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STUCK IN THE '80S

Patrick Swayze cremated, ashes headed home

Closure for fans and family: The body of the late Patrick Swayze has been cremated and the ashes given to his wife, Lisa Niemi, according to media reports.

The official death certificate lists the cause of death as cardio respiratory arrest cause by advanced pancreatic cancer.

RadarOnline says Lisa plans to spread Swayze's ashes across his New Mexico ranch. The location is now a wildlife preserve and timber farm.

Isn't it nice how much more dignified Swayze's passing has been than say ... Michael Freakin' Jackson?

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Posted by Steve Spears at 07:58:35 AM

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Save Ferris Bueller's house (aka please lend me $2.3 million)

Technically, it was Cameron Frye's house, not Ferris Bueller's house. But you get the point.

The home outside Chicago that served as the exterior of the Frye mansion in the 1986 movie is for sale. (http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/370-Beech-Street_Highland-Park_IL_60035_1109385563) (That's not news. I wrote it up (http://blogs.tampabay.com/80s/2009/05/ferris-fans-buy-cameron-fryes-house-for-23-million.html) a while back.) But with the economy being what it is, and no '80s fan willing to lend me the $2.3 million so that I can save it, word has it that this historic property is now in danger of being bulldozed.

Read more about it here, (http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/09/ferris-bueller-house-heads-endangered-list.html) but I warn you in advance, unless you majored in architecture, it might be the dullest article you'll read in this lifetime or the next.

Posted by Steve Spears at 10:22:34 AM

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Last chance: Name your guilty-pleasure songs of the '80s

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt0LBlH3dAc

Today is your last chance to submit your picks for the Guiltiest Pleasures of the '80s. Remember, the winner gets a free MIXA tape. (http://blogs.tampabay.com/80s/2009/07/coolest-invention-yet-mix-tapes-for-the-digital-generation.html) (The nine runner-ups get a discount code to buy a MIXA tape. All 10 win podcast fame and glory.) Click here (http://blogs.tampabay.com/80s/2009/08/name-your-guiltiest-music-pleasure-of-the-80s-and-win-a-mixa-tape.html) to see the original list.

We rarely give away one of the finalists ahead of time, but I can't get this song out of my head, so we're giving you a sneak peek: The Fat Boys (featuring the Beach Boys) with Wipeout.

Oh, it's horrible. So bad in fact that we had multiple people submit it. Lucky for those people we'll only out one of you on the podcast.

Wipeout was a hit for the Fat Boys back in 1987. The band formed in 1982 and lasted through 1991. But good news: They have reformed and have a new official website. (http://www.originalfatboys.com/) Can you say Regeneration Tour 2010? The horror. The horror.

Posted by Steve Spears at 12:54:49 PM

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