Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle yoga pants? Yep, it's a new world. You gotta mix the ying of '80s nostalgia with the yang of trying to keep your body in shape. Or at the very least keep your body comfortable while you binge watch John Hughes movies this weekend.
That's why 80stees.com brings us the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle yoga pants. Here's how they're described: "Fighting off Shredder and his Foot Clan takes physical and mental prowess. For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all they need is a good slice of pizza. But, for us humans, we would probably need some Yoga training. These Ninja Turtles Yoga pants would be perfect training attire. The pants show Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael on the waist band. They also show the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo on the left leg. Even if you don't wear them for Yoga, you can wear these soft pants for comfort. Or you could just make your friends jealous because these TMNT pants are totally bodacious."
The cost to achieving inner '80s peace? $42.Full Story
Sometimes we cover the obscure at Lost and Found, but this week it's time to get around to some of the biggest names in ‘80s rock but with songs that rarely, if ever, get played or mentioned anymore. There are few bands revered as much as Queen in SIT80s land, but even '80s Nation would have to knock the dust off the underrated Calling All Girls.
Queen ruled the early 80's with No. 1 hits with Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Another Bites the Dust and other iconic songs like Under Pressure. In 1982, the Hot Space album was released spawning the hit Body Language and the near-hit Calling All Girls. The song failed to reach the Top 40 making it only to No. 60, but the video is top-notch Queen with masked robots and plenty of hamming it up from Freddy Mercury and the gang as they parody George Lucas' first movie THX 1138.
Queen is performing this summer in America though Adam Lambert has the unenviable position of trying to replace Mercury on the stage. For Mercury fans, Queen will release the new album Queen Forever later this year that will unearth lost ‘80s demos featuring Mercury on vocals and may or may not include a duet with Michael Jackson. http://www.queenonline.com/Full Story
Meshach Taylor, best known to '80s fans for his role of "Anthony Bouvier" on TV's Designing Women, has died at the age of 67, according to CNN.com.
"It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," the family said in a statement.
The cause of death is believed to be cancer. He died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles.
Mr. Taylor also played "Hollywood Montrose," the flamboyant window designer in the 1987 movie Mannequin opposite Andrew McCarthy. But it is probably his role as the reluctant male foil on Designing Women for which he's best remembered. The TV series lasted from 1986 to 1993.
Mr. Taylor also made appearances on TV's MASH, Golden Girls, Lou Grant, Buffalo Bill and ALF. His latest work was on the series Criminal Minds. Full Story
Can't Buy Me Love is easily one of the most underrated teen movies of the '80s, even though it disgracefully borrows its name from a song. (Cardinal sin!) If you're a fan of the Patrick Dempsey flick -- and the African Anteater Ritual -- then get ready. Netflix will begin streaming the movie in July, along with a handful of other '80s flicks. Here's a partial list of what's coming:
Can’t Buy Me Love
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
Eight Men Out
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek I The Motion Picture
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid II
Meanwhile, you better hurry up and watch these movies this weekend because Netflix is taking them down next month (if not sooner):
Angel Heart Full Story
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Less Than Zero
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The Running Man
For Your Eyes Only
Never Say Never Again
A View to a Kill
The Living Daylights
The listing business is fun, but fickle. And it's fundamentally unfair, because at its very heart, it's totally subjective. (I once forgot to put Ferris Bueller in a list of best '80s movies, so I'm guilty too.) So I cut Indiewire.com some break in the latest list of "6 Best and 6 Worst Performances of Musicians in Movies." They tried. But they failed. And mightily so.
Among their winners: David Bowie in 1986's Labyrinth. That was their one good pick. And granted, I'd agree. But where's Cher here (for Mask and Moonstruck)? Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome? Billy Idol in The Doors? Bette Milder in ... well, anything!
Among their losers: Madonna, which is a good pick, but they nail her for 2002's Swept Away? Oh my lord. They could do a top 6 list of just Madonna movies, starting with everything she did in the '80s. And you can probably argue that Prince earns himself a spot in here, at least for Under the Cherry Moon (but definitely not for Purple Rain). And Joan Jett and Susanna Hoffs probably earn dishonorable mention for Light of Day and The Allnighter.
