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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

80s Timeworn Twelves: "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"

"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis (1987)

From the 1986 album Invisible Touch, "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" was one of five singles to make it to the top 4 on the US charts. There are two common versions of the song, the album version (8:53) and the radio-friendly remix. (4:32) The 12" record single include the remix and an extended mix that added almost 3 minutes to the album version. (11:44) Two other tracks were included on the 12" record single. "In The Glow of the Night (Part One)" was taken from the same Invisible Touch album. The other track "Paperlate" was a previous released single from the 3X3 EP album, which featured the horn section from the band Earth, Wind, and Fire. Before it was released as a single in March 1987, "Tonight" was used in an episode of Magnum, P.I. in February.

Click below to hear the 12" extended version of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight."

Click below to hear "Paperlate", also featured on the 12" record single.


Thanks to Discogs.Com and Wikipedia for art and record info

Monday, January 9, 2012

Silver Anniversaries of 2012



We had great reception to our 30 year anniversaries last week. Let's continue the tributes this week with a look at 1987 and the silver anniversaries in 2012!

25 Year Anniversaries in 2012

EVENTS
  • Jan 8, 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 2,000 for the first time, gaining 8.30 to close at 2,002.25. 
  • Jan 25, 1987:  New York Giants win 39-20 over the Denver Broncos in Superbowl XXI.
  • Mar 4, 1987: U.S. President Ronald Reagan addresses the American people on the Iran-Contra Affair, acknowledging that his overtures to Iran had 'deteriorated' into an arms-for-hostages deal. 
  • Mar 24, 1987: Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and French Prime Minister and future President of France, Jacques Chirac, sign the agreement to construct the 4,800 acre Euro Disney Resort (now called Disneyland Paris.)
  • May 11, 1987: Klaus Barbie goes on trial in Lyon for war crimes committed during World War II. He is sentenced on July 4 to life inprisonment.
  • May 17, 1987: U.S.S. Stark is hit by two Iraqi-owned Exocet AM39 air-to-surface missiles killing 37 sailors.
  • June 12, 1987: During a visit to Berlin, Germany, U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  • June 14, 1987: Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers defeat their long time rivals Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA finals 106-93, winning the NBA title.
  • July 11, 1987: World population is estmated to reach five billion people, estimated according to the United Nations.
  • Aug 14, 1987: The first Aeropostale clothing store, a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, opens in New York City, New York.
  • Nov 25, 1987: Category 5 Typhoon Nina smashes the Philippines with 165 miles per hour winds and a devastating storm surge, causing destruction and 1,036 deaths.
  • Dec 20, 1987: In history's worst peacetime sea disaster, the passenger ferry MV Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lite-Brite in the 80s

Did you have a Lite-Brite in the 80s??



Lite-Brite was a very popular toy in the 80s, although it was created in 1967 and is still sold today. Now in flatscreens and cubes, those of us that had Lite-Brite in the 80s remember the large white box and black peg board front. The sky was the limit for really creative kids or if you were like me, those clumsy black paper patterns were needed to do create something halfway decent.
My Lite-Brite always seemed to have one peg that was impossible to pry from the board. Here's a board you shouldn't have any trouble with...have a little creative fun on us.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

80s Exam: Name That Catch Phrase 2

Can you name the "catch phrase" of these 80s movie, TV, and cartoon characters?
Leave a comment with your answers!

#1


#2

#3

Friday, January 6, 2012

80s Motivational Posters 2



Thursday, January 5, 2012

80s Literal Music Video "China Girl"

Another great addition to the literal music videos we've posted on Rediscover the 80s. This time it's DustoMcNeato who takes the music video to David Bowie's 1983 hit "China Girl" and turns it into literal fun! Some fun facts about this song is that it was co-written and originally released by Iggy Pop in 1977. Bowie's version, included on the Let's Dance album, features legend Stevie Ray Vaughn on guitar.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Commodore 64 Turns 30 Years Old!!

Happy 30th Birthday, Commodore 64!


The Commodore 64 8-bit computer, the best selling personal computer of all time, was introduced in January 1982. It was released to the public in August 1982 and production continued until April 1994. During that span of almost 12 years, as many as 17 million units total were sold!! 



In the mid 80s, as many as 2 million units were being sold a year! The C64 has continued to have a passionate following from loyal users even to the point of recreation. In June 2011, a new and improved Commodore 64 was introduced. From the initial 8-bit, 5 1/4 inch floppy drive, 64 kilobytes of RAM, whizzing 1.023 MHz CPU to the eye-spinning 8 Gigabytes of Ram, 3.3 GHz CPU, multi-port (USB and CD/DVD) Commodore 64x (Extreme). However, the original 8-bit Operating System remains.

