geezer cinema/film fatales #205: the hitch-hiker (ida lupino, 1953)
duel (steven spielberg, 1971)

music friday: 1987

Los Lobos, "La Bamba". A return to the charts for this classic, as Los Lobos recorded a version for the biopic of the same name. This was one of the first songs I ever sang in public ... our garage band played a gig that went well for a change, and we were called back for an encore, which we hadn't prepared. So we started in on "La Bamba", and I did the vocals, even though I didn't know the words. Many, many years later, I learned the words, and once sang it at a karaoke bar. I didn't need the teleprompter.

Rick Astley, "Never Gonna Give You Up". Would we even remember this song if it wasn't for Rickrolling?

Whitney Houston, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody Who Loves Me". My daughter loved her. Me, I was more on the side of Robert Christgau, who, in a review of the 1987 album from which this track came, called Houston "the most revolting pop singer in Christendom", finishing the review with "the results are forgivable--she does have a good voice, you know. C+"

Bonus: Eric B. & Rakim, "Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness - The Coldcut Remix)". I don't know exactly what song from 1987 sticks with me the most, but this has to be in the running:



The year in which I turned 15. I would never defend an argument saying it was "the" anything--best, impactful, important, whatever--but when you're that age, it just becomes that. You've got some indelible tracks from my memory and life here.

Steven Rubio

You make me think ... I turned 15 in 1968, and yep, I have an extra special fondness for the music of that time. Well, I also met Robin in September of that year, so I have lots of special memories :-).

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