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 Deg├╝ello, 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."