Ultimate 80s Real Men Don't Cry Playlist

We've all learned that music can be a great healer and get you through the worst of times. Music can also trigger a memory of a very happy time in the past. Add in, those songs that are forever linked to an emotional part of a movie and you can turn even the toughest man into jello. Most of us men are taught to be strong and that crying shows weakness, but we are human after all. So, here is the Ultimate 80s Real Men Don't Cry Playlist that has us men reaching for our handkerchiefs and sometimes, a place to hide.

Journey "Open Arms" (1981)
One of the most powerful love ballads of all time. Steve Perry wails...end of story.

Vangelis - "Titles (Chariots Of Fire theme)" (1981)
Even though it's has been heavily parodied for the running scenes at the beginning of Chariots of Fire, this song still touches the hearts of those who know the triumphant story of the 1924 Olympics.

Billy Vera & the Beaters "At This Moment" (1981/1986)
Originally recorded in 1981, the song got new life on the hit TV show Family Ties in 1986 and was re-released. Michael J. Fox has stated that "Tracy and I couldn't get on the dance floor anywhere in the world for like ten years without hearing 'What would you think...'"

Lionel Richie - "Hello" (1984)
Even though this song has almost a soap opera feel to it, the lyrics really brings home a true feeling of desperation.

Foreigner - "I Wanna Know What Love Is" (1984)
From the 80s "Windshield Serenade Collection" as I like to call it. Is there a man in America that hasn't cranked this song up in his car and wailed the lyrics at the top of his lungs?

Mr. Mister - "Broken Wings" (1985)
We've all been knocked down and Mr Mister will always there to pick us back up.

Paul Young "Every Time You Go Away"(1985)
This song was written by Daryl Hall and was released on Hall & Oates' Voices album. Also appears at the end of the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in 1987 when Steve Martin's character finally arrives home.

Billy Joel - "This Is The Time" (1986)
The popular choice for proms and graduations everywhere in the late 80s and even into the 90s.

Peter Gabriel "In Your Eyes" (1986)
Another song that's forever tied to movie moment. John Cusack's boombox serenade in the 1989 film Say Anything gave us guys an easier way to win a girl's heart. Instead of having to try and find the right words say, we can just let the music do the talking for us.

Peter Cetera "Glory of Love" (1986)
From the Karate Kid 2 soundtrack, this song just seems to explain what us guys feel when we stand up for our gals.

Cheap Trick "The Flame" (1988)
Powerful lyrics from this #1 ballad of what it's like to be deeply connected to another person.

Richard Marx "Right Here Waiting" (1989)
Marx really knows how to make it hard for a guy to get through a slow dance without reaching for the handkerchief.

Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings" (1989)
This song was the "My Heart Will Go On" of the late 80s. It was actually recorded by 4 other artists before the famous Bette Midler version on the Beaches soundtrack.

Mike and the Mechanics "The Living Years" (1989)
Written by Mike Rutherford and B.A. Robertson, this incredibly emotional song tells about Robertson's experiences after losing his father and before the birth of his own son.

The Cure "Pictures Of You" (1989)
This might be the quintessential song for going back through old yearbooks and reminiscing about high school sweethearts.


80s Exam: Name That Movie Line 2

Can you name the 80s movie lines from the following 8 scenes??





80s Literal Music Video: "Drive"

Another hilarious literal music video. This one uses the 1986 video "Drive" by the Cars, one of my personal faves. Thanks to robohara for posting on Youtube.

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Footloose Shoes of the 80s

Let's take a look back at our favorites kicks worn in the 80s! 

Jelly shoes or "Jellies"
I would classify these as the "crocs" of the 80s, although they were mainly designed and worn by women. Introduced at the 1982 World's Fair, former bank president Preston Haag developed the plastic shoes as his new family business. The were an immediate hit and really excelled in the market after Bloomingdale's of New York began selling the shoes in 1983. Most 80s ladies will agree that they were probably the most uncomfortable shoe trend of the 80s!

