You have great taste in ’80s music. Like you, I was never a fan of “Celebration.” “Get Down on It” is better. I had the 45. But “Take My Heart” is my favorite of all their hits.

“Our Lips Are Sealed” is The Go-Go’s crowning achievement. Have you heard Fun Boy Three’s original? Totally different and just as good.

I never liked “Kids in America” when it was a hit. But I love it now. Having lived abroad for 12 years now, I’m not surprised that so many foreigners sing about America. It’s a mythical place to many.

Ray Parker Jr.: so underrated. My sister had “The Other Woman” on 45, and we wore it out.

“Paradise” is my favorite Sade single.

I take it you were as obsessed with Billboard’s Hot 100 as I was.

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