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You want to know what a Dead Man's Party feels like? With apologies to Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo, try staying four days in the hospital with a bad case of pneumonia. That's what happened to me earlier this month, which is why we've only managed to produce two shows in October.

Still, we've jam-packed this podcast with news about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a new advice column by Molly Ringwald and some news on The '80s Cruise. Oh, sure, we had planned to do a Halloween podcast about Poltergeist this month, but that's not going to happen now. That's the trick. Here's the treat.

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Is this the best Halloween song of the '80s? Or is there room for maybe just one more?

If you have even casually have followed Stuck in the '80s over the years, there is perhaps no other band that Steve Spears has championed more than Oingo Boingo. Even though the band is no stranger to the blog, as Halloween Eve approaches, there is no better time to give them their Lost and Found debut with Dead Man's Party.



For a song about the dead, Dead Man's Party has enjoyed a nice long life as it was released in April 1986 as the second single off their Dead Man's Party album that came out in October 1985. The single did not chart but still received its greatest promotion in the summer of 1986 when the band was featured performing live in the Rodney Dangerfield classic Back to School. The video starts off some scary animation of the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival that is featured on the cover art of the Dead Man's Party album before going into short clips of Back of School including a very young Robert Downey Jr. …

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Was this Jane Child song the last gasp of greatness in the '80s?

At Stuck in the ‘80s, we play by the rules and only feature ‘80s movies and songs. Let the jury cast judgment, but for better or worse, Jane Child's Don't Want To Fall In Love is an ‘80s song.

In September of 1989, 20-year old Canadian Jane Child released her debut self-titled album, but it wasn't until 1990 that the single Don't Want To Fall In Love caught the attention of MTV and radio stations across America. The single was a smash reaching No. 2 on the pop charts; opening up the debate for which decade could lay sole claim to the hit and whether it's a guilty pleasure or if it was representative of the decline of pop music in the late ‘80s. In fairness, the song is darn catchy and was written, recorded, released in the ‘80's, not to mention that Child's nose piercing probably originated in the ‘80s too. …

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A Nightmare on Elm Street vs. Friday the 13th: A Halloween trivia showdown

A Nightmare on Elm Street vs. Friday the 13th. How well do you know your '80s horror movies classics? This Friday night at 9 p.m., the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater will show both movies back to back in a Halloween movie double-header. Surely that's enough reason to let the grandparents take the kids treat-or-treating while you enjoy this rare ode to cinematic bliss.

But as an added bonus, everyone who shows up at the Capitol in costume will be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Alice Cooper concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 16. Our tip: Don't go as Freddie or Jason. Too predictable. In fact, now's a good time to make sure you're up to speed on these '80s classics, because you don't want to look like a fool sitting next to a guy wearing a Ghostbusters outfit -- the second most-predictable outfit this time of year.

For these five questions, tell us which movie we're talking about: A Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th.

1. A future Footloose star is a co-star in this 1980 film and meets his end when an arrow is shoved through his neck. Name the actor and the movie.

2. This future 21 Jump Street star made his film debut in this 1984 horror movie, but fell asleep at the wrong time, only to be "eaten" by his bed. Name the actor and movie.

3. This film was shot in just 90 days but required the use of more than 500 gallons of fake blood. Which movie was it?

4. Both Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned franchises that included more than a half dozen sequels each. Which film franchise had the most movies?

5. In 2003, villains Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees finally square off in one movie: Freddy vs. Jason. Which bad guy prevails at the end?

Source: IMDB.com

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Sorry, Brian, but this 'Boz' had staying power beyond the '80s

Have you seen the Dish Network commercial this fall featuring Brian Bosworth as the punchline? A sighting of "The Boz" brings to light the question of who is the most successful "Boz" of the ‘80s: Brian Bosworth or Boz Scaggs? Let us build the case for Boz Scaggs with Break Down Dead Ahead.

Named William by his mama, "Boz" Scaggs is primarily thought of as a ‘70s artists with hits like Lowdown and Lido Shuffle, but let me drop the facts on you that of Scaggs' eight Top 40 hits, a majority of five of them were in the ‘80s, including today's Breakdown Dead Ahead. The song reached No. 15 on the charts in 1980 and features the play of members of Toto on the track, though not in the video.

In contrast, Brian Bosworth garnered All-America honors as a linebacker for the Oklahoma Sooners in the mid-‘80s, but was a NFL bust for the Seattle Seahawks, lasting only two years after signing the most lucrative rookie contract in NFL history at that time. Starting tonight, ESPN is featuring a 30-30 production on Bosworth entitled Brian and the Boz. …

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A fitting video tribute to the genius of Chrissy Amphlett and the Divinyls

As October winds down, you surely have noticed it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all have had someone in our lives who has battled cancer, so it's fitting today we honor the fighters of the disease, including the Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls with their lost video for Sleeping Beauty.

