Rock Out Loud

The Early Podcast Listening Days

On Christmas of 2005, I got my first iPod. While learning about iTunes, I saw a section called Podcasts. I had vaguely heard of podcasts, but didn’t really know what they were. I saw there were all different kinds of topics that may have interested me. And best of all, they were free! Podcasts are basically radio talk shows on the internet. I love Star Wars, so I did a search for Star Wars, and came across a podcast called The ForceCast. I liked it a lot. Hmm, I wonder what else is out there. I also love Disney, and found quite a few Disney podcasts. Most of them were really good, but my favorite is called Inside the Magic (which happens to be the only one still around of this first group of Disney podcasts that I listened to). Being obsessed with the ’80s, I did a search for 80s. The only one to come up was Stuck in the 80s. I loved it instantly, and still listen to each episode the day it comes out whenever possible. Then I came across a couple of podcasts about the television show 24, where they would talk about each episode as it aired. Since I found there were television recap podcasts out there, I looked for one for my favorite show at the time – Smallville. I found one called Starkville House of El (or SHOE). It became one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts Derek and Steve were hilarious, and really knew their stuff. They had great chemistry, and were very entertaining.

Geek Out Loud

During the run of this podcast, they sometimes mentioned another podcast that co-host Steve Glosson had of his own – Geek Out Loud. I loved Steve on SHoE, so I figured this other podcast would be good. Mylanta! Geek Out Loud was even better than I had expected! Steve talks about everything I love. There was Star Wars talk, as well as talk about comic book movies, Muppets, and professional wrestling. He also played a lot of ’80s rock music, and talked about the music he loves, which happened to be the music I love. After the Smallville series wrapped up, I still got my Steve Glosson fix on Geek Out Loud. He also hosts The Big Honkin’ Show, which is a potpourri of different topics, in a radio type of format. During the breaks, there are some funny fake commercials. And when the show comes back from commercial, there is usually an awesome ’80s rock song playing. When Steve records this show, you can actually listen live, and participate by live chatting.

A GoLiverse is Born


A couple of years ago, different Geek Out Loud shows spin-off shows started rolling out. There would be a host, and Steve would be the co-host. One of the first spin-offs was Know What I’m Saying, which Steve and Karl talk about whatever’s on their mind. I’m still not sure whether I find the bromance entertaining or disturbing. In one of the early episodes, they talked music, and I was hooked. There is also Mark Out Loud, where Steve and Mark talk about professional wrestling. They talk about the current wrestling world. However, I love the episodes in which they cover old school wrestling matches and events. Another awesome podcast is Disney Vault Talk in which Steve and Teresa watch and review every animated Disney film in order. Being a huge Disney fan, this is one of my favorite podcasts. As much as I love all of these podcasts, my favorite of them all is…drum roll please, Rick Allen…

Rock Out Loud!

Rock Out Loud

The idea of Rock Out Loud came about when Steve would play a lot of awesome rock music, on The Big Honkin’ Show, that Kristin from Jersey loved. After hanging out in the chat, discussing the music, they decided to start up this podcast. With Steve being one of the best podcasters, if not THE best, and Kristin being the heart and soul of this podcast, this is easily one of my favorite podcasts ever. I always listen as soon as each episode is available. I love that Steve and I have the same taste in music. But, it’s Kristin that totally impressed me. Her knowledge and love of ’80s rock is unsurpassed. What’s more impressive is that Kristin was not even alive in the ’80s! And it’s not just encyclopedic knowledge that she has. Kristin understands and feels the music more than most people that actually lived through that time period. Kristin’s aunt (who is my new hero) was an influence on Kristin’s taste in music. So we can thank her for keeping the ’80s alive! And for the younger folks out there, Kristin is also into current music too. So there is something for every rock fan in this podcast.

Each Rock Out Loud episode begins with Steve and Kristin having a fun conversation for a few minutes. And then they read emails that are sent in to them by listeners, and they discuss and answer questions for each email. After the emails, they go into the main topic of the episode. For example, one episode was about road trips. In this episode, Steve and Kristin discussed what makes a good road trip playlist. They take turns going through their picks of songs, and they play a little of each song as they discuss and/or debate each pick. Other great episodes include Feel Good Music (Kristin and Steve discuss the songs that pick them up when they’re feeling low), Power Ballads, Cover Songs, Dust in the Wind where Kristin and Steve talk about Rockers who left us too soon. They also have covered albums like Hysteria and one of my favorite episodes – New Jersey. Each episode seems to push 2 hours, but they go by so fast. Between the entertaining discussions and awesome music, the episode is over before you know it.


Who’s the Boss?

