PopOff! #55: Bitter Ball 2020, Love Stinks!

Hello Poppies and welcome to the annual bitter ball. A mix of sour, grumpy, peeved, miffed, and jaded love songs. This time we stew about in the 1980s with a strong bent towards the rock side of the decade. Less talkin’ more rockin’ plus some classic film clips. Enjoy!

PopOff! is an “anything goes” musical show hosted by Bay Area DJ Bear. Sometimes it’s a theme, sometimes it’s a big ol’ birthday shout out tribute show to a specific artist(s). Shows occur on 1st and 3rd Mondays with the occasional Thursday Bonus Beats. Every episode is a unique sonic road trip through the multitudes of genres, eras, and musicians in recorded music. So if you have an open mind for musical exploration climb into the PopOff! Bubble and let’s get to it!!




War Of The Roses Clip

J. Geils Band – Love Stinks

Greg Kihn Band – The Break-up Song

REO Speedwagon – Take It On The Run

Asia – Only Time Will Tell

Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield

Heathers Clip

The Power Station – Murderess

Johnny Hates Jazz – Shattered Dreams

The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep

Bryan Adams – Cuts Like A Knife

The Motels – Only The Lonely

When Harry Met Sally Clip

Bonnie Raitt – Have A Heart

Huey Lewis And The News – Tell Me A Little Lie

The Police – The Bed’s Too Big Without You

Cyndi Lauper – Witness

Carly Simon – Why

Blues Brothers Clip

Eurythmics – Thron In My Side

Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief

Hoodood Gurus – Bittersweet

Martin Biley – Salt In My Tears

R.E.M. – The One I Love

Some Kind Of Wonderful Clip

U2 – With Or Without You

a-ha – Hunting High And Low

Simple Minds – I See The Lights

Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies

Billy Idol – It’s So Cruel

Pretty In Pink Clip

The Go-Go’s – Skidmarks On My Heart

Kirsty MacColl – There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis

Pretenders – Tattooed Love Boys

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Nag

Debbie Harry – Liar Liar

Moonstruck Clip

The Primitives – Sick Of It

Karrina and the Waves – Do You Want Crying?

Lone Justice – Ways To Be Wicked

Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble – Rude Mood

Raiders Of The Lost Ark Clip

Twisted Sister – Love Is For Suckers

Girlschool – Hit And Run

Def Leppard – Love Bites

The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks – Stop Dragging My Heart Around

Frida – I Know There’s Something Going On

Heart – Who Will You Run To?

Alice Cooper – Poison

Night Ranger – Four In The Morning

Scandal – Goodbye To You

Steve Winwood – Higher Love

Favorites of Set:

1. J. Geils Band – Love Stinks

2. Cyndi Lauper – Witness

3. The Power Station – Murderess

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