80s Song of the Day: Red Red Wine by UB40

Eighties Grooves

Red, red wine, stay close to me
Don’t let me be alone
It’s tearing apart my blue heart

red red wineRed Red Wine by UB40 was released August 20, 1983, with Sufferin’ as the B side. It was a single from the band’s cover versions album, Labour of Love. The song was written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond; however, according to UB40, they were only familiar with Tony Tribe’s version of the song.

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80s Song of the Day: Whip It by Devo

Eighties Grooves

Crack that whip
Give the past a slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma’s back

whip it2Whip It by Devo was released on August 13, 1980. It was the second single from the band’s third studio album, Freedom of Choice. There were two 7″ single releases of the song, one with a remix of the track Snowball, which appears on Freedom of Choice, as the B side and one with Turn Around as the B side.

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80s Song of the Day: Dancing in the Street by David Bowie and Mick Jagger

Eighties Grooves

All we need is music, sweet music
There’ll be music everywhere
There’ll be swingin’, swayin’ and records playin’
And dancing in the street

dancing in the streetDancing in the Street by David Bowie and Mick Jagger was released on August 12, 1985, with an instrumental version as the B side. It was issued as a single with all profits going to the Live Aid famine relief cause.

The song was a No. 1 hit in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. It peaked at No. 7 in the United States.

Watch the song’s music video, which was shown twice at the Live Aid event.

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