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The day the '80s died: Martha Quinn and our best New Year's Eve podcast ever

martha.jpgThere's very little in this world that the late, great Dick Clark couldn't make better. American music. New Year's eves. But what if added the sheer magic of Martha Quinn? The MTV pixie joined us for a podcast back in 2009 and sprinkled fairy dust all over our "Say Goodbye to the '80s New Year's Eve" podcast.

Like so many of the shows we do, it's just as valid today as it was 3 years ago. Or 30 years ago. Find out what Martha was up to on Dec. 31, 1989, and listen to the sad, mopey stories of Spearsy and Daly as they planned for a world without John Hughes, hairspray and music television. It remains, by far, one of my top 3 episodes of all time.

Click here to listen to the show. Or click here (or this RSS feed) to get all our shows, still on iTunes, and now with two new shows featuring co-host "Brad from LA." And maybe, if you play your cards right, we'll have a New Year's present for you in the podcast tree tomorrow.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve in '80s style with Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Duran Duran

Just found this amazing video of Frankie Goes to Hollywood performing Relax on MTV on Dec. 31, 1984. Wait until the end to see Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor join the fun.

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'Night of the Comet' actually happening in 2013

night_of_the_comet_pic_1.jpgRemember that sci-fi/horror/zombie-comedy/romance flick in 1984 known as Night of the Comet? You'll be pleased to know that all that awaits us in the year 2013.

Comet ISON, discovered by two amateurs in September, is 600 million miles away and closing on us very fast, according to Time magazine.

"The fact that ISON can already be seen means it may be reasonably large — perhaps a couple of miles across — which suggests that when it dips to less than a million miles (1.6 million km) above the Sun’s fires next November 28, it may be robust enough to avoid the breakup that often happens to smaller comets," Time says. "And if it does survive, ISON could go on to light up the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere for much of December, 2013 and on into January." 

No fear, though, because we all remember Catherine Mary Stewart survived the fallout of the comet's tail that turned everyone else into a pile of dust. Oh, except those that turned into zombies. To be honest, I don't remember how that happened. I do remember her boyfriend Larry being eaten by zombies. And that Larry was played by the great Michael Bowen (Tommy from Valley Girl.) All I can suggest is investing in a building lined with lead walls. 

The movie still gets a pretty good rating -- 85!! -- on Rotten Tomatoes. What does all this have to do with the ISON Comet? Perhaps you'll find the needed wisdom in this top 5 list.

TOP 5 LINES FROM NIGHT OF THE COMET:

5. "If bachlorette number one isn't out here in half a tick I'm gonna ice bachlorette number two, got it?"

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'Raising Hope' goes 'Back to the Future' on Jan. 8 episode

raising_hope.jpgRoads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. But apparently Fox does need ratins, and a boost from the '80s generation, so the Jan. 8 episode of Raising Hope is a takeoff of sorts on the '80s classic Back to the future.

Christopher Lloyd -- sounding, but not looking like Doc Brown -- will guest star on the episode in which the Chance family decides if they need a new car, according to promos Sunday during Fox's NFL coverage. 

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Charlie Sheen slur ends his #winning streak

sheen.jpgCharlie Sheen is apologizing publicly after using a gay slug at the opening of a bar he co-owns in Mexico over the weekend, according to the assembled media on hand.

"How we doing?" the 47-year-old star of Platoon and Wall Street can be heard asking the crowd after taking the mic, according to video posted on TMZ. "Lying bunch of f---got a---s, how we doing?"

It happened Friday night at the Epic rooftop bar atop the El Ganza hotel in Cabo. 

"I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I offended anyone," Sheen later told TMZ. "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp."

Check out Sheen's Twitter page for photos the actor posted himself from the event, but don't be surprised if you're computer denies you access because it's a "reported attack page." Seems the Web has a sense of humor too.

More Sheen news on Stuck in the '80s:

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J.R. Ewing to die too this season on 'Dallas'

Larry Hagman/AP photoJ.R. Ewing is about to join actor Larry Hagman in the great South Fork in the sky. According to TVLine.com, the infamous Dallas villain gets his own funeral on the TNT show on March 11.

