The B-52s are a band with such a distinct visual look that you could tell it was them with just a glimpse of a picture. But was it always beehives and bright clothes for the hipsters from Athens? You can find the different looks of the B-52s in their video for the irresistible Give Me Back My Man.
For an album that had no Top 40 hits, the B-52s' second effort, Wild Planet, was a success going gold and charting inside the Top 20 on the album charts with the help of songs like Private Idaho and Give Me Back My Man.
For the most part, both Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of the B-52s sported either their bouffant or beehive hairdos since their early days so it may come as a surprise to watch the black and white 1980 video for Give MeBack My Man to see Kate Pierson with straight hair and a silk/sequin mini while Fred Schneider looks work casual in his dress. The video all about convinces you the B-52s are a normal band until you hear the opening chorus lyrics of "I give you fish..." which is more in line with the peculiar lyrics we're used to hearing for the B-52s.
The B-52s continue to defy age looking great and still tour regularly as well as promoting their solo projects.
We're used to Hollywood remaking classic flicks from previous decades - especially our own - but did you know that many of the songs we hold dear from the '80s also are remakes? Stuck in the '80s has now done SIX episodes on "Covers in the '80s." This week's show highlights three more familiar tunes, including the best known hit by Bow Wow Wow. (Of course, when you hear the original, it's obviously a song from an earlier decade.)
Don't forget to check our iTunes account to make sure you're subscribed to the right feed of Stuck in the '80s. We deleted an old, duplicate account a couple weeks ago and it appears we may have cut off a few hundred subscribers in the process. New show every Sunday - that's all you need to know. Enjoy the podcast.
Depending on when you read this, you are eagerly awaiting the eclipse or have seen all the commotion come and go for the first total solar eclipse across America since 1918. Without any doubts, sometime today you will probably have a chance to hear Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart, but here at Stuck in the '80s Lost and Found, we travel the less familiar road so today's eclipse song/video is from down under with The Expression and the aptly named Total Eclipse.
First, we must tip our hat to SIT80's Nation member Dr. Incognito, who always inspires the selections of Lost and Found and is the individual who clued me in on Total Eclipse by playing it on his incredible two-hour weekly radio program 80s Hades that can be streamed live on WDBX radio on Tuesday nights or listened to on the WDBX two-week show website archive. …
Ah, yes. How could you have forgotten about Navarre and Isabeau (aka "Ladyhawke.") The star-crossed lovers from the 1985 film Ladyhawke can only defeat their evil curse (is there any other kind?) inflicted upon them by the Bishop of Aquila if they face him together "on a day without a night and a night without a day." Hello? Solar eclipse.
The movie, starring Mathew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer was a moderate commercial and critic success and was actually nominated for two Academy Awards (sound editing and sound mixing, though it won neither.) It's gained a new level of cult status in recent years for its frequent mentions in the Ernest Cline book Ready Player One, which is headed to big screen in March. Steven Spielberg is directing.
Closing out Retro Futura Week is a little bit of a cheat. We started the week with the English Beat and we end it with an offshoot of the Beat, the band General Public and their hit Tenderness.
No General Public is not a Retro Futura band, but its lead singer Dave Wakeling is with the English Beat and set lists indicate on the Retro Futura, the Beat is playing Tenderness. Following the breakup of the English Beat in 1983, Wakeling and Roger Ranking teamed up to form General Public. Joined by members of The Clash, Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Specials, General Public curiously never hit the Top 40 hit in their native England, but did hit the Top 40 in the U.S. with Tenderness from 1984.
Tenderness only made it to No. 27 in the U.S., but it has lived a good life appearing in '80s movies like Weird Science and Sixteen Candles and past ad campaigns for Target. However, its rebirth is more due to its placement in the 1994 movie Clueless as it closed out the movie and maybe planted the seeds of using '80s music in '90s movies - something that would manifest itself in 1998 with The Wedding Singer - which many consider the start of the '80s nostalgia movement. …
Appearing on both Retro Futura and The '80s Cruise is Katrina Leskanich, who we know better as Katrina of Katrina & the Waves. When thinking about Katrina & the Waves hopefully you don't label Katrina & the Waves as a one-hit wonder. They had three Top 40 hits in the U.S. including Do You Want Crying, which we featured on Lost and Found in 2014. In 1986, the Waves had the daunting task of following up Walking On Sunshine and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (they lost to Sade).
Is That It? was the first single off their 1986 album Waves, and the perception that it tanked is incorrect as the album went gold. However, Is That It? did not hit the Top 40 peaking at No. 70. The stop action video for Is That It? is still fun as the band hams it up and appears to enjoy each other - something that must have kept the band together until 1997 even after the hits stopped. …
Howard Jones is all over the place. After headlining the Retro Futura in America this summer he will return back to the West and participate in 80s In The Sand. How did Howard get so good at bouncing right back? Well he had some practice in the '80s with the song Bounce Right Back.
