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40 Years in 40 Days: 1985

Live-Aid was the only thing that mattered in 1985. I watched from my living room. The whole thing. It was the first time I felt immersed in music.

From Wikipedia:

Live Aid was a dual-venue concert held on 13 July 1985. The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people).[1] On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.[2]

Here is the roster of artists (from @u2.com):

Status Quo (London, 12 p.m.)
Style Council
Boomtown Rats
Adam Ant
INXS (from Melbourne, but played at approximately 1 p.m. in London)
Ultravox
Loudness
Spandau Ballet

(Philly begins at this point!)
P – Joan Baez (Philly 9 a.m./London 2 p.m.)
L – Elvis Costello
P – The Hooters
Opus (from Vienna)
L – Nik Kershaw
P – The Four Tops
B.B. King (from The Hague)
P – Billy Ocean
P – Ozzy Osbourne
P – Run DMC (Philly 10:15 a.m./3:15 p.m. London)
Yu Rock Mission (from Belgrade)
L – Sade
L – Sting (3:15 p.m. London/10:15 a.m. Philly) (same as Run DMC)
P – Rick Springfield
L – Phil Collins
P – REO Speedwagon
L – Howard Jones
Autograph (from Moscow)
L – Bryan Ferry (4:10 p.m. London/11:10 a.m. in Philly)
P – Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Udo Lindenburgh (from Cologne)
P – Judas Priest (Philly 11:26 a.m./4:26 p.m. in London)
L – Paul Young (London 4:40 p.m./11:40 a.m. in Philly)
L – Bob Geldof welcomes America (5 p.m. in London/noon in Philly)
P – Bryan Adams (12:02 p.m. in Philly/5:02 p.m. in London)
L – U2 (5:20 p.m. in London/12:20 p.m. in Philly)
P – The Beach Boys (12:40 p.m. in Philly/5:40 p.m. in London)
L – Dire Straits/Sting (6 p.m. in London/1 p.m. in Philly)
P – G. Thorogood/Bo Diddley/Albert Collins
L – Queen (6:44 p.m. in London/1:44 p.m. in Philly)
David Bowie/Mick Jagger (on video)
P – Simple Minds
L – David Bowie
P – The Pretenders
L – The Who (8 p.m. in London/3 p.m. in Philly)
P – Santana w/Pat Metheny
L – Elton John
P – Ashford & Simpson w/T. Prendergrass
L – Elton John and Kiki Dee (9:05 p.m. in London/4:05 p.m in Philly)
L – Elton John, Kiki Dee, and Wham!
P – Madonna
L – Mercury and May
L – Paul McCartney
L – McCartney, Bowie, Townshend, Moyet, and Geldof
L – U.K. Finale (9:56 p.m. in London/4:56 p.m. in Philly)

Tom Petty (5:14 p.m.)
Kenny Loggins
The Cars
Neil Young (6:07 p.m.)
The Power Station
The Thompson Twins
Eric Clapton (7:39 p.m.)
Phil Collins
Plant, Page, and Jones (8:13 p.m.)
Duran Duran
Patti LaBelle
Hall & Oates w/Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin
Mick Jagger (10:15 p.m.)
Jagger and Tina Turner
Bob Dylan/Keith Richard/Ron Wood (10:39 p.m.)
U.S. Finale (10:55 p.m.)

It was simply amazing to an 11 year-old in Shreveport, Louisiana to see all of this music performed. We will never see a lineup like that again playing that kind of quality of music again. It’s amazing that it happened and I know I was fortunate to see it; to recognize I was watching something monumental that mattered and was doing good for the world.

If you haven’t seen the Live Aid documentary, Against All Odds, Google it – the whole thing is on the You Tube.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1984

1984 was a big year.

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Musically, 1984 was all about WHAM! Other people (who are big stinkin’ liars) would have you believe it was about Madonna, but no – it was Wham! Honestly, there were some pretty damn good albums released in 1984 by Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Wang Chung, Thompson Twins, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis and the News, and Psychedelic Furs. Let’s have some tunes, shall we?




40 Years in 40 Days: 1983

 

Excited to get a Versatile Fleece Vest in 1983.

Excited to get a Versatile Fleece Vest in 1983.

The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet[1] and the first mobile cellular telephone call. I was already a master of the Speak and Spell and was taking computer classes on a Mac, so technology grew up with me, I suppose.

Music in 1983 was all about Michael Jackson, The Eurythmics, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, The Police, and Duran Duran. Perhaps the biggest year for post-punk. Here are a few songs from the year because it’s one of my favorites. And let us not forget, it was the release of R.E.M.’s Murmur, which is stil amazing.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1982

Ah, 1982.

Field Day, 1982

Field Day, 1982

I’m skipping the facts of 1982 and jumping immediately into the Kerry Facts of 1982. 1982 for me was all about Annie coming out. I wanted to see Annie for my birthday in 1982 and was all excited about my friends going with me because in my 8 year-old mind, we were all a ragtag group going to see Annie, a redheaded girl like me. I was the only redhead in my school if you don’t count Mr. Hays, my 3rd grade teacher. So, my birthday came and Annie here we come! But, no. My mom takes us to the Eastgate shopping center to see E.T.  I did not want to see E.T. I sulked throughout the entire movie and ended up dropping my giant Pixie Stix on the floor and spilling the delicious flavored sugar. I dressed up as Annie for Halloween that year and made my sister dress up as the dog, Sandy. My mom made her dog ears out of panty hose, which kind of awesome.