Hagman had completed all his acting work for the second season of the Dallas reboot prior to his death in November at age 81. But show producers felt they couldn't just let his TV alter-ego J.R. Ewing ride off into the sunset without a proper send-out, so the season's storyline has been altered to include the death and funeral of the Ewing family.

The funeral scene is rumored to include other veterans of the 1980s version of the TV show, some of whom didn't return to the reboot. The new season begins Jan. 28.

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What do Joel from 'Risky Business' and Stifler from 'American Pie' have in common?

risky_business.jpgWhat's that line from Risky Business from "Guido, the Killer Pimp?" Oh yeah. " In a sluggish economy, never ever mess with another man's girlfriend. I'm paraphrasing, of course.

It seems Tom Cruise is now dating the ex-girlfriend of Seann William Scott, who played "Stifler" in the American Pie movie franchise. (Though I really think we should be honoring him more for his co-starring success in Role Models.)

New York media report that Cynthia Jorge is the new obsession of Cruise, who is single again even after making All the Right Moves. (Sorry, I just like that movie. "In your face, Walnut Heights! In your face!")

What does any of this really have to do with an '80s blog? It's so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course.

 

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Lost and found: Zebra knows the summer's definitely gone

Formed as a Led Zeppelin cover band, New Orleans’s Zebra 1982 debut album went gold. The lead track for their 1984 follow-up album, No Tellin’ Lies, included the interesting video for Wait Until the Summers Gone.

Highlights include a model painted as a zebra, a giant chessboard, lots of eyeballs and the singing of Randy Jackson who registers high-octave sounds not normally heard from a male unless a vise grip is involved.

Zebra was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Farm in 2010 and continues to perform.

-- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Watch Adam Ant's first video and single in 18 years: 'Cool Zombie'

Adam Ant certainly hasn't lost his touch in making great videos. His first single in 18 years -- Cool Zombie -- is now on YouTube, and it's definitely a throwback to his golden days.

The band you see performing with him on stage -- the storyline appears to be that Adam is returning to London after years of living in Tennessee -- is the band that he has been touring with lately. Amazing group. [Read our previous review of his show, with some amazing photos.]

The album is called Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter. Look for it onsale on Jan. 22.

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Still got a 'Burning Heart' for the holiday season? Vandenberg does

It was around the New Years holiday four years ago when I stumbled onto the Stuck in the ‘80s website. Later in February, I got up the nerve to make my first comment on a blog item when Steve asked for a list of Best '80s Power Ballads. Although all 43 comments are now marked "Anonymous", you can still read my few suggestions (and other interesting comments from SIT80's veterans like Bassnote) that included Vandenberg’s Burning Heart.

Vandenberg was formed in the Netherlands by Dutch guitar god Adrian Vanderberg and their first single, Burning Heart, peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard charts in 1983. Vandenberg would eventually join Whitesnake in their glory years and you can hear this signature solos on songs like Here I Go Again. Adrian spends more time painting than playing guitars these days. 

-- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Still got a 'Burning Heart' for the holiday season? Vanderberg does

It was around the New Years holiday four years ago when I stumbled onto the Stuck in the ‘80s website. Later in February, I got up the nerve to make my first comment on a blog item when Steve asked for a list of Best '80s Power Ballads. Although all 43 comments are now marked "Anonymous", you can still read my few suggestions (and other interesting comments from SIT80's veterans like Bassnote) that included Vandenberg’s Burning Heart.

Vandenberg was formed in the Netherlands by Dutch guitar god Adrian Vanderberg and their first single, Burning Heart, peaked at No. 39 on the Billboard charts in 1983. Vandenberg would eventually join Whitesnake in their glory years and you can hear this signature solos on songs like Here I Go Again. Adrian spends more time painting than playing guitars these days. 

-- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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For New Year's Eve 2012, let's 'Break Down the Wall' like we did back in '84

It is custom at many New Years Eve parties to bring your favorite noisemaker. This week on Lost and Found we bring the noise in video form as we pay tribute to the harder sound of the ‘80s with some "classic" guitar rock/metal songs that your local "classic" rock station probably is not playing.

Stone Fury is from Los Angeles and in 1984 they filmed a “let’s get the band back together” video for the song Break Down the Wall. It only took until 1986 for Stone Fury to decide is was time to “let’s not ever get back together.” Lead singer Lenny Wolf went on to have success with the band Kingdom Come.

