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Episode 9: Foreigner

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So far, 2017 has started off much better than 2016. For me, the year began with a tweet from Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner. Therefore, we could not resist cover one of the best rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s.

In addition, our ’80s crossover event – ’80s Innovations – is discussed. We also have a new Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.

Now, let’s take a look back at Lou Gramm and Foreigner.



Opening

– Return to the ’80s gets Tweeted at by Lou Gramm
– New One Day At a Time show on Netflix, based on the original series

Listen to This, Not That – Quarterflash

– Instead of this:
Harden Your Heart

– Play This:
Find Another Fool

80’s Blog and Podcast Extravaganza (Episode 3) – #80sInnovations

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Paul

  • Personal Computing – Commodore 64
  • Break Dancing
  • Over-the-top action stars

Robert

  •  Hair Bands
  • VCR
  • Cable

– Listener email – James requests that we discuss Miami Vice innovations

Also check out the following sites/podcasts participating:

80s Reboot Overdrive (Podcast and Blog)

Killer Kitsch

RealWeegieMidget

Rediscover the 80s

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Name the artist and song:
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental
You’re so extreme, you can be so temperamental

If you know the answer, please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com

80s Trivia

Last Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?
Answer: Red,white, blue, green,orange, yellow

Winner: Scott Compton

New Question [From Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit]: What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?

Once again, if you know the answer, please email us at Returnto80s@gmail.com

Main Topic: Foreigner

Woman in Black (Robert)

In Pieces (Paul)

True Blue Love

Tooth and Nail (Robert)

Jukebox Hero (Paul)

Angel with a Dirty Face

Cold as Ice (Robert)

Heart Turns to Stone (Paul)

Just Between You and Me

Say You Will (Robert)

With Heaven On Our Side (Paul)

Ready or Not

Blue Morning Blue Day (Robert)

Long Long Way From Home (Paul)

Midnight Blue

Honorable mention – I Want to Know What Love is


We hope you enjoyed this episode. Please email us at returnto80s@gmail.com if you want to discuss Foreigner or anything ’80s.

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https://returntothe80s.wordpress.com/
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Twitter – @returntothe80s

And also check us out on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, or anywhere else you get your podcasts from.

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’80s Crossover Event #3 – ’80s Innovations

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Next week, Return to the ’80s is participating in the monthly ’80s Crossover Event. This time, we will be talking/blogging about ’80s innovations. The event is being organized by ’80s Reboot Overdrive, and other participants will be Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemdget, and Killer Kitsch. So look for this event next week.

Also please let us know if you have any innovations you’d like to discuss. In addition to technology, they can be toys, movies, fashion, or food as there could be some interesting items that you loved or hated back in the 80s that you want to talk about. Please leave a comment below, or email us at returnto80s@gmail.com. We will be recording a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast, and this will be a segment on that episode. So we would love to hear from you.

Favorite ’80s Cars – Ferrari Daytona Spyder/ZZ Top’s Eliminator/Pole Position

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Hi Everybody! Paul here. Today is our big ’80s extravaganza! Several ’80s bloggers and podcasters got together, and decided on a common topic that we will share. We are promoting each others work, and introducing you to some ’80s blogs that you may not have know were out there. The topic in this inaugural crossover will be on our favorite cars that were famous in the ’80s. Here is the list of blogs taking part are:

80’s Reboot Overdrive (Blog)
80’s Reboot Overdrive (Podcast)
Killer Kitsch
RealWeegieMidget

I will kick things off, and Robert has an article himself immediately following this one. So, let’s get on the road, and get this underway.


Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari Daytona Spyder


Miami Vice was a perfect fit in the ’80s. It was the age of excess – bright colors, big personalities, money flying hand-over-fist, great music, lots of cocaine, and of course, fast cars. And one of the most iconic cars was Sonny Crockett’s black 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4. It was awesome seeing it flying down the streets of Miami. But, in perhaps one of the most iconic scenes in ’80s television was Crockett and Tubbs cruising in the Spyder, with Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” playing. What?!? A popular song on network TV?! NBC had a hit on its hands from that point forward. Unfortunately, the car only lasted 2 seasons. This Spyder was a modified version of the Ferrari. The suits at the Ferrari company were not happy with this, and sued for trademark infringement and trademark dilution. So, the Spyder was destroyed by a bazooka in the first episode of season 3. You can keep your Walking Dead. The death of the Spyder was far more horrifying than any death in The Walking Dead.


