God’s honest truth here: When I watch Fletch nowadays, I can't help but see Tim Matheson (as the villainous Alan Stanwyk) and think: "Ah! Vice President John Hoynes from West Wing!" (I don't even think of him as Otter from Animal House anymore.)
Anyhow, Fletch was released on this very day back in 1985, so today’s quote is the first quote that always pops into my head when I think of Chevy Chase as Irwin "Fletch" Fletcher. (Sorry, Otter.)
Willy: What the hell you need ball bearings for?
Fletch: Awww, come on guys, it's so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course. ... It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.
It would take more than a Fetzer valve and anti-freeze to make a quality remake or sequel to Fletch these days. Let's hope Hollywood doesn't need a refresher course.
Looks like Foreigner founder Mick Jones still has stars in his eyes. The guitarist has just announced a stage musical is coming next year and will be based on the band’s 40-year career and catalog of songs. The name? Juke Box Hero, of course.
Juke Box Hero, for anyone not born in the 20th century, was the semi-autobiographical song written by Jones and former Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm from the band’s 1981 album 4. It describes a boy standing in the rain outside a sold-out concert who is inspired to become a music star himself.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” Jones said in an official announcement. “I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life.”
The screenplay will be penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments, Across The Universe, The Tracey Ullman Show) and is scheduled to premiere in Alberta, Canada, in 2018. The band also announced a tour of Canada this year to make their 40th anniversary.
Yesterday, we featured a band (Sparks) that hasn't been featured in four years on Lost and Found and today we bring back another band that similarly hasn't been featured since 2013 - today, it's DannyWilson and A Girl I Used To Know.
Danny Wilson cannot escape their classification in America as a one-hit wonder as Mary's Prayer is still remembered fondly as a piece of pure pop perfection. Two more singles were attempted in 1987 off of Danny Wilson's debut album but not only did they fail to chart in the U.S., they barely charted in the U.K. for this Scottish band. However sales and airplay doesn't always acknowledge a song's worth and we might agree that the video for A Girl I Used To Know is a clever keeper.
The band name Danny Wilson was selected as a tribute to the 1952 Frank Sinatra movie Meet DannyWilson and the video for A Girl I Used To Know starts off looking like a black and white movie from the '50s but then '80s video magic happens when trickery is used to make the band members of Danny Wilson look miniature in size as they hide in a dollhouse of a seductive siren in lingerie that recalls Rita Hayworth or Lauren Bacall in the '50s. …
Olivia Newton-John announced via Facebook today that she will postpone her June tour dates to fight breast cancer, which has spread to her back. The singer had previously fought breast cancer in 1992.
The singer said she'd complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and plans to be back "better than ever" to perform her shows. The cancer was discovered after Newton-John postponed earlier dates due to back pain.
"I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” she announced on Facebook.
Ticket buyers for the upcoming concerts can contact venues directly about refunds. Rescheduled concert dates will be posted at OliviaNewton-John.com in the coming weeks.
"She plans to be touring in August. They're all very positive," a source close to singer told People magazine on Tuesday about Newton-John and her family.
New feature here on Stuck in the '80s. Because all these movie quotes swirl around in my head 24 hours a day, I figure I'll plop them down here and hopefully open some space up in the ole noggin. Today's '80s movie quote is from Beverly Hills Cop 2, which turned 30 years old on May 20.
Harold Lutz: Who the hell are you?
Axel Foley: Uh, my name is Johnny Wish-Wishbone. Johnny Wishbone. And I am a psychic from the island of St. Croix. Yes, I am psychic from the island of St. Croix. And I read in the St. Croix Gazette that the Beverly Hills Police Department having some trouble figuring out crimes. So, what I did was come to Beverly Hills to help the police out. They tell me they don't want my help, they don't need my help, so I'm gonna go on my merry way. I'm a psychic! I am a psychic phenomenon. Watch this. I don't know who you are, but watch this. Ummm... Your name is, ummmm, Lutz! Right? Chief Lutz. That's your name. See? The name pop inside my head like that. And your name is, ummmmm, ummmmm...
