Big fan of The Terminator? Check this out: Today, we're closer in time to the skull-crushing, machine-ruled future of Earth than we are the release date of the movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger's character returns from the year 2029 to wreak havoc in 1984. So enjoy these next 15 years ... while you can. Full Story
Thirty years old this month (Oct. 26), The Terminator was an immediate hit with fans who couldn't get enough of the violence-laced vision of humanity's dim future. The movie starred Schwarzenegger - then only beginning to enjoy the beginning of his movie success - as a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), a woman who would soon give birth to freedom fighter who would lead a war against the machines.
To this day, it maintains an enviable 100 percent "fresh rating" on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that compiles movie critic reviews. And, of course, the flick gave birth to a franchise of sequels that have been sending paychecks Schwarzenegger's way for decades.
But how well do you remember the original movie? Here are six things you may not know about 1984's The Terminator.
BAD DATE: Toward the beginning of the movie, Hamilton's character gets a phone message breaking a date with her. The voice on the answering machine was actually that of director James Cameron, who would later marry (and divorce) Hamilton.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Other actors who were reportedly considered or turned down the role of the terminator include O.J Simpson, Mel Gibson, Tom Selleck, Kevin Kline and Michael Douglas.
COULD HAVE BEEN CONNOR: Among those considered for the Sarah Connor role were Geena Davis, Debra Winger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone and Kelly McGillis.
ON TARGET: To perfect his role as the unflinching cyborg, Schwarzenegger spent weeks at gun ranges, assembling guns, firing them and reloading without blinking or even looking at the gun.
GAME OVER MAN!: Three actors with smaller roles in the film - Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton - would reunite with Cameron in 1986's Aliens.
THE BIG LINE: According to one story, Schwarzenegger's infamous line "I'll be back" was originally scripted as "I'll come back." Another story has it that Schwarzenegger wanted instead to say "I will be back," an easier phrase to pronounce given that the actor was still fairly new to speaking English at the time. He was overruled by Cameron. "I'll be back" was later ranked No. 37 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movie lines of all time.
Let's start off the week with a nugget that most everyone fondly remembers: The JoBoxers and Just Got Lucky.
The JoBoxers were formed in London with four English lads and American Dig Wayne on vocals. They started off strong with the hit Boxerbeat that hit No. 3 in the UK and had a worldwide hit their second single Just Got Lucky. The song reached No. 36 on the U.S. charts in 1983 and continues to be a seldom-heard, but beloved minor hit of the ‘80s.
After the success of their debut album Gangbusters, sales disappeared for their follow up album Skin and Bone and that was the end of The JoBoxers recording career. Dig Wayne (born Timothy Wayne Ball) has kept busy with a career in acting appearing in numerous movies and television shows. Full Story
Jeremy Kidd put Red Guitars together in Hull, England, in 1982. As lead vocalist, Kidd released Red Guitars' first few singles and first album on his own label, Self Drive Records. The band was known for playing gigs supporting leftist causes and their anti-corporate attitude was reflected in their first single Good Technology.
That first single was a minor hit in the UK, but despite the fact that there is a video for that minor hit, I'm opting to go with a follow-up single, Marimba Jive for my featured song. I don't particularly care for Good Technology, but Marimba Jive is a lively dance song with Afro-pop influences and it decried the injustice of Apartheid before Steven Van Zandt released his cause celeb song Sun City. Marimba Jive reached No. 1 on the UK Indie Charts, but was never found on the Top 40 (or Top 100 for that matter) here in the States. Full Story
When it comes to cartoons, is there anything more '80s than Rainbow Brite? What if we added Molly Ringwald to the mix? Done.Full Story
Subscription video-on-demand service Feeln has announced it's reviving Rainbow Brite, which ran in syndication from 1984 to 1986. Disney Channel sweetie Emily Osment will voice Rainbow while Ringwald will oddly enough voice the villainous character of the Dark Princess. (So, basically her same role as Breakfast Club.)
The series is set to begin Nov. 6. Watch the trailer here.
