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Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 3: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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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.

Show Notes

– 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.”

Send your answer to Returnto80s@gmail.com with Remember That Song in the subject line

Trivia

Who was the producer’s first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties?

Again, please send your answers to Returnto80s@gmail.com with Trivia answer in the subject line.

– 4 Friends Talking! Our back-and-forth with our great friends at 2 Friends Talking continues, as Robert issues a challenge to Mario and Sean

Fast Times Talk

– The numbers
– Based on a book by Cameron Crowe, which Robert was all over, of course
– Directed by Amy Heckerling
– The Cast

  • Sean Penn
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Judge Reinhold
  • Phoebe Cates – shocking moment (not!), Paul and Robert take a moment to drool. BTW, she was NOT married to Michael Keaton
  • Robert Romanus
  • Brian Backer
  • Ray Walston
  • Forrest Whitaker – This was the first movie Forrest Whitaker ever auditioned for
  • Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards
  • Nicolas Coppola (aka Nick Cage)

– When did we first watch this movie?

– Great deal on VH tix

– Pat Benatar look-alikes

– Relationship between Spicoli and Mr. Hand

– Lesson in the cafeteria involving a carrot

– “We Got the Beat” and “All American Girl” were in the movie but not the soundtrack

– Director Amy Heckerling wanted punk music

– “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

– “Love Rules” by Don Henley, one of Robert’s favorite songs on the soundtrack

– “Raised on Radio” by The Ravyns

– Jefferson’s car

– Jefferson’s “revenge” on the rival school set to the awesome Billy Squier tune “The Best Years of Our Lives

– As Joe Walsh’s “Waffle Stomp” is playing Brad flirts with somebody who looks strikingly like Nancy Wilson of Heart

– Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)

– Stacy’s abortion

– Rat finally stands up for himself. Robert is proud.

– One of the most iconic scenes of the ’80s – Phoebe Cates in the swimming pool

– Plug for ’80s on 8’s interview with Ric Ocasek of The Cars.

– General overview of the Fast Times soundtrack

– Do we like the movie as much now as we did back then?

– Stacy’s detached sex scene with Ron

– As a current high school teacher, Robert informs us that not too much has changed in high schoolers these days.

– TV spinoff – Ray Walston, and the bug-eyed biology teacher Mr. Vargas (Vincent Schiavelli) were the only characters from the movie to star in the TV show

– Final thoughts and Robert lets his Book Geek Flag fly

– Contact Us:
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– Upcoming episode: Sitcom Theme Songs, Part 1

– Closing song: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” by Sammy Hagar

Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 2: Prince

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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.

Show Notes

[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.”

– 2 Friends Talking shout out and links (www.2friendstalk.com)

– 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.

– Contact Us:
You can visit the Return to the ’80s Web Site at https://returntothe80s.wordpress.com/

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Email: Returnto80s@gmail.com

– Upcoming episode: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

– End with quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (with a twist), and close out with “Purple Rain”.

Sandy listening to "When Doves Cry"
Sandy listening to “When Doves Cry”

Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 1: Journey

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)
  • MTV Rebranding
  • 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.”

Send your answer to Returnto80s@gmail.com with Remember That Song in the subject line

  • Trivia
    Who was the producer’s first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties?

Again, please send your answers to Returnto80s@gmail.com with Trivia answer in the subject line

Main Topic: Journey

  •  History of the band
  • Robert’s and Paul’s picks (click on the song titles to see the videos)

Separate Ways (Frontiers) – Robert
People and Places (Departure) – Paul
The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love) (Captured) – Robert
Escape (Escape) – Paul
Stone in Love (Escape) – Robert
Only the Young (Vision Quest Soundtrack) – Paul
I’ll Be Alright Without You (Raised on Radio) – Robert
Rubicon (Frontiers) – Paul
Chain Reaction (Frontiers) – Robert
Suzanne (Raised on Radio) – Paul

Acknowledgements

Ken Reid from the TV Guidance Counselor podcast
Ty Ray from the Beats & Eats podcast
Kari Gormley from The Running Lifestyle Show
Tina Muir from Runners Connect Run to the Top podcast as well as TinaMuir.com
Mario and Sean from 2 Friends Talking


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