Hey, while you all were busy this weekend with the families for Memorial Day, ole Spearsy and B-Rad were racing to give you another weekly podcast. Yep, every Sunday now. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
This week's show: B-Rad's review of the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl as the band marks the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Apparently you can tailgate on golf courses in Los Angeles. (But of course.) Also, we talk up the news on Top Gun 2 and the sad passing of actor Roger Moore.
As always, if you like what you hear, please take the time to leave some kind words on iTunes. Next week's show: Graduation Daze in the '80s.
In the '80s who would have predicted that you could watch so many music videos on-demand in the comfort of your home with just a click? Here is one prediction that I will make - you will enjoy today's Lost and Found pick of Sparks and their pleasing hit I Predict.
Way back in 2013 we first featured Sparks with Go-Go Jane Wiedlen and their alternative classic Cool Places, so it's about time we put the spotlight back on those quirky Mael brothers. Released in 1982, I Predict made it to No. 60 on the pop singles chart, however it is doubtful you caught the twisted video on MTV as Ron Mael does a goofy striptease while Russell gets all the great lines in this great silly dance song. I Predict has the scoop on many titillating predictions such as Elvis and Lassie having an affair and that cold beer and pretzels will cure cancer. The jokes keep coming when the last lyrics of the song predict that "this song will fade out." …
As we wrap up May Movie Month on Lost and Found, we seek the perfect ride-off-in-the-sunset movie song. For those who love storybook endings, perhaps your favorite '80s movie is The Princess Bride. Would you like to see the video for that perfect ending of a Storybook Love? As you wish.
While many '80s movies have faded away, interest in The Princess Bride remains high and why not? Full of action, humor, romance and memorable characters, The Princess Bride continues to charm generations of movie watchers. It also doesn't hurt that the music for The Princess Bride is from Mark Knopfler.
In 1987, Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits to continue his work on film scores. For the big finale of The Princess Bride, Knopfler enlisted the talents of Willy DeVille. Though his name is Willy DeVille, he is often erroneously called Mink Deville - but Mink Deville was the name of his band he fronted. DeVille
both wrote and sang Storybook Love and under the direction of Knopfler the song that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song, but lost to (I've Had) The Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing. …
Should the Karate Kid series have stopped at the original? Probably, but if we didn't have Karate Kid 3 would will still have the lost song Listen To Her Heart by the Little River Band?
The original Karate Kid was the feel-good movie of 1984 and its soundtrack gave us such classics as Survivor's The Moment Of Truth, Joe Esposito's You're The Best and helped spur Bananarama's Cruel Summer to be a big hit. Karate Kid 2 brought us Peter Cetera's The Glory Of Love, so what did Karate Kid3 have to offer? Listen To Her Heart.
By 1989, the hits stopped for the underappreciated Little River Band. While Karate Kid 3 is widely considered a train wreck, it doesn't mean that Listen To Her Heart isn't worth a listen, even if it did not chart. The single also celebrates the return of Glenn Shorrock back to lead vocals for the LRB. Shorrock, the voice of their biggest hits like Reminiscing and Lonesome Loser, left the band in 1982 but returned to sing on Listen To Her Heart when John Farnham departed after spending five years as lead singer for the LRB.
The success of parody movies really took off in the '80s with classics like Airplane, Spaceballs and the Naked Gun series. With so many spoofs, many flew under the radar like Love At Stake, starring (growling noises) a young Kelly Preston. For Kelly and maybe even Doctor and the Medics we truly do have a Burning Love.
Many of us who grew up in the '80s when The Crucible was required school reading so the Salem Witch Trials was still a topic we were familiar with when the 1987 movie Love At Stake was released. The movie came and went and has a low 5.1 IMDB rating, but it was one of the first of Kelly Preston's movies as the lead actress and brought us the curious video of Burning Love by Doctor and the Medics.
