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Begin your Star Trek weekend with this '80s classic

This weekend, the big movie release is Star Trek Beyond, the third in the series of the JJ Abrams reboot that has a mostly positive approval from the Stuck in the '80s Nation. But Star Trek in the '80s is more than the reruns we watched as a kid and the Shatner-Nimoy movies of the '80s, so today we dust off the long lost novelty hit - Star Trekkin' by The Firm.

The Firm is the English songwriting duo of John O'Conner and Grahame Lister. They had a U.K. novelty hit in 1982, but their universe exploded in 1987 when they decided to have fun with the Star Trek franchise. Lister handled much of the music chores and O'Connor provided the voice for Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy while a man named Dev Douglas voiced Spock. The rest of the voices were pitched in by other friends and family, including a studio engineer who voiced Scotty's part and O'Conner's wife, Shelley, voicing Uhuru. …

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Prince secretly bought house from ‘Purple Rain’

Remember late last year when we reported that the house featured in the movie Purple Rain was up for sale? Turns out there was an interested party who couldn’t wait to buy it: Prince.

The Star-Tribune reports that the 3-bedroom house at 3420 Snelling Ave. in Longfellow, Minneapolis, was sold for $117,000 to Prince last summer, eight months before his death. It was an all-cash deal.

Technically it was bought by NPG Music Publishing, the musician’s publishing company. Exteriors of the house were used in the 1984 movie; Prince himself never lived at the home, though the movie is somewhat autobiographical in nature.

“I don’t think he had a plan. I think he just wanted it,” guessed the home’s selling agent, Deborah Larsen of Coldwell Banker Burnet told the newspaper. Upon his death, Prince's "house" became part of his estate.

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There’s no mystery behind the appeal of ‘Clue’

If Hollywood is so gung-ho on remaking movies from the ‘80s, maybe they should start with just making movies based on board games. It worked for Clue.

Clue, the 1985 comedy with an ensemble cast including Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd, wasn’t a huge box office hit when it was released, but thanks to cable networks like HBO, it quickly gained a cult following after it left cinemas.

The historic Tampa Theatre is hosting a screening of the movie on Friday night as part of its summer “Rewind” series. But before you go to see if Col. Mustard is hiding behind the concession stand with a candlestick, be a good sleuth and study these “clues” first.

5 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE MOVIE CLUE:


1. The movie is based on a British game that was originally developed in the 1940s to be played in London bomb shelters during World War II.

2. The role of the French maid "Yvette" drew interest from actors Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demi Moore and even Madonna. Colleen Camp caught the director’s eye - and won the part - by showing up to the audition in costume.

3. Three endings for Clue were shot, and the different finales were shown at different showtimes. Future DVD editions of the movie contain a special feature allowing the ending to be picked randomly for home viewers.

4. The movie is very short - just 88 minutes, causing famed critic Roger Ebert to wonder in his review why the filmmakers didn’t just include all three endings in theaters.

5. Several attempts have been made to remake Clue, including one by director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) in 2008. Why none have succeeded yet remains a mystery.

If you go: Clue, 10:30 p.m., Friday, July 22. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St, Tampa. …

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Information Society joins lineup for 2017 voyage of The '80s Cruise

Tell me what's on your mind. Is it The '80s Cruise? Good news for you then, because the 2017 edition for The '80s Cruise has just added Information Society to their music lineup.

Information Society had a HUGE hit in 1988 with What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy). Other Top 100 hits by the trio includes Walking Away, Repetition, Lay All Your Love On Me and Think.

Of course, there were already PLENTY of other acts already set to play. Here's the full lineup:

The '80s Cruise also features original MTV veejays Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood as hosts along with Tiffany and comedian Alonzo Bodden. (The band When in Rome was dropped from the lineup this week due to scheduling conflicts, the cruise organizers reported.) Your Stuck in the '80s hosts will also be hosting Big '80s Trivia challenges during the trip. And '80s tribute band Jessie's Girl will also be performing.

The cruise sets sail Feb. 11-18 on the Celebrity Summit out of Fort Lauderdale and visits Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel on its 7-day journey. Cabins are still available. Use the promo code STUCK when booking to get the best rates and to be invited to exclusive Stuck in the '80s events during the cruise.

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New podcast: Hollywood slimes us with new Ghosbusters

Think of the WORST quote from the original 1984 version of Ghostbusters. Oh wait, that's right - there aren't very many. Now, if you've seen the 2016 remake, give me a memorable line from that flim. Oh wait, that's right - there aren't very many.

This week on the Stuck in the '80s podcast, we give you our official review on the new Ghostbusters movie. One of us liked it. One of us thought it was a waste of time. And one of us was just happy to find a babysitter for a night out with the spouse.

