An Earworm Obsession

Wow.... Calvin's come a long way since Back To The Future.

Wow…. Calvin’s come a long way since Back To The Future.

It’s the day of the week where we resurrect the songs that have long since gone to earworm heaven, Monday.  That means it’s time to pop the coffin on another decomposing composition we’ve exhumed from the musical mausoleum we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  Our single-horned funeral director DJ Scratchy’s ready to prepare another lasting memorial to a song we’ve long forgotten about, and here come the Sponkie pallbearers with the lost record for today’s public viewing.  This song looks much better than it did when it was alive…

dusty vinyl

Assuming you made it safely past the scary looking dude in my lead picture, it’s possible you had a classic 80’s keyboard riff going through your head when you saw the title of this post.  DUN…. da-duh-DUH NUH…. Da DUH-nuh-da-duhhhhhh… DUH-nuh da-duh-nuh!

Welcome to the 80's, where the guys all had longer hair than the girls...

Welcome to the 80’s, where the guys all had longer hair than the girls…

The LA synth pop band Animotion will always be remembered for their huge 1985 hit “Obsession,” which peaked at #6 on the US Hot 100.  The song was so popular, particularly among self-proclaimed 80’s preservation historians, that they’re often mistakenly classified as a one hit wonder.  I’ll discuss that a bit more after we listen to Animotion’s other Top 10 hit…

Yes, four years after “Obsession,” Animotion struck Billboard gold again with a song that few seem to recall, from an even more forgotten about cheesy 80’s comedy flick.  Reaching #9 (number nine, number nine…) on the charts, here’s their awesome 1989 number from the movie My Stepmother Is An Alien, “Room To Move”…

I absolutely LOVE this song, but it had so many things going against it to keep it playing on the classic radio stations of today.  The first being that the entire time period of the late 80’s seemed to get sucked into the black hole of corporate radio’s all-too-narrow playlist.  Not to mention, synth pop was well on its way out of the mainstream by the end of the decade.  Then there is the shitty movie the song was a part of, which I’ve never seen before, but sounds like an even worse imitation of Howard the Duck

Thank the duck god that I didn't have to kiss Dan Aykroyd...

Thank the duck gods that I got Lea Thompson as a romantic interest and not Dan Aykroyd…

But you know what else I learned about Animotion while doing my crappy research for this post?  The 1989 version of the band was almost a completely different lineup than the group who were such an 80’s obsession four years earlier!  The only common link between “Obsession” and “Room To Move” is guitarist Don Kirkpatrick.  Everyone else, including the male and female lead singers, were shitcanned and replaced in the interim.  So maybe in a way Animotion actually deserves their OHW label for “Obsession,” or in a more creative way, BOTH iterations of the lineup should get that status…

The best known lineup of Animotion for comparison.  I think they're all high on Aqua Net here...

The best known lineup of Animotion for comparison. I think they’re all high on Aqua Net here…

I will find a way, and I will have you listen to another dusty earworm next Monday….

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18 Responses to An Earworm Obsession

  1. I LOVE it too!!! but I felt shame as I saw this hairstyles… and I regret every minute I spent in the bathroom just to look like such guys and guy-erettes…

    • The pictures of the kids in my high schoool yearbook for my freshman year (1989-90) have most of their hair extending well out of range of the frame. Funny thing is, just three years later, my senior year yearbook shows absolutely no traces of the big hair era…

  2. She looks like she could be their mom – seriously she has that “working mom look.” I bet she still looks like that.

  3. Piglove says:

    OMP – Mom saw Howard the Duck and lost herself in the movie all over again. Why in the world was that one of her favorite movies?? Hilarious. Thanks for the laughs my evil friend. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. Guess who got their magical unicorn this weekend? Mom went back and got daddy his “must have” for Christmas.

    • I referenced Howard the Duck in yesterday’s post as well! It was a favorite of me and the sisters…

      And YES!!!!! on the unicorn! I hope it was the big one you can ride in the house…

      • Piglove says:

        YES – it was the big one. And the hilarious part is where mom hid it. OMP – you would never guess. Okay – I’ll tell you. She has it hidden in the hidehole of the ottoman in the front room. That ottoman is HUGE and it’s right in front of dad’s nose and he would never think to look there. XOXO – Bacon

  4. Trisha says:

    I remember this song, although it comes from an era I’d rather forget. Big hair and really bad decisions…I was such an idiot in the late 80’s!

    • Whoever designed the playlists of big corporate controlled radio stations these days must have had that same issue since so few songs from that era are still played today. Given that it was my junior high years (which were forgettable for other reasons), I should feel the same way…

  5. Where did you get that terrifying picture at the top? Yikes. I can’t unsee that, either. it’s no stuck in the memory circuits. When full dementia takes me, I will still not forget it. Oick.

    • Every once in a while, when I’m searching for some appropriate image to “steal” for a post, I come across something so horrific, so tasteless, so just plain awful…. that I know my search has come to an end. All I was looking for was something that played on those stupid commercials for Obsession cologne in the 80’s (If you were lucky, they aired while you were out of the country), and lo and behold…. ugly naked guy modeling for Calvin Klein. Brilliant…

  6. Bradley says:

    I don’t recall this song at all and I don’t think I’ll be able to shake the image of Klein Calvin. Thanks a lot!

  7. Can I just say MTV hair…”pawsome!” I will however need extensive therapy to undo that visual ‘eye worm,’ Klein Calvin. Yikes!!!

  8. That last poster of the band looks like it should be on the “Most Wanted” board in a police station – they all look guilty of……something…..maybe using to much hairspray?

    Pam

  9. draliman says:

    Not my sort of music at all 😦
    I’ve always been intrigued by bands which carry on a band name but hardly have the same lineup. I suppose it’s a marketable brand just like anything else…

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