Having to jog with your keys jingling in your pants pocket was a problem solved in the early 80s. Created by avid runner Bob Gamm in 1979, KangaROOS quickly became popular and one of the top 5 sports shoe brands in the mid 80s. At one point 700,000 pairs a month were being produced. The KangaROOS "Dynacoil" technology, tested by NASA, was one of the first innovations developed for athletic shoes. NFL legend Walter Payton developed his own line and was famously rewarded with a Lamborghini for his contribution. 'Roos are still around today and still being manufactured for worldwide sales with those famous zipper pockets.


Atari 2600 Humor: Part 2

RD80s has received some great feedback from our first Atari 2600 humor post. So here is round 2 that I've plucked off other internet sites. Some funny stuff here and hope to bring you more...some RD80s originals for the next batch!!



The 80s Arcade: Dragon's Lair

Your Quest Awaits!

Fifty cents!! Really, for one game?? Yep. I think we all had that conversation with our friends the first time we encountered Dragon's Lair. But it turned out that the high price was worth it!! I remember when I first encountered the game and thought "'s like I'm controlling a cartoon!!" The arcade game was truly a breakthrough in technology, unlike any others in 1983. Using laser disc technology, Dragon's Lair was a unique game in that there was no control over the main character's actions. Rather, you made decisions for him and then he acted upon your choices. Dragon's Lair has been revered highly in arcade video game history, so much so that it is one of only three games to be displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Let's take a look back at the history of the Dragon's Lair up until this present day.

Dragon's Lair was the brainchild of Rick Dyer, president of AMS video game company. His concept was inspired by the 1976 text-based computer game Colossal Cave Adventure and the 1982 animated film the Secret of NIMH. The film's director Don Bluth, a former Disney animator, was hired by Dyer to create the animation for Dragon's Lair. The animation, voice acting, and music were all done on a $1.3 million budget. Some of the animators actually used there own voices to cut back on costs. It was completed in seven months and then paired with Dyer's laser disc technology to create a game experience unlike any other at the time. The laser disc helped Dragon's Lair to essentially look and feel like an animated cartoon. The picture quality was incomparable to any other cabinet arcade game at the time.

Your quest was a simple one...navigate Dirk the Daring through the Haunted Castle, defeat the mighty dragon Singe and rescue Princess Daphne. With hundreds of decisions to make during the game, it was anything but easy. With no higher levels to reach and a point system based on how far you progressed in the game, once you beat it...that was it! (For a person like me, that would be enough in my gaming experience, but others might call that a limitation.) Despite being the first game to cost fifty cents per play, Dragon's Lair was a hit among arcade goers upon its release in June 1983. 1,000 machines were distributed by Cinematronics in the first month and a backlog of 7,500 additional orders was created. In the first eight months, Dragon's Lair grossed $32 million for its game publisher.

Dyer did have some obstacles to overcome after the game release. With the technology being so new and the machines being highly used, frequent break downs occurred. There were also complaints of the long loading times between the game scenes, but Dyer did work through the game's initial limitations. He developed later game models with longer lasting lasers to increase the estimated lifetime to 50,000 game play hours from the original estimate of 650 hours. Another initial hindrance for Dragon's Lair was that it could not be translated well to console systems or home computers. The main reason was the excessive memory it required for the animation. There were however two games released including the pseudo sequel Dragon's Lair Part II: Escape From Singe's Castle in 1987.

As with some other popular video games of the time, a cartoon series was developed in 1984. Only 13 episodes were created but were popular enough to be rerun into the mid 90s on the USA network's Cartoon Express. In 1990, a NES version was released, with the plot pretty much identical to the first arcade game. However, it did not mirror the gameplay and was criticized for being very difficult. The very next year brought the release of the first arcade sequel Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp. Some new features included linear game play and gold treasures that could be picked up to achieve higher scoring. Dragon's Lair III: The Curse of the Mordread was released to PC in 1993, again with limitations because of the size of memory needed. This game included original scenes and also scenes from the Time Warp arcade sequel.

