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Episode 13: 80s Movie Villains

Welcome back to a new podcast episode! This week is another 80s crossover event from the 80s League! This month’s topic is 80s Movie Villains. Robert and Paul go through some of their favorite/most hated 80s movie villains. Paul also broke down and watched last year’s Ghostbusters movie. Come hear the exclusive review in this show. There is a new Play This, Not That, featuring Survivor. We had a Remember That Song winner, so there is a new one this week.

We would love to hear who some of your favorite 80s villains are. Please comment below, or email us at returnto80s@gmail.com.


Opening Segment of this 80s Crossover Event


Check out these sites that are participating this month:

80s Reboot Overdrive

Killer Kitsch

Old School Evil

Rediscover the 80s

Stuck in the 80s

Weegiemidget

Robert’s Return to the ’80s article

– Paul’s Ghostbusters (2016) review

– Robert’s Journey article – In Defense of Journey Without Steve Perry

– Journey dedicating “Lights” to John Wetton

– R.I.P. Chuck Berry

Play This, Not That – Survivor

Instead of “Eye of the Tiger”

Play “Rebel Girl”

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Take It on the Run” by REO Speedwagon

Winner: Candy (@candyissodandy)

New Song: Around the 15:50 mark

80s Trivia

No winners last week. The question is around the 16:10 mark

’80s Movie Villains

– Ian McDiarmid – the Emperor from Return of the Jedi (The Empire Strikes Back was edited to include McDiarmid in the 2004 re-release)

– Thomas Wilson – Biff Tannen from Back to the Future

– Mr. T – Clubber Lang from Rocky III

– Anne Ramsey, Robert Davi, and Joe Pantoliano – The Fratellis from The Goonies

– Clancy Brown – The Kurgan from Highlander

– Alan Rickman – Hans Gruber from Die Hard

– Jim Youngs – Chuck Cranston from Footloose

– Steven Berkoff – Victor Maitland from Beverly Hills Cop

– Glenn Close – Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction

– William Zabka and Martin Kove – Johnny Lawrence and John Kreece from The Karate Kid

Closing

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Remember That Song: 3/22/17

Can you name the artist and song:

Now I’m lonely never more
Since you came into my life


Last Song: “Be Near Me” by ABC from the album How to Be a … Zillionaire! (1985)

Great job Kelly (@KellyCiesielski) and Aurora (@Aurora_Lenore)

All my dreams came true last night, all my hopes and fears
All my dreams came true once more, in tears, in tears

Remember That Song: 3/21/17

Can you name the artist and song:

All my dreams came true last night, all my hopes and fears
All my dreams came true once more, in tears, in tears


Last Song: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison from the album Open Up and Say… Ahh! (1988)

Hear the DJ say love’s a game of easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has it ever felt like this

Remember That Song: 3/15/17

Can you name the artist and song:

Hear the DJ say love’s a game of easy come and easy go
But I wonder does he know
Has it ever felt like this


Last Song: “Human” by The Human League from the album Crash (1986)

Great job Andrew (@WassyTLO)!!!

So many nights I longed to hold you
So many times I looked and saw your face
Nothing could change the way I feel
No one else could ever take your place

In Defense of Journey Without Steve Perry

In Defense of Journey Without Steve Perry

by Robert Mishou

I LOVE JOURNEY! ever since I bought the Escape album with my own money in 1981. I had heard their songs on the radio for years as a kid, but when I heard “Stone in Love” I knew two things: that I had to have this album and that Journey would become one of my favorite bands of all time. As it turns out, I was right. I bought everything that Journey put out after Escape, got a hold of everything before Escape, and bought all of the music the band put out as solo artists or with other musicians. I follow the band and it members on Twitter and I am eagerly anticipating seeing them perform on March 25 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Oh, wait, wait . . . that’s not Journey – Steve Perry is not with them.

So?

