My Favorite Songs: "Destination Unknown" Missing Persons (1982)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
February 13, 2016 9:28am CST
Missing Persons was a quintessential 80s new wave alternative LA band founded by singer Dale Bozzio, her husband drummer Terry and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo (who later replaced Andy Taylor and played with Duran Duran for 15 years). The band was very popular in its hometown and on alternative radio and inexplicably never broke nationwide despite a great sound and the dynamic Dale. There can be no question Dale was an influence on Lady Gaga. Dale was outrageously sexy and dressed flamboyantly. "Destination Unknown" is among the group's best known songs reaching number 42 on Billboard and included on the "Spring Session M" album. The song is a bit different from others as Dale refrains from her trademark Betty Boop hiccup highs. "Destination Unknown" has that driving new wave beat and is more somber that it seems. The song is about impending death of which we have no control over and the uncertainty beyond. "Life is so strange Destination unknown When you don't know Your destination Something could change It's unknown and then you won't know Destination unknown"
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• Pensacola, Florida
14 Feb 16
This song came out eight years before I was born. Just thought Id make you feel old in the comment before actually commenting on the song. I don't know for sure that I have ever actually heard the song. Guess I should go to YouTube and look it up.
• New York, New York
14 Feb 16
Only For The Moment is my all time favorite from Missing Persons. Surrender Your Heart is a close second favorite. They were a very underrated band. Right Now, and Give were other fantastic songs. 80's synth! Great times, great music.