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"Glory of the 80's"
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Single from To Venus and Back

Released

September 21, 1999 (Venus)
November 1, 1999 (UK)

Length

4:03 (Venus)
4:01 (single)

Label

Atlantic Records, East West Records

Writer

Tori Amos

Producer

Tori Amos

"Glory of the 80's" is the fourth song on Tori Amos' 1999 album To Venus and Back. The song was released as the fourth and final single from the album in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Background[]

The lyrics include several references to pop culture, including the song "Bette Davis Eyes" performed by Kim Carnes (referred to as "that blonde chick" in the song) and the 1954 novel Story of O by Pauline Réage.[1]

The song also mentions "auditioning for reptiles in their Raquel Welch campaign", which might be a reference to Amos' performance as a keyboard player in a commercial Welch shot for Crystal Light. During the shoot, Amos was reportedly told to tone it down.

"Glory of the 80's" was released as a single in Australia, United Kingdom and Germany with B-sides of live solo performances from the 1998 Plugged Tour. The Australian single and part one of the German and UK releases included "Famous Blue Raincoat" (mislabeled as "Blue Raincoat" in Australia and Germany) and "Twinkle". Part two of the German and UK singles included renditions of "Baker Baker" and "Winter".[2]

Music video[]

The music video for "Glory of the 80's" was

Other media[]

Comic Book Tattoo []

A nine-page story inspired by "Glory of the 80's" was included in the 2008 graphic novel anthology Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of short comics based on songs from Amos' discography. "Glory of the '80s" was written by Chris Arrant and pencilled, inked, coloured, and lettered by Star St. Germain.[3]

Live performances[]

"Glory of the 80's" was first performed live during the 1999 5 1/2 Weeks Tour and has been played on several of Amos' tours since, typically with a band. A rare solo performance of the song took place in Charlotte, North Carolina during the 2001 Strange Little Tour.[4]

Releases[]

Glory of the 80s (part 1) (UK) []

east west AT0077CD1 
November 1, 1999 

No. Title Length
1. "Glory of the 80's" 4:01
2. "Famous Blue Raincoat" (Live) 5:24
3. "Twinkle" (Live) 2:48

===Glory of the 80s (part 2) (UK)
east west AT0077CD2 
November 1, 1999

No. Title Length
1. "Glory of the 80's" 4:01
2. "Baker Baker" (Live) 3:53
3. "Winter" (Live) 7:01

Glory of the 80s (Germany)</ br>[]

5" CD-single
Atlantic

No. Title
1. "Glory of the 80's"
2. "Baker Baker" (Live)
3. "Winter" (Live)

===Glory of the 80s (Germany)===
5" CD-single
Atlantic ATT0071CD

No. Title
1. "Glory of the 80's"
2. "Blue Raincoat" (Live)
3. "Twinkle" (Live)

Glory of the 80s (Australia)
5" CD-single
Atlantic

No. Title
1. "Glory of the 80's"
2. "Blue Raincoat" (Live)
3. "Twinkle" (Live)

Personnel[]

References[]

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