Flashback Weekend

Come nanobots, come gather...

Let’s travel back to another spacetime, back to a florescent neon lit Los Angeles. Yes, back to the halcyon decade when the behemoth KROQ was obscure, eclectic, and actually alternative. Situated on the right end of the radio frequency spectrum, KROQ’s influence resonated across the Nation. These were the days when the left end of the dial was anchored by the rock gods of heavy metal blasting through stations like KLOS and KMET. Audio archaeologists are still searching for frequencies from the gooey fulcrum of the dial.

The ROQ was responsible for infecting Gen-X’ers with punk, ska, new wave, new romantic, industrial and other goth genres that have all but faded into oblivion.  While most will remember radio personalities like Dusty Street, Freddy Snakeskin, Swedish Egil, Jed the Fish, Richard Blade, Elvira the Mistress of the Dark, Raechel Donahue, the Poorman and (to his chagrin, his nemesis) Dr. Drew.  A smaller audience may be pressed to remember the Young Marquis and Stanley or the New Year’s Eve tradition of the year’s Top 106.7 songs (yes, there was actually a .7 song).

To all accounts, the patron saint of the ROQ was Rodney Bingenheimer.  He was instrumental in ushering the second wave of the British Invasion.  I tend to think of him as the Forrest Gump of all things musical.  No where is this more evident than in the documentary the Mayor of Sunset Strip, where you bear witness of his capricious Midas touch.

So, what was the demise to Pasadena’s station that could do no wrong?  In a word: grunge.  In my not so humble opinion, it is an unpopular truth.  Grunge became the money maker as it entered the mainstream.  Even rock goddess Lita Ford lamented over the legacy of rock music being diverted by the grunge scene.  The station itself made overnight strides to follow the trend from up North.  The day I realized that the new line of of djs weren’t native listeners, was when Kevin and Bean gabbed about their first concert being Reo Speedwagon.  What?!  I’m not knocking the band, but that was played on the other end of the dial.

As much as I would have preferred that Kroq’s playlist continued on with imports of electronica, holding its stance of being a maverick of new music, it is understandable that the station needed to stay current and on trend to make revenue.  And the beat du jour, was rock based.  But, it’s a little sad when current djs seem to almost apologize for playing new wave music when doing an All Time Countdown playlist.  Instead of acknowledging the music that was once considered alternative, the djs play music from the 80 and 90s that were never played on KROQ at the time.  

Sadly, after over 40 years of Rodney on the Roq, has moved onto SiriusXM. The old must give way to the new.

Not all is lost.  Music evolves, as it always does.  And the beat goes on, it just changed it’s surname.  The synthesizers and electronic drums loops carried forward in acid, ambient, drum ‘n bass, dubstep, ebm, grime, goa, gabber, hi nrg, minimal, psytrance, techno, trance, and triphop.  A music revolution that thrives on synths over guitars.

Quite similar is Bowie and Eno shared excitement over “I Feel Love”
“One day in Berlin, Eno came running in and said, “I have heard the sound of the future.” … he puts on “I Feel Love,” by Donna Summer. He said, “This is it, look no further. This single is going to change the sound of club music for the next fifteen years.”  “Which was more or less right.”

What they composed thereafter was nothing near Summer’s hit, but the influence is unmistakable.  KROQ propelled us into the future, and might have pulled the ejection cord.  But still, there is no dispute that the station catapulted musicians into the limelight, often by showcasing acts that would otherwise be dismissed as one-hit-wonders.  What we had was the opportunity to witness the last of the great vinyl age.  CDs and downloadable tracks aside, now the soundtrack of our youth is digitialized.   K-ROQ²  is just a click away via the interwebz, that should offer some solace.  If not, then by all means, go listen to dj Rick Dees’ Disco Duck.

Rebooting a decade of decadence with a medley of mayhem.

For those that spent hours prowling the aisles at Moby Disc and Poobah Records, here’s the full decade to complete your collection.  Some of the rankings will be inexplicable, just keep in mind that the station was still young, and cutting its fangs on the licorice pizza.  

Currently, featuring the top 106.7 songs.

