You know TV's Love Boat theme song by heart, but did you know that "the world's most famous bartender" actually WAS a certified mixologist? Ted Lange, who played Isaac Washington on the TV show from 1977 to 1987, has even concocted a new drink for Princess Cruises, the owner of the fabled Pacific Princess, to honor the show's legacy.
"Most people don’t know that while I was serving up drinks on the Love Boat, I also became a licensed bartender in real life," said Lange, in a Princess media announcement.
The name of the new drink? "The Isaac," of course. Get the recipe to make it at home.
And in case you're wondering, the actual Pacific Princessended up an a scrap yard a few years ago. Size-wise compared to today's Princess ships, the Pacific Princess was tiny, carryling less than 800 passengers.
There are many Australians that agree that one of the best bands to come out of their continent is Cold Chisel. If you haven't heard a Cold Chisel song before, here is your chance Forever Now.
Cold Chisel amassed a total of thirteen Top 40 hits in Australia and their highest-charting single was 1982's Forever Now, which made it to No. 4 on the Aussie charts. Cold Chisel is best known for its lead singer, Jimmy Barnes, who had soundtrack success in the ‘80s with Working Class Man from the movie Gung Ho and Good Times from The Lost Boys when Barnes teamed up with INXS.
The video for Forever Now finds Cold Chisel killing time while waiting to catch a plane. The song was penned by drummer Steve Prestwich, who would be fired from the band a few years later and spent some time with The Little River Band. Prestwich died of a brain tumor in 2011. Besides his soundtrack output, Barnes also had a successful solo career. Cold Chisel has been on and off over the years, but currently are back on again playing shows in Australia.
Having trouble sleeping? Here's the perfect blog item for you. Madonna has announced the dates for her next world tour, according to Pollstar.com. Oh, most of us will probably skip it. There are still a few apologists for that artist who was once more of a musician than a menace. But I figure they're either on someone's payroll or they're contrarians. For at least the last 10 years, she's been more about stunts than substance.
There's one Florida date. Thankfully it's far from Tampa Bay and Orlando.
Somebody wake us up when she does a retro tour focusing on her '80s tunes.
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.
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.
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. …
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. …
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."
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.
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.)
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. …
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. …
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.