The original C64 had 64kb RAM
This impressive computer was equal to, if not ahead, of the competition during its reign and many of us 80s fans continue to remember and enjoy this piece of our heritage. 

A BIG thanks to RD80s contributor Wyatt Bloom
stats courtesy Wikipedia

Monday, January 2, 2012

80s Timeworn Twelves: "Blue Monday"


"Blue Monday" by New Order (1983)

New Order's "Blue Monday" is the best selling 12" record of all time. Regarded by many as one of the most important Synthpop songs, it peaked at #9 on the UK charts and #5 on the US Hot Dance Club chart in 1983. The 12" version of Blue Monday was actually the version that was played on the radio, even though it was 7 minutes and 29 seconds. At that length, it is also one of the longest songs ever to chart. The B side is a track called "The Beach", which is a reworked instrumental of "Blue Monday." The main reason that the 12" single sold very well was that neither song appeared on New Order's next album Power, Corruption, & Lies.
In 1988, producer Quincy Jones remixed the song, titled "Blue Monday 88," and is the version most oftened heard in the US. It featured a shortened 4:07 radio version & a 7:10 version, the first of which charted at #3 in the UK and at #1 on the US Dance chart. In 1995, another remixed version "Blue Monday-95" was released and charted in the UK. American electronic rock band Orgy covered "Blue Monday" and charted in the top 5 on the US Alternative and Dance charts in 1999. Hear my opinion of the Orgy cover along with other recent alternative 80s covers in my recent column on Under Scoop FIRE.

Click below to hear the original "Blue Monday" 12" version.




Thanks to Discogs.Com and Wikipedia for art and record info

Sunday, January 1, 2012

30 Year Anniversaries in 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!
I'm really looking forward to more fun on Rediscover The 80s and interacting with you in 2012! We've got some great stuff planned already like contests, podcasts, and more of the same content that we've been posting over the last several months.

It's hard to believe that 1982 was 30 years ago! Anyone feel old yet?
Let's take a look at some 30 year anniversaries from the 80s that will happen in 2012.

30 Year Anniversaries in 2012

EVENTS
  • Jan 9, 1982: The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is introduced by Commodore International at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show.
  • Jan 13, 1982: Shortly after takeoff, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge and falls into the Potomac River, killing 78. On the same day, a Washington Metro train derails to the north, killing 3 (the system's first fatal accident).
  • Apr 6, 1982: A blizzard unprecedented in size for April dumps 1–2 feet of snow on the northeastern United States, closing schools and businesses, snarling traffic, and canceling several major league baseball games.
  • May 30, 1982: Cal Ripken, Jr. plays the first of what eventually becomes his record-breaking streak of 2,632 consecutive Major League Baseball games.
  • June 8, 1982: President Ronald Reagan becomes the first American chief executive to address a joint session of the British Parliament.
  • July 11, 1982: Italy beats West Germany 3–1 to win the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.
  • Sept 21, 1982: The first International Day of Peace (United Nations)
  • Oct 1, 1982: In Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World opens the second largest theme park, EPCOT Center, to the public for the first time.
  • Oct 20, 1982: The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6–3 in game 7 of the World Series.
  • Nov 13, 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.
  • Nov 20, 1982: University of California, Berkeley executes "The Play" in a college football game against Stanford. Completing a wacky 57-yard kickoff return that includes 5 laterals, Kevin Moen runs through Stanford band members who had prematurely come onto the field. His touchdown stands and California wins 25–20.
  • Dec 26, 1982: Time Magazine's Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.

Friday, December 30, 2011

80s Exam: Name That Catch Phrase

Can you name the "catch phrase" of these 80s movie, TV, and cartoon characters?
Leave a comment with your answers!

#1

#2

#3

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ultimate 80s New Year's Resolution Playlist

It's about that time...another year coming to a close. I, like most others, usually come up with a couple things to put on my new year's resolution list. They usually involve trying to learn a talent that I simply don't have or coming up with an over-exaggerated exercise regimen that lasts usually for about a month.

I think it's safe to say we all could stand to lose a few pounds in 2012 after all the holiday eats, so I've created a nice long 80s playlist to assist us (including myself) in getting back into shape!! Whether you plan to walk around the neighborhood, jog on a track, use the stair stepper at the gym, or run a marathon, the Ultimate 80s New Year's Resolution Playlist is here to help!!

U2 "New Years Day" (1983)
I dare you to find a better song to kick off the new year!!

Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell" (1980)
Gotta have this one on your iPod for when the neighbor's pit bull gets out and starts chasing you down the sidewalk! No other way to run but "like hell" when that happens.

Bob Seger "Against the Wind" (1980)
"I was livin' to run and runnin' to live" is a great line from this song. Seger has said this song was written from his days as a cross country runner in high school. It also features Glen Frey on backup vocals.