In 1986, Howard Jones was riding high as his 1985 album Dream Into Action yielded the big hits Things Can Only Get Better and Life In One Day. Also on that album was Jones' signature song No One Is ToBlame, but it wasn't issued as a single in America until Jones' EP Action Replay was released in the spring of 1986. The Action Replay version of No One Is To Blame made it to No. 4 on the charts and other songs on Action Replay included material never released in America, such as Bounce Right Back.
While the funky song was never released as a single, there is video evidence in the '80s of Howard promoting the song on Solid Gold. Normally on Lost and Found we prefer not to show clips from shows like Top Of The Pops, Countdown, American Bandstand and Solid Gold, but this appearance has one thing that most lip-synch appearances don't - Jed. …
In the face of all that is unholy, it now appears there’s a finished script for Gremlins 3. This is what happens when you feed Hollywood after midnight.
Den of Geek reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the original 1984 movie, has finished writing the screenplay for a sequel that will ignore whatever the plot was from 1990’s Gremlins 2 and proceed directly to a new storyline stemming from the first movie.
“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus told Slashfilm, according to Geek. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see.”
The plot of the new movie remains somewhat unclear though Columbus hinted it might not involve Gizmo, the original “mogwai” creature that was voiced by Howie Mandel in the original movie.
It’s now up to Warner Bros. on whether the project gets the green light.
The ‘80s remake that REALLY nobody wanted is on its way: License to Drive, the lightweight comedy that starred the two Coreys, is being rebooted with female leads.
Deadline.com reports that the 1988 film’s producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox are behind this misadventure. The original movie starred Corey Haim and Corey Feldman as a couple of teens who hit the town for a night in grand-dad’s Caddy even after failing a driver’s test. Yes, high art.
License to Drive turned out to be a moderate summer success that year - likely due to the Coreys’ success in 1987’s The Lost Boys. Critics were less kind; the movie has a 17 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s single only redeeming quality might be the co-starring appearance by a very young Heather Graham.
If this is the best that Hollywood can do, maybe the studio execs should have their licenses revoked too.
We don't give a lot of love to TV series on Stuck in the '80s and that's truly a shame. So when a viral video showing The Wonder Years pops up - with the narration replaced by '80s horror synth - we're all over it.
As the summer winds down so do the '80s summer tours, and this week the Retro Futura Tour ends on Saturday in St. Charles, MO, just outside of St. Louis. This week on Lost and Found we will salute some of the acts on the Retro Futura Tour starting with the English Beat and their dance classic All OutTo Get You.
In 1981, the Beat (known in America as the English Beat) released their sophomore album Wha'ppen and issued the rarely seen double A-Side 45 as their first single. One side was a mellow ska track called Drowning while the other side was the complete opposite - the bouncy All Out To Get You. The two songs made it to No. 22 on the U.K. and like all English Beat songs (including classics like Save It For Later and Mirror In The Bathroom) never made a dent on the American charts. …
Here at Stuck in the '80s, we've been trending away from doing our Eighties News Now podcasts. They sometimes seem so dated and lazy. But this week, there was just too much good news that we had to try it again. We also took a new direction: Brad and I swore we'd only be positive when reporting all the '80s news this week. It was difficult at times, but it was some needed exercise of some muscles that had been long neglected.
Among the items this week: the upcoming Karate Kid sequel Cobra Kai; the possible breakup of Journey; the return of Miami Vice to TV; and Bruce Willis decides to star in a remake of Death Wish. That last item is really hard to be positive about, but we gave it our best. Plus there are full seggies. Enjoy the show.
No one may agree, but I've always thought of Doug & the Slugs as the Canadian equivalent of Huey Lewis & the News. The backing band name, an early '80s bar band sound and fun videos that employ all members of the band give credence to my wild boast. It's just Too Bad that the U.S. never picked up Doug & the Slugs.
My quest to bring appreciation to Doug & the Slugs has resulted in a third visit to the video files of the Vancouver band. Following Making It Work and Who Knows How To Make Love Stay, today's video for Too Bad takes us back to 1980 and the debut video for the Slugs. The song was a Top 20 hit in Canada and ended up being their highest-charting single pointing out the most glaring discrepancy in the Huey Lewis & the News comparison - the lack of monstrous chart success by the Slugs. …
The summer of 1982 was a glorious time to be a teenager. Maybe even an adult - who knowws? The music on the radio and MTV was amazing, but the movies in the theaters - muah! - we loved them. This week's podcast honors two movies that maybe don't get name-checked as often as other '80s classics: Night Shift and The Beastmaster.
Both were staples on HBO. Both feature future stars in debut roles. Both were hilarious - though only one was supposed to be.
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.