Post by dukelightning on Mar 9, 2017 9:29:35 GMT -5
After hearing the extras, many of which I was familiar with having been Music Director at my college radio station in 1981, I would venture to say there were more top 40 worthy songs that year among the extras than any other year in the 70s and 80s. Stands to reason considering what the top 40 look liked that year. And he did not play all the top 40 worthy songs IMO. Omitted Debbie Harry's biggest solo hit "Backfired", "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Square Biz" by Teena Marie and played the wrong song by the Pretenders. Should have played "Talk of the Town". Low point was when he said his favorite band was the Knack. Really? None of their 4 songs that he played made much of an impression on me or were top 40 worthy. That said, a very good production. Btw, Andy Gibb had the lowest ranked top 40 hit according to his calculations. He has a chance to have the top and bottom top 40 hits of a year if "Shadow Dancing" is #1 for 1978. (No chance for "I Just Want to be Your Everything" in 1977 because "You Light Up My Life" will be in the mix based on the calendar year rankings. Like "Physical" in 1981, it seems like a slam dunk to be #1 of 1977). But it just occurred to me that he may have done the rankings Joel Whitburn style, meaning the most weeks at a position is the highest ranked and the least weeks is the lowest ranked. In which case, "Night Fever" will be the #1 song for 1978. So his brothers will beat him out and he will be #2.
dukelightning. Thanks for your thoughts on AMC 1981. The Debbie Harry song and the Teena Marie song were both songs I had listed to play, but when that list was over 130 songs. I had to weed out a few. One thing I always based it on. Was the air play the song got in my area. Which was Dallas. Both of those songs got very little airplay. I know in different parts of the states it will always be different. I wish I had the time to play all of the back 40, but that would be twice or sometimes 3 times longer than the actual show. The extras are just kind of a fun extra to the real AMC show. that why it is called extras. I did play Teddy Pendergrass Love TKO in on the 1980 show. It did peak in 81. I realize that, but it debuted in 80. As far as my liking The Knack. Yea I'm guilty. Got to get a little enjoyment out of the show for myself. In the Dallas area once again. Those Knack songs got more airplay that the two I mentioned I left out. Doesn't make sense I know, but they did. the Pretenders song you are referring to is Message Of Love I guess. Talk Of The Town I am aware of. But I really may have heard that song twice in my life. Just my area again. Not trying to defend anything. I like hearing input from good and bad. Just explaining why I did what I did. Everybody would do it different. I can certainly see why you would be more familiar with a lot of these songs working in college radio in 1981. You probably played more of the back 40 and bubbling under or non chart stuff than the top 40. I always enjoyed listening to college radio back then. Always got a lot of exposure to music. i would not have heard otherwise. Once again thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you tune in for the upcoming shows.
Post by OnWithTheCountdown on Dec 16, 2017 0:52:31 GMT -5
If AMC 1980 re-airs, I'll want to catch the last few segments of the extras portion. My recording from October 2016 cut out towards the very end, so I'm missing about 25 minutes worth. Each show is around 24 hours in their entirety. Absolutely love the concept and presentation.