TDP Sweet Sixteen Playlist: Ms. Abbott

Ms. Abbott is an engaging Spanish teacher at BHS, appreciated for both her candor in the classroom and her creative teaching style. She was 16 in 1983-1984. Here is what she was listening to.

“Mockingbird” – James Taylor and Carly Simon

 We’d sing this at night in the quad while we were waiting to get back into our dorms during a fire drill (I went to a boarding school).

 Thriller – Michael Jackson 

The whole album was great, but the real standout was the video.  It was practically on a continuous loop on MTV, back when they used to play music videos.

” Relax” – Frankie goes to Hollywood 

“Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince 

“Like a Virgin” – Madonna 

 “Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen

 I remember listening to this over and over again in the ceramic studio working on my homework

 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid

They raised a ton of money to combat famine in Ethiopia.  This was the start of a number of international concerts aimed at raising money/awareness of this problem, which eventually led to me running a 10k in London with 300,000 other people as a fundraiser for the same cause.

“Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2 

Simon and Garfunkel – the whole concert in Central Park

 “Hungry Like the Wolf” – Duran Duran 

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” – The Clash 

“Changes” – David Bowie

 “Burning Down the House”  – Talking Heads 

The Talking Heads concert movie, Stop Making Sense, was a big favorite, as was the cassette I had of the soundtrack.  It’s still something that I listen to a lot, and have replaced many times (cassette-cd-mp3).

“Another Brick in the Wall “- Pink Floyd 

 “Down on the Corner” – Creedence Clearwater Revival 


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