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Even in the '80s, 'This World of Water' was still New Musik to us

Our relentless search for lost music of the '80s took a week off while Steve Spears weathered Hurricane Irma. The hurricanes of the past month has reminded us how powerful water can be and so we tip our hats to those who now are trying to get back to normal after the hurricanes with New Musik and This World Of Water.

More than a year ago, we featured New Musik and their catchy Living By Numbers that was a U.K. hit in 1980. Their follow-up single was This World Of Water, which also hit U.K. Top 40 peaking at No. 31. The lyrics for This World Is Water talk about what the residents of Florida, Texas, Louisiana and other areas have been feeling about water always rising and the struggle to survive. The video for This World Of Water is more lighthearted with the synth pop band from England sporting matching white outfits, sunglasses and synthesizers on the beach. 

New Musik suffered the fate of many other bands when record company woes facilitated their demise, but lead singer Tony Mansfield went on to become a successful producer including all of Naked Eyes big hits.

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OMD announces dates for extensive North American tour

OMD fans have been waiting for this for a long time: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has just announced a huge tour of North America set to begin in spring 2018. Three Florida stops are included in their road trip. reports the tour is in support of the band's new album - The Punishment of Luxury- released earlier this month. (You can buy a copy from their official website.)

For those living across the pond, OMD still has some live dates coming up this fall. Click here for a complete list.

It feels like it's been forever since Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have given a proper tour of the states. OMD gained their widest fame after If You Leave appeared on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. But longtime fans will be on their feet for Tesla Girls, Joan of Arc, So In Love, Dreaming and, of course, Enola Gay. This is easily the first can't-miss tour of 2018.


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Why didn't anybody want to record 'Waiting For a Star to Fall?'

Friday's feel-good song is Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. It came up on YouTube this morning while I was listening to a much-needed binge of softer pop by the British band Breathe, but that has nothing to do with today's tale. 

Turns out Waiting for a Star to Fall was inspired by an actual falling star that songwriter Shannon Rubicam (greatest name ever) witnessed during a Whitney Houston concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Rubicam and songwriting partner (later husband) George Merrill penned the tune and offered to Whitney Houston's camp for her to record. (Makes sense, right? And you can totally hear her singing it!) Sadly, they rejected it. It's an odd turn of events since the songwriters had already given Whitney two of her biggest hits - How Will I Know? and I Wanna Dance with Somebody

"It was a big night for us. There we are in a crowd of 8,000 people standing on their feet cheering to one of our songs," Merrill would later explain to …

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'Iiiiiiirrrrrmaaaa!' Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan gets encore date after hurricane

When Hurricane Irma took out the Caribbean and Florida last weekend, it also destroyed the dreams of Star Trek fans across the Southeast. Many were unable to attend special screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which were set for Sept. 10 and 13. 

Thankfully, like Mr. Spock coming back from the grave in Star Trek 3, we get another shot at this. Fathom Events has announced that Wrath of Khan will play again in select theaters on Sept. 21. Go here for a list of participating venues - though we hear the list is still growing. 


5. “He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!”

4. “Jim, I'm your doctor and I'm also your friend. Get back your command! Get it back before you turn into part of this collection, before you really do grow old.”

3. “Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space!”

2. “I have been... and always shall be... your friend.”


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Could this be the cheesiest or best video by Hall & Oates?

I can’t get enough of this video of Out of Touch by Hall & Oates. The opening transitional bit from their song Dance on Your Knees. Daryl and John playing super large instruments. Lots of tumbling and every video special effect we had in the ‘80s.

The tune itself was the first single from Hall & Oates’ 1984 album Big Bam Boom. (Their TWELFTH studio album!!) The album would peak at No. 5 on the charts and sold three million copies, but critics weren’t that impressed. Why? Well, it wasn’t as focused as 1981’s Private Eyes or 1982’s H2O. The duo would produce only one more studio album in the ‘80s - 1988’s Ooh Yeah!, which went platinum with only Everything Your Heart Desires as a Top 10 hit.

