best of 1981

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February 9, 1981

Happy 36th Birthday precious snowflake !

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The 1979 Mustang was based on the longer Fox platform (initially developed for the 1978 Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr). The interior was engineered to accommodate four people in comfort despite a smaller rear seat. The larger body meant the interior offered more space for four passengers, especially in the back seat, as well as a larger capacity trunk and a bigger engine bay. Two trim levels were available and included the base model and the more luxurious Ghia model.

The third generation Mustang had two different front end styles. From 1979 to 1986 the car had an angled back front clip and four headlights, known by enthusiasts as “Four Eyes,” the same front end styling that was also used on the Chevrolet Camaro from 1982 until 1992.

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On this day in music history: March 28, 1981 - “Rapture” by Blondie hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 4 weeks on February 28, 1981, and peaking at #33 on the R&B singles chart on March 14, 1981. Written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, it is the fourth and final chart topping single for the New York based New Wave/Rock band fronted by lead vocalist Debbie Harry. Harry and Stein are inspired to write the song after attending Hip Hop parties in the South Bronx. Making references to hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash in its lyrics, the song quickly makes its mark. It becomes the first mainstream pop record to feature rapping to hit number one on the pop charts, introducing the underground art form to a wide mainstream audience. The single’s music video also features cameo appearances from Fab Five Freddy and graffiti and pop artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Released as the second single from their fifth album “Autoamerican” in mid January of 1981, it follows its predecessor “The Tide Is High” to the top of the chart. Entering the Hot 100 at #61 on January 31, 1981 on the same date that “Tide” hits number one, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. The single is also released overseas with an extended 12" dance mix of the track clocking in at almost ten minutes, with US club DJ’s and radio being serviced with a promotional only 12" single with the six and a half minute long album track on one side, and an edited version on the flip side running four minutes and fifty seconds, that becomes a heavily sought after collector’s item. A third version clocking in at just over five and a half minutes is released on the compilation “The Best Of Blondie” in 1981, with the same intro as the 12" mix and an extra verse. “Rapture” also turns up on Grandmaster Flash’s landmark single “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel” later in 1981, featuring the iconic DJ cutting and scratching the Blondie record. “Rapture” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Unlimited Touch - “I Hear Music In The Street” (1981)

The other day, @retrosofa asked me about an idol that appears in the Tokimeki Tonight anime, and reminded me that there’s also (sort of) a real-life idol featured in the manga version that I’d been meaning to talk about. When they turn Mori’s novel into a movie, the heroine is played by a certain “Yakushiji Hiromi”:

She’s very obviously a reference to real-life idol actress and singer Yakushimaru Hiroko, who was hugely popular through the 1980s, and probably best remembered for her 1981 breakout role in the movie Sailor-fuku to kikanju, in which… well, as the title suggests, she wears a sailor-style school uniform and shoots machine guns.

It was the highest-grossing Japanese-produced movie in Japan in 1982. Because why wouldn’t it be?

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Tom Hiddleston {February 9, 1981}

“Actor. Prince Hal/ Henry V. Loki. Capt Nicholls. Fitzgerald. Freddie Page. Edward. Magnus. Oakley. Also: brother, son, friend, runner, dancer, prancer, loon.”

Wishing you an Happy Birthday, precious snowflake.