Twisted Mixtape Tuesday Bathtub Time Machine: 80s Ear Worms and Eye Worms


Jen Kehl

It’s time for another Twisted Mixtape Tuesday!

Eh?  What is Twisted Mixtape Tuesday?  It is a reminder of long past times.  The days of yore where you sat in front of the stereo, finger on the record button, waiting for that one song to come on so you could capture it on cassette to listen to over and over.  It’s longing for those days when you showed somebody you cared by making them a tape of all your favorite songs.  Then hope you hoped that the cat didn’t get a hold of the tape and shred it before you gave it, along with your heart, to that special someone.

Yeah whatevs… It’s a bunch of people who love music, sharing what is in their heads and hearts from week to week.

When I think of another chapter of Jen and Kristi’s musical epicness, the following opening sequence comes to mind:

In a freak mishap, the bathtub time machine had a bit of a crash.  The control panel is all messed up, and apparently the only songs that we can check out today are ones that invade your ears and eyes.  The songs that make you wish that you could wash your eardrums and scrub your corneas to make them go away.  These songs that initially are not necessarily bad, but then they are just like bad company-they just WON’T LEAVE YOUR BRAIN!

Eye worms?  Yes people, this is the 80s after all.  This is the era where MTV took the world by storm, and artists rushed to make videos that were not only memorable but sometimes just a little disturbing.

Please help restore the bathtub to its original state by viewing all of these videos.  Come on, take one for the team!

 Pop Goes The World-Men Without Hats

This is probably the only song in the world that annoys my son.  It’s in my braaaaaaaaain now.  The video has lots of bubbles.

Micky-Toni Basil

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!  My ears!  My ears!!!!!!  Is anyone else disturbed by this video too???

Never Gonna Give You Up-Rick Astley

Now it’s an endless source of memes on the internet, but back then that song burrowed right into the lobes of your brain with no apologies.


Lies-The Thompson Twins

When I think of 80s videos that I cannot unsee, I think of this one.

I Got My Mind Set on You-George Harrison

Video Director to George Harrison:  “Hey let’s make all the things in the background of the video move around and stuff.”
George Harrions:  “K.”
Who else sees the title to this song and automatically sings “This Song is Just Six Words Long”?

I Want To Break Free-Queen

And last but not least… There’s a story behind this one.  I remember anxiously awaiting Queen’s latest video and actually watched the world premiere.  Then fell on the floor laughing when Freddie walked out with his vacuum.  I must say, at least Freddie Mercury really had the legs to pull it off.

Thank you for your help. We can now return to 2013 and start preparing for next week’s journey, the 1990s.  Now, go wash your head.

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Now don’t be a music douche.  Provided I didn’t totally melt your brain here, be sure to click on the button at the top to see the wide variety of songs that people listened to in the 80s.  It amazes me every week how few of the songs we share are repeated.  I think it’s cool how diverse we all are in our musical tastes.

Oh yes, just like Columbo, I’ve got just one more thing:

PLEASE pretty please go over and support the ladies at the Humor Me Blog Hop!  It’s ok if you stay in the bathtub-you won’t have to go very far if you pee your pants laughing!

Twisted Mixtape Tuesday Bathtub Time Machine: The 80s, This List Goes To 11

Jen Kehl

Twisted Mixtape Tuesday is a fancy name for lists of songs just for you to listen to.  Each week participants bow down to the dictator for life of the whole shebang, Jen Kehl, and choose their lists according to whatever she desires.  If we don’t, it’s off with our heads!  This summer we have been finding the faves from each decade.  Some people just get on their ipod.  I happen to have a time machine, right in my bathtub…  So come join me and my fellow Mixers.  Read my list, and then join in Jen and her cohostess Kristi from Finding Ninee at the hop and see what others have to contribute!

You know what time it is...

You know what time it is…

The 80s!  Back in the days when MTV actually played videos.  Chances are if it was a popular song I had it in my book of pop music for flute.  This decade may have been tacky when it came to neon pants and big hair, but it was a pretty rocking era for music.  If I was allowed the time to make an exhaustive list of all the great music that came out of this era it would take you hours to go through!

So let’s hop in with Julia Roberts and take a tour of the 80s in the bathtub time machine.  It’s so hard to choose just a few songs.  I’m breaking the rules this week (sorry Jen) and making a longer list.  Here are just a few of my favorite 80s songs!

On August 1st, 1981, MTV debuted with the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.  What happened in the years that followed was quite an explosion in creativity as bands tried to create memorable music videos to accompany their songs.  I don’t have a lot that I love from that particular year, but if we start in 1982 we find some pretty great music:

Goody Two Shoes-Adam Ant (1982)

You can’t be in a bad mood when this song comes on!

Africa-Toto (1982)

This song is just cool!  I’ve always loved it.

Every Breath You Take-The Police (1983)

The ultimate stalking song…

Sweet Dreams-Eurythmics (1983)

I love Annie Lennox-she has an amazing voice, and when she collaborated with Dave Stewart there were some memorable (and weird) results.

Faithfully-Journey (1983)

I recently discovered to my horror that I did NOT have this song in my Itunes collection.  We have two copies of this CD, both all scratched to heck, but by golly I got it imported.  What would I have done??

Drive-The Cars (1984)

When people think of The Cars they tend to think of their upbeat catchy stuff.  This is my favorite song by the group.

Owner Of A Lonely Heart-Yes (1984)

I apologize for the poor quality of the video.  Apparently there’s more than one, and this is the video I remember from the 80s.  We had MTV at the time, so I got to see a lot of the videos premiere!

Head Over Heels-Tears for Fears (1985)

I was very disappointed that due to licensing restrictions I can’t actually view this video anywhere.  Tears for Fears-an interesting band name that brought up even more interesting questions-what if they broke up, would they just be Tear for Fear?

Alive and Kicking-Simple Minds (1986)

Simple Minds-I’m partial to their song from The Breakfast Club, but this song is also one that I love that I think a lot of people don’t know about.

Rocket-Def Leppard (1987)

There are too many great Def Leppard songs to put in one little blog post, so I’ll stick with just one of many favorites.  Did I mention I saw them in concert?  Did I?  Did I?

I Don’t Want To Live Without You-Foreigner (1988)

Most people think of “I Wanna Know What Love Is” when they think of Foreigner love songs.  I like that one, but this one is hands down my favorite song from this band. Not to mention it’s one of the sweetest music videos of the time.

This is the point where I stop-it’s time to go back to 2013.  I could go on and on and on with all of the music from this decade… But instead I decided to make a This is Spinal Tap reference by leaving it at eleven songs, because then my list can go to eleven…

Check out some of the other songs that I didn’t list here because they were previously played on my past playlist, Car Tunes.  Next week I’ll be assaulting your ears and other body parts in part two of The 80s: Ear Worms and Eye Worms.  WHAT?  You know what an ear worm is, but don’t know what an eye worm is?  Well, well, you’ll just have to come back and find out next Tuesday!

And just like Columbo I’ve got just one more thing:  be sure to check out the funny at The Humor Me Blog Hop that I just happen to be helping cohost this week!

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