Eighties movie fans in Tampa Bay, this is just for you. Clearwater's Capitol Theatre has just announced its lineup for the Cult Classic Double Feature Series. It kicks off Friday, Oct, 10, with Big Trouble in Little China and National Lampoon’s Vacation.
Oh, we're just getting started. There's also a Halloween Cult favorite double feature on Oct. 31 with Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. And John Hughes fans can enjoy it too, because Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles will play on Saturday, Nov. 29. Tickets for all movies are on sale now. All double features will begin at 7 p.m., except Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th which will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7.Full Story
Sometimes at SIT80s we forget about the funk, so today here is your Friday funk and you don't even need a visa to get to the Funkytown of Jamaica.
In 1980, one of the most successful R&B albums of the year was trumpeter Tom Browne's Love Approach as it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Top Album Charts in November of 1980. The single Funkin' for Jamaica was number one on the R&B charts for four weeks and has been sampled numerous times over the years by rappers and others in digital music.
For many that heard Funkin' for Jamaica in the ‘80s, the details of the song were often misunderstood. Many thought the lyrics of the song were about the Caribbean country of Jamaica, when the song was Browne's tribute to his ethnic-diverse neighborhood of Jamaica in the borough of Queens, New York City. Others also thought the female voice on the record was Chaka Kahn, but the powerhouse vocals are actually supplied by Toni Smith, who also wrote the lyrics.
Browne stills plays his trumpet in Jazz Festivals across the US, but also earns a living as a pilot these days too. http://www.tombrowne.org/
Ghostbusters doughnuts? Let's just hope they're not filled with ectoplasmic residue. According to Variety.com, Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures (along with possibly Vinz Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian) have teamed up to give '80s fans these marshmallow-filled doughnuts to celebrate the latest 30th anniversary DVD release of Ghostbusters.
The Ghostbuster doughnuts will be available from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31 (naturally) at Krispy Kreme locations in the United States and Canada.Full Story
Yesterday on Lost and Found, we learned that a 47-year old Lou Reed topped the Modern Rock Charts in the end of the ‘80s, so let's got to the opposite end of the age spectrum to remember teen sensation Tanita Tikaram and her egdy Twist In My Sobriety.
In 1989, Tanita Tikaram was 19 years old and had a Modern Rock and MTV hit with Twist In My Sobriety. Tikaram was born in Germany and moved to England in her teens as part of a multicultural and military family. Like yesterday's video with Dirty Blvd, Twist In My Sobriety is about the poor vs. rich and how most put on blinders to avoid thinking about the problems of the world's impoverished. The video was filmed in Bolivia and the oboe in the chorus combined with Takaran's husky voice give the song a haunting world-beat feel. Full Story
With the recent loss of Jimi Jamison and other ‘80s icons, it brings to mind other singers that have passed away over the past year. In October, it will be one year since Lou Reed died so let's keep his memory alive by remembering Dirty Blvd.
We covered Lou Reed on Lost and Found in 2013 with his mid-80's gem I Love You Suzanne, but Reed's greatest success in the ‘80s would be saved for 1989 when his New York album generated buzz and continues to makes most Top Albums of the ‘80s lists. Dirty Blvd. is one of Reed's most defiant songs as he tackles the inequality of poor vs. rich in America and specifically New York City. Using only three chords and his unique speaking-singing style, Reed creates a rocker with angry social commentary with phrases like the Statue of Bigotry.
Proving age has nothing to do with being hip; Dirty Blvd. was number one for four straight weeks on the Modern Rock Charts when Reed turned 47 years young.
Ready for a blast from the past? Here a transcript of our 2006 interview with Rick Springfield. Stuck in the '80s was doing "live podcasting" backstage at the "We Are The '80s" tour that fall at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. We were all set up in our own dressing room and interviewed the musicians playing that night, which included Loverboy and Springfield, who was the headliner.
Rick was a little under the weather -- and the scorching hot temperature of our dressing room didn't help either -- but it was still a milestone moment for Stuck in the '80s and my co-hosts Sean Daly and Cathy Wos. I'll confess: We were starstruck out of our minds. Here's how it all went down word for word. [Listen to the podcast here.]
Sean: (to an ill Rick) How are you feeling now?
Rick: I'm feeling okay. I'm getting over a cold.
Sean: Is that what it is?
Sean: There are thousands of people here....women here....who would drive home very unhappy if you were too sick to (play).
Rick: I've never been too sick to play. Well, once I was.
Sean and Cathy: Only once?
Cathy: That's a good track record …Full Story
When the SIT80's podcast started a new series on covers songs, Drew brought to the table his entertaining story of the band X and their cover of Wild Thing that is probably the band's most recognizable song, but to get to their first charting song you've got start a little fire with Burning House of Love.
While LA's X is labeled as a punk band, their styles over the years have drifted from punk to straight ahead guitar rock. In 1985, they replaced long-time producer Ray Manzerak of The Doors to get a more polished sound and increase their sales. While they didn't hit the pop singles charts, they did hit the Mainstream Rock Charts and MTV with Burning House of Love.
Bassist John Doe takes lead vocals and staring role in the video, although the rest of the band, including Exene Cervenka (female vocals on Wild Thing) appears. X is always busy playing shows and you can catch them this winter teamed up with The Blasters during their Christmas shows "A Family X-Mas" starting in November. http://xtheband.com/Full Story
The Internet is buzzing today with photos from Sept. 13's Replacements show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Luckily, Stuck in the '80s' Minnesota correspondent and guest columnist Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons was on hand. Here's his review.
It was September 5, 1984, when a 19-year-old Dr. Dim handed his $2.50 ticket to the bouncer and stepped, for the first time, into the legendary Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue. I was there to see the local rock rebels The Replacements. I had heard of their reputation of putting on either great shows or drunken messes. One never knew which it would be and that was part of the appeal of this band. The show was one of the former.
