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My '80s Mega-Cheese Music Mix

A couple weeks ago, I posted via Twitter that I was contemplating a mega-cheese '80s music mix, and in response to some comments I stated that I would post the list online when ready. Before I do so, however, I just want to clarify what I was shooting for in this list. "Cheesey" can mean lots of things -- I think we can all agree that "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" is the type of cheese best served with some sort of high-octane alcohol so that it doesn't accidentally become the type of earworm that requires repeated listenings of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" in order to remove it. No, in this case, I was thinking about over-the-top, emotionally-overcharged rock songs and power ballads of the '80s -- the type of music epitomized by the collaboration of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, who sadly won't appear on my list because none of their music come out during that decade. I'm willing to rework the list, so if you think I'm missing something that really belongs in the list I've compiled (or I've included a song that should be removed) please comment away.

Journey, "Don't Stop Believing"
Europe, "The Final Countdown"
Pat Benetar, "Invincible"
Robert Tepper, "No Easy Way Out"
Survivor, "The Burning Heart"
Whitesnake, "Still of the Night"
Kenny Loggins, "The Danger Zone"
Bonnie Tyler, "Holding Out for a Hero"
Karlo Devito, "We Are Not Alone"
Night Ranger, "When You Close Your Eyes"
Cheap Trick, "The Flame"
Asia, "Don't Cry"
Toto, "Africa"
Mr. Mister, "Kyrie"
Loverboy, "Turn Me Loose"
Motley Crue, "Home Sweet Home"
Alan Parsons Project, "Games People Play"
Corey Hart, "Sunglasses at Night"
REO Speedwagon, "Take It on the Run"
Styx, "Come Sail Away"
Scandal, "The Warrior"
Journey, "Separate Ways"

Yes, there are two Journey songs, but as John Scalzi once said, "It's Steve Perry's world, and we're just living in it."


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Jun. 16th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Hmm How about Cutting Crews "I just died in your arms tonight"?
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
That song is way too cool for cheese.

Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Email me your address again, and I will burn a copy and send it to you. :-)
Jul. 27th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about sending you a copy of this mix CD. It's on my list of stuff to do, and I hope to get to it by the end of this week. Really... I mean it!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
I have to agree with je_reviens on this way. That song is just a little too cool for cheese. Emotionally over-the-top? Yes, but not in the way the other songs on the list are.
Jun. 16th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I probably would have included Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
That's a good one -- I need to see whether there's enough room on the CD to just insert it. If not, then I'll have to figure out which song isn't as worthy.
Jun. 16th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
How about 'Mister Mister' and 'take these broken wings'. Extremely cheddary!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Good call. I just need to figure out if it's got enough of that Kraft-like, over-processed consistency to catapult it above something else already on the list.
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
You're already heavy on the Journey, but maybe Steve Perry solo -Oh Sherry.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
As I said in the post, it's Steve Perry's world and we're just living in it. I'll need to think about this one. :-)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Oohh I have another suggestion... "Your'e the voice" by John Farham. He ahs all the smoothness of monterey jack with the bitter aftertaste of a strong danish blue.
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