BTW, Out of Touch was No. 1 on the charts. Not so out of touch after all.

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New podcast: Favorite movie, TV teachers of the '80s

There were SO MANY great teacher roles in TV and film in the '80s. How do you boil it down to just three for a podcast? Easy! You just cover the rest in future episodes. To mark the beginning of another school year, Stuck in the '80s chose three teachers to honor in this week's episode - figures from Head of the Class, Stand and Deliver and Better Off Dead.

Also, we begin a new trivia-style seggie this week, hosted by everyone's favorite - Jen with One N. So far, the reaction has been all positive. Maybe we'll invite listeners to join us for future weeks. 

Hope you enjoy the show. 

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Watch Rami Malek perform as Freddie Mercury at Live Aid

By now, most Queen fans know that a Freddie Mercury biopic is in the works with actor Rami Malek portraying the legendary frontman. The film - tentatively called Bohemian Rhapsody - is set for a 2018 release. We finally just got our first video teaser of Malek as Mercury, performing the title song at Live Aid in 1985. It's chilling. 

The movie reportedly chronicles the band's years leading up to that Live Aid performance, which revitalized Queen's career. By the way, the surviving members of the band are serving as executive producers. You can see Brian May off to the side of the stage in this Instagram pic

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Depeche Mode cancels Tampa concert after Hurricane Irma

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If '80s fans in Tampa were expecting some great reward by attending Wednesday's Depeche Mode show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, then we're sad to tell you the blasphemous rumors are true: The band has canceled that gig. 

In a Facebook post this afternoon, Depeche Mode wrote:  …

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'The Impossible Fortress' will make you feel 14 again

Ever since finishing reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (for the fifth time), I’ve been looking for another love letter to the ‘80s to grab my attention. The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak has delivered on that. 

Like Ready Player One, ‘80s fans will find The Impossible Fortress is saturated with pop culture spotlights on everything we hold dear from our beloved decade: TV shows, Phil Collins music and even the never-ending quest to secure a copy of Playboy.

It’s an edition of Playboy, in fact, that gets the plot started. Set in the year 1987, the book follows the tales of three boys who fill their nights with marathon sessions of board games, boxes of Pop-Tarts and ever-ending binges of MTV. That is until they discover that Vanna White is on this month’s cover of Playboy. Suddenly, all other priorities fall to the side as Billy, Alf and Clark - love the names - conduct one doomed plan after another to obtain copies.  …

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Checking out the '80s food options after Hurricane Irma

Man, I've never been so hungry for things I don't have after Hurricane Irma. "I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato salad..."

Sadly, much like Spalding Smails in Caddyshack, I'll get nothing and like it. Still no power at the Spears Lair, which is beginning more and more to smell like you'd imagine the smell of the boys' locker room in Weird Science. Just with far fewer jock straps. But what I wouldn't give for Robert Downey Jr. to dump an ice-cold slushie on my head.

Seriously beginning to lose my mind here in Florida. 


5. “Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?”

4. “A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.”

3. "How about a Fresca?"

2. “Hey, doll. Could you scare up another round for our table over here? And tell the cook this is low grade dog food. I've had better food at the ballgame, you know? This steak still has marks from where the jockey was hitting it.” …

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35 years ago this week, ‘Sorry’ was the least hardest word

What’s more amazing about the Billboard Hot 100 chart 35 years ago this week: That 7 of the 10 songs are by artists inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame? That John “Don’t Call Me” Cougar has two songs in the top 10? Or that Eye of the Tiger by Survivor is either the best homage or worst ironic pick in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma? 

Ding, ding, ding! It’s all of the above. Actually, this week was dominated by Chicago and their tune Hard to Say I'm Sorry, which got a nice bump by being included in the finale of the movie Summer Lovers. 

