It’s time for another 80s League event! This month, the 80s League, which consists of 80s Reboot Overdrive, Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemidget, and Killer Kitsch. As part of this crossover event, Return to the ’80s is dedicating a full episode on the topic instead of only a segment. Joining Robert and Paul is Marissa, a true lover of the greatest decade ever!
Not only do we talk about our celebrity crushes, but we talk about our real life crushes. We also have our regular segments of Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.
Also, I should mention that as I am fairly new at podcasting, I am still working out some of the technical kinks. So I apologize for some of the minor sound issues that occur this episode. Future episodes should be much better. I hope it’s not distracting. We had a lot of fun recording this, and I think you will have fun listening. And feel free to join in on the conversation by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us about your 80s crushes, or love story.
– Welcome Marissa to the show
– New Def Leppard DVD/CD called And There Will Be a Next Time (unless it’s in Providence, apparently)
– New Night Ranger album – March 24 – Don’t Let Up
– Two Super Bowl Commercials with ‘80s music ties:
Wendy’s – “Cold as Ice”
Kia – Holding Out for a Hero
– Mary Tyler Moore
– John Wetton
– Richard Hatch
– Sorry Al Jarreau. First, Paul didn’t know he died. Then our tribute to him somehow turns into a retrospective look at the career of Curtis “Booger” Armstrong.
Play This, Not That – Air Supply
Instead of playing “Lost in Love”
Play “I Can Wait Forever”
Remember That Song
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental
“Urgent” by Foreigner
New Song: I know what you’re thinking / Cause I’ve been there myself / I’ve been kicked so many times / I don’t know nothing else / Still I noticed your urgency / I recognized the flair / That you got from chasing all those East coast dares
What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?
Answer: Sean Young
Winner: Jim Vilk
New Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?
– Listener Feedback
– Personal Stories
Marissa’s numerous crushes and obsession with swimmers
Robert meets his future wife in high school on a bus to a football game
Paul tells the story of his high school girlfriend and their serendipitous meeting 28 years later
– The gang talk about their celebrity crushes
Rick Springfield (Marissa)
Olivia Newton-John (Robert)
Catherine Bach (Paul)
John Taylor (Marissa)
Elisabeth Shue (Robert)
Erin Gray (Paul)
Richard Gere (Marissa)
Susanna Hoffs (Robert)
Alyssa Milano (Paul)
Mickey Rourke (Marissa)
Christie Brinkley (Robert)
Debbie Gibson (Paul)
This podcast episode should be more upbeat than the last episode. But, it doesn’t start that way. We recorded this podcast the same night we recorded the Alan Thicke/George Michael/Carrie Fisher tribute. Immediately after we finished recording the tribute, we got the news that Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mother, had just died. But, I think we recovered nicely. Since 2016 was such a crappy year for most of us, Robert and I decided to go back to happier times, and take a look back at the year 1980. We count down the top 10 songs from that year. And in between, we take a look at the top movies, television shows, toys, and news items.
So, if you want to escape for a little while, sit back, relax, and Return to 1980.
– R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds
Play This, Not That
Instead of This (“Missing You”)
Play That (“Change”)
Remember That Song
Last Song: “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour – Neon lights, a Nobel Prize / When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies / You don’t have to follow me / Only you can set me free
Great job Kurt Torster!!!
Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?
Top 10 movies of 1980
10. The Blues Brothers
9. The Blue Lagoon
8. Smokey and the Bandit II
7. Coal Miner’s Daughter
6. Private Benjamin
5. Any Which Way You Can
4. Airplane! Paramount
3. Stir Crazy
2. 9 to 5
1. The Empire Strikes Back
William Golding, Rites of Passage
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
Pittsburgh d. La Rams (31-19)
Philadelphia Phillies d. Kansas City (4-2)
LA Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)
NY Islanders d. Philadelphia (4-2)
Women: Evonne Cawley d. C. Evert Lloyd (6-1 7-6)
Men: Bjorn Borg d. J. McEnroe (1-6 7-5 6-3 6-7 8-6)
Events of 1980
Miracle on Ice – (February 22) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYscemhnf88
Mount St. Helens (May 18)
Release of Pac-Man arcade game
CNN becomes the first 24hrs News Station
U.S. Boycotts Moscow Summer Olympics
Ronald Reagan elected president (11/4)
Who Shot JR?
