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Are you into the more obscure hits from a-Ha, The Cult, Dead or Alive and Aztec Camera? Good, because they're all featured on the fifth volume of Retro:Active, a must-own series of CDs of rare and remixed tunes from the 80s.

Volume 5 is due out April 18, and this one has some classic tunes including remixes of I've Been Losing You (a-Ha), Pretty in Pink (Psychedelic Furs) and Love Games (Love & Rockets).

You can buy the first four collections on The feature more tunes by 80s luminaries including Howard Jones, The Human League, Yaz, INXS, Duran Duran and many more.

And now for the not-so-classic

Two of the 80s most notorious hair bands are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Cinderella and Poison are marking the occasion this summer with a joint tour (presumably meaning they're playing together, and not referring to the substance necessary to actually have been a fan of glam-metal.)

Both bands also are releasing compilation albums to promote on tour. Poison's "20 Years of Rock" hit stores earlier this week. Cinderella's "Gold" is due out at the end of the month.

The tour is sponsored by VH1 Classic (which is also sponsoring the Journey/Def Leppard double bill this summer) and is targeting outdoor amphitheaters. Their Tampa Bay appearance is Aug. 19 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Speaking of VH1...

The cable music channel said today it will air its first VH1 Rock Honors in May. Seemingly similar (and unnecessarily duplicative) of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, the VH1 Rock Honors will induct Kiss, Queen, Def Leppard and Judas Priest as its first class of legendary bands.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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