Flock of Seagulls "I Ran (So Far Away)" (1982)
This song is probably my favorite of the entire decade of the 80s. Seems to fit perfect with a nice long distance run. Just make sure you listen to the original and not to the Fez version from the 70s show.

Matthew Wilder "Break My Stride" (1983)
This song lyrics are a far better motivator than Matt Foley ever dreamed to be! (Although, he could do a heck of a cartwheel.) We all have the doubters around us. "Your gonna what?? Yeah right!!" Well thanks to this song you can tell those doubters that no one is gonna slow you down and you'll keep right on moving!

Bryan Adams "Run To You" (1984)
This is actually the first song I heard that started this playlist. Runners will love this song and if they need an extra boost, try the mashup version with Metallica.

Katrina and the Waves "Walking On Sunshine" (1985)
Feel that burn!..."Don't it feel good?" This up-tempo song is probably not that great for "walking." Although if you were walking on the sun, you would probably speed it up! In case you don't have the MP3, try the dozens of movies, TV shows, video games, or TV commercials that have featured it.

Dire Straits "Walk Of Life" (1985)
Another good song for cross country runners. Lead singer Mark Knopfler has told the song is about a man traveling from town to town telling stories. It's now played frequently at professional sports arenas with the famous organ melody. The video also features mid 80s sports bloopers.

Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian" (1986)
This song is for all you power walkers out there. It is still cool do the Egyptian strut across all pedestrian crosswalks, but only if you are wearing white pants. But I'm not sure if "all the cops in the donut shop" still say "wayo-wayo-way-ay-o."

Run DMC "Walk This Way" (1986)
Another great song for power walkers. But I would suggest adding some shoelaces to your Adidas and tying them before proceeding on your walk.

Huey Lewis & The News "Jacob's Ladder" (1986)
Here's a great song while you are on the elliptical machine. Lewis climbed the chart ladder all the way to #1 with this song, written by Bruce Hornsby. It was the second #1 ("Stuck With You") and one of five top ten singles from their multi-platinum selling album Fore!.

Information Society "Walking Away" (1988)
As you head down your journey to a better you, keep "walking away from things in our past and things that just won't last" as this song suggests. So please just disregard lead singer Kurt Harland's hairdo and the keytar spotted in this video.

Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (1988)
Walking 500 miles and then 500 more might take a long time, but running that far over the course of a year is doable for many runners. Featured on the 1988 album Sunshine On Leith, this song actually wasn't released as a single in the US until 1993 when it appeared on the Benny & Joon soundtrack.

Bobby Brown "Every Little Step" (1989)
One of my faves from the late 80s, when wearing your first name on your clothes was cool. "Every little step" counts when you are working toward a goal. And if running gets a little boring, dancing like in this video can definitely count as a work out!!

Tom Petty "Runnin' Down a Dream" (1989)
Most of the early morning runners will appreciate this song. Sometimes that first mile can feel like you are running through a patch of fog. You can also add this song on my list for reasons why I miss music videos on MTV!

BONUS SONG
New Kids On The Block "Step By Step" (1990)
I usually try to keep these playlists to songs released in the 80s, so I'm "stepping" away from that for a brief moment. Recorded in 1989, NKOTB scored their 3rd #1 single with the title track off their Step By Step album. A great song in case you see a hot girl running ahead of you on the track. (Considered yourselves served Corey Chapman and Joe Zicari.)

Monday, December 26, 2011

80s Timeworn Twelves: "Tainted Love"

"Tainted Love" by Soft Cell

This is the first of what I hope to be many more posts on 12" record singles of the 80s. Most of us are familiar with remixed versions of popular songs that are played mainly in clubs. Seems any DJ can remix songs nowadays, but before the digital era, 12" vinyl was our ticket to long-play extended versions of our favorite songs. They became popular in the 80s, although first introduced in 1976. Typically, these records featured the radio version of a hit single, extended versions, remixed versions, and sometimes exclusive B side songs not released on any album. I'm looking to resurrect some of these extended cut 80s songs and open our ears to what we've been missing! Our first Timeworn Twelve is a prime example.

The album version of "Tainted Love" is just 2 mins 34 secs and the single version (what we normally hear on the radio) is only 2:41. The US 12" extended version record which included "Where Did Our Love Go" at the end of the song, has a 8:58 run time which is 6 more minutes! The 12" record also featured a remixed version entitled "Tainted Dub" and an album track "Memorabilia" on the B side.

Click below to hear the "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" 12" extended version.