Now, 30 years later, I had the chance to see the boys again. Yes, it's just Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson from the original line-up (Bob Stinson was kicked out in 1986, he later died in 1995, and Chris Mars quit in 1990), but it had been 23 years since The Mats played in the Twin Cities and they are legends after all, so I jumped at the chance. …Full Story
The big Kiss news this month was Gene Simmons declaring to social media that "rock is dead." While Gene's quote got a fair amount of attention, will anybody remember that on Sept. 18, Kiss will celebrate the 31st anniversary of their "live unmasking" on MTV? Perhaps we need to whip out the defibulator and resurrect rock n roll with All Hell's Breakin' Loose.
The early ‘80s were not so kind for Kiss and the unmasking stunt and the release of the Lick It Up album in 1983 sparked a revival for the band. The second single off the album, All Hell's Breakin' Loose, did not chart, but the post-apocalyptic video for the song is good for a few laughs and features the usual scantily-clad woman that you would expect to see in a Kiss video. Besides Simmons and Paul Stanley, this version of Kiss would include Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent in his only official stint in the band.
Kiss finally made the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame this year and have released several boxed sets this year to honor their 40th year as recording artists. http://www.kissonline.com Full Story
If you missed the Retro Futura tour this summer, starring Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, I only have one thing to say to you: You screwed up. Big time. This lineup will set the bar impossibly high for '80s tours in the future.
The tour's finale commenced Wedneday night at Orlando's Hard Rock Live. I had third row seats, right in the center. Katrina Leskanich opened the show and immediately showed the audience two things. First, her voice is still as strong (stronger maybe) than it was in the '80s. And second, and most important: Walking on Sunshine is to Katrina as Melt With You is to Modern English -- a hit, but hardly a good representation of what the band is all about. And I mean that in the best of all ways. Her music is definitely more thoughtful that than bubble-gum hit. And I'm looking forward to hearing more of what she has to offer. Maybe an interview on Stuck in the '80s? …Full Story
Last month Neil Young made headlines when it was announced that he and his wife, Pegi, of 36 years were divorcing which morbidly reminds me of another time in the ‘80s when Young became litigious with the defiant Wonderin'.
In 1982, Young surprised his record label, Geffen, by releasing the electronic Trans album and then submitting a country album for a 1983 release. The country record was rejected by Geffen and Young was told to submit a "rock album". Young's response was to submit the "rockabilly" album Everybody's Rockin' with a backing band The Shocking Pinks that featured covers and curious ditties like Wonderin'.
While Wonderin' is a sound departure for Young, the song holds up over the years and the video is pure fun as a harried Young travels around LA with the video idiosyncratically speed up and down to great effect by director Tim Pope. Pay attention at the 2:30 mark when Young shows up at All American Burger to see if Brad Hamilton from Fast Times At Ridgemont High is using profanity or "serving no fries before their time". …Full Story
Olivia Newton-John could easily fill a two-hour set list from songs that '80s fans love spanning from Grease to Xanadu to even the amazing hit Twist of Fate from the less-than-amazing 1983 movie Two of a Kind, co-starring John Travolta. (To be honest, I still will watch the movie any time I find it on cable.)
So I'm practically going nuts this morning hearing that Olivia Newton-John has scheduled TWO shows for Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. The dates are Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, and tickets go on sale this Saturday (Sept. 13) at 10 a.m. Reserved tickets priced at $85 and $75 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400.
Stuck in the '80s interviewed ONJ a few years ago and we melted with every answer she gave us. I still proudly display the autographed CD I own from her. Listen to the show again and fall in love one more time. And visit her official website to find out tour dates.Full Story
John Mellencamp would probably hate to be pegged as an '80s act. I suspect he'd even throw down if I mentioned his former "Cougar" moniker. Still, Mellencamp remains the top voice of Americana rock, dating all the way back to 1982's American Fool. (Did you realize, though, that he had released four albume prior to that?)
In any case, fans of Mellencamp can rejoice because the Indiana-raised rocker has just announced a 80-show tour that includes TWO stops at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 19 and 20. Tickets go on sale Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. and are priced at $136.75, $93.25, $73.25, $43.25.
The tour supports Mellencamp's new album Plain Spoken, which is set for release on Sept. 23.
JOHN MELLENCAMP TOUR DATES: …Full Story
As we close in on almost two years of videos on Lost and Found, you might be wondering if all of the good videos have been taken, but after today's Ian Hunter posting, I hope you agree that his video is one of the best that 1983 had to offer.
Yesterday we covered The Bongos video that was nominated in the Best Director category of the very first MTV Awards, but also forgotten is Ian Hunter's All Of The Good Ones Are Taken, that also lost to ZZ Top's Gimme All Your Lovin' in the same directors category.
By 1983, Hunter was ‘70s rock 'n roll royalty as his stint with Mott the Hoople yielded the classic Bowie song All of the Young Dudes and the original versions of well-known songs like Once Bitten, Twice Shy and Cleveland Rocks. Even with the help of Clarence Clemmons on sax and Hilly Michaels on drums, All Of The Good Ones Are Taken didn't hit the singles chart, but got nice airplay on MTV and rock radio. …Full Story
If you had wanted to see former Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and his Mike + The Mechanics side project perform live, up until now all you needed was a miracle. But Rutherford and his bandmates have announced their first U.S. tour since 1989, reports Pollstar.
It'll be a "hits" tour, so expect All I Need is a Miracle, The Living Years and Silent Running. But the bad news is that the tour is mainly in the Northeast and Midwest. So sorry, Florida and the entire West Coast of the United States. You'll have to wait a little longer
MIKE + THE MECHANICS TOUR DATES 2015: …Full Story