MIXTAPE: HER NAME IS…. 0

We may not be as worldly as Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon traveling to exotic locations to meet women with names like ‘Rio’, but we searched deep in our record bins for new wave songs named after women. Accompanying each girly song on this mixtape is the ranking the song’s namesake placed in Social Security card applications for American female births during the 1980s. Guest audiophile Chris Rooney is hoping there is a 20-something named Sheila out there today whose folks conceived her while listening to Morrissey deliver the lines, “Sheila take a, Sheila take a bow / Boot the grime of this world in the crotch, dear…”

Eurythmics, ”Jennifer” (1983)
Baby Name Popularity: #2

Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Christine” (1980)
Baby Name Popularity: #45

The Undertones, “Julie Ocean” (1981)
Baby Name Popularity: #51

Elvis Costello, twins “Alison” (1977) & “Veronica” (1989)
Name Popularity: #107 (Alison) & #70 (Veronica)

Tom Tom Club, “Lorelei” (1981)
Baby Name Popularity: #143 (Lori)

The Modernettes, “Barbra” (1980)
Baby Name Popularity:  #155

The Knack, ”My Sharona” (1979)
Baby Name Popularity: #169 (Sharon)

U2, “Gloria” (1981)
Baby Name Popularity: #247

The Beat, “Jeanette” (1982)
Baby Name popularity: #257

The Smiths, “Sheila Take A Bow” (1987)
Baby Name Popularity: #269

The Cure, “Charlotte Sometimes” (1981)
Baby Name Popularity: #299

OMD, “Joan of Arc” (1981)
Baby Name Popularity:  #591

Sisters of Mercy, “Marian” (1985)

Baby Name Popularity: #595

Human League, “Louise” (1984)
Baby Name Popularity: #859

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