Thanks to Discogs.Com for art and record info

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Atari 2600 Humor: Part 3 (RD80s Originals)

I've shared some pretty hilarious Atari 2600 creations up to this point. They have been some of the more popular posts on RD80s, so I figured I'd try coming up with some of my own. I can't attribute most of the images as my creations, but I've come up with the game names and added a few tweaks here and there. Let me know what you think!!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The 80s Arcade: Spy Hunter


Spy Hunter is definitely in my top ten favorites of all time. It combined elements of the James Bond films, the Pole Position arcade game, and the TV show Knight Rider into what would be an 80s classic. Though it does not have a very successful legacy, Spy Hunter made a big impact when it was first released on quarter-spending kids such as myself. The game was encompassed around a white sports car that could transform into a speedboat and had defensive mechanisms such as oil slick and machine guns. It was then your job to drive this awesome piece of machinery and to protect the streets against various enemy vehicles. That basic premise led to sequel games and almost a movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Let's take a look back at how Spy Hunter became a favorite at the 80s arcade.

Spy hunter is a vertically scrolling driving game that was released by Bally Midway in 1983. It's controls were similar to that of 1982's driving icon Pole Position with a steering wheel, gas pedal, and a low/high gear shifter. The steering wheel was not your tradition style but more like airplane controls with two thumb firing buttons and two triggers on each handle. These buttons controlled the special weapons for your high advanced spy vehicle, including machine guns, smoke screen, oil slick, and missiles. You gained these weapons by driving into the back of a tractor trailer ala Knight Rider. Once the weapons van had you ready to unleash hell on the streets, it was your job o maneuver the "G-6155 Interceptor" to disable enemy vehicles. And if that wasn't enough, your journey was serenaded by Henry Mancini's famous Peter Gunn theme.



There were many enemies in your quest for highway domination, including a bulletproof car, a tire slashing car with protruding spikes, and a passenger in a limo with his sites set on you. If that wasn't enough, a helicopter armed with bombs would find you and create car-sized potholes in the road. Managing to survive for awhile in this death race and you could witness your car turn into a speed boat and take to the water! Survival was really the ultimate object of the game. Spy Hunter came in an upright standard cabinet model and also a sit down model. Prototypes used the James Bond theme, but the rights could not be obtained and was changed to the Peter Gunn theme for production models. In 1984, Bally Midway built on Spy Hunter's popularity by releasing a Spy Hunter pinball machine. This game is now a very rare find for pinball enthusiasts.

1987 brought the next chapter in Spy Hunter history with the arcade release of Spy Hunter II. It featured a similar setup but with dual controls for a multiplayer game. Most people would consider the sequel a major flop. It was not well received and never went into large scale production. Spy Hunter was also released to the Nintendo Entertainment System that same year, providing a great adaptation of the original arcade game. In 1991, Sunsoft also released Super Spy Hunter for NES. The game was actually not originally designed as a Spy Hunter sequel, but Bally Midway released the rights and allowed it to be marketed as such. In 2001, Midway developed what I thought was a great updated version of Spy Hunter for all major game consoles. It included some great new weapons and features, including a new motorcycle version of the Interceptor. Spy Hunter 2 was released two years later in 2003 including a new plot and theme song by Vanessa Carlton.

From 2003-2005, anticipation arose for production of a Spy Hunter film, to be released with a new video game called Spy Hunter: Nowhere To Run. Dwayne 'The Rock" Johnson was cast as the lead in both. The film never began main production due to script rewrites and time constraints by directors. Eventually Johnson left the project as well. The video game was released in 2006 featuring the first time that the agent and car could be controlled during gameplay. Even though the franchise was perhaps not as successful as others, Spy Hunter is still revered as one of the top 100 arcade games by the Killer List of Video Games. I leave you with perhaps one of my favorite TV commercials of all time. In 2008, Pontiac used Spy Hunter as the premise for it's new G8 sports car ad. I thought it was a great salute to the legacy of the franchise and its potential that was really never fully reached.


Thanks as always to Arcade-museum.com

Sunday, December 18, 2011

80s Motivational Posters

Here is a collection of 80s themed motivational posters that I've found while surfing the web. 


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Misheard 80s Lyrics "Even Downtown, Boys Are Scary"

Here's another misheard lyric that I can thank my lovely wife for. I don't mind when she does misquote songs because it gives me a chance to flex my 80s muscles at her. This wonderful misinterpretation is one of her more comical ones. The real 'Til Tuesday lyric is "keep it down now, voices carry" and her lyrics were "even downtown, boys are scary."  No matter how you sing it, it's still a great 80s song!

Here they are performing live on American Bandstand in 1985



Rediscover the music of 'Til Tuesday

Friday, December 16, 2011

80s Exam: Name That Movie Line 3

Name the line from the following 80s movie scenes:

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#2

#3

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Totally Awesome Birthday Cakes

Last month I did a fun post on my birthday. Just a few days prior I stumbled on to a picture of a birthday cake that kick-started the idea for the post. Since then I've found many more 80s themed birthday cake creations that are definitely worth sharing!





Monday, December 12, 2011

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.
 
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