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Steve Perry, Morrissey, Belinda Carlisle: Name the best turned-solo artists of the '80s




As great as the bands were in the '80s, you gotta flick your Bic for some of the amazing solo arists who released classic works during our favorite decade.

Obvious first example: Steve Perry's solo 1984 album Street Talk. The record had four Top 40 hits on it: Oh Sherrie (dedicated to the beautiful Sherrie Swafford), Foolish Heart, Strung Out and She's Mine. Sales eventually lifted it to the double platinum level (and probably contributed to Journey's hard feelings toward the best lead singer they'd ever have).

Another classic: Belinda Carlisle's 1987 album Heaven On Earth. Let's face it: You either loved or were irritated by the former Go-Go's lead singer's tunes like Heaven Is a Place on Earth. But there's no debating the eternal soothing qualities of I Get Weak.

So here's the challenge: Time to name the best solo artists of the '80s. We'll compile your suggestions and create a Stuck in the '80s podcast salute to your favorite solo artists in the near future.The only guideline: The artist MUST be from an established band BEFORE going solo. The band can be from before the '80s, but the solo work must appear in the '80s. (So no Richard Marx or Eddie Money. But yes for George Michael, formerly of Wham. See how it works?)

Add your suggestions below. Here are five that would make my personal list:

MORRISSEY: I still prefer the Smiths tunes better, but the only way to get that sound today is by listening to Morrissey. Still waiting for him to tour Tampa Bay. He seems to get "sick" every time he reaches the Florida state line.

DAVID LEE ROTH: Okay, California Girls and Just a Gigolo are a little clownish. But he did make fun videos. Thankfully he rejoined Van Halen in 2007. Now just get Michael Anthony back on board and all is well.

LIONEL RICHIE: Younger fans of the '80s probably forget Mr. Dancing on the Ceiling was the frontman of the Commodores for years and years.

DANNY ELFMAN: Too bad Elfman's hearing damage prevents him from touring anymore. The former Oingo Boingo genius was at his best for his solo album, titled ... yep ... So Lo. Check out the tune Gratitude.

JANE WIEDLIN: Along with Belinda Carlisle, Jane was the brains and talent behind the Go-Go's. Still love her 1983 tune Cool Places with Sparks.

Name as many favorites as you can think of.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:51pm]


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