The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday August 21ST 1988:

  1. “Baby I Love Your Way / Freebird” – Will To Power
  2. “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” – The Information Society
  3. “Staying Together” – Debbie Gibson
  4. “It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man” – Rick Astley
  5. “Monkey” – George Michael

30 years ago this weekend the 21-year-old edition of me lived 7½-miles away (by road) from where I live today, and I worked about a mile away from where I work today on the same United States Air Force installation that I worked back then. A 10-speed bike was my only form of transportation in 1988. Today it’s a 2018 Honda Civic.

By the Summer of 1988 I had made the decision to reenlist in the USAF for another 4 years in uniform. Now I’ve got over 33 years of Federal service in, and I plan to retire 5 years from now. I also plan to move away from here 5 years from now.

But while those are my plans – they may not be God’s plans for me. On this 12TH Anniversary of the start of my salvation I’ve figured it out by now. Go with God’s plans. They are plans for good – and not for disaster – to give me a future and a hope.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1985

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week).

But this week it’s a special. I’m going back 33 years to 1985. My chart didn’t exist yet, so here’s the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 – for the week ending Sunday July 28TH 1985:

  1. “Everytime You Go Away” – Paul Young
  2. “Shout” – Tears For Fears
  3. “You Give Good Love” – Whitney Houston
  4. “A View To A Kill” – Duran Duran
  5. “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” – Sting

33 years ago this weekend was my final weekend of Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB (San Antonio) Texas. Back then Air Force Basic Training was 30 weekdays (not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays). On the 31ST weekday you were shipped out to either technical school at another base (unless your school was at Lackland), or to your first permanent duty station. My technical school was located at Chanute AFB (Rantoul) Illinois.

The 30TH and final weekday of Basic Training for me and my flightmates was on Friday July 26TH 1985. On Saturday and Sunday we were basically on hold for the weekend with not much to do (“liberty in place”) awaiting the 31ST weekday on Monday July 29TH 1985. Our Training Instructor (T.I.) came in on that Saturday morning and surprisingly started talking nice to us like regular people – unlike the previous 30 weekdays in which he yelled and screamed at us. He told us to enjoy the weekend, listen to the radio, and stay out of trouble until Monday morning. He then left us alone for the rest of the weekend.

So we listened to the T.I.’s radio all weekend – a Top 40 radio station in San Antonio, and we heard all of the greatest hits of the day. We even listened to “American Top 40 With Casey Kasem” on Sunday morning. Further down on the Billboard Hot 100 that weekend were these hits that we heard over and over again in heavy rotation:  “Raspberry Beret” – Prince And The Revolution (# 7), “Sussudio” – Phil Collins (# 13), “Freeway Of Love” – Aretha Franklin (# 19), and “Like A Surgeon” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (# 68).

Early on Monday morning we left the pop music behind, boarded busses, saw Lackland AFB behind us, and proceeded to the next chapter of our new military career.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago (rotating each week). Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 24TH 1988:

  1. “I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That” – Elton John
  2. “Lost In You” – Rod Stewart
  3. “Simply Irresistible” – Robert Palmer
  4. “Hole In My Heart” – Cyndi Lauper
  5. “Do You Love Me ?” – The Contours

I’ve got an old-school early-2010s-era iPod Shuffle (4TH Generation – orange in color) that I listen to at work, and it’s essentially got 305 of the greatest hits of my lifetime – from the mid-1960s clear through to present-day time. 120 of the 305 are hits before 1980, and another 45 hits are from the 1980s.

Looking back at my entire Top 40 chart for this weekend exactly 30 years ago there are a few songs that are on my iPod Shuffle, so I hear them almost every day at work:  Guns ‘N Roses debuted with their massive smash – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – at # 37. I consider it to be one of the greatest hard rock songs of its time. Cheap Trick’s “The Flame” rose to # 28. It still sounds fresh today – just like it did in 1988. Additionally Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” (# 3) is a long-running hit on my iPod Shuffle – garnering 864 plays over the past 6½ years.

# 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for this weekend exactly 30 years ago – Richard Marx with “Hold On To The Nights”.

It’s halftime. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with my remaining two blogs for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Make memories of a lifetime !

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday June 19TH 1988:

  1. I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
  2. Together Forever – Rick Astley
  3. That’s The Way It Is – Mel And Kim
  4. Stutter Rap – Morris Minor And The Majors
  5. Doctorin’ The House – Coldcut Ft. Yazz And The Plastic Population

I just checked out my original checkbook registers from exactly 30 years ago this week. (Believe it or not I’m still using the exact same checking account today as I did 30 years ago.)

I was certainly a regular customer of Little Caesar’s Pizza back then, and they delivered all day every day to all of the dorms on base (Homestead Air Force Base Florida – where I still work today). I always paid via check, and according to my checkbook register I was a big fan of their two pepperoni pizza-pizzas, crazy bread, and coca colas back then.

 

Nowadays I rarely eat carry-out pizza (from anywhere), and I gave up all carbonated beverages a few years ago. I have eaten Little Caesar’s Pizza a few times over this past year, and it’s good, but I think that it was so much better back in 1988 !

This concludes my 2 blogs this weekend. “Saturday Night Retro” is taking a rest for the next week. I’ll be back with “Sunday Scripture” in 9 days on Sunday June 24TH 2018.

The Major’s Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1988

Every Friday night I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference from either 10, 20, or 30 years ago. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday May 29TH 1988:

  1. I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
  2. Together Forever – Rick Astley
  3. Naughty Girls Need Love Too – Samantha Fox
  4. Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz
  5. One More Try – George Michael

I’m not a big fan of ’80s music. I actually place the music of the 1980s behind the music of the 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, and 2000s. It’s pretty much the 2ND least-favorite decade of my life as far as pop music is concerned. (This current decade is by far the worst.) I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was simply not happy during much of the 1980s (at least the first-half of it).

I lived in southern England (Gloucestershire) for 2 years from November 1985 to November 1987. During that time I was exposed day and night to the British pop scene, and I pretty much loved every minute of it. I immersed myself in it. It was a refreshing (and radical) change from the American pop scene that I left behind. In 1988 a lot of that great British pop music followed me home stateside, so American radio in 1988 was like a rerun of British radio in 1987. And then the ’90s arrived early – in 1989 – when pop music began changing (for the better).

A week after I compiled the chart above (and the other 35 songs below it – I did personal Top 40 charts back then) – I turned 21 years old. I was ready for “grown-up music” that the ’90s would soon provide. (The ’90s were my favorite decade for music.)

It’s halftime. My weekend blogs continue on Sunday and Monday. In the meantime I’ll be posting more new photos over on my Flickr site (accessible via the web site edition of this blog).