Outta time! Delorean photo from Damox.com
Well, well, well… we are 30 years removed from this crazy year in transitional history, and now it seems so far away. 1981 produced the following people: Howie Day, Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton, Brandon Flowers and Jenna Bush. A couple of unknown bands got together to begin Metallica in October 1981. In January 1981 the first Delorian rolled off of the assembly line; in April we had the first space shuttle launch and we saw the USSR initiate the first daylight savings time. In May 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot (which in turn gave us the very cool Popemobile. I really want one some day. I can hire a driver and go down the road and wave to people from my safe bulletproof bubble.) And for that matter in July 1981 Sandra Day O’Conner was nominated to the Supreme Court, and was the first woman to be so.
What I really want to talk about is the music. I know that is all I ever do, but you do know that this is a concert ticket website, right? Anyhow in April of 1981 we saw Sir Paul McCartney’s band Wings come to an end. There were some really great songs that we got to hear for the first time that fateful year. Here are just a couple of my favorites, they are all so good though. Charting at #94 was DEVO “Whip It”, at #65 Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust”, at #15 Blondie’s “Rapture”, at #5 Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”, and the #1 song that year was Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes.” Okay, there are 95 more that landed in the top 100 that year and you should check ‘em out HERE.
With all of that going on it is a bit crazy to think that all of that fine music was 30 years ago. (That and the fact that Paris Hilton is only 30. Geez, the party life of LA is evidently much harder on a person than I thought.)
Late 1981 also brought us the first record from a band called Berlin. As their debut, not a lot came from it for about the first year it was out, but they have recorded some of my favorite songs from that era. “The Metro” is an amazing synth pop song to be held up there with all of the greats. They also did the song “Sex (I’m A …)” though it may be a touch racy. Or so Jenna Bush would lead us to believe. Jenna is the party girl, right?
So do not miss an opportunity to see Berlin July 16th at the Star Theatre. It is also a great chance to go check out the amazing new venue located at 13 NW 6th Ave in Portland. I have yet to get in there to see a show, but I hear the sound and lighting is going to be the best in town. It will be the place to be.
And while you are starting to spend more time downtown Portland, get tickets to go see Steve Earle and the Dukes at the Crystal Ballroom June 10th. And for those of you in Seattle, do not forget to get your Alkaline Trio tix; they will be at El Corazon on July 14.
It’s been fun reflecting back to 1981, when you could drive down the road with “The Pina Colada Song” blasting (that is Rupert Holmes by the way and is one of my all-time favorites) and you could wear your yellow nylon running shorts and not look like a hipster. Times were different then, indeed; a time when McDonald’s food was thought of as a healthy meal. My how things have changed. I am going to go watch Guitar Wolf and get my rock on. Then home for a Smurfs marathon (they also debuted in 1981). See you all out there soon!