Of all the 30th anniversaries of important '80s flicks this year, this one isn't as hard to believe: The Outsiders also turned 30 in 2013. The movie was FULL of future '80s stars including C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise. But a lot of other familiar faces are there too. Find out what all the cast of The Outsiders are doing today in this cool video I found this morning on Youtube:
TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES FROM THE OUTSIDERS:
5. "We gotta win that fight tonight. We gotta get even with those Socs! Let's do it for Johnny, man. We'll do it for Johnny!"
4. "Hate to tell you this buddy, but you have to wear clothes to work. There's a law or something."
2. "I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I'd... probably fall in love with him."
1. "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold."Full Story
In 1982, The Motels finally scored a hit with the classic Only The Lonely that still gets a lot of airplay. However, most other Motel songs rarely get played today including the follow-up single to Only The Lonely entitled Take The L.
Take the L stalled at No. 52 on the singles chart in the U.S., but was a Top 40 hit in many other countries including Australia and Canada. The stylish comic book video starts off with the Martha Davis in the same makeup look that appears on the album cover of All Four On and is also one of the rare videos that show off the other members of The Motels.
After many solo music endeavors including a children’s album, Martha and the original Motels are reunited and will embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in the fall.Full Story
Did the "sound" we now identify as the '80s come from 1979's My Sharona?
In this week's Stuck in the '80s podcast, we try to identify the songs that "began" the 1980s. Not the first hit song of 1980. But something that happened years before, lost on the FM dial. At least one of our co-hosts will defend this gem by The Knack, but we have five other contenders as well, including tunes by The Cars and Roxy Music.
Click here to download the show. And remember to subscribe to all our shows for free on iTunes.Full Story
Yesterday we featured Jimmy, Jimmy in our little two-part tribute to Ric Ocasek’s first solo album Beatitude – today we go with the minor hit Something To Grab For.
The song reached No. 47 on the singles chart in 1983 and the video is a dry comic look at every man’s fantasy (a hot date) and every man’s bane (waiting for their hot date to get ready).
The object of desire in Something To Grab For is Marianne Gravatte. Gravatte was Playboy Playmate of the Month in October 1982 and became Playmate of the Year in 1983. She also appears on the album cover of Ratt’s Invasion of Your Privacy and had the key role in the Lay It Down video as Stephen Pearcy’s birthday wish come true.
Despite the humorous ending of Something To Grab For, Ocasek would prove no slouch in dealing with other models as he met Paulina Porizkova on the set for the Cars Drive video in 1984 and would marry her in 1989.
Ocasek is still playing and producing music, including 2011’s excellent Cars album entitled Move Like This.Full Story
Krull turned 30 years old this summer. It doesn't look a day over 45. Nah, I love Krull. I love to wake up first thing in the morning, walk outside and yell "Here is the knowledge you seeeeeekkkk!" to the neighborhood. They LOVE me. In any case, here's the original theatrical trailer for Krull:
TOP 5 PIECES OF WISDOM FROM KRULL:
5. "Good fighters make bad husbands."
4. "Your actions give you weight, my friend."
3. "All men need company."
2. "Fame? Nah. It's an empty purse. Count it, go broke. Eat it, go hungry. Seek it, go mad!"
1. "Power is fleeting; love is eternal."Full Story
The Cars scored big in 1981 with the Shake It Up album and single and then went on to have their greatest success in 1984 with the Heartbeat City album that landed five Top 40 hits including their biggest hit Drive.
In between, guitarist and co-lead singer Ric Ocasek put out a solo album entitled Beatitude that is so forgotten that we have to feature TWO videos from it this week. First up is the hypnotic Jimmy, Jimmy that charted on the the Mainstream Rock and Dance Charts in 1983.
The song is a story about the slacker life and the video shows, well, a bunch of slacking. While the video may not scintillate you, the song is a nice nugget that will get that couch potato off the sofa and doing something meaningful with their life – like grooving to ‘80s music.Full Story
The early ‘80s were a transition period for music and television. On late night TV, NBC started to phase out the old (Tom Snyder) with the new (David Letterman) while America was beginning to realize that Elvis not only meant Presley, but Costello too.
Those two worlds collided in 1981 when Elvis Costello performed Watch Your Step on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder to promote his Trust album.
Like most Costello songs, Watch You Step did not chart. By 2003, the world acknowledged the greatness of Costello by inducting him into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.Full Story
Linda Ronstadt suffers from Parkinson’s disease and can no longer perform, the 67-year-old singer told AARP. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt said her symptoms began as long as eight years ago, but she'd written it off to other health problems.
“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t figure out why," she said in the interview. "I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling." The diagnosis: Parkinson's, and and end to her career.
"No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease," said Ronstadt. "No matter how hard you try."
We don't forget Linda Ronstadt's contributions to music, no matter how hard we try.
LINDA RONSTADT'S TOP 5 SONGS OF THE '80s:
1. Don't Know Much with Aaron Neville (1989)
2. Hurt So Bad (1980)
3. How Do I Make You? (1980)
4. All My Life with Aaron Neville (1989)
5. Get Closer (1982)
Ranked by chart position on U.S. Billboard ChartFull Story
If you were a teenager in the ‘80s, self-pity was a pretty accessible emotion as captured brilliantly by John Hughes movies and songs such as Moving Pictures’ What About Me?