The Divinyls had great success in their native Australia with nine Top 40 hits over their career, but their only song that still gets airplay on mainstream American radio is their 1990 Top 5 smash I Touch Myself. At the beginning of 1986, the Divinyls started to gain steam in America with their single Pleasure and Pain and their follow-up single Sleeping Beauty. Sleeping Beauty was only a minor hit in Australia and did not chart in America, however the catchy chorus and the video of the always-entrancing Amplett showcase an overlooked pop/rock gem.

Amplett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, but was unable to take radiation or chemotherapy treatment for the disease due to complications involved with suffering from multiple sclerosis that had plagued her since 2007. In April 2013, Amplett passed away from the combination of the two diseases.  

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Could this be the greatest '80s-themed cruise vacation ever?

Themed cruises featuring bands from the '80s aren't new, but there's a new one that has just been announced that will blow your mind. The '80s Cruise, a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean, will be hosted by original MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter and feature music performances by Huey Lewis and the News, Richard Marx, Starship, Kool & The Gang, Modern English, Naked Eyes, Wang Chung and more.

And that's just the start. The TVs in each cabin will feature 24/7 '80s era programming, showing only the best TV shows and movies from the '80s. There will be '80s arcades, featuring only the coolest games from our decade. And each night is a theme night, including a Pajama Jam, Neon Beach Party, '80s Prom, '80s Movie Costume Party and more.

The ship for this '80s adventure is the Holland American Eurodam, which is a high-end brand of cruise ships. And with all the '80s activities, you probably don't care as much about where the ship is going, but here's the itinerary anyway. After leaving Fort Lauderdale, the ship visits Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. I can vouch personally that those are fantastic places to visit. …

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How Spandau Ballet got its name ... and that near-miss hit from the '80s

It's Friday and many will be heading towards the movie screens later today to catch a flick. I know this much is true: One movie that probably is not playing in Peoria is the new Spandau Ballet film Soul Boys of the Western World, so for right now pacify yourself with the lost hit Only When You Leave.

Soul Boys of the Western World made its debut on selected screens on Sept. 30, and the documentary is supposed to contain home video footage taken by the band during its ‘80s heyday. In 1984, Spandau Ballet graced the channel of MTV and other video programs with Only When You Leav" that reached No. 34 on the U.S. singles charts. It would be the third and final song for Spandau Ballet to hit the US Top 40.

Spandau Ballet's most popular song True has taken on a new life in sampling (PM Dawn's Set Adrift on Memory Bliss), movies (The Wedding Singer) and most importantly as the doppelganger song for SIT80's Sean Daly. Despite all the fun-filled enjoyment Spandau Ballet has given pop culture, it wasn't until reading the Mad World book that I heard the macabre origin of the band name. …

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Podcast: Interview with Keva Rosenfeld from 'All American High Revisited'

Every blue moon, we get a clear glimpse back into the past and the '80s return to us completely in focus. Such is the case with the new documentary movie All American High Revisted. Basically, this "new" movie is actually a documentary from 1984, when director Keva Rosenfeld followed the Class of 1984 from Torrance High School in California. Keva has gone back to his old footage, found the former students and caught up with them. It's an amazing project and a must-see if you get the chance.

Stuck in the '80s co-host Brad Williams had a chance to screen the movie in Hollywood and chatted with Keva for this special podcast interview. Once you hear this podcast, you'll be dying to see All American High Revisited. Keep an eye on its official Facebook page for screenings near you.

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Here is the most successful '80s song you probably can't name

Some ‘80s songs sound like they could be from other decades, including now, but sometimes you hear a song that could only be 100% from the ‘80s and one of those songs is Trans-X's Living On Video.

Whether you heard Living On Video for the first time in 1983, 1986 or just today, the sound of blips and synth undeniably date this song to our favorite decade. If you think this song is Euro-trash, think again. Trans-X is basically one man, French-Canadian Pascal Languirand, who recorded Living On Video in 1981, finally got it released and scored a hit in Canada and worldwide in 1983 before releasing it again in 1986 where it made it to No. 72 on the U.S. Charts.

In total, Living On Video has amassed more than 2 million sales worldwide as a single and continues to sampled and covered by other recording artists across the globe. Not to be outdone, Trans-X has released a plethora of versions of the song over the years to continue cashing in their only world-wide hit.

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Annie Lennox to today's faux musicians: 'Twerking is not feminism'

God bless, Annie Lennox. The former Eurythmics singer finally took at shot at what passes for "musicians" these days and blasted Beyonce for pretending to be a feminist.

"Twerking is not feminism," Lennox said in an NPR interview. "It's not -- it's not liberating, it's not empowering. It's a sexual thing that you're doing on a stage; it doesn't empower you. That's my feeling about it."

NPR's Steve Inskeep had asked Lennox: "What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?" Lennox replied: "The reason why I've commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust -- literally -- at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It's troubling. I'm coming from a perspective of a woman that's had children."

