Formed in 1981, under the name Le Hoodoo Gurus (they soon dropped the "Le"), this guitar-driven power pop band from Sydney, Australia didn't do too badly on American college radio and the Modern Rock charts. However, they never gained a foothold in the mainstream music scene.
Their early videos were simple and reflected a certain tongue-in-cheek attitude. Just dig the long hair and the psychedelic duds! Today's featured song is the groovy Like Wow-Wipeout off their second album Mars Needs Guitars released in 1985.
In 1998, the band split and the individual members pursued various solo projects. In 2003, the band reformed and recorded That's My Team for the Australian National Rugby League. The song was a reworking of their 1987 Australian hit What's My Scene? They decided to stay together and went on to record two new studio albums: Mach Schau (2004) and Purity of Essence (2010).
In 2007, Hoodoo Gurus were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association's Hall of Fame.
And as your live concert footage bonus, here is Hoodoo Gurus doing the very catchy ‘I Want You Back' live in 1987.
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The Pale Fountains formed in Liverpool in 1980/81 and were active until 1987. The band released two albums and a handful of singles during their run in our favorite decade. They had some modest charting success in the UK, but they were never found in the U.S. After the break-up, lead singer Mick Head and his band mate (and brother) John Head went on the form the band Shack.
Their December 1984 single Jean's Not Happening did get some play at First Avenue and I always liked the tune. I put in the same category of the kind of songs being released by Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera, and The Smiths. It's a very good song.
The most recent activity of the band since they split in 1987 was to reform for a couple of gigs in 2007 and 2008.
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I think it is relatively well known around here that one of my all time favorite bands is XTC. I mean, I like them so much that I wish I could profile them more than once in this Never Found in the 80s series. I had covered them back on 7/5/13 as part of my week long tribute to the 1982 concert film Urgh! A Music War!
So, drat! I couldn't write about them again. Or could I?
Yes! I can! (Sort of.) In 1985, XTC adopted new identities for themselves and recorded a mix of 60s psychedelic music as an homage to some of their musical influences. Under the name The Dukes of Stratosphear, they paid tribute to such acts as The Beatles, The Hollies, The Yardbirds, and The Beach Boys to name a few. They produced two excellent releases: 1985's mini album 25 O'Clock and 1987's Psonic Psunspot. Despite the great songs, the Dukes never made the charts.
Today's song is off their 1987 release and it's a rollicking, beer-hall tune called You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel).
Yes, it's true; Bryan Adams is not Stuck in the ‘80s. While his greatest chart success came in the ‘90s, Adams can not hide from his ‘80s history and there are those who have the cassette to prove it.
While there were a few isolated cases of cassette singles in the early ‘80s, in wasn't until March of 1987 when A&M Records decided to be the first record company to promote a cassette single along with the traditional 45 vinyl record. The test case was Bryan Adams and his first single off the Into the Fire album entitled Heat of the Night. The single was a success as the song reached No. 6 on the U.S. Charts. While the song is not entirely lost, it does lack airplay compared to some of Adam's other hits such as his lone No. 1 hit in the ‘80s Heaven and other rockers.
To differentiate itself from other cassettes, the Heat of the Night cassette version had a bright red tint to its plastic cover. As a collector's item, you can purchase a copy from EBay for around ten bucks. Meant to replace the '45 vinyl version, the "Cassingle", along with the Sony Walkman, enjoyed a brief time of success before succumbing to the digital age and was phased out by the start of the 21st century. …Full Story
While 1987 was the year most of us heard Robert Cray for the first time, you probably saw him much earlier as he played the bass player for Otis Day and the Knights in Animal House. While we all love Animal House, can I persuade you to hear one of his lost hits?
In 1987, Robert Cray was the first blues artist since B.B. King to hit the Top 40 in thirteen years when Cray garnered national attention with Smoking Gu". His follow-up single was Right Next Door (Because of Me) that only made it to No. 80 on the singles chart.
Right Next Door has the lyric "Strong Persuader" in the chorus and that phrase became the title of Cray's fifth album and is now his nickname. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Cray reluctantly agreed that Right Next Door, a song about womanizing and adultery, gave him a bad reputation with the opposite sex and has been hard to live down.
Cray is in the Blues Hall of Fame, garnered five Grammies and is set to release his latest album "In My Soul" in 2014. http://robertcray.com/
Perhaps like me, you have a love/hate relationship with the local radio stations. While you can hear a Tom Petty song every hour on the hour, do they ever play my personal favorite Change of Heart?
While the list of classic Heartbreaker songs is endless with hits like Free Fallin' and Refugee, you rarely hear Change of Heart, which made it to No. 21 on the singles charts in 1983. The video is straight ahead concert footage that was filmed in support of the Long After Dark album.
The big news is this summer, Petty and the Heartbreakers will release their first new album in four years with Hypnotic Eye. In the meantime, you can spend time with Petty on SiruisXM channel 312 with his weekly program "Buried Treasure" that highlights tracks from the history of rock n roll. http://www.tompetty.com/Full Story
From Thinkgeek.com: "This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it's not as complicated as C-3PO). Each has its measurement written inside so you can't forget what they are and handles on the back that don't distract from R2's aesthetic. The only problem we can foresee with these is that if you show somebody else your R2-D2 Measuring Cups, you may have to install a restraining bolt to keep them from wandering off."
Cost to own: Just $19.99. No Republic credits accepted.Full Story
With the SIT80's March Soundtrack Madness in the books, will the conversation about Kenny Loggins come to an end or can we welcome him back with lost songs like Welcome to Heartlight?