ZZ Top’s Eliminator


Awesome cars weren’t just seen in movies and television shows. The golden age of MTV had it’s fair share of great cars. Not the least of which was the Eliminator, which was prominently featured in a trio of ZZ Top songs – “Gimme All Your Lovin’“, “Sharp Dressed Man“, and “Legs“. The Eliminator was really a customized 1930s Ford coupe. Unlike other Ford cars in the ’80s, this car seemed to run pretty fine to me. I don’t believe I ever saw it broken down on the side of the road, leaking oil, with smoke coming out from under the hood. That would have been a letdown. Instead, this was one of the coolest cars around. The drivers weren’t too shabby either, right fellas? Not to mention. the car came with the best keychain ever!

Pole Position


For my final car, I am going outside the box, and heading to the arcade! Pole Position was a unique game in those early ’80s arcade days. Most games, you just stood at, and moved a joystick or roller ball around. In Pole Position, you became part of the game. Instead of standing at the machine, you would sit in a booth, and drive your own Formula One race car around the track, using a steering wheel and gas pedal. This was easier said than done for some of us. It could be tough navigating turns at a high speed, while avoiding other cars at the same time. One misstep, and your car would go up in a ball of flames, with your tires bouncing away on the course.
I’m not into video games anymore. But if I somehow found myself in an old school arcade, you would have a difficult time tearing me away from this game!


What were some of your favorite cars seen in the ’80s? I hope you enjoyed this series. Please let us know what you think, and if you would like to see more of these crossover events. Again, please check out the following blogs. Every one is on Twitter as well, so please give all these hard-working bloggers a follow:

80’s Reboot Overdrive (Blog)
80’s Reboot Overdrive (Podcast)
Twitter: @80sReboot

Killer Kitsch
Twitter: @killer_kitsch

RealWeegieMidget
Twitter: @realweegiemidge

Tweet of the Day: Walkman Sports

Today’s Tweet id from Flashback Daily (@FlashbackDaily). This one hit home with me because this weekend I was running while listening to my fully charge iPod. The iPod died halfway through my run, because apparently it can’t handle temperatures below 60. This wouldn’t have happened if I had my old trusty Walkman! And yes, I do still have cassettes I could play in it.

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Tweet of the Day: Gaming

Today’s Tweet of the Day is from an awesome site called Flashback Daily – @FlashbackDaily. This account is a “must follow” for any fans of the ’80s. It is appropriately named too, because as soon as I saw this pic, I immediately flash backed to my video gaming days. I had to use this switch when I wanted to play on my Intellivision.

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Man Crates: Old School Memories (Part 1)

Now that I’m 5 years into this blog, I am being contacted by some cool companies more and more often. I am excited about this new company, that has contacted me, called Man Crates. They ship awesome gifts which come in a wooden crate that needs to be opened with a crowbar. There are many different packages available. For example, there is a Personalized Barware crate, Exotic Meats crate, Grill Master crate, Outdoor Survivor crate, a Retro Gamer crate, and…wait for it…an Old School crate. This Old School crate contains a Slinky, a Rubick’s Cube, a Yomega Yo-Yo, a Pez dispenser, and a ton of old school candy.

I was challenged to share my memories, and share what items would be in my crate. So, let’s have some fun, and take a trip down memory lane!

I was born in 1970, so I have almost as many memories of the ’70s as I do of the ’80s. So, we’ll begin there, and work our way through the ’80s.

The Early Years: 1970-1974

I don’t remember what I did 5 minutes ago. But I do remember that before I was old enough to go to school, I would need to take an afternoon nap. I’m sure toddlers and little kids do need to take naps. However, I think I had to take naps so I would be out of my mother’s hair while she watched her “stories” (a.k.a., Days of Our Lives, Another World, and The Doctors). But, at 3:30, it was time for me to watch my “stories”. This would consist of reruns of Batman (the Adam West version, obviously), then the grandaddy of all kids shows – Sesame Street (Who else here remembers Mr. Blooper…I mean Mr. Hooper?), Mr. Rogers, and The Electric Company (my favorite). I think Zoom was on after that, but I don’t ever remember watching it. The Electric Company was my introduction to Spiderman and Morgan Freeman.

