The '80s were for dancing. In song title form, '80s Nation was dancing in the streets, in the sheets, on the ceiling, in heaven and Billy Idol was fine with dancing all by his lonesome. We were so much dancing fools that we even danced in the oddest of places as Blue Oyster Cult found with Dancin' In The Ruins.
A common misconception is that Blue Oyster Cult is just a '70s band, but this is their third appearance on Lost And Found and late in 1985 their fourth album of the '80s produced the Top 10 Mainstream Rock Track Dancin' In The Ruins.
The video for Dancin' In The Ruins is about the underground skateboard world as BOC is the house band in a video that has a similar dark style to the movie The Lost Boys that would come out several years later. All though the only skateboarder I can name is Tony Hawk, the video for Dancin' In The Ruins supposedly contains some of the best skateboarders of the day.
I don't claim to know a lot about competitive eating contests, but I do know some name like Joey Chestnut and Kobayashi. While everybody knows about the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest that started in the late '70s, there was competitive eating in '80s music videos too, just get out the barf bag for Bronski Beat and their video for Ain't Necessarily So.
We've featured Bronski Beat many years ago on Lost and Found with their dance hit Small Town Boy from their Age Of Consent album. The third single off of that album was Ain't Necessarily So and it was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. …
We lost another actor from the ‘80s this week. Bernie Casey, possibly best known to the ‘80s generation for playing U.N. Jefferson in Revenge of the Nerds, died Tuesday at age 78 after a brief illness.
The former wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and L.A. Rams appeared in more than 30 films in his career, beginning in 1969 with Guns of the Magnificent Seven.
Among his notable ‘80s big-screen appearances are Revenge of the Nerds, Spies Like Us, Rent-a-Cop, Never Say Never Again, Sharky’s Machine and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures.
During his craft, his piercing stare was often accompanied by an equally sharp line of dialog.
“It seems to me the only thing you've learned is that Caesar is a salad dressing dude,” Casey delivered with perfect pacing in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Or “Boys, it would be a shame to have to kill you now” still stands out from Spies Like Us.
Casey also painted and wrote books of poetry and found famous fans in process.
"His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked," Maya Angelou once commented on a 2003 exhibit of Casey’s works.
It’s hard to think of the 1987 movie Wall Street and not picture Michael Douglas as a megalomaniac tycoon spouting "greed is good" until shareholders fall in line.
But the truth is Douglas — who won an Oscar for his performance - wasn’t the first choice to play the role of Gordon Gekko. Or even the second or third. Director Oliver Stone had Richard Gere and Warren Beatty in mind. William Petersen and James Woods also reportedly turned down the part before it fell to Douglas.
It’s like Gekko says in the movie: “It's not always the most popular person who gets the job done.”
Released on Dec. 11, 1987, Wall Street is getting another chance to shine at the cineplexes for its 30th anniversary. Select theaters around the country will show Wall Street on Sept. 24 and 27.
You can put on a power tie and order the steak tartare before heading out to the theater, but here are five things you probably didn’t know about Wall Street on its big anniversary, according to IMDB.com. …
Hurricane Irma was so nasty, it almost knocked the Stuck in the '80s podcast out of business last night. Your poor host had no power or Internet for most of the week, so this episode was recorded at an undisclosed location somewhere in Central Florida.
The topic? Well, that's almost second thought to the accomplishment of recording it, but we covered "Stormy Moments of the '80s," mainly films that had memorable disaster scenes. You see, disaster films weren't really a thing in the '80s. The '70s had them. So did the '90s. Why not the '80s? We may never know but we found five memorable moments anyway. Hope you enjoy the show.
Humanity may survive the machines, but can it survive another three installments of the Terminator franchise?
Deadline.com reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will reunite for a “final” trilogy that will be helmed by James Cameron. Hamilton appeared in the first two Terminator movies but hasn’t been on screen for the deluge of less-than-stellar sequels that have followed.
“As meaningful as [Hamilton] was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return,” Cameron reportedly told a group. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
While Cameron is set to produce the Terminator trilogy, he won’t be directing. That duty will fall to Deadpool’s Tim Miller. No word yet on release dates.
There have been many home runs lately with '80s nostalgia like Stranger Things and perhaps the grand slam of the bunch is the runaway box office success of It. The remake of It is set in the late '80s, and many of the '80s songs featured in the movie weave well into story like the thrash metal sound of Anthrax with Antisocial.
Based on Stephen King's 1986 novel, It is a remake of the made-for-TV 4-hour event. The flick has set box office records as well as scoring high approval ratings on IMDB. Even though the original movie was released in 1990, the new version wisely moves back the timeline a few years and incorporates '80s fashion style and music into the story. The songs heard in It range from New Kids On The Block to the Cure to heavy acts like Anthrax.
