Monday, November 21, 2011

80's Guilt #43: Benny Mardones "Into The Night" (1980)

Ultra-suckness week continues... I felt like shit at least once last night, and I wasn't able to drink any beer. It sucked.

Speaking of suck, Benny Mardones takes the #43 position with a pretty amazing karaoke song. The sick scream-singing at the end is one of the defining AM Gold moments, in our opinion. Also, I recall my parents telling me they didn't remember this song ever receiving radio spins in the early 80's. They claimed to have never heard it before its confusing comeback in 1989, when it was added once again to Top 40 and Adult Contemporary playlists for no discernible reason.

When this happened with "Unchained Melody," it was because of Ghost, obviously. When this happened with "Bohemian Rhapsody," it was clearly because of Wayne's World. But "Into The Night" wasn't in any movies, and wasn't associated with a fad of any type.. It somehow just exhumed itself, climbing right back into the Top 20 nine years later.

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