Crate items:

Here are some items from that time period that I would include in my crate:
The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record Album and The Year of Roosevelt Franklin

I have mentioned several times on this site that my first cassettes I ever owned were Kiss Unmasked and AC/DC Back in Black. But The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record Album and The Year of Roosevelt Franklin were my very first albums. They were both released in 1971. The Sesame Street album had classics such as the Sesame Street theme song, “Play Along“, “Everyone Makes Mistakes“, and “Sing“. “Sing” was one of my favorites. And I just found out fairly recently that this song was so popular that The Carpenters actually covered this.
The Year of Roosevelt Franklin also has some great songs. “Roosevelt Franklin Counts“, “Just Because“, and “Mobity Mosely’s Months“. OK, I’m going to be 45 next month, and I’m over here jammin’ out to some Roosevelt Franklin! I don’t know anything about children’s programming these days, but I seriously doubt there is any that has music as good as this! These albums are going in to the crate!
And, one more thing related to this period that is going in the crate is the first toys I remember having – Sesame Street finger puppets.


The Early Years: 1974-1976

A great part of many kids’ childhoods were Saturday mornings. The earliest cartoon I remember watching was The Jackson 5ive. Not long after that, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids took over as my favorite cartoon…until I discovered Superfriends. Some other cartoons I remember from this time were Scooby Doo (until that dratted Scrappy Doo came along), Speedy Buggy, Josie and the Pussycats, and all the other Hanna-Barbera cartoons. They weren’t all cartoons on Saturday mornings, though. I loved all the Sid and Marty Krofft shows. I always hear about H.R. Pufnstuf, but I have never seen that one. My favorites were Land of the Lost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters,
Far Out Space Nuts (Gilligan in Space), The Lost Saucer (Gomer Pyle in space), and Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (starring a pre-Marlena Deidre Hall). I also loved the Star Trek animated series.

It was during this time period that I began watching the original Star Trek with my dad. I loved fire trucks, so I loved Emergency!, which is always on the Me channel these days. Of course, that went hand-in-hand with Adam-12. Another favorite show of mine was The Six Million Dollar Man. It was also during this period when The Muppet Show began. So, I graduated from Sesame Street to The Muppet Show.

I didn’t just sit around and watch TV. It was during this time that I learned how to read. I learned with Fun With Phonics. There were books, and records that went with them. The soothing voice of the lady on the record would talk me through the books. By the time I reached kindergarten, I was reading books.

OK, that’s enough yapping. Time to throw some stuff in my crate.

Crate Items:
I used to love my Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids action figures.

 

Some other action figures I had that can go in the crate are my Star Trek action figures, Six Million Dollar Man action figures, and the original G.I. Joe.

 

I also had Scooby Doo Colorforms:

 

I failed to mention how big Fisher Price items were in the ’70s. I had a ton of Fisher Price toys. My favorite was probably the garage. You put the car in the elevator, and when it reaches the top, it rides down the ramp.

 

I cannot find a picture of the Fun With Phonics set I had. But, I would include that in the crate. I will also throw in my first two books: Silly Billy and The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

 

The Early Years: 1977-1979

1977 was a transitional year for me. In May of that year, we moved from our apartment in Providence to a house in Warwick. I finished up my last month of 1st grade with my parents driving me to school. Previously, I had walked to school.

I made new friends and went to a new school in the fall. 1977 is a very important year for people of our generation. It was the year Star Wars came out. Star Wars actually made it easier for me to make new friends. We all had an instant connection, talking all about Star Wars, and what happened in the movie – before any of us had actually seen the movie. I still don’t know how we were able to do that, but we did. In those days before the internet, word of mouth was literally word of mouth. Not only was the movie incredible, but the merchandising was a dream come true for kids our age. Action figures came into prominence. I also got all kinds of Star Wars books, and had a Star Wars lunch box. Star Wars also created a seismic shift in entertainment. There were many space shows and movies that were created. There was Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, and even Star Trek made a comeback, as a result of the success of Star Wars.
People of our generation are now making movies and television shows, and I think it’s pretty obvious. Not only is Star Wars returning to the big screen this year, but Star Trek has made a comeback, and the super hero movement is stronger than ever. There was a lot of super hero shows and movies in the late ’70s. I remember watching Spiderman, Captain America, and a show I loved – The Incredible Hulk. And of course, Superman was a huge success.

Now, let’s put some stuff in the crate.

Crate Items:

Duh. How about some Star Wars action figures!?

May as well include my old lunch box too.

 

I also had this Star Wars book…

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I would also like to include my Incredible Hulk trading cards

 

 

The late ’70s was also the beginning of the video game movement. We will really delve into this next time. But, in the late ’70s, I remember playing pong a lot. I’m not into video games at all anymore. But, if I had a Pong system in front of me, I could play this thing for hours!

