In the '80s, few bands were as lucky as Loverboy

Sometimes you've got to ask yourself one question - "Do you feel lucky, punk?" Well, if you are a fan of Loverboy, then the news is good as the Candian band has just released a new album this month entitled Unfinished Business to compliment their outstanding ‘80s tunes like Lucky Ones.

1982 was a glorious year for Loverboy as their album Get Lucky would sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone and chart the Top 40 singles Working For The Weekend and When It's Over. The album is also beloved for its tracks that did not hit the countdown like Take Me To The Top, Jump and today's feature Lucky Ones.

Before Loverboy began specializing in cheesy videos, most of their videos were straight performance videos with Mike Reno sporting his signature leather pants and headband. The video for Lucky Ones adds some stock footage of beauty queen contests from different eras. …

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In the '80s, we rocked ourselves to sleep with April Wine

On SIT80s podcasts, listeners often hear mentions of relaxing nighttime alcoholic beverages by the hosts. While a beer, whiskey or a Bloody Mary may be the preferred libation of choice to some to help unwind; I would suggest that at sometime everyone should try some April Wine to rock your self to sleep.

By 1985, April Wine was on the verge on breaking up and their album Walking Through the Fire was basically lead singer Myles Goodwyn and guitarist Brian Greenway backed up by studio musicians. Even though the song didn't chart, it doesn't mean that April Wine didn't churn out another winner with the rock anthem I Rock Myself To Sleep. The song was co-written by Kimberly Rew (a guy) who was a member of Katrina and the Waves and also penned the iconic Walking On Sunshine

Accolades go to the director of the video, who wanted to portray a futuristic world with technological advances for his dancing video vixen. His decision to declare the LaserDisc as "the future" was a bold choice indeed.  The high cost of the LaserDisc was the key reason why it could never overtake VHS cassettes in the ‘80s and ‘90s and by 2000 was rendered obsolete with the advent of the DVD.  …

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James Garner, star of Rockford Files and Murphy's Romance, dies at age 86

James Garner wasn't particularly prolific in the '80s. But what he lacked in quantity, he made up for in some quality roles that we'll remember for a lifetime. Mr. Garner passed away Saturday night in Los Angeles at age 86.

The actor's signature role, playing investigator Jim Rockford in TV's The Rockford Files, was wrapping up as our decade began. The show ran from 1974 to 1980. Fewer probably remember him as the title role in the short-lived TV series Bret Maverick or as the kind-hearted sergeant major in the Army facing a sadistic town sheriff in 1984's Tank

Long before the '80s, Mr. Garner attracted fans for playing Hendley ("The Scounger") in 1963's The Great Escape. After the '80s, many more were drawn to her work on Barbarians at the Gate (1993), My Fellow Americans (1996), Space Cowboys (2000) and The Notebook (2004). …

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Southern-fried Friday with Molly Hatchet and 'Satisfied Man'

It's Friday and tonight '80s Nation is going to let off some steam by visiting our favorite biker bar, listen to some Molly Hatchet and get in a fight or two? Okay, so maybe we aren't going to do exactly that but at least we can live vicariously through Molly Hatchet and Satisfied Man.

Based in Jacksonville, Molly Hatchet's hit the southern rock scene in the late ‘70s and in 1980 scored their biggest hit Flirtin' With Disaster that played non-stop on jukeboxes and is still a staple on classic rock stations. In 1984, Molly Hatchet hit the singles chart for the last time with Satisfied Man that reached No. 84.

The video for Satisfied Man shows Molly Hatchet in their element at a biker bar with lead singer Danny Joe Brown delivering the goods to the crowd complete with fine guitar solos and a live action glimpse of the "Death Dealer," created by comic artist legend Frank Frazetta, who drew the cover art on many a Molly Hatchet album. Frazetta died in 2010 at the age of 82 and his painting of "Conan the Conqueror" sold for over a million dollars a year before his death.   …

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Watch a music video inspired by the movie 'Heathers'

A music video and song inspired by the '80s dark comedy classic Heathers? Sure, I'm game. Watch this video by the Chicago indie band Homer Marrs and the Excellent Adventure.

