2016 was a notoriously brutal year as we have lost several entertainment icons of the ’80s. Unfortunately, the year ended with a flurry. Alan Thicke suddenly passed away on December 13. We were planning on doing a segment on him for the next podcast. The day before our planned recording, we received the news that George Michael died. So, we decided to do an episode on both stars. Then the following day, Carrie Fisher died. Now, what we have here is a tribute to 3 awesome entertainers. I should also note that moments after we finished recording this, we received news that Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mother, had died. So, let’s Return to the ’80s and relive some happier times and memories. And please send us your thoughts about these stars in the comments below or you can email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com.
The day following George Michael’s death, this special tribute was made at a soccer match:
George Michael also had a great sense of humor. Here he is on the first ever, Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon:
Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)
Of course we know Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies. She also starred as Meg Ryan’s best friend in When Harry Met Sally and played Tom Hanks’ wife in The ‘Burbs.
She was also a successful writer, publishing Postcards from the Edge in 1987, and just recently published The Princess Diarist.
There are a couple of interviews with Carrie Fisher on Late Night with David Letterman. The first part is from May 30, 1983, promoting Return of the Jedi. The second is from August 27, 1987, promoting her new book Postcards from the Edge.
Hello ’80s Nation! We will be recording a new podcast episode in which we will be recapping the year 1980. As part of the recap, we will be doing a Top 10 music countdown. In the spirit of Casey Kasem, I would like to include a Long Distance Dedication. So, I am asking for a favor. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and send us your long distance dedication. It can be serious, or you can make something up, and have fun with it. Then we will read them on the air.
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We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast!!
In this episode, Robert and Paul welcome guest host Jim Vilk (@JimVilk). Do you get frustrated when you are listening to a radio station that plays ’80s music, and they always play the same song over and over for a particular artist, when you know they have other great music? Well, Return to the ’80s has a brand new segment called ‘Listen to This, Not That.’ First up…Rick Springfield.
Also, 2016 continues to wreak havoc on us, as we have 3 deaths to talk about this week.
There is a brand new Remember That Song, as well as ’80s Trivia. Then we talk about the awesome, upcoming ’80s Crossover event. This month, several ’80s blogs and podcasts will be discussing our favorite ’80s Christmas presents. Jim, Robert, and Paul talk about our favorite presents that we either received, gave, or wanted but never got.
Finally, we get into our main topic – ’80s Action/Adventure Television Theme Songs.
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We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast! After having technical difficulties, and losing a great episode about Ghostbusters (which we will have to revisit), we came back strong with some Slippery When Wet! Bon Jovi has recently released a new album, This House is Not For Sale, which was a #1 selling album. With this year being the 30th anniversary of the iconic ‘Slippery’ album, we decided to Return to 1986, and revisit it. And we are taking a guest with us on this trip – Scott from 80s Mixtape Autoreverse and 80’s Reboot Overdrive. So come check us out, and listen to our take on this classic album.
Hi Everybody, we are preparing our Ghostbusters episode for the Return to the ’80s podcast. We need your help. Have any of you seen the recent Ghostbusters movie? We would love to hear from you, and get your thoughts on it, whether it be positive or negative. Also, we would love to hear your thoughts on the original Ghostbusters, as well as Ghostbusters II. Did any of you watch the Ghostbusters cartoons? We would love to hear from you. Please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com.
You can also email us about anything ’80s. We will most likely read your email on the air. And if you haven’t caught the previous episode yet, go ahead and check it out. It is about Sitcom Theme Songs. There is also a Remember That Song and ’80s Trivia on the episode that have not been answered yet (as of the time I am writing this).
Again, you can email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com. Thank you very much!
Welcome to another episode of Return to the ’80s! This episode is the first in a series of television theme songs. Robert and Paul each pick 5 sitcom theme songs, and discuss them. A special thanks goes out to Return to the ’80s team member Sandy from Jersey for putting together these show notes. As usual, if you have any questions or comments about this episode, or anything ’80s, we would love to hear from you! Our next episode will be about Ghostbusters. Let us know if you’ve seen the new Ghostbusters movie. Also, Ghostbusters II gets trashed alot. Are there any fans if that sequel out there to defend this film? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Talks of Ghostbusters: new one being released on video
– Stranger Things coming out and how it’s a mix of 80s movies.