One of the best vacations I've taken was a trip to Seattle in 2012. Of the many cool sights to see in Seattle is the Gas Work Park and the site of the low budget video of Aurora Bridge" by Seattle's own Young Fresh Fellows.
Aurora Bridge is a love letter to Seattle by the Young Fresh Fellows and after initially being included on the The Refreshments EP it was later included on their 1987's The Men Who Loved Music reissue album. Aurora Bridge name drops The Space Needle, The Monorail, Gas Work Parks and the first great slugger of the Seattle Mariners - Gorman Thomas. …Full Story
Game of Thrones as an '80s sitcome? I can't imagine Cliff Huxtable sitting on the Iron Throne. But this video is the next best thing. Full Story
"I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool popsicle crusade like your father did." Yes, I speak of course of the official Star Wars ice pop maker, which creates frozen treats in the shape of a light saber.
I know what you're thinking. "Hokey religions and ancient ice molds are no match for a good Blizzard at your side, kid." But I think you underestimate the power of this frozen force.
This Star Wars ice pop kit includes 4 light saber hilts (2 Luke and 2 Vader) and the mold tray. You'll need 2 AAA batteries for the sabers to light up. (YES!)
Luca Film is selling these on Amazon.com, but here's the bad news: They're $64.99 each. Strong with the Force I am. But not that strong.Full Story
It was no white lie when I declared Jason & the Scorchers as one of my favorite bands when I profiled them in 2013 on Lost and Found, so it was problem in finding a second helping today with Golden Ball and Chain.
With great critical buzz, Jason & the Scorchers seemed poised to strike a chord on the wide musical landscape of 1986, but while Golden Ball and Chain made it to No. 16 on the Mainstream Rock Charts, the big out-of-nowhere alternative cowpunk hit single of 1986 went to the Georgia Satellites with Keep Your Hands To Yourself leaving Jason & the Scorchers to be tossed to the back of radio playlists across America.
The song features the hot licks of guitarist Warner Hodges and the sassy lyrics of Jason Ringenberg as he mocks the Hollywood scene and rock star lifestyles. The video shows the band rocking out interspersed with footage of classic Hollywood celebrities.
In a case of if you can't beat them, join them, guitarist Hodges eventually teamed up with the Satellites main man Dan Baird to form Dan Baird & Homemade Sin in 2007. Full Story
Was The Knack's My Sharona, which hit the charts this week back in 1979, the first real "eighties" hit for our generation?
"The Knack’s controversial hit, originally written to woo a 17-year-old girl, signaled the beginning of the end of disco and the rise of New Wave music," USA Today writes in an appreciation. "All of a sudden, leisure suits were out and skinny ties were in."
They could be right. When you look at the top songs of 1979, after My Sharona comes a ton of disco-tinged tunes, including Donna Summer's Bad Girls, Chic's Le Freak, Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, and yes, a Village People anthem that maybe you've heard of.
But there were surely other signs that the '80s power pop sound had already arrived. Also charting in 1979: Cheap Trick's I Want You To Want Me, Toto's Hold The Line, Dire Straits' Sultan of Swing. Head back a year further to 1978 for a trio of hits by the Police, including Roxanne, Can't Stand Losing You and So Lonely.
So did My Sharona really kill off disco? Not single-handedly. Think of it as a modern day Julius Caesar, with Knack frontman Doug Fieger being just one of many to yield the deadly dagger. "Et tu, Fieger?" Full Story
Who doesn't love Chilliwack's My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone) that we profiled last summer, but whatcha gonna do if you crave more Chilliwack on Lost and Found?
