Hurricane Irma was so nasty, it almost knocked the Stuck in the '80s podcast out of business last night. Your poor host had no power or Internet for most of the week, so this episode was recorded at an undisclosed location somewhere in Central Florida.
The topic? Well, that's almost second thought to the accomplishment of recording it, but we covered "Stormy Moments of the '80s," mainly films that had memorable disaster scenes. You see, disaster films weren't really a thing in the '80s. The '70s had them. So did the '90s. Why not the '80s? We may never know but we found five memorable moments anyway. Hope you enjoy the show.
Humanity may survive the machines, but can it survive another three installments of the Terminator franchise?
Deadline.com reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will reunite for a “final” trilogy that will be helmed by James Cameron. Hamilton appeared in the first two Terminator movies but hasn’t been on screen for the deluge of less-than-stellar sequels that have followed.
“As meaningful as [Hamilton] was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it’s going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she’s become return,” Cameron reportedly told a group. “There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.”
While Cameron is set to produce the Terminator trilogy, he won’t be directing. That duty will fall to Deadpool’s Tim Miller. No word yet on release dates.
Our relentless search for lost music of the '80s took a week off while Steve Spears weathered Hurricane Irma. The hurricanes of the past month has reminded us how powerful water can be and so we tip our hats to those who now are trying to get back to normal after the hurricanes with New Musik and This World Of Water.
More than a year ago, we featured New Musik and their catchy Living By Numbers that was a U.K. hit in 1980. Their follow-up single was This World Of Water, which also hit U.K. Top 40 peaking at No. 31. The lyrics for This World Is Water talk about what the residents of Florida, Texas, Louisiana and other areas have been feeling about water always rising and the struggle to survive. The video for This World Of Water is more lighthearted with the synth pop band from England sporting matching white outfits, sunglasses and synthesizers on the beach.
New Musik suffered the fate of many other bands when record company woes facilitated their demise, but lead singer Tony Mansfield went on to become a successful producer including all of Naked Eyes big hits.
OMD fans have been waiting for this for a long time: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark has just announced a huge tour of North America set to begin in spring 2018. Three Florida stops are included in their road trip.
Post-punk.com reports the tour is in support of the band's new album - The Punishment of Luxury- released earlier this month. (You can buy a copy from their official website.)
For those living across the pond, OMD still has some live dates coming up this fall. Click here for a complete list.
It feels like it's been forever since Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have given a proper tour of the states. OMD gained their widest fame after If You Leave appeared on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. But longtime fans will be on their feet for Tesla Girls, Joan of Arc, So In Love, Dreaming and, of course, Enola Gay. This is easily the first can't-miss tour of 2018.
Friday's feel-good song is Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. It came up on YouTube this morning while I was listening to a much-needed binge of softer pop by the British band Breathe, but that has nothing to do with today's tale.
Turns out Waiting for a Star to Fall was inspired by an actual falling star that songwriter Shannon Rubicam (greatest name ever) witnessed during a Whitney Houston concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Rubicam and songwriting partner (later husband) George Merrill penned the tune and offered to Whitney Houston's camp for her to record. (Makes sense, right? And you can totally hear her singing it!) Sadly, they rejected it. It's an odd turn of events since the songwriters had already given Whitney two of her biggest hits - How Will I Know? and I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
"It was a big night for us. There we are in a crowd of 8,000 people standing on their feet cheering to one of our songs," Merrill would later explain to Songfacts.com. …
When Hurricane Irma took out the Caribbean and Florida last weekend, it also destroyed the dreams of Star Trek fans across the Southeast. Many were unable to attend special screenings of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which were set for Sept. 10 and 13.
Thankfully, like Mr. Spock coming back from the grave in Star Trek 3, we get another shot at this. Fathom Events has announced that Wrath of Khan will play again in select theaters on Sept. 21. Go here for a list of participating venues - though we hear the list is still growing.
TOP 5 FAVORITE WRATH OF KHAN QUOTES:
5. “He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up!”
4. “Jim, I'm your doctor and I'm also your friend. Get back your command! Get it back before you turn into part of this collection, before you really do grow old.”
3. “Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space!”
2. “I have been... and always shall be... your friend.”
I can’t get enough of this video of Out of Touch by Hall & Oates. The opening transitional bit from their song Dance on Your Knees. Daryl and John playing super large instruments. Lots of tumbling and every video special effect we had in the ‘80s.
The tune itself was the first single from Hall & Oates’ 1984 album Big Bam Boom. (Their TWELFTH studio album!!) The album would peak at No. 5 on the charts and sold three million copies, but critics weren’t that impressed. Why? Well, it wasn’t as focused as 1981’s Private Eyes or 1982’s H2O. The duo would produce only one more studio album in the ‘80s - 1988’s Ooh Yeah!, which went platinum with only Everything Your Heart Desires as a Top 10 hit.
