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Molly Ringwald to visit Clearwater for 'Breakfast Club' screening

Sweets, we couldn't forget you if we tried! Molly Ringwald will be at Clearwater's Capitol Theater on Oct. 3 for a screening of The Breakfast Club on its 30th anniversary. Following the movie, the co-star of the 1985 John Hughes classic will take questions from the audience.

Okay, now that your heart is beating out of your chest, here are some more details. Tickets are $60 and $75 with a handful of "Mingle with Molly" tickets available at $175. (Maybe we can ask Claire's dad to advance us our allowance.) Better hurry though ... tickets are already on sale.

Molly reportedly is doing a handful of these screenings around the country - I'm still looking for a full list of dates. Stay tuned.

 

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Fan-made video week begins with Frank Marino's Strange Dreams

We are going to try something new on Lost and Found. Normally I have been a stickler for featuring a song that only has a video made by the artist, but sometimes the artist never made a video or it is locked away awaiting its Youtube freedom. At least for this week, we'll tweek the rules with some great songs with some quality fan-made videos and we'll start the week with the powerful Strange Dreams by Frank Marino.

When you mention the name Marino in the ‘80s, you no doubt think about Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, but there was another Marino in the ‘80s from north of the border in Canada that played a mean guitar and his name was Frank. Marino was the central member of the '70's band Mahogany Rush whose first 10 albums all sold well in the U.S. In 1982, Marino's second solo album contained Strange Dreams that was Top 10 hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. …

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R&B week wraps up with Stevie Wonder feeling 'Overjoyed'

Will Stuck in the '80s ever do a podcast on Saturday Night Live in the ‘80s? It's a big topic to tackle, so maybe we can cover it on the blog in small doses with a few good memories courtesy of Steve Wonder and Overjoyed.

Stevie Wonder was a great commodity on SNL during the ‘80s whether it was Eddie Murphy playing Wonder along side Joe Piscopo's Frank Sinatra or his participation in the Kannon Camera commercial parody (so easy, anyone can use it!) that aired on May 7, 1983. On that May episode that Wonder hosted, he performed two songs, including one he had never released before entitled Overjoyed. Nearly three years after the broadcast debut of Overjoyed, Wonder released the ballad as a single and the song reached No. 24 on the charts the first part of 1986.

Wonder will perform at the opening of the Special Olympics at the end of the month in Los Angeles after recently joining Prince on stage at a private party at the White House where they performed Signed, Sealed Delivered I'm Yours for President Obama.

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For National Hot Dog Day, try biting into 'Hot Dog ... The Movie'

Because today is National Hot Dog Day, it's only fitting we honor the ultimate movie for this occasion: 1984's Hot Dog … The Movie. (As opposed to the TV series? Not sure why the need to explain that, but whatever.)

Patrick Houser starred in the flick as an ambitious teen skier from Idaho determined to make a name for himself on the slops of Squaw Valley. The biggest name in the cast was probably Shannon Tweed, making only her second film appearance. The big scene? The finale involving the "Chinese Downhill" race. (Be careful: It's an R-rated movie.)

It was the typical teen sex/drugs/party flick of the early '80s and yet critics weren't completely turned off by it. The New York Times would say Hot Dog was "less moronic than it might have been."

"It's a beach party movie, marginally better than the average, with snow taking the place of surf," the reviewer wrote. …

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Podcast: Our 10th anniversary episode of Stuck in the '80s

As of today, Stuck in the '80s is officially one day older than the decade it honors. That just blows my mind. When we released Episode #1 back on July 22, 2005, I would have been shocked if we lasted six months. I remember telling a colleague after a year that if survived for THREE years, that he should just come by my desk and kill me. And yet, here we are. Ten years and one day later.

To mark the occasion we've put together a 10th anniversary episode, which honors our very first show. Basically, it re-does the first show, which lasted only 14 minutes. The topic is The Breakfast Club, and now I feel like we've finally given that topic it's due.

I want to thank everyone who has helped Stuck in the '80s along the way, starting with Gina Vivinetto, my partner on the show when it began. We had an amazing chemistry and the show wouldn't have lasted two weeks without her.

