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friday mixed tape: gimmicks

I loved these three tunes when I was a kid, in the early-to-mid-eighties. I remember them getting lots of play-time on the morning radio station my parents listened to (the stodgy talk radio station, CJAD). So, here were some of my top music choices from ages eight to ten:

Joe Dolce: Shaddap You Face (1980, age 6)
Made it to #1 in Australia & UK, not sure how it did in the US (or Canada).

Taco: Puttin’ on the Ritz (1982, age 8)
Not strictly a gimmick, this is a remake of a Irving Berlin song, but still … well a gimmick as far as the charts go. Made it to #4 in the US charts.

Weird Al’ Yankovic: Eat It (1984, age 10)
A revelation. Reached #12 in the Billboard Charts in the US. Here’s the original Michael Jackson vid, which was also a revelation.