Here’s the top 10 tunes on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of Sept. 11, 1982:

1. Hard to Say I’m Sorry (Chicago)

2. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)

3. Abracadabra (The Steve Miller Band)

4. Jack & Diane (John Cougar)

5. Even The Nights Are Better (Air Supply)

6. You Should Hear How She Talks About You (Melissa Manchester)

7. Hold Me (Fleetwood Mac)

8. Hurts So Good (John Cougar)

9. Wasted On the Way (Crosby, Stills & Nash)

10. Take It Away (Paul McCartney)

BTW, the three bands that are NOT in the Rock Hall? Survivor, Melissa Manchester and Air Supply.

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Five ‘80s movies to make us feel better about Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma really clobbered us here in Florida. From St. Petersburg (where “Ma Times” still hosts this blog) to my rustic hamlet outside Orlando called Casselberry, Irma left a swatch of homes and streets without electricity, without passage and most importantly, without the power to watch ‘80s movies. 

Most of the truly memorable movies about storms happened outside the ‘80s (Cast Away, The Perfect Storm, The Poseidon Adventure). And while 1990’s Joe vs. The Volcano was technically not an ‘80s movie, everything about this Tom Hanks flick is so over the top, the ‘80s has successfully sued for guardianship. Not just one disaster - the volcano eruption obviously - but also the storm at sea that sinks Meg Ryan’s beloved sailboat, the Tweedledee.

Still, our beloved decade gave us a few moments on film that put even Hurricane Irma into perspective.

Here are five favorite stormy moments of the ‘80s:  …

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Even in the '80s, the Big Apple was on all our minds

Another anniversary of 9-11 has taken place and while the tragedy hasn't been forgotten, the important news of present, like Hurricane Irma, seems to displace it from front page news. One nice thing about '80s videos is many of them are like snapshots of simpler times in New York City just like the video for Big Apple by Kajagoogoo.

Several years ago we commemorated the 9-11 anniversary and the Twin Towers with AC/DC and Shake Your Foundations. This year we go from hard rock to new wave with Big Apple by Kajagoogoo. When Kajagoogoo is mentioned,  it is pretty much as on the list of one-hit-wonders as Too Shy was one of the signature songs of the British New Wave Invasion of 1983. When lead singer Limahl left the same year, bassist Nick Beggs and his unusual pigtails took over singing duties. …

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Gowan's 'Criminal Mind' is more of a guilty pleasure

It is almost criminal that in the U.S. many Canadian artists never got the time of day on radio and MTV back in the '80s. If restitution is in order, we'll start the process on Stuck in the '80s by showcasing Gowan and his award-winning video of A Criminal Mind.

Last summer we exposed Gowan with his elegant Canadian hit Moonlight Desires from 1987, but today the searchlight shines on his biggest hit entitled A Criminal Mind, which made it to No. 5 on the Canadian charts in 1985.

In 1983, music video director Rob Quartly made his name when he directed Corey Hart's Sunglasses At Night and in 1985, Gowan and Quartly teamed up with big ambitions to create a groundbreaking video. The results were outstanding as A Criminal Mind won the Juno for Best Music Video of 1985.

The video for A Criminal Mind is part animation - like a graphic novel with stylish sets that are not so unsimilar from the look of a Harry Potter movie, although instead of Hogwarts, the School Of Reform For Budding Arch Criminals. The dramatic nature of the lyrics of A Criminal Mind lends to the video each time the chorus ends with Gowan sinisterly declaring that he indeed has a criminal mind. …

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Adam Ant reschedules 3 Florida shows in advance of Hurricane Irma

Adam Ant may be a dandy highway man, but he's also smart enough to know when to stay off the highways and bunker down. And with Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida this weekend, now's the right time to be a goody-two-shoes and cancel those three Florida gigs he had booked. 

Adam's management has announced that his Sept. 8 show at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre, Sept. 9's show at Orlando's Beacham Theatre and the Sept. 10 show at Jacksonville's Florida Theatre will be rescheduled for later dates. 

We'll post the new dates as soon as we have them.

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