So, anything happen in the presidential race this week? Let's take as humorous a look as we can at it, by trying to fit '80s hits into a very specific theme. I actually think you may be surprised...
  1. Poison, "Talk Dirty To Me"
    We certainly heard about some dirty talk from Donald Trump, didn't we? And better yet, this first major hit by Poison is from an album called Look What the Cat Dragged In. You know what another word for cat is? I'll let you take a stab...I mean a it.
  2. Wham!, "Careless Whisper"
    This song has a weird history. Its nearly seven-minute full version closes Wham!'s Make it Big album, but the single (heard here) was credited to George Michael in the U.K., and at least Wham! featuring George Michael, if not just Michael himself, in the U.S. The next time he would release a solo single, "A Different Corner" in 1986, it would signal the end of Wham! And I'm sure Trump views his comments to Billy Bush as simply careless whispers.
  3. Genesis, "Invisible Touch"
    Some (check that: most) may call it groping, but to the Donald, it's just an invisible touch. Genesis makes an appearance for the third straight week; more on Phil -- in both music and current events -- a little later.
  4. The Stray Cats, "(She's) Sexy + 17"
    Double entendre! A band that's a partial synonym for "p***y," and a title that objectifies women? Underage women? This is a gift from above for Mr. T. And how did it ever become a Top 5 hit???
  5. Steve Perry, "Foolish Heart"
    From the album Street Talk (different from locker room talk), which also brought you "Oh Sherrie." The "talk"ing point is really the only connection here, so that's tenuous at best, but I've always really liked this song. If you go to one of my favorite websites, Songfacts, there's a lengthy and insightful interview with this song's primary writer, a guy named Randy Goodrum. Good stuff.
  6. Erasure, "A Little Respect"
    Respect is, of course, the key word here -- but I also have a personal anecdote. When I was about 16, the semi-famous local rock band of record (they were on MTV!) played an outdoor festival at my high school and opened their set with this. I was already an '80s enthusiast by that time, so that really made me geek out. And the cover was really, really well done.
  7. Tracy Chapman, "Talkin' Bout A Revolution"
    We'll continue our "talk" motif with this one from Chapman's 1988 self-titled debut. Some believe that Donald Trump's candidacy is the signal of a political revolution. Did you know that our greatest revolutionary, George Washington, advised against the creation of political parties? About that...
  8. Tears for Fears, "Mothers Talk"
    A lot of mothers will talk pending the outcome of the election, and the new president's new Supreme Court nominee, and his or her stance on Roe v. Wade. On the music side, this is the much-forgotten fourth single from TfF's Songs from the Big Chair, and if I have to tell you what the other three are, I honestly have to question if you've ever met me before.
  9. Rick Springfield, "Don't Talk To Strangers"
    "Don't talk to strange men, don't be a fool." But sure, let them grab you by the p***y, especially if they're a star. I'm sorry for the snark! I will try to keep it "fair and balanced" from here on out.
  10. Cliff Richard, "We Don't Talk Anymore"
    Like Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, Sir Cliff has dealt with his fair share of sexual impropriety claims, but he's been exonerated on all fronts. "We Don't Talk Anymore" was the next step in a remarkable comeback for Richard that started with "Devil Woman" in 1976 and continued with the fabulous single "Dreamin'" in 1980-81.
  11. The Romantics, "Talking In Your Sleep"
    After playing "What I Like About You" two weeks ago, the inclusion of "Talking" means I have given you the entirety of the Romantics' greatest hits catalog. This was actually a much bigger success -- some might call it yuuuuuuuge -- hitting #3 on Billboard. And for some reason, the lead vocals remind me of Weird Al (Yankovic, not Gore).
  12. The Go-Go's, "Head Over Heels"
    The name of the album from which this song comes is Talk Show, and those have had plenty to say about this election. Otherwise, some great bass guitar in this one. Belinda went solo not long after. Not much more to say!
  13. Melissa Manchester, "You Should Hear How She Talks About You"
    Sure, Melissa, you can handle balladry like "Midnight Blue" and "Don't Cry Out Loud," but can you do new wave? With great success, as it turns out. And I wonder what Hillary says about Donald when the mics are turned off...
  14. The Bangles, "In Your Room"
    I'm guessing this is a bedroom, not a locker room, but it's the thought that counts. And I betcha Trump loved him some Susanna Hoffs back in the day...
  15. Talking Heads, "And She Was"
    From Talk Show to Talking Heads. Also, this includes a line about "and she was taking off her dress." So, you know, topical and sexist. I'm sure David Byrne didn't mean it that way. And this is my favorite TH song (check out Byrne's live version with Brazilian guitarist Caetano Veloso from about a decade back. Brilliant.)
  16. Paul Carrack, "When You Walk In The Room"
    A minor hit for Carrack, but don't fret. He still had hits with Ace...Squeeze...Mike + the others from his solo career. And he was briefly in Roxy Music. One of my favorite artists ever. And the song here was written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon. What this election...needs love...sweet love... (I know that's Burt, but she sang it too)
  17. Talk Talk, "It's My Life"
    I might have doubled down and put the actual song "Talk Talk" in this slot, but decided to go with "It's My Life" instead. You're all familiar with the 2003 No Doubt cover...and here's a gentle reminder, once again, Gwen Stefani is older than Ted Cruz. Believe it.
  18. Stevie Nicks, "Rooms On Fire"
    Don't...stop...thinkin' about tomorrow...
  19. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, "It Takes Two"
    OK, so this is actually where the inspiration for this week's theme came from. I realized I could have come with a few more baseball references last week, and this is the song played in just about every stadium when the home team turns a double play. But there are also two major candidates left in the presidential hunt, and just like 9 out of the 10 MLB playoff teams, one will lose.
  20. Eric Carmen, "Make Me Lose Control"
    So let's hit you (sorry...grab you) with some songs about losers! Eric Carmen was actually on a bit of a winning streak when this came out in 1988. It was on the heels of his hit from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, "Hungry Eyes," and the retro flavor of the follow-up suggests it could have fit right in with the movie as well.
  21. Phil Collins, "Don't Lose My Number"
    Told you Phil would be back and indeed, here he is. It's been a big year for PC: a deluxe reissue package of his eight solo albums, a high-profile return to the stage at the U.S. Open tennis tournament (singing "Easy Lover" with Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr.), and an autobiography due out at the end of the month. Coming tomorrow is a new two-CD set of all of his singles. It's on the way to my home address right now.
  22. Gloria Estefan, "Don't Wanna Lose You"
    In 1989, Gloria Estefan dropped the Miami Sound Machine name from her brand, but not from backing her albums (on which they were still credited as such in the liner notes) and concerts. Sort of how, like, Paul Ryan rescinded his support of Donald Trump, but their fates are still somewhat tied to each other.
  23. John Lennon, "I'm Losing You" / Yoko Ono, "I'm Moving On"
    Man vs. woman at its finest (Prince isn't on Spotify, otherwise I would have included "U Got The Look" and its "World Series of love" line last week). Had to play both tracks here, as they feed off each other on the Double Fantasy album. Again, big John show coming up in December.
  24. Bruce Springsteen, "Atlantic City"
    Perhaps the site of Donald Trump's biggest failures (save for his first two marriages), and a place Hillary Clinton has campaigned to hammer home that point. Will it work? We will find out in a few weeks. Still, it's true what Bruce says here -- and which provides the title of tonight's show: Don't get caught on the wrong side of that line.