If you were making a list of the Top Lost ‘45’s of the ‘80s, many would submit Face to Face’s classic 10-9-8. Even though Boston’s Face to Face was a new wave band that released three albums and multiple singles/videos, their legacy is 10-9-8 that peaked at No. 38 in 1984.
Face to Face would also have an unheralded role in the 1984’s Streets of Fire movie.
In the movie, Diane Lane’s fictional band, Ellen and the Attackers, is mostly Face to Face. Since Diane Lane does not actually sing in the movie, lead singer Laurie Sargent provides vocals on Never Be You and Sorcerer (written by Stevie Nicks) while another singer, Holly Sherwood, got the meatier song Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young. The male members of Face to Face do appear on screen as “The Attackers”.
Face to Face broke up in 1988.Full Story
After consulting with the folks on Facebook and sifting through the overwhelming pile of their votes (a grand total of ten – Douglas Arthur’s multiple votes for The Feelies only count as one) to decide which musical artist I would profile next, it is time to tackle the arty, farty, avant-garde side of 80s music. I can’t think of a better example than UK’s The Fall.
The Fall started in 1976 in Manchester, England, with founding members Mark E Smith, Martin Bramah, Tony Friel, Una Baines, and Steve Ormrod. Ormrod did not last long with the band, but he wasn’t the last to go. No, over the years the band’s line-up was exceedingly fluid. Wikipedia lists no less than 65 people have been involved in the band over the years. The only constant has been Mark E Smith.
Smith’s vocal style is unique and quite unmistakable. His lyrics are a strange, somewhat impenetrable poetry that reflects a dry sense of humor and a general disdain for humanity. The Fall was barely found on the mainstream charts in their home country and there was no charting at all in the States.
Here is their single ‘Cruiser’s Creek released in 1985. Enjoy the art of The Fall…
In January we covered the J. Geils Band on Lost and Found with Concealed Weapons and song that has been featured in SIT80’s podcast intros and was the first single released after Peter Wolf left (or was fired) from the band. In fairness to the Wolf, the fast-talking, dancing machine and face of the J. Geils Band, we have to feature a forgotten hit during his glorious tenure.
Come Back was the first single off the 1980 Love Stinks album and made it as high as No. 32 on the singles chart. Like most J. Giels Band tunes, the song is a great dance party song and the video features Wolfs signature “illegal procedure” dance move and general hyperactivity.
The Love Stinks album would reach gold status and the title track has evolved as perhaps the J. Giels Band most iconic song (if not, then on even par with Centerfold) after being featured in The Wedding Singer and a Swiffer commercial. The album also features the spoken-word treat No Anchovies Please that defies description and still makes me chuckle after all these years.Full Story
It's okay to cry while watching a trailer for a TV show, right? Because you better have the Kleenex handy before watching this extended preview of The Michael J. Fox Show, which debuts tonight at 9 on NBC. Full Story
The Kinks have been on hiatus since the mid-90s, but that could change in 2014, which marks the 50th anniversary of the band that explained the uniqueness of Lola to us 13-year-olds. And more importantly, gave Van Halen a hit song to cover for the rockers' first album.
Kinks' guitarist and co-founded Dave Davies told Rolling Stone that meetings between him and brother Ray Davies on a tour have taken place already and the odds of going on the road are 50/50.
"The first two meetings were great," Davies said. "We talked about the old days and maybe doing something next year. I thought to myself, 'Oh sh--, maybe we could actually do something before we fall down dead.' It was very positive."
Davies also told the magazine that the band's MTV-driven popularity of the '80s was very uncomfortable to him, despite scoring with hits such as Come Dancing, Better Things and Destroyer.
"We started playing stadiums," he said ion the interview. "But I just got this sinking feeling in the back of the limos. The whole thing made me feel really sick. It's a terrible thing to say, because I should feel grateful for making money and doing well, but something about it was very unnatural."Full Story
Patty Smyth “Never Enough”
A few months ago, Lost and Found featured Patty Smyth and her band, Scandal. Because you can never get enough of Patty Smyth, today we feature her first single without Scandal entitled Never Enough.
