Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Asia

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

A is for Asia.

I was in the car (I drive a lot for my job), and I was already stumped as to what my first post would be for the A-Z Challenge. I thought that the letter "A" would be easy, but I just couldn't make up my mind.

Just when I was going to settle for Adam Ant, a song came on the radio. A song I can't recall EVER hearing on the radio, but near a small town where all the major radio stations disappeared, some tiny local station started playing Asia's "Don't Cry."

It took me back...I remember watching Asia on Mtv back when the cable channel played music videos. "Heat of the Moment" was such a fantastic song from Asia's debut/self titled album. The record spawned a bunch of other hits including "Only Time Will Tell" and "Sole Survivor." Not only was the album full of incredible rock n' roll, but the cover was kick ass with this huge water dragon.

Asia's second album, Alpha, possessed equally gorgeous cover art. In fact, I remember recreating
the cover on a poster board. The songs were equally otherworldly. "Don't Cry" was another top 10 hit, followed by "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes."

Even long after Asia disappeared from the charts, I remember driving home from high school blasting Asia out of the windows of my Renault Alliance on warm Spring afternoons.

Asia still does little tours to this day, and their sound is distinctively 80s

28 comments:

Riann Colton said...

Look...I don't need anymore reminders that I'm 40. And here you are going to remind me for 26 days. That's not very nice, Mr. Noel. You & I are going to have words.

Brinda said...

Oh yeah. Of course, I remember this song well. I look forward to this stroll down memory lane.

Nick Wilford said...

Didn't know anything by Asia. (I'm a relative spring chicken, born 1980.) Distinctively 80s indeed!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember Asia! There cover art was always awesome.
And I remember when MTV used to play music as well...

Jay Noel said...

Riann: Don't feel so bad. I beat you to it by four months!

Brinda: It's still a great song.

Nick: Yeah, Asia is considered early 80s.

Alex: Their cover art is pretty darn incredible. High rotation on MTV too.

Laura Eno said...

Speaking as a NOT spring chicken (thanks, Nick) I'm going to enjoy this stroll through the '80s!

P.S. to Riann and Jay. I'm old enough to be your mother. Age 40 rocks! Remember that. :)

Michelle said...

The best music DEFINITELY comes from the '80's... no question about that!
This coming from a NOT spring chicken (as described by Laura above...)

Jay Noel said...

Laura: So far, it's not too bad!

Michelle: LOL. I love catching obscure 80s music on the radio, whether it's a little Pet Shop Boys or Duran Duran.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Parachute pants, I wore 'em!

Growing Pains. I was in love with Mikey aka Kirk Cameron. Alan Thick was a bit of an asshole in the show, though.

Enjoy the Challenge and come pop in and visit.

elizabethwatgibson said...

Oh, my goodness, where was I in in the 80's? Who was I in the 80's is a better question? Okay, not going there. LOL. Fun post. Gads, did you see those hairdos?

Melanie Schulz said...

Love, love, love 80's music. Thanks for helping me to remember this one.

Susan Kane said...

I didn't know this song was by Asia, a group whose name I didn't remember. I am a decade or so ahead of you.

Teresa Coltrin said...

I remember Asia. Maybe I should say I don't remember. Would that make me younger or senile?

Arlee Bird said...

There's a group I'd forgotten about. Never really got into them, but for awhile their music prevailed.

Thanks for the A to Z work you've been putting in!

Lee
Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

LOL Asia. They had some pretty awesome songs and some great covers. Total poster child for the atypical 80's band.

SA Larsenッ said...

Ah, yes. Great band! I forgot about them. Thanks for bringing them back to light. *Hi, from another one of Matt's minions. :)

The Desert Rocks said...

This is too funny because you'll have to see my friend Diane Carlisle's post today at Are We There Yet. You will crack up!

speedingturtlegetsfit.com said...

Great post... forgot about Asia, so I take it that you're saving Africa for Toto? Must admit that I loved Adam and the Ants as a teenager, even wanted a pirate shirt... not that I ever was allowed!

Cynthia said...

Yes, their sound is quite '80s. Are you going to post a picture of yourself from the '80s sometime this month?

Summer Ross said...

I had never heard of Asia before this- interesting...thank you for sharing.

Christine Rains said...

Ah, Asia. What a wonderful flashback moment! Great start to the Challenge.

Dana Martin said...

Wow! Stopped by on a whim, doing my homework for the A-Z blog touring segment, and stumbled onto this 1980s goodness. YES.

I will be back tomorrow. Can't wait!!! :)

Dana
www.DanaMartinWriting@blogspot.com

Deniz Bevan said...

Hello fellow minion! Love your theme! I have to admit, the first time I ever paid attention to Asia was when one of their guitarists joined one of my favourite bands, The Stone Roses.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Here's a sign that I'm stuck in the 80s--when I think to myself, 'What does MTV play, if not music?'

Silvia Villalobos said...

Love the band. Love their music.
Good luck with the rest of the Challenge. This sounds interesting.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Kate OMara said...

Loved Asia way back when. Glad to see I'm not the only one. :)

Samantha May said...

MTV used to play music videos?! :D

Kidding, of course. I'm a 90's kid so I'm not THAT out of the loop. As for the people born in the early 2000's...yikes.

I've never heard of Asia though, so I guess I'm back out of the loop :)

Rusty Webb said...

Asia was a great band. I had no idea they still played live shows. I guess I would too I'd there were money in it.

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