– Talk of inconsistency of one of the songs in Stranger Things. (Late 80s)
– Talk if how great the kids were in the show.
– Talk of Matthew Modine in Stranger Things.
– Remember that Song – Tina Marie got the answer to the question, which was “The Way It Is“, sung by Bruce Hornsby.
– Plays song.
– Robert talks of how he saw him and Huey Lewis and the News in the same month
– Tim Cook also got song right.
– Reads note that Tim wrote.
– Robert gives a new Remember That Song. Can you name the artist and song:
Working in a factory eight days a week
Try to make dollar, damn what a beat
Cartoon capers happen in reality
Rich man, poor man, living in fantasy
“Who was the producers original choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.?” Answer was Matthew Broderick which was answered by Tina Marie.
– Matthew had to decline role because his father became ill.
– New trivia- Which 2 songs in the U.S., that were sung in German, were #1 and #2 songs.
– Paul talks of old intro styles to TV shows and how he misses them, and misses opening credits.
– Covering sitcoms on this podcast, and the other categories will be split up.
Theme songs covered:
– ALF (great theme song)
– Growing Pains (a personal fave of mine) spoke of the show and how Leo and Matthew Perry were on it and how it was one of Paul’s favorite shows (mine too).
– Charles in Charge – Version 1 and Version 2
– Gimme a Break
– Head of the Class – Paul talks of when he was in the Navy and Khrystyne Haje and the Pointer Sisters came on his ship during the Gulf War.
– Fresh Prince of Bel Air
– My Two Dads (one of my favorites)
– Talks about Red Oaks – the show that is on Netflix [But Paul remembered after recording this, that it is actually on Amazon).
– Night Court (another great show)
– Diff’rent Strokes – talks about how a reunion can’t be because a lot of the characters have passed away.
– Ending – talks of covering more show tunes and speaks of Blu Ray coming out Tuesday for Ghostbusters.
– And speaks of the soundtracks.
– And rewatching Ghostbusters 2
After focusing on music the first two episodes, we now go to the big screen. This week, Paul and Robert discuss the ’80s classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Don’t be a dick like Mr. Hand. All you need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, Return to the ’80s, and you’ll be fine. Enjoy! And please leave us comments and questions at Returnto80s@gmail.com.
– Intro followed by “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s
– Paul begins the podcast by introducing today’s topic, Cuba in the ’80s, before he is interrupted
– Pizza delivery scene – Return to the ’80s style
– Robert takes the last piece of pizza as we have a feat courtesy of Mr. Spicoli
– Instead of discussing Cuba in the ’80s, we will be discussing Fast Times at Ridgemont High
– But first, we revisit Remember That Song and Trivia from Episode 1. Since we have not received any answers yet, we are throwing these back out there in case anybody missed it.
Remember That Song
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old lady’s eyes
Just for fun he says, “Get a job.”
I’m sure we would have done an episode focused on Prince. However, we never expected that we would have to do one so soon. Sadly, Prince passed away on April 21, 2016. So, here is our tribute to this music (and ’80s) legend.
[First, we would like to send a big Thank You to Sandy for putting together these show notes. You can check out her blog, Totally ’80s Fur Suree!]
– Intro to Prince show, starting with “Let’s Go Crazy.” (speaks of the afterworld)
– Paul and Robert introduce themselves
– Hosts speak of losing Prince, and mention losing David Bowie, Glenn Frey as well.
– Hosts speak of where they were when they heard of Prince’s death, and their disbelief in it.
– Dealing with avoiding tabloid rumors and enjoying his music and seeing him on the big screen again (which I recently have done).
– Shout out to two friends from the 2 Friends Talking podcast and how they had their own Prince tribute, and did shout outs for Return to the ’80s.
– Speak of what they connect Prince with. Robert speaks of connecting Prince to his two friends, LeRoyce and Marvin, and how they played Purple Rain while having Commodore 64 matches all night.
– Speak of how Prince was an icon and a legend in our time.
– Speak of Purple Rain and how intense and raw the movie was, and how the songs tie into the movie. Just an all around fantastic film, with a fantastic soundtrack.
– Prince had his own style, and changed things up from album to album.