It is fair to call Loggins the "King of the ‘80s Soundtrack" as of his thirteen Top 40 hits in the ‘80s; six of them were from movie soundtracks, including two that made it to the Excellent Eight with Danger Zone and Footloose.
Today we feature a non-soundtrack single entitled Welcome to Heartlight that made it to No. 24 on the charts in 1983. The song was originally titled just Heartlight, but was changed to Welcome to Heartlight so it wouldn't be confused with Neil Diamond's tribute to E.T., also titled Heartlight, which was a hit late in 1982.
The song was inspired by the students of the Los Angles School called Heartlight that was founded in 1979 to promote a feel-good, cross-cultural learning experience for students. When Loggins visited the school he read a story by one of the students entitled "I Like The Love" and that title would become the opening lyric for Welcome to Heartlight. The background singers you hear in the chorus near the end are actual Heartland students. …Full Story
The rock dinos are back, but am I referring to Night Ranger or the Cabazon Dinosaurs?
Last November, we spent time celebrating California's tourist attraction, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, and their appearance in ‘80s album covers, movies and music videos. Here at Lost and Found, we have discovered the fossil remains of yet another ‘80s video featuring the dinos with Night Ranger's Sing Me Away.
Sing Me Away was the follow up single to Don't Tell Me You Love Me and in 1983 it peaked at No. 53 on the singles charts. The video follows drummer Kelly Keagy on the tour bus down I-10 as he tries to hide his deepest, private thoughts on a tape recorder. It isn't too long before Mr. Rex and Dinny make their first appearance as their video predates other Cabazon videos such as Tears for Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Rubber Rodeo's Anywhere With You. …Full Story
Admit it. A part of you is a KISS fan. And you were probably conflicted as hell when Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter were inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame recently. Tampa Bay Times sports reporter Joey Knight, who was reared on '80s rock but abhors the term "hair metal," says KISS missed an obvious opportunity to do right by fans at the induction ceremony. And he offers up his own KISS top 10 list. …Full Story
Whether it's being geniuses of love or just singing about the pleasures of love, the Tom Tom Club kept ‘80s dance floors moving during the ‘80s.
Created as a side project to The Talking Heads, husband-wife team Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth recruited other favorite musicians to create the Tom Tom Club, named after the dance hall in the Bahamas that the group held their first rehearsal. In 1982, the Tom Tom Club scored a Top 40 hit with Genuis of Love. A year later, the group released a new album with the single Pleasure of Love that did not make the singles charts, but did reach No. 23 on the dance charts.
Like Genius of Love, the Pleasure of Love video is animated with plenty of visual action to keep up with the dance grooves. The Tom Tom Club still is active and last year put out yet another animated video for Kissin' Antonio to promote their 2012 EP called "Downtown Rockets". http://tomtomclub.com/Full Story
Out to California we go to profile today's Never Found in the 80s artist The Minutemen. Formed in San Pedro in 1980, The Minutemen followed the philosophy of "jamming econo" in which they pursued their musical career in as economic a fashion as possible. Their stripped down travel and stripped down stage presence pushed their eclectic and brief songs to a punk rock audience.
Their songs, especially early on, rarely ran much longer than a minute, but that's not why they named themselves The Minutemen. According to Wikipedia, the name was pulled from the American colonial militia and a 60s right-wing radical group of the same name.
Personally, I'm not a massive fan of most of what I've heard from them, but there are a few songs which I think are brilliant. Today's song King Of The Hill is one of them. I really dig that guitar riff. Of course, The Minutemen were just too out of the ordinary to be found on the American Top 40.
About five months ago we featured Honeymoon Suite and their video for New Girl Now, but believe it or not, we are still burning in love for Honeymoon Suite.
Burning in Love was the follow up single to New Girl Now and did not chart in the U.S. and made it to only No. 75 in Canada. The video pays homage to their hometown of Niagara Falls and the video shows landmarks in the town that are still going strong like the Ripley's Attractions and Honeymoon City Motel.
Besides the majestic water fall, Niagara Falls is also known for Louis Tossaud's Wax Museum that is one of the major attractions in the Ripley's Believe It or Not family along with the normal museum, an art motion simulator ride and many other wax-related attractions.Full Story
AC/DC finally today confirmed that guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young is ill and that the band will take a break. They made the announcement via Facebook:
"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
Singer Brian Johnson also today told the U.K.'s Telegraph: "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."
But Brian said the band definitely isn't breaking up.
"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the paper. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."
Reports earlier this week said Young had suffered a stroke that resulted in a blood clot in his brain.Full Story
Mike Mills, bassist of REM, recently made news when he broke news of David Letterman's retirement announcement via Twitter while helping out Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band. As REM hasn't been featured on Lost and Found before, maybe now is a good time to remember how REM got from there to here.
By 1985, REM were the college campus and critic's darlings and in the summer they released their third album Fables of the Reconstruction that featured Can't Get There From Here, which made it as far as No. 110 on the pop singles chart. The video shows the boys from Athens hopping around haystacks, visiting a drive-in movie and going against their public persona by getting a little silly.
The video includes subtitles of a portion of Michael Stipe's mumbling lyrics. I assume the plan was to subtitle all of the lyrics before the editor became too exhausted trying to decipher the lyrics. While Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown, only the most trained ear could possibly pinpoint Stipe's exact lyrics during REM's early years. Like David Letterman, REM had a very public retirement in 2011.Full Story