John Lennon killed by Mark David Chapman (12/8)
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.
Hi Everybody, After all the devastating news over the past week, Robert and I have been preparing a special podcast episode. The regular Remember That Song and Quote of the Day segments will be back in 2017. In the meantime, here are a few videos of a happier time. Enjoy.
Although he was mainly known as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains, Alan Thicke also starred in this show, Animal Crack-Ups, which aired while he was still on Growing Pains. Not only did Thicke host this show, he wrote and sang the theme song. Here is the opening segment of an episode:
I’m sure all of you have been listening to a lot of Wham! and George Michael songs lately. Here is something a little different. James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is enormously popular these days. As it so happens, George Michael appeared in the very first Carpool Karaoke. This is from Comic Relief in the U.K. in 2011. At the time, James Corden was best known as Smithy from Gavin and Stacey.
This scene begins with “Smithy” receiving a call from Lenny Henry at Comic Relief who asks him to head to BBC Television Centre to help record a charity single. For U.S. readers who may not know, Lenny Henry is a legendary comic in the U.K. Of course Corden is hilarious. But, this clip really shows George Michael’s sense of humor. ’80s fans may possibly recognize the songs that get played here…
Last but not least, here are a couple of appearances by Carrie Fisher on Late Night. These interviews are from:
May 30, 1983: promoting “Return of the Jedi”
August 27, 1987: promoting her new book “Postcards from the Edge”
Her interviews are always funny and honest (to say the least).
2016 has been absolutely brutal! I know that every year major celebrities, we grew up with, die. But, it seems like there have been an excessive amount of huge names that we lost this year. Alan Thicke is now the latest. Sadly, he passed away yesterday. What makes this even worse is that he suffered a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19 year old son Carter, and died at the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was 69.
Obviously, we all know Alan Thicke from his role as Jason Seaver in the awesome family sitcom, Growing Pains. He was an awesome dad. He was funny and cool, but could still be strict. He was a great role model, and Alan Thicke really made this character shine. My earliest memory of him was in the second episode of the series when he went to a Bruce Springsteen concert with his son Mike (Kirk Cameron). Coming out of the concert, they were stopped by a television reporter who asked if they were father and son, and Jason embarrassed Mike by giving him a noogie on live TV.
Starring in Growing Pains was not his only television credit at the time. The multi-talented Thicke was also a TV theme song composer, along with his then-wife Gloria Loring. The songs he composed were iconic. He composed the themes for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.
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.
This horrible year continues as the grim reaper keeps taking stars that we grew up with. This time, we lost Gene Wilder. Of course, most people know him from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). I never got into that movie, although I loved the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
However, Gene Wilder played a huge part in my early teen years, which coincided with the introduction of cable TV. When we first got cable TV, we had all the movie channels. If I wasn’t glued to MTV, I was watching commercial-free, uncut movies on HBO and Showtime. For me, Gene Wilder was a fixture on my TV set, as the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie, Silver Streak (1976) played all the time. And I watched it and loved it every time. Of course, there was also Stir Crazy (1980), also starring Wilder and Pryor. They were such a great team. I loved both of them, and they had great chemistry.
I was too young to watch Saturday Night Live when the original cast was on. So, my introduction to original cast member, Gilda Radner, was in the 1982 movie Hanky Panky. That was another Gene Wilder movie that was in heavy rotation. I’m pretty sure that at the time that this movie was on HBO, the only movies they showed were Hanky Panky, Rocky III, Victory, and Six Pack. Gene Wilder and Gilda grew closer to each other during the filming of Hanky Panky, and would go on to get married. Sadly, Gilda Radner developed cancer, and died on May 20, 1989. Wilder then went on to promote cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda’s Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer that began in New York City and now has branches throughout the country.
I don’t remember Wilder’s movie The Woman in Red too well, but I do know I saw it. The last movie I remember seeing him in was another Wilder/Pryor joint – See No Evil, Hear No Evil, which was also great. I didn’t see his Mel Brooks movies (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) until later on.
Although Gene Wilder hadn’t been in any movies for a very long time, this one still hurts. Another thing that hits home with me is that he died from complications from Alzheimer’s. I lost my grandmother to that horrible disease, and less than a month ago, I lost my uncle/godfather to it as well.
OK 2016, we surrender! Please don’t take anybody else!
Here are the trailers to a few of my favorite Gene Wilder movies:
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.