– Hosts go into songs that prince wrote for other artists, such as when he wrote “Manic Monday” (by the Bangles).
– Speak of how incredible of a guitarist Prince was and how he had true talent.
– Different artists respected Prince, such as when Eric Clapton mentioned how great of a guitarist he was.
– Song picks and song discussion:
Little Red Corvette: Paul speaks of his experiences with this song, how this was the first video he ever saw on MTV. (Btw this is a personal fave of mine too). Robert speaks of how this song made him appreciate Prince more, because he pushed the envelope in his songs (Trojan reference from song).
Kiss: Robert talks of how he hated this song at first, but then later it grew on him. Paul says how he loved song.
1999: This song blew up especially when the year 1999 came. (I personally remember this playing on MTV on New Year’s Eve for that year, when they had the New Year’s Eve parties hosted on MTV by Carson Daly).
U got the look (duet with Sheena Easton): Robert says he listened to this song 1000s of times.
Delirious: Robert and Paul speak of Prince’s talent and how this song sounds totally different than his other songs.
When Doves Cry: Robert and Paul speak of how this is the ultimate ’80s song. Robert remembers copying the lyrics down and realizing prince was an amazing song writer.
Let’s Go Crazy: Paul speaks of how amazing the guitar solo was in this
Manic Monday: Speak of how Prince wrote this Bangles song.
Sign O’ the Times: How diverse Prince was, especially in his later years.
Purple Rain: Paul and Robert speak of how this song gives you chills and how different artists covered this song. And also how fantastic the guitar solo was.
– Speak of Prince’s number 1s.
– Emails of Prince memories:
Sandy: Speaks of childhood memories and how it ties into everything she’s known. And Paul and Robert mention how he’s one of the artists you remember where you were when he died.
Vicki: Writes in about how she remembers his music and how she went to Catholic school and how the lyrics shocked her and her classmates.
– 2 Friends Talking challenge Paul and Robert to listen to Larry Grahams song “One in a Million You.”
– 80s Rewind Cruise information: Cruise will be held from October 9th- 16th and free drinks are included in the price. Bands playing are Mike Score from Flock of Seagulls, Clive Farrington from When in Rome, Astrid Plane and Bill Wadhams of Animotion, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew , and Pascal Languirand. There will also be band tributes and movie tributes. The tribute bands playing are The Rockstar hairband tribute and The Flux Capacitors. Among the many rooms that one can go to on this cruise is an enchantment under the sea dance, where you can dance and hear fantastic songs from Back to the Future (a personal favorite movie of mine). More information can be found on the website at www.80srewindcruise.com.
Although we love to go in the past, and Return to the ’80s, it is also good to move forward and make changes. Return to the ’80s is making some major changes right now. As you may know, we have started a Return to the ’80s podcast. And now, we are in the opening stages of getting a facelift. Hopefully, we will be less like Kenny Rogers, Melanie Griffith, and Meg Ryan, and be more like Jennifer Grey. And I’d say we are off to a great start!
A very special Thank You goes out to Abbi Kolar, who created this new logo. Abbi is a senior at Kearney High School, Kearney, Nebraska (where Return to the ’80s podcast host, Robert, teaches). She will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology next year to major in graphic design. I say that she is off to an incredible start! Thank you so much, Abbi! And best of luck to you and your future.
See gang. There is hope in the future. There are kids out there with an appreciation of the ’80s, and will help to keep that awesome decade alive!
It’s been 6 years in the making! Here is the arrival of the Return to the ’80s podcast! Unfortunately, this debut episode comes out 1 day after we lost music legend, Prince. This coming week, we will record an episode dedicated to Prince. In the meantime, we really hope you enjoy this episode.
Introduction to the Return to the ’80s hosts: Paul Stroessner and Robert Mishou
Not Necessarily the ’80s News
R.I.P. James Noble (March 5, 1922 – March 28, 2016)
Guns N’ Roses Reunion
Shall We Play a Game?
Remember That Song
The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old lady’s eyes
Just for fun he says, “Get a job.”
Let us know if you have any feedback, questions, or if you would like to send us any ’80s experiences. Also, what are your favorite Journey songs? Do you have any Journey related story you would like us to read? You can email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com