Marty McFly will never sip another Pepsi Free. Or take a stroll on his hover-board. And thankfully, that whole "kissing Mom" thing is in the books. That's because the Back to the Future co-writer and producer has officially sworn off doing any more movie sequels.
"Let's face it, we've seen a lot of sequels that are made years and years later and I don't think I can name one that's any good," Bob Gale told Yahoo UK. "We're not going to do Director's Cuts or make a 3D version or change the special effects. People love them the way they are, we think they're really good. Let's not mess with it."
But a Broadway musical? Great Scott! That's still on the table. Actually, it's already in pre-production. Gale will write the book while Alan Silvestri will handle the music. So how soon until we see it? Not even Doc Brown can make that calculation.
“I don't know when that's going to be ready," Gale said. "It was announced to come out in 2015 – it won’t come out then. We’re not going to put it out there until we absolutely love it ourselves."Full Story
In April, Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons covered one of my favorite ‘80s bands, the Hoodoo Gurus, on the Never Found Series. I may be crossing the streams, but for a band as fun as the Hoodoo Gurus, one song is just not enough as evidenced by What's My Scene.
In Dr. Dim's blog post he mentioned that in 2003 the Australian National Rugby League hired the Gurus to rerecord What's My Scene to That's My Team for the league's theme song. The original 1987 song was a No. 3 hit in their native country and the video is wacky fun as the boys play dress up and have their video profiles spliced and resorted.
While the Gurus never sniffed the Top 100 of the U.S. pop singles charts they did end up with six Top 40 hits in Australia and are inducted into their country's Music Hall of Fame. http://www.hoodoogurus.net/ Full Story
Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Pena, who co-starred in La Bamba and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, died Tuesday at age 55, according to media reports.
No cause of death has been reported yet, other than she suffered a brief illness.
Ms. Pena made her mark in the '80s first in TV shows such as Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues and T.J Hooker. In 1986, she played the sexually frustrated housekeeper opposite Richard Dreyfuss in Down and Out in Beverly Hills. In 1987, she got her biggest role of the decade, playing Rosie in La Bamba.
In her most recent role, she played the mother to Sofia Vergara's character on Modern Family.Full Story
Pop quiz: Can anyone name the year Prince made his first appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live? A good guess would be 1984, when Purple Rain ruled the world, but that's wrong. It was actually 1981, when Prince was supporting his Dirty Mind album. (The guest host that night? Charlene Tilton - aka Lucy Ewing - from TV's Dallas.)
Prince will return as musical guest on SNL on Nov. 1, with Chris Rock as the guest host. According to Rolling Stone, he'll bring his backing band 3rdEyeGirl. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, but either "The Kid" will play a tune from that album is entirely unpredictable. (At least play the title cut!)Full Story
Though her chart success ended in 1985, Diana Ross was still the third most successful female singer of the ‘80s (trailing only Madonna and Whitney Houston) and had loads of hits including the deliciously cheesy Muscles.
Of Ross' dozen Top 40 hits in the ‘80s, I must confess to only liking Muscles. The song was written by Michael Jackson and hit No. 10 in the fall of 1982. The song is silky smooth with the best finger snapping you'll hear in the ‘80s. What can you say about the video as a still vivacious 38-year-old Ross wriggles in her satin bed sheets with muscle-bound boy toys before dream flying over American national landmarks.
The Native American beefcake in the video is Gil Birmingham in his first screen performance. Birmingham is most recognized as the character Billy Black, the wheel-chaired father of Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in the Twilight movie franchise.
Ross, who turned 70 this year (gulp), still tours occasionally and her chart success is unparalleled. In the ‘60s with The Supremes, Ross had 12 No. 1 songs and as a solo artist had 27 Top 40 hits including six more No. 1s, including two in the ‘80s with Upside Down and her duet with Lionel Richie Endless Love.Full Story
The Who is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a huge North American tour, opening in Tampa on April 15. (All dates here). Roger Daltry is calling this latest tour "the beginning of the long goodbye."