1. Whip It – Devo
2. The Wait – Pretenders
3. Refugee – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
4. She’s So Cold – Rolling Stones
5. Give Me Back My Man – B-52’s
6. Another Brick In The Wall Part II – Pink Floyd
7. Touch And Go – Cars
8. De Do Do Do De Da Da Da – Police
9. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
10. Train In Vain – Clash
11. Only A Lad – Oingo Boingo
12. Clean Up Time – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
13. What Do You Do For Money Honey – AC/DC
14. Turning Japanese – Vapours
15. Holiday In Cambodia – Dead Kennedy’s
16. Los Angeles – X
17. Freedom Of Choice – Devo
18. What I Like About You – Romantics
19. Mystery Achievement – Pretenders
20. Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty
21. And The Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen
22. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
23. Her Strut – Bob Seger
24. Ashes To Ashes – David Bowie
25. Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel
26. Let Me Go – Rolling Stones
27. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
28. Up And Down – Cars
29. Cars – Gary Newman
30. Clones – Alice Cooper
31. Private Idaho – B-52’s
32. Misunderstanding – Genesis
33. Foolish Behavior – Rod Stewart
34. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
35. Tattooed Love Boys – Pretenders
36. Don’t Stand So Close To Me – Police
37. Crosseyed And Painless – Talking Heads
38. Clampdown – Clash
39. Even It Up – Heart
40. Danger – Motels
41. Ramrod – Bruce Springsteen
42. Rough Boys – Pete Townsend
43. Five Gears In Reverse – Elvis Costello
44. My Beach – Surf Punks
45. Fashion – David Bowie
46. Teacher TeacherRockpile
47. Ain’t This The Life – Oingo Boingo
48. Girl U Want – Devo
49. Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty
50. Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones
51. Misfit Kid – Cars
52. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
53. Victims Of The Fury – Robin Trower
54. Rock It (Prime Jive) – Queen
55. Free Me – Roger Daltry
56. Snortin‘ Whiskey – Pat Travers Band
57. Starting Over – John Lennon
58. Strobe Light – B-52’s
59. Talk Of The Town – Pretenders
60. Run Like Hell – Pink Floyd
61. Canary In A Coalmine – Police
62. Generals & Majors – XTC
63. Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
64. Turn It On Again – Genesis
65. Houses In Motion – Talking Heads
66. Gates Of Steel – Devo
67. London Calling – Clash
68. Betty Lou’s Gettin‘ Out – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
69. Gimmie Some Slack – Cars
70. Even The Losers – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
71. Send It To Me – Rolling Stones
72. Everybody Wants Some – Van Halen
73. Dragon Attack – Queen
74. Gim’me Wings – Rod Stewart
75. I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down – Elvis Costello
76. Scary Monsters – David Bowie
77. Bebe Le Strange – Heart
78. Pain – Alice Cooper
79. Not One Of Us – Peter Gabriel
80. Christine – Siouxsie & The Banshees
81. Who Cares – Huey Lewis And The News
82. Hells Bells – AC/DC
83. Driven To Tears – Police
84. Brass In Pocket – Pretenders
85. Don’t Bring Me Down – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
86. She Talks In Stereo – Gary Myrick & Figures
87. Don’t Tell Me No – Cars
88. All Night Long – Joe Walsh
89. Temporary Secretary – Paul McCartney
90. Seriously Affected – Romeos
91. Gettin‘ Mighty Crowed – Elvis Costello
92. My Wave – Surf Punks
93. High Priest Of Rhythmic Noise – Cheap Trick
94. My Mistake – Kingbees
95. Anyway You Want It – Journey
96. Nothin More To Lose – Dave Davies
97. Rockin Heaven Down – Heart
98. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
99. Passion – Rod Stewart
100. Cuban Slide – Pretenders
101. Zero Hour – Plimsouls
102. Pulling Muscles from the Shell – Squeeze
103. Just Got Back – Cheap Trick
104. Too Far Gone – Babys
105. What Are You Doing In My Life – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
106. Everything Works If You Let It – Cheap Trick
106.7 KROQ Theme

1. Mental Hopscotch – Missing Persons
2. Ant Music – Adam & the Ants
3. We Got The Beat – Go-Go’s
4. It’s My Party- Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
5. Johnny Are You Queer? – Josie Cotton
6. On The Outside – Oingo Boingo
7. Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
8. Never Say Never – Romeo Void
9. We Want The Airwaves – Ramones
10. I’m With The Guys – Penetrators
11. Stand And Deliver – Adam & the Ants
12. Janitor – Suburban Lawns
13. Homo Sapien – Peter Shelly
14. Adulteress – Pretenders
15. Funny Faces – Sparks
16. White Girl – X
17. Jerkin’ Back And Forth – Devo
18. New Toy – Lena Lovich
19. Lust To Love – Go-Go’s
20. Waiting On A Friend – Rolling Stones
21. I Will Follow – U2
22. Every Little Thing – Police
23. Electricity – OMD
24. Prince Charming – Adam & the Ants
25. Girls On Film – Duran Duran
26. Work – Bow Wow Wow
27. I Know What Boys Like – Waitresses
28. Upstairs – Sparks
29. Long Story – Spandau Ballet
30. Friends Of Mr. Cairo – Jon & Vangelis
31. Destroyer – Kinks
32. Our Lips Are Sealed – Go-Go’s
33. It’s Too Late – Jim Carroll
34. Dancin’ With Myself – Generation X
35. Lunatic – Red Rider
36. U.F.O. – Caution
37. Tom Sawyer – Rush
38. Hard Act – Split Enz
39. Bang Bang – Iggy Pop
40. See You On The Other Side – Brian Briggs
41. Ghost Town – Specials
42. Turn Me Lose – Loverboy
43. Dog Eat Dog – Adam & the Ants
44. Bad Boys – Pretenders
45. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
46. Primary – Cure
47. Fascist Groove Thing – Heaven 17
48. Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen
49. Elephant Talk – King Crimson
50. This Town – Go-Go’s
51. Neighbors – Rolling Stones
52. Life Of Illusion – Joe Walsh
53. Through Being Cool – Devo
54. Sex Junkie – Plasmatics
55. Urgent – Foreigner
56. Red Light – Wall Of Voodoo
57. Spirits in the Material World – Police
58. What Does Sex Mean To Me? – Human Sexual Response
59. Martian – Sparks
60. You Better You Bet – Who
61. Pack It Up – Pretenders
62. Almost Saturday Night – Dave Edmunds
63. What You See – Oingo Boingo
64. Workin’ In A Coal Mine – Devo
65. Shake It Up – Cars
66. Once Over – X
67. Tips For Teens – Sparks
68. Mercury Blues – David Lindley
69. Nuclear Boy – 20/20
70. Chihuahua – Bow Wow Wow
71. Spellbound – Siouxsie & Banshees
72. I Like Boys – Missing Persons
73. Better Be Good To Me – Spider
74. City Bound – Novo Combo
75. Superfreak – Rick James
76. Jackie Onassis – Human Sexual Response
77. Friends – Adam & Ants
78. Goin’ Under – Devo
79. Follow The Leaders – Killing Joke
80. Problem Child – AC/DC
81. Lunacy – Plasmatics
82. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
83. Jukebox Hero – Foreigner
84. Nightwatchman – Tom Petty
85. What We Want – Gang Of Four
86. Abacab – Genesis
87. How Much More – Go-Go’s
88. I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jett
89. Day After Day – Pretenders
90. Tempted – Squeeze
91. Slave – Rolling Stones
92. Up All Night – Boomtown Rats
93. Mothers Little Helper – Polyphonic Size
94. People Who Died – Jim Carroll
95. Whisper – Elvis Costello
96. Dream Away – Cars
97. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
98. Mirror In The Bathroom – English Beat
99. Take Her Where The Boys Are – Eye Protection
100. Stroke – Billy Squire
101. Little Sister – Various
102. Now – Plimsouls
103. Can’t Stop Hurting Myself – Gregg Kihn
104. One World – Police
105. Adult Books – X
106. Amoeba – Adolescents
106.7 Jetsons Theme

