However I'm going to tweak things a little and target music singles, since I was the kid obsessed with making mix tapes instead of listening to entire albums.
Today I'm gonna feature songs from 1985 to 1987, otherwise known as My Awkward Years.
While the cool kids were break dancing, skateboarding, playing sports, and chasing girls... I was playing video games and collecting baseball cards.
Honestly... it's a good thing I grew up and hung out with those "cool" kids... otherwise I might have been featured on one of those ABC Afternoon Specials. But that's another story for another day.
Let's listen to some music and show off some cardboard...
Tears for Fears: Shout (1985)
Whenever I play 80's music for my students, I always include at least one song from the Songs from the Big Chair album.
1972 Topps #323 and #33
I decided to go with Shout, because it made me think of Earl Weaver and Billy Martin. Both of these guys were known for their entertaining tirades and are two of my favorite managers of all-time.
Bryan Adams: Summer of '69 (1985)
Bryan Adams had a lot of big hits in the 80's. After looking over the list of songs on Reckless, Summer of '69 stood out because baseball and summer go hand in hand.
I wasn't around back in 1969, but thanks to the internet I discovered that Willie McCovey won the MLB All-Star Game MVP Award and launched the 300th home run of his career back in the summer of 1969. To top it off... he took home the NL MVP Award at the end of the season.
Peter Cetera: Glory of Love (1986)
Glory of Love was Peter Cetera's first solo hit after leaving the band that I grew up listening to in the 70's and early 80's. I don't hear this song very often anymore, but when I do Cetera isn't the first thing that comes to mind. It's Tamlyn Tomita:
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This song was featured in Karate Kid II and Tamlyn played Daniel-san's Okinawan girlfriend... Kumiko. She was my childhood crush back then... and my celebrity crush right now.
Beastie Boys: No Sleep Till Brooklyn (1986)
No Sleep Till Brooklyn is a classic. And I can't listen to this song without thinking of the Dodgers and my 1956 Topps Jackie Robinson:
1956 Topps #30
It seems perfect to post my favorite card and my favorite group together.
Bruce Hornsby and the Range: The Way It Is (1987)
Both of my brothers influenced my taste in music as a kid. They're the main reason I'm such a huge fan of 70's rock.
They also opened my eyes to artists like Bruce Hornsby. This song's title instantly made me think about collecting cards before the invention of top loaders and penny sleeves.
Some of you were around back then, right? Remember when we would shove our cards in our bike spokes, or draw on them? Maybe some of you flipped them against walls, or used tape to stick them to your bedroom walls. That's just the way it was.
The Cure: Just Like Heaven (1987)
Back in 1987 or 1988, I went to see The Cure at the Oakland Coliseum. I'm pretty sure it was the first concert I ever attended. At the time, I barely knew their music. But one of my neighbors was a huge fan and invited me to come along. I'm glad I did... because thirty years later, I'm still a fan.
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You can't play Just Like Heaven without featuring an California Angels card. I had hope to show off my 1972 Topps Billy Cowan card, but it's tucked away in my 1972 Topps set, which I currently don't have access to.
That's okay... I love my Rod Carew autograph too.
Well that's it for today. I'll try my best to post more cards and music from the second half of my teen years (1988 to 1991) on Thursday.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!