Here's something you probably haven't thought in a while: "Boy, I can't wait for the new Men Without Hats album." But that's what is running through my brain today after hearing Head Above Water, the first single off their upcoming release Love in the Age of War, which is set for a May 22 release in their homeland of Canada and a mid-June release everywhere else.
Ask for your parents' DVD copy of The Lost Boys, Twihards. But keep your hands off the second shelf in the frig. That's where they keep their rootbeers and my double-thick Oreo cookies. And remember, if read the T.V. Guide, you don't need a TV.
"Sure, the Stormtroopers put a lot of shooters on the floor, but they never seem to hit the target." Hope you like wearing No. 77, because that's the only number available. This Stormtrooper hoops jersey is real and for sale on thinkgeek.com for a mere $29.99. Republic Credits not accepted.
Steve Perry's Street Talk album doesn't get the love it deserves, and neither does the single Foolish Heart, which reached No. 18 on the charts in February 1985. (I probably actually adore this song more than Oh Sherrie.)
There's supposed to be an alternate ending to the video that features the members of Journey, and Steve saying, "Let's go cut a track." But hell if I've ever seen it. Sounds more like a urban legend, since the band seemed hardly supportive of Perry's solo ventures.
The NFL Draft. Remember when nobody really cared all that much about this yearly exercise in media overindulgence? Nowadays, it's a tradition to sit there and listen to the Jets fans boo every move by the commissioner and every draft pick by their rivals. (Stay classy, New York).
As a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan, I have a lot of experience watching teams pick "the future of the franchise" ... only to see the player crush the hopes of us all. Yeah, Testaverde, I'm looking in your direction.
Here are the No. 1 NFL Draft picks of the '80s:
1989: Troy Aikman -- The quarterback from UCLA played 12 years and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
1988: Aundray Bruce -- The Auburn linebacker, drafted by the Falcons, lasted 11 years, but started only 42 games.
1987: Vinny Testaverde -- When his Miami Hurricane teams played the University of Florida on the road, Gator fans would toss frozen oranges at his head. Or maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part. Amazingly, Vinny lasted 21 years in the NFL.
Molly Ringwald is really embracing the Internet these days. First, she gets a Twitter account (and promptly attracts thousands of followers in no-time-flat.) And now, she's chatting up fans in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" format.
ON JOHN HUGHES ALMOST FIRING JUDD NELSON FROM BREAKFAST CLUB: "This is true. I think Judd was doing the method actor thing during rehearsals. He was wearing Bender's clothes and trying to annoy me. I was fine but John Hughes was very protective of me. We ended up having a powwow, led by Ally. I remember her telling me, 'We have to get him focused. Like a laser!' I think a bunch of us including myself called John and asked him to reconsider. I am thankful he did."
Important rule of the '80s and beyond: There's no such thing as a bad Duran Duran concert film -- on video or DVD or 35 mm, whatever. So it's good news that the lads have another one in the works: A Diamond in the Mind.
Not a ton is known about the project, except that it only has a UK release date right now and it was filmed at a stop in Manchester, England, according to the Slicingupeyeballs website, which is a serious must-bookmark website for '80s music fans.
Still, consider this a must-add to your concert DVD collection. Here's the tracklists, according to Slicingupeyeballs. Go to the bottom for a teaser video clip:
DVD and Blu-ray 1. “Return To Now” 2. “Before The Rain” 3. “Planet Earth” 4. “View To A Kill” 5. “All You Need Is Now” 6. “Blame The Machines” 7. “Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment)” 8. “The Reflex” 9. “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” 10. “Girl Panic!” 11. “White Lines” 12. “Careless Memories” 13. “Ordinary World” 14. “Notorious” 15. “Hungry Like The Wolf” 16. “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise” 17. “Wild Boys/Relax” 18. “Rio” 19. “A Diamond In The Mind” …
John Cusack always was on the '80s Walk of Fame. And as of April 24, 2012, Cusack is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame too. Here are some photos from Monday's ceremony.
"To the best of my knowledge, I've tried to screw my career up as much as I possibly could, but even with all my best efforts to screw it up, I managed to have lasting friendships, and some of the best friends I've ever met in the business," he said Monday.
His sister Joan Cusack, naturally, was on hand.
John and Joan Cusack, Jack Black (who co-starred with Cusack in High Fidelity) and Billy Bob Thornton (co-star in Pushing Tin).
