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According to the Eurogliders, 'Heaven' must be in Australia

One good lost Australian single deserves another, so today we follow Big Pig with the Eurogliders and Heaven (Must Be There).

The Eurogliders hailed from Perth and Heaven (Must Be There) was a big single in their native country and reached No. 65 on the U.S. Charts in 1984. The video starts off with scenes from rural Australia before shifting to a straight band performance video that was awarded best video of 1984 by MTV Australia.

The Eurogliders broke up in 1989 and reunited briefly in 2005 with only vocalist Grace Knight and her husband guitarist Bernie Lynch. The pair has since divorced and Knight has proceeded with a successful solo career down under.

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This T-shirt you're going to want to buy today: Teen Worf

Teen Wolf and Star Trek: The Next Generation ... together at last. Behold the geeky magic of this Teen Worf shirt from Woot.com. It's only $7, but you gotta buy it today!

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Bill & Ted meet Australian pork? We'll explain

While you are trying to figure out if this little piggy had roast beef or if he had none, do you remember what piggy had an international hit in the ‘80s? It's the Australian band Big Pig and their lost hit Breakaway.

Big Pig formed in the early ‘80s with nothing but percussionists and singers and at one time they had as many as nine drummers and no guitarists. By 1988, Big Pig had scaled back to around two drummers and their tribal pop finally broke through the charts with Breakaway, which was a Top 10 hit in their native country and made it to No. 60 on the US charts. The song is a remake of a minor R&B hit called I Can't Breakaway by American Chuck Jackson in 1973.

Even if the song did not appear on your local radio station, there is a good chance you might remember the song being included the credit sequence for Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989.  By 1990, Big Pig was bacon, but I have no doubt that the bands' rhyming name Big Pig lives on somewhere out there in neon as the name of some local BBQ dive.  

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Can you name the connection between Mr. Spock and the Bangles?

The tributes for Leonard Nimoy have poured in over the past few days and while you may have seen it posted on the Stuck in the '80s Facebook page, we'll go ahead and tip our hat to Nimoy on the blog with the video that introduced many of us to The Bangles - Going Down To Liverpool.

Around 1966, Tamar Simon Hoffs, the mother of Bangle Susannah Hoffs, was encouraged by Leonard Nimoy to join the crew of his movie project Deathwatch, which was filming around the debut of Star Trek. Mrs. Hoffs accepted and that decision led her to change her career to film and video and in 1984 when it came time for The Bangles to film one of their first video, momma Hoffs was asked to direct her daughter's band video.  For the shoot, Tamar Hoffs called in a favor and recruited Nimoy to play the chauffer in the video for Going Down To Liverpool.

The tune is not an original Bangles song as it was written by Kimberly Rew of Katrina and the Waves and appeared as the B side to Walking On Sunshine when it was a massive hit in 1985. The Bangles version from 1984 was only a minor hit in the UK and did not chart in America. …

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These '80s movies finally made it to Netflix in March

Looking for an '80s movie on Netflix? Here are the '80s flicks that the service added on March 1. 

Platoon Leader (1988)

Best Seller (1987)

And God Created Woman (1988)

Grease 2 (1982)

Shirley Valentine (1989)

Teen Witch (1989)

Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Rumpelstiltskin (1987)

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Number One With a Bullet (1987)

Top Gun (1986)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)


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Live long and prosper: 13 greatest Leonard Nimoy lines from the Star Trek movies

"Each of us... at some time in our lives, turns to someone - a father, a brother, a God... and asks…'Why am I here? What was I meant to be?' "

"Your use of language has altered since our arrival. It is currently laced with, shall we say, more colorful metaphors, 'double dumb-ass on you' and so forth."

"Any show of resistance would be futile, Captain."

"One damn minute, Admiral."

"I never took the Kobayashi Maru test until now. What do you think of my solution?"

"I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

"Perhaps 'because it is there' is not sufficient reason for climbing a mountain."

"Jim... your name is Jim."

"Really, Dr. McCoy. You must learn to govern your passions; they will be your undoing."

"They like you very much, but they are not the hell 'your' whales."

"Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons."

"Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"

"Live long and prosper."

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Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Spock, dies at age 83

If the needs of the many truly outweighed the needs of the few (or the one), as Vulcan logic suggests, then Leonard Nimoy would still be with us. The actor and director died Friday morning in his Los Angeles home at age 83, the New York Times reports.

His wife said the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which Mr. Nimoy attributed to years of smoking. On Jan. 15, just weeks before his death, Mr. Nimoy tweeted: "Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP."

Mr. Nimoy rose to fame playing the Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock on TV in 1966. It's a role he would reprise again and again through the decades, including the director J.J. Abrams' most recent reboot of the movie series.

