Eighties tribute albums are a dime a dozen, but here's one that deserves our attention: The Time Is Now is a covers compilation that benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. It's due out Oct. 7. Among the more notable tunes on the disc is a cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle by the Scarlett Johansson-fronted band Sugar for Sugar. It's a little "dangly and jagged" for lack of better descriptive terms.
Here's the full track list of The Time is Now. I can honestly say none of the artists sound familiar, but it's for a good cause so do what you can:
Someone in the Stuck in the '80s family is getting married? ("Married?" "MARRIED!") Not, it's not your humble narrator. Been there twice and that's enough. It's our good friend Marty Yu, who is a frequent guest-host on the Stuck in the '80s podcast.
For his wedding next month, Marty is looking for some help assembling an '80s-friendly playlist for the reception. No before you jump in, here are some songs that are have already been nixed:
Sure it was fun to see John Parrr team up with Meatloaf yesterday, but John Parr's best is not just about St.Elmo's Fire as this man has other songs including his first hit Naughty, Naughty.
Naughty, Naughty is one of those songs that is borderline Lost and Found. I still hear it on the radio, but it is dwarfed by the beast that is St. Elmo's Fire - the iconic No. 1 song from 1985. As we learned yesterday, Parr was originally employed as just a songwriter before a chance meeting led to a record contract. Parr made the most of his first single when Naughty, Naughty reached the Top 40 hitting No. 23 in the beginning of 1985. It was also quite a hit on MTV as English born Parr made an impression with his American Red, White and Blue guitar and the funky tuning sounds made, the cars and the chanting chorus of mechanics in the video.
Someone investigate this: Why does Hollywood insist on making more sequels to our beloved ‘80s classics? Not even Thomas Magnum can figure that one out, and it’s a shame because it’s his legacy that’s about to be tainted.
The Hollywood Reporter says ABC plans a Magnum P.I. sequel that will focus on the daughter of the character made famous by Tom Selleck. The crime drama series (which originally ran on CBS) was a consistent ratings hit from 1980 to 1988 and turned Selleck - then a largely overlooked TV guest star and commercial actor - into a household name.
Magnum’s daughter - Lily "Tommy" Magnum - was featured in several episodes of the original series. In the reboot, Lily returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s private investigative firm, THR reports.
John Rogers (Leverage) will write the script with Eva Longoria set to produce. No word on a production date or casting yet.
I’m fresh off watching the pilot episode of ABC’s new drama Designated Survivor, and I have just one question: Since when did Keifer Sutherland become such a nerd? The glasses, the Cornell hoodie ... it doesn't work for our boy from the '80s. (I get it, though: Start him meek before he turns mighty...)
Truth be told, Keifer will always be a “Lost Boy” to me, talking us into eating maggots and thinking it’s rice - or vice versa. Such was the power of The Keifer. Sutherland appeared in a cool DOZEN movies in the ‘80s (along with a couple TV movies) but he’s always be “David” from 1987’s The Lost Boys.
So where does that leave us with Wednesday night’s pilot for Designated Survivor? It’s probably too early to tell, but so far I’m hooked enough to keep watching. Sutherland plays the affable but soon-to-be-fired Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who has been chosen to sit out the president’s state of the union address in a secure location.
I know this sounds like a Larry King sound bite, but if you ask me, meatloaf tastes better on the second day. Yesterday we caught up with Meatloaf in 1983 and today we add some John Parr and get some 1986 Meatloaf with Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries.
The combination of Meatloaf and John Parr may sound like an odd pairing but the two have a history. Parr was a up and coming song writer when he was approached to write some songs for Meatloaf in 1983. While working with Meatloaf and landing two of his songs on his 1984 Bad Attitude album, Parr met John Wolff, touring manager of The Who who was looking for a new project since The Who was splitting up. Impressed by Parr, he championed him a landed a record contract a year later. …
Meat Loaf is back in 2016. Last week, Meat Loaf released his new album, but buy it only if you really want to as Meat Loaf's better days may have been in the '80s with songs like If You Really Want To.
If you want to feel sad, listen to some of the new Meat Loaf album Braver Than We Are. The powerhouse voice that we remember so fondly is barely recognizable and shot, so today let's remember the fun times like the interesting video for his forgotten song If You Really Want To.
After the runaway success of Bat Of Out Hell in 1978, Meat Loaf's 1981 album Dead Ringer suffered the sophomore slump. Due to a contract problem, none of Meat Loaf's songs on 1983's Midnight At The Lost and Found were penned by his personal songwriter Jim Steinman. None of the singles charted off that album including If You Really Want To - but that doesn't mean the video wasn't entertaining.
You love his songs and you hate them. But you cannot deny the presence of Jim Steinman as it was during the '80s that his Rock n Roll dreams came through.
