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Radio 54, side A, track 3: “Flashdance. . .What A Feeling” by Irene Cara, #41 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Irene Cara - FlashdanceOh, Irene Cara, when I saw this song come up on the track list, I was like “Oh, yeah.  That makes sense.  That was a really good song.”  And then I hit the Play button.  A good song?!?!?  This song is amazing, Irene Cara!!!!  It’s one of those songs that you kind of take for granted because it’s so entwined in the pop culture fabric, but when you actually take the time to listen to it, hot damn!  So great!  I’m very much a child of the ’80s because I LOVE me some synthesizer.  When the synth kicks in after that perfect slow build and those beautiful, evocative lyrics (“All alone I have cried silent tears full of pride in a world made of steel, made of stone”. . .come ON!  So good!), that’s when this song really takes hold of your heart (see what I did there?).

Of course, you can’t talk about this song without talking about the movie, and you can’t talk about the movie without talking about Jennifer Beals.  At the time I recorded this, I hadn’t actually seen the movie.  In fact, I don’t think I actually saw the movie until after the new millennium.  I know, crazy, right?  But I’ll say that watching it in my mid-to-late twenties, I probably appreciated it way more than I would have at 14 if you know what I’m saying.  Honestly, I don’t remember most of the movie besides the more iconic scenes, and then it’s that thing where you don’t remember if you actually saw it in the movie or you saw it somewhere of the many thousands of other times it’s referenced.

But there’s one scene I distinctly remember, involving a sweater and the removal of a bra therein.  Pretty sure I rewound that one.  It’s where every man (and a lot of women) fell in love with Jennifer Beals.  I’m not saying that she’s the best actress in the world, but after watching that scene, all of us who enjoyed watching that scene would never forget her, and if we heard Jennifer Beals was going to be in something, we would watch it, regardless of what it was.  You can imagine my happiness when she showed up in “The L Word”.  But it didn’t have to involve sex or nudity for us to want to see her again.  After all, that particular scene had none of that.  But it FELT like it did.  And now, because we live in a wonderful age of magic, we can watch that scene over and over and over (and over) again.  You were right, Irene Cara, we really can have it all!

“Flashdance. . .What A Feeling”

First when there’s nothing

But a sloooow glowin’ dream

That your fear seems to hide

Deep inside
Your mind

All alone, I have cried

Silent tears full of pride

In a world made of steel
Made of stone

Well, I hear the music
Close my eyes, feel the rhythm
Wrap around, take a hold
Of my heart

What a feelin’

Bein’s believin’

I can have it all, now I’m dancin’ for my life

Take your passion

And make it happen

Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your liiiiife

<awesome Irene Cara jam>

Now I hear the music
Close my eyes, I am rhythm
In a flash, it takes hold
Of my heeeeeart

What a feelin’

Bein’s believin’

I can have it all, now I’m dancin’ for my life

Take your passion

And make it happen

Pictures come alive, now I’m dancin’ through my liiiiife

What a feeliiiiiin’

<awesome Irene Cara jam>

What a feelin’ (I am music now)
Bein’s believin’ (I am rhythm now)
Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your liiiiiiiife

What a feelin’ (I can really have it all)
What a feelin'(pictures come alive when I call)
I can have it all (I can really have it all)

Have it aaaaaall (pictures come alive when I call)
(Call)
(Call)
(Call)
(Call)
(What a feelin’)

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