Being from New Jersey, Kristin is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. While her aunt was a big influence for a lot of her music taste, her father was the one who turned her on to Springsteen. Again, her passion is unsurpassed. Now, I was never a big Springsteen fan. All I know are his big hits. But, there are millions of people like Kristin who are obsessed with him and his music. So, I decided to challenge myself (and Kristin) by seeing if she could turn me into a Bruce Springsteen fan. She accepted this challenge. I asked her which albums to start with. Then I would go there each album on this site. I figured the first album would be Born to Run, or one of his other earlier works. Nope! She threw me into the deep end of the pool! My first homework assignment – Live/1975–85. Just in case you’re not familiar with that one, it is a 3 disc live set. I was not expecting that, which is totally awesome! This is going to be a lot of fun.  So, you will be seeing my review on this album shortly.

In the meantime, please check out the Rock Out Loud Podcast, and subscribe on iTunes. You won’t be sorry. And if you like rock music, you will love this podcast.


Academy Awards: 1987-1990

59th Academy Awards

The 59th Academy Awards were presented March 30, 1987. The hosts were Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Hogan.

This ceremony was notable for being the last in 23 years to have multiple hosts, until the 82nd Academy Awards were hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

The year also marked for Hannah and Her Sisters won both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, remaining as the last film to won both supporting acting categories as of 2010. The film also won Best Writing – Original Screenplay.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Platoon

Children of a Lesser God
Hannah and Her Sisters
The Mission
A Room with a View

Best Director

Winner: Oliver Stone – Platoon

Woody Allen – Hannah and Her Sisters
James Ivory – A Room with a View
Roland Joffe – The Mission
David Lynch – Blue Velvet

Best Actor

Winner: Paul Newman – The Color of Money

Dexter Gordon – Round Midnight
William Hurt – Children of a Lesser God
Bob Hoskins – Mona Lisa
James Woods – Salvador

Best Actress

Winner: Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God

Sigourney Weaver – Aliens
Sissy Spacek – Crimes of the Heart
Jane Fonda – The Morning After
Kathleen Turner – Peggy Sue Got Married

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Michael Caine – Hannah and Her Sisters

Tom Berenger – Platoon
Willem Dafoe – Platoon
Denholm Elliot – A Room with a View
Dennis Hopper – Hoosiers

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Dianne Wiest – Hannah and Her Sisters

Tess Harper – Crimes of the Heart
Piper Laurie – Children of a Lesser God
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio – The Color of Money
Maggie Smith – A Room with a View

60th Academy Awards

The 60th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1988 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was the first to be held there since the 20th Academy Awards. The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, which began on March 7, were mentioned several times during the evening: host Chevy Chase claimed his “entire monologue was generously donated by five Teamsters” and Sean Connery referred to the strike in his acceptance speech.

Billy Wilder was rewarded The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The event was otherwise dominated by two films. The Last Emperor won all nine Oscars for which it was nominated, including two for Bernardo Bertolucci, who won for his direction and for co-writing the screenplay, adapted from the title character’s autobiography. It did so in spite of having been “snubbed by several Hollywood studios and mishandled by the company (Columbia Pictures) that finally distributed it.” Moonstruck, nominated for six Academy Awards, received three, two in acting categories (for Cher and Olympia Dukakis), and another for its original screenplay. Four films with five or more nominations were shut out: Broadcast News, Hope and Glory, Fatal Attraction, and Empire of the Sun.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: The Last Emperor

Broadcast News
Fatal Attraction
Hope and Glory

Best Director

Winner: Bernardo Bertolucci – The Last Emperor

John Boorman – Hope and Glory
Lasse Hallstrom – My Life as a Dog
Norman Jewison – Moonstruck
Adrian Lyne – Fatal Attraction

Best Actor

Winner: Michael Douglas – Wall Street

William Hurt – Broadcast News
Marcello Mastroianni – Dark Eyes
Jack Nicholson – Ironweed
Robin Williams – Good Morning, Vietnam

Best Actress

Winner: Cher – Moonstruck

Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter – Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland – Anna
Meryl Streep – Ironweed

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Sean Connery – The Untouchables

Albert Brooks – Broadcast News
Morgan Freeman – Street Smart
Vincent Gardenia – Moonstruck
Denzel Washington – Cry Freedom

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Olympia Dukakis – Moonstruck

Anne Archer – Fatal Attraction
Norma Aleandro – Gaby: A True Story
Anne Ramsey – Throw Momma from the Train
Ann Sothern – The Whales of August

61st Academy Awards

The 61st Academy Awards were presented on March 29, 1989. For this show, there was no “official” host as the show opened with a stage-show featuring Merv Griffin, Snow White and Rob Lowe. Another change was that the producers attempted to change the traditional line “And the winner is…” to “And the Oscar goes to…”. This broadcast is also noted for being the final public appearance of actress Lucille Ball, who died less than one month later.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Rain Man

