Charlie's 80s Blog

80s Album Of The Week- Playing For Keeps by Eddie Money (1980)

In his amazing career, Eddie Money released 11 studio albums, 2 live albums, 7 compilation albums, 4 EPs, and a total of 27 singles.

In July of 1980, Eddie would release his third studio album “Playing For Keeps.” The album did not produce a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but like we always say here in the Attic, you can’t always judge songs by where they land on the Hot 100. Three songs off the album would chart on the Hot 100, all three were deeper hits outside the Top 40. The album “Playing For Keeps” would peak at #35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

“Get A Move On” is a gem that was released ahead of “Playing For Keeps” and was featured on the Americathon soundtrack, a 1979 film that starred John Ritter and Fred Willard. The song would peak at #46 on the Hot 100 in the fall of 1979.

“Running Back”, a reggae-influenced treasure, would peak at #78 on the Hot 100 in late September of 1980 and is a tune we just can’t get enough of here in the Attic! You’ll hear Charlie, Joe, Kari and Kilroy spin “Running Back” regularly.

“Let’s Be Lovers Again” the beautiful duet with Valerie Carter, would hit it’s peak of #65 on the Hot 100 in early November of 1980. In addition to Eddie Money, Valerie Carter worked with many other amazing artists in her career like Aaron Neville, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Diana Ross, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman and Nicolette Larson. Eddie and Valerie definitely created an amazing duet that really doesn’t get the credit it truly deserves. It should definitely be in the “Best Duets of the 80s” discussion. Like the song “Running Back”, it is a favorite of ours here in the Attic.

From “Trinidad” to “Million Dollar Girl”, the album “Playing For Keeps” is a true treasure and one you should definitely check out and listen to from beginning to end!

Eddie is truly missed and we are so honored to play his big 80s hits as well as his deeper hits regularly in Charlie’s 80s Attic. Thanks for keeping the 80s alive with us each and every day here in Charlie’s 80s Attic!