Our first producer, who taught us what podcasting really was, was Brendan Watson. He was an intern at the Times back in 2005. Today he's a journalism professor. Amazing. Our second producer, Dave Morrison, taught me everything I know about audio editing. And the show was its best when he was handling the control board. …

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Gladys Knight & the Pips worked some overtime in the '80s

I know its summertime, so the last thing you want to do is work over. But don't worry, because here at Stuck in the ‘80s Gladys Knight & the Pips are here and will stay late since they said to Save The Overtime (For Me).

Gladys Knight & the Pips have been around since the early ‘60s and scored 24 Top 40 hits over their career. Keeping all in the family, the Pips were comprised of Gladys's brother Bubba and their cousins Edward and William and in 1974 they were named Billboard's top act of 1974 with hit songs like Midnight Train To Georgia. The group had a nine-year dry spell between number one hits on the R&B charts before hitting the top spot with Save The Overtime (For Me) in 1983.

Save The Overtime (For Me) also made it to No. 66 on the pop charts and video highlights include Knight looking good in her late 30's and was one of the earliest mainstream music videos to feature break dancing. …

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Give you four guesses which '60s powerhouse scored in the '80s with 'Indestructible'

The Stuck in the '80s podcast has covered Rock Dinos extensively, but what about R&B Dinos? Well if you are going to start, why not start with one of the biggest and best R&B groups of all time, The Four Tops, with their last Top 40 hit Indestructible.

The Four Tops are Motown legends with 24 Top 40 hits, including some of the greatest soul songs of the ‘60s like I Can't Help Myself and Reach Out I'll Be There. The ‘80s was The Four Tops still in action as in 1981 that almost hit the Top 10 with When She Was My Girl and Indestructible that peaked at No. 35 in 1988.

Indestructible was one of the theme songs NBC used for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. The video for Indestructible captures The Four Tops with a touch of gray when they were all in their early '50s. Lead singer Levi Stubbs powerhouse voice was also used as the voice of that carnivorous plant Audrey II in the movie version of 1986's Little Shop of Horrors with the fun song of Feed Me Seymore with Rick Moranis.

Unfortunately, the only remaining Four Top member alive today is Duke Fakir, the tallest Four Top who is wearing glasses and a brown shirt in the video for Indestructible.

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'Back to the Future' cast reunites; film returns to theaters Oct. 21

Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox look as good today as they did 30 years ago. The three actors reunited over the weekend at the London Film and Comic Con, answering questions from fans on Back to the Future's 30th anniversary.

In cast you're wondering, Lloyd today is 76 years old, which means he was about as old as I am now when he filmed the movie and yet he was younger than Fox is now (54) during production. (Thompson is also 54 now.)

Other cast members in attendance included Claudia Wells (Marty's girlfriend in the first movie), James Tolkan (Principal Stickland), Harry Waters Jr. (Marvin Berry), among others. Sorry, no Biff or George McFly.

Consequenceofsound.net also reports that Back to the Future will return to theaters for one night only on Oct. 21 (the significance of that date should be obvious to any '80s fan). Stay tuned for screening information.

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Can you name the 'other' top 100 hit by the Dazz Band?

When it's time to hit the dance floor, you always want to make sure you Let It Whip, but besides whipping, make sure you do like the Dazz Band and Let It All Blow.

In 1982, Cleveland's Dazz Band had one of the best dance tunes of the year with Let It Whip that was a Top 5 hit and won the eight-man group a Grammy. In 1984, they made it to No. 84 on the charts with the equally funky Let It All Blow.

Video highlights include action sports clip interspersed with The Dazz Band group dancing and lead singer Bobby Harris delivering the "Let It All Blow" catch phrase. The Dazz Band would record nine studio albums in the ‘80s, but Let It Whip would be their only song that made AT40. 

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R&B Week on Lost and Found starts with Rick James

It's been a long time since we devoted a week to ‘80s R&B, so if we are going to throw the funk down this week, why would we start with Rick James? Because he's Rick James, b&!?h!.

