The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
Featured Song/Artist
"Looking For A New Love"
Jody Watley
Written by Andre Cymone & Jody Watley
Jody Watley (MCA, 1987)


Gave you love
You did me wrong
Didn't know what to do
But baby I'm strong
Gonna get over you
A new boy I'm gonna choose
You'll see -- my love was true
Still you threw it all away
Now other guys will have me
They'll appreciate my love
Tell me how does it feel?

You know that I needed you
You know that you meant the world to me
You know I had to have you
Now I'm gonna find somebody new

I'm looking for a new love baby
A new love, Yeah yeah yeah
I'm looking for a new love baby
A new love. Yeah yeah yeah

Was she hot?
Did she turn you out?
Curiosity rules my brain
Was she worth my heart?
It's torn all apart
Are you going back again?
Tell me -- my love was true
Still you threw it all away
But now you're like the rest
Unworthy of my best
Hasta la vista, baby

You know that I needed you
You know that you meant the world to me
You know I had to have you
Now I'm gonna find somebody new

I'm looking for a new love baby
A new love, Yeah yeah yeah
I'm looking for a new love baby
A new love, Yeah yeah yeah
(repeat chorus)

Now other guys will have me
They'll appreciate my love
Tell me how does it feel?
But now you're like the rest
Unworthy of my best
Hasta la vista baby

I'm looking for a new love baby, a new love
I'm looking for a new love baby, a new love
I'm looking for a new love, a new love

Born in Chicago on 30 January 1959, Jody Watley was a teenager when she became a featured dancer on the TV show Soul Train. The show's booking agent, Dick Griffey, asked Jody to join a newly formed group called Shalamar in 1977, which also included Jeffrey Daniels and Howard Hewitt. Jody remained with Shalamar until 1982, during which time the group enjoyed hits with songs like "A Night To Remember" and "Second Time Around." She was one of the vocalists on Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" charity single a couple of years later. In 1987 her debut solo album was released, selling more than a million copies and containing three Top 10 hits -- "Don't You Want Me," "Some Kind Of Lover" and "Looking For A New Love," an infectious dance track that went to #1 on the R&B chart. Jody won a Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category that year. 1989's Larger than Life, her second album, also included three Top 10 hits -- "Real Love," "Friends" and "Everything." The following year, You Want To Dance With Me? consisting of dance remixes from the first two albums, sold well. Jody released two more MCA albums in the early 1990s (Affairs of the Heart and Intimacy) before branching out to start her own record label, Avitone. She was writer, singer, producer and video director for the 1995 album Affection. In 1997, she signed with Atlantic Records. Jody has provided vocals on several soundtracks, including Beverly Hills 90210 and White Men Can't Jump, and released a fitness video entitled Dance to Fitness. She also played the part of Rizzo in the Broadway version of Grease and has modeled for Gap and Sachs Fifth Avenue.


 "She Blinded Me With Science"
Thomas Dolby

Written by Thomas Dolby
The Golden Age of Wireless (Capitol, 1982)


It's poetry in motion
She turned her tender eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
But she blinded me with science
Blinded me with science!
And failed me in biology

When I'm dancing close to her
Blinding me with science, science
I can smell the chemicals
Blinding me with science, science
Science!

But it's poetry in motion
And when she turned her eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And failed me in geometry

When she's dancing nect to me
Blinding me with science, science
I can hear machinery
Blinding me with science, science
Science!

It' poetry in motion
And now she's making love to me
The spheres are in commotion
The elements in harmony
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And hit me with technology

Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto -- you're beautiful!

