On the SIT80s blog and podcast, we make lists the iconic songs, movies, catch phrases and commercials of the '80s, but have we ever charted the most iconic "sound?" As Halloween approaches, I nominate this one sound as iconic and all you need to hear is the whisper of "che, che, che, cha, cha, cha." You can hear that sound in today's Lost and Found song of the day with Alice Cooper, because He's Back (The Man Behind TheMask).
While there were gory horror movies in the '70s with Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween, for better or worse, history has viewed 1980's Friday the 13th as the start of the "slasher" horror movie era. With a budget under a half million dollars, the original Friday The 13th grossed more than $20 million at the box office, and in total there have been a dozen Friday The 13th movies centered around Jason Voorhees. …
Pete Burns, the iconic frontman of Dead or Alive, died Sunday from a massive heart attack, his spokesman has confirmed via Twitter:
“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that out beloved Pete Burns of (Dead or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest.
“All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star.
“He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories the has left is with.
“We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.
“He will live forever in our memories.”
Formed in Liverpool in 1980, Dead or Alive found great success both in the UK and in the U.S. with hits such as You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and Brand New Lover. Burns found further fame in 2006 when he became a popular cast member of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother. …
Just when the naysayers were ready to bury the ‘80s nostalgia movement, there’s proof that there’s plenty of air left in these lungs: The 2004 movie 13 Going On 30 is coming to Broadway as a stage musical.
Deadline.com reports that Revolution Studios is working with producers Andy Fickman, Dean Stolber and Todd Garner on the project. The musical will be based on the film that starred Jennifer Garner as a teenager in the '80s who - in a moment of social despair - makes a wish to be whisked into adulthood.
The tough part of staging the musical, Deadline points out, is licensing all the original ‘80s tunes from the movie, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which plays a pivotal part in the plot.
Just when you're about to give up all hope on Western Civilization, along comes Weird Al Yankovic to save the day. His latest video parodies the final presidential debate (yay!) between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It's called "Bad Hombres, Nasty Women."
Rolling Stone says Weird Al teamed with Songify to create the video - very impressive considering the spin from Wednesday's debate is only just now beginning to cool off. This is the first and only time in my life that I endorse the use of Auto-Tune.
Today we wish happy anniversary to Dee Snider and his wife Suzette as Oct. 21 is their 35th wedding anniversary. To honor the occasion, we feature the Twisted Sister video Hot Love, which centers around Snider and the rest of the band ogling after a hot blonde in tight clothing. Does that sound like a rude and unfitting choice? Hold on, because the video vixen in Hot Love may not be just some random lady.
While hair metal was starting to explode in 1987, Twisted Sister saw their commercial appeal falling. Unlike their two previous albums that reached gold status, Twisted Sister's Love Is For Suckers failed to reach gold sales status and the lead single Hot Love was only a minor hit on the Mainstream Rock Charts. Still, Hot Love is a fine melodic rock song and the video has some amusing moments.
In the video for Hot Love, it seems that Dee Snider is obsessing over finding a hot blonde who loves street racing her corvette. If several sources on the Internet are to believed, the blonde is Suzette Snider. The twist in the video comes late in the song as we finally learn where Dee's real obsession lies. …
Richard Marx and ex-wife Cynthia Rhodes (Flashdance, Dirty Dancing) have been “right here waiting” for someone to buy their suburban Chicago mansion for a while now. This week, they tried to put to those "endless summer nights" by slashing the asking price by $2 million.
Before you break out your checkbook, you’ll still need $12 million to purchase the 9-bedroom, 29,475-square-foot home sitting on 5 lakefront acres in Lake Bluff. Of course the mansion also includes a recording studio.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the home was built back in 1931 and also includes 19 fireplaces and a home theater. Marx has since married Daisy Fuentes and lives in SoCal, but he’s still a little nostalgic for his former residence.
"I'm not someone who looks back. I'm grateful for the great times we had there, and I made great records there and had a great time raising kids there," Marx told the Tribune.
ABC has been working on a TV remake of the classic ‘80s flick Dirty Dancing for a while now, but the co-star of the original 1987 movie is finally sounding off on who she would cast for the various roles.
Jennifer Grey, who famously played “Baby” in the original opposite the late Patrick Swayze, told radio host Jenny Hutt that Natalie Portman and Ryan Gosling are her picks for the leading roles. People magazine reported the news online this week.
“I don’t know if she’s young enough to play that virgin thing, but she’s so gorgeous,” Grey said of the 35-year-old Portman. “She’s just the best, most beautiful, amazing — and a great dancer.”
As for Gosling, “The Gos has just got something, you know what I mean? He’s just got something and he’s that very mysterious.”
BTW, ABC’s remake will star Abigail Breslin as Baby, Colt Prattes as Johnny, Sarah Hyland as Lisa Houseman and Debra Messing as Marjorie Houseman. A premiere date hasn’t been announced yet.
On this day in rock history in 1977, tragedy stuck when the plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed in Mississippi on its way to Baton Rouge only three days after releasing their latest album. Six people perished in the accident including two members of Skynyrd including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Amazingly, six other members of Skynyrd survived and from the ashes of the plane crash emerged Rossington Collins with their forgotten '80 tune, Don't Misunderstand Me.
Four of the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd decided to resume making music but didn't want to call themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd out of respect for their fallen band mates. Instead they became the Rossington Collins Band named after guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins. One big change was the addition of a female lead singer - Dale Krantz. Their 1980 debut album went gold, and its lead single Don't Misunderstand Me reached No. 55 on the singles chart.
Who out there is enjoying HBO’s new series Westworld? Like the 1973 movie that most of us only saw later in life on VHS, the series chronicles the chaos that erupts in a Old West theme park full of androids. And much is made of actor Ed Harris, who plays “The Man in Black,” possibly the villain … but this is HBO, so you NEVER really know just yet, do you?