The Accidental Tourist
Dangerous Liaisons
Mississippi Burning
Working Girl

Best Director

Winner: Barry Levinson – Rain Man

Charles Crichton – A Fish Called Wanda
Mike Nichols – Working Girl
Alan Parker – Mississippi Burning
Martin Scorsese – The Last Temptation of Christ

Best Actor

Winner: Dustin Hoffman – Rain Man

Gene Hackman – Mississippi Burning
Tom Hanks – Big
Edward James Olmos – Stand and Deliver
Max von Sydow – Pelle the Conqueror

Best Actress

Winner: Jodie Foster – The Accused

Glenn Close – Dangerous Liaisons
Melanie Griffith – Working Girl
Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
Sigourney Weaver – Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Kevin Kline – A Fish Called Wanda

Alec Guiness – Little Dorrit
Martin Landau – Tucker: The Man and His Dream
River Phoenix – Running on Empty
Dean Stockwell – Married to the Mob

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Geena Davis – The Accidental Tourist

Joan Cusack – Working Girl
Frances McDormand – Mississippi Burning
Michelle Pfeiffer – Dangerous Liaisons
Sigourney Weaver – Working Girl

62nd Academy Awards

The 62nd Academy Awards were presented March 26, 1990.

The event, billed as Around the World in 3½ Hours – The 62d Academy Awards Presentation, featured live segments from five other cities around the globe:

* Buenos Aires, Argentina
* London, United Kingdom
* Moscow, Soviet Union (featuring Jack Lemmon and Natalya Negoda announcing the Oscar nominees for best foreign film)
* Sydney, Australia
* Tokyo, Japan

This was the first telecast hosted by Billy Crystal. He would host the show seven more times over the next fifteen years. Crystal opened the ceremony with a song about the nominees for best picture, something he would do for every ceremony he hosted.

Driving Miss Daisy won four awards including Best Picture; the 80-year-old Jessica Tandy became the oldest woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Here are the nominees and winners of the acting categories, as well as Best Picture and Best Director:

Best Picture

Winner: Driving Miss Daisy

Born on the Fourth of July
Dead Poets Society
Field of Dreams
My Left Foot

Best Director

Winner: Oliver Stone – Born on the Fourth of July

Woody Allen – Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kenneth Branagh – Henry V
Jim Sheridan – My Left Foot
Peter Weir – Dead Poets Society

Best Actor

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis – My Left Foot

Kenneth Branagh – Henry V
Tom Cruise – Born on the Fourth of July
Morgan Freeman – Driving Miss Daisy
Robin Williams – Dead Poets Society

Best Actress

Winner: Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy

Isabelle Adjani – Camille Claudel
Pauline Collins – Shirley Valentine
Jessica Lange – Music Box
Michelle Pfeiffer – The Fabulous Baker Boys

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Denzel Washington – Glory

Danny Aiello – Do the Right Thing
Dan Aykroyd – Driving Miss Daisy
Marlon Brando – A Dry White Season
Martin Landau – Crimes and Misdemeanors

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Brenda Fricker – My Left Foot


Anjelica Huston – Enemies: A Love Story
Lena Olin – Enemies: A Love Story
Julia Roberts – Steel Magnolias
Dianne Wiest – Parenthood

Remember That Song: 2/20/15

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

Now it all seems funny
Kinda like a dream
Things ain’t always what they seem

Last Song: “Cherry Bomb” by John Mellencamp from The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!!

That’s when a sport was a sport
And groovin’ was groovin’

Remember That Song: 2/19/15

Can you name the artist and song:

That’s when a sport was a sport
And groovin’ was groovin’

Last Song: “Angel of the Morning” by Juice Newton from the album Juice (1981)

There’s no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start
I see no need to take me home
I’m old enough to face the dawn

The Liebster Award 2: Electric Boogaloo

Less than a year after I was nominated for The Liebster Award, we now have a sequel thanks to Vinnieh! Vinnieh has a totally awesome movie web site. You should go check it out early and often at There are a lot of movie reviews – for old and new movies, as well as other articles about actors/actresses. There are other fun articles as well. For example, as we just passed Valentines Day, there were a couple of appropriately themed articles – What are the sexiest scenes in film? and What are your favourite romantic movie scenes?. In the midst of all this, there is a series of James Bond reviews happening over there. And it looks like we are heading into the ’80s Bond films now. So thank you very much vinnieh!

The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the award.
  • Create 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate.

