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Remember That Song: 3/31/17

Can you name the artist, song, and complete the lyrics:

She said, come on baby, I got a license for love
And if it expires, pray help from above
Because
In the midnight hour ___ _____ ____ ____ ____


Last Song: “Notorious” by Loverboy from the album Wildside (1987)

Every mother’s nightmare
Every schoolboy’s dream

Quote of the Day: Ordinary People

Conrad “Con” Jarrett: It’s impossible after all the shit I’ve pulled.

Dr. Berger: What shit have you pulled?

[pause]

Dr. Berger: Hey, remember, I’m talking proportion here, now what shit?

[pause]

Dr. Berger: C’mon, you must be able to come up with at least one example.

[pause]

Dr. Berger: And don’t give me, “I tried to kill myself.” That’s old turkey.

Happy 82nd Birthday to Judd Hirsch!!!

Quotes of the Day: Weird Science and Rain Man

Weird Science

Lisa: This is a nuclear missile!

Chet: I didn’t think it was a whale’s dick, honey!


Rain Man

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[Raymond blows their ruse to get into a farmhouse to watch The People’s Court]

Charlie: That’s it. You blew it. You don’t get to see your program. Finished.

Raymond: One minute to Wapner.

Charlie: Yes, one minute to Wapner. I had you in there, Ray! You were in there! The defendant, the plaintiff, you had it all. They are in there making legal history. *Legal history!*

 

R.I.P. Bill Paxton and Judge Wapner

 

Return to the ’80s Podcast Now Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play

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Top 10 Protest or Socially Conscious Songs from the ‘80s – Russians by Sting

Russians by Sting

by Robert Mishou

I am an enormous Sting fan. I got hooked on him with the Police’s album Synchronicity. I own and continually listen to the entire Police and Sting catalog because of his songwriting abilities (are you seeing a theme here?). This song caught my attention because, like most of us living in the ‘80s and the Cold War, I was convinced that nuclear war was inevitable. In this song Sting speaks directly to my fears and urges those in power to consider the innocents. Sting echoes the situation during this period of the Cold War:

In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria.
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets.
Mister Krushchev said, “We will bury you.

This resonated with me because I was fully aware that there were Russian missiles pointed at the American base I lived on and that we had just as many missiles pointed at them. It is Sting’s chorus to this song that really hit me then, and now:

We share the same biology, regardless of ideology.
Believe me when I say to you,
I hope the Russians love their children too

Sting does not place blame solely on the Russians, the Americans also play their part in this conflict:

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the president
There’s no such thing as a winnable war,
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.
Mister Reagan says, “We will protect you.”
I don’t subscribe to this point of view

The sound of this song has a foreboding feel to it and it still haunts me a it today. So far, I am very thankful that enough leaders seem to take Sting’s message to heart and show that we still love our children enough to avoid nuclear annihilation.

Coming Soon – Slippery When Wet

Hello ’80s Nation! Return to the ’80s will be recording a podcast episode about Slippery When Wet. Bon Jovi just came out with a new album. And it is 30 years ago this year that the classic ’80s album, Slippery When Wet, was released.

We would love to hear from you. Please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com, or comment below, about any memories or feelings you have about this album, or the band in general. Your message will be read on the air, if you’d like. Also, feel free to email us about anything ’80s.

Remember That Song: 10/10/16

Can you name the artist and song:

Asking all kinds of questions
To myself
But never finding the answers,
Crying at the top of my voice, and no one listening


Last Song: “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl” by The Spinners from the album Dancin’ And Lovin’ (December 14, 1979)

Now my nights are long and lonely
And I ain’t too proud, babe, I just miss you so
Girl, but you’re too proud, and you won’t give in

Remember That Song: 9/13/16

Can you name the artist and song:

I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It’s the only way to live


Last Song: “Camouflage” by Stan Ridgway from the album The Big Heat (1986)

Well, we fought all night, side by side, we took our battle stance
And I wondered how the bullets missed this man
‘Cause they seemed to go right through him, just as if he wasn’t there
And in the mornin’ we both took a chance and ran