Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey interview: sneak peak at Retro Futura tour

Tom Bailey, the former frontman of Thompson Twins, joined the Stuck in the '80s podcast last Friday for a chat about the upcoming Retro Futura tour, featuring Bailey singing Twins songs he hasn't performed in nearly 30 years. I asked him what it was to explore these songs again after so many years, and he said that the time away has added new meaning to the songs. Here's the fuller explanation.

Stay tuned for the full 20-minute interview in an upcoming edition of Stuck in the '80s. Remember, you can get all our shows for free on iTunes.

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Another '80s supergroup we've forgotten: Luxuria

Having formed and left or disbanded two very influential bands (Buzzcocks and Magazine), Howard Devoto joined forces with musician Norman Fisher-Jones , better known as Noko, to form the band Luxuria in 1987. In their short career (1987- 1990), Luxuria released two studio albums: Unanswerable Lust in 1988 and Beast Box in 1990.

The song I'm featuring today is their debut single Redneck.

After their second album release the band split up having never been found. But, they left us with at least one pretty catchy tune, wouldn't you say?

- Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons

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15 geeky gadgets that ruled the '80s

Oh, don't even PRETEND you don't recognize that watch. Check out this amazing gallery of 15 more electronic gadgets we all owned in the '80s.

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Never found in the '80s: Manchester's Magazine

Shortly after forming Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto left to form a band that was less punk and more experimental. That band was Manchester, England's Magazine. Although short-lived (1977 - 1981), Magazine had a far reaching influence on their contemporaries and on bands yet to come. Radiohead counted them as a big influence and 80s's icons Morrissey and Peter Murphy had both covered songs by this avant-garde band.

Today's song is A Song from Under the Floorboards from 1980.

Magazine reformed in 2009 and in 2011 released No Thyself, their first studio release in 30 years.

The bonus live concert footage is the band performing ‘Model Worker' from the 1982 concert film ‘Urgh! A Music War!'

- Jim "Dr. Dim" Fitzsimons

 

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Podcast: Three great albums from 1984 celebrate their 30th anniversary

We have a slew of great podcast episodes coming up in the next few weeks. But first, check our Episode 314, as we honor three great albums that are celebrating their 30th anniversaries.

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Watch the red band trailer: Couple stars are missing from 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'

Say what you like about 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine, it was still a funny movie and a worthy tip-of-the-cap to our beloved '80s. So I just couldn't wait to see the new "red band trailer" for its sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Only one thing: Where's John Cusack? Not in this movie! I'm not really shocked; Cusack's not big on the '80s and I can't recall him ever appearing in a sequel. Chevy Chase is back though, so we have that. Crispin Glover? Also missing. Still the big guns are still there: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. And they're joined by Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs. Personally, I have faith in director Steve Pink, who's never given us a movie or TV show that I didn't enjoy.

In any case, watch the trailer (which I'd rather just link to, since it's NSFW), and judge it for yourself. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is set for a Christmas Day release.

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The weekend is here, so heed Jerry Harrison and 'Rev It Up'

Everybody needs a vacation and summer is the time to do it. After twenty straight months of posting weekly Lost and Found entries, this Clark Griswald is taking a week off, loading up the family truckster and following Jerry Harrison's advice to Rev It Up.

While Jerry Harrison might not be the first member you think of when picturing The Talking Heads, his resume looms large as keyboard and guitar for the pioneering band and as a successful producer. Less known is his solo work with his backing band, The Casual Gods, and singles like Rev It Up.

Rev It Up was the featured single off Harrison's second album but failed to chart in 1988. The video is innocent fun as Harrison mocks his own lyrics by featuring babies in bows and toddlers riding Big Wheels in between the excellent grooves laid down by Harrison and his band.

Harrison made his last solo album in 1991 and continues to turn the dials as a producer. Lost and Found will return in a week so enjoy next week with a full week of posts from Dr. Dim and his Never Found series.

 

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Watch: New movie trailer contains literally every memory from our childhood

From the nostalgia-filled brain of Wil Wheaton:

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Review: Terri Nunn and Berlin wows a Big Bear concert audience

Have you had a chance to catch Berlin in concert lately? Terri Nunn and her band put on an amazing show. Southern California SIT80s guest co-host Drew Friedman recently got a chance to see Berlin at a small venue. Here's his review:

It is always exciting to see a great band in a small venue, never more so than when that band is Berlin, led by Terri Nunn. Having seen Nunn previously perform at the Hollywood Bowl during a multi-band tour of '80s rock acts, I was excited to be able to see her get to do more than just three songs. The bonus was that it was in a small club in a converted movie theater in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

They came on stage around 10:30 to a perfect version of Masquerade. After saying hi to the crowd, they then launched into No More Words, Touch and Metro, with the video screens on the side of the stage showing the original music videos from the band. …

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Thursday lost and found: the story of White Lion's 'Little Fighter'

By 1988, hair metal was at its peak and bands like White Lion were infiltrating your TV screens and car radios with melodic rockers like Wait and power ballads like When The Children Cry, but would White Lion having a fighting chance by the end of the decade?

