T10FB Redux: October 2, 1983 – KFRC San Francisco

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Originally written October 4, 2013.

Good evening, and thank you for starting your weekend with a Top 10 flashback!  I’m your host, T10FB Guy.

The big news this week is there is now a T10FB podcast!  Dug up some period-correct (I hope) jingles, commercials, and a few elements I happened to have, and whipped this up.  It’s chock full of dynamic compression, just like real radio!  My voice isn’t on it, but I may do that in the future if y’all like this.  It’s 51 minutes long (47 MB) and you can download it here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8wfSJOga_JfR2IwOVBiYnhfTlk/edit?usp=sharing

One of our readers/listeners has been patiently waiting to see a flashback from KFRC San Francisco in the early 80’s.  This is the closest I could find, so I hope it scratches that itch.  Let’s tune in to The Big 610, a/k/a The Rhythm Of The City, and look at which ten songs they were overplaying this week in 1983.  This is one of the better lists we’ve done, so enjoy!

#10:
Talking Heads – Burning Down The House

Yeah, I know, overplayed, burned out wedding reception song.  Forget about that and listen with fresh ears – this song cooks!  No wonder it’s such an overplayed, burned out wedding reception song.

#9:
Prince – Delirious

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Well, OK, you certainly know this song without having to play it.  Prince was and is one of the finest all-around musicians of any era.  No matter what kind of music you like, he’s done something for you.  Unless you’re a country fan.  I don’t think he’s done that.

#8:
David Bowie – Modern Love

Bowie was one artist who was ready for the 80’s long before they came.  Not quite in the league of “Let’s Dance,” but a damned good song.

#7:
Huey Lewis & The News – Heart And Soul

Huey Lewis & The News may never get in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but their music was consistently enjoyable.  Here’s a great example.

#6:
Rufus & Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody

Solid, funky groove.  Oldies/classic hits radio stations seem to be ignoring this one, why?

#5:
Police – King Of Pain

I’m a huge fan of early Police, and this album was kind of a letdown for me.  Nonetheless, this is a great piece of songwriting and deservedly a classic.

#4:
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Written and produced by Jim Steinman, the man behind Meat Loaf.  Shouldn’t surprise you – it has his mark all over it.  I normally don’t like power ballads, but this one has something most of them lack – power.

Oh, ever see this?

Say exactly what you see!

#3:
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

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Well, actually, there are a few videos out there, but the audio has been deleted in all of them.  What’s the matter, Sony Music, haven’t sold enough copies of “Thriller?”  No matter, you can play this one in your head, too.  A favorite among under-30s, and why not?  Good to dance to or just listen.

#2:
Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another

Far and away my favorite song on this here top ten list.  Play it loud and often!

All right, boys and girls, the number one song 30 years ago this week, according to the legendary Big 610, KFRC, is:

Absolutely perfect slow dance song.

Wow, every single song here is a good one!  That’s doesn’t happen all that often on T10FB.  We’ve had a few where every song sucked ass, but few are this consistently good.

Download this week’s T10FB podcast:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8wfSJOga_JfR2IwOVBiYnhfTlk/edit?usp=sharing

Ya like?  Should I do more?

And you people in SF were lucky that KFRC was still doing this in 1983, in AM stereo, with their fantastic audio chain.  Anyone who thinks AM sounds like shit should have heard KFRC or CKLW in Windsor/Detroit in their day.  You could close your eyes, randomly spin the tuning dial, and you’d know when you’d arrived.  With a good wideband receiver, you would have sworn it was FM.

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