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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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Earworms: 1984

It is 1984.


Michael Jackson suffers terrible burns recording a commercial for Pepsi.  He also wins eight Grammy Awards, mostly for the album Thriller.  Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father in the course of a family argument.  First awarding of the MTV Music Video Awards, which are dominated by Herbie Hancock and The Cars (controversial performance of the awards ceremony: Madonna's Like a Virgin).  Bob Geldof of the band Boomtown Rats is among those watching a BBC documentary on the famine in Ethiopia.  The result is the charity all-star band Band Aid, and the single Do They Know It's Christmas?  Tipper Gore founds the Parents Music Resource Center, in response to the "filth" on Prince albums.    Van Halen parts way with David Lee Roth.  The Police break up.  New Kids on the Block form.  Aerosmith reform.


Big Hits: Careless Whisper (Wham!), I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder), Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham!), Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes), Karma Chamelion (Culture Club), Jump (Van Halen), Footloose (Kenny Loggins), Against All Odds (Phil Collins), Hello (Lionel Richie), Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), The Reflex (Duran Duran), When Doves Cry (Prince), Theme from Ghostbusters (Ray Parker, Jr.), What's Love Got To Do With It? (Tina Turner), Let's Go Crazy (Prince), Out of Touch (Hall & Oates), Like a Virgin (Madonna), 99 Red Balloons (Nena), Thriller (Michael Jackson), Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper), Here Comes the Rain Again (Eurythmics), New Moon on Monday (Duran Duran), Hold Me Now (Thompson Twins), The Heart of Rock and Roll (Huey Lewis and the News), Eyes Without a Face (Billy Idol), Legs (ZZ Top), She Bop (Cyndi Lauper), Lucky Star (Madonna), Purple Rain (Prince), Wild Boys (Duran Duran), Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen), Uptown Girl (Billy Joel), and Head Over Heels (The Go-Gos).