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FlinterFile: Squeeze- Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)

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This song from Squeeze was written by Glenn Tilbrook (music) and Chris Difford (lyrics). Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: France Gall- Il Jouait Du Piano Debout

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France Gall released her new album album Paris, France in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Bruce Springsteen- Hungry Heart

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Bruce Springsteen had his first top 10 hit in 1980, with Hungry Heart. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Frank Duval- Angel Of Mine

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Frank Duval was a composer of music, which was used in television series like Derrick (a German detective). Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Rod Stewart- Passion

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Rod Stewart released his tenth album, Foolish Behaviour, in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Whispers- And The Beat Goes On

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In 1980, The Whispers scored their first hit. Though they formed in 1964 (!), they had to wait a long time for their first hit. With a positive look on a broken relationship, they knew to get into the discos. Leon F. Sylvers III had written the song, and was said the Whispers should record the song. They knew right away they could make it a hit, but Sylvers had little hope it would succeed. However, it would be a big hit (like the Shalamar hits he produced), with a number 19 position in the US and even number 2 in the UK. Enjoy

The Whispers- And The Beat Goes On

FlinterFile: Alides Hidding- Hollywood Seven

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In 1980, Alides Hidding had his first hit. The song was written by Harry Lloyd and Gloria Sklerov in 1976 for Terry Jacks, who just had the hit Seasons In The Sun. On the way home, Gloria Sklerov saw a motel called Hollywood Eight. With Harry Lloyd, they changed their title to sing it better. However, it never was recorded by Terry Jacks, but it ended by Jon English. Alides Hidding’s version was especially a Dutch hit, reaching number 25 in the charts. After this success, Hidding carried on with his band the Time Bandits, with which he had several hits. After that, he started writing hits for artists such as Dan Hartman and Jennifer Rush. Enjoy

Alides Hidding- Hollywood Seven

FlinterFile: Talking Heads- Once In A Lifetime

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In 1980, the Talking Heads released one of their biggest hits. It deals with not being happy with life, while there is nothing you can do to stop life from moving on. David Byrne, the leader of the Heads, took quite some lines from the evangelist radio, of which he thought they were useful directions. Brian Eno (yes, the producer of the U2) wrote the chorus and produced the song. The video is seen as a piece of art. It charted at number 14 in the UK. Enjoy

Talking Heads- Once In A Lifetime

 

FlinterFile: Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart

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In 1980, Joy Division came with their response to the song Love Will Keep Us Together from Captain & Tennille. Ian Curtis, singer of the band, saw his marriage break up and hanged himself a month later. The band had the agreement that they would end Joy Division if any member was lost: so they did, and they went on as New Order. Though the song itself is dark in the lyrics, the song was one of the best songs Joy Division made: it ended at number 13 in the UK chart. Enjoy

Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart

Song of the day: Air Supply- All Out Of Love

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In 1980, Air Supply released All Out Of Love, one of the five US hits with the word ‘love’ in the title. Air Supply was formed in 1975, because both Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock were cast for the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. They already released this song in 1978 in Australia, but for the release in the whole world, two years later, some changes were made. This resulted in a number 2 hit in the US and a number 11 hit in the UK, where it would be their only hit. Enjoy

Air Supply- All Out Of Love