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What’s Your Favorite Song from the Awesome ’80s?

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Chances are pretty good that if you listen to Jack FM’s Awesome ’80s Weekend starting tomorrow, and you have a favorite song from that decade, we’re going to play it. Just don’t request it. Lately, Jack has been digging on the mighty Def Leppard, likely because they’re playing Darien Lake tomorrow. Don’t know why, but it’s almost impossible to get sick of “Photograph“. That opening riff is sweet and even though we’ve probably heard the song 796 times, it still sounds as good today as it did back in 1983.

Some other favorites are one hit wonders, those songs that become ear worms and tickle your brain stem for days. The Tubes “She’s a Beauty” (while technically not a one hit wonder — they also had moderate success with “Talk to Ya Later”) is a better song if you know the story behind the lyrics. It’s actually about a stripper — as all good songs tend to be. Hence the lyrics:

You can say anything you like, but you can’t touch the merchandise. She’ll give you  every pennies worth, but it will cost you a dollar first.

We’d love to tell you what “Turning Japanese” is really about, but we’d hate to offend you. Let’s just say when the song was released there was no facebook creeping, so a photograph was the best a guy could do.

Another song from the ’80s that we just can’t seem to get sick of is The Clash’s “Train in Vain“, these guys epitomize punk, and teen rebellion, yet managed to write a pretty decent dance song along the way. You can’t help but hear their influences in every Green Day song ever recorded.

Way too many great songs to name here, but as we head into our Awesome ’80s Weekend, we’d love to know your favorite tunes. Just don’t expect us to play them, and if we do, trust us — it’s just a coinky dink. You can tell us your favorite song of the ’80s in the Facebook comment section below.

Oh, and if you have that “Photograph” song running through your head after the Def Leppard show, make sure you tune in to Jack FM’s Def Leppard After Party at 11 p.m. tomorrow night while you’re stuck in the Darien Lake parking lot. It’s an hour of music from Def Leppard, Poison and even Lita Ford.

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