As if the Talking Heads weren't unusual enough, leave it to The Fools to parody one of their classic odd songs and give us the bizarre Psycho Chicken.
At the beginning of 1978, the new sound in New York City was defined by bands like Blondie and The Talking Heads. Psycho Killer was the first song by The Talking Heads to chart and it only made it to No. 92, but the song was an inspiration to many including The Fools from the Boston area. In 1979, The Fools released their independent single, Psycho Chicken, that while is pretty funny, did not chart. The single got them a record deal at EMI and in 1980 they released their debut record of which some versions included Psycho Chicken on it.
The video for Psycho Chicken has a lot of hijinks, clucking sounds, KFC references and of course, chickens including those of the rubber kind that might make this video the highlight of your week.
I personally loved the medley era of the early '80s when songs like The Beatles Medley and Hooked OnClassics were commonplace on the charts. After a few years that trend faded away only for one last attempt at the end of the decade with Jive Bunny and the Mixmasters and there retro hit That's What ILike.
In the mid-'80s, a group of English DJ's got together to form Jive Bunny and the Mixmasters and in 1989 they had three(!) number on hits in the U.K. with their remix medleys for the songs Swing The Mood,Let's Party and today's That's What I Like. Swing The Mood reached No. 11 in the U.S. but That's What ILike only made it to No. 69 here in the states.
The video formula for Jive Bunny and the Mixmasters included taking old footage and inserting their carton mascot - the Jive Bunny - in the videos. That's What I Like samples eleven different songs that you probably could name if quizzed. For those playing at home, the answer sheet to the song playlist begins with the Hawaii 5-0 Theme before heading into The Twist, Let's Dance, Wipe Out, Great Balls OfFire, Johnny B. Goode, Good Golly Miss Molly, Summertime Blues, Razzle Dazzle, Runaround Sue and finally Chantilly Lace.
Everyone’s favorite dandy highwayman is back and planning a tour of North America for early 2017. Even better news: Adam Ant will be performing his Kings of the Wild Frontier album in its entirety on this road trip.
Pollstar.com reports that a remastered boxset of the 1980 album is also now on sale. Word has it that Adam remastered the LP and even designed the artwork for the set.
If you’ve missed Adam Ant on one of his last two U.S. tours, don’t make the mistake a third time. He’s AMAZING in concert, and this tour has the added benefit of utilizing intimate venues.
Labyrinth, the movie, turns 30 years old this year. That means '80s fans - and our feet - turn ... well, let's just say we REALLY need this pair of Labyrinth 'Ello Worm slippers.
Thankfully, they're available almost anywhere online, including WalMart. And they even fit adults up to size 12. Perfect for exploring Goblin City, but make sure to wash them occasionally or you'll be sent to the Bog of Eternal Stench.
Though Warren Zevon is not known specifically as an '80's artist the decade that he released his most albums was the '80s. Not defined by decades, Zevon could write an original and work a cover song with equal a plume as he shows in his raucous cover of A Certain Girl.
Zevon's life was as rich as his music as the native Chicagoan was the son of Russian immigrants and his dad was a bookie who worked the numbers racket for Mickey Cohen's L.A. gang. Though a classically trained musician, as a teenager he quit school to join the folk rock movement in the '60s and became a keyboard player for The Everly Brothers. When he started his rock career, he was the third-wheel roommate of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham before he broke through in 1978 with his Excitable Boy album including the iconic hit Werewolves Of London. …
Perhaps you are not tired of it, but I would almost walk 500 miles to never hear the Proclaimers I'mGonna Be (500 Miles) again, however if you wanted to walk 500 miles in the '80s, you had other options, such as The Hooters and their version of 500 Miles.
Almost as much as Rocky Balboa, The Hooters were the pride of Philadelphia in the '80s as songs like And We Danced and Day By Day were big hits in the mid-'80s. By the end of the decade, the Hooters were still cranking out music but the hits stopped coming. Their last single that charted in the '80s was 500 Miles that only reached No. 97 in 1989.
Also known as The Railroader's Lament, 500 Miles is a '60s folk song of murky origins that became popular when artists like Peter, Paul and Mary and Sonny & Cher put it on their albums. The video for the Hooters version is shot in start black and white with plenty of train shots in between the band performing.
Here’s a new theory for you: Crocodile Dundee was the first real superhero movie of the ‘80s.
I know, I know. “What about the Superman and Batman movies?!?” For starters, Batman came after Crocodile Dundee, which was released on Sept. 26, 1986. And the Superman movies? Well, you have a point there. But just like with Mick “Crocodile” Dundee, don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.
For ‘80s fans, Mick Dundee WAS a superhero. He had a liver made of steel, a sense of humor that was truly off the planet, a friendly demeanor that attracted a crowd of loyal companions and - well, let’s just say he had some knife skills.
If nothing else, he gave us the inspiration for Outback Steakhouse, right?
The only real question remains: Was Mick “Crocodile” Dundee real or a figment of the imagination of actor Paul Hogan? …
The most recent Stuck in the '80s podcast on cover songs in the '80s is just a few months old, but the supply is so plentiful of cover songs, it's about time Lost and Found got back on the job and selecting a week of cover songs - albeit our list may be a little on the obscure side, so let's start it off in weird fashion with the Flying Lizards and their remake of Dizzy Miss Lizzy.