I feel bad for today's teenagers, who are being force-fed a diet of truly disappointing, low-brow music. Nobody is going to look back on this era of music and be nostalgic. Nobody.

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Back to the Future's 30th anniversary re-release to feature live orchestra

Whoa, Doc. This is heavy. When Back to the Future is re-released to theaters for its 30th anniversary in 2015, the screenings will include a live orchestra playing the musical score, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Alan Silvestri, who wrote the score, has composed an additional 15 minutes of new material for the movie's tour, which will reportedly debut in Lucerne, Switzerland, in May.

Okay, okay. So unless someone builds a time machine ... out of a DeLorean ... chances are that most of us won't get a chance to see the live orchestra extravaganza. It's still unknown how many "live" performances will be staged. But it is a pretty cool idea.

That being said, I'd settle for watching a screening of Back to the Future with Huey Lewis and the News doing a live performance alongside the flick. Huey's The Power of Love was nominated for an Oscar for best song that year, but lost out to Lionel Richie for Say You Say Me from White Nights. As long as we have that time machine, let's go back and fix that injustice first.

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Look at the stats: Billy Joel's biggest decade was the '80s

On a recent podcast, Steve mentioned "we never talk about Billy Joel - and I don't know why?", so let me jump in the fray to chime on the Billy Joel collection because besides the hits, there are other chestnuts out there like All For Leyna.

While Billy Joel is not confined to decade classification, there is no doubt that his most successful decade was the '80s as 20 of his 33 Top 40 hits were in ‘80s.

With each of his five albums in the ‘80s, Joel shifted styles, some of which were not always looked upon with enthusiasm, which may account for the lack of waxing on about Joel on SIT80's. 

In 1980, Joel was coming off his "jazz" phase with the Grammy winning 52nd Street and started his "skinny tie" phase with shorter, peppier and more guitar-oriented songs on the Glass Houses album. Side A of Glass Houses was the hits side as it included It's Still Rock N Roll To Me, Sometimes A Fantasy, Don't Ask Me Why and You May Be Right. Closing out Side A was All For Leyna that was only released as a single in the UK where it barely made their Top 40. The video is simple with Joel in his skinny tie pounding the keyboards and looking wild-eyed. …

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How the best movie of the '70s became an almost forgotten band in the '80s

Even though the movie was made in 1973, many of us Stuck in the ‘80s remember as a kid watching Westworld, the story about an adult western theme park where the gunslinger robot played by Yul Brynner goes haywire. It was that movie that inspired the band name for Westworld who we profile with their best known song Sonic Boom Boy.

Westworld was a three-piece band formed in the UK but with American Elizabeth Westwood on vocals and in 1987 they had a No. 11 UK hit the rockabilly/pop punk Sonic Boom Boy. Video highlights include the perky Westwood and some cool animation as members of the band are reimagined as cartoons. The popcorn eating girl in the video is a young Rebecca Lacey who has went on to be a mainstay on British telly. Westworld broke up in the early ‘90s after releasing three albums.

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30 years of The Terminator: Come with me if you want to live...

Big fan of The Terminator? Check this out: Today, we're closer in time to the skull-crushing, machine-ruled future of Earth than we are the release date of the movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger's character returns from the year 2029 to wreak havoc in 1984. So enjoy these next 15 years ... while you can.

Thirty years old this month (Oct. 26), The Terminator was an immediate hit with fans who couldn't get enough of the violence-laced vision of humanity's dim future. The movie starred Schwarzenegger - then only beginning to enjoy the beginning of his movie success - as a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a woman who would soon give birth to freedom fighter who would lead a war against the machines.   

To this day, it maintains an enviable 100 percent "fresh rating" on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that compiles movie critic reviews. And, of course, the flick gave birth to a franchise of sequels that have been sending paychecks Schwarzenegger's way for decades.

But how well do you remember the original movie? Here are six things you may not know about 1984's The Terminator.

BAD DATE: Toward the beginning of the movie, Hamilton's character gets a phone message breaking a date with her. The voice on the answering machine was actually that of director James Cameron, who would later marry (and divorce) Hamilton.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Other actors who were reportedly considered or turned down the role of the terminator include O.J Simpson, Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas.

COULD HAVE BEEN CONNOR: Among those considered for the Sarah Connor role were Geena Davis, Debra Winger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone and Kelly McGillis.

ON TARGET:
To perfect his role as the unflinching cyborg, Schwarzenegger spent weeks at gun ranges, assembling guns, firing them and reloading without blinking or even looking at the gun.

GAME OVER MAN!: Three actors with smaller roles in the film - Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton - would reunite with Cameron in 1986's Aliens.

THE BIG LINE: According to one story, Schwarzenegger's infamous line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back." Another story has it that Schwarzenegger wanted instead to say "I will be back," an easier phrase to pronounce given that the actor was still fairly new to speaking English at the time. He was overruled by Cameron. "I'll be back" was later ranked No. 37 on  the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movie lines of all time.

Source: IMDB.com

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