Suge, the raven, stands on the star of actor John Cusack. By the way, his star is right across the street from legendary steakhouse (and 2011 Stuck in the '80s meetup spot) Musso and Frank. ("Nice!" Cusack said of the location via Twitter.)
Dan Aykroyd (Grosse Point Blank) speaks at the induction.
Cusack signs autographs after the ceremony. Later that night on the Jimmy Kimmel show, he and the host did shots of Purell.
Journey reunion rumors and any news on Steve Perry are the golden bars of currency when it comes to '80s -- so valuable that when we hear one, you flash it around like you just won the lottery. Well, the Huffington Post is the latest winner, scoring an interview with Journey guitatist/founder Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and still-freshly minted lead singer Arnel Pineda.
During the interview, they're asked about the chances for a Journey reunion with Perry, who remains one of of the most beloved frontmen of any recent decade with fans.
"I don't think there's anyway not to have Arnel at this point," Schon answers. "Who can say never? You can never say it's never going to happen. Maybe ten years from now? Six years? Who knows?"
What if Perry called right now and asked to reunite, the HuffPost asked.
"... If that situation ever came up, I think it would be the both of them [Pineda and Perry, who haven't yet met in person]," Schon said. "And I think it would be at the point where it's a farewell tour ... and we're done. That's the only appropriate way to go about it" …
Maybe it's not so hard to believe this anymore, but it's been 30 years since the supergroup Asia released their incredible debut album. Not one to let the milestone go under-appreciated, Asia is celebrating with a new album and world tour.
XXX is the name of the album, set for release in late June in Europe and early July in the U.S. The album features the original Asia lineup of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton. The first single is called Face on the Bridge -- see the video below.
With the album comes a new tour, and though all the dates aren't complete yet (especially in the U.S.), here's what we have so far from Asia's official website.
Styx has a June 3 date at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall, the venue has just announced. It's a surprise booking, in some respects because Styx is on the road this summer doing a big tour with REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. That tour, however, has no plans to hit Florida. But Styx fans will be happy to catch Tommy Shaw and the boys at this more intimate venue.
Reserved tickets priced at $79.50, $59.50, $46.50 and $35; they go on sale April 28 at noon.
What's a little more odd is that the official Styx bio that the band releases these days is a little short on history. Oh, it extolls the successes of Come Sail Away, Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Fooling Yourself and the Paradise Theater album. And then it jumps ahead to 1984's live Caught in the Act album.
Twitter isn't for everyone, but by now, you sorta figure people have either embraced or dismissed the social media tool. Don't tell that to '80s teen queen Molly Ringwald, who just joined last week. (I can't stop reading her! So maybe I'm just *getting* Twitter too.)
After just 117 tweets, she has about 5,500 followers. (And follows just 68, including: Jane Lynch, Chelsea Handler, Fred Savage, Steve Martin, Albert Brooks and Bret Easton Ellis, with whom she tweets back and forth.)
I sent her a tweet, recalling my sleepless night before interviewing her several years ago while she was touring with the Broadway show Sweet Charity. We'll see if I get a reply.
Come on, Rush. It's 2012. Assuming no major advances in medical science, don't you think THIS would be the perfect year to play your 2112 album in its entirety? Anyone?
Okay, so you've decided to record a new album -- Clockwork Angels -- and support that instead. No sweat. Your fans will fill arenas and outdoor amphitheaters as usual, including your Nov. 3 date at Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre.
Nice of you to release your video for Headlong Flight ahead of time. I pasted it at the bottom of the blog item so that people would read to the end. It's a catchy, head-pounding tune, but .. ummm... did you realize it's more than 7 minutes long? Even I can't pretend to be "working" while listening to something that long at my desk.
Stuck in the '80s is back with a new podcast, and we cover a number of interesting topics: The sad passing of Greg Ham and Levon Helm, the newly announced concert tours for the summer and fall. And yes, there's a little dustup about why Marylanders love crabcakes so much.
I've lived in Florida nearly my entire life, and thus I'm told, I have no business commenting or critiquing crabcakes. Whatever. They're overrated. And this week's podcast takes a dramatic and totally unnecessary U-turn into that controversy. Give me a conch fritter anyday instead.
Meanwhile, we do actually cover some topics of note to '80s fans, including the deaths this week of two '80s icons: Men At Work's Greg Ham and The Band's drummer/'80s actor Levon Helm. (Come on, you remember him from The Right Stuff: "Fair enuf!")
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.