BTW, Out of Touch was No. 1 on the charts. Not so out of touch after all.
There were SO MANY great teacher roles in TV and film in the '80s. How do you boil it down to just three for a podcast? Easy! You just cover the rest in future episodes. To mark the beginning of another school year, Stuck in the '80s chose three teachers to honor in this week's episode - figures from Head of the Class, Stand and Deliver and Better Off Dead.
Also, we begin a new trivia-style seggie this week, hosted by everyone's favorite - Jen with One N. So far, the reaction has been all positive. Maybe we'll invite listeners to join us for future weeks.
By now, most Queen fans know that a Freddie Mercury biopic is in the works with actor Rami Malek portraying the legendary frontman. The film - tentatively called Bohemian Rhapsody - is set for a 2018 release. We finally just got our first video teaser of Malek as Mercury, performing the title song at Live Aid in 1985. It's chilling.
The movie reportedly chronicles the band's years leading up to that Live Aid performance, which revitalized Queen's career. By the way, the surviving members of the band are serving as executive producers. You can see Brian May off to the side of the stage in this Instagram pic.
If '80s fans in Tampa were expecting some great reward by attending Wednesday's Depeche Mode show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, then we're sad to tell you the blasphemous rumors are true: The band has canceled that gig.
Ever since finishing reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (for the fifth time), I’ve been looking for another love letter to the ‘80s to grab my attention. The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak has delivered on that.
Like Ready Player One, ‘80s fans will find The Impossible Fortress is saturated with pop culture spotlights on everything we hold dear from our beloved decade: TV shows, Phil Collins music and even the never-ending quest to secure a copy of Playboy.
It’s an edition of Playboy, in fact, that gets the plot started. Set in the year 1987, the book follows the tales of three boys who fill their nights with marathon sessions of board games, boxes of Pop-Tarts and ever-ending binges of MTV. That is until they discover that Vanna White is on this month’s cover of Playboy. Suddenly, all other priorities fall to the side as Billy, Alf and Clark - love the names - conduct one doomed plan after another to obtain copies. …
Man, I've never been so hungry for things I don't have after Hurricane Irma. "I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake. I want potato salad..."
Sadly, much like Spalding Smails in Caddyshack, I'll get nothing and like it. Still no power at the Spears Lair, which is beginning more and more to smell like you'd imagine the smell of the boys' locker room in Weird Science. Just with far fewer jock straps. But what I wouldn't give for Robert Downey Jr. to dump an ice-cold slushie on my head.
Seriously beginning to lose my mind here in Florida.
TOP 5 FOOD QUOTES FROM CADDYSHACK:
5. “Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?”
4. “A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.”
3. "How about a Fresca?"
2. “Hey, doll. Could you scare up another round for our table over here? And tell the cook this is low grade dog food. I've had better food at the ballgame, you know? This steak still has marks from where the jockey was hitting it.” …
What’s more amazing about the Billboard Hot 100 chart 35 years ago this week: That 7 of the 10 songs are by artists inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame? That John “Don’t Call Me” Cougar has two songs in the top 10? Or that Eye of the Tiger by Survivor is either the best homage or worst ironic pick in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma?
Ding, ding, ding! It’s all of the above. Actually, this week was dominated by Chicago and their tune Hard to Say I'm Sorry, which got a nice bump by being included in the finale of the movie Summer Lovers.
Hurricane Irma really clobbered us here in Florida. From St. Petersburg (where “Ma Times” still hosts this blog) to my rustic hamlet outside Orlando called Casselberry, Irma left a swatch of homes and streets without electricity, without passage and most importantly, without the power to watch ‘80s movies.
Most of the truly memorable movies about storms happened outside the ‘80s (Cast Away, The Perfect Storm, The Poseidon Adventure). And while 1990’s Joe vs. The Volcano was technically not an ‘80s movie, everything about this Tom Hanks flick is so over the top, the ‘80s has successfully sued for guardianship. Not just one disaster - the volcano eruption obviously - but also the storm at sea that sinks Meg Ryan’s beloved sailboat, the Tweedledee.
Still, our beloved decade gave us a few moments on film that put even Hurricane Irma into perspective.
Here are five favorite stormy moments of the ‘80s: …
Relive the '80s music, movies and culture with Tampa Bay Times correspondent Steve Spears. A teen during the greatest decade ever, Steve is obsessed with everything from Duran Duran to Journey, John Hughes to John Cusack, and parachute pants to big hair.