Monty Python and the Holy Grail isn't an '80s flick -- released in 1975, it missed our decade by a full five years -- but do you honestly know any '80s addict who can't quote it line for line? Send those fans this item them: a modern trailer for Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Yesterday we featured the animal rights song “Bears” on Lost and Found, so to give equal time, today we feature the man whose motto is “Bag ‘em and tag ‘em” - Ted Nugent and “Little Miss Dangerous.”
Whether or not you agree with Ted Nugent’s views on hunting and gun ownership, I think we all have played air guitar to “Cat Scratch Fever” and some of the other Nugent catalog. In the ‘80s, Nugent keep busy introducing songs like “Wango Tango” from 1980 and one you might remember from 1986 – “Little Miss Dangerous”.
“Little Miss Dangerous” was promoted well as besides the video, it was featured on an episode of “Miami Vice” where Nugent plays a drug dealer/pimp who gets shot down by Don Johnson. The video for “Little Miss Dangerous” is equally uneasy as it is hard to decipher whether Nugent is promoting or telling a cautionary tale about Las Vegas prostitution.
For an individual as complex as Nugent, it’s no surprise he has at inspired at least three nicknames. Whether you call him “The Motor City Madman”, “The Nuge” or “Uncle Ted”, the man still keeps busy rocking and offending with his latest album “Shutup and Jam!” being released in 2014. http://www.tednugent.com/
In today’s world of PETA and animal activism, we would be remiss if we didn’t remember that the ‘80s tried to look out for critters too, including zebras and bears, sometimes both at the same time.
Lost and Found has featured the New Orleans power trio Zebra before with “Wait Until The Summer’s Gone”, but today we go in the opposite season as the band talks about winter and the hibernation of bears. “Bears” was a hit on the mainstream rocks tracks in 1984 and the band filmed a half-serious video to promote the song. The song and the video might draw ire from guys like Ted Nugent as they paint the portrait that gun owners are crazed, drunk rednecks bent on shooting big game animals. While the song message is strong and proposes that a man with a gun is the most dangerous animal alive, the video gets goofy with a man in a bear costume and turning the tables on the redneck.
Zebra still tours even though it was 2003 since their last album. http://www.thedoor.com/
Are you ready for a match made in '80s geek heaven? Steven Spielberg is set to direct Ready Player One, a movie based on the book by Ernest Cline that marries sci-fi and nostalgia in ways that even Marty McFly couldn't achieve in a flying DeLorean.
Deadline.com saysReady Player One will be a Warner Bros. production and Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) is set to write the script.
Ready Player One, if you haven't read it, is set in a dystopian near-future where society works and plays in the OASIS, a virtual world created by a reclusive programmer/billionaire. In the book, OASIS's founder dies without leaving an heir to his fortune and creation, but he leaves an "easter egg" behind. Whoever finds it first will rule the OASIS.
But the best part: The late billionaire was an '80s fanatic, so the entire trail to the egg is filled with delirious references to our favorite decade. Wargames. Ladyhawke. Galaga. Joust. You name it.
It'll be a challenge for any director to make this story come to live, especially considering the intellectual property hurdles to jump over. But if anyone can do it, it's Spielberg. …
It's been a busy day for tour announcements. Boy George and Culture Club are the latest with a summer tour that includes three stops in Florida, including a Aug. 15 show scheduled for "Madeira Beach Waterfront Park ... in Tampa."
Some bay area residents might scratch their heads at this. I've never heard of Madeira Beach Waterfront Park. And Madeira Beach isn't in Tampa. Stay tuned while we try to figure this out.
In any case, I hope Boy George's makeup can handle Florida's summer heat.
The tour support's the band's new album Tribes, which is still searching for a release date. …
If you're a huge fan of Tears for Fears, let's hope you have a huge travel ambition to match. Our buddies Roland and Curt have announced a tour of the U.S. The bad news? So far, it's just three dates in the midwest.
6/15 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater 6/16 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater 6/19 – Chandler, AZ @ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
I missed the boys the last time they rolled through Florida and I've yet to forgive myself. Don't make the same mistake, my midwestern friends!
a-ha is reuniting ... albeit for one new studio album and world tour only, the band announced this week. The new album, Cast In Steel, will be a-ha's 10th studio album and the first since 2009's Foot of the Mountain.Cast In Steel will be released on Sept. 4, three weeks before a-ha is set to play the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil. By no coincidence, the date also marks 30 years since their single Take on Me hit the top of the charts around the world.
"We are not getting back to stay together," Morten Harket said on the band's official website. "We've agreed to come back for a set period: one album, one tour. It's a great opportunity and allows us to write another chapter."
As for the world tour, there will be 15 dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to start beginning in April 2016 with additional dates to follow.
If you've been waiting for the perfect Van Halen tour to catch, this could be the one. Van Halen announced Tuesday that it would tour North America beginning July 5 in Seattle and ending Oct. 2 in Hollywood. The tour appears to be in support of the band's new live album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which is set for release on March 31.
When a band tours to support a live album, the up side is that the set list will be full of greatest hits. The down side? I haven't found one yet.
The tour includes a Sept. 13 stop at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band is the opening act for the full tour.
Also, Van Halen will play a Hollywood Boulevard converts on March 30 that will be shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 30-31, according to the Van Halen News Desk.