For long time blog readers with great memories, Dizzy Miss Lizzy has been featured on the blog before back in 2010 when Steve Spears did the occasional Sunday Earworm. The Flying Lizards were the English duo of David Cunningham and Sally Peterson that are best known for their interpretations of older songs, mostly notably Money from the turn of the decade that was revitalized when it was included in The Wedding Singer and then included in other movies, TV shoes and a Taco Bell commercial.
Eighties tribute albums are a dime a dozen, but here's one that deserves our attention: The Time Is Now is a covers compilation that benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. It's due out Oct. 7. Among the more notable tunes on the disc is a cover of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle by the Scarlett Johansson-fronted band Sugar for Sugar. It's a little "dangly and jagged" for lack of better descriptive terms.
Here's the full track list of The Time is Now. I can honestly say none of the artists sound familiar, but it's for a good cause so do what you can:
Someone in the Stuck in the '80s family is getting married? ("Married?" "MARRIED!") Not, it's not your humble narrator. Been there twice and that's enough. It's our good friend Marty Yu, who is a frequent guest-host on the Stuck in the '80s podcast.
For his wedding next month, Marty is looking for some help assembling an '80s-friendly playlist for the reception. No before you jump in, here are some songs that are have already been nixed:
Sure it was fun to see John Parrr team up with Meatloaf yesterday, but John Parr's best is not just about St.Elmo's Fire as this man has other songs including his first hit Naughty, Naughty.
Naughty, Naughty is one of those songs that is borderline Lost and Found. I still hear it on the radio, but it is dwarfed by the beast that is St. Elmo's Fire - the iconic No. 1 song from 1985. As we learned yesterday, Parr was originally employed as just a songwriter before a chance meeting led to a record contract. Parr made the most of his first single when Naughty, Naughty reached the Top 40 hitting No. 23 in the beginning of 1985. It was also quite a hit on MTV as English born Parr made an impression with his American Red, White and Blue guitar and the funky tuning sounds made, the cars and the chanting chorus of mechanics in the video.
Someone investigate this: Why does Hollywood insist on making more sequels to our beloved ‘80s classics? Not even Thomas Magnum can figure that one out, and it’s a shame because it’s his legacy that’s about to be tainted.
The Hollywood Reporter says ABC plans a Magnum P.I. sequel that will focus on the daughter of the character made famous by Tom Selleck. The crime drama series (which originally ran on CBS) was a consistent ratings hit from 1980 to 1988 and turned Selleck - then a largely overlooked TV guest star and commercial actor - into a household name.
Magnum’s daughter - Lily "Tommy" Magnum - was featured in several episodes of the original series. In the reboot, Lily returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s private investigative firm, THR reports.
John Rogers (Leverage) will write the script with Eva Longoria set to produce. No word on a production date or casting yet.
I’m fresh off watching the pilot episode of ABC’s new drama Designated Survivor, and I have just one question: Since when did Keifer Sutherland become such a nerd? The glasses, the Cornell hoodie ... it doesn't work for our boy from the '80s. (I get it, though: Start him meek before he turns mighty...)
Truth be told, Keifer will always be a “Lost Boy” to me, talking us into eating maggots and thinking it’s rice - or vice versa. Such was the power of The Keifer. Sutherland appeared in a cool DOZEN movies in the ‘80s (along with a couple TV movies) but he’s always be “David” from 1987’s The Lost Boys.
So where does that leave us with Wednesday night’s pilot for Designated Survivor? It’s probably too early to tell, but so far I’m hooked enough to keep watching. Sutherland plays the affable but soon-to-be-fired Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who has been chosen to sit out the president’s state of the union address in a secure location.
I know this sounds like a Larry King sound bite, but if you ask me, meatloaf tastes better on the second day. Yesterday we caught up with Meatloaf in 1983 and today we add some John Parr and get some 1986 Meatloaf with Rock 'n' Roll Mercenaries.
The combination of Meatloaf and John Parr may sound like an odd pairing but the two have a history. Parr was a up and coming song writer when he was approached to write some songs for Meatloaf in 1983. While working with Meatloaf and landing two of his songs on his 1984 Bad Attitude album, Parr met John Wolff, touring manager of The Who who was looking for a new project since The Who was splitting up. Impressed by Parr, he championed him a landed a record contract a year later. …
Meat Loaf is back in 2016. Last week, Meat Loaf released his new album, but buy it only if you really want to as Meat Loaf's better days may have been in the '80s with songs like If You Really Want To.
If you want to feel sad, listen to some of the new Meat Loaf album Braver Than We Are. The powerhouse voice that we remember so fondly is barely recognizable and shot, so today let's remember the fun times like the interesting video for his forgotten song If You Really Want To.
After the runaway success of Bat Of Out Hell in 1978, Meat Loaf's 1981 album Dead Ringer suffered the sophomore slump. Due to a contract problem, none of Meat Loaf's songs on 1983's Midnight At The Lost and Found were penned by his personal songwriter Jim Steinman. None of the singles charted off that album including If You Really Want To - but that doesn't mean the video wasn't entertaining.
Relive the '80s music, movies and culture with Tampa Bay Times correspondent Steve Spears. A teen during the greatest decade ever, Steve is obsessed with everything from Duran Duran to Journey, John Hughes to John Cusack, and parachute pants to big hair.