Tonight on the One Hit Wonder Wednesday Night Shift with Craig Allen, we spotlight 1980.

 

7 pm: Rocky Burnette - "Tired of Toein' the Line" 

Reached #8

"The music video for this song was in many ways ahead of its time, as MTV was still a year away and most American artists weren't even making videos. Burnette is backed in the video by beautiful girls miming various instruments - something Robert Palmer would do years later on his famous videos." Songfacts.com

 


 

8 pm: Devo - "Whip It"

 Reached #14

The flowerpot hats, the sleeveless black turtlenecks, the whip -- all while being surrounded by cowboys on a dude ranch. That was Devo for you.


 

9 pm: The S.O.S. Band - "Take Your Time"

Reached #3

SOS Band (Sounds Of Success) released seven albums after this. They never cracked the Top 40 again.


 

10 pm: The Vapors "Turning Japanese"

Reached #36

While it only made to #36 on the charts, the song has become a signature song for the start of that 80s sound. Many Americans thought this song was about self-pleasure. Not true, not true at all. "Turning Japanese is all the clichés about angst and youth, and turning into something you didn't expect to." - Dave Fenton on VH1 True Spin


 

11 pm: Robbie Dupree - "Steal Away"

 Reached #6

The 'yacht rock' sound was in it's prime in 1980 and "Steal Away" is as yacht rock as it can get.


 

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