1. Rock The Casbah – Clash
2. I Ran – Flock Of Seagulls
3. Sex Dwarf – Soft Cell
4. Words – Missing Persons
5. Don’t You Want Me – Human League
6. Rock This Town – Stray Cats
7. I Predict – Sparks
8. Vacation – Go-Go’s
9. Talk Talk – Talk Talk
10. Blue Spark – X
11. Walking In L.A. – Missing Persons
12. Hungry For You – Police
13. Town Called Malice – Jam
14. Since You’re Gone – Cars
15. Mickey – Tony Basil
16. Never Say Never – Romeo Void
17. Stand & Deliver – Adam & Ants
18. Elephant Talk – King Crimson
19. Goin To A Go-Go – Rolling Stones
20. Peek-A-Boo – Devo
21. Shock The Monkey – Peter Gabriel
22. Nip It In The Bud – B-52’s
23. Senses Working Overtime – XTC
24. White Wedding – Billy Idol
25. Goodie Two Shoes – Adam Ant
26. Love Plus One – Haircut 100
27. Hungry Like The Wolf – Duran Duran
28. I Love A Man In A Uniform – Gang Of Four
29. The Space Between – Roxy Music
30. Heartbeat – King Crimson
31. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? – Clash
32. Open Your Eyes – Lords Of The New Church
33. Space Age Love Song – Flock Of Seagulls
34. Girls On Film – Duran Duran
35. Runaway Boys – Stray Cats
36. Who Can It Be? – Men At Work
37. Europa – Thomas Dolby
38. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
39. Promised You A Miracle – Simple Minds
40. Destination Unknown – Missing Persons
41. Primary – Cure
42. Too Much Information – Police
43. Back On The Chain Gang – Pretenders
44. Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo
45. American Music – Blasters
46. Stick To The Grind – King Cotton
47. Wild Sex – Oingo Boingo
48. Spring In Fialta – Slow Children
49. You Got Lucky – Tom Petty
50. Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage – Killer Pussy
51. Seconds – Human League
52. Skin On Skin – Boomtown Rats
53. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
54. Jenny – Tommy Tutone
55. I Eat Cannibals – Toto Coelo
56. Know Your Rights – Clash
57. Cat People – David Bowie
58. One World – Police
59. Georgia – OMD
60. Mickey Mouse – Sparks
61. Quit – Waitresses
62. The Hungry Wolf – X
63. Goodbye Goodbye – Oingo Boingo
64. Shake It Up – Cars
65. Love Action (I Believe in Love) – Human League
66. Me & The Boys – Dave Edmunds
67. None Of Your Business – Missing Persons
68. Beatnik Beach – Go-Go’s
69. Precious – Jam
70. Down Under – Men At Work
71. I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett
72. Spirits In The Material World – Police
73. Angst In My Pants – Sparks
74. Speeding – Go-Go’s
75. Big Mess – Devo
76. Prince Charming – Adam & the Ants
77. Thela Nun Ginjeet – King Crimson
78. Loveland – B-52’s
79. Burnin – Nick Lowe
80. Baby Oh No – Bow Wow Wow
81. Same Old You – Tom Petty
82. Favorite Shirts – Haircut 100
83. In The Name Of Love – Thompson Twins
84. Neal & Jack & Me – King Crimson
85. Insecure Me – Soft Cell
86. My City Was Gone – Pretenders
87. Just Give Me One Good Reason – Mink Deville
88. Everywhere That I’m Not – Translator
89. Run Like A Villain – Iggy Pop
90. Love Ones – Elvis Costello
91. Under Pressure – David Bowie and Queen
92. Telecommunications – Flock Of Seagulls
93. Noticeable One – Missing Persons
94. Built For Speed – Stray Cats
95. Monster Of Love – Sparks
96. Get Up & Go – Go-Go’s
97. Look Of Love – ABC
98. Da Da Da – Trio
99. Sex (I’m A) – Berlin
100. Rio – Duran Duran
101. I’ve Returned – Squeeze
102. Radio Clash – Clash
103. Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson
104. Main Thing – Roxy Music
105. I Have The Touch – Peter Gabriel
106. Hot In The City – Billy Idol
106.7 I Had Sex With E.T. – Barnes & Barnes