Homer Marrs wrote to Stuck in the '80s to explain the song. "I have been in love with that movie since it came out and I tend to write about things I love," Homer said. "I like calling attention to lesser-appreciated art when I can. I also like making new art out of existing art, hence using the movie's existing dialogue and just rearranging it in my own way."

For more on the band, check out www.reverbnation.com/rpk/homermarrs or www.facebook.com/homermarrsmusic.

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The story of Moon Martin and his 'X-Ray Vision'

If you haven't been reading the Noblemania blog by author and speaker Marc Tyler Noblemen this summer then you are missing out on "The Girl in the Video Series: Part 2".  The interviews track down the missing video vixens of the ‘80s and thanks to Marc, Lost and Found has dug up a great video from Moon Martin with X-Ray Vision.

Moon Martin's lone Top 40 hit came in 1979 with the rocker Rolene, but he will probably be best remembered for writing Robert Palmer's classic Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor). In 1982, Martin was trying to get back on the charts with the help of MTV and X-Ray Vision. While the song did get played on MTV, chart success did not follow. …

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Read Roger Ebert's final thoughts on 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' and you'll cry

Roger Ebert was far more than a great writer. He was a great fan of movies. And not just the epic sagas that scoop up all the Oscars each year. He was a fan of movies with great stories. With great characters. And with great lessons.

And so it's amazing to read, a little more than a year after his passing, the words of Roger Ebert revisiting the John Hughes classic Planes Trains and Automobiles. His essay, written in 2000, was part of his "Great Movies" series.

Get a hanky ready.

"The movies that last, the ones we return to, don't always have lofty themes or Byzantine complexities. Sometimes they last because they are arrows straight to the heart. When Neal unleashes that tirade in the motel room and Del's face saddens, he says, 'Oh. I see.' It is a moment that not only defines Del's life, but is a turning point in Neal's, because he also is a lonely soul, and too well organized to know it. Strange, how much poignancy creeps into this comedy, and only becomes stronger while we're laughing."

Read the full, amazing article here.

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After melting with you, Modern English reached across this sea with this tune

The albatross of having a song that has evolved as one of the most popular songs of the ‘80s is worn by several bands, so let's all join hands and unite across the seas and declare that Modern English released more than one song in the ‘80s.  

By chart success, I Melt With You was a blip on the radar making it only as far as No. 78 on the U.S. pop charts in 1983, but we all know the rest of the story with its inclusion in the Valley Girl movie and soundtrack, the Taco Bell commercials and VH1 proclaiming it No. 39 on their list of Top 100 songs of the ‘80s.  In 1984, Modern English followed up on that success with a new album and the single Hands Across The Sea.

Hands Across The Sea only made it to No. 91 on the U.S. charts and the video is feel-good new wave with bright colors, interesting hats, hand claps and a kum ba yah message of world peace. 

Modern English has reunited several times over the years and just concluded a short summer European Tour with the original members of the band, including Robbie Grey on vocals.   http://modernenglish.me/

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25 years later, we are still proud to partake of 'When Harry Met Sally'

You probably think you know everything about the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. Like the older woman in the deli who, after Meg's big performance, "I'll have what she's having." Yeah, that's Estelle Reiner, mother to director Rob Reiner.

And Sally's first boyfriend Joe -- he looked familiar, right? That was Steven Ford, son to former president Gerald Ford.

But When Harry Met Sally, which turns 25 years old on July 21, is full of fun and odd trivia like that. And actually, the movie's release date is one of them. When Harry Met Sally actually had a small release, opening only in 41 theaters, where it generated just $1 million. (Going up against Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade didn't help.) However, in later wide release it blew way past its mere $16 million budget and became the New York/Christmas/New Year's/faked orgasm classic that is is today.

Here are six other trivia nuggets from When Harry Met Sally.

1. About that famous orgasm scene. You can, ahem, experience it for yourself at Katz Deli in New York. The table used in the scene now bears a plaque reading: "Where harry met sally... hope you have what she had!"

2. The segments of married couples telling their real-life stories? Those are true stories, but those are actors retelling them in the movie.

3. Sally's picky eating habits -- very high maintenance -- were inspired by a meal Reiner had with screenwriter Nora Ephron, who ordered her food in the same way.

4. Ephron never liked the title of the film. Other suggested titles that were considered include: Just Friends, Playing Melancholy Baby, Boy Meets Girl, Harry, This Is Sally, and How They Met.