A true adaptation to the game finally came in 2002 with the release of a special 20th anniversary edition DVD game. At long last, the original feel and gameplay could be experienced at home. Also in 2002, Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair was released for popular games consoles like Xbox and PS2. It featured the first non restricted movement game, but with the traditional animated scenes in between levels. In 2007, after a six month cleanup process of the original negatives, Dragon's Lair was released on Blu-ray. It became the first title to fully utilize the Bluray Disc Java technology. More recently, Dragon's Lair has even appeared for the Wii console and also as apps for iPad and Droid.

I've got to say that this game is one of a handful that has stood the test of time, a true visionary of the 80s. Looking back, it almost seems as if it was transported from the future. I mean, it took twenty years until DVD was able to gives us that 1983 arcade experience at home! That's a long quest! For me, I'm still hesitant to put two quarters into any machine for my kids to play at the local pizza shop arcade...but if a Dragon's Lair showed up and it was a three quarter play, I'd be hitting the change machine!!!

Thanks as always to and Wikipedia.


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80s Art by Matt Owen

Matt Owen has taken our favorite 80s movies and portrayed them in a whole new light with his movie posters. These 10 posters just scratch the surface of what he has on his Brickhut blog. There are many more pertaining to movies from other eras. You can also purchase prints from his Image Kind store. Thanks to Matt for allowing me to post them here for our 80s enjoyment!!




80s Literal Music Video: "Just A Friend"

Rapper Biz Markie's one and only hit "Just A Friend" reached #9 on the US charts back in 1989. Now, parody rapper Seanie Mic will give us his hilarious literal interpretation of the video.

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80s Exam: Name That Movie Line

If you are an 80s fan, you should be able to name the movies from the following scenes. But can you also name the famous movie lines that are spoken in each scene? Post your answers in the comment section below!





80s Art By Christopher Tupa

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I recently came across some great 80s artwork by Christopher Tupa. He has taken some great TV shows, cartoons, and toys from the 80s and really made them his own. I really enjoy his work and appreciate him allowing me to post a few here. If you want to see more, visit Ctupa.Com. You can also find a store for his artwork, a blog, and a podcast. You can also find hundreds more originals on his Flickr page. Enjoy!
M.U.S.C.L.E. Skating Party
Calvin & Hobbes as He-Man & Cringer
Knight Rider at play
Cobra crazy races


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80s Metal Version TV Themes

We all know the great television show themes of the 80s. You can pretty much tell me the name of an 80s TV show and theme will pop in my head.

The A-Team.........
Knight Rider........
Magnum P.I.........

Recently I found Sylvian Cloux's channel on Youtube. Cloux has taken many of these 80s TV themes and reformatted them into metal versions. As a fan of rock music and the 80s, I gotta say these are outstanding. Cloux plays all guitars and drums on these cover versions and if that wasn't enough, he has also combined his new sound with the original opening video footage on many of these videos to give us the following 80s greatness....

Go check out Sylvian Cloux's channel on Youtube for more themes including movies like Back To The Future, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, the Godfather, Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond.


Ultimate 80s Girl Names Playlist

T-shirt layers, leg warmers, spandex shorts, stone-washed denim, high top sneakers...those '80s girls really knew how to turn heads and steal hearts. So much so, that some songwriters felt the need to express their affection for their gal pals through their music. With many to choose from, I've found my "sweet sixteen" 80s songs that feature names of girls. Slide your sunglasses down your nose and take a long look at these totally awesome girl tunes featured in the Ultimate 80s Girl Names Playlist....

Starship "Sara" (1985)
Fresh off legal proceedings and a name change, Starship had back-to-back #1 hits in the US with "We Built This City" and "Sara" in 1985-86. It was sung by Mickey Thomas and named for his wife at the time.

Toto "Rosanna" (1982)
Although "Rosanna" never reached #1 in the US (peaked at #2 for 5 consecutive weeks,) Toto received a Grammy award for Record of the Year in 1983.

