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Quote of the Day: The Day After

Dr. Sam Hachiya: [intensely] What did you see? You come from Kansas City. What did you see?

Dr. Russell Oakes: [in shock] I was on the freeway, about 30 miles away. I’m not sure… it was high in the air, directly above downtown. Like the sun… exploding.

The TV movie The Day After aired on ABC on this day, 35 years ago (November 20, 1983). More than 100 million tuned in to watch. It was one of the first “watercooler moments” of us school children the next morning.

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Remember That Song – 11/20/18

Can you name the artist and song:

You’re on a mission and your wishin’
Someone could cure your lonely condition


Last Song: “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones from the album Tattoo You (1981)

Great job Melissa, and Roy (@rbutt14)!!!

Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machine

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: The Accused

Sarah Tobias: You don’t understand how I feel! I’m standing there with my pants down and my crotch hung out for the world to see and three guys are sticking it to me, a bunch of other guys are yelling and clapping and you’re standing there telling me that that’s the best you can do. Well, if that’s the best you could do, then your best sucks! Now, I don’t know what you got for selling me out, but I sure as shit hope it was worth it!

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Remember That Song – 11/19/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machine


Last Song: “C’est La Vie” by Robbie Nevil from the album Robbie Nevil (1986)

Great job J-Dub, and Denise (@denise_mcaleer)!!!

Got a job
That’s okay
But they’ve got me workin’ night and day

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Get Ready For The “Box Office Jocks” Blog-A-Thon!

Time for another Blog-a-Thon! This should be a fun one. Return to the 80s is teaming up with Dubsism for the Box Office Jocks Blog-a-Thon. It will be taking place Super Bowl Weekend, February 2nd and 3rd, 2019. If you would like to submit an article or podcast about an athlete who starred in a movie/television show, or a movie about an athlete, please comment below, or email me at returntothe80s@gmail.com.

Dubsism

If you aren’t familiar with Dubsism, it’s a combination of two things which usually don’t go together; rabid enthusiasm for all things sport, and an infatuation with classic cinema.  I think that came about the first time I got a John Wayne western in lieu of a rained-out baseball game. Thus began the double-helixing of sports and movies in my oft-concussed brain.

To make the proverbial long story short, I discovered blogging, and then I discovered the classic film blog-a-thon.  I dipped my toe into that world by offering some episodes of my series “Sports Analogies Hidden in Classic Movies.” The classic film blogging community has given me such a positive response that I’m jumping in with both feet by hosting my first blog-a-thon! Since it’s my first time, Paul S. from Return to the 80’s was gracious enough to join me to make sure I don’t bump into…

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Quote of the Day: Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Mr. Van Meter: Do you mean you’re a civilian? You don’t know anything about this, do you?

Terry Doolittle: I don’t know *dick* about this! Except some guy calling himself “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” taps into my computer! Tells me I gotta go to his house and get a frying pan! To call Van Halen… Van Morrison…

Mr. Van Meter: Van Meter.

Terry Doolittle: …Van Meter!

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Remember That Song – 11/13/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Got a job
That’s okay
But they’ve got me workin’ night and day


Last Song: “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar (Mellencamp) from the album American Fool (1982)

Great job Melissa and (@missichievous)!!!

Oh, let it rock, let it roll
Let the bible belt come and save my soul

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Top 40 This Week – Week Ending November 5, 1988: Songs 10-1

Welcome back, as we wrap up this week’s Top 40 Countdown! This brought back a lot of fond memories for me. And I do love how there was quite a few different genres represented throughout this whole countdown. So, let’s Return to the week ending November 5, 1988, and see what were the most popular songs in the country


10. “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” by Information Society

Awesome song that has that eary-mid ’80s sound. And yes that’s Leonard Nimoy’s voice as Mr. Spock from the Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy”, which was the first time we saw the Klingons in the Star Trek universe.

 

9. “Red Red Wine” by UB40

Wow, my two least favorite ’80s songs are both on the same countdown! First there was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. And now there’s this Neil Diamond cover.

 

 

8. “Desire” by U2

Awesome rocker, which was U2’s first single off their Rattle and Hum album. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

 

7. “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS

If you noticed that the last three bands in this countdown have an abbreviation/acronym as a band name, welcome to my brain.

 

 

6. “One Moment In Time” by Whitney Houston

It is in the middle of Fall, and this 1988 Olympic theme song is still going strong.

 

 

 

5. “Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi

After Slippery When Wet launched Bon Jovi in the stratosphere, they did not let up, as they followed up with the incredible New Jersey album, with “Bad Medicine” as the lead single.

 

4. “The Loco-Motion” by Kylie Minoque

Kylie Minogue was the third act to make this song a top 5 hit, starting with LIttle Eva in 1962 and Grand Funk Railroad in 1974. This song was a locomotion for Minogue, as it started as a hit in her home country of Australia. Then it made it’s way to Europe and Asia, then came to the U.S. and Canada.

 

3. “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins

We have another cover here, as Phil Collins recorded this Mindbenders 1965/66 hit for the Buster movie soundtrack. Between this song, and “Two Hearts”, you would think the movie was going to be a blockbuster. However, I still haven’t seen it, and I don’t know anybody who ever has.

 

2. “Wild, Wild West” by The Escape Club

This song would go on to be a number one hit next week. The Escape Club the only British artist to have a No. 1 hit in the United States while never charting in the UK.

 

1. “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys

I think we can track the division in the country back to this song. I personally think it’s a fun song, although I did get very sick of it. But, a lot of people had this extreme hatred of this song. And seeing John Stamos on drums really sent them over the edge! This song would be their last hit on the Hot 100.


Well that wraps up the Top 40 this week. I hope you enjoyed it! The next time, we will hop back across the pond to the U.K. In the meantime, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Quote of the Day: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

“Neither the mouse nor the boy was the least bit surprised that each could understand the other. Two creatures who shared a love for motorcycles naturally spoke the same language.”

The Mouse and the Motorcycle aired for the 1st time on ABC Weekend Specials on this day, 32 years ago (November 8, 1986).

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Remember That Song – 11/8/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Oh, let it rock, let it roll
Let the bible belt come and save my soul


Last Song: “Luka” by Suzanne Vega from Solitude Standing (1987)

Great job !!!

I think it’s because I’m clumsy
I try not to talk too loud
Maybe it’s because I’m crazy
I try not to act too proud

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below