Bookended by Cats was named after Milo and Otis. They are the short, orange, and furry brothers who, upon entering our lives in 2003, often bookended us on our couch. And who are we? We're a geek couple living in PA. We love music, movies, TV, comics, books, and comic cons. And, from time to time, we'll share our thoughts on these nerdy things.

Friday, December 30, 2022

Friday 80s Flashback for December 30, 2022

[Beatitude] -- And so we've reached the final 80s Flashback of 2022. I've revisited only a sampling of the albums that turned 40 this year, and I'm doing one more to close out this month. This week's record was actually released 40 years ago this very day. 

After six years as the lead singer and principal songwriter of The Cars, during which that band released four records, Ric Ocasek released his solo debut: Beatitude. In this case, the title was not a reference to the Sermon on the Mount. Rather, the title was supposed to be pronounced "beat-itude," being a combination of the words "beat" and "attitude." 

Beatitude peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200. The three singles – "Something to Grab For," "Jimmy Jimmy," and "Connect Up to Me" – all met with varying successes, climbing into the top 50 of various Billboard charts. The most successful was "Something to Grab For" which peaked at #47 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Mainstream Rock charts. 

Flashback: Beatitude (December 30, 1982)

That's all till next week when we'll probably start looking at records released in 1983. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

I'll see you in seven!

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