Eighties fans have his experienced his "death" before. In 1982's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock dies from radiation poisoning after restoring the Enterprise's damaged warp drive. His death, however, saves the entire crew of the ship. Capt. Kirk's eulogy still brings tears to my eyes. …

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Harrison Ford returning in 'Blade Runner' sequel

Blade Runner, easily one of the best sci-fi movies of the '80s, is getting a sequel three decades after the original film was released. And Deadline.com confirms that Harrison Ford is onboard to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. Filming is expected to begin in summer 2016.

The 198s flick (based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) followed Deckard as a cop in 2019 Los Angeles who is charged with tracking down a group of androids who've gone missing. (Yes, the plot is actually much more complicated than that, but if I tell you more and you haven't seen it…)

Deadline.com says the sequel will pick up several decades later as well, but little else is known about the plot. Ridley Scott, who directed the first flick, will return as executive editor. Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct.

TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES FROM BLADE RUNNER:

5. "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy."

4. "I need ya, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old blade runner, I need your magic."

3. "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave."

2. "It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?"

1. "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."

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See John Cusack as Brian Wilson in trailer for 'Love & Mercy'

John Cusack is Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys? Yep. "Lloyd Dobler" is appearing as an older version of the Beach Boys mastermind in the movie Love & Mercy. Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) co-stars as the younger version of Brian. The movie is set for a June 5 release.

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New podcast: Best band cameos in '80s movies

Our latest podcast is online: Best Band Cameos in '80s Movies. Sadly, one of my favorite band cameos didn't make the cut. It was the 1984 Tom Hanks movie Bachelor Party and the band was Angel and the Reruns. The band played the tune "Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys?" during the bachelor party, naturally, and I was immediately smitten with the idea of one day attending such a raucous gathering.

Two weddings and two divorces later -- along with a few "raucous gatherings" -- and I can tell you I'm no longer smitten. But I still like Angel and the Reruns. Especially when Adrian Zmed jumps up to the mic to perform "Little Demon." (BTW, did you know Bachelor Party featured THREE songs by Oingo Boingo? That's a band that DID make our podcast this week. Go figure.)

In any case, enjoy the show.

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A lost-and-found-tribute to Steve Strange: Visage's 'Fade to Grey'

Two weeks ago, Steve reported on the death of Steve Strange, lead singer of the New Romantic band Visage, so today we pay our respects with their biggest hit Fade To Grey.

Fade To Grey had been on the on-deck circle for Lost and Found for a long time as even though the song never charted in the Americas, it was a Top 10 UK hit at the beginning of 1981 and is considered a landmark single of the New Romantic movement. The lyrics to Fade To Grey alternate between English by Strange and French by Brigitte Arens; however the girl in the video is not Arens, but French fashion model Julia Fodor. Combined with the unmistakable synth riff, the Godley and Crème video is also an arty affair with body painting and avant-garde fashions.

Unfortunately, while Fade To Grey was the highlight of Visage's career, it was also representative of downfall of Visage, as songwriting credit for the song has always been a source of contention. Strange claims he was part of the process, specifically the addition of the French female lyrics, while Ultravox's/Band Aid and SIT80's podcast friend Midge Ure claimed sole lyric authorship. Ure only lasted one album with Visage before forming Ultravox. …

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Three decades later, Joe Jackson is still mad at you

Joe Jackson was the angry young man of the ‘80s and while we may never understood his motivations, today you get to witness what made him "Mad At You" in the ‘80s.

Joe Jackson took the music world by storm in the late ‘70s with songs like Is She Really Going Out With Him, however his first album in the ‘80s, Beat Crazy, was a commercial failure as all three singles released from the album failed to chart in the U.S. or the UK. The second single was Mad At You and is a bouncy song with an interesting video in which Jackson sits in the kitchen with not just a bowl of beans - but a table of beans and later threatens violence with a butter knife while having to suffer in indignity of waiting for his "woman" to finish getting ready.  …

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The force is strong with Florida Orchestra for these shows

When the Florida Orchestra does a theme night, it's always a can't-miss affair. (I still remember having a helluva date night when the orchestra did their James Bond night a few years ago. Nothing like a string section and 007 to give me the license to kill.)

So I'm planning to throw all caution aside now that the orchestra announced its "John Williams: Star Wars & More" series for March 6-7. On the program for these performances: the scores from Superman, Harry Potter, Hook, E.T., Schindler’s List and of course the Star Wars flicks, including The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, A New Hope and The Phantom Menace. Bob Bernhardt will be the conductor/Jedi master for the event.