After scoring two Top 10 singles, White Lion released their follow up album Big Game in the summer of 1989 and the fickle tastes in music genres had started to shift as the lead single Little Fighter was TKO'd on the charts making it to only No. 52. Still, the song holds up well with the vocals of Danish lead singer Mike Tramp and the fleet fingers of Staten Island guitarist Vito Bratta for the band that formed in Brooklyn.

Unlike most glam metal bands that sang about girls and partying, White Lion had a social conscience. Little Fighter is a song about a Greenpeace boat The Rainbow Warrior that was destroyed by the French government in an New Zealand harbor in 1985 and served as the inspiration for Steve Seagal flick On Deadly Ground.  In 1989, a fundraising double album was released entitled Greenpeace Rainbow Warriors that featured White Lion and heavy hitters U2, INXS and Peter Gabriel among others. …

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Watch: Frozen's 'Let It Go' as sung by '80s TV show characters

The earworm Let It Go from Disney's Frozen has definitely jumped the shark. But if you'd like to torture yourself one more time, here's a version of the song as "sung" entirely by clips from '80s TV shows.

From Laughingsquid.com

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Deborah Foreman ready to tour U.S. for 'Valley Girl' screenings

Who out there isn't completely smitten with the greatness that is Deborah Foreman and her dare-I-say classic 1983 flick Valley Girl?!? With the movie enjoying a newly found cult status among '80s fans, Debbie is planning a tour of U.S. art houses where she'll host screenings of the movies, mingle with fans and take part in a Q&A.

Exact tour dates should be coming any day. So keep your eyes on this blog for the specifics. With some good luck, maybe Tampa Bay can score an appearance.

Meanwhile, if you want to see what Debbie is up to these days, check our her two business websites. Fried Ham Productions is her web-design business, and Pearls of Wisdom is her jewelry-design store.

5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT VALLEY GIRL:

1. At the time of filming, the two best-known stars in the movie were probably Frederic Forrest (Apocalypse Now) and Richard Sanders (WQRK in Cincinnati). Forrest played Foreman's dad; Sanders was the driver's ed teacher.

2. Nicolas Cage co-starred with Debbie, but it was his first movie as "Nicolas Cage." Previously he had been billed as Nicolas Coppola. …

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Retro Futura Tour bringing Howard Jones, Tom Bailey and Midge Ure to Orlando

Remember how much fun we used to have each late summer when the Regenertion Tour would come to our towns? Nights of pure '80s music magic. The Regeneration Tour is back, though now it's been rebranded as the Retro Futura Tour, and finally we have a date for Florida: Sept. 10 at Orlando's Hard Rock Live.

This year the tour brings us Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, Midge Ure of Ultravox, China Crisis (just heard them yesterday on Sirius First Wave) and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves.

I like the lineup for many reasons. Howard Jones always puts on an amazing show. And so very few of us ever had a chance to see Tom Bailey and Midge Ure back in the '80s, thanks to Florida's geographic distinction of being located a billion miles south of the equator.

Midge (also the co-organizer of Live Aid) and Tom (who performed at the Live Aid concert where he was joined onstage by Madonna) are bucket-list shows for me, so I'll be there. And I'll tip my hat to the promoter for making this an indoor show; outdoors Florida is kind to no one in September.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 at 10 a.m.

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Time to face the day with the Aussie group Angel

It's Wednesday and while camels in commercials may be telling you to be excited for the day, some of you stuck at work might concur with the band Angel and not want to face the day.

Angel is one of Australia's favorite bands and their hard-rocking albums were constantly in the Top 10 on the Australian album charts. Their success never translated in America as the band had to release their U.S. albums under the name Angel City to avoid confusion with the late ‘70s American hard rock band Angel that featured Greg Guiffira.

Face The Day was off their 1980 album Dark Room and like most Angel singles, it was a minor hit in Australia and never charted in America. The Dark Room album did chart in America and made enough of an impact that the band Great White covered Face The Day in 1986 and made it their featured video off their second album. …

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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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