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. …Full Story
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. …Full Story
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. Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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. …Full Story
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.Full Story
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. Full Story
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.
Let's start off the week with a nugget that most everyone fondly remembers: The JoBoxers and Just Got Lucky.
The JoBoxers were formed in London with four English lads and American Dig Wayne on vocals. They started off strong with the hit Boxerbeat that hit No. 3 in the UK and had a worldwide hit their second single Just Got Lucky. The song reached No. 36 on the U.S. charts in 1983 and continues to be a seldom-heard, but beloved minor hit of the ‘80s.
After the success of their debut album Gangbusters, sales disappeared for their follow up album Skin and Bone and that was the end of The JoBoxers recording career. Dig Wayne (born Timothy Wayne Ball) has kept busy with a career in acting appearing in numerous movies and television shows. Full Story
Jeremy Kidd put Red Guitars together in Hull, England, in 1982. As lead vocalist, Kidd released Red Guitars' first few singles and first album on his own label, Self Drive Records. The band was known for playing gigs supporting leftist causes and their anti-corporate attitude was reflected in their first single Good Technology.
That first single was a minor hit in the UK, but despite the fact that there is a video for that minor hit, I'm opting to go with a follow-up single, Marimba Jive for my featured song. I don't particularly care for Good Technology, but Marimba Jive is a lively dance song with Afro-pop influences and it decried the injustice of Apartheid before Steven Van Zandt released his cause celeb song Sun City. Marimba Jive reached No. 1 on the UK Indie Charts, but was never found on the Top 40 (or Top 100 for that matter) here in the States. Full Story
When it comes to cartoons, is there anything more '80s than Rainbow Brite? What if we added Molly Ringwald to the mix? Done.Full Story
Subscription video-on-demand service Feeln has announced it's reviving Rainbow Brite, which ran in syndication from 1984 to 1986. Disney Channel sweetie Emily Osment will voice Rainbow while Ringwald will oddly enough voice the villainous character of the Dark Princess. (So, basically her same role as Breakfast Club.)
The series is set to begin Nov. 6. Watch the trailer here.
Marty McFly will never sip another Pepsi Free. Or take a stroll on his hover-board. And thankfully, that whole "kissing Mom" thing is in the books. That's because the Back to the Future co-writer and producer has officially sworn off doing any more movie sequels.
"Let's face it, we've seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don't think I can name one that's any good," Bob Gale told Yahoo UK. "We're not going to do Director's Cuts or make a 3D version or change the special effects. People love them the way they are, we think they're really good. Let's not mess with it."
But a Broadway musical? Great Scott! That's still on the table. Actually, it's already in pre-production. Gale will write the book while Alan Silvestri will handle the music. So how soon until we see it? Not even Doc Brown can make that calculation.
“I don't know when that's going to be ready," Gale said. "It was announced to come out in 2015 – it won’t come out then. We’re not going to put it out there until we absolutely love it ourselves."Full Story
In April, Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons covered one of my favorite ‘80s bands, the Hoodoo Gurus, on the Never Found Series. I may be crossing the streams, but for a band as fun as the Hoodoo Gurus, one song is just not enough as evidenced by What's My Scene.
In Dr. Dim's blog post he mentioned that in 2003 the Australian National Rugby League hired the Gurus to rerecord What's My Scene to That's My Team for the league's theme song. The original 1987 song was a No. 3 hit in their native country and the video is wacky fun as the boys play dress up and have their video profiles spliced and resorted.
While the Gurus never sniffed the Top 100 of the U.S. pop singles charts they did end up with six Top 40 hits in Australia and are inducted into their country's Music Hall of Fame. http://www.hoodoogurus.net/ Full Story
Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in La Bamba and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, died Tuesday at age 55, according to media reports.
No cause of death has been reported yet, other than she suffered a brief illness.
Ms. Pena made her mark in the '80s first in TV shows such as Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues and T.J Hooker. In 1986, she played the sexually frustrated housekeeper opposite Richard Dreyfuss in Down and Out in Beverly Hills. In 1987, she got her biggest role of the decade, playing Rosie in La Bamba.
In her most recent role, she played the mother to Sofia Vergara's character on Modern Family.Full Story