But the real perk for Star Wars nerds (okay, "fans") is that costumed characters from the local chapter of the 501st Legion are expected in the lobby before each concert. For those of you not from a galaxy far far away, the 501st Legion is an international fan group of Star Wars crazies who build and wear super-accurate replicas of characters from the movie (with a heavy emphasis on the baddies from The Empire.) A selfie with Boba Fett? Yes, please!

So maybe it's not the swoony atmosphere of the James Bond night, but you'll finally be at peace with the right side of The Force. (Please, just no weeping during the E.T. fanfare and keep your wands in your pocket during Harry Potter.)

The shows are 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Straz Center in Tampa and then two shows on Saturday March 7 at the Mahaffey Theater (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.) Tickets are $15, $30 and $45.  Please leave all light sabers and blasters in your Millennial Falcon before entering the venue.

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Violent Femmes, Colin Hay join Last Summer on Earth Tour 2015

If this is truly the last summer on earth, then yes, there's nothing I'd rather do than go to an amazing '80s concert. As Zoltar would say: "Your wish is granted." Barenaked Ladies, Colin Hay and Violent Femmes are touring as Last Summer on Earth 2015, a package deal starting June 5 in Columbus, Ohio. The tour includes two Florida stops.

Colin Hay and Violent Femmes together makes sense. Technically the Canadian group formed in 1988, but they wouldn't have an album or single out until 1992's Gordon, which was a chart-topper in their home country but didn't make a ripple in the U.S. or U.K. Meanwhile, the Femmes and Hay need no such introduction to '80s fans.

Tickets went on sale back on Feb. 13, so don't dilly-dally.

LAST SUMMER ON EARTH 2015 TOUR DATES:

June 5 – Columbus, Ohio, The LC Pavilion 
June 6 – Cleveland, Ohio, Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica        
June 7 – Toledo, Ohio, Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre   
June 8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa, McGrath Amphitheatre
June 10 – Morrison, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 12 – Welch, Minn., Treasure Island Resort & Casino  
June 13 – Milwaukee, Wis., BMO Harris Pavilion   
June 14 – Council Bluffs, Iowa, Harrah’s Council Bluffs - Stir Concert Cove
June 16 – Chicago, Ill., FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island        
June 17 – Indianapolis, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn At White River State Park    
June 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio, PNC Pavilion At Riverbend    
June 20 – Clarkston, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 21 – Salamanca, N.Y., Event Center At Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel     
June 23 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Stage AE 
June 26 – Portland, Maine, Maine State Pier
June 27 – Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena  
June 28 – Philadelphia, Pa., Mann Center for Performing Arts       
June 29 – Boston, Mass., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  
July 1 – New York, N.Y., JBL Live at Pier 97
July 2 – West Windsor, N.J., Mercer  County Park
July 3 – Solomons, Md., PNC Waterside Pavilion   
July 4 – Raleigh, N.C., Red Hat Amphitheater        
July 8 – Charlotte, N.C., Uptown Amphitheatre At The NC Music Factory           
July 10 – Boca Raton, Fla., Sunset Cove Amphitheater      
July 11 – Saint Augustine, Fla., St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 12 – Alpharetta, Ga., Verizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
July 13 – Whites Creek, Tenn., The Woods At Fontanel     
July 15 – Grand Prairie, Texas, Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie  
July 17 – Albuquerque, N.M., TBA 
July 18 – Las Vegas, Nev., Boulevard Pool At The Cosmopolitan  
July 19 – San Diego, Calif., Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre      
July 21 – Los Angeles, Calif., Greek Theatre           
July 22 – Saratoga, Calif., The Mountain Winery    
July 24 – Boise, Idaho, Idaho Botanical Garden     
July 25 – Troutdale, Ore., McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater  
July 26 – Redmond, Wash., King County's Marymoor Park

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This Smithereens would-be hit channeled Bogie, '50s nostalgia

As we connect the dots this week on Lost and Found, we segue way from Suzanne Vega with Joe Jackson to Suzanne Vega with The Smithereens and the beatnik classic In A Lonely Place.

In A Lonely Place was the second single off the glorious Smithereens' album Especially For You, but it did not chart. The song's title is taken from the 1950 Humphrey Bogart movie In A Lonely Place and even quotes movie dialogue in the song with the great line "I was born the day I met you, lived awhile when you loved me, died a little when we broke apart".

The video is also a great noir piece, shot in black and white in the lonely big city with late night coffee and the presence of lead singer Pat DiNizio, his soul patch and Vega.  The Smithereens will be touring all year long, including the "Rock of the '80s Tour" which we also feature The Romantics and Berlin. http://officialsmithereens.com

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