If you follow guitarist Neal Schon on Twitter, you will understand what I am about to say. I am appalled at how many Journey “fans” ask Neal about Steve Perry. They ask and ask and ask. Neal replies (again, again, and again) patiently that the ball is in Perry’s court. If he wants to come back to the band, he will be welcomed back with open arms (see that, two Journey songs in one sentence).

Journey has been an excellent rock band since the release of their first album Journey in 1975. Album sales were not great, but they followed with Look into the Future (1976) and Next (1977). While each of these albums performed better than their predecessor, Journey was not a huge hit. With the Infinity album, things changed. The band added a vocalist, Steve Perry, and they took off. This album included classic rock hits “Wheel in the Sky” and “Lights.” The band started to hit the radio and the charts. They did not have any huge hits yet, but they were clearly on their way. Their next two albums Evolution and Departure would be Journey’s first top 20 albums and contain their first legitimate hits, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” and “Any Way You Want It.” They followed these albums with a string of top 4 albums: Escape (#1), Frontiers (#2), and Raised on Radio (#4). These albums contain such Journey classics as “Open Arms”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”, and “Be Good to Yourself.”

As we all know, Raised on Radio would be their last release for ten years. The band fractured a bit; Steve Perry had some health issues, and . . . well, you know. Trial By Fire would be released in 1996, but it would be the band’s last album with Steve Perry on vocals. Yes, Perry has what many consider the best voice in rock. I love him and the songs he has with Journey – – but is it time we moved on. Journey is still an excellent rock band who has continued to produce fantastic albums and, more importantly, play live shows that live up to their legendary name and are packed with fans. I will not discuss the “Perry years” here; instead I will defend Journey as a band who deserves their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and should be supported as an all time great American rock band.

Let’s begin with plain old musicianship. It is impossible to define Journey as anything but a tight group of musicians who play as well as anyone out there. The present line up of Steve Smith (drums), Ross Vallory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), and Neal Schon (guitars) are just plain good. Let’s just isolate Schon. No one can deny that the riffs he plays with Journey are excellent! Need a reminder? Just pop in the song “Escape.” Need I say more? Do you still need more convincing? OK, let’s give a listen to Schon’s work outside of Journey. He has several solo albums: Late Night, Vortex, The Calling to name three (my personal favorite track is “I’ll Cover You” from the first album listed here). Schon also released two albums with keyboardist Jan Hammer, Untold Passion and Here to Stay (give “No More Lies” a listen). He was also a part of two groups: HSAS with Sammy Hagar (listen to “Missing You”) and Hardline’s first album Double Eclipse (listen to anything on this album). What all of these have in common is the presence of a virtuoso guitarist who can play any number of musical styles. Yes, Neal Schon can rock – and he does – but he can do so much more. Watch Schon play live, no matter what the songs are, is most assuredly worth the price of admission.

Great musicians keep releasing high quality albums, not matter who is singing. Since Steve Perry’s departure, Journey has released four original albums: Arrival (Steve Agueri on vocals), Generations (Steve Augeri on vocals), Revelation (Arnel Pineda on vocals), and Eclipse (Arnel Pineda on vocals). The last two of these albums with Pineda both reached the top 20 on the album charts. On these albums the band still sounds great! Solid rock music with some experimentation and some fusion of sounds. Several songs like “Never Walk Away” and “After All These Years”, and “Higher Place” are just plain ol’ classic Journey tracks. Are any of these albums Escape? No, of course not, but consider other bands and ask what their best album is. Are all of them great? Does U2 have another Joshua Tree? Does Bon Jovi have another Slippery When Wet? (OK, New Jersey is dang close). I think you get my point, Escape may be the pinnacle of Journey albums, but there is no reason to ignore what has been done since 1981. As much as I love Raised on Radio, it does not hold a candle to the brilliance of Escape.