-- Kevin Wuench, guest blogger

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Help us name the best R&B songs of the '80s

debarge.jpgSomething about this holiday week has me listening to R&B every day. For some of you, that's probably no big adjustment. But I'm used to singing along to Pet Shop Boys or Oingo Boingo in my car or at my desk -- not Atlantic Starr or Sergio Mendes.

So I've decided what I really need is the ultimate '80s R&B playlist. List time again! Help us name the BEST R&B tunes from our decade, and we'll hopefully feature some on the podcast as well. The only qualification? It must have been released during the '80s and be considered part of that hard-to-pin down genre of R&B and/or soul. Just drop your suggestions in the comments field.

Here are three songs I've listened to since waking up this morning:

DANCING IN THE SHEETS (Shalamar): Putting it on the Footloose soundtrack makes this easier to love. But can you remember what scene it appears in? [Video]

RHYTHYM OF THE NIGHT (DeBarge): This 1985 song, written by Diane Warren, was the biggest hit by the Motown family group. [Video]

SHAKE YOU DOWN (Gregory Abbott): This 1986 hit was one of 30 demo tunes that Abbott wrote and recorded before he finally got a record deal with CBS. [Video]

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Looking ahead at 2013's calendar of '80s concerts

rick-springfield-5478559.jpgWill 2013 be a year of great concerts by '80s bands? I'm not yet convinced. I'm looking for that one great "They're really touring again" moment. I thought I had it when the Tubes announced a tour with a stop in Orlando, but that has since disappeared from everyone's web calendars. So we're left with these shows coming to Florida. Let's hope for a lot more fun after the first three months:

  • Rick Springfield (Jan. 10, Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa): Rick always puts on an amazing show, and yes, it's something a guy can enjoy just as much as a drooly female fan. 
  • Kansas (Jan. 19, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Performing with an orchestra should be interesting. But they always make me think of Bill & Tell. "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
  • English Beat (Feb. 7, Janus Live, St. Petersburg): Not to confused with The Beat, which is essentially the same band.
  • Fishbone (Feb. 8, State Theatre, St. Petersburg): Strictly a hipsters show.
  • Steve Miller Band (Feb. 13, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Time keeps on ticking for Steve Miller. 
  • Styx (Feb. 17, SeaWorld, Orlando): It's not really Styx without Dennis DeYoung.
  • Foreigner (Feb. 28, Strawberry Festival, Plant City): Hardly any original members left, but they sound pitch-perfect.
  • Bon Jovi (March 1, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa): Only thing he has left is his looks. Pass.
  • Hall and Oates March 2, SeaWorld, Orlando): They've been on the road for a while now, but it's always interesting to see which deep tracks they'll bring back these days.
  • Hall and Oates March 6, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater):Oh-oh, here they come. Again.
  • The Tubes (March 7, Hard Rock Live, Orlando) : Please, PLEASE make this happen.
  • Bret Michaels (March 9, Strawberry Festival, Plant City): One of the nicest guys in the business is always worth catching live.
  • Roger Hodgson (March 22, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater): Better known as the voice of Supertramp. It's so logical.
  • Queensryche (March 22, House of Blues, Orlando): This will be the band with or without Geoff Tate. The ousted singer has permission to tour under the same name as the traitors who threw him out of the band. So we'll have to wait to see which version is visiting Orlando.
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Have a Pac-Man Christmas ... from Stuck in the '80s

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This interactive, fully operational Pac-Man Christmas Tree is in Madrid, and it's a perfect reminder that it's really a Stuck in the '80s world these days, not merely one nation. As I look over the reports of who visits the blog and listens to our podcast, I see nations on every corner of the world. 

In case you've ever wondered what countries listen to Stuck in the '80s the most (after the United States), here's the top 10 list.

1. United Kingdom
2. Australia
3. Canada
4. Mexico
5. Netherlands
6. Denmark
7. Finland
8. Sweden
9. Iceland
10. Philippines

We have dozens of fans in Russia and China, but only 10 in Ireland. And according to our latest stats, we have only 2 fans on the entire African continent. (One in Morocco; one in South Africa.) Greeland has zero fans; Iceland has more than 300.

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