1. Is there Something I Should Know?- Duran Duran
2. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
3. Every Breath You Take – Police
4. In A Big Country – Big Country
5. Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club
6. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
7. Mad World – Tears for Fears
8. Major Tom (Coming Home) – Peter Schilling
9. Union of the Snake – Duran Duran
10. I Confess – English Beat
11. Do You Really Want to Hurt me? – Culture Club
12. Modern Love – David Bowie
13. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
14. New Year’s Day U2
15. Our House – Madness
16. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya – Culture Club
17. King of Pain – Police
18. Jeopardy – Greg Kihn Band
19. One Thing Leads to Another – Fixx
20. 99 Luft Balloons – Nena
21. Make A Circuit With Me – Polecats
22. Swear – Tim Scott
23. Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies
24. Undercover of the Night – Rolling Stones
25. Karma Chameleon – Culture Club
26. Never Stop – Echo and the Bunnymen
27. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
28. Strip – Adam Ant
29. Pale Shelter – Tears for Fears
30. Save it for Later – English Beat
31. She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby
32. Living on the Ceiling – Blancmange
33. Miss Me Blind – Culture Club
34. Everyday I Write the Book – Elvis Costello
35. Gigolo – Barbie & the Kens
36. Talking in Your Sleep – Romantics
37. The One Thing – INXS
38. The Lovecats – Cure
39. Cool Places – Sparks and Jane Wiedlin
40. China – Red Rockers
41. Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream) – Icicle Works
42. Whammy Kiss – B-52’S
43. Acceleration – Bill Nelson
44. Saved by Zero – Fixx
45. Synchronicity – Police
46. Change – Tears for Fears
47. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
48. The Cutter- Echo and the Bunnymen
49. Dear Prudence – Siouxsie & the Banshees
50. Red Red Wine – UB40
51. Let’s Go to Bed – Cure
52. Lifeline – Spandau Ballet
53. The Reflex – Duran Duran
54. Blue Monday – New Order
55. Fields of Fire – Big Country
56. Nellie the Elephant – Toy Dolls
57. Puss ‘N Boots – Adam Ant
58. Shiny Shiny – Haysi Fantayzee
59. The Politics of Dancing – Reflex
60. Lies – Thompson Twins
61. China Girl – David Bowie
62. Love is A Stranger – Eurythmics
63. Bop Girls – Pat Wilson
64. Tantalize – Jimmy the Hoover
65. Legal Tender – B-52’s
66. Radio Waves – OMD
67. Send Me An Angel – Real Life
68. Don’t Try to Stop it – Roman Holiday
69. Radio Free Europe – REM
70. Der Kommisar – Falco
71. Too Much Blood – Rolling Stones
72. Let Me Go – Heaven 17
73. Dr. Detroit – Devo
74. It’s A Mug’s Game- Soft Cell
75. Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil
76. Love My Way – Psychedelic Furs
77. Number with Wings – Bongos
78. Black & White – INXS
79. Doot Door – Freur
80. (She’s) Sexy & 17 – Stray Cats
81. Wishing (I Had A Photograph of You) – A Flock of Seagulls
82. White Lines – Grandmaster Flash
83. Gimme Something to Grab For – Ric Ocasek
84. Rainy Season – Howard DeVoto
85. Baby’s in the Mountains – Peter Godwin
86. Buffalo Gals – Malcolm Mclaren
87. Oblivious – Aztec Camera
88. All You Ever Think About is Sex – Sparks
89. New World – X
90. Nowhere Girl – B Movie
91. Shock the Monkey – Peter Gabriel
92. Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me – Oingo Boingo
93. Young Guns (Go for It) – Wham!
94. Communication – Spandau Ballet
95. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
96. This is Not a Love Song – PIL
97. Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
98. Barbarella – Bongos
99. Telephone Operator – Pete Shelley
100. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – Human League
101. Pressure Sway – Machinations
102. Red Skies – Fixx
103. Belly of the Whale – Burning Sensations
104. Just Got Lucky – Jo-Boxers
105. Committed – A Flock of Seagulls
106. Slipping Away – Dave Edmunds
106.7 The Dog Boat – Robert Roll

1. Relax – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
2. Tenderness – General Public
3. Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2
4. Why? – Bronski Beat
5. Erotic City – Prince
6. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood
7. Ladykiller – Vandals
8. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
9. The Killing Moon – Echo & the Bunnymen
10. Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
11. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
12. People are People – Depeche Mode
13. Cow Punk – Scott Goddard
14. Less Cities, More Moving People – The Fixx
15. Sexcrime 1984 – Eurythmics
16. Master & Servant – Depeche Mode
17. Dazzle – Siouxsie & the Banshees
18. What’s Gone Wrong – Untouchables
19. Original Sin – INXS
20. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham
21. Wild Boys – Duran Duran
22. How Soon is Now – The Smiths
23. Big in Japan – Alphaville
24. Blue Jean – David Bowie
25. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
26. Flesh for Fantasy – Billy Idol
27. It’s My Life – Talk Talk
28. The Lebanon – Human League
29. The Reflex – Duran Duran
30. Ghost In You – Psychedelic Furs
31. Locomotion – OMD
32. Obsession – Animotion
33. Catch My Fall – Billy Idol
34. I Send a Message – INXS
35. Passion Planet – Thompson Twins
36. What is Love – Howard Jones
37. Burn for You – INXS
38. Don’t Tell Me – Blancmange
39. When Doves Cry – Prince
40. Waterfront – Simple Minds
41. 80’s – Killing Joke
42. Wonderland – Big Country
43. Wild Life – Bananarama
44. Eyes Without a Face – Billy Idol
45. Apollo 9 – Adam Ant
46. Shout – Devo
47. The Gap – Thompson Twins
48. Wild Thing – X
49. Melting in the Sun – INXS
50. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
51. Hot You’re Cool – General Public
52. Pretending to be Drunk – Sparks
53. Hyperactive – Thomas Dolby
54. What Difference Does it Make – The Smiths
55. Hand on My Heart – Shriekback
56. South Central Rain – R.E.M.
57. My Everchanging Moods – Style Council
58. Jungle Love – The Time
59. 68 Guns – The Alarm
60. Love You Suzanne – Lou Reed
61. Something Isn’t Right – Oingo Boingo
62. Free Yourself – The Untouchables
63. Go – Tones on Tail
64. Speed Your Love to Me – Simple Minds
65. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
66. Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun – Julie Brown
67. New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
68. Only When You Leave – Spandau Ballet
69. Everything Counts – Depeche Mode
70. Out of Touch – Hall & Oates
71. Pulling Rabbits Out of a Hat – Sparks
72. Burning Down the House – Talking Heads
73. White China – Ultravox
74. Up On the Catwalk – Simple Minds
75. Revenge for Love – Spandau Ballet
76. Get the Balance Right – Depeche Mode
77. Make Me Smile – Duran Duran
78. Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing) – Romeo Void
79. Head Over Heels – Go-Go’s
80. Puppet Boy – Devo
81. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper
82. Game Above My Head – Blancmange
83. Doctor Doctor – Thompson Twins
84. Who’s That Girl – Eurythmics
85. The More You Live, the More You Love – A Flock of Seagulls
86. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
87. Heaven – Psychedelic Furs
88. General Public – General Public
89. The Only Flame In Town – Elvis Costello
90. That’s Love That it Is – Blancmange
91. Touch – Berlin
92. You Take Me Up – Thompson Twins
93. New Song – Howard Jones
94. Rain – Dragon
95. Robert DeNiro’s Waiting – Bananarama
96. Living on Video – Trans-X
97. If it Happens Again – UB40
98. Where the Rose is Sown – Big Country
99. Blue Highway – Billy Idol
100. Tesla Girls – OMD
101. I’ll Do You – Wire Train
102. Magic – The Cars
103. Smalltown Boy – Bronski Beat
104. Romancing the Stone – Eddy Grant
105. Girl Waiting – Boy Waiting
106. Gratitude – Danny Elfman
106.7 Erotic Egil