Plus, full seggies. And it's all free. Unlike a screening of Ghostbusters.

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'80s Cruise quiz: Match the lyrics to the '80s tunes

How well do you think you know the bands on the 2017 edition of The '80s Cruise? There's only one way to find out. Take the quiz! And to join the Stuck in the '80s hosts on the 2017, book your passage on the cruise's official website. Use the promo code STUCK to save hundreds off the advertised rates.

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He-Man, Masters of the Universe returns with new episode

By the power of Greyskull, He-Man has returned. According to Entertainment Weekly, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe will air a new episode at San Diego’s Comic Con on Wednesday. Here’s the trailer.

The original cartoon, as we all remember well, debuted in 1983 and lasted just two seasons. A live-action film, starring Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella, also hit theaters in 1987 but was a cult classic (and I use that phrase loosely) at best.

The latest He-Man episode, entitled “The Curse of the Three Terrors,” was developed by Super7, a company that originally began as a magazine about Japanese toys. It has since branched out into books, vinyl figures and action figures.

EW also reports that another live-action Masters of the Universe movie is in the works, with McG (Charlie’s Angels) handling the directing duties.

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Stuck in the ‘80s review: ‘Ghostbusters’ dead on arrival

The final two words of the new Ghostbusters - before the ending credits, which last nearly as long as the movie itself - sum up this reboot in two words: “Not terrible.”

You could also more harshly toe-tag it with these two words: “Not funny.”

And there lies the problems of this otherwise more-noble-than-expected effort. Take a director fresh off so many box office victories (Paul Feig) and team him up with four of the funniest comedy actors working today - no matter the gender - and … AND … you sprinkle the film with a supporting cast hand-picked from the funniest shows on TV and what do we have?

A corpse.

Put aside any allegiance we ’80s fans have to the original 1984 movie. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones deserved better material. At an 11 a.m. showing Saturday in Winter Park, Fla., the theater held possibly 12 audience members at most. From what I could tell, only one was laughing out loud. At what, I have no idea.

The plot of the new Ghostbusters movie largely mimics the original Bill Murray/Harold Ramis/Dan Aykroyd flick. Three scientists (Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon) find themselves fired from cushy university jobs and decide to chase the paranormal for a living. Eventually teaming up with a subway worker (Jones) who knows the lore of the city, the foursome take on both ghosts and a skeptical city government (led by Andy Garcia as the mayor).

There are several sweet nods to the original movie, including bits on the firehouse headquarters and the inspiration behind the team’s iconic logo), but for me the smiles ended there.

A supporting cast of comedy heroes - Zach Woods, Ed Begley Jr., Karan Soni, Steve Higgins, Chris Hemsworth, Matt Walsh to name just a few - manage to muster a giggle or two here and there, but I’m left to assume they must have been improvising their scenes.

Likewise if you were counting on the cameos from the original cast of Ghostbusters to help out, you’ll be gob-smacked to see how disappointing those scenes are. Billy Murray is deader than the ghouls playing a celebrity hoax buster. Aykroyd underwhelms in a seconds—long bit as a cabbie. Ernie Hudson scores a laugh when we learn his role in the plot. Only a tender, nearly missed moment when we catch a glimpse of the late Harold Ramis does the arrow hit its target.

I’m disappointed in the celebrities who have tried to turn criticism of Ghostbusters into gender politics. Ghostbusters’ failure is not about the ladies, it’s about the lack of laughs.

If this remake of Ghostbusters is truly the best that Hollywood can offer, then finally we all have something to be truly afraid of.

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Top 5 'Never Found' cover songs of the '80s

I enjoy being able to feature additional songs by previously profiled Never Found artists; because, in the '80s, mainstream pop radio just ignored them so completely despite these artists having plenty of good stuff. In order to re-feature Never Found artists, I've done a Top Five Love Songs list and a couple Live Bonus weeks in the past. What could I do to give a little more love to Never Found artists I've covered before?

Then it hit me! Cover songs! Yes, that'll work.

So, here are my top five Never Found cover songs:

5. Peter Murphy - The Light Pours Out Of Me
This song is a Never Found song through and through. Because the original was produced by Never Found artist: Magazine. And Never Found artist Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks (also a Never Found artist) shares a writing credit. Never Founds everywhere! You'd think they would have been found.