 

 

One thing I never owned, but wanted, was the Evel Knievel Stunt Set. So, we’ll throw this in the crate.

The late ’70s was also a time when I learned how to ride a bike. My bike was ok. But, I would have much preferred a Huffy. So, I’ll throw a Huffy in my crate.

 

 

Well, that will wrap things up for now. I will continue this series next week. And don’t forget, be sure to visit Man Crates in the following places:

mancrates.com

Man Crates on Facebook

Man Crates on Twitter

Did any of these things bring back memories for you? What would you include in your crate? I will continue this series next week as we get into the ’80s.

80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

There were so many great things about growing up in the ’80s. Among them was the rise of technology – especially video games and computer systems. Some of our favorite ’80s movies reflected interest and accessibility of technology.
You may remember my good friends from Found Item Clothing. They were recently guest bloggers here with their article about the Worst Applications of 3D in 80s Movies, and I was a guest blogger on their site, writing about Summer Movie Music.
Well, the folks at Found Item Clothing compiled this awesome video with clips of the most iconic, most silly and most impressive feats of computer hacking in 80s movies. See how many movies you can identify (there are 15 movies). Check out the video:

If you want to see how many movies you got right, and which ones you missed, head on over to the Found Item Clothing web site, and check out the article, and the list of movies that appeared in the video.

The Cell Phone/Car Phone

Well, this week I finally took the plunge into the 21st century, and purchased a smart phone. This brought me back to the days when not too many people could afford a cell phone. When television shows or movies display something about the ’80s, the giant “brick” cell phone is usually one of the first stereotypical items shown (alongside big hair and bright clothes).

As clunky as these phones looked, they were extremely expensive. The only people who got them were top executives. When they started to become more affordable, they became a status symbol for the Yuppies (see the picture above).

Most times, the phones would be installed in the car. For the longest time, I called cell phones car phones – even when they became more portable.

I didn’t get my first car cell phone until the mid/late ’90s. They were a lot smaller by then.

And now look how far we’ve come. We used to play games on big arcade machines. Now you can play games on your phone! No more canisters of film to take to the Fotomat. You can just take great pictures with your phone and share them on the internet. Come to think of it, maybe this isn’t a good thing. Sure. Maybe you can play games against millions of people around the globe, who you would never had known. But, maybe it was better playing against somebody in person by slapping your quarter on the machine, and challenging the winner to the next game.

And maybe Anthony Weiner would have just exposed himself to a poor Fotomat worker instead of to the world. But, then again the pun writers at the New York Post would probably be out of work. As the newspaper industry is shrinking, they would have to face some stiff competition to find another job.

While I am going to miss using my flip-phone as a Star Trek communicator, it is great to catch up with the world. This will be really great if I can figure out how to work it.

Here’s an old commercial that may take you back:

80’s Trivia – 5/30/13

Question: In Revenge of the Nerds, what is the name of the quarterback of Adams College’s football team?


Last Question: How many lanes of traffic did the frog need to cross on each screen, in the original Frogger?

Answer: 5

Frogger came out in 1981, and was a large part of the early ’80s arcade craze. The player guides a frog which starts at the bottom of the screen. The lower half of the screen contains a road with various types motor vehicles. If you’re lucky enough to make it across the 5 lanes of traffic, and land on the median, you then have to cross the river with logs, crocodiles, and turtles. You hop on the logs and turtles, and try not to go off the screen, or hop off the turtle before he dives under the water. Then you have to hop into your frog home.

Here is a little gameplay:

 

Buckner & Garcia are best known for their “Pac-Man Fever” song. They also did a Frogger song, whcih also appeared on the Pac-Man Fever album, called “Froggy’s Lament”:

 

Frogger had a short stint on the Saturday Supercade:

 

Frogger also received the Seinfeld treatment in this classic episode:

 

Daily Trivia: 12/18/12

Question: In Raging Bull, who played Jake La Motta’s brother and manager?


Last Question: What video game in Russia became a phenomenon with its release for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1989?

Answer: Tetris

Great job Rachel (@StarLady82) and Leviathan (@80sunleashed)!!

OK, how many of you could see the Tetris pieces in your sleep? The Nintendo Game Boy was a huge fad when it came out. I bought mine from our ship’s store when we were in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield. I don’t think I owned any other games for it other than Tetris. Did you really need anything else though? Did anybody else have any other favorite games for the Game Boy system?