Technically, "the long goodbye" began in 1982, with their "final" show happening Dec. 17, 1989, at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The Who would do a one-off reunion for Live Aid and then pulled it back together completely for a 1989 reunion tour, but that Toronto show to me will always be "the finale." Here's the setlist from that night:
I Can't Explain
The Quiet One
Behind Blue Eyes
Boris the Spider
Cry If You Want
Who Are You
See Me, Feel Me
Love Ain't for Keepin'
Love, Reign O'er Me
Long Live Rock
Won't Get Fooled Again
Young Man Blues
Twist and Shout
The scorecard for Elton John is amazing with 55 Top 40 hits, and while his chart career spanned three decades, the ‘80s were very kind to John including beautiful melancholy gems like Blue Eyes.
The breakdown of John's hits by decade is: ‘70s (25), ‘80's (20) and ‘90s (10). After seven number one hits in the ‘70s, the ‘80s were the only decade in which John did not have a No. 1 song with his biggest ‘80s chart hit being No. 2 I Don't Want To Go On With You Like That in 1988. John returned to hit No. 1 in 1997 with the remake Candle In The Wind tribute song to Princess Diana.
1982's Blue Eyes was like many of John's ‘80s hits, it did well on the charts (No. 12) but is rarely played these days on radio compared his ‘70s monster hits. The song was an homage to Elizabeth Taylor and the video for Blue Eyes is simple with John playing a white grand piano in Sydney, Australia overlooking the Tasman Sea.
John continues to tour relentlessly and latest album "The Diving Board" was released in 2013. http://www.eltonjohn.com/Full Story
Several legendary '80s-era acts were nominated today for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 Class, including The Smiths, Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Sting, N.W.A., Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Other nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, War and Bill Withers.
This marks the first year The Smiths have been nominated. With Morrissey recently announcing he was battling cancer, it would be interesting to see if the band could put differences aside and reunite to perform at the induction ceremony.
Sting is already a member of the hall of fame with The Police's induction in 2003.
The final class will be announced later this year. Induction is set for April 18.Full Story
This is just spooky: Ghostbusters 3 will star female comedians, presumably in place of the male "ghostbusters" who appeared in the first two movies, Gawker reports.
Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has confirmed via Twitter that he'll direct Ghostbusters 3 with a female cast. "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star hilarious women. That's who I'm gonna call," Feig tweeted.
Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman are still attached to the project, Gawker says, but will probably just serve as producers.Full Story
For every Pat Benatar that became an icon in the ‘80s, there were other women who carved out smaller paths in the hearts of ‘80s lovers and one of those forgotten females was Rachel Sweet.
In 1983, Sweet made it as far as No. 72 with her single Voodoo, but by then Rachel Sweet had hit the charts several times including the Top 40 when she teamed up with heartthrob Rex Smith in 1981 for a remake of Carl Carlton's ‘70s classic Everlasting Love. In 1981, Sweet also recorded the first version of Pat Benatar's Shadows of the Night that has a sax solo instead of a guitar solo and was deemed by her record company as "too uncommercial" to be released as a single.
If the guys watching the video for Voodoo feel a little titillated and uncomfortable at the same time, it's to be expected. While Sweet, born in Ohio, was approximately 21 years old at the time of the video and of legal age, she looks like an underage teenager. Her Lolita-like posing was her modus operandi and was embraced in the UK and a could be a possible reason for her lack of commercial success in her conservative home country. …Full Story
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry led the crowd at Monday's Giants-Nationals game in singing along to the Journey hit Don't Stop Believin', the '80s anthem that has been adopted as a theme song for the San Fran baseball club.
Perry is a longtime Giants fan, having grown up near San Francisco (and with Journey being based there).
It's a song that's always been close to Perry's heart, though when the song was recorded in the early '80s, Perry says the band had no idea it'd be such a long-lasting hit.
"We couldn't have said back then, 'Hey, gee whiz, in 2011, Don't Stop Believin' is going to be the one.' They all felt like they were in that category because we loved them all the same," Perry told me in a previous interview. "But, you know, the world chooses what it chooses, and time does what it does."
Listen to my full interview with Steve Perry here. Full Story