VAN HALEN 2015 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Sunday July 5, Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre Tuesday July 7, Portland, OR, Amphitheater Northwest Thursday July 9, Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion Saturday July 11, San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater Tuesday July 14, Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Thursday July 16, Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre Saturday July 18, Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre Monday July 20, Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre Wednesday July 22, Kansas City, MO, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater Friday July 24, Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Sunday July 26, St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tuesday July 28, Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagra Pavilion Thursday July 30, Bangor, ME, Darling’sWaterfront Pavilion Saturday August 1, Boston, MA, Xfinity Center Monday August 3, Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center Wednesday August 5, London, ON, Western Fair District Friday August 7, Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Sunday August 9, Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center Tuesday August 11, Hartford, CT, Xfinity Center Thursday August 13, Wantagh, NY, Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Sunday August 23, Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Tuesday August 25, Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Thursday August 27, Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center Saturday August 29, Washington DC, Jiffy Lube Live Monday August 31, Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center Wednesday September 2, Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Amphitheatre Friday September 4, Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater Sunday September 6, Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Wednesday September 9, Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater Friday September 11, Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion Sunday September 13, Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre Tuesday September 15, West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre Thursday September 17, Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Monday September 21, Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater Wednesday September 23, Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion Friday September 25, Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Monday September 28, Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion Wednesday September 30, San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre Friday October 2, Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
More Dino Rock in the ‘80s? You bet ya, as unearthing lost Dino Rock, like Uriah Heep, is the way that it is on Lost and Found.
In the early ‘70s, there were four clear leaders at the English hard rock movement: Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. While most know many songs by the first three groups, Uriah Heep was never the chart success in America that the others were. In 1972, Uriah Heep had their only US Top 40 hit with Easy Livin', but that is even a song that never makes the rounds on classic rock radio. Another forgotten Uriah Heep song is the power ballad That's The Way That It Is that was the band's last trip to the single charts in the U.S. when it peaked at No. 106 in 1982.
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good toaster at your side, kid. This Darth Vader Star Wars toaster is strong with the force. And yet our sad devotion to breakfast has not helped us conjure up the stolen strawberry jam, or given us enough clairvoyance to find the rebels' hidden container of margarine.
Famous brothers-sisters in the ‘80s anyone? Beyond the obvious with Janet Jackson and her brothers, the ‘80s saw many siblings start their rise in the ‘80s. So if you want to talk about it and want an underrated combination, I throw out the Zappa kids - Dweezil and Moon Unit.
In the ‘80s we saw the rise of the following brother-sister stars: John/Joan Cusack, Eric/Julia Roberts, Jason/Justine Bateman and Virginia/Michael Madsen. Already established at the start of the decade were Shirley McClaine/Warren Beatty and Talia Shire/Francis Ford-Coppola. While Rosanna Arquette was a leading lady in the ‘80s, her younger sibling David (along with sister and recent Academy Award winner Patricia) would not hit their stride till after the ‘80s.
Son of music icon Frank Zappa, teenager Dweezil Zappa was 17 years old when he released his album in 1986 that featured the single Let's Talk About It, a thoughtful plea for the end of the Cold War. Singing lead Let's Talk About It is his dreamy older sister Moon Unit, who was 19 when this video was released. …
For some fans, it's hard to think of Phish as being an '80s act. Sure, they were born in the '80s. The jam band formed in 1983 at the University of Vermont, playing their first gig at a college cafeteria. Since then, they've morphed into a band that defies description and labels.
But see that for yourself. Phish has just announced its tour dates for 2015. Sadly, nothing in there for us Floridians, but if you're a real fan, you'll buy a plane ticket.
By now, Steve Spears has returned home from his cruise that featured a VIP concert with Journey. \Will that concert rejuvenate our fearless SIT80's host and set off a chain reaction of stories about Steve's love affair with the band?
Steve has posted a review of the Journey concert and the set list for the Carnival concert. Hits only? Mostly, but a few deep cuts as well, but missing was one of my favorite Journey deep tracks Chain Reaction. A cut off the 1983 Frontiers album that spawned four Top 40 hits and has sold over 8 million copies, Chain Reaction was never released as a single; however the band did treat their fans to a video. After the teasing they have taken for their Separate Ways video, I am proud to say the boys from the bay decided to try it again with another ridiculous cheeky video with Chain Reaction.
When I was 16, I had my driver's license for not even three months, when (crash! boom!) I ran had the embarrassing gaffe of running into an elderly lady's car. Now that some of us that are Stuck In The ‘80s have children that are approaching or are already driving age, we are full of advice, such as "be safe", "don't text and drive" and more importantly: follow Mary's Danish advice and Don't Crash The Car.
Mary's Danish, the LA band with a cryptic name, was an eclectic band that blended rock, country and funk and was led by female singers Gretchen Seager and Julie Ritter. In 1989, they made the Rolling Stone list of most promising bands and had a Top 10 Modern Rock track with "Don't Crash The Car". The band never broke into the mainstream and broke up not longer after their final 1992 album. Other highlights on Seager and Ritter's ‘80s resume included singing backup on Red Hot Chili's "Mother's Milk" album.
Yesterday we featured the British band Imagination with their video visit to the exotic Middle East so today we have the great American group Earth, Wind and Fire chronicle their R&B fascination with pharaohs and pyramids with their lost hit Fall In Love With Me.
Earth, Wind and Fire have a classic catalog of soul, disco and pop songs including their number one hit Shining Star and perhaps their most endearing song September, which has aged better than almost any song from the ‘70s disco era. In 1983, EWF ended their Top 40 chart run when Fall In Love With Me became their sixteenth and final Top 40 hit when it peaked at No. 17 early in 1983.
Like yesterday's Body Talk, the video for Fall In Love With Me has cheesy effects and for some reason it's seems like only a long distance lens was used to film the band walk like Egyptians. Still, it's EWF so it's impossible not to feel the vibe that laces all their hits, including their biggest hit in the ‘80s - Let's Groove - that was their last gold single and reached No. 3 on the charts in 1981.
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.