Never Enough only made it to # 61 on the singles chart in 1987 and was co-written by members of The Hooters. It was also Smyth’s first recording since she turned down the offer to become lead singer of Van Halen after David Lee Roth left, leaving the job to Sammy Hagar.
It’s hard to believe that Smyth has not released a new album since 1992, but has instead spent most of her years raising her family with children from musician Richard Hell and then current husband John McEnroe. With the kids growing, Smyth has reunited Scandal, but so far has limited their return to performances.Full Story
Remember when Journey played the Super Bowl pregame in Tampa a few years ago? Or how about their pay-for-play gig at the RNC Convention (also in Tampa) a year ago? Well, their latest gig is a little different. Neal Schon, accompanied by Jonathan Cain, will perform the national anthem at Saturday's Arizona State vs. Southern Cal college football game.
According to a news release, Schon and Cain will do the honors about 15 minutes prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
If you think this is a weird gig, you probably haven't seen Journey perform live lately. Schon almost always performs the national anthem (of whatever country they're in) during the show. And it's usually off-the-hook awesome. Full Story
Tommy Tutone, Quiet Riot, Warrant, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Motels, Molly Hatchet and other '80s-ish era bands are converging on Melbourne, Fla., this weekend for a two-day '80s in the Park celebration.
I'm fairly new to Central Florida, so I wasn't sure how strong the '80s bug is here. Back in Tampa Bay, certain venues like Ruth Eckerd Hall definitely had the franchise on the nostalgia/legacy/retro concert circuit. Around Orlando, the '80s action has seemed confined to free concerts downtown (Eddie Money was here last weekend) and the occasional tour stop at House of Blues (Cyndi Lauper next month!) and Hard Rock Live (where Adam Ant crushed it!).
But I have to give '80s in the Park credit. A two-day concert? Ambitious! The show is Sept. 28 and 29 at Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne. (Never been.) Tickets start at $29. Kids under 12 get in free.
I also hear that more than 60 vendors will be there, selling memorabilia, and vintage arcade machines are available for players. Oh, and Gallagher the comedian is the emcee.
Click here for the full lineup of bands (there are a TON).Full Story
Daniel Radcliffe can play the hell out of a boy wizard, but tackling the role of Queen's Freddie Mercury, the greatest frontman of generation? It'd take more than a Confundo curse to make that work out. So Radcliffe is now on record saying he doesn't want the part.
"Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I'm totally wrong for that part is correct. I am completely wrong for that part!" Radcliffe told the Guardian. "If I'd seen a rumour about me playing Iggy Pop, I'd think, 'Hey, I'd have a go at that - that'd be fun!', but Freddie Mercury? No."
I can't imagine Radcliffe having enough chest hair to pull the part anyway.
Sacha Baron Cohen had originally been at the front of the line to play the late singer, who died in 1991 from complications from AIDS. The film, which is being produced with the cooperation of the remaining members of the band, is being written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). Rumor has it that Cohen dropped out when he realized the movie was intended to be more "family friendly" and would omit some of the racier aspects of Mercury's early life and career.
Why was Radcliffe considered for the role anyway? …Full Story
The city of Austin, Texas is now considered the hippest place in America to be a musician as aspiring artists congregate from all across the nation to be a part of the college life and South by Southwest Experience. I would declare that Austin was already cool in the ‘80s with the beats of resident Patrick Keel with his new wave band The Pool and the 1983 video for Dance It Down.
Dance It Down was only a regional hit, but the video has the styles, the beat, bongos and one big boom box that is representative of everything great about early ‘80s videos. While Keel sings the praises of Austin in Dance it Down, he would eventually move from the Texas state capital and now resides upstate where he teaches Music Business classes in Irving, just outside Dallas.Full Story
Pick your favorite pun. U2 finally found the tax loophole it was looking for. Taxday Bloody Taxday. With or Without Exemptions. Their accountants move in mysterious ways. Turns out that Bono and the boys aren't paying taxes in Ireland on the fortune their band has made.
U2's $1.1 billion in net worth instead lives in offshore accounts, a fact that Bono had to defend in a recent interview with Britain's Observer. Bono admitted that some on the "cranky left" might find U2's tax dodging annoying, but insists it's "in total harmony with the government's philosophy."
At least one former government official disagrees.
