He still rides like the wind
The ultimate soft pop singer of the 80s -- Christopher Cross -- is 55 today. (He doesn't look a day over 60 ... No, no. We kid -- but he does resemble Jack Black a little too much). Hopefully the best birthday present we can give is leaving him off our 50 Worst Songs the 80s list.
Honestly, I liked his tunes. Not for getting ramped up for a hard night of partying (Queue up some Cheap Trick -- whooo! -- for those moments). More like for the morning after, when you feel like someone stuffed your barely moving carcass with hot dog filler and you're still belching triple sec out your nose.
And you can say Cross was the first big star of the 80s -- his debut album in 1979 featured several singles that topped the charts during 1980, including "Ride Like The Wind" and "Sailing." In 1981, he won five Grammys, including Best New Artist (usually a curse to your career -- think A Taste of Honey or Jody Watley) and Song of the Year ("Sailing"). In 1983, his song "Think of Laura" seemed written to go along with the plot of General Hospital's Luke and Laura, but truth be told, it was written in memory of a friend who'd recently been killed by a stray bullet.
His career faded in the late 80s, but Cross is still kicking around. In between releasing several best-of albums, he cut a studio album -- The Red Room -- back in 2000. He still tours quite a bit, playing the more intimate venues. And he has a kickin' website.
Will Christopher Cross merit his own special episode of our Stuck in the 80s podcast? Hmmm. Better run that idea past co-host Sean Daly, as soon as he finishes recovering from his weekend orgy of oyster po-boys.