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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Earworms: 1981

It is 1981.


It's also the dawn of the music video age: MTV debuts in the US on August 1st.  (First video aired: Video Killed the Radio Star, by The Buggles.)  Blondie scores the first ever #1 rap hit, with Rapture.  Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove.  Simon & Garfunkel perform a one-off free show "reunion" in Central Park for a crowd of at least 500,000.  The Bangles, Pet Shop Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Metallica form.  Paul McCartney ditches Wings.


Big hits: Endless Love (Diana Ross & Lionel Richie), The Tide is High (Blondie), Celebration (Kool & the Gang), 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton), I Love a Rainy Night (Eddie Rabbitt), Keep On Loving You (REO Speedwagon), Rapture (Blondie), Kiss on My List (Hall & Oates), Morning Train (9 to 5) (Sheena Easton), Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes), The One That You Love (Air Supply), Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield), Arthur's Theme (The Best that You Can Do) (Chris Cross), Private Eyes (Hall & Oates), Physical (Olivia Newton-John), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne), Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks), Elvira (The Oak Ridge Boys), Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (The Police), I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Hall & Oates), Limelight (Rush), Our Lips Are Sealed (The Go-Gos), Queen of Hearts (Juice Newton), Rock This Town (The Stray Cats), Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones), Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Stray Cat Strut (The Stray Cats), Superfreak (Rick James), Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe it or Not) (Joey Scarbury), Tom Sawyer (Rush), Urgent (Foreigner), Whip It (Devo), and You Better You Bet (The Who).