I don't believe it!
There she goes again!
She's tidied up and I can't find anything
All my tubes and wires
And careful notes
And antiquated notions

Now it's poetry in motion
And when she turned her eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
She blinded me with science
She blinded me with science
And failed me in geometry
She blinded me with science

Thomas Dolby Robertson was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1958. His father was a British archaeologist, and Thomas and his five siblings spent their early years tailing along after their globetrotting dad. Thomas taught himself the piano, and at sixteen dropped out of school to become a rock musician. Working by day in a fruit and vegetable shop, and playing music in London cocktail clubs or on the streets of Paris, Dolby built his own synthesizers and sound systems, and became much in demand as a sound technician. By 1979 he was playing keyboards for Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club, and the following year he was a session player on the Foreigner 4 album, while his composition "New Toy" became a hit single for Lene Lovich. Dolby released his debut album, The Golden Age of Wireless, in 1982. He then went to work on a novelty song and accompanying video entitled "She Blinded Me With Science." Though the song was not representative of Dolby's work, it became an instant smash in the U.S., and Golden Age was reissued with the song included. By April 1983, "She Blinded Me With Science" had peaked at US#4, and would remain in the Top 20 for 11 weeks. That same year, Dolby released the song with four other tracks on the EP Blinded by Science. Dolby's innovative, multimedia stage shows were sellout extravaganzas for a time. But Dolby resisted being crowned as King of Synth Pop, and while he released another album of original material (The Flat Earth, 1984), he preferred to work as producer and soundtrack composer, occasionally playing keyboards on tour with David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. He coproduced and played on albums by George Clinton, Joni Mitchell and Prefab Sprout. His soundtrack work for the films Gothic and Howard the Duck were highly regarded. In 1987 Dolby moved to Los Angeles, formed the Lost Toy People, and cut a new album entitled Aliens Ate My Buick (1988). In the Nineties, Dolby founded his own multimedia company, Headspace, creating soundtracks for CD-Rom games and theme parks. But Thomas Dolby will probably be best remembered as a New Wave innovator who showed that synth could have soul.


 "Up Where We Belong"
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Written by  J. Nitzsche, W. Jennings, B. Sainte-Marie
An Officer and A Gentleman (Island, 1982)


Who knows what tomorrow brings.
In a world where few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep it alive
The road is long, there are mountains in the way
But we climb a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong,
Where the eagles fly
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
 Up where the clear winds blow

Some hang on to used to be
Live their lives looking behind
When all we have is here and now
All our lives out there to find
The road is long, there are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles fly
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life's you and I
Alive today

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles fly
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Joe Cocker was born in the northern England steeltown of Sheffield who worked as a gas plumber while performing in local clubs. He and Chris Stainton recorded "Marjorine," a minor UK hit that brought them to the attention of former Procol Harum producer Denny Cordell, who cut Cocker's debut album, featuring help from the likes of Steve Winwood and Jimmy Page. The album's title track, a soulful reworking of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends," topped the UK singles chart in November 1968 and was a crowd favorite at Woodstock the following year. Cocker had his first American hit with a remake of the Box Tops' "The Letter," and followed up this success with songs like "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" and "You Are So Beautiful," the latter a Top Ten hit in 1975. Born in Orange County, California, Jennifer Warnes was five years old when she made up her mind to be a singer. In the late '60s she garnered a prominent role in the musical Hair and also regularly appeared on The Smothers Brothers TV variety show. She signed a deal with Parrot Records, which produced ...I Can Remember Everything and See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me! before moving on to Reprise Records and then Arista. In 1977 she finally got a hit with "Right Time Of The Night" which went to #1 on the easy listening chart; her followup album produced another Top Ten single, "I Know A  Heartache When I See One."
Taylor Hackford, director of An Officer and A Gentleman, had originally intended to have a soundtrack comprised solely of existing songs, but at the last minute decided he wanted an original work to play over the film's end titles. Lyricist Will Jennings screened the film on Friday and presented Hackford a demo on Monday. A friend of Hackford's happened to be Jennifer Warnes' manager, and he suggested teaming his client up with Joe Cocker to sing "Up Where We Belong." Cocker was performing in the Pacific Northwest at the time; he jumped a flight to Los Angeles, recorded the song, and flew north that same day to resume his tour. The song entered the Top 100 at #89 on 21 August 1982 and soared to #1 in eleven weeks. It also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.