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Quote of the Day: Spies Like Us

Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.

Austin Millbarge: Doctor.

Dr. Imhaus: Doctor.

Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.

Dr. Marston: Doctor.

Austin Millbarge: Doctor.

Dr. Marston: Doctor.

Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.

Karen Boyer: Doctor.

Austin Millbarge: Doctor.

Karen Boyer: Doctor.

Emmett Fitz-Hume: [amorously] Doctor!

Jerry Hadley: Doctor.

Austin Millbarge: Doctor.

Jerry Hadley: Doctor.

Emmett Fitz-Hume: Doctor.

Austin Millbarge: We’re not doctors!

Spies Like Us was released on this day – December 6, 1985

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Remember That Song: 12/6/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve listened to preachers,
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules

Last Song: “Rough Boy” by ZZ Top from the album Afterburner (1985)

I’ll shoot it to you straight and look you in the eye.
So gimme just a minute and I’ll tell you why

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Quote of the Day: Tic Tac Dough

You get an X or an O on the board by correctly answering the question in the category in the box you select. Three Xs or three Os in row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins the game. An X or an O in an outside box adds $100/$200 to the pot, and since the center box is vital to the playing this game, the questions from there are a little tougher, but we put $200/$300 in the pot for those. Whoever wins the game takes all the money in the pot, and goes on to play the Tic Tac Dough bonus game.

Happy 84th birthday to Wink Martindale!!!

Remember That Song: 12/4/17

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ll shoot it to you straight and look you in the eye.
So gimme just a minute and I’ll tell you why

Last Song: “Eyes Without A Face” by Billy Idol from the album Rebel Yell (1983)

Great job Lillian (@LilliBug93), Mark (@MCBLUHD), and Candy (@candyissodandy)!!!

When I’m far from home
Don’t call me on the phone
To tell me you’re alone

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Little Billy: Help make this cartoon, set in the ’80s, a reality

I don’t know about you, but I love seeing ’80s pop culture thriving these days. ’80s songs are being used in more and more TV advertisements. There are great shows set in the ’80s, such as The Goldbergs, Stranger Things, Red Oaks and G.L.O.W. Now we have the opportunity to see the ’80s in animated form! But, we need your help.

Little Billy is the brainchild of The SimpsonsĀ® Emmy-Award Winning animator and Tourette Syndrome conqueror, Chance Raspberry. This series could be groundbreaking in so many ways. Chance is creating the first animated series to encompass the entire spectrum of neurodiversity. It is also the first and only series created by somebody with Tourette Syndrome. And instead of just giving Billy Tourettes, Chance created a fictitious condition called UHS-Ultra Hyper Sensitivity. In addition to having symptoms of Tourettes, UHS has the symptoms of other neurodiversities such as OCD, ADHD, and Autism. Billy is a symbol that represents the entire special needs community. As you can see, if you, or any of your children have any of those conditions, there is finally a series and a character that you can relate to. And being set in the ’80s is a huge bonus!

Why the ’80s connection? Chance grew up in the ’80s. As a child dealing with Tourettes he turned to animation. Whether it be tracing, drawing or watching animated shows, he found an outlet to cope with his condition. When he was watching cartoons, he was drawing. When he was drawing, he was no longer ticcing. Harnessing his talents, he has had a decade long career on The Simpsons, and became a lead animator on the show.

In addition to the Little Billy animated show, there is a Little Billy product line! There are prints for Count Cheekula Cereal by General Bills, as well as t-shirts. There are also posters and stickers.


Does this style look familiar?

In order to get everything up and running, Chance has created an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000. Not only will this help with the production and distribution of the Little Billy series, but a part of the money will go to the Tourette Association of America.

Here is a video of Chance explaining everything to you:

If you are able to contribute to this great cause, please go to Every little bit helps. And if you are unable to help financially, you can help by spreading the word, and post all over any social media sites you may have. You may have friends, family, or followers who live with, deal with, or know someone who has Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, Autism, Down Syndrome, or any other neurodiversity. Let’s keep the ’80s alive, and raise money for a good cause all at the same time!