1. Shake the Disease – Depeche Mode
2. Vigilante – Felony
3. Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) – Pet Shop Boys
4. In Between Days – The Cure
5. Shout – Tears for Fears
6. You Spin Me Round – Dead or Alive
7. Take On Me – A-ha
8. This Time – INXS
9. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
10. Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
11. Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds
12. The Perfect Kiss – New Order
13. Viva La Rock – Adam Ant
14. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds
15. The Bottom Line – Big Audio Dynamite
16. Love and Pride – King
17. So In Love – OMD
18. World Destruction – Time Zone
19. Flexible – Depeche Mode
20. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free – Sting
21. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
22. Dancing in the Streets – Mick Jagger & David Bowie
23. Blue Kiss – Jane Weidlin
24. One Night in Bangkok – Murray Head
25. Just Another Night – Mick Jagger
26. Kosciusko – Midnight Oil
27. Sussudio – Phil Collins
28. Good Bye Bad Times – Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
29. Stay Up Late – Talking Heads
30. Blowing Up Detroit – John Polumbo
31. Sun City – Artists United Against Apartheid
32. The Perfect Way – Scritti Politti
33. Be Near Me – ABC
34. Bring on the Dancing Horses – Echo & the Bunnymen
35. I Got You Babe – UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
36. Election Day – Arcadia
37. Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
38. A View to a Kill – Duran Duran
39. Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
40. It’s Called a Heart – Depeche Mode
41. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
42. Some Like it Hot – Power Station
43. My Heart Goes Bang – Dead or Alive
44. Close to Me – The Cure
45. Subculture – New Order
46. Say it Again – Danse Society
47. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
48. Secrets – OMD
49. King for a Day – Thompson Twins
50. Vienna Calling – Falco
51. Slave to Love – Brian Ferry
52. Won’t You Hold My Hand Now – King
53. What You Need – INXS
54. Nemesis – Shriekback
55. Vanity Kills – ABC
56. Strength – The Alarm
57. Communication – Power Station
58. Lay Your Hands on Me – Thompson Twins
59. Lover Come Back to Me – Dead or Alive
60. Fire in the Twilight – Wang Chung
61. Would I Lie to You – Eurythmics
62. Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones
63. The Sun Always Shines on TV – A-ha
64. Castles in Spain – The Armory Show
65. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
66. Bang a Gong – Power Station
67. Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds
68. Face the Face – Pete Townshend
69. Don’t Mess With Dr. Dream – Thompson Twins
70. Black Cars – Gino Vanelli
71. Burning House of Love – X
72. How to be a Millionaire – ABC
73. Johnny Come Home – Fine Young Cannibals
74. A Sort of Homecoming – U2
75. Tonight She Comes – The Cars
76. Gratitude – Oingo Boingo
77. Loving the Alien – David Bowie
78. Life in One Day – Howard Jones
79. Never You Done That – General Public
80. Universal Radio – Nena Hagen
81. Love Parade – Dream Academy
82. Radioactive – The Firm
83. Eye to Eye – Go West
84. Break Them Down – Graham Parker
85. Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
86. Born in East LA – Cheech Marin
87. Raspberry Beret – Prince
88. Perfect Skin – Lloyd Cole & the Commotions
89. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & the Waves
90. In Too Deep – Dead or Alive
91. America – Prince
92. Love is the 7th Wave – Sting
93. Colleen – Living Daylights
94. Dave – Boomtown Rats
95. Love You Like a Ball & Chain – Eurythmics
96. Cities in Dust – Siouxsie & the Banshees
97. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
98. Hits of the Year – Squeeze
99. Don’t Lose My Number – Phil Collins
100. Midnight Man – Flash in the Pan
101. Warning Sign – Nick Heyward
102. This is not America – David Bowie
103. Nineteen – Paul Hardcastle
104. An Act of War – Elton John
105. East of Eden – Lone Justice
106. Kat Box Beach – Living Daylights
106.7 Woodpeckers in Space – Video Kids

1. Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys
2. A Question of Lust – Depeche Mode
3. Pain – Oingo Boingo
4. Anything, Anything – Dramarama
5. Ask – The Smiths
6. Desire – Gene Loves Jezebel
7. She Brakes for Rainbows – B-52’s
8. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
9. Notorious – Duran Duran
10. Wild, Wild Life – Talking Heads
11. Close to Me – The Cure
12. Brand New Lover – Dead or Alive
13. But Not Tonight – Depeche Mode
14. Ink and Paper – Modern English
15. To Be a Lover – Billy Idol
16. If You Leave – OMD
17. Panic – The Smiths
18. French Kissing in the USA – Deborah Harry
19. What You Need – INXS
20. Dear God – XTC
21. Oh L’Amour – Erasure
22. Nothing in Common – Thompson Twins
23. Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
24. Rise – PIL
25. Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders
26. Blood and Roses – Smithereens
27. Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles
28. Ever Fallen in Love – Fine Young Cannibals
29. Look Away – Big Country
30. Cities in Dust – Siouxsie & the Banshees
31. The Calling – Ken Heaven
32. Summer of Love – B-52’s
33. Music That You Can Dance To – Sparks
34. Superman – REM
35. Big Time – Peter Gabriel
36. Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure
37. Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths
38. Love Missile F1-11 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik
39. Steal My Flame – Arcadia
40. Shellshock – New Order
41. Not My Slave – Oingo Boingo
42. A Question of Time – Depeche Mode
43. Digging Your Scene – Blowmonkeys
44. Forever Live and Die – OMD
45. Kundalini Express – Love & Rockets
46. Puzzling Evidence – Talking Heads
47. Babies – Real Life
48. Secret Separation – The Fixx
49. Heartbreak Beat – Psychedelic Furs
50. Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer
51. Suspicious Minds – Fine Young Cannibals
52. Alone Without You – King
53. Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
54. Stay – Oingo Boingo
55. Too Much of Nothing – General Public
56. Hit That Perfect Beat – Bronski Beat
57. Manic Monday – Bangles
58. You Know I Love You – Howard Jones
59. Love Comes Quickly – Pet Shop Boys
60. I’ve Been Losing You – A-ha
61. Venus – Bananarama
62. Behind the Wall of Sleep – Smithereens
63. Missionary Man – Eurythmics
64. Pretty in Pink – Psychedelic Furs
65. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
66. A Man Inside My Mouth – The Cure
67. Cross the Border – Ice House
68. Listen Like Thieves – INXS
69. All the Things She Said – Simple Minds
70. Love For Sale – Talking Heads
71. Invisible Touch – Genesis
72. Heartache – Gene Loves Jezebel
73. How Can a Laboring Man Find Time for Self-Culture – Martini Ranch
74. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
75. Absolute Beginners – David Bowie
76. Pleasure & Pain – Divinyls
77. So Much for Love – Venetians
78. Drive She Said – Stan Ridgeway
79. A Good Heart – Feargal Sharkey
80. Mothers Talk – Tears for Fears
81. Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle
82. E=MC2 – Big Audio Dynamite
83. Do Wot You Do – INXS
84. I Want to Be a Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry
85. I Do What I Do to Have You – John Taylor
86. Walk This Way – Run DMC
87. All in My Mind – Love & Rockets
88. I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On – Robert Palmer
89. Romeo and Jane – Tonio K
90. Legs – Art of Noise
91. Why Don’t We Live Together – Pet Shop Boys
92. Don Quichotte – Magazine 60
93. Kiss – Prince
94. Say the Word – Arcadia
95. Here Comes the Man – Boom Boom Room
96. Who Needs Love Like That – Erasure
97. Take it Easy – Andy Taylor
98. Kiss the Dirt – INXS
99. There is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
100. Ruthless People – Mick Jagger
101. Candybar Express – Love and Money
102. Soul Standing By – Billy Idol
103. True to You – Ric Ocasek
104. Built for the Future – The Fixx
105. Time Waits for No One – Robbie Nevil
106. Hanging on a Heart Attack – Device
106.7 LA Dream Team

1. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
2. Girlfriend in a Coma – The Smiths
3. Strangelove – Depeche Mode
4. Lips Like Sugar – Echo and the Bunnymen
5. Why Can’t I Be You – The Cure
6. Need You Tonight – INXS
7. Dear God – XTC
8. True Faith – New Order
9. With or Without You – U2
10. Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode
11. The One I Love – REM
12. Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles
13. No New Tale to Tell – Love and Rockets
14. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
15. The Motion of Love – Gene Love Jezebel
16. Is It Really So Strange – The Smiths
17. Rent – Pet Shop Boys
18. The Sweetest Thing – U2
19. Behind the Wheel – Depeche Mode
20. Rain in the Summertime – The Alarm
21. Please – The Bolshoi
22. We Close Our Eyes – Oingo Boingo
23. 20 Killer Hurts – Gene Loves Jezebel
24. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before – The Smiths
25. Rules and Regulations – Public Image Limited
26. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
27. It’s a Sin – Pet Shop Boys
28. Crazy – Icehouse
29. We Care a Lot – Faith No More
30. Alex Chilton – The Replacements
31. Hourglass – Squeeze
32. It’s Still Warm – Dramarama
33. The Passenger – Siouxsie and the Banshees
34. Love Removal Machine – The Cult
35. Absolute Perfection – Private Domain with Pato Banton
36. Alone Again Or – The Damned
37. Not My Slave – Oingo Boingo
38. Heartbreak Beat – Psychedelic Furs
39. Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
40. Fourth of July – X
41. I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish – The Smiths
42. Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
43. Supposed to Have Sex With You – Tonio K
44. Skin Trade – Duran Duran
45. Time With Crawl – David Bowie
46. What Have I Done to Deserve This – Pet Shop Boys
47. Vanishing Girl – Dukes of Stratosphere
48. Wild Flower – The Cult
49. Victim of Love – Erasure
50. Silver and Gold – U2
51. Fight for Your Right to Party – Beastie Boys
52. Always the Sun – The Stranglers
53. We’ll Be Together – Sting
54. Never Let Me Down – David Bowie
55. Shock – Psychedelic Furs
56. Hot Hot Hot – The Cure
57. Private Revolution – World Party
58. People Are Strange – Echo and the Bunnymen
59. Mony Mony (Live) – Billy Idol
60. End of the World – REM
61. Elevator Man – Oingo Boingo
62. When Smokey Sings – ABC
63. Understanding Jane – Icicle Works
64. Sweet 16 – Billy Idol
65. Living in a Dream – Pseudo Echo
66. You Are the Girl – The Cars
67. Seattle – Public Image Limited
68. In God’s Country – U2
69. Desire – Gene Loves Jezebel
70. Meet El Presidente – Duran Duran
71. Contradiction – Lions and Ghosts
72. I Go Crazy – Flesh for Lulu
73. All in My Mind – Love and Rockets
74. Sometimes – Erasure
75. Jane’s Getting Serious – Jon Astley
76. The Right Stuff – Bryan Ferry
77. Ask – The Smiths
78. New Direction – Echo and the Bunnymen
79. Pain – Oingo Boingo
80. Wheels on Fire – Siouxsie and the Banshees
81. La Bamba – Los Lobos
82. Panic – The Smiths
83. Good Times – INXS with Jimmy Barnes
84. We Love You – OMD
85. Siamese Twist – Flesh for Lulu
86. This Corrosion – Sisters of Mercy
87. Spanish Eyes – U2
88. 87 and Cry – David Bowie
89. Infected – The The
90. Radio Heart – Gary Numan
91. Bed of Lies – Cruzados
92. Happy When it Rains – The Jesus and Mary Chain
93. Love for Sale – Talking Heads
94. Throw Away – Mick Jagger
95. Anything Anything – Dramarama
96. Trust Me to Open My Mouth – Squeeze
97. Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths
98. Walkin’ Down Your Street – The Bangles
99. Lil’ Devil – The Cult
100. Don’t Need That Much – Private Domain
101. Don’t Be Scared – The Fixx
102. Ball of Confusion – Love and Rockets
103. I See Red – Silencers
104. Sanity – Killing Joke
105. Daddy’s Coming Home – Walk the Moon
106. Elvis is Everywhere – Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper
106.7 Walk with an Erection – Swinging Erudites

1. Route 66 – Depeche Mode
2. Harley David – Bollock Brothers
3. Peek-A-Boo – Siouxsie and the Banshees
4. Desire – U2
5. Every Day is Like Sunday – Morrissey
6. Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil
7. Chains of Love – Erasure
8. Touched by the Hand of God – New Order
9. Wild Thing – Tone Loc
10. Kick – INXS
11. Wild World – Maxi Priest
12. Crash – Primitives
13. Tears Run Rings – Marc Almond
14. Prison Bound – Social Distortion
15. Stop This Car – Woodentops
16. Reach – Martini Ranch
17. Christine – House of Love
18. Always on My Mind – Pet Shop Boys
19. Suspicion – Gene Loves Jezebel
20. (Nothing But) Flowers – Talking Heads
21. The Dead Heart – Midnight Oil
22. The Great Commandment – Camouflage
23. Balloon Man – Robyn Hitchcock
24. Cinderella Undercover – Oingo Boingo
25. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo – Echo and the Bunnymen
26. The Killing Jar – Siouxsie and the Banshees
27. Magic Carpet Ride – Grandmaster Flash
28. What I Am – Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
29. There Is No Love Between Us Anymore – Pop Will Eat Itself
30. Stand – REM
31. Wild Wild West – Escape Club
32. Only a Memory – Smithereens
33. Heart – Pet Shop Boys
34. Heart of Stone – Erasure
35. Big Hollow Man – Danielle Dax
36. Motorcrash – Sugarcubes
37. All That Money Wants – Psychedelic Furs
38. Breakfast in Bed – UB40/Chrissie Hynde
39. America – Killing Joke
40. Rev It Up – Jerry Harrison
41. I’ve Got a Feeling – The Screaming Tribesmen
42. Devil Inside – INXS
43. Dreaming – OMD
44. In Your Room – Bangles
45. This Corrosion – Sisters of Mercy
46. Charlotte Anne – Julian Cope
47. So Important – Sparks
48. Suede Head – Morrissey
49. Airhead – Thomas Dolby
50. Take My Heart Away – Johnny Clegg
51. I Need a Man – Eurythmics
52. There’s a Barbarian in the Back of My Car – Voice of the Beehive
53. I Don’t Want Your Love – Duran Duran
54. Just Play Music – Big Audio Dynamite
55. Another Kind of Love – Hugh Cornwell
56. Presence of Love – The Alarm
57. Boom There She Was – Scritti Politti
58. What’s the Matter Here? – 10,000 Maniacs
59. What’s on Your Mind? – Information Society
60. Trash City – Joe Strummer
61. Electric Blue – Icehouse
62. Shame – Eurythmics
63. So Excited – Ranking Roger
64. Doctorin’ the Tardis – The Timelords
65. Carolyn’s Fingers – Cocteau Twins
66. Angel of Harlem – U2
67. I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones
68. Been There, Done That – Jon Astley
69. Tomorrow People – Ziggy Marley
70. Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
71. Dad I’m in Jail – Was (Not Was)
72. Situations – Cetu Javu
73. Baby Doll – Devo
74. Broken Heart – Red Flag
75. Mirror People – Love and Rockets
76. I Want Your (Hands On Me) – Sinead O’Connor
77. Inside Out – Mighty Lemon Drops
78. Orange Crush – REM
79. A Little Respect – Erasure
80. Cat House – Danielle Dax
81. Winning Side – Oingo Boingo
82. Fiesta – Pogues
83. All Night Long – Peter Murphy
84. Man With a Gun – Jerry Harrison
85. Glad I’m Not a Kennedy – Shona Laing
86. Glamour Boys – Living Colour
87. Hairdresser on Fire – Morrissey
88. Def Con One – Pop Will Eat Itself
89. Disco Dancer – Devo
90. I’m an Adult Now – Pursuit of Happiness
91. Delicious Demon – Sugarcubes
92. Tubular Bells – Book of Love
93. Kidney Bingos – Wire
94. Don’t Turn Around – Aswad
95. Turquoise Jewelry – Camper van Beethoven
96. Kill Eye – Crowded House
97. Call Me Blue – A House
98. Bone Machine – Pixies
99. Sister I’m a Poet – Morrissey
100. Ornaments of Gold – Siouxsie and the Banshees
101. Tell That Girl to Shutup – Transvision Vamp
102. Surfin’ USA – Jesus and the Mary Chain
103. Turn Around and Count to Ten – Dead or Alive
104. Come Out to Play – UB40
105. Tumblin’ Down – Ziggy Marley
106. Dreamworld – Midnight Oil
106.7 Mother’s Day – Boy John Frost