"I think there is that issue about loyalty to the country you are born in and I think it would show a tremendous example to everybody if they were to bring back their tax affairs to Ireland," a former health minister told the Irish Examiner.
Don't count on it, Mr. Minister. This is one fire that will probably be forgettable soon.Full Story
"Suckers walk. Money talks, but it can’t touch my Three Lock Box." Ah, the cryptic lyrics of Sammy Hagar’s title track off his Three Lock Box album that leads into the signature guitar riffs of The Red Rocker.
Whether it’s spiritual, mystical or just a good Sesame Street lesson, Three Lock Box is one of the few videos that Hagar filmed during his ‘80s solo career. Three Lock Box wasn’t even a single as Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy was the only cut to hit the singles chart off the 1982 album.
After a string of three knockout solo albums in the ‘80s with Standing Hampton, Three Lock Box and VOA, Hagar put it all to the side in 1986 to join Van Halen. Hagar has been just as successful in his business ventures ranging from tequila, restaurants, clothing, etc. but still keeps busy with music. …Full Story
Would I be a jerk if I just said I prefer Cher as an actress rather than a singer? Oh, okay. Because I do. I know some people are excited about Cher's announcement that she's preparing for a 49-city tour to begin in March (see the full list of concert dates and locations below). I'd rather comb my way through my DVDs and rewatch her in Mask.
Her tour includes three stops in Florida; the nearest stop to Tampa Bay is Orlando at the Amway Center on May 16. And truth is, despite what you remember, Cher had a few hits in the '80s. Five charters, in fact.
But look at the songs below and her movie credits and tell me: What Cher a better singer or actor in the '80s?
TOP 5 CHER SINGLES IN THE '80s:
1. If I Could Turn Back Time (1989): Her biggest hit by far in our decade, it rose to No. 3 on the U.S. charts.
2. After All (1989): I always think of this as a Peter Cetera song. Still do.
3. I Found Someone (1987): Originally written for Laura Branigan, Cher made it into a bigger hit.
4. We All Sleep Alone (1988): Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora. I had no idea.
5. Skin Deep (1988): This barely cracked the charts, ultimately landing at No. 79.
TOP 5 CHER MOVIES OF THE '80s: …Full Story
We start off the week with a video from those two Wild & Crazy Czechoslokian Guys. OK, it’s not the Festrunk Brothers (Steve Martin and Dan Aykrord) from Saturday Night Live, but it Jan Hammer and Neal Schon and their 1982 video for No More Lies.
In full disclosure, only Hammer is a Czech as Schon was born born at Tinker Air Force in Oklahoma. Hammer fled the motherland in 1968 when things become unsafe in the Eastern Bloc.
Despite being born on opposite ends of the globe, Hammer & Schon would combine for two albums in the ‘80s in between Journey albums. No More Lies is a rocker from their second album that spent one week on the mainstream charts and gained some MTV airplay.
Hammer would hit No. 1 on the singles charts in 1985 with the Miami Vice theme, while Schon would eventually hit No. 1 on the singles chart with Bad English in 1989 with When I See You Smile. As strange as it sounds, Journey never had a No. 1 single on the pop charts.
Former Journey drummer Steve Smith has revealed that he has been recording with Hammer & Schon and they are planning on releasing new material to be compiled in a Hammer & Schon box set to be released in the future.Full Story
Trapper Keeper. Those two words conjure up as many memories as they do sounds. Like the sound of the velcro echoing through a classroom when 30 kids open their Trapper Keepers simultaneously at the start of biology class. Or the whining of 300 kids when their beloved Trapper Keepers began to fall apart before the school year was halfway over, prompting a last-minute trip to K-Mart to grab a new one before school started the next day.
Mentalfloss.com has a great history piece on Trapper Keepers, which I believe are still for sale today. (Tried to talk a certain 12-year-old into buying one for school this year, only to be told she had no need for this '80s relic. My heart was broken.)
Here's just a taste of what you can discover on Mentalfloss.com.
FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT TRAPPER KEEPERS:
1. Trapper Keepers truly were an '80s generation phenomenon. They were launched in 1978 by Mead Corp., though they've been owned by office supply giant ACCO Brands since 2012. Mead still has a webpage devote to Trapper Keepers. …Full Story