Top 40 Songs This Week – November 27, 1982: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown!!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31, 30-21 and 20-11. We are down to our top 10 songs. We have some true classic songs coming up, so let’s get to it. Let’s Return to the week ending November 27, 1982, and wrap up this week’s countdown.

10. “Muscles” by Diana Ross

This song earned Diana Ross her twelfth Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Oh BTW, this was written and produced by someone you may or may not heard of – Michael Jackson.


9. “The Girl is Mine” by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Speaking of Michael Jackson, this was the first single released from his up and coming album, Thriller. At least he got the worst song out of the way! It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for all that yapping at the end.


8. “Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson

Love this song by Joe Jackson! It peaked at #4, and was Jackson’s highest charting hit in the U.S. This song received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1983 but lost to “Rosanna” by Toto, which is fine by me.


7. “Maneater” by Daryl Hall and John Oates

This song, from Hall & Oates’ eleventh studio album, H2O, was a smash hit, hitting #1 and staying there for four straight weeks. This was a staple on MTV.



6. “Mickey” by Toni Basil

This iconic ’80s tune was Toni Basil’s only hit. But, boy was it ever a hit, reaching the top of the charts. The legendary Cheerleader video is considered the very first choreographed dance video.


5. “Heartlight” by Neil Diamond

Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with this song. My mom is the biggest Neil Diamond fan, so this was my life. I do like his early stuff a lot. But, I didn’t care much for his easy listening music. This song was written by Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and her then-husband Burt Bacharach. They were inspired by the blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which Diamond, Bayer Sager and Bacharach had all seen together.


4. “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

This classic duet is from the film, An Officer and a Gentleman (which I have yet to see). The movie’s producer, Don Simpson, demanded “Up Where We Belong” be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, “The song is no good. It isn’t a hit.” (Sounds like a Trump tweet. Oh shit, here come the comments and emails!). It’s a good thing Simpson was a movie producer, and not a music producer. The song was a #1 hit in the US for three weeks, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. It also won the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983.

3. “Heart Attack” by Olivia Newton-John

This is one of those new songs that was placed on a Greatest Hits album. And this song definitely belongs there! I love this ONJ song! It was the first single released off of Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


2. “Gloria” by Laura Branigan

I have always loved Laura Branigan’s voice, and I had a huge crush on her. I was devastated when she died in 2004 from a brain aneurysm. This was Branigan’s signature song. It peaked right here at #2, and remained her for three weeks.


1. “Truly” by Lionel Richie

“Hello” seems to get all the love out of Lionel Richie’s ballads. But, this one is my favorite. This was also Richie’s debut solo single. It was the first single released off of his self-titled debut album. The song won a Grammy Award for Richie in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Not a shabby start for a solo career.

That wraps up this week’s countdown. I hope you enjoyed it. Did you have any favorite songs this week? Are there any that you got sick of hearing? I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Quote of the Day: Alien Nation

[after Sykes makes fun of George’s name]
Det. Samuel ‘George’ Francisco: It is like your name… Sykes. I’m sure it doesn’t bother you at all that it sounds like “ss’ai k’ss,” two words in my language which mean “excrement” and “cranium.”
Det. Samuel ‘George’ Francisco: Shithead.

Happy 65th birthday to Mandy Patinkin!!!

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Remember That Song: 11/30/17

Can you name the artist and song:

When I’m far from home
Don’t call me on the phone
To tell me you’re alone

Last Song: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block from the album Hangin’ Tough (1988)

Great job Old School 80s (@OldSchool80s), Jim (@JimVilk) and Rach (@DarkDemonHeart)!!!

