Tag: 1980

TV Listings Flashback: June 9, 1980

TV Listings Flashback: June 9, 1980

TV & Radio
Here are the evening and prime time network TV listings for the Pittsburgh, PA market on Monday, June 9, 1980, as published by the Beaver County Times. As you might expect, the schedule was full of reruns, with a scheduled baseball game being one of the few pieces of original programming. Remember that visiting any of the Amazon show title links below will help me in keeping this site running! Channel 2 (CBS) 8:00 WKRP in Cincinnati - Everyone at the station is convinced Johnny has gone mad when he claims God talked to him. (R) 8:30 Channel to Pittsburgh - Host Marlynn Singleton 9:00 M*A*S*H - A critically injured patient faces permanent paralysis or death unless he is operated on within 20 minutes at the poorly equipped 4077th. (R) 9:30 House Calls - Amos arrange
Listening booth — Simple Minds, “This Fear of Gods”

Listening booth — Simple Minds, “This Fear of Gods”

Listening Booth, Music
OK I'll admit it -- I'm one of the many dumb Americans whose knowledge of Simple Minds starts and stops with "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and "Alive and Kicking." But I'm been forced to dig deeper thanks to Slacker, which introduced me to this excellent song. It's "This Fear of Gods," from the band's excellent third album, Empires and Dance. This is some seriously thick, dark stuff. It has the same propulsive, eerie feel of early Talking Heads and seems to predict the indie dance-pop revival of the last decade. Don't be turned off by the 7-minute running time. This thing goes by in a flash. As a matter of fact, just get the whole damn album. But for now, enjoy "This Fear of Gods."
Album cover of the week: Voices

Album cover of the week: Voices

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Hall & Oates had achieved some commercial success in the 1970s, largely on the strength of the singles "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile," and "She's Gone," but were unable to sustain it as the decade wound down. But with the release of Voices in 1980, that all changed. The duo scored four Top 40 U.S. hits, with "Kiss On My List" hitting #1. The original cover of Voices featured a black & white photo of Daryl Hall and John Oates, with embossed sound waves traveling from Oates to Hall. The pair was photographed in different poses for different editions. Here are two of them: Daryl looks rather unimpressed by the whole thing on this one. But then things get crazy... Whatever John is saying (via telepathy) to Daryl, it's making it hard for him to keep a straight face. And keep...