OK, here are the questions I need to answer:

  1. Do you prefer watching a film in the cinema or at home?  I would prefer going to the theater. But since I don’t get much of a chance, I usually watch at home.
  2. Do you have any unique talents? OK, You have to swear to God you won’t laugh: 
  3. What is your ideal day like? All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.
  4. Which actor or actress do you think is the most gorgeous? This is a tough one! I could come up with a long list. But, off the top of my head, I’ll have to say Vanessa Williams. She was Miss America in the ’80s for a very short time. And I just saw her in something on TV not too long ago, and she still looks gorgeous!
  5. What do you enjoy the most about blogging? Interacting with people all over the world, and making new friends. Obviously, I love to Return to the ’80s, but back then, I would have never dreamed it was possible to make friends all over the world.
  6. What posts of yours is your personal favourite? One of my favorites was ’80s Back to School Accessories. I just whipped it up in less than 30 minutes, and it was a lot of fun. I also love the Top 40 Countdowns. We are long overdue for a new one. But, real life and being buried by this year’s New England snow keeps setting back my schedule. I’ll try to pick this back up within the next week or two.
  7. What’s the best holiday you have ever been on? On my honeymoon, we flew across the country and spent a few days in San Diego, drove up to Anaheim, went to Disney for a few more days, then went on a cruise for 7 days.
  8. Have you ever met anyone famous? Not really. About 11 or 12 years ago, we were in an empty Miami airport very early in the morning. I was at one of the stores looking through some overpriced books. This may sound crazy, but I got a chill down my spine and felt the temperature drop.  Then I heard somebody behind me complaining very loudly, saying that he can’t believe they didn’t have a cart for him to ride in, and he had to walk. My wife was standing in front of me, and her eyes went wide open. I turned around and it was O.J. Simpson surrounded by an entourage of people walking by us. Then about 10 minutes later another entourage of people were walking by us. And in the middle of them was Todd Bridges!
  9. Describe yourself in three words. Awesome, bodacious dude
  10. What film have you watched and never want to watch again? Bill Cosby: Himself. I remember watching this concert movie on HBO all the time before The Cosby Show came out. I believe I was 12 or 13 at the time. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. A year or 2 ago, I saw this come on TV again, so I tried watching it. I didn’t laugh once. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. And now with all the accusations that have come to light, I definitely can’t look at him the same way again.
  11. Do you enjoy awards season and are you excited for the Oscars? I enjoy the spirit of awards season as the arts get celebrated. However, I can’t get excited for the Oscars. It’s too political for me. If the winners were selected by merit, instead of by sucking up to the right people, I could live with it. There is no way you will ever convince me in any time or galaxy that Annie Hall was a better movie than Star Wars. And the year that Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan, I checked out for good. I may check out the opening, if I think of it, to see if the host does a good job, or if it is a train wreck. Either way, I may be entertained for about 15 minutes.

And now the nominations for the award as chosen by yours truly:

Uncanny Pop
what about the twinkie?
The Animation Files
A Redhead at the Movies
Confessions From a Geek Mind
Stitch Boom Bang!
Driving MsMiranda’s Blog
RobbinsRealm Blog
Digital Shortbread
My Live Action Disney Project

And now my questions for my nominees:

1. Who was your favorite MTV VJ?




2. Which of these is your favorite Star – Wars, Trek, Battle Galactica (original or reboot), or Search?

3. Which celebrity did you have a crush on in your childhood or teen years?

4. What blog posts of yours are your personal favorites?

5. What is your favorite television show?

6. If you were in The Breakfast Club, which character would you be?





A. The Brain (Brian) – Anthony Michael Hall
B. The Jock (Andy) – Emilio Estevez
C. The Criminal (Bender) – Judd Nelson
D. The Princess (Claire) – Molly Ringwald
E. The Basket Case (Allison) – Ally Sheedy

7. What is your favorite genre of music?

8. Have you ever met anyone famous?

9. What is your favorite vacation destination?

10. What is your favorite ’80s movie?

And the last question is

Yo, Return to the ’80s, I’m really happy for you, Imma letchu finish, Imma letchu finish, but Beyoncé had the best questions of all time!

What the hell was that?!?!? Um, awkward. Anyway,

11. Which awards show is your favorite?

If you were not listed in the nominee section, and you want to have fun answering the questions (the ones posed to me and/or the questions I posed), feel free to enter your answers in the comments.

Thanks again to Vinnieh. This was a lot of fun!!

Quote of the Day: The Breakfast Club

Claire: You know, you look a lot better without all that black shit under your eyes.
Allison: Hey, I like all that black shit… Why are you being so nice to me?
Claire: Because you’re letting me.

Happy 47th birthday to Molly Ringwald!!! Also John Hughes would have turned 65 today.

Remember That Song: 2/18/15

Can you name the song and artist who had this hit in 1981:

There’s no need to take a stand
For it was I who chose to start
I see no need to take me home
I’m old enough to face the dawn

Last Song: “Out of Touch” by Hall & Oates from Big Bam Boom (1984)

Great job Jim (@JimVilk) and Andy (@andytorah)!!!

Shake it up is all that we know
Using the bodies up as we go
I’m waking up to fantasy