Say what you like about 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine, it was still a funny movie and a worthy tip-of-the-cap to our beloved '80s. So I just couldn't wait to see the new "red band trailer" for its sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
Only one thing: Where's John Cusack? Not in this movie! I'm not really shocked; Cusack's not big on the '80s and I can't recall him ever appearing in a sequel. Chevy Chase is back though, so we have that. Crispin Glover? Also missing. Still the big guns are still there: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. And they're joined by Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs. Personally, I have faith in director Steve Pink, who's never given us a movie or TV show that I didn't enjoy.
In any case, watch the trailer (which I'd rather just link to, since it's NSFW), and judge it for yourself. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is set for a Christmas Day release.Full Story
Everybody needs a vacation and summer is the time to do it. After twenty straight months of posting weekly Lost and Found entries, this Clark Griswald is taking a week off, loading up the family truckster and following Jerry Harrison's advice to Rev It Up.
While Jerry Harrison might not be the first member you think of when picturing The Talking Heads, his resume looms large as keyboard and guitar for the pioneering band and as a successful producer. Less known is his solo work with his backing band, The Casual Gods, and singles like Rev It Up.
Rev It Up was the featured single off Harrison's second album but failed to chart in 1988. The video is innocent fun as Harrison mocks his own lyrics by featuring babies in bows and toddlers riding Big Wheels in between the excellent grooves laid down by Harrison and his band.
Harrison made his last solo album in 1991 and continues to turn the dials as a producer. Lost and Found will return in a week so enjoy next week with a full week of posts from Dr. Dim and his Never Found series.
Have you had a chance to catch Berlin in concert lately? Terri Nunn and her band put on an amazing show. Southern California SIT80s guest co-host Drew Friedman recently got a chance to see Berlin at a small venue. Here's his review:
It is always exciting to see a great band in a small venue, never more so than when that band is Berlin, led by Terri Nunn. Having seen Nunn previously perform at the Hollywood Bowl during a multi-band tour of '80s rock acts, I was excited to be able to see her get to do more than just three songs. The bonus was that it was in a small club in a converted movie theater in Big Bear Lake, Calif.
They came on stage around 10:30 to a perfect version of Masquerade. After saying hi to the crowd, they then launched into No More Words, Touch and Metro, with the video screens on the side of the stage showing the original music videos from the band. …Full Story
By 1988, hair metal was at its peak and bands like White Lion were infiltrating your TV screens and car radios with melodic rockers like Wait and power ballads like When The Children Cry, but would White Lion having a fighting chance by the end of the decade?
After scoring two Top 10 singles, White Lion released their follow up album Big Game in the summer of 1989 and the fickle tastes in music genres had started to shift as the lead single Little Fighter was TKO'd on the charts making it to only No. 52. Still, the song holds up well with the vocals of Danish lead singer Mike Tramp and the fleet fingers of Staten Island guitarist Vito Bratta for the band that formed in Brooklyn.
Unlike most glam metal bands that sang about girls and partying, White Lion had a social conscience. Little Fighter is a song about a Greenpeace boat The Rainbow Warrior that was destroyed by the French government in an New Zealand harbor in 1985 and served as the inspiration for Steve Seagal flick On Deadly Ground. In 1989, a fundraising double album was released entitled Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors that featured White Lion and heavy hitters U2, INXS and Peter Gabriel among others. …Full Story
The earworm Let It Go from Disney's Frozen has definitely jumped the shark. But if you'd like to torture yourself one more time, here's a version of the song as "sung" entirely by clips from '80s TV shows.
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Who out there isn't completely smitten with the greatness that is Deborah Foreman and her dare-I-say classic 1984 flick Valley Girl?!? With the movie celebrating its 30th anniversary, Debbie is planning a tour of U.S. art houses where she'll host screenings of the movies, mingle with fans and take part in a Q&A.
Exact tour dates should be coming any day. So keep your eyes on this blog for the specifics. With some good luck, maybe Tampa Bay can score an appearance.
Meanwhile, if you want to see what Debbie is up to these days, check our her two business websites. Fried Ham Productions is her web-design business, and Pearls of Wisdom is her jewelry-design store.
5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT VALLEY GIRL:
1. At the time of filming, the two best-known stars in the movie were probably Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now) and Richard Sanders (WQRK in Cincinnati). Forrest played Foreman's dad; Sanders was the driver's ed teacher.
2. Nicolas Cage co-starred with Debbie, but it was his first movie as "Nicolas Cage." Previously he had been billed as Nicolas Coppola. …Full Story
Remember how much fun we used to have each late summer when the Regenertion Tour would come to our towns? Nights of pure '80s music magic. The Regeneration Tour is back, though now it's been rebranded as the Retro Futura Tour, and finally we have a date for Florida: Sept. 10 at Orlando's Hard Rock Live.
This year the tour brings us Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, Midge Ure of Ultravox, China Crisis (just heard them yesterday on Sirius First Wave) and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves.
I like the lineup for many reasons. Howard Jones always puts on an amazing show. And so very few of us ever had a chance to see Tom Bailey and Midge Ure back in the '80s, thanks to Florida's geographic distinction of being located a billion miles south of the equator.
Midge (also the co-organizer of Live Aid) and Tom (who performed at the Live Aid concert where he was joined onstage by Madonna) are bucket-list shows for me, so I'll be there. And I'll tip my hat to the promoter for making this an indoor show; outdoors Florida is kind to no one in September.
Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.Full Story
It's Wednesday and while camels in commercials may be telling you to be excited for the day, some of you stuck at work might concur with the band Angel and not want to face the day.
Angel is one of Australia's favorite bands and their hard-rocking albums were constantly in the Top 10 on the Australian album charts. Their success never translated in America as the band had to release their U.S. albums under the name Angel City to avoid confusion with the late ‘70s American hard rock band Angel that featured Greg Guiffira.
Face The Day was off their 1980 album Dark Room and like most Angel singles, it was a minor hit in Australia and never charted in America. The Dark Room album did chart in America and made enough of an impact that the band Great White covered Face The Day in 1986 and made it their featured video off their second album. …Full Story
Sometimes you've got to ask yourself one question - "Do you feel lucky, punk?" Well, if you are a fan of Loverboy, then the news is good as the Candian band has just released a new album this month entitled Unfinished Business to compliment their outstanding ‘80s tunes like Lucky Ones.
1982 was a glorious year for Loverboy as their album Get Lucky would sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone and chart the Top 40 singles Working For The Weekend and When It's Over. The album is also beloved for its tracks that did not hit the countdown like Take Me To The Top, Jump and today's feature Lucky Ones.
Before Loverboy began specializing in cheesy videos, most of their videos were straight performance videos with Mike Reno sporting his signature leather pants and headband. The video for Lucky Ones adds some stock footage of beauty queen contests from different eras. …Full Story
On SIT80s podcasts, listeners often hear mentions of relaxing nighttime alcoholic beverages by the hosts. While a beer, whiskey or a Bloody Mary may be the preferred libation of choice to some to help unwind; I would suggest that at sometime everyone should try some April Wine to rock your self to sleep.
By 1985, April Wine was on the verge on breaking up and their album Walking Through the Fire was basically lead singer Myles Goodwyn and guitarist Brian Greenway backed up by studio musicians. Even though the song didn't chart, it doesn't mean that April Wine didn't churn out another winner with the rock anthem I Rock Myself To Sleep. The song was co-written by Kimberly Rew (a guy) who was a member of Katrina and the Waves and also penned the iconic Walking On Sunshine.
Accolades go to the director of the video, who wanted to portray a futuristic world with technological advances for his dancing video vixen. His decision to declare the LaserDisc as "the future" was a bold choice indeed. The high cost of the LaserDisc was the key reason why it could never overtake VHS cassettes in the ‘80s and ‘90s and by 2000 was rendered obsolete with the advent of the DVD. …Full Story
James Garner wasn't particularly prolific in the '80s. But what he lacked in quantity, he made up for in some quality roles that we'll remember for a lifetime. Mr. Garner passed away Saturday night in Los Angeles at age 86.
The actor's signature role, playing investigator Jim Rockford in TV's The Rockford Files, was wrapping up as our decade began. The show ran from 1974 to 1980. Fewer probably remember him as the title role in the short-lived TV series Bret Maverick or as the kind-hearted sergeant major in the Army facing a sadistic town sheriff in 1984's Tank.
Long before the '80s, Mr. Garner attracted fans for playing Hendley ("The Scounger") in 1963's The Great Escape. After the '80s, many more were drawn to her work on Barbarians at the Gate (1993), My Fellow Americans (1996), Space Cowboys (2000) and The Notebook (2004). …Full Story
It's Friday and tonight '80s Nation is going to let off some steam by visiting our favorite biker bar, listen to some Molly Hatchet and get in a fight or two? Okay, so maybe we aren't going to do exactly that but at least we can live vicariously through Molly Hatchet and Satisfied Man.
Based in Jacksonville, Molly Hatchet's hit the southern rock scene in the late ‘70s and in 1980 scored their biggest hit Flirtin' With Disaster that played non-stop on jukeboxes and is still a staple on classic rock stations. In 1984, Molly Hatchet hit the singles chart for the last time with Satisfied Man that reached No. 84.
The video for Satisfied Man shows Molly Hatchet in their element at a biker bar with lead singer Danny Joe Brown delivering the goods to the crowd complete with fine guitar solos and a live action glimpse of the "Death Dealer," created by comic artist legend Frank Frazetta, who drew the cover art on many a Molly Hatchet album. Frazetta died in 2010 at the age of 82 and his painting of "Conan the Conqueror" sold for over a million dollars a year before his death. …Full Story
A music video and song inspired by the '80s dark comedy classic Heathers? Sure, I'm game. Watch this video by the Chicago indie band Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure.
Homer Marrs wrote to Stuck in the '80s to explain the song. "I have been in love with that movie since it came out and I tend to write about things I love," Homer said. "I like calling attention to lesser-appreciated art when I can. I also like making new art out of existing art, hence using the movie's existing dialogue and just rearranging it in my own way."
For more on the band, check out www.reverbnation.com/rpk/homermarrs or www.facebook.com/homermarrsmusic.Full Story
If you haven't been reading the Noblemania blog by author and speaker Marc Tyler Noblemen this summer then you are missing out on "The Girl in the Video Series: Part 2". The interviews track down the missing video vixens of the ‘80s and thanks to Marc, Lost and Found has dug up a great video from Moon Martin with X-Ray Vision.
Moon Martin's lone Top 40 hit came in 1979 with the rocker Rolene, but he will probably be best remembered for writing Robert Palmer's classic Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor). In 1982, Martin was trying to get back on the charts with the help of MTV and X-Ray Vision. While the song did get played on MTV, chart success did not follow. …Full Story