Luke, tell uncle if he gets droid measuring cups, be sure they speak bocce

From "This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it's not as complicated as C-3PO). Each has its measurement written inside so you can't forget what they are and handles on the back that don't distract from R2's aesthetic. The only problem we can foresee with these is that if you show somebody else your R2-D2 Measuring Cups, you may have to install a restraining bolt to keep them from wandering off."

Cost to own: Just $19.99. No Republic credits accepted.

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Do you remember the OTHER 'Heartlight' song from the '80s

With the SIT80's March Soundtrack Madness in the books, will the conversation about Kenny Loggins come to an end or can we welcome him back with lost songs like Welcome to Heartlight?

It is fair to call Loggins the "King of the ‘80s Soundtrack" as of his thirteen Top 40 hits in the ‘80s; six of them were from movie soundtracks, including two that made it to the Excellent Eight with Danger Zone and Footloose.

Today we feature a non-soundtrack single entitled Welcome to Heartlight that made it to No. 24 on the charts in 1983. The song was originally titled just Heartlight, but was changed to Welcome to Heartlight so it wouldn't be confused with Neil Diamond's tribute to E.T., also titled Heartlight, which was a hit late in 1982.

The song was inspired by the students of the Los Angles School called Heartlight that was founded in 1979 to promote a feel-good, cross-cultural learning experience for students. When Loggins visited the school he read a story by one of the students entitled "I Like The Love" and that title would become the opening lyric for Welcome to Heartlight. The background singers you hear in the chorus near the end are actual Heartland students. …

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Night Ranger parody coming Thursday on 'Parks and Recreation'

The rock dinos are back, but am I referring to Night Ranger or the Cabazon Dinosaurs?

Last November, we spent time celebrating California's tourist attraction, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, and their appearance in ‘80s album covers, movies and music videos. Here at Lost and Found, we have discovered the fossil remains of yet another ‘80s video featuring the dinos with Night Ranger's Sing Me Away.

Sing Me Away was the follow up single to Don't Tell Me You Love Me and in 1983 it peaked at No. 53 on the singles charts. The video follows drummer Kelly Keagy on the tour bus down I-10 as he tries to hide his deepest, private thoughts on a tape recorder. It isn't too long before Mr. Rex and Dinny make their first appearance as their video predates other Cabazon videos such as Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Rubber Rodeo's Anywhere With You.   …

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What KISS really should have done at the Rock Hall of Fame induction

Admit it. A part of you is a KISS fan. And you were probably conflicted as hell when Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter were inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame recently. Tampa Bay Times sports reporter Joey Knight, who was reared on '80s rock but abhors the term "hair metal," says KISS missed an obvious opportunity to do right by fans at the induction ceremony. And he offers up his own KISS top 10 list.  …

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The Tom Tom Club keeps the '80s animated

Whether it's being geniuses of love or just singing about the pleasures of love, the Tom Tom Club kept ‘80s dance floors moving during the ‘80s.

Created as a side project to The Talking Heads, husband-wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth recruited other favorite musicians to create the Tom Tom Club, named after the dance hall in the Bahamas that the group held their first rehearsal. In 1982, the Tom Tom Club scored a Top 40 hit with Genuis of Love. A year later, the group released a new album with the single Pleasure of Love that did not make the singles charts, but did reach No. 23 on the dance charts.

Like Genius of Love, the Pleasure of Love video is animated with plenty of visual action to keep up with the dance grooves. The Tom Tom Club still is active and last year put out yet another animated video for Kissin' Antonio to promote their 2012 EP called "Downtown Rockets".

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Never Found in the 80s - The Minutemen

Out to California we go to profile today's Never Found in the 80s artist The Minutemen. Formed in San Pedro in 1980, The Minutemen followed the philosophy of "jamming econo" in which they pursued their musical career in as economic a fashion as possible. Their stripped down travel and stripped down stage presence pushed their eclectic and brief songs to a punk rock audience.

Their songs, especially early on, rarely ran much longer than a minute, but that's not why they named themselves The Minutemen. According to Wikipedia, the name was pulled from the American colonial militia and a 60s right-wing radical group of the same name.

Personally, I'm not a massive fan of most of what I've heard from them, but there are a few songs which I think are brilliant. Today's song King Of The Hill is one of them. I really dig that guitar riff. Of course, The Minutemen were just too out of the ordinary to be found on the American Top 40.


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Never enough 'Burning Love' for Honeymoon Suite

About five months ago we featured Honeymoon Suite and their video for New Girl Now, but believe it or not, we are still burning in love for Honeymoon Suite.

Burning in Love was the follow up single to New Girl Now and did not chart in the U.S. and made it to only No. 75 in Canada. The video pays homage to their hometown of Niagara Falls and the video shows landmarks in the town that are still going strong like the Ripley's Attractions and Honeymoon City Motel.

Besides the majestic water fall, Niagara Falls is also known for Louis Tossaud's Wax Museum that is one of the major attractions in the Ripley's Believe It or Not family along with the normal museum, an art motion simulator ride and many other wax-related attractions.

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AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young has 'debilitating illness' but band will still make music

AC/DC finally today confirmed that guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young is ill and that the band will take a break. They made the announcement via Facebook:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Singer Brian Johnson also today told the U.K.'s Telegraph: "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

But Brian said the band definitely isn't breaking up.

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the paper. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Reports earlier this week said Young had suffered a stroke that resulted in a blood clot in his brain.

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Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown on this '80s hit

Mike Mills, bassist of REM, recently made news when he broke news of David Letterman's retirement announcement via Twitter while helping out Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band. As REM hasn't been featured on Lost and Found before, maybe now is a good time to remember how REM got from there to here.

