I know I give terrestrial commercial radio a lot of shit, and rightly so. But today, my local JACK FM station — aka “soccer mom iPod shuffle” — played some songs that hit me where I live. (That’s DC, for those who haven’t been following along).
I woke up with “Wrapped Around Your Finger” by the Police in my head. I didn’t have time to listen to it before I was out the door (that’s how you skewer an earworm, btw), but it came on the radio as soon as I turned on the ignition. I didn’t even miss the intro! Now that’s what I call synchronicity. An aside: this song neatly encapsulates the themes for my next record, which could be why it popped into my head in the first place.
Next up was “Talking in Your Sleep,” by the Romantics. Not a great song by any stretch of the imagination, but it fit the chilly, 1980s vibe well enough.
After that came “Send Me an Angel,” by Real Life. Again, it’s hardly a song for the ages, but it’s sometimes fun to revel in its unabashed goth-pop goofiness. And check out the video!
Finally, I heard one of my all-time favorites, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” by the inimitable Cyndi Lauper. There’s nothing I don’t love about this woman, and this song never fails to make me misty — I have no clue why. Even the dorky bottlecaps synth solo is awesome. “Some boys take a beautiful girl / and hide her away from the worst in the world / I wanna be the one to walk in the sun / cuz girls just wanna have fun.” Amen. Oh, and R.I.P., Captain Lou.
OK, I’m super-busy, so I gotta run.