Take musicianship and post-Perry albums, now add concert receipts. Journey still sells concert tickets. Vocalist Arnel Pineda clearly sounds quite a bit like Steve Perry, and perhaps this has helped ticket sales, who knows? Pineda’s story is amazing and he is a great vocalist. I would love to have Pineda’s talents; I would be on the road right now, belting out Journey classics – “Someday, love will find you, break those chains that bind you . . .”, but I digress. Simply put, the man can sing and he deserves the respect of all Journey fans. In fact, the entire band does.

I am no different than the rest of you Journey fans – I miss Steve Perry. I wish he was still with the band singing those classic tunes. I never had the chance to see Journey perform live with Perry, although I have several live cds and dvds. I know it is not the same. I would give anything to have Perry lead me (and the crowd) in the Na-Na-Na-Na-Na chorus of “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”, but it is not going to happen. Instead of pining for this and tweeting Neal Schon endless and repetitive questions about Perry’s return, I chose to enjoy Journey for who they are, a legendary American rock band! I will continue to listen to all of the albums. I travel with my Journey Essentials collection and Time 3 and will continue to do so. I am thrilled that they finally received the Rock and Roll Hall of fame induction that they have deserved for years.

I will attend the Journey concert (with Asia opening for them) in a few weeks. I will sing all of the songs with Arnel. I will bounce my head to Ross’s bass. I will pump my first with Steve’s drums. And I will air guitar with Neal until my fingers bleed. Journey is Journey – appreciate them while we still have them.

Come back here in a few weeks for a review of their show.


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Remember That Song: 3/13/17

Can you name the artist and song:

So many nights I longed to hold you
So many times I looked and saw your face
Nothing could change the way I feel
No one else could ever take your place


Last Song: “Finish What Ya Started” by Van Halen from the album OU812 (1988)

Great job, Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

I like to look, to long run
I like to take each step, one by one
Right on time, you will arrive
By keepin’ the dream alive

Remember That Song: 3/10/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I like to look, to long run
I like to take each step, one by one
Right on time, you will arrive
By keepin’ the dream alive


Last Song: “On the Wings of Love” by Jeffrey Osborne from the album Jeffrey Osborne (1982)

Great job RMJR (@14rmjr)!!!

Up and above the clouds
The only way to fly is

Episode 12: This Week in March 1984

Hey Everybody! Time for a new Return to the ’80s podcast episode! Today, Robert and Paul Return to the week ending March 10, 1984. We count down the top 10 hits from that week, as well as see what the top movies were at this time. And we take a look at what was on television this week too. We also pay tribute to Bill Paxton and Judge Wapner. There is also a new Play This, Not That. There were still no winners for Remember That Song, so it is still up for grabs. However, we had winners from ’80s Trivia, so we have a new question this week. Now, come with us, and Return to the week ending March 10, 1984.



Opening

– Talking up Schitt’s Creek
– Upcoming #80sMovieVillains event from The 80s League

Play This, Not That – Cutting Crew

Instead of “(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight”

Play “One For the Mockingbird”

Shall We Play a Game

Remember That Song

No winners yet. To get the lyrics, listen around the 13:05 mark. You can email your answer to returnto80s@gmail.com.

’80s Trivia

Last Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?
Answer: E.F. Hutton
Great job Jim and @oldschool80s!!!

New Question: Start listening around the 15:10 mark. Again, if you know the answer, you can email it to us at returnto80s@gmail.com

R.I.P.

Bill Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017)

Judge Wapner (November 15, 1919 – February 26, 2017)

Main Topic – This Week in 1984

10. “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club

9. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins


Top 10 movies this week in 1984


8. “Here Comes the Rain Again” by the Eurythmics

7. “I Want a New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News


TV lineup this week in 1984


6. “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon

5. “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

3. “99 Luftballons” by Nena

2. “Girls Just Want to Have” Fun by Cyndi Lauper

1. “Jump” by Van Halen

Closing

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Remember That Song: 3/7/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running ’round my brain.


Last Song: “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters from the album Break Out (1983)

Great job RMJR (@14rmjr)!!!

Someone stole my brand new Chevrolet
And the rent is due, I got no place to stay