Top 10 Flashback: June 29, 1968 – KXOK St. Louis

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Greetings, loyal readers, and welcome to a happy summer weekend.  Get everything done you need to, but set aside a little time for a Top 10 flashback!

This week we’re visiting 1968, a year in which shit started getting real.  Martin Luther King was assassinated less than three months prior, Robert Kennedy died earlier in June, and Abbie Hoffman and the rest of the Chicago Seven were making their final plans to disrupt the Democratic National Convention.  So the music of the summer of ’68 must have been all about the counterculture and the anti-war movement, right?  Um, no. Continue reading

Top 10 Flashback: June 23, 1971 – WKLO Louisville

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All right, loyal readers!  Settling back into my little weekly groove, got what passes for creative juices flowing again, and scouring the internet for old local chart data.  Doesn’t everybody do that?

So…where shall we go this week?  I’ll just throw a dart at the map…Louisville, Kentucky.  Sounds good.  Now we spin the wheel and it lands on…wait for it…1971.  All right, let’s do a Top 10 flashback! Continue reading

Top 10 Flashback: June 15, 1970 – CKLW Windsor/Detroit

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Oh my God, he’s back!  Just when we thought we were rid of that blowhard…

Yes, loyal readers, tonight marks the return of Top 10 Flashback after a hiatus of several weeks.  It all started when my job took me to Toledo for a week.  The best thing to be said about Toledo is that it’s only 75 miles from home.  I could have just commuted, but hey, I had a room!  After I got back, I spent Memorial Day weekend in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, specifically the Marquette area, to visit someone I hadn’t seen in years.  If not for the long, cold, snowy winters and the lack of jobs, I could totally do the U.P.  It’s such a nice, slow, peaceful way of life; the kind of life where going to a place like Wal-Mart is an all-day excursion.  Oh, it’s not perfect – for one, they’ve got a real problem with meth there.  I suppose you’ll do fine if you steer clear of those people.  I drove the Crown Vic, which stood out like a sore thumb up there, and it averaged 23 mpg at a steady 75-80 mph.  Not bad for what it is.  Then, well, hell, I just decided to take a few weeks off. Continue reading

Top 10 Flashback: January 1, 2000 – The Billboard Hot 100

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Originally written December 27, 2013.

Remember the big hysteria leading up to Y2K?  Of course you do.  Every computer in the world was supposed to come unglued on 1/1/2000, causing death and destruction hitherto unknown to mankind, just like in that movie “Maximum Overdrive.”  I was DJing at a sports bar/nightclub that night, and I thought up the ultimate prank:  Station someone at the electrical panel and have them shut off the main disconnect at exactly midnight.  Oh, they would have remembered me… Continue reading

Top 10 Flashback – February 20, 1988 – The Billboard Hot 100

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Originally written February 15, 2014.

OK, here we go again!  We will once again try doing a Saturday T10FB, by the request of one of our readers.  It’s been an on again, off again thing since its inception, and most of the time the thread drops off page 1 fast, and most of the comments are about how bad the music is.  Pop music lost the plot after the mid 80’s, but there are always a few flowers among the weeds, and we’re here to pick them out. Continue reading

Top 10 Flashback: December 6, 1986 – The Billboard Hot 100

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Originally written December 4, 2013.

‘Sup, fools?  It’s just me, T10FB Guy, bringing you this week’s eagerly anticipated edition of Top 10 Flashback!

I’ve been asked to post a more, um, recent flashback, so off to the Billboard Hot 100 we go to look at this week in 1986.  Be careful what you wish for…  Survey dated December 6, 1986.

All right, let’s eat! Continue reading