Hailing from New York, Anthrax was one of the biggest thrash metal groups of the '80s and they have a Stephen King connection beyond having a song included in It. In 1988 they released their fourth and most successful album of the '80s with State Of Euphoria that besides the song Antisocial, featured the song Misery Loves Company based on King's 1987 novel Misery. …
Our relentless search for lost music of the '80s took a week off while Steve Spears weathered Hurricane Irma. The hurricanes of the past month has reminded us how powerful water can be and so we tip our hats to those who now are trying to get back to normal after the hurricanes with New Musik and This World Of Water.
More than a year ago, we featured New Musik and their catchy Living By Numbers that was a U.K. hit in 1980. Their follow-up single was This World Of Water, which also hit U.K. Top 40 peaking at No. 31. The lyrics for This World Is Water talk about what the residents of Florida, Texas, Louisiana and other areas have been feeling about water always rising and the struggle to survive. The video for This World Of Water is more lighthearted with the synth pop band from England sporting matching white outfits, sunglasses and synthesizers on the beach.
New Musik suffered the fate of many other bands when record company woes facilitated their demise, but lead singer Tony Mansfield went on to become a successful producer including all of Naked Eyes big hits.
OMD fans have been waiting for this for a long time: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has just announced a huge tour of North America set to begin in spring 2018. Three Florida stops are included in their road trip.
Post-punk.com reports the tour is in support of the band's new album - The Punishment of Luxury- released earlier this month. (You can buy a copy from their official website.)
For those living across the pond, OMD still has some live dates coming up this fall. Click here for a complete list.
It feels like it's been forever since Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have given a proper tour of the states. OMD gained their widest fame after If You Leave appeared on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. But longtime fans will be on their feet for Tesla Girls, Joan of Arc, So In Love, Dreaming and, of course, Enola Gay. This is easily the first can't-miss tour of 2018.
Friday's feel-good song is Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. It came up on YouTube this morning while I was listening to a much-needed binge of softer pop by the British band Breathe, but that has nothing to do with today's tale.
Turns out Waiting for a Star to Fall was inspired by an actual falling star that songwriter Shannon Rubicam (greatest name ever) witnessed during a Whitney Houston concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Rubicam and songwriting partner (later husband) George Merrill penned the tune and offered to Whitney Houston's camp for her to record. (Makes sense, right? And you can totally hear her singing it!) Sadly, they rejected it. It's an odd turn of events since the songwriters had already given Whitney two of her biggest hits - How Will I Know? and I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
"It was a big night for us. There we are in a crowd of 8,000 people standing on their feet cheering to one of our songs," Merrill would later explain to Songfacts.com. …
When Hurricane Irma took out the Caribbean and Florida last weekend, it also destroyed the dreams of Star Trek fans across the Southeast. Many were unable to attend special screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which were set for Sept. 10 and 13.
Thankfully, like Mr. Spock coming back from the grave in Star Trek 3, we get another shot at this. Fathom Events has announced that Wrath of Khan will play again in select theaters on Sept. 21. Go here for a list of participating venues - though we hear the list is still growing.
TOP 5 FAVORITE WRATH OF KHAN QUOTES:
5. “He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!”
4. “Jim, I'm your doctor and I'm also your friend. Get back your command! Get it back before you turn into part of this collection, before you really do grow old.”
3. “Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space!”
2. “I have been... and always shall be... your friend.”
I can’t get enough of this video of Out of Touch by Hall & Oates. The opening transitional bit from their song Dance on Your Knees. Daryl and John playing super large instruments. Lots of tumbling and every video special effect we had in the ‘80s.
The tune itself was the first single from Hall & Oates’ 1984 album Big Bam Boom. (Their TWELFTH studio album!!) The album would peak at No. 5 on the charts and sold three million copies, but critics weren’t that impressed. Why? Well, it wasn’t as focused as 1981’s Private Eyes or 1982’s H2O. The duo would produce only one more studio album in the ‘80s - 1988’s Ooh Yeah!, which went platinum with only Everything Your Heart Desires as a Top 10 hit.
BTW, Out of Touch was No. 1 on the charts. Not so out of touch after all.
There were SO MANY great teacher roles in TV and film in the '80s. How do you boil it down to just three for a podcast? Easy! You just cover the rest in future episodes. To mark the beginning of another school year, Stuck in the '80s chose three teachers to honor in this week's episode - figures from Head of the Class, Stand and Deliver and Better Off Dead.
Also, we begin a new trivia-style seggie this week, hosted by everyone's favorite - Jen with One N. So far, the reaction has been all positive. Maybe we'll invite listeners to join us for future weeks.
By now, most Queen fans know that a Freddie Mercury biopic is in the works with actor Rami Malek portraying the legendary frontman. The film - tentatively called Bohemian Rhapsody - is set for a 2018 release. We finally just got our first video teaser of Malek as Mercury, performing the title song at Live Aid in 1985. It's chilling.
The movie reportedly chronicles the band's years leading up to that Live Aid performance, which revitalized Queen's career. By the way, the surviving members of the band are serving as executive producers. You can see Brian May off to the side of the stage in this Instagram pic.
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.