Jim Steinman and Meatloaf will always be linked together as Steinman's songs off of Meatloaf's Bat OutOf Hell album like Paradise By The Dashboard Light and Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad are classics. When Meatloaf had to rest his voice due to vocal cord damage, Brooklyn native Steinman took a crack at the charts himself and in 1981 his song Rock N Roll Dreams Come Through was a Top 40 hit peaking at No. 32. …
Oh, Blackie Parrish - how we’ve missed you! (Now wipe your nose!) John Stamos, who starred in that teen role on General Hospital, now is planning to create a drama series for cable TV based on soap operas in the ‘80s.
People.com reports that Stamos, who found greater fame on TV’s Full House, plans a “Boogie Nights for the soap world” that will somewhat shadow his own career beginning with General Hospital. Stamos would serve as executive producer on the series, which will be shopped to the various cable networks. No word on the show's name or casting yet, obviously.
But here's the big question: Does this all mean we have to live through Luke and Laura’s wedding again? Because if so, I’m out.
There's a lot of love still out there for The J. Geils Band and their 1981 album Freeze Frame - and justifiably so. The album was a huge success for the band thanks to some TV network called MTV, which played videos for Freeze-Frame and Centerfold on constant rotation.
But what the song Flamethrower, which was actually the B-side to Freeze-Frame? Seth Justman, the band's keyboard player, wrote the song, which never really got the same love as other tunes on the album. Still, Flamethrower made it to No. 25 on the Billboard Soul Chart in '82. And it's plenty catchy enough to be this week's Monday Morning Earworm.
How many times do we have to say it again on Stuck In the '80s? We love Rock Dinos. As we get older and more forgetful, forgive us for repeating ourselves but when Santana is involved its fine to Say It Again.
Say It Again nearly hit the Top 40 peaking at No. 46 in 1985 and in Carlos Santana's arsenal of lead singers, the vocals on Say It Again fell to the soulful Greg Walker. Of Santana's 15 Top 40 songs, Walker would sing lead on two of them as he made his mark with Stormy and She's Not There - both of which charted in the '70s and were remakes of '60s songs.
The video for Say It Again is the oft familiar "behind the scenes" video with Carlos Santana presiding over the shoot in his home turf of San Francisco. At 69 years of age, Santana isn't close to retiring as this past spring he released his 23rd album, Santana IV. The album is called "IV" since it is the first album since 1971's Santana III to include original classic lineup including Journey members Neal Schon and Greg Rollie.
Alex P. Keaton … thespian Republican? According to Theatermania.com, the ‘80s sitcom Family Ties is being adapted into a stage play with performances scheduled to begin next June.
Lest you think this is merely some weird fluke, the play is being backed by Araca Group, one of the companies behind some little-known musical called Wicked. And Daniel Goldstein (Godspell, Unknown Soldier) will write it.
According the Theatermania, the play will draw from the storylines of all seven seasons of Family Ties, which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989 and turned Michael J. Fox into one of the biggest icons of the decade. (Fox would win three Emmys for portraying Alex P. Keaton).
Ah Lyle Lovett. The man many remember as Julia Robert's first husband is a special musician that most of us missed in the '80s. With his second appearance on Lost and Found, let's correct Lyle Lovett's assertion that Nobody Knows Me.
In 1989, Lovett did achieve a gold record with his album Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, he never once hit the pop singles chart and while some songs of his hit the country singles chart, Nobody Know Me only peaked at No. 84. The beautiful song is a haunting video and captures Lovett in his '80s big hair glory as he laments nobody knows him like his love of his life who presumably is gone now.
Texan Lovett logged six gold albums in the '80 and '90s before the music industry bellied up. Even though he hasn't released an album since 2012, Lovett is a constant draw in concert and is performing all over America this fall.
The '80s were notable for female singers turning the tables on male sexism as artists like Madonna sang about her boy toys. As we are prone to do, we dig deep on Lost and Found and find a boy toy gem from the group Hawaiian Pups called Young Boys.
The Hawaiian Pups are neither canines or from Hawaii, as the trio is actually a new wave group from the NYC area. In 1983, they put out their only album (technically called a mini-album) called Split SecondPrecision with the song Young Boys. A bouncy fun number, Young Boys finds lead singer Tara Shanahan ogling beef cakes while band mates John Terrelle and John Klett build impressive towers of dominoes for fun. The video nails the way dudes operated in the '80s with the flipped up collars and the pocket action of Wrigley's gum in the front pocket and a simple black comb planted in the back pocket.
What happened to the Hawaiian Pups? Who knows, but perhaps we'll know more when we feature another song of theirs in the future.
E.T. fans, phone … well, I guess phone the action house because the original artwork that evolved into the movie house poster for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is up for sale.
TMZ reports that the painting by artist John Alvin will be auctioned off by Heritage Auctions on Oct. 12. Word has it that it could go for as much as $150,000.
Where has the painting been all this time? Since the movie’s 1982 theatrical release, it’s been hanging on the home office wall of Bob Bendetson, a Hollywood producer who has written for ALF, The Simpsons and The Jeffersons.
If $150k is too rich for your blood, you can buy a print of the movie poster for about $20 on Amazon.com.
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.