Are you having trouble picturing Harris - who played a hero in so many ‘80s flicks - as the bad guy? He was John Glenn in The Right Stuff! He was Bud in The Abyss! If anyone besides me had seen it, he was “Gus” in 1985’s vastly underrated Code Name: Emerald. Hell, he was even “The Voice” in the cornfields in Field of Dreams. (Really.)
But in reality, Harris has played the bad guy several times.
TOP 5 VILLAINOUS ROLES BY ED HARRIS:
5. SWING SHIFT (1984): He played the dismissive yet tormenting husband opposite Goldie Hawn. No wonder she went running to Kurt Russell after this movie.
4. THE ROCK (1996): I’m torn on this one. He takes citizens as hostages, threatens an entire city with an apocalyptic nerve gas attack, but all for a good cause? Sorry, Gen. Hummel. History won’t remember you kindly. …
In the midnight hour, his fans cried “more, more, more!” Billy Idol has added two more blocks of dates to his Las Vegas residence at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues.
According to Pollstar.com and Billy Idol’s official website, the dates are March 8-25 and May 3-13. Performances are on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during those dates.
Billy Idol Exclusive Fan Presale on Ticketmaster began October 18. The password is “forever.” Citi presales also began on Tuesday. House of Blues, Ticketmaster and Live Nation presales begin today at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Live Nation presale code: DANCE (If using the Live Nation Mobile App, use code: COVERT). All tickets on sale to the public Friday, October 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
Billy still has three dates left in his 2016 residency: tonight, Friday and Saturday. In case you’re wondering what his setlist looks like these days, here’s a recent one from House of Blues. It does tend to change from night to night.
One of the better horror movies over the last few years was the Australian film The Babadook, but Australia has always enjoyed giving us a scare and in the '80s, the Sherbs tried to capture some of that low budget horror feel with We Ride Tonight.
Known in their home country as Sherbet, the band from Sydney was one of the biggest bands of the '70s in Australia with 19 Top Hits and two number one singles (Summer Love and Howzat). The band broke up temporarily in the late '70s and reformed this time calling themselves the Sherbs. Their final album was released in 1981 and their last attempt at a hit single in the U.S. was We Ride Tonight with a video made for the advent of MTV. We Ride Tonight is a nice AOR rocker and charted on the Mainstream Rock Charts but failed to hit the U.S. Pop Singles chart and didn't even chart in their home country.
One great device in horror films is to take something non-threatening like a birds or a clown and turn it into something scary. In today's scary video, A Flock Of Seagulls takes a girl's doll and turns it into a the nighttime activity we all dread - Nightmares.
Those who regular follow SIT80's have heard the case that A Flock Of Seagulls is not just about the weird hair and one song, so let's expound on that notion with the dreamy Nightmare. In late 1982, A Flock Of Seagulls wasted little time following up the success of I Ran with the release of a new album Listen. The lead single, Wishing was a Top 40 hit and Nightmares was released as the second single but failed to chart in the U.S. and was only a minor hit in their native U.K in early 1983.
The video for Nightmares is a psychological horror as a girl's childhood trauma involving her doll makes for creepy trip to the psychiatrist as an adult under the guidance of A Flock Of Seagulls. If you like, you can catch up with lead singer Mike Score when he appeared on podcast Episode 345 of SIT80s.
The ‘80s revolution is alive and well at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Cleveland-based institution just announced its 2017 class of nominees, which includes ‘80s legends Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Journey, The Cars, J. Geils Band and Kraftwerk.
Other nominees include: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, the Zombies, Yes, Chic, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, MC5 and Steppenwolf.
The top-vote getters, as elected by 800 artists, music historians and industry insiders, will be announced in December with an induction ceremony to follow in April.
Fans can also vote online with the top five acts being added as a “fan’s ballot.”
According to Rolling Stone, there’s been one significant change in the way band members will be honored in 2017: Individual members of each band will be honored, so some bands who have have musicians come and go throughout the years may not see every member honored. …
As we get closer to Halloween, it's time to grab the flashlight and walk hesitantly into the basement to find forgotten scary videos from the '80s. This fall, not a day has gone by without a story about creepy clowns lurking around and scaring the pants off the general public. However, it seems there is nothing new under the sun (or is it full moon) as creepy clowns were around in the '80s - that is if you remember The Dickies and Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
In 1988, the sci-fi film Killer Klowns From Outer Space was released. The movie is now considered a camp cult classic and was the directorial debut of Stephen Chiodo. The chore for providing the theme song to the movie went to the goofball rock band The Dickies. Although their sound was more bubblegum pop than punk, they always get lumped in the punk genre with other bands with a good sense of humor like The Ramones and The Dead Milkmen.
Here we go again. Let’s all turn our attention to the Rolling Stone Hall of Fame … err, I mean Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as it prepares to announce its 2017 class of nominees on Tuesday morning.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their first record is released, so newly eligible musicians this year include really nobody from the ‘80s: Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, PJ Harvey, Alanis Morissette, Temple of the Dog, Tori Amos, Paul Weller, The Cranberries, Aphex Twin and The Prodigy. (Never heard of the last two.)
Reports are circulating that these ‘80s acts are also under serious consideration this year: The Smiths, The Cure, Tom Petty (as a solo musician), Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, The Cars, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Los Lobos.
Nice to see two female musicians on the list, but raise your hand if you think Duran Duran is being robbed in this whole process.
Relive the '80s music, movies and culture with Tampa Bay Times correspondent Steve Spears. A teen during the greatest decade ever, Steve is obsessed with everything from Duran Duran to Journey, John Hughes to John Cusack, and parachute pants to big hair.