By 1985, REM were the college campus and critic's darlings and in the summer they released their third album Fables of the Reconstruction that featured Can't Get There From Here, which made it as far as No. 110 on the pop singles chart.  The video shows the boys from Athens hopping around haystacks, visiting a drive-in movie and going against their public persona by getting a little silly.

The video includes subtitles of a portion of Michael Stipe's mumbling lyrics. I assume the plan was to subtitle all of the lyrics before the editor became too exhausted trying to decipher the lyrics. While Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown, only the most trained ear could possibly pinpoint Stipe's exact lyrics during REM's early years. Like David Letterman, REM had a very public retirement in 2011.

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Echo and the Bunnymen announce 14-date North American tour

Echo and the Bunnymen are coming to North America for a 14-date tour this summer. Could this be the first can't-miss tour of the year? (It hasn't exactly been the greatest year for '80s tours. Still waiting for all the dates on the Retro Futura tour.)

According to the always brilliant Slicing Up Eyeballs site, the band will be supporting their new album Meteorites. The North American tour follows a May tour in the U.K. Sadly for those of us in the Southeast, the closest stop is probably Silver Spring, Maryland. Probably a good idea to avoid the summer heat down here, Ian.


Aug. 1: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 2: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 4: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Aug. 5: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.
Aug. 6: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Aug. 9: First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10: Metro, Chicago, IL
Aug. 11: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
Aug. 12: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Aug. 14: Paradise Rock Cliub, Boston, MA
Aug. 16: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 17: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 18: The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Aug. 19: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA

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Tuesday lost and found: Save Time for Matthew Sweet

Since we covered a Susanna Hoffs (with the Bangles) song to wrap the "Under the Covers" series, we would be remiss if we didn't save time for an original video for Matthew Sweet from the ‘80s.

Though Sweet is primarily associated with the early ‘90s for classic songs like Girlfriend and I've Been Waiting, he first began his singles career in 1986 with Save Time For Me off his critically acclaimed debut album Inside. Like yesterday's song from The Bangles, Save Time For Me was co-written by Jules Shears and while the song did not chart, the video shows the pop sensibility of the Nebraska native and documents of how a young and trim Sweet use to look when he was 22 years old. If you have seen recent footage of Sweet lately you might notice he has "grown" since the ‘80s and I'm not referring to his height.

Sweet has put his solo career on hold as he and Hoffs have spent the last few years recording cover songs from the '60s, '70s and now ‘80s under their alter-egos known as Sid and Susie. Parents may also recall that it is Sweet singing the theme song for "Scooby Doo! Mystery Inc." cartoon series that was rebooted on The Cartoon Network and ran from 2010-13. 

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Reports: AC/DC to call it quits after Malcolm Young suffers stroke

Could it be quitting time for hall of fame rockters AC/DC? Various reports have it that guitarist-songwriter Malcolm Young has returned to Australia to be with his family and is unable to continue performing.

Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford tweeted to fans: "This is a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report ... boys played together privately a few weeks back."

Young is 61. It's rumored the breakup, if true, is because of a severe - possibly terminal - illness. [UPDATE: One report says Malcolm had a stroke, which left a blood clot in his brain.]

The UK's Guardian reports that the band's retirement rumors got started by an email sent to a Perth, Australia, radio station from an anonymous source, reading: "I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family. AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC's son has stated that AC/DC may well be over." …

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Sue Townsend passes on but Adrian Mole lives forever

Over the weekend, many of us learned that Sue Townsend, who wrote the epic Adrian Mole Diaries, died in the UK. These books (and the subsequent TV series) were immensely popular in the UK, Australia, New Zealand (and to some degree Canada). As a tribute to her much loved books, Canadian Stuck in the '80s correspondent Peter Ryan, who lived in the UK for five years, has written this tribute. …

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Monday lost and found: Bangles' 'If She Knew What She Wants'

As we spent last week covering songs by Susannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet's "Under the Covers" series, we know that if Susannah knew what she wanted, she would want for Stuck in the ‘80s's to feature a Bangles song on Lost and Found.

You can keep Manic Monday and Walk Like An Egyptian and I'll take Susannah Hoff's finest hour as a Bangle singing lead on If She Knew What She Wants from 1986's epic Different Light album. The song only reached No. 29 on the singles chart but the video is a pure delight as it features The Bangles doing what they do best: combining harmonies and great musicianship while looking great in the process. The song was a remake of the original 1985 version by Jules Shears and the Polar Bears.

After breaking up in the ‘90s, The Bangles have reunited minus bassist Michael Steele (who retired from the music business) and in 2011 released their "Sweetheart of the Sun" album.

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Toto, Michael McDonald to co-star in summer 2014 tour

Toto and Michael McDonald have announced a co-headlining tour for this summer, including two stops in Florida. The pair play Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 19 and Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock on Aug. 20.

Why Toto and McDonald? Turns out their old friends, dating back to McDonald's appearance on Toto's I'll Be Over You in 1986. And Toto members Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and Luke collaborated with McDonald on 1982's If That's What It Takes. The list of joint projects goes on and on.

"I so look forward to the dates I'll play with Toto this summer, not only because they're old friends but also because they're one of the most talented and significant American bands," McDonald said in the tour annoucement.

"I can’t wait to get out on the road with Michael McDonald and his band. There is some deep history between us and it’s always a great hang," Toto's Steve Porcaro said.

Tickets for the Clearwater show are priced at $95, $65 and $45 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office and go on sale April 19 at noon.

Here's a full list of tour dates. …

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