Doctor and the Medics were an odd lot hailing from England and in 1986 their psychedelic version of Spirit In The Sky was a No. 1 hit in the U.K. and made it to No. 64 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 chart. Often dressed like '60s Flower Children and ornate with Kabuki makeup, Doctor and the Medics tried remake magic again with their twist on Elvis Presley's Burning Love for the Love At Stake Soundtrack.
It's been FOREVER since we had former MTV veejay and all-around '80s queen Martha Quinn on the Stuck in the '80s podcast! Eight years at least! So we're super jazzed to say Martha rejoins us this week to talk about everything '80s.
Among the topics: Steve Perry's return to Journey (at least for one night at the Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony); leaving her MTV pals for her new radio show on I Heart the '80s and the enduring '80s revolution. (May it never end!)
Hope you enjoy the show. As always, if you like what you hear, please leave a kind review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice.
Maverick is ready to buzz the tower again. Actor Tom Cruise announced Wednesday that work will begin next year on Top Gun 2. Great balls of fire!
Cruise announced the news while promoting his new movie Mummy in Australia, telling a morning TV news host that a sequel to 1986's Top Gun "is definitely happening."
"It's true. It's true," he said. "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It's happening. It is definitely happening ... you're the first people that I've said this to.”
The project has been long-rumored with actor Val Kilmer saying he's signed on to reprise his role as Iceman and producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeting a photo of himself with Cruise in 2016 while the pair was meeting to discuss the sequel.
Phil Collins was on the level of Kenny Loggins for soundtrack supremacy, but Collins wasn't content to stay in the background as he jumped back into acting with the movie Buster that spawned a solid soundtrack that included hidden gems like Loco In Acapulco by the Four Tops.
When Phil Collins was 13 years old, he had the great fortune of appearing for a split second in The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night. At least you can see his two seconds of fame as compared to his scene in Chitty Chitty BangBang that ended up on the cutting room floor. However, in the MTV-era, Collins became a personable video favorite and when he appeared on Miami Vice, it further fueled his desire to be on the big screen. His dream was realized in 1988 when he was the lead in Buster - the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery in England. …
The man who was James Bond to entire generation has passed away. Roger Moore, who played the British agent in seven films, has died at age 89.
BBC News says his family tweeted out the news saying the actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
"Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people,” a statement from his children read. "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”
Roger Moore’s first film credits came in 1945’s Vacation from Marriage and Caesar and Cleopatra. Before taking over the Bond franchise from Sean Connery with 1973’s Live and Let Die, he played Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint from 1962 to 1969.
Moore’s Bond films included Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
Other ‘80s credits include ffolkes, The Sea Wolves, Sunday Lovers, The Cannonball Run, Curse of the Pink Panther and The Naked Face. He was involved in four additional projects at the time of his passing. …
What happens when you take two pop culture icons of the ‘80s and smash them together? You get Clue: The Golden Girls board game.
Sure, the board game Clue has actually been around since the 1940s - it was a British invention before crossing the pond - but it truly became a phenomenon in the ‘80s when the big-screen version of the game became a cult classic. The Golden Girls, on the other hands, are pure ‘80s; the show aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992.
However, if you’re expecting Dorothy, Rose, Blanche or Sophia to become suspected murderers in their board game, then sorry to disappoint. Unlike the original Clue game, Clue: The Golden Girls will have players attempt to the solve the mystery of who ate the last slide of cheesecake.
According to Cnet.com, the game features a highly detailed board with the complete layout of the ladies' bedrooms, living room, kitchen, patio, bathroom and garage. Players assume the role of one of the four main stars (or two faceless men). USAopoly is producing the game, which doesn’t have a release date. It’s expected to sell for $39.95. That’d buy a lot of cheesecake. Or certainly a good alibi.
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.