Category Archives: 1980-1989

FlinterFile: U2- The Unforgettable Fire

When U2 was touring in 1983, they didn’t only play concerts. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Klein Orkest- Over De Muur

Through the years, the Berlin Wall has inspired many artists for their songs. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Alan Parsons Project- Old And Wise

The Alan Parsons Project made their album Eye In The Sky in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Henk en Henk- Sinterklaas, Wie Kent Hem Niet?

Around the end of November, the hearts of the Dutch children start beating harder: Sinterklaas is coming to celebrate his birthday on the 5th of December! Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Donald Fagen- Ruby Baby

The famous songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote a song, Ruby Baby, in 1956. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Herman van Veen- Hilversum III

There once was a German song by the band Haindling, called Lang Scho Nimma G’sehn. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: De Dijk- Dansen Op De Vulkaan

This song by De Dijk, released in 1987, never reached the charts. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Pat Benatar- Love Is A Battlefield

With this song, Pat Benatar prooved that not only love is a battlefield. Making songs is too. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Loose Ends- Hangin’ On A String

The band Loose Ends released their second album in 1985. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Clash- Rock The Casbah

The Clash had their biggest hit in the US in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Julian Lennon- Too Late For Goodbyes

Julian Lennon, the son of John Lennon, wrote this song in 1984 when he was 21 years old. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Diana Ross- Missing You

On the first of April, 1984, Marvin Gaye was killed by his own father. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Doe Maar- 32 Jaar (Sinds Een Dag Of 2)

The Dutch band Doe Maar had their first hit in 1981. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Robin Gibb- Juliet

Robin Gibb was part of the BeeGees, but also released some solo records. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kids From “Fame”- Starmaker

Starmaker was the second single released by the Kids from “Fame”. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tom Petty- Free Fallin’

Tom Petty released the album Full Moon Fever in 1989. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Richenel- Temptation

The Dutch artist Richenel was mainly in the eighties popular. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mainframe- 5 Minutes

Mainframe is a band from the early eighties that is largely forgotten. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Tears For Fears- Woman In Chains

After the hit Sowing The Seeds Of Love, this song was released. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Godley & Creme- Little Piece Of Heaven

Godley & Creme released their last album in 1988. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Blancmange- Blind Vision

Blind Vision was a hit for Blancmange off their second album. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Diana Ross- Muscles

Diana Ross released her new album Silk Electric in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Don Henley- New York Minute

In 1989, Don Henley released one of his best known solo hits. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Blues Brothers- Sweet Home Chicago

The Blues Brothers made the song Sweet Home Chicago popular again in 1980, when it was released on the soundtrack of the movie. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Frank Sinatra- L.A. Is My Lady

Frank Sinatra released his last album in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: David Lee Roth- California Girls

David Lee Roth released his first solo single in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Maywood- Rio

The Dutch singing duo Maywood released a new album in 1981. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Duran Duran- Rio

Duran Duran had the desire to have success in the USA. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Ultravox- Vienna

Ultravox released this big hit in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Falco- Vienna Calling

Between the hits Rock Me Amadeus and Jeanny, Falco had another hit in 1986. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mike Oldfield- To France

After having a hit with Moonlight Shadow, sung by Maggie Reilly, Mike Oldfield asked her again to sing on the single To France. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Simple Minds- Belfast Child

In 1987, there was a bombing in Enniskillen. A bomb of the IRA exploded during a Remembrance Day Service and killed 11 people. More than 60 people were injured. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Electric Light Orchestra- All Over The World

The movie Xanadu was released in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Men Without Hats- Safety Dance

The Men Without Hats released this song in 1983 as the second single from their album Rhythm of Youth. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kajagoogoo- Too Shy

With this song Kajagoogoo made a successful debut in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Spandau Ballet- Pleasure

Spandau Ballet released their album True in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Icehouse- Hey Little Girl

Iva Davies, the singer from Icehouse, started recording the Primitive Man album as a solo album. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Mick Jagger- Ruthless People

In 1986 the movie Ruthless People was released. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill

Kate Bush actually named this song Deal With God. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Herb Alpert- Route 101

Herb Alpert released on of his most succesful albums in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Prince- If I Was Your Girlfriend

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Originally, Prince had some plans to do a project as a female alter-ego named Camille. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Splitsing- Wind en Zeilen

The band Splitsing was a Dutch band which started in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Toto- Stop Loving You

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This was one of the biggest hits of Toto in the Netherlands. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Firm- Star Trekkin’

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In the eighties, the Firm was mainly known for their novelty hits. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Normaal- Deurdonderen

Normaal is a Dutch band who sing in the dialect of the Achterhoek. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Phil Collins- It Don’t Matter To Me

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Phil Collins released his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going! in 1982. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Queen- It’s A Hard Life

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This song is a mix of the classic Queen rock ballads and the magnitude of Bohemian Rhapsody. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Margriet Eshuijs Band- Black Pearl

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Margriet Eshuijs is a Dutch singer who started in the band Lucifer. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Michael Jackson- Farewell My Summer Love

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At Motown, they sometimes lose recordings. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Outfield- My Paradise

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In the eighties there was a band from the UK which had no hits there, but did have some hits in the US. Read the rest of this entry