with The Go-Go's, The Clash, INXS, Bonnie Tyler, and Styx too. They are all to good to not want to listen to them all the time. :)

    Thank you for participating!

  3. OMIGOSH I feel like we should all be sitting poolside dancing at our pool party! I love this list and I'm singing them all periodically throughout the day!

  4. OMG Jennie, we're long lost twinkies because I LOVE every single one of those songs! Seriously- those are some of the BEST 80's songs. Ah...I so wish I was a teen in the 80's. But alas, I was in elementary school, and although I was up on the fashions and LOVED the music, my mom didn't buy much of it for me ;p

  5. Great list! This has been such fun, and my kids have gotten a kick out of the tapes we've found. Still playing through them.
    -Vanessa from

  6. You covered the early 80's pop hits! Won't comment on that last one. I don't think even Styx likes to comment on it now.

  7. Michael Hutchence from INXS was my first rock star crush thanks to The One Thing video. Gotta love feathered hair. And being from Nebraska, I always flash to that scene in Footloose where they play Holding out for a Hero while playing chicken on tractors. Epic.

  8. This could be one of my mix tapes! If I still had any around, that is (where'd they all go?). I got the Tommy Tutone song sung to me as well, of course. The bane of any "Jenny" back in the 80s.

    Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.


  9. I love your list. I want to hunt down some of these songs I had forgotten about! :) Love that song by Thompson Twins, and am a huge Michael Jackson fan too!

  10. I love this list. Do you think you could make me a copy of your tape? ;) LOL! Really though, I would see a title that I haven't thought about for a long time.
    What movie was Holding Out for a Hero on? Footloose? Wait, yes Footloose!
    Your over share was rather amusing. funny!

  11. I had a blast reading your memories with each song! I was going to put She Blinded Me With Science on mine too along with a bunch of others but I got too tired and called it good. Thanks for the fun!