Buffalo native Rick James hit his funky stride in the ‘80s as four of the five Top 40 hits occurred in the ‘80s including 1981's Give It To Me BabyGive It To Be Baby spent five weeks at number one on the R&B charts, peaked at No. 40 on the pop singles chart and its bass riff is rumored to be the inspiration for the iconic bass line to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

The video for Give It To Me Baby is bad boy fun as James is at his sexy beast peak wooing one hot mama in his open-buttoned shirts before hitting the hot tub for some love action. It's also the Rick James image that gave birth to his famous parody onThe Chappelle Show that was the buzz of 2004.    …

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Vinyl nerds rejoice: New 15-album collection from Queen on the way

Queen fans, stop looking for somebody to love. Universal Music loves you and is planning to release Studio Collection, a set of all 15 studio albums from Queen in September.

The set also comes with a 108-page book full of lyrics, photos, memorabilia and more, according to Superdeluxeedition.com.

All this fun doesn't come cheap. It's $445. Preorders at Queen's online store are available now.

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Spelling Bee champs? Never. But Slade still brings the noize

I don't know if the Stuck in the '80s blog is exactly the forum to debate the superiority of the American educational system over the English educational system, but if we examine the British hard rock group Slade, we can only say, "My Oh My" and know which country really is the more accomplished speller of the English language.

Slade has been around since the ‘60s influencing many bands, especially American bands popular in the ‘80s. Quiet Riot put the spotlight on Slade in 1983 when their cover of Cum On Feel The Noize became a Top 5 hit. There are too many Slade deliberately misspelled songs to list, but it's odd that Slade finally hit the U.S. Top 40 when they played it straight with correctly spelled tunes like Run, Runaway and today's feature - My Oh My.

While My Oh My was a Top 10 hit all across Europe it only reached No. 37 in the U.S. in 1984. The video features the band traveling the country roads and picking up lead singer Noddy Holder and putting on an impromptu concert. The video also features the unique style sense of guitarist Dave Hill and his colorful outfits and unusual hat choices. …

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New podcast: Solo rockers of the '80s part 2

We love "series" here at Stuck in the '80s. Rock dinosaurs. One-hit wonders. Horrible hits. Now we're fixated on "Rockers Gone Solo in the '80s." This week's podcast is part 2 in what will probably be a never-ending series of salutes to band members who went off on their own to find another level of greatness. Also in this week's show, a menacing movie montage mystery challenge. Enjoy.

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Look for clues all you want. This Robert Palmer tune missed the charts big time

When we featured our first Robert Palmer video on Lost and Found last month, I dropped some hints that sometime we had to squeeze in some more Robert Pamer videos, so it's time to stop looking for more hints and watch Looking For Clues.

Looking For Clues was one of the first singles for Palmer in the ‘80s and the song reached No. 105 on the U.S. Singles Charts at the end of 1980. The featured video Looking For Clues is actually a clip from a strange little German TV music/skit show called Bananas that ran from 1981 to 1984. While this video doesn't have the dancing Palmer girl band, you got to hand it to the Germans as things get weird when suave Palmer glides down a hallway with unusual guests appearing out of the side doorways decorated with animal head masks that make Looking For Clues look more like a scene from Eyes Wide Shut.

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'The Last Starfighter' spinoff for TV coming soon

Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by Hollywood to defend the entertainment industry and the '80s nostalgia movement. Believe it or not, The Last Starfighter is making its way back as a TV series by the movie's original writer Jonathan Betuel, Variety reports.

The new show would be called The Starfighter Chronicles and plans to be the first TV show to use virtual reality. Yes, you'd have to wear headsets.

The original 1984 movie starred Lance Guest as Alex Rogan (and technically as "Beta Alex" as well), a frustrated teen who desperately wants to escape his life at a remote mobile home park. When he breaks the record on a video game, he is - repeat after me - "recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada."

One of the first movies to use CGI, it makes sense that The Starfighter Chronicles would attempt to break in the use of VR in the TV series. The project is still in early development, so there's no news yet on a launch date or casting. …

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