After the great success of Chilliwack in 1981, the band followed it up with a new album Opus X and the first single Whatcha Gonna Do that just missed the American Top 40 when it peaked at # 41 at the tale end of 1982. The song was a Top 10 hit in their native Canada. The song and the video detail the uncertainty of leaving your significant other behind when going on tour and the temptations of the road. Full Story
If you felt a disturbance in The Force, here's why: Tom Cruise is talking to J.J. Abrams about getting a role in the new Star Wars VII film, currently in production in England.
According to sources, it seems Abrams - the movie's director - has plenty of time on his hands now that Harrison Ford is laid up with a broken leg. And Abrams just LOVED working with Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 - The Search for Spock (or whatever it was called).
The HuffPo and UK's Sun report that Cruise met with Abrams over dinner on Saturday night to make his case. Will Abrams seriously consider Cruise, who's Scientology leanings make him sci-fi enough, for Star Wars? Sure. He's the perfect height to be an Ewok.
Not everyone is a Tom Cruise fan. In fact, IMDB.com listed all of Cruise's movies ranked from top to bottom. Here are the bottom five movies from the '80s, according to IMDB.com's rating system. (Personally, I thought they were mostly okay, but I'm stuck in the '80s.)
TOP 5 MOST DISAPPOINTING TOM CRUISE MOVIES OF THE '80s:
5. THE OUTSIDERS (1983): Cruise is merely a footnote in this film, which I think still holds up pretty well. …Full Story
Curt Smith of Tears for Fears turns 53 years old today. He's also about the most entertaining and genuine person you'll ever find on Twitter, where he's currently obsessing over World Cup matches (and supporting the U.S. national team.)
Definitely follow Curt on Twitter. And enjoy what we at Stuck in the '80s consider to be the finest Tears for Fears song of the '80s. Full Story
The Psychedelic Furs are headed back out on tour this fall. No dates in Florida, but I will admit we in the Sunshine State have had plenty of opportunities to catch them on recent tours, so we're cool with being left out this time around. The Lemonheads are the opening act. If you've forgotten how great the Furs are, relive our Stuck in the '80s podcast interview with Furs co-founder and bassist Tim Butler.
Here are the official dates.
OCT 21 Vancouver, BC Hard Rock CasinoFull Story
OCT 22 Seattle, WA Showbox at The Market
OCT 23 Portland, OR Aladdin Theatre
OCT 25 Reno, NV Harrah's Lake Tahoe (Furs only)
OCT 26 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
OCT 28 Salt Lake City, UT Park City Live
OCT 29 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
OCT 31 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
NOV 1 Austin, TX Emo's
NOV 2 Houston, TX House Of Blues
NOV 5 San Antonio, TX Empire Theatre
NOV 6 El Paso, TX The Plaza Theatre
NOV 8 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort
NOV 10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
NOV 11 Napa, CA City Winery
NOV 13 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues
NOV 14 Agoura Hills, CA The Canyon
NOV 15 Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theatre
NOV 17 San Diego, CA Belly Up
Of all the Tom Hanks movies to show up on TV repeatedly lately, it's shocking to see the movie in question is 1986's Nothing in Common, an under-appreciated and seldom-aired film where Hanks plays the disconnected son to the great Jackie Gleason. But even hardcore '80s fans probably can't name Hanks' character name. It's "David Basner." That sounds like his character's name in Big, but not quite right. (By the way, Nothing in Common was also Gleason's last movie appearance; he died in 1987.)Full Story
So how many of Hanks' characters can you really match up with his TV shows and movies from the '80s? Match these characters with the appropriate TV show/movie or feature film. Answers to come soon.
1. Pep Streebek
2. Rick Gassko
3. Walter Fielding Jr.
4. David Bradley
5. Kip Wilson
6. Robbie Wheeling
7. Scott Turner
8. Allen Bauer
9. Richard Harlan Drew
10. Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
11. Josh Baskin
12. Steven Gold
13. Ray Peterson
c. Every Time We Say Goodbye
e. The Man with One Red Shoe
f. Bachelor Party
g. The Money Pit
i. The 'Burbs
j. Mazes and Monsters
k. Turner & Hooch
m. Bosom Buddies