A momentous year to be sure. On September 20, 1984, everything I knew about television sitcoms changed, and since, there has not been one show that I have been as fond of as I was of this one. On this day in 1984, The Cosby Show debuted with its pilot episode, and Cliff and Claire Huxtable moved their four children, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, and Rudy into millions of homes across the country, becoming one of the most easily recognizable families on TV. There was a quality about them that immediately enabled them to trick you into thinking that you had been watching them for years when they were really just getting started. Without further ado, I present the pilot episode of season one.
Welcome to When the Beats Strike: My Life in Music 1984, the year Vanessa and Rudy barged in to sleep with their parents to escape the wolfman in the closet, Menudo appeared on Sesame Street featuring a baby-faced Ricky Martin and taught us the many uses of agua, and I discovered that drawing on the Holly Hobby wallpaper with red crayon when I cannot sleep does not qualify as art. Even if I say it is, rather insistently. Also, the cat does not like me pretending her tail is a snake. Claws hurt!
#10 Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
#9 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
#8 Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen
#7 Borderline – Madonna
#6 All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
#5 Footloose – Kenny Loggins
#4 Wrapped Around Your Finger – Police
#3 Magic – Cars
#2 Let’s Hear It for the Boy – Deniece Williams
#1 Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar