Wednesday, April 18, 2018

1980s pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to perform together in Singapore, Entertainment News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

1980s pop stars Tiffany and Debbie Gibson to perform together in Singapore, Entertainment News & Top Stories - The Straits Times: "SINGAPORE - Two prominent female pop stars from the 1980s, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson are set to unite for a concert at The Star Theatre on Sept 8.

Both singers found global success in their teenage years. Tiffany, 46, is best known for her 1987 version of pop hit I Think We're Alone Now and All This Time (1988). At 16, she became the youngest female artist to have an album at the top of the Billboard charts when her self-titled debut went to No. 1 in 1987.

Gibson, now 47, became famous for songs like Only In My Dreams (1987), Lost In Your Eyes (1989) and Electric Youth (1989). With Foolish Beat (1988), released when she was 17, she became the youngest artist to write, produce and sing a song that went to No. 1 on Billboard.

Tiffany released her ninth and most recent album, A Million Miles, in 2016, while Gibson released her ninth and latest album, Ms. Vocalist, in 2010."

The Fixx honor ‘Reach the Beach’ album with 2018 tour

The Fixx honor ‘Reach the Beach’ album with 2018 tour: "It's hard to believe it has been 35 years since the release of The Fixx's Reach the Beach album. But thankfully the band remembered, because they've just announced their "Beach 2018" tour to mark the occasion.

The tour includes one stop in Florida – Aug. 25 at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre.

According to a press release, The Fixx will play the entire Reach the Beach album front to back on this tour in addition to other fan favorites.

"So, here we are heading back to the beach that brought us to this brave new world way back when," frontman Cy Curnin said in the release. "I wonder how many grains of sand have turned into pearls of wisdom since then. We're excited to find out."

Reach the Beach was the band's second studio album and most successful one to date (reaching No. 8 on the album charts). It includes the tunes One Thing Leads to Another and Saved By Zero."

'80s pop legends Tears For Fears postpone upcoming sold-out Cardiff show - Wales Online

'80s pop legends Tears For Fears postpone upcoming sold-out Cardiff show - Wales Online: "Tears For Fears have been forced to postpone their forthcoming sold-out show at Cardiff 's Motorpoint Arena next month due to ill-health.

The chart-topping pop icons, formed by Roland Orzabel and Curt Smith in 1981, have rescheduled their entire UK tour - which was due to begin in Leeds next week - on doctor's orders and they have apologised to fans for any inconvenience caused.

The planned date in the Welsh capital - Friday, May 4 - will now take place on Sunday February 3 2019, with Alison Moyet remaining as special guest.

Tickets for the Cardiff gig remain valid for the new date next year - however, if you are unable to attend the concert in February you should contact your point of purchase for a refund by Sunday, May 13."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

‘Night Court’ Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65 | TVLine

‘Night Court’ Star Harry Anderson Dead at 65 | TVLine: "Harry Anderson, who starred in NBC’s ’80s sitcom Night Court, has died at the age of 65, our sister site Variety is reporting.

Anderson was found dead at his home in Asheville, North Carolina on Monday. No cause of death has been released, but no foul play is suspected.

 After playing con man Harry the Hat in six episodes of Cheers, Anderson went on to star alongside John Larroquette and Markie Post as the goofy, amiable Judge Harry Stone on Night Court, which premiered on NBC in 1984. A staple of NBC’s primetime comedy lineup in the late ’80s, Night Court ran for a total of nine seasons, with Anderson earning three consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series from 1985 to 1987.

 Anderson later starred in ABC’s 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic It, and as columnist Dave Barry in the 1993-97 CBS sitcom Dave’s World. His recent TV appearances include a 2008 episode of 30 Rock (reuniting him with his Night Court castmates) and a 2013 episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Sunday, April 15, 2018

R. Lee Ermey Dead: ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee Was 74 – Variety

R. Lee Ermey Dead: ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Golden Globe Nominee Was 74 – Variety: "R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. He was 74.

Ermey’s longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermey’s official Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet reads.

In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a police captain in “Se7en,” and the voice of the plastic army men’s leader Sarge in “Toy Story.”"

Sultan of snub: Mark Knopfler skips Dire Straits' hall of fame induction | Music | The Guardian

Sultan of snub: Mark Knopfler skips Dire Straits' hall of fame induction | Music | The Guardian: "British rockers Dire Straits have been inducted into the rock’n’roll hall of fame, but the occasion was marked without its lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler, who chose not to turn up to the ceremony.

Knopfler skipped the concert in Cleveland, US, on Saturday, and it was left to bassist John Illsley to explain his absence.

“I’ll assure you it’s a personal thing,” Illsley said onstage. “Let’s just leave it at that.”

In an earlier interview with Billboard, Illsey said of Knopfler: “He just didn’t feel like coming, it’s as simple as that. It just didn’t appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions.”

On Saturday, Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his close friend by saying, “it’s more than one person, a collective”. The band did not perform after speaking.

Illsley did compliment Knopfler for writing music that made the band – who had a string of hits in 1970s and 80s, including Sultans Of Swing and Money For Nothing – “stand out from the crowd”."

80's star Thomas Dolby's new brew | Big 95

80's star Thomas Dolby's new brew | Big 95: "Thomas Dolby's classic 80's hit has inspired a new brew.

Dolby, who now teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, taped a promo clip for Blinded Me Wit Science, a Belgian wit (white) brew being introduced by the Maryland-based Peabody Heights Brewery on April 21st. And the spot features Dolby's famously catchy song. Proceeds will go to Healthy Harbor, a local environmental advocacy organization. (Baltimore Sun)"

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Concert review: 38 Special satisfies with pop hits at Azalea Fest

Concert review: 38 Special satisfies with pop hits at Azalea Fest: "The band 38 Special is like one of those actors whose face and work you know -- and like -- but whose name you can’t quite place.

With their solid Azalea Festival set on Friday night, however, the group, which rose to fame in the ’80s by putting a pop gloss on driving Southern rock, served up a reminder of why you know as many of their songs as you do, even if you didn’t know you know them.

38 Special isn’t a flashy band -- an uncharitable music snob might call them bland – and while the swirly colored lighting on the festival’s main stage was impressive, the group delivered nothing like the aural and visual feast fellow ’80s icons Duran Duran brought last year. But 38 Special played the hits, and the crowd -- which included aging ’80s kids (myself included), curious seniors and a surprising number of millennials who sang along to the words of such 30-year-old hits as the endlessly tuneful pop anthem of attachment “Caught Up in You” -- left satisfied if not blown away.

Singer and guitarist Don Barnes, the band’s last remaining original member, has never been the most charismatic frontman, and his exhortations to the crowd on Friday felt a little rote, although he did got caught up in the energy of the festival audience by the end. But his voice – pleasant and knife-sharp – sounds as good as ever, and the man certainly knows how to write a hook.

Friday, April 13, 2018

1980s heartthrob Rick Springfield has gigs at Cache Creek, Uptown Theatre

1980s heartthrob Rick Springfield has gigs at Cache Creek, Uptown Theatre: "FAIRFIELD — Rick Springfield topped the record charts, played a pastor on “American Horror Story” and has lived with depression most of his adult life.

The 68-year-old, married father to two adult sons was a teen pop idol in the early 1980s when his song “Jessie’s Girl” hit No. 1 on the charts. He claimed a Grammy in 1981 for best male rock vocal performance.

Three years later he starred in his own movie, “Hard to Hold,” and recorded most of the tunes on the accompanying soundtrack.

Soap opera fans knew him as Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital.”

The Australian-born singer, songwriter and actor released his autobiography in 2010. He’s also penned a novel, “Magnificent Vibration.”"

'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' Shines a Light on Influential Long Island Radio Station During the '80s | Billboard

'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' Shines a Light on Influential Long Island Radio Station During the '80s | Billboard: "Showtime recently premiered its long-anticipated documentary on the influential Long Island radio station WLIR (it would temporarily switch to WDRE in the late '80s/early '90s), the first radio station of its kind in America that was fully dedicated to punk, new wave, synthpop and Britpop between 1982-1991 (they were more of a progressive and Southern rock-leaning freeform station prior to the reformat and, after 1991, the station changed back to WLIR and adopted a more grunge and alternative rock-driven playlist).

Directed by Ellen Goldfarb, New Wave: Dare To Be Different is an engrossing, emotional and educational remembrance of the frequency 92.7 FM that powered the youth of the New York City suburbs during the Reagan and Bush years. Stories, insight and whimsy abound in exclusive interviews and testimonials from the likes of Joan Jett, Erasure's Vince Clarke, Howard Stern, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, The B-52's Fred Schneider, Billy Idol, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Midge Ure, Howard Jones and a ton of others. And when woven in with recounts from such beloved on-air staff members as Larry the Duck, Donna Donna, Long Tall Andy and Malibu Sue McCann, you get the quintessential story of not only WLIR, but Long Island’s place in New York rock culture (a story that deserves its own documentary)."



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Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender for sale at Dallas auction

Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1951 Fender for sale at Dallas auction: "DALLAS (AP) - The electric guitar that blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan used in his first studio recording and early performances is expected to sell for about $400,000 at auction in his hometown of Dallas.

Heritage Auctions will offer the 1951 Fender guitar Sunday. Vaughan biographer Craig Hopkins says the guitar has "considerable historical significance," noting Vaughan "pretty much learned his craft on" the guitar.

Hopkins said Friday that the instrument was Vaughan's first professional-grade guitar. It was a gift from his brother Jimmie Vaughan in the late 1960s. "Jimbo" is carved on the back.

Hopkins says Stevie Ray Vaughan, who traded the guitar away in 1971, mentioned in a 1989 interview how much he'd like to have it back.

Vaughan died in a 1990 helicopter crash. He was 35."

Studio 360's oral history of the Noid, Domino's Pizza's infamous '80s mascot.

Studio 360's oral history of the Noid, Domino's Pizza's infamous '80s mascot.: "In 1986, Domino’s Pizza unveiled a bold advertising mascot: a mischievous, rabbit-eared gremlin called The Noid. The character quickly became famous—he appeared on T-shirts, in video games and even in a Michael Jackson video.


But through a bizarre series of unfortunate events, the Noid became infamous, too.

To tell the story of the Noid, Studio 360 (which, along with being a public radio show, is now a Slate podcast), gathered three people: Ernie Perich, who was the creative director behind The Noid campaign while at a now-defunct advertising agency in Ann Arbor, MI, Group 243; Tim McIntyre, the head of communications at Domino’s, who has been with the company since before the Noid campaign launched; and Sean Burnsed, a former pizza-maker at Domino’s who, because of the Noid campaign, ended up finding himself in a life-or-death standoff."

Prince autobiography due out soon

Prince autobiography due out soon: "The long-awaited autobiography of Prince is expected to be released by the holiday season, according to Variety.

The book will be called The Beautiful Ones. It was in the process of being written when Prince died in April 2016. Author Dan Piepenbring was working with the musician, who had at the time provided 50 handwritten pages (which may be reproduced in the book).

Cutting the deal with Prince might have been more difficult than ghost-writing the autobiography. The deal was only inked after editors were brought to meet the musician at his Paisley Park estate in Minneapolis.

"It's never been done before," ICM Partners' Esther Newberg said of the pitch process with Prince. "Editors don't like to be in the same room making their pitches to the same potential clients. We had to do it because I knew he would not want to meet individually with editors.""

80s hitmaker Huey Lewis cancels all future shows after losing his HEARING due to rare ear disease | Daily Mail Online

80s hitmaker Huey Lewis cancels all future shows after losing his HEARING due to rare ear disease | Daily Mail Online: "Huey Lewis and the News have cancelled the rest of their shows in 2018 after revealing their frontman lost his hearing earlier this year.

Lewis told fans on Friday he has struggled with hearing loss for two-and-a-half months in a Facebook post.

'Although I can still hear a little, one on one, and on the phone, I can't hear music well enough to sing,' the 67-year-old wrote.

After visiting several different ear specialists 'hoping to find an answer', Lewis said his doctors believe he has Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear that a handful of other musicians including Ryan Adams and Kristin Chenoweth have also suffered from.

While working with doctors to understand and treat the hearing loss Lewis will be taking an indefinite break from the stage. There is no cure for Meniere's but it is commonly treated with diuretic pills and a low-salt diet to prevent additional fluid build-up in the ear."



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cyndi Lauper Once Made Fun of Tour Mate Rod Stewart's '80s Style | PEOPLE.com

Cyndi Lauper Once Made Fun of Tour Mate Rod Stewart's '80s Style | PEOPLE.com: "Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper will soon share the stage on their second joint tour. And while they get along now, the pop icons shared some playful barbs when they initially performed together.

The singers sat down with PEOPLE and shared their first impressions!

Stewart, 73, and Lauper, 64, first met in 1985, when they both performed at an AIDS benefit in L.A.

“I know you didn’t like my suit! It was electric blue. You said it was too loud,” Stewart says.

Responds Lauper: “I didn’t think it was rock and roll. I said that to him. He was sad.”"

These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1980s | HuffPost

These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1980s | HuffPost: "If you’re a child of the ’80s, chances are you knew a lot of Jessicas, Jennifers and Joshuas in school.

That’s because those were some of the most popular baby names in that decade. The Social Security Administration tracks these sorts of trends and keeps lists of the most popular names for every year and decade since the 1880s.

Looking back at the 1980s, there are lots of timeless names, particularly on the boys’ list ― hello, Michael, James and Matthew. But of course other names like Crystal and Tiffany aren’t quite as common for newborns today.

See for yourself: Here are the 50 most popular names for boys and girls born in the U.S. from 1980 to 1989.  "

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How The Finale of 'M*A*S*H' Impacted the 1980s

How The Finale of 'M*A*S*H' Impacted the 1980s: "Lasting a full eight years longer than the war it was based on, M*A*S*H was one of the most beloved shows in American history. M*A*S*H followed the lives of Korean War Army doctors, all while playing the delicate game of balancing comedy with emotional stakes. The show’s long history and devoted following signified that M*A*S*H’s long-awaited finale would be highly anticipated—less of an episode of television than a full-blown cultural event.

Sensing the anticipation, CBS took the finale’s lead-up seriously, asking that advertisers pay $450,000 to place a 30-second commercial during the finale. This seemingly obscene price would turn out to be well thought out, given M*A*S*H’s final episode drew 105.97 million viewers, a record for viewership of any televised event that would stand until 2010’s Super Bowl. The episode itself was highly psychological, analyzing how the war had taken its toll on the once-puckish Captain Hawkeye. But it is perhaps best remembered for its final image: the word “Goodbye” spelled out in stone, a message from farewell-averse Captain B.J. Hunnicutt to an airborne Hawkeye, and from a beloved series to the world."

290 - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rick Astley, '80s icon talks touring, gay fan base, Boy George - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times

290 - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rick Astley, '80s icon talks touring, gay fan base, Boy George - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times: "English singer Rick Astley broke out with the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and after several hit songs later retired in 1993 before a comeback in 2007.

Thanks to rickrolling he became an internet phenomenon. On a recent phone call, Astley mentioned he has new music coming out in the future, but plans on playing much of his last album, 50, live in the upcoming Chicago show.

Windy City Times: So you started singing in the church choir originally?

Rick Astley: Yes—our local vicar just came to the school and picked out the boys who could sing a bit. We used to get paid for weddings. How good is that?

WCT: Nice!

RA: I don't think I will ever forget the experience of making music literally with your voice. Whenever I am with a choir or a group of singers I still get a bit of a thrill out of it. It is very special. There is no instrument to translate to. It is just humans making a noise. When that works it's amazing.

I always have more admiration for backing vocalists than the lead singers sometimes because they are the guys with the chops."

Hall and Oates: how we made I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) | Music | The Guardian

Hall and Oates: how we made I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) | Music | The Guardian: "We were recording the Private Eyes album in Jimi Hendrix’s old studio, Electric Lady, and had finished for the day. The only people left were myself, John and the engineer. I was still sitting at my keyboards, just playing around. I had this primitive drum machine, a Roland CompuRhythm, which had a setting called: “Rock 1”. I pushed the button and out came a rhythm. Then I played the first bassline that came into my head, followed by some chords, and thought: “Oh man! There’s something happening here!”

I yelled into the studio: “Turn the tapes on!” Then I shouted to John: “Play this line.” And I hummed something. John grabbed his guitar – and that was it. I basically wrote the song on the spot: it was being recorded as I was thinking of it. In the vocal booth, I sang some gibberish words and wrote some proper lyrics later. We added the alto sax later too.

Most people think the song is about a relationship and it is – but one with the music industry. I felt very manipulated at the time, by management and the record business. Like a pawn. “I can’t go for that – no can do.” That was something I said a lot."

ZZ Top to Collect '80s Albums in Second 'Cinco' Box

ZZ Top to Collect '80s Albums in Second 'Cinco' Box: "HOMENEWS ZZ Top to Collect '80s Albums in Second 'Cinco' Box

After the release of last year's Cinco: The First Five LPs, ZZ Top is continuing to reissue their catalog on vinyl. On June 1, they'll put out Cinco No. 2: The Second Five LPs, which covers their the years 1979-90.

The five records contained in the box set are Degüello, El Loco, Eliminator, Afterburner and Recycler. It was during this time that they went from being a boogie rock band to synth-heavy MTV superstars on the strength of classics and fan favorites like "Thank You," "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Tube Snake Boogie," "Gimme All Your Lovin'," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "Sleeping Bag" and "Doubleback." All LPs will be pressed onto 180-gram vinyl and housed in a box inspired by the designs of Billy Gibbons' tailor, Jaime Castaneda.

Next week, on April 20, ZZ Top will begin a six-date residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas. A month later, on April 25, they'll embark on the Blues and Bayou Tour with John Fogerty that will run through June 29. You can see all the dates and venues here."

Boy George and Culture Club returning to Scotland as 80s legends announce Glasgow date on UK tour - Daily Record

Boy George and Culture Club returning to Scotland as 80s legends announce Glasgow date on UK tour - Daily Record: "Time to get out the crimpers, blue eyeliner and questionable bright shirts again - Boy George and Culture Club are returning to Scotland.

The 80s legends have announced a huge UK tour which will see them stop off in Glasgow when they hit the road later this year.

The 11-date tour, dubbed the Life Tour, includes a performance at the city’s SSE Hydro on November 22 and also features some very special 80s guests.

Pop sweetheart Belinda Carlisle and Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins will join the group.

Boy George said: “We put together an amazing show that is going to be filled with hit and fabulous memories, we know it will be hands down the best night out.”"


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Rod Stewart poses with his four sons in sweet family snap | Daily Mail Online

Rod Stewart poses with his four sons in sweet family snap | Daily Mail Online: "He's a husky-voiced rocker, musical icon and devoted father to eight children by five women.

And Sir Rod Stewart looked every inch the proud father as he posed with his four sons in a sweet family snap shared by his wife Penny Lancaster on Monday.

The Handbags and Gladrags icon, 73, cracked a relaxed smile as he wrapped his arms around his brood, who range in age from 37 to seven years, during their family holiday to Vancouver, Canada."

Lindsey Buckingham Leaves Fleetwood Mac – Variety

Lindsey Buckingham Leaves Fleetwood Mac – Variety: "Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire, has left the group Fleetwood Mac, Variety has confirmed. Buckingham has been a key member of Fleetwood Mac, playing with the band from from 1975 to 1987, then, after a decade-long break, returning to the fold in 1997. Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a year later.

News of the exit was first shared by guitarist Billy Burnette, who tweeted on April 4, “Breaking news: Lindsey Buckingham is out but I’m not in.” The message was deleted a few hours after posting. Presumably, Burnette, who replaced Buckingham in the group from 1987 until it went on hiatus in 1995, was angling for a position in the band.

According to a source, Buckingham did not exit voluntarily, rather, says the insider, “He was fired.”"

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Rick Astley says he has 'no idea' why Dave Grohl invited him onstage to perform with Foo Fighters - NME

Rick Astley says he has 'no idea' why Dave Grohl invited him onstage to perform with Foo Fighters - NME: "Rick Astley has discussed his surprise appearance with Foo Fighters at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival last year.

The ’80s singer was involved in the band’s trolling of their audience when they began playing Nirvana‘s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ before breaking into Astley’s hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.

In an appearance on Kyle Meredith With…, the star explained how the collaboration came about. “It just all went nuts,” he said, explaining he had settled down backstage in preparation to watch Foo Fighters’ set. “Dave Grohl came over and said hello, gave me a hug, and then half an hour later he’s inviting me onto the stage."

Saturday, April 7, 2018

8 Underrated 80s Sci-Fi Movies Worth a Second Look | FANDOM

8 Underrated 80s Sci-Fi Movies Worth a Second Look | FANDOM: "’80s sci-fi movies are some of the best in the entire genre. From The Empire Strikes Back to The Thing to Blade Runner and many more, the decade was defined by many classics that have withstood the test of time. But, there are a plethora of ’80s sci-fi movies that have either slipped through the cracks, been somewhat forgotten, or aren’t as hailed as they probably should be.

We’ve pulled together eight such films that deserve to be rediscovered and reevaluated. Give ’em a look!"

Molly Ringwald says The Breakfast Club is troubling in #MeToo era | Culture | The Guardian

Molly Ringwald says The Breakfast Club is troubling in #MeToo era | Culture | The Guardian: "Molly Ringwald, who starred in The Breakfast Club, has admitted she now finds the cult 1980s film “troubling”.

Writing in the New Yorker, the actor who was 16 when she starred in the high school drama in 1985, describes rewatching the film with her daughter and reflecting on some of the scenes in the age of #MeToo.

Directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club was a critical and commercial hit that told the story of five different teenagers forced to spend Saturday in high school detention together.

Ringwald, now 50, recently agreed to watch the film again with her 10-year-old daughter. Despite fearing her child would be concerned by some of the more adult themes, including discussions of sex and drug taking, she found the way her character, Claire, was treated by one of the male students – played by Judd Nelson – to be “most troubling” to her."

Monday, April 2, 2018

8 ’80s Movies Every Millennial Needs to Watch | FANDOM

8 ’80s Movies Every Millennial Needs to Watch | FANDOM: "There are just certain movies throughout history that everyone needs to see.

But for millennials (born roughly between 1981 and 1996), there’s a chance that they may not have been old enough to catch all the classic movies from the 1980s. And that’s just not okay.

Always here to help, FANDOM is providing a list of the eight ’80s movies that are essential viewing for anyone obsessed with pop culture."

Friday, March 30, 2018

Rock the Park announces ’80s night led by Cyndi Lauper | The London Free Press

Rock the Park announces ’80s night led by Cyndi Lauper | The London Free Press: "The final night of this year’s Rock the Park will feature ’80s pop superstar Cyndi Lauper.

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer will be joined by other ’80s stars: Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, British pop star Howard Jones, Mr. Mister lead singer Richard Page, Platinum Blonde, A Flock of Seagulls and Men Without Hats for a bill dubbed Mixtape Rewind night, July 12.

“We saw how successful our ’90s night was last year that we wanted to offer a new demographic the chance to relive their youth as well. It’s completely different than what we’ve ever done before, but truly believe we’ll see some magic happen down in the park each and every night this year,” Brad Jones, president of Jones Entertainment Group, said in a statement.

Tickets go on sale April 7 at 10 a.m.

That’s the final announcement of headliners for the 15th annual festival at Harris Park."

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hospital and doctor deny negligence in Glenn Frey’s death | Page Six

Hospital and doctor deny negligence in Glenn Frey’s death | Page Six: "The New York hospital and doctor that treated Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey are denying any wrongdoing in their treatment of the late musician.

Frey’s widow, Cindy Frey, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in January, claiming Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Dr. Steven Itzkowitz were negligent in their care of Frey’s ulcerative colitis in October and November 2015.

Both Mount Sinai and Itzkowitz responded to the lawsuit, claiming in legal documents obtained by Page Six via The Blast, “the injuries of the plaintiff [Frey] were caused in whole or part by the culpable conduct of the plaintiff…”

In addition to negligence, Cindy claimed the hospital and Itzkowitz failed to “promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues” and ignored an infection, according to court papers."

'80s star Corey Feldman attacked in stabbing attempt - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

'80s star Corey Feldman attacked in stabbing attempt - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina: "LOS ANGELES (RNN) - Actor Corey Feldman said he was the victim of a stabbing attack in posts to his Twitter account Wednesday.

The 46-year-old shared pictures of him at the hospital but said he's OK.

"I was attacked 2nite!" Feldman tweeted. "A man opened my car door & stabbed me w something! Please say prayers 4 us!"

Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for the LAPD, said Feldman was in his car with around 10:45 p.m. local time Tuesday when someone opened his car door and made a "stabbing motion" toward the actor's stomach. It was not clear what type of object was used by the assailant."

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider to headline 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise

Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider to headline 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise: "Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider and Sheila E are among the headlining performers announced for the 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise. This will be the fourth annual sailing of the cruise, which charters an entire cruise ship for a week of concerts, meet-and-greets, Q&As and other '80s related entertainment.

Other performers include Berlin, OMD, The Fixx, The English Beat, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, Club Nouveau and comedian Alonzo Bodden. Tiffany and actress Claudia Wells from Back to the Future will be special event hosts this year along with several original MTV veejays.

Ports for 2019 include Key West, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Belize. The Celebrity Infinity is the ship for year four of the cruise."


Prince died from 'exceedingly high' amount of fentanyl, experts say

Prince died from 'exceedingly high' amount of fentanyl, experts say: "MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A toxicology report from Prince's autopsy, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an "exceedingly high" concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six weeks after his death showed he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

A confidential toxicology report obtained by the AP provides some insight into just how much fentanyl was in his system. Experts who are not connected to the Prince investigation said the numbers leave no doubt that fentanyl killed him.

"The amount in his blood is exceedingly high, even for somebody who is a chronic pain patient on fentanyl patches," said Dr. Lewis Nelson, chairman of emergency medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He called the fentanyl concentrations "a pretty clear smoking gun.""

Why Pop Culture Is Obsessed With The 1980s Right Now

Why Pop Culture Is Obsessed With The 1980s Right Now: "The ’80s are back, baby – and they’ve been back for what feels like forever in terms of the pop cultural zeitgeist’s notoriously short attention span. While the decade might have once been branded as a tacky, one-note punchline filled with aerobics videos and unfortunate shoulder pads, it’s now considered worthy of genuine artistic examination. Take, for instance, the critical success of recent television shows like The Americans, Halt and Catch Fire, and GLOW, all of which examine different facets of distinctly ’80s cultural phenomena, from Cold War intrigue to the birth of computing and women’s wrestling respectively. It would be impossible for their central narratives to take place during any other decade.

Yet the ’80s craze isn’t just limited to a desire to realistically document the era. Smash-hit genre properties like Stranger Things and the 2017 IT remake both place clearly supernatural horrors into imaginary towns that are nevertheless situated within that historical milieu. They draw on the period’s broader cultural context, such as its widespread panic over child abduction, in order to deepen their drama and terror. Stranger Things strives to pay homage to the decade’s character even in its non-diegetic elements, such as its shimmery, faintly sinister John Carpenter-esque score."

10 acts bringing your favorite '80s soundtrack to South Florida - southflorida.com

10 acts bringing your favorite '80s soundtrack to South Florida - southflorida.com: "
When you say, “I love the ’80s,” what do you mean? What’s the first song that pops into your head? A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran”? Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love”? Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”? Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”? OMD’s “If You Leave”? Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”? Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”? Here are 10 South Florida concerts that will remind you what awesome sounds like — or explain why your parents are so crazy about the old days."

From Top Gun to Stand By Me: why the 1980s is my favourite film decade | Film | The Guardian

From Top Gun to Stand By Me: why the 1980s is my favourite film decade | Film | The Guardian: "I’m such a raging narcissist (or sociopath) that I generally assume my taste is the same as everyone else’s. How can people possibly think differently from me? Obviously everyone prefers Albert Finney’s Poirot to David Suchet’s Poirot, Blur to Oasis, hard cheese to soft cheese, Anchorman to Knocked Up, 80s goofball Tom Hanks to 90s Oscar winner Tom Hanks, right? Right?

So when I was asked to write about my favourite decade for films I sighed and said, “Well, I guess the 80s have already been taken, right?” Because, obviously, my favourite film decade is everyone’s favourite film decade, right?

Wrong. It turned out I was the only 80s taker, which amazed and rather depressed me. Because the truth is, as much as I have slowly come to accept that some (insane) people truly do prefer brie to cheddar, I do not believe anyone actually doesn’t love 80s films. They’re just too much of a snob to admit it."

Monday, March 26, 2018

After Madonna, Rick Astley sings Don't Cry for Me Argentina for BBC show

After Madonna, Rick Astley sings Don't Cry for Me Argentina for BBC show: "It’s a show-stopping anthem of female strength and vulnerability that has been belted out by Madonna, Sinéad O’Connor and Shirley Bassey.

But now Rick Astley is the surprise choice to sing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina for a BBC tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The 80s pop star will take on the famous appeal to her countrymen, sung by the spirit of Eva Perón, Argentina’s controversial First Lady, in the most famous scene from Evita, the musical written by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

10 Things You Didn't Know about Crossroads (Not the One With Britney Spears)

10 Things You Didn't Know about Crossroads (Not the One With Britney Spears): "To start off with this is not the Brittney Spears Crossroads as you might remember, but instead a movie featuring Ralph Macchio that you might not even know about. When guitarist Eugene Martone meets up with Willie Brown, a failed blues musician, he embarks on a journey that will test not only his musical skills, but also his loyalty to a man that eventually becomes one of his best friends. His love for the music becomes the only thing that saves both of them and eventually impresses the individual that holds both his and Willie’s fate in his hands. It’s the kind of movie you might never have watched since it looked like another 80’s flop, but in truth it looks pretty good.

Not seeing Ralph Macchio as an Outsider or the Karate Kid is kind of weird."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

MovieNews | The cast of The Breakfast Club: Where are they now? - entertainment.ie

MovieNews | The cast of The Breakfast Club: Where are they now? - entertainment.ie: "John Hughes' The Breakfast Club was, by far, the ultimate in 80's teen drama.

Five teenage archetypes - a sports jock, a rich kid, a nerd, a Goth and a burnout - are held in detention on Saturday morning on March 24th and form a bond that goes on to define a generation. Hughes would go on to direct the likes of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and pen screenplays for the likes of Home Alone, but what of the cast?"

Is 'Eliminator' ZZ Top's Best Album? We Answer Five Big Questions

Is 'Eliminator' ZZ Top's Best Album? We Answer Five Big Questions: "To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eliminator, the daringly innovative album that made ZZ Top household names, we gave five writers all our hugs and kisses and then asked them to answer five big questions about its place in rock history. Here's what they said.

Eliminator is ZZ Top’s best-selling album, having sold more than 10 million copies to date. But is it their best album? Why or why not, and if not what is?

Michael Gallucci: Tres Hombres has a slight edge over Eliminator, mainly because I think it's a better representation of what ZZ Top are all about. I love the way Eliminator took over radio in 1983, but some of it sounds a bit dated now.

Nick DeRiso: It’s a great album, and it’s a fun album, but it’s not their best album. Deguello, though it's brilliant from start to finish, can’t even top Tres Hombres, which will always be ZZ Top’s most complete studio effort. One of that 1973 project's deep cuts said it best: "Hot, Blues and Righteous." By the way, if you want a preview of these oh-so-‘80s sounds, head over to "Manic Mechanic” from Deguello. It’s all there."

OMD March 21, 2018 Salt Lake City The Complex - Utah Concert Review

OMD March 21, 2018 Salt Lake City The Complex - Utah Concert Review: "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or OMD, is a band my oldest sister introduced me to back in the 80’s.  I knew within the first minute of their first hit “Electricity” that I was a big fan. So, of course, I was excited when I heard they were going to play The Depot on March 21.  I was even more happy for them when I learned that Utah fans were so excited about this tour stop that the show was moved around the corner to the larger venue, The Complex in order to accommodate the ticket demand.

The last time OMD played Utah was as a support act for Barenaked Ladies in the summer of 2016 at Red Butte Gardens.  They were great, but being a support act, they took the stage while the sun was still out, and it of course not everyone had arrived yet.  So I couldn’t wait to see them back in the headlining slot.

One of the best things about seeing a band that you have loved for 30 years is all the memories you’ve had with these songs. The downside tends to be having to forgive a band that’s been doing it that long for having lost a step or two.  How many times have you gone to see one of the favorite bands of your youth, and their songs seem slower, or they don’t move around the stage like they used to, or the lead singer just can’t hit the high notes like they did in days gone by. In the moment we’re usually just happy to hear the songs we love but usually, we’ll notice the decline and it becomes a quick reminder of how old we now are.  And who wants to remember that?!"



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

T'Pau and the glory - there's more to this band than just China in Your Hand - Essex Live

T'Pau and the glory - there's more to this band than just China in Your Hand - Essex Live: "Aaah the 80s. Big hair, soft focus videos and being able to go about your daily business without posting everything you did on social media.

And, of course, the music. A vibrant kaleidoscope clash of styles, genres and tastes which is still celebrated today as something of a golden age.

Someone who knows all about the music scene back then is Carol Decker of T'Pau, still instantly recognisable after all these years and still heard regularly thanks to the enduring quality of China in Your Hand, the pop-rock classic that spent five weeks at No 1 and 30 years on the turntable of almost every DJ in the country.

The 80s are big business these days, with tours and festivals featuring acts from that era a common occurrence all over the country.

T’Pau are no strangers to the retro circuit and will be appearing at Audley End this summer in Here and Now – Back to the 80s, alongside Jason Donovan, Midge Ure, Five Star, Toyah and a stack of other well-known acts."

Beetlejuice at 30: the ghoulish comedy-horror that had us laughing behind the sofa

Beetlejuice at 30: the ghoulish comedy-horror that had us laughing behind the sofa: "Tim Burton’s terrifically ghoulish 1988 film Beetlejuice turns 30 next week. And the anniversary is likely to bring back both happy and nerve-jangling memories for those growing up at the time.

The comedy-horror hails from a distinctly pre-12A certificate era, when the likes of Gremlins and Poltergeist delighted adults and children alike – but were a scary prospect for kids.

Beetlejuice definitely falls into that honoured company. Rated ’15’ by the BBFC on its release, but enjoyed by whole families on home video, it remains an inventive, spooky and amusing treat.

The plot revolves around happily married couple Adam (Alec Baldwin) and Barbara (Geena Davis), who are drowned when their car careens off a bridge and into a river.

Arriving instantly back at their beloved house on the hill, they find a Handbook For The Recently Deceased on their coffee table – and something very nasty lurking outside of their front door should they attempt to leave."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fleetwood Mac, Run-DMC Added to National Recording Registry - Rolling Stone

Fleetwood Mac, Run-DMC Added to National Recording Registry - Rolling Stone: "Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Run-D.M.C.'s Raising Hell and the Temptations' "My Girl" were among the 25 recordings inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry Wednesday.

Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," The Sound of Music soundtrack, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," Chic's "Le Freak," Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" were also named as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" recordings.

"The thing that I remember most about Raising Hell is that it was so much great energy that it was made very easily," Run-D.M.C.'s Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons said of the honor in a statement. "To think that something that just came out of my mouth and out of my creativity is being put on this level of honor just blows my mind.""

Bruce Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway - The New York Times

Bruce Springsteen Signs Up for More Time on Broadway - The New York Times: "Bruce Springsteen is staying on Broadway.

Mr. Springsteen on Wednesday announced a third extension of his sold-out show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” to Dec. 15.

The production, which features Mr. Springsteen telling stories about his life and delivering stripped-down arrangements of his songs, has been an enormous commercial success, bringing in $44 million thus far at the box office.

The average ticket price last week was a whopping $507.60; by comparison, the average price for “The Lion King” was $149.27. (Those are prices paid to the box office — some people spend more buying from resellers.)

 Even critics liked it. “As portraits of artists go,” Jesse Green wrote in The New York Times, “there may never have been anything as real — and beautiful — on Broadway.”"

Candid photos of pre-fame Madonna in 80s New York | Dazed

Candid photos of pre-fame Madonna in 80s New York | Dazed: "Just one month before Madonna rose to fame with her self-titled eponymous album in 1983, photographer Richard Corman captured her soon to be iconic charm in her quaint, lower-East side apartment. It was a fleeting moment, one where the world did not know Madonna, yet a 24-year-old Madonna knew the world. She was charming, present and powerfully in charge of her dreams: an energy that beams brightly in Corman’s twin-lens Rolleiflex portraits. With leather studded cuffs, double denim, a neck wrapped in pearls and signature red lips, this is Madonna just 30 days before she rose to be one of the world's greatest icons.

Corman met Madonna after his friend, a casting director, was casting for Martin Scorcese‘s The Last Temptation of Christ, which Madonna auditioned for. Even though she didn't get the role, Corman's friend knew there was something incredibly unique about Madonna and urged Corman to photograph her. Before the shoot, Madonna already had a cult following in New York by spending her days producing her demo and performing from club to club. “The first question I asked her, naively, was ‘what are your goals?’...she said: to rule the world”, recalls Corman. It’s this exact conviction that also flowed through the veins of 1983 in underground New York, as the city was crawling with soon to be famous artists. Corman, one of these creatives, would spend his days bouncing from Keith Haring’s studio, to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s house and Madonna’s apartment to shoot the faces that would soon rise to fame across music and art. It’s for this oeuvre that Cormon’s work has contributed to defining an early era of portrait photography that has become synonymous with understanding the art itself."



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MLB Just Released a Reboot of the '80s Nintendo Classic 'R.B.I. Baseball' - Maxim

MLB Just Released a Reboot of the '80s Nintendo Classic 'R.B.I. Baseball' - Maxim: "Eighties kids know that R.B.I. Baseball for Nintendo was the greatest baseball game ever made. Where else at the time could you play as real MLB heavyweights like Jose Canseco, Nolan Ryan and George Brett?

It's so beloved, in fact, that fans have used it to reenact seminal moments from baseball history. (Red Sox fans, you might want to avoid this one...)

Now, Major League Baseball has released an update of the 1988 classic called, appropriately, R.B.I. Baseball 18. Per Sport Techie, It's currently available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will be coming to iPhone and iPad on March 27, and to the Nintendo Switch and Android devices later this spring. Just like the original, it carries a license from the MLB Players Association and recreates actual players."

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

5 video games from the 1980s worth playing again today | The Seattle Times

5 video games from the 1980s worth playing again today | The Seattle Times: "Video games today might seem like they’ve come a long way from the 1980s. Graphics are certainly better, storylines are more complicated and there are even games to play in virtual reality instead of at your local arcade. However, those games from the ’80s, back when companies were first starting to come out with lots of different options, represent a golden age worth revisiting, according to Rob Schmuck, senior operations manager at Living Computers Museum + Labs and executive vice president of the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo.

“Atari had a mentality about games at the time that really makes retro games different,” says Schmuck. “They thought games should be easy to learn but hard to master. So anyone could really pick them up, but to get really good and deep into the game you had to really work hard at it.”

Today, Schmuck says, there are indie games that are trying to get back to that same mentality Atari had back in the ’80s. “Especially in Seattle, you’re seeing a resurgence of these types of games. Of course you don’t play them in the arcade or a big console anymore, now you can run them on a smartphone or a tablet, but you’ll see a similar experience in games today like ‘Shovel Knight,’ ” he says."



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Scrunchies, Scourge of the 1980s, Are Back - WSJ

Scrunchies, Scourge of the 1980s, Are Back - WSJ: "Molly Rees was shopping online one day when a puffy, scrunched-up fabric-covered hair tie caught her eye.

Karli Henriquez,’s scrunchie

“I thought, OK, that’s a bit retro, a bit of a throwback, but I feel I can do it,” says Ms. Rees, 24 years old.

Yes, it was a scrunchie, the eye-catching hair accessory of the 1980s and ’90s, the staple of “Full House” episodes and Madonna ensembles.

They’re big, they’re divisive and they’re back."

Flashback to the ’80s: Boy George and Culture Club come to the state fair on Sept. 13 | Auburn Reporter

Flashback to the ’80s: Boy George and Culture Club come to the state fair on Sept. 13 | Auburn Reporter: "Boy George and Culture Club with special guest Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey perform at the Washington State Fair on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Since the band’s inception in 1981 Culture Club has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, led by their classic hits, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon,” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.” The group is fronted by British singer/songwriter Boy George, who is universally recognized as one of music’s most renowned artists. George was presented with the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his contribution to the music industry.

For nearly three decades, fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing the Thompson Twins hits."

The Awesomely Retro 'Ataribox' Video Game Console Has New Photos and an Official Name - Maxim

The Awesomely Retro 'Ataribox' Video Game Console Has New Photos and an Official Name - Maxim: "We've heard buzz about a retro "Ataribox" some time now, but details have been hard to come by.

We now know that the forthcoming console's official name is the Atari Video Computer System, or VCS. Check out it's disco-style logo below:

New photos offer a look at a prototype that will be unveiled March 21 at Game Developers Conference 2018. As previously released images show, the VCS's aesthetic is similar to the classic Atari 2600, but with a modern twist.

A slick wooden construction with flush backlit buttons houses the main hardware. Gamers will bee able to play a yet-released list of classic titles with a '70s-era joystick.

But it's much more than a revamped version of the 2600. The VCS will function as a PC that runs an easily customizable Linux operating system and an AMD processor, which is to say that it'll have modern gaming and computing capabilities."

Monday, March 19, 2018

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire

'80s and '90s kids, rejoice! KB Toys is coming back | Nintendo Wire: "The fall of Toys”R”Us has been a big blow for many, especially those of us who grew up going to the giant toy retailer on the regular. Toys”R”Us is sure to leave behind some mighty big shoes to fill, and it looks like another icon of ’80s and ’90s retail is about to return in an attempt to do just that.

KB Toys looks to be making a play for a comeback as the retro toy store has announced the beginning phases of bringing back the brand are taking place.

 According to the press release, the new and improved KB Toys is aiming at opening up shop both online and in physical retail spaces. As KB Toys was predominantly located in malls across the US, we expect a similar treatment this time around. Keep in mind that the press release was pretty vague — but we expect to get more info as we approach the holiday season. Stay tuned!"