I can see it in your walk
Tell ’em when you talk
See it in everything you do
Even in your thoughts

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Top 40 Songs This Week – November 27, 1982: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown!!! If you missed the previous songs, you can go ahead and check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. I hope you’re enjoying this trip down Memory Lane this week. We have a great mix of songs today, including a Long Distance Dedication. So, let’s Return to the week ending November 27, 1982, and move on with the coutndown!

20. “Pressure” by Billy Joel

In 1980, Billy Joel started to reinvent himself from Piano Man to Rock Star, with his Glass Houses album. The trend continues here with this song from his Nylon Curtain album. And we have all felt pressure, so we can relate to this song.

19. “Heartbreaker” by Dionne Warwick

The Bee Gees did not record as much music in the ’80s as they did in the ’70s. However, they were still very active, writing songs for other artists, including this one. Dionne Warwick’s career did not end with Solid Gold. She hit the top 10 with this song.

18. “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills and Nash

I absolutely love this song! Stephen Stills sings lead on this one, and he co-wrote it with Rick Curtis and Michael Curtis. David Crosby did not rejoin the band until the Daylight Again album was under way, so his vocals were not featured on the album version of this song. Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and Art Garfunkel provide backing vocals. So you still have great music and harmonies.

17. “American Heartbeat” by Survivor

An awesome, yet overlooked song by Survivor. Of course, it can be understandable since it was featured on the Eye of the Tiger album. Not too many songs could survive competing against that title track. This Dave Bickler era of Survivor provided a lot of great songs, including this one.

16. “Shadows of the Night” by Pat Benatar

This is perhaps my favorite Pat Benatar song. Unfortunately, at one point I had a roommate who was a guitarist, and he pointed out how awful the guitar solo is in this song. Now, it sticks out like a sore thumb to me. But, I still love the song. Benatar is one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time.

15. “Nobody” by Sylvia

In the early ’80s, country-crossover hits were quite the rage. Here is another one. The song became Sylvia’s signature song and got her nominated for a Grammy award in 1983 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It also helped her take home the Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for Top Female Vocalist of 1982. She never had another crossover hit after this, but she still had plenty of more hits on the Country charts.

14. “It’s Raining Again” by Supertramp

Meh. I’m not a huge Supertramp fan. It doesn’t help that one time, somebody stole my Journey Evolution cd out of the case, and replaced it with Supertramp’s Greatest Hits. I may forgive, but I do not forget.

13. “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

This song reached number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, where it stayed for a record ten weeks before being replaced by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s duet, “The Girl Is Mine”. Personally, I think he should have held that Jackson/McCartney crapfest out of the #1 spot. This was also the first single since his exit from his long-term record label Motown earlier in the year,

Dear Casey,
I live and breathe the ’80s every day. But, sometimes even I need a jumpstart to kick my ’80s love into high gear. And I got that this past weekend when I saw my favorite group, Rubix Kube, in concert. Not only is the playlist awesome, and different, each time I see them, but they are extremely talented musicians. And if that is not enough, just being in the same venue with tons of people, who share the same love and passion for the most rad decade, is enough to totally rejuvenate you and get you on an ’80s high.
So Casey, Please play one of Rubix Kube’s signature songs, their cover of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” for all my awesome fellow ’80s fans.

Thank you,
Paul from Return to the ’80s

OK Paul, is your long distance dedication…

On with the countdown…

12. “Rock This Town” by The Stray Cats

Before Brian Setzer brought back Swing in the ’90s, he made Rockabilly cool in the ’80s with The Stray Cats.



11. “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley

This song was released from Don Henley’s debut solo album, I Can’t Stand Still. This song is just as relevant today as it was 35 years ago.



That wraps up today’s list. We will conclude the countdown on Friday. See ya then!

Quote of the Day: Pretty in Pink

Blane: You couldn’t buy her, though, that’s what’s killing you, isn’t it? Stef? That’s it, Stef. She thinks you’re shit. And deep down, you know she’s right.

Happy 55th birthday to Andrew McCarthy!!!


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