It’s been a long time since the Blue Jays faced Kansas City in the American League Championship Series, a series the Jays would lose in seven games. Running between October 8 and October 16, 1985, The Jays took the first two games at Exhibition Stadium as well as game four in KC. But the Royals fought back, taking the last two games in Toronto, 5-3 and 6-2. KC would later beat St. Louis in the World Series in another seven games after falling being 3-1.
That was 30 years ago. Man, a lot of time has passed.
- Pete Rose was still a hero in Cincinnati, collecting his 4,192nd hit a few weeks earlier.
- The first Nintendo game system was released two days after the ALCS ended.
- That was the year when the Internet Domain System was created. Outside of geeks and scientists, no one knew what the “Internet” was.
- Pretty much no one had cell phones.
- The release of Windows 1.0 was about a month off.
- Calvin and Hobbes still wasn’t in newspapers. The strip would debut in a few more weeks.
- October 21, 2015, seemed so far off when people went to see Back to the Future II.
Let’s talk about music. What was going?
- We were still talking about Live Aid which had happened in July.
- MuchMusic was a little more than a year old.
- The PMRC was still annoying people.
- Wham! had become the first Western pop group to tour China, playing series of shows over 10 days.
- The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on her Like a Virgin tour. They didn’t go over well with the crowds.
- A group called Psi Com broke up. They’d later reform as Jane’s Addiction.
- Moby was in a hardcore group called Vatican Commandos, but they broke up, too.
- A group called Fecal Matter was established. They’d later evolve into Nirvana.
- Same thing with a group called On a Friday. They’d soon become Radiohead.
This was the year the last time I watched the CASBY Music Awards from afar. I was still working at Q94-FM in Winnipeg but managed to keep up with that year’s event. The winners were
- Album of the Year: Parachute Club, At the Feet of the Moon
- Single of the Year: Spoons, “Tell No Lies”
- Group of the Year: Parachute Club
- Female Vocalist of the Year: Jane Siberry
- Male Vocalist of the Year: Bruce Cockburn
- Most Promising Non-Recording Group: Chalk Circle
- Most Promising Group of the Year: Pukka Orchestra
The Top 10 albums on CFNY that year were:
|1||New Order||Low Life|
|2||The Cure||The Head On The Door|
|3||Kate Bush||Hounds Of Love|
|4||Tears For Fears||Songs From The Big Chair|
|5||Propaganda||A Secret Wish|
|6||Simple Minds||Once Upon A Time|
|7||The Smiths||Meat Is Murder|
|8||Prefab Sprout||Two Wheels Good|
|10||The Waterboys||This Is The Sea|