What About Me? has an interesting chart history as the ballad was a smash in their native Australia, spending six weeks at No. 1 and ultimately becoming the second-biggest single of 1982 behind only Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. In the U.S., the single gradually moved up the charts only to peak at No. 29 in 1983. However, it had staying power, lasting on the Hot 100 charts for 26 weeks enabling it to rank No. 88 in the year-end Top 100 Countdown of the Top 100 songs of 1983. It also enjoyed a resurgence in 1989 as its re-release peaked at No. 49 on the U.S. singles charts.
In 2004, the song was remade by Australian Idol contestant Shannon Noll and ended up spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Australian charts, making it the first single in Aussie history to reach No. 1 by two different artists.
Moving Pictures never charted in America again, however their song Never was a pivotal part of Footloose as it set the mood for Kevin Bacon’s iconic Frustration Dance in the warehouse. …Full Story
A few weeks ago, during the Stuck in the 80s podcast OZ in the 80s segment, Dave Featherston, correspondent from Australia, talked about the not so well known (in the States anyway) band Hunters & Collectors. I got so excited, because that band is on my list of artists to profile in my Never Found in the 80s series!
A brassy pub rock band formed in Melbourne, Australia, Hunters & Collectors were led by the muscular singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Seymour. When I saw these guys in concert at First Avenue in 1987, I remember thinking Mark’s vocals weren’t the best, but he really belted out the tunes with sincere heartfeltedness. I was struck also by the meaty basslines and a hot, hot horn section.
The song I’m featuring is Say Goodbye. It’s the opening track off their 1986 release Human Frailty. The album did reach No. 10 and Say Goodbye did reach 24 on the Aussie charts, but in the State,s Hunters & Collectors only managed to hit on the Modern Rock chart in the late '80s. It appears that they remained pretty much an Australian and New Zealand phenomenon throughout their career.
In 1983, air guitarists on the world united to the riffs of Martin Briley’s Salt in My Tears. The song was a MTV staple and reached No. 36 on the singles chart.
The back story of the video is that a recently-divorced Briley came down with food poisoning the day before the video shot and asked to be as stationary as possible. Many perceived Briley’s sitting on the sofa as a way of showing his ambivilence towards women, but the real story is he just didn’t have the strength to prance around the set.
While Salt in My Tears was Briley’s only solo appearance on the charts, he has had a long career as a songwriter and session musician. His guitar chops can be heard on ‘80s hit singles such as Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart and Julian Lennon’s Much Too Late for Goodbyes.
Born in England, Briley now lives in New York, keeping busy with many music projects including teaching.Full Story
Toad the Wet Sprocket is a California band that scored two platinum albums in the ‘90s and several hit singles including All I Want and Walk on the Ocean.
Like a lot of successful ‘90s bands, Toad the Wet Sprocket origins began in the ‘80s.
The video for Way Away is Super 8 footage of the band shot in 1986 while trying to land a record deal. They eventually signed and released Way Away as their first single in 1989. Although Way Away did not chart, it did help get the band noticed.
The unusual band name is taken from a random Monty Python news skit about a fictional band called Toad the Wet Sprocket that was performed by Python’s Eric Idle. In September, a reunited Toad the Wet Sprocket will release their first album in sixteen years entitled New Constellation.Full Story
First Bruce Springsteen plays a Super Bowl halftime, now he's on Twitter?!? What's there left to believe in anymore?
USA Today reports that @springsteen began on Tuesday. His first tweet: "Bruce here ... looking forward to seeing friends in Chile, Argentina & Brazil on tour next month. Any requests?"
As of this morning, the Boss has more than 450,000 followers. Springsteen so far is following only 29 people, including Southside Johnny, Madison Square Garden, Bob Dylan, The Stone Pony, Pearl Jam and Jimmy Fallon.Full Story
On July 20, 1986, the concert of the Live Prince’s Trust at Wembley Stadium put on by Prince Charles and Princess Diana included a rock royalty lineup of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Phil Collins, Sting, Tina Turner and … Suzanne Vega?
Vega’s appearance was peculiar as her 1985 debut album barely dented the charts compared to the headliners in the Prince’s Trust lineup. Making the most of her opportunity, New York City-native Vega wowed over the crowd, including Prince Charles, who was so impressed that he gave the orders to have her meet the royal couple after the show.
One of the numbers performed that night was Marlene on the Wall, which only reached No. 85 on the UK singles chart in 1985, but was re-released and made it as high as No. 21 on the UK charts after her Live Trust performance.
Less than a year later, Vega would break out in her home country with the No. 3 smash “Luka” and go on to have more success with another Top 10 hit in 1990 with the remix of Tom’s Diner – which is the diner where Jerry, George, Kramer and Elaine all spent time doing nothing in Seinfeld. Vega still strums away in concerts all over the globe.Full Story
Most of us remember the Three Stooges tribute The Curly Shuffle by Jump ‘n in the Saddle that reached No. 15 on the charts in 1984. Did you know that there was earlier Three Stooges tribute in 1983 by The Finders entitled Calling Dr. Howard? Soitenly!
The Finders are a four-man group from San Francisco that landed on MTV and got regional radio play with Calling Dr. Howard. The title refers to brothers Moe, Curly and Shemp, who’s last name was Howard (actually Horwitz). The song also references Dr. Fine, which is a nod to Larry Fine (actually Feinberg).
While The Finders got noticed by Calling Dr. Howard, it accidentally led to the band’s demise as The Finders got labeled as a “wiseguys” novelty act rather than a serious rock band.Full Story