While most people think of The Cars as a techno group, there is no doubt that Elliot Easton is one of the most underrated guitarists of the ‘80s. Some of his highlights include the guitar solo on the classic Just What I Needed and his own material like (Wearing Down) Like A Wheel.
(Wearing Down) Like A Wheel made it to No. 36 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1985. I apologize for the poor audio quality of the video, but it's the only copy on Youtube.
2013 was a busy year for Easton as his latest project called Easton's Tiki Gods released their digital album "Easter Island" and he introduced to guitar stores his own Gibson guitar model. http://www.ellioteastonstikigods.com/
In 1986, Benjamin Orr launched his solo career with a solid start with his ballad Stay The Night that reached No. 24, but would Orr remain Too Hot To Stop?
Orr grew up in Ohio with the nickname of "Benny 11-Letters" since his birth certificate read Benjamin Orzechowski. In the late ‘60s, Benny moved to Columbus, shortened his name and made friends with Ric Ocasek and the two would move to Boston in 1973 to help form The Cars.
Too Hot To Stop did not melt the charts as it did not crack the singles chart and only made it to No. 25 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. The song is a catchy pop/rock nugget and the video shows that Orr may be more comfortable off to side hiding behind his bass rather than holding the mic.
Orr, the voice for The Cars biggest hit Drive, died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer.
According to Cnet.com, this new set (to be released in May) is 9 inches high, 18 inches long and has 3,296 pieces. Oh, and action figures too, including Luke, Uncle Owen, C-3PO, R2-D2 and four Jawas. ("Filthy little creature.")
Kevin Bacon is mad at today's Twitter-obsessed, Snooki-chasin', Justin-believin', Kardashian-craving culture. Who isn't? But Bacon's beef (how many times do you get to put those two words together?) is their lack of reverence and overall knowledge of '80s history and culture. Shazam! I haven't been doing my job well enough, I guess. Listen to his video rant.
"All you guys born after 1985 have no idea how hard life was," he says in the "I wish it wasn't a mock" video. You want to know my favorite app? Rubik's Cube."
Released on March 9, 1984, Splash gave Tom Hanks his first starring role on film (though he'd already found success with TV's Bosom Buddies). Daryl Hannah was the bigger star at the time, having already appeared in Blade Runner and Summer Lovers. The movie follows a mermaid (Hannah) who is reunited with a man (Hanks) whom she had saved from drowning as a young boy. The film is credited with popularizing the girl name "Madison," which is the name Hannah takes as her human name after wandering down Madison Avenue. …
With a techno rock sound and imaginative videos, The Cars are the embodiment of '80s music culture, so this week let's celebrate The Cars and their individual members with some of their lost videos and singles.
1987's Door to Door was the last hurrah in the ‘80s for The Cars before breaking up in 1988. While You Are The Girl was their last Top 40 hit, the album still produced some excellent rockers like Strap Me In.
The song only made it to No. 85 on the singles chart even though the video is the classic visual treat you are use to getting from The Cars with plenty of models and panoramic camera angles.
Before The Cars conked out, the individual band members had already started on their solo projects, so this week we will spotlight their work with the exception of Ric Ocasek and drummer David Robinson. We covered Ocasek in detail last summer and Robinson left music after the breakup of The Cars to run an art gallery. It is Robinson who is credited for coming up with the band name The Cars.
Steve Perry talks! And walks! On a red carpet no less! Check out this amazing video from last night at the premiere of Need For Speed, where the former Journey singer denies there's any truth to a reunion with his bandmates. But on the bright side, he does finally talk about his latest music project.
"Absolutely a false rumor. You heard it from me. That's a rumor," Perry tells the interviewer. "I am working on new music. ... It's beautiful."
As for when it will be released .... "Who knows," Perry said. "Could be soon. Whenver we finish it."
A whole new generation of college kids are about to be blinded by science. Even though they'll fail in geometry. ("Lyrics, dude. Quote them lyrics.") Eighties electronica legend Thomas Dolby has been named a professor at Johns Hopkins University.
"He is an extraordinary musician, composer, and technology guru," said Katherine Newman, dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "His creativity will infuse our Film and Media program as it moves to its new home in Station North, attracting the attention of the electronic music community and the television/film industry. And he will add strength to the Krieger School's faculty as they work with Peabody colleagues to re-create the music major."
Hey everbody, it's Friday and it's Music Time! Music Time was the last single to chart for Styx before their five-year breakup in the late ‘80s. The video is goofy fun for the band although it is obvious that Tommy Shaw was not on board with the song. Granted he was working on his solo album at the time, but all his shots were filmed separately and his appearance is relegated to a few brief scenes including the guitar solo where he face is not even in the frame.
Music Time was the lone studio track on Styx's first live album Caught In The Act and peaked at No. 40 on the charts in the summer of 1984. Many years ago, Music Time was a Name That ‘80s Tune on the SIT80's podcast. While this song never gets played on the radio, many listeners correctly identified the song indicating that Music Time is still is remembered by Styx fans as still part of "the best of times."
Styx still performs, but with Lawrence Gowan on vocals instead of Dennis DeYoung. Styx will bring their "Soundtrack of Summer Tour" to Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 20.
For a band whose legacy is cemented in the ‘60s with Summer of Love classics such as White Rabbit and Somebody to Love it is not a lie to say that Jefferson Airplane/Starship had their greatest success in the ‘80s including the seldom heard Stranger.
The authority of chart success, Billboard, declared Starship was the 27th most successful act of the ‘80s with eleven Top 40 hits and three No. 1's (We Built This City, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us and Sara). If those three songs illicit a collective groan out of you then perhaps you might enjoy a Stranger time when the Starship rocked. Despite its pulsating bass beat, Stranger was not one of those eleven Top 40 hits as it peaked at No. 48 in the summer of 1981. The video captures the Starship before they went pop with Mickey Thomas showing off his fuzzy mustache and Grace Slick sporting a choker collar and looking all crazy-eyed.
Currently there is a division in the fleet as "Starship with Mickey Thomas" plays the pop hits while "Jefferson Starship" with Paul Kantner have started their "40 Years In Space Tour" playing the ‘70s rock catalog. Grace Slick, long retired now, is not with either band.
There's a lotta things about me you don't know anything this Pee-Wee Herman bicycle. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand.
But it's probably important to understand you can now own it! For real! Just grab all your spare cash and head over to eBay, where the famous beach cruiser from 1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is now for sale. Right now, the bid is a cool $8,000.
"It's in pieces now, but everything is there," the current owner says in the listing. "Comes with an autographed photo of Paul Ruebens, a photo of him signing the photo, letter/certificate of authenticity, warner bro plans/spec sheet on the red cargo boxes. I am the third owner. I bought it in 2010 for $10,000. Selling because my family is getting larger."
Go bid away. And be sure and tell 'em Large Marge sent ya! Heh heh heh heh heh.
When I first saw the videos for Don't Change and The One Thing by INXS in 1983, I was sure I was one of the first teens in my area to latch on and predict great success for the Australian band. While my premonitions were correct and INXS went on to become one of the biggest bands of the late ‘80s, I really wasn't that early on the bandwagon as I was oblivious to early lost ‘80s songs like Just Keep Walking.
Formed in 1977, INXS released their debut album in 1980 and filmed their first video for Just Keep Walking. The song snuck into the Australian Top 40, peaking at No. 38, and the low budget video with its duct tape set design is a charming reminder of the early days of the band and a glimpse of the appeal of lead singer Michael Hutchence. In fairness, the debut album that featured Just Keep Walking was not released in the U.S. until 1984, a year after their third album Shabooh, Shoobah established INXS in America.
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.