Eddie Money, Travel Agent? 80’s Flashback

This past weekend I saw a new GEICO commercial starring Eddie Money, the 2012 version. He was selling only “2 Tickets To Paradise” for a family of four at a travel agency. The ad reminded me of those cheesy, but oh so memorable, 80’s MTV videos. “Shakin” is my  favorite! Check out Eddie’s one-of-a-kind style, Apollonio (pre-Purple Rain) as the hot girl cameo, fast cars, and who doesn’t love those lyrics: “Rosanna’s daddy had a car she loved to drive, stole the keys one night and took me for a ride, turned up the music just as loud as it could go, blew out the speakers in her daddy’s radio!!”

Those songs of the 80’s hook you in and even if you try to forget them, they’re stuck in your head forever. The black and white video showcased Eddie in his Ray Ban sunglasses and a mysterious curvaceous woman making her way to the stage. The surprise of the song was the return of Ronnie Spector from the 60’s girl group, The Ronettes. The original “Be My Baby” was one of the best girl group songs of the 60’s. “Be My Baby” was featured in Dirty Dancing for its dramatic drum beats, a perfect pop chorus, and another perfect production by her husband, Phil Spector.

Eddie Money actually became a cop, following in his dad’s footsteps, before following his dream of becoming a musician. His real name is Eddie Mahoney (sounds like a police officer’s name), he said in an interview once, “I didn’t think I was that funny, so I took the HA out of Mahoney and became Eddie Money.” His first Columbia Records single, “Baby Hold On” was released in 1978. Here’s early footage of Eddie, check out the Steve Perry of Journey introduction!

After high school, I moved six hours from home from Wisconsin to Minneapolis. The cassette I remember most from that eventful long drive was “No Control” from Eddie Money. “Running Away”, “Hard Life”, “Take A Little Bit Of My Heart“, and “My Friends” weren’t radio hits but they are the perfect lyrics for a teenage about to make a life-changing decision. I highly recommended checking out the CD, “No Control”, one of the best pop/rock albums of the 80’s!