45 RPMs: Split Enz I Got You

I don’t know why sometimes I get frightened
You can see my eyes, you can tell that I’m not lyin’

Remember New Zealand rock band Split Enz? We can thank them for Crowded House, which singer and guitarist Neil Finn formed when he left the band, and for the impossibly catchy tune I Got You. This song doesn’t just get into your head; it sets up camp and parties there for days. When I think of new wave pop and the early days of MTV, I think of I Got You. i got you video 2

From the album True Colours, I Got You was released as a single in 1980 with Double Happy as the B side. It reached No. 53 on the U.S. chart, but shot all the way to No. 1 on both the Australian and New Zealand charts. Written by Finn, it was the band’s first international hit. I don’t own any Split Enz on vinyl, but True Colours and I Got You have been on my Want List for awhile. split-enz-i-got-you-1980


45 RPMs: Madonna Into the Groove

And you can dance
For inspiration

The song that inspired this blog’s name seemed like a good place to start. Madonna‘s Into the Groove, released in 1985, was arguably the greatest gift that the movie Desperately Seeking Susan gave to the free world. (That, and the revelation that you can use a hand dryer on your armpits simply by turning up the nozzle.) I was obsessed with Madonna in the 80s, and this easily ranks in my top 5 of her songs.Madonna Desperately

Inspired by the underground dance scene – which loved Madge just as hard as she loved it back – Into the Groove was Madonna’s first No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom. Never released as a single in the United States, the song was relegated to the B side of Angel, which, other than Madonna’s laugh track at the beginning of the song, doesn’t hold up as well after 30-plus years. And while Into the Groove was featured in Desperately Seeking Susan, it didn’t appear on the soundtrack due to licensing restrictions. It later appeared on the 1985 European reissue of Like a Virgin and on compilation albums like Celebration and You Can Dance. Continue reading