4. The Fall - Victoria
This arty punk band from the UK produced some pretty unusual music over their long career, but this cover of a Kinks song is pretty straight up pop. It was still too weird to crack the American Top 40 though. …

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The Revolution’s Dr. Fink bringing Prince tribute show to Tampa Theatre

Hey, Purple Rain fans, everyone remember Dr. Fink? Fink (aka Matt Fink) was the physician scrubs-wearing keyboard player for Prince & The Revolution from 1978 to 1991. He might not have talked much in the 1984 movie, but he did have that one great zinger about why Wendy is only nice one week a month.

Anyway, these days Fink is fronting the Purple Xperience, a Prince tribute band, and they have a gig set for Sept. 22 at the Tampa Theatre. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 19. Tickets are $38 and $32 plus fees.

The five-piece Purple Xperience is a five-piece act featuring some of the best session players from the Minneapolis area, where Prince lived and made it big. Fronting the band is Marshall Charloff, who reportedly is a dead-ringer for Prince both appearance-wise and vocally. (Check out the promo video below.)

Fink, as you remember, won Grammys along with the rest of the Revolution for his work on the soundtracks for Purple Rain and Under the Cherry Moon.

Check the Purple Xperience’s official website for tour dates near you.

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Lost Boys sequel coming, but in comic book form

One thing about being stuck in the '80s I never could stomach; all the damn movie sequels. It’s okay, Grandpa, because the sequel to 1987’s The Lost Boys will be a comic books series.

Movieweb.com reports that Issue No. 1 of the new Lost Boys comic series by Vertigo Comics will be available on Oct. 12. The monthly books will pick up with where the movie left off and include the same characters.

The storyline begins with brothers Michael and Sam joining forces again with the Frog brothers to battle a new gang of vampires known as the Blood Belles.

The series will reportedly maintain the equal parts horror and comedy that make the original movie so memorable. Added bonus: Though actor Corey Haim died in 2010, his character lives on in the comic book. …

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The '80s stay with us thanks to bands like Blue Nile

If you ever peruse lists of top albums of the '80s, don't be surprised if you see the band Blue Nile on those lists. If you never had heard of one of their songs, stay a few more minutes on the blog and check out the Blue Nile with Stay.

Hailing from Scotland, the Blue Nile was led by Paul Buchanan and in 1984 they released their debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops with the lead single Stay. While the album has made such lists as 1,000 albums you have to hear before you die and countless others, the single Stay only made a dent on the U.K. charts peaking at No. 97. The video for Stay is smooth synth rock with Paul Buchanan showing off his excellent penmanship among flying papers and a nice arty presentation.

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Nintendo Classic Mini to feature 30 built-in games

Forget Pokemon Go. The real fun is coming this fall: Nintendo will re-please its original gaming console in miniature form on Nov. 11. It’s called … Nintendo Classic Mini.

The new/old system will cost $59.99, according to Nintendolife.com, and connects to TVs through HDMI.

But the best part: 30 classic games will be pre-loaded in the gaming console. Feast your eyes on this list:

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Squeeze announces 2016 U.S. tour dates

Forget that black coffee in bed, Squeeze has given us a new reason to look forward to fall: a slew of U.S. dates dubbed the “Cradle to the Grave Tour.”

Word has it their live shows are NOT TO BE MISSED, so find a date near you and make it happen.

SQUEEZE ‘CRADLE TO THE GRAVE’ U.S. TOUR 2016

21st Sept – Scottsdale, AZ
22nd Sept – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
23rd Sept – Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella, CA
24th Sept – Music Tastes Good Festival, Long Beach, CA
27th Sept – Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
28th Sept – Great American Music Hall, San Fransisco, CA
30th Sept – Elsinore Theatre, Salem, OR
1st Oct – Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
2nd Oct – Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
3rd Oct – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
6th Oct – Egyptian, Boise, ID
7th Oct – Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
10th Oct – The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
11th Oct – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
13th Oct – NJ Performing Arts Centre, Newark, NJ
14th Oct – The Keswick, Glenside, PA
15th Oct – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
16th Oct – The Paramount, Huntington, NY
17th Oct – The Wilbur, Boston, MA
19th Oct – The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

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'Ghoul Rule' means no Ghostbusters for China

How do you say "mother pus bucket" in Chinese? Putting all the trolling, accusations of sexism and general Internet tomfoolery aside, the new remake of Ghostbusters just got a real scare: It's been banned in China.

The Hollywood Reporter says the ban is not because of any Capitalism vs. Communism mumbo-jumbo, but rather because China prohibits movies that "promote cults or superstition." And with "Ghost" in the title, there you go. With China being the No. 2 film market in the world, that's going to do a whammy on the international box office numbers.

The banning of the new Ghostbusters isn't the first time China has used its "ghoul rule" to shut out a movie. The Hollywood Reporter said 2006's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest also was banned as was the original 1984 Ghostbusters movie.

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