The best thing of 1982 was the release of “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, which was the first single I bought with my own money. I still love that song.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1981

Me, 1981 with the best toy ever, The Snoopy Sno-Cone Maker.

Me, 1981 with the best toy ever, The Snoopy Sno-Cone Maker.

1981 was aight. I had everything I needed — a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, crayons, stickers, and I was making mucho cash off the tooth fairy as you can see in the pic. Also, in the pic, you can’t really see it, but my cousin is wearing an eyepatch. I have more photos of her with the eyepatch, but I won’t post them because that’s kinda mean. I mean, she wasn’t even a pirate.

To the facts:

I remember spending the night with my Aunt Vicki and watching the wedding of Princess Diana. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. She was so beautiful and Prince Charles looked so old to me. I was a Disney obsessed child, so seeing a real Princess’ wedding was a Disney movie brought to life. In 1997 I would watch her funeral on television and cry.

Music in 1981 was the jam. Here’s my favorite song from that year, “Tempted” by Squeeze.

Film in 1981 was great because of On Golden Pond, Chariots of Fire, and Arthur, but here’s one of my favorites, The Fox and the Hound — the scene where Tod meets Copper and Copper says “I’m a hound dog,”

 

40 Years in 40 Days: 1980

The clown in 1980.

The clown in 1980.

1980 was all about change. For me, for everyone. I started first grade at Claiborne Elementary Fundamental Magnet School and the country elected Ronald Reagan. John Lennon was murdered. My sister refused to wear her Halloween costume as a costume, so she was Princess Dallas Cowboy, I guess?

Here are the facts:

Not exactly an uplifting year. And Music in 1980 was this bizarre mesh of disco, country/pop, R&B, punk, new wave, heavy metal, and soft rock all over the radio. Everything from Diana Ross to Kenny Rogers to AC/DC were being played and there was even Ska and Rockabilly, which makes 1980 the most unique year maybe in modern music history. It reflected what was going on in the world — uncertainty and change. My song for 1980 is “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division, not just because it was their biggest song, not because it was the year Ian Curtis committed suicide, but because it has the haunting sense of “what’s next?” that the year had.

Film in 1980? This is all that matters. 9 to 5. I apologize for the crappy video, but this IS the best scene.

BCoop in short shorts

First we had the perm. Now BCoop is sporting these on the set of a movie that is clearly about short shorts.

Who wears short shorts?

BCoop wears short shorts. If you dare wear short shorts, be BCoop in short shorts.

BCoop wears short shorts. If you dare wear short shorts, be BCoop in short shorts.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1979

Thank goodness we’re almost to the 80s. In 1979, I graduated from Kindergarten and I was a pink butterfly in some stage production of something I’ve forgotten. My preschool/Kindergarten was Ingleside Baptist Church and there was a roller rink there, so I liked it. Also, for some reason a local magician would visit every once in a while because as all Baptists know, God = MAGIC. That’s not true, but it really confused me as a 5 year-old.

I was a beautiful butterfly.

I was a beautiful butterfly.

Let’s get to the facts:

Music in 1979 was amazing. The Cure. Squeeze. Joe Jackson. Tom Petty. Michael Jackson. Blondie. Shut up. Punk and Post-Punk were at their height. INXS was on the way. Today we have a few videos.

All you need to know about Film in 1979 is The Jerk. One of my favorites of all time. I will watch this every time it’s on tv, because like Navin, I was also born a poor black child.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1978

photo7What a strange year you were, 1978.

 

1978 saw music begin to turn a corner. Thank Baby Jesus. Elvis Costello and The Attractions released This Year’s Model and we were off to the races. “This Year’s Girl” still holds up and is a beacon in the disco days of ’78. He summed it up well, ““Those disco synthesizers / Those daily tranquilizers / The body-building prizes / Those bedroom alibis” and then “All this, but no surprises for this year’s girl.” Elvis, you brilliant songwriter, you.

40 Years in 40 Days: 1977

Me at 3.

1977 was a mixed bag in 3 year-old Kerry’s world. My great-grandmother, Maw, died. She had a farm and I really liked going there. My sister was born in September, which changed everything. I saw my first real movie in a for-real drive-in, Star Wars. Even at 3, I knew it was amazing. A friend said it still holds up today, but it more than holds up. For me, it was the first of its kind – the adventure story/love story/science fiction genre. It was a space western. You can’t tell me it’s not. Luke’s the deputy, Han’s the outlaw-turned-sheriff, Vader’s the guy in the black hat, and Leia is the girl in town everyone wants.  Simple.

Ok, let’s go to the facts.

1977 in Film was pretty damn amazing. I’ve already talked about Star Wars, so let’s talk about my guilty pleasure movie: Smokey and the Bandit. Oh, yeah. This is the movie that started my love of Basset Hounds, using great accents, and Jackie Gleason. It’s the best.

One of my other favorite movies from 1977 is The Rescuers, which kind of made me what I am today, a combination of Miss Bianca (Eva Gabor) and Madame Medusa, the redheaded villain of the movie. Here’s one of the sweetest clips Disney has ever animated.

Music in 1977 was a desert except for Fleetwood Mac. Here’s “Go Your Own Way.”