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What Was Music Like the Last Time The Blue Jays Faced Kansas City in the Playoffs?

It’s been a long time since the Blue Jays faced Kansas City in the American League Championship Series, a series the Blues 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.
Back to the Future II Jays-KC meme
Nice meme by Shane Alexander.

Let’s talk about music. What was going?

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 at the 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
9 O.M.D. Crush
10 The Waterboys This Is The Sea





Alan Cross

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2 thoughts on “What Was Music Like the Last Time The Blue Jays Faced Kansas City in the Playoffs?

  • I’m 46 I feel 26 thanks for reminding me that I am 46 great music great times and right around the time too that I found a cool radio station in Brampton called CFNY…..still have about 7 out of the 10 albums on that list too.

  • George Brett was a one man wrecking crew. It’s scary the type of numbers he would put up if he played now


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