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Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

Valley Girl – Frank Zappa

With a sharp sense of humor that skewered everything from politics to TV commercials to Beatles’ album covers and song titles such as “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” “Stevie’s Spanking” and “I Don’t Want to Get Drafted,” Frank Zappa was one of the most unlikely artists to put a song anywhere near, much less in, the hallowed Top 40. But there it was in 1982 when “Valley Girl” made it to Number 32 on the Billboard … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Mental Hopscotch – Missing Persons

Mental Hopscotch – Missing Persons

Missing Persons was one of my favorite bands throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Their first record is rock-solid new wave rock ‘n’ roll. And nothing the band wrote ever topped “Mental Hopscotch” from their self-titled EP released in 1982. A little missing Persons history Unlike most new wave bands, Missing Persons had serious musical chops. Three of the original members played in Frank Zappa’s band. And you didn’t play with Frank unless you were a serious musical … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Rock