1. Love Song – The Cure
2. Love Shack – The B-52’s
3. Everlasting Love – U2
4. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
5. Sowing the Seeds of Love – Tears for Fears
6. Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
7. So Alive – Love and Rockets
8. Fire Woman – The Cult
9. Stand – REM
10. Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies
11. Last Cigarette – Dramarama
12. Proud to Fall – Ian McCulloch
13. Round and Round – New Order
14. Mayor of Simpleton – XTC
15. Between Something and Nothing – Ocean Blue
16. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Veronica – Elvis Costello
18. I’ll Be You – Replacements
19. Fascination Street – The Cure
20. Compulsion – Martin L. Gore
21. Don’t Crash the Car Tonight – Mary’s Danish
22. Last of the International Playboys – Morrissey
23. Way of the World – Max Q
24. Channel Z – The B-52’s
25. Kingdom of Rain – The The
26. Disappointed – Public Image Limited
27. Flesh and Blood – Oingo Boingo
28. No Myth – Michael Penn
29. Stop – Erasure
30. A Girl Like You – Smithereens
31. She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
32. Pop Song 89 – REM
33. Come Anytime – Hoodoo Gurus
34. Dancing Barefoot – U2
35. Everlasting Love – Howard Jones
36. Contact – Big Audio Dynamite
37. Pictures of Matchstick Man – Camper Van Beethoven
38. Interesting Drug – Morrissey
39. Let the Day Begin – The Call
40. Edie (Ciao Baby) – The Cult
41. Love is a Shield – Camouflage
42. Look Who’s Dancing – Ziggy Marley
43. Cult of Personality – Living Colour
44. I Want That Man – Deborah Harry
45. God is a Bullet – Concrete Blonde
46. Dear God – XTC
47. Into the Heart of Love – Mighty Lemon Drops
48. Southbound – Stan Ridgeway
49. Lullaby – The Cure
50. Oh Daddy – Adrian Belew
51. House – Psychedelic Furs
52. Sick of It – Primitives
53. God Part II – U2
54. No Big Deal – Love & Rockets
55. Lay All Your Love On Me – Information Society
56. Eat For Two – 10,000 Maniacs
57. Vanishing Point – New Order
58. Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction
59. Love and Anger – Kate Bush
60. Angel of Harlem – U2
61. Let Love Rule – Lenny Kravitz
62. Eardrum Buzz – Wire
63. Blues from a Gun – Jesus and Mary Chain
64. Where Did I Go Wrong – UB40
65. Sun King – The Cult
66. Baby I Don’t Care – Transvision Vamp
67. King for a Day – XTC
68. Roam – The B-52’s
69. World Party – Waterboys
70. Bombers in the Sky – Thompson Twins
71. Do You Believe in Shame – Duran Duran
72. The Prisoner – Howard Jones
73. Don’t Ask Me Why – Eurythmics
74. Getting Away With It – Electronic
75. Regina – Sugarcubes
76. I Wanna Be Adored – Stone Roses
77. Self – Fuzzbox
78. Another World – Hoodoo Gurus
79. Beat of Love – Voice of the Beehive
80. Pure – Lightning Seeds
81. Achin’ To Be – Replacements
82. Cosmic Thing – The B-52’s
83. Nightmares – Violent Femmes
84. Brother and Sister – Erasure
85. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah – The Pogues
86. Dirty Old Man – David Byrne
87. Standing There – The Creatures
88. Take a Step Back – Simple Minds
89. Who Will Be There – Ziggy Marley
90. I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers
91. Revival – Eurythmics
92. Madonna of the Wasps – Robyn Hitchcock
93. Strange Kind of Love – Peter Murphy
94. Dirty Blvd. – Lou Reed
95. Don’t Let Me Down Gently – Wonderstuff
96. Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals
97. Warrior – Public Image Limited
98. Run 2 – New Order
99. This Town – Elvis Costello
100. Year of the Knife – Tears for Fears
101. If it’s Love – Squeeze
102. Is This Love – King Swamp
103. Under the God – Tin Machine
104. She Bangs the Drums – Stone Roses
105. Happy Birthday – Concrete Blonde
106. Plastic Fantastic – Flesh for Lulu
106.7 Hey Ladies – Beastie Boys

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The Roq Rag, a sad mag for those that were…. rad?  

There is an interesting article in the Los Angeles mag (Nov. 2011) that starts on page 90.  Be sure to scroll down to the second portion of the article p188.

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