5. Billy Crystal wasn't the first choice to play Harry Burns. Albert Brooks turned down the role.

6. Likewise, Meg Ryan wasn't the first choice to play Sally. Molly Ringwald was offered the role, but turned it down. She would, however, later play Sally in the London stage version of When Harry Met Sally. …

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How could you refuse Heart in the '80s?

The question we pose today: "Was Heart better in the '70's or the ‘80s?"  While chart success weighs heavily towards declaring the late ‘80s champ; classic rock radio airplay would lead you to believe the ‘70s are the victor. So could listening to the middle times with a song like How Could I Refuse shift the balance of how you vote?

In the ‘70's Heart had six Top 40 hits, but only one Top 10 with rock staples like Magic Man and Barracuda. In the ‘80s, Heart had ten Top 40 hits with seven of them going Top 10 and two (These Dreams and Alone) topping the charts at No 1.

But 1983 was a time of flux for Heart and their fifth album Passionworks featured the lead single How Can I Refuse. It marked the arrival of two new members of Heart - Mark Andes on bass and Denny Carmassi on drums - and also became Heart's first album not to have a single make the Top 40 countdown when How Can I Refuse fell short at No. 44. …

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Reunited Culture Club to play first gig in 15 years at Scottish castle

Boy George and the newly reformed Culture Club will begin their first tour in 15 years at a July 19 concert at Scotland's Edinburgh Castle.

"Jon, Mikey, Roy and me are all looking forward to Culture Club coming together and playing live for the first time in 15 years for this event in Edinburgh ahead of our UK tour in December," Boy George told the Edinburgh News.

Culture Club will do a full tour of the UK in December. Click here for full dates.

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Watch the single greatest thing you'll see on the Internet today: Back to the Future iPad case commercial

We all want a Back to the Future iPad case, right? Especially this one, which looks exactly like the Gray's Sports Almanac that Marty McFly brings back in time. But this commercial!! That's heavy, Doc. Seriously, I've watched it 10 times now. My '80s heart is full now. It's full.

By the way, you can buy the Back to the Future iPad case at Vat19.com for $35.

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Podcast: If someone asks if we have a Ghostbusters podcast, you say YES!

Stuck in the '80s has been around for almost 10 years. Hell, we could have almost honored Ghostbusters on its 20th anniversary. Instead we waited for 2014 to give you the definitive look at one of the great comic masterpieces of the '80s. Enjoy our Ghostbusters podcast, featuring full seggies.

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What happens when you create a non-hit by covering a non-hit?

Way back in 2012 we profiled Phil Seymour and his lone Top 40 hit Precious To Me, so it's about time we followed up with his equally excellent Let Her Dance.

After Precious To Me made it as far as No. 22 in 1982, the peppy Let Her Dance was the follow up single but only could bubble under the charts peaking at No. 110. The video highlights the diminutive Tulsa native and dancing that is on the par with the dancing of Elaine Benes in SeinfeldLet Her Dance was a remake of a 1965 non-hit by the Bobby Fuller Four, that is best known for the 60's classic I Fought The Law.

Seymour recorded one more solo album before his record label dissolved. By the mid-'80s, Seymour had just signed on as the drummer for a band called the Textones when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a disease that would eventually take his life in 1993.

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Only in the '80s could Camper Van Beethover get away with this song

Camper Van Beethoven was a band from Santa Cruz that gained a lot of alternative buzz in the mid to late ‘80s as they first attracted attention with the curious titled Take The Skinheads Bowling in 1985. Camper Van Beethoven was not the only band to incorporate violin into a rock song but combined with David Lowery's raspy vocals and quirky lyrics made for a recipe that got the band signed to a major record deal with Virgin Records.  

By 1988, Camper Van Beethoven was a sweetheart of college radio and made their debut for Virgin with the album Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart that featured the unique songs like the opener Eye of Fatima.

The Eye of Fatima is the popular Middle Eastern design that has a picture of an eye in the palm of a hand. Known in different religions under different names, the Eye of Fatima is Islam's name to honor Muhammad's daughter Fatima. The symbol has been used by secret societies and as a good luck charm to protect against the "evil eye."  In Camper Beethoven's song, it is somehow about giving cowboys acid in motel rooms and staying up all night. …

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