Steve Perry "Oh Sherrie" (1984)
Written for his then girlfriend Sherrie Swafford, it was Perry's biggest hit as a solo artist reaching #3 in the US. It's been mistaken labeled as a Journey song because its sound and that it was released while Perry was still with the band. Co-writer Bill Cuomo, who performed the keyboard melody, is also know for riff performed on Kim Carnes' hit "Bette Davis Eyes."

Ready For The World "Oh Sheila" (1985)
The first of 2 top ten hits in the US, the song features spoken words at the beginning in what sounds like an Australian accent. A "sheila" in Australian slang is a woman or girl.

Aerosmith "Janie's Got A Gun" (1989)
Originally titled "Danny's Got A Gun" after a friend of Steven Tyler, the song did not perform well on the charts reaching only #61 in the US. However, the music video was very popular and earned the band its first 2 MTV VMAs and also its first Grammy in 1991. the video is highly regarded at one of the top 100 ever made.

Europe "Carrie" (1987)
After reaching the top ten with "The Final Countdown" in 1986, this power ballad made it all the way to #3 in the US. (Man, I sound like Casey Kasem) Early versions consisted only of keyboards and vocals.

Michael Jackson "Billie Jean" (1983)
#1 on the US charts for seven weeks, it was a large contributing factor for making the album Thriller the best selling album of all time. It also produced two of Jackson's record of eight Grammy awards in 1983. Jackson explained on numerous occasions that he based the song on "groupies" he encountered while he was with the Jackson 5.

Oak Ridge Boys "Elvira" (1981)
(Yes, I did just purposefully include a country song on this playlist.) This crossover hit peaked at #5 on the US mainstream charts and forever instilled us with the lyrics "ba-oom papa oom papa oom papa mow mow." The song was actually a cover tune,originally written and released by Dallas Frazier in 1966.

Boston "Amanda" (1986)
The only #1 hit for Boston stayed atop the charts for two weeks in 1986. One of the rare 80s songs that reached #1 with no music video being produced.

Richard Marx "Angelia" (1989)
He proved he was one of the great balladeers of the late 80s with this song reaching #4 on the US charts. I'm not ashamed to say that the first real concert I ever attended was when my mom asked me to go see Richard Marx on his Repeat Offender tour. Laugh all you want, but Marx was the first recording artist to have his first seven singles reach the top 5 on the US charts.

John Cougar Mellancamp "Jack & Diane" (1982)
Written in part about his own life experiences, "Jack & Diane" became the most popular couple in America for 4 weeks on the US charts. I made a connection this song as a kid because my hometown in PA had a Tastee-Freez. Although, I preferred pizzaburgers to chili dogs.

Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" (1983)One of the most celebrated one hit wonders of the 80s, this song managed to knock "Billie Jean" off its seven week perch atop the charts in 1983. Although the very next week, Michael Jackson would then replace it with "Beat It."

Laura Branigan "Gloria" (1982)
Originally written and recorded in Italian, Branigan's English version reached #2 on the US charts and also became an top ten hit in 7 other countries. It would stay on the US charts for 36 consecutive weeks, breaking a record at the time for a female recording artist.

Tommy Tutone "867-5309 (Jenny)" (1981)
Another celebrated one hit wonder, "Jenny" would peak at #4 on the US charts and cause everyone in America to attempt to call the number. Band members have given conflicting stories of whether the girl or phone number was real. Either way, it's still used in pop culture, tv shows, and video game cheat codes until this day.

Elton John "Nikita" (1985)
Sir Elton's crush on an East German borderguard (you can be the judge of the gender) vaulted this song to #7 on the US charts. George Michael contributed the backup vocals.

Steve Winwood "Valerie" (1982 & 1987)
The "King of the 5 Minute Song" as I like to call him, Winwood benefitted from a re-release on this single. The song made it only to #70 on the US charts in '82, but a remixed version was included on his Chronicles compilation album and charted all the way into the top ten in '87.


80s Car Art

I love the 80s, but these people really know how to show it!!

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