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GenX Book Club

1ce7f478f30a4aa6ad83922b28ab30ff (1)Hi Everybody, If anybody is interested, I am starting up a GenX Book Club. We will select one book a month (for the time being) that members of Generation X will enjoy. It may be an autobiography/biography of a Gen X celebrity, or books that take place from the 1970s through the 1990s, or books that members of Gen X grew up reading. All generations are welcome here because we’re cool like that. There will be discussions throughout the month on the page, and a Zoom meeting at the end of the month, which may be aired on the Return to the ’80s podcast. And I’ll do my best to get the author to join us. We will start the first book in October, and there are options to vote on which book will kick things off. Some come check it out if you’d like to join this totally rad book club!
There are a couple of places you can join. You can join the Facebook Group, or on the Bookclubs web page.

This month there is a vote to see which book should be the debut selection. Then we will start the book in October. Let me know if you have any questions or trouble signing up.

Song of the Day: “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul

On this day in 1989, Paula Abdul hit #1 in the U.S. with her break through song, “Straight Up”. Before Paula was a singer, she was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and a dancer. Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single “Torture“. Then after working with Janet Jackson on videos for “Nasty,” “When I Think of You,” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” she became an in-demand choreographer. She went on to work with ZZ Top (“Velcro Fly“),  and Debbie Gibson (“Shake Your Love“), as well as the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks’s character in Big (1988),   before starting her own career as a singer.

Although, “Straight Up” was Abdul’s breakthrough hit, it was the third single released from her debut album, Forever Your Girl. Her record company didn’t hear the hit potential in this song, so they released “Knocked Out” as her debut single since it was written and produced by Babyface and L.A. Reid. It peaked out at #41. Next was “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me,” which topped out at #88. When the San Francisco radio station KMEL started playing “Straight Up,” it forced the hand of her record company, which released it as her third single. After this song topped the charts, the next three releases, “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract” all went to the top, making Forever Your Girl one of the most successful debut albums in history. This would also be the best selling single of 1989.

The video was directed by David Fincher, who also directed Madonna’s “Vogue” and went on to direct the movies Seven, The Game and Fight Club. The music video won MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best Dance, Best Choreography and Best Editing.

Remember That Song – 8/16/21

Can you name the artist and song:

We’ll take on the world and win
So hold on tight, let the flight begin


Last song: “You’re The Only Woman (You & I)” by Ambrosia from One Eighty (1980)

Great job sweetpurplejune, Pauline (@Dopey62), Lori (@ThreezkyMusic), and David (@daviddwwalker)!!!

Because you and I’ve been in love too long
To worry ’bout tomorrow
Here’s a place where we both belong


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

Remember That Song – 1/29/21

Can you name the artist and song:

But you know, you gotta stick to your guns
When it all comes down
’cause Sometimes you can’t choose it
It’s like heads they win, tails you’re gonna lose


Last Song: “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr. from the album The Other Woman (1982)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Kevin (@NerdySeahorse), and Jennifer (@TeamBobbyEwing)!!!

Never thought it would amount to much
Never met a girl who’s love was so tough
Who’d a thought a one night stand
Could turn into such a hot romance


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


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Ray Parker Jr. will be performing tomorrow (1/30) at the awesome 80s festival, 80s Radical Sabbatical. There are going to be some other big names, and there are a few different packages you can buy. Check it out at 80sradsab.com.

Remember That Song – 1/28/21

Can you name the artist and song:

Never thought it would amount to much
Never met a girl who’s love was so tough
Who’d a thought a one night stand
Could turn into such a hot romance


Last Song: “Kiss Me Deadly” by Lita Ford from the album Lita (1988)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Ron (@bernas2)!!!

But I know what I like
I know I like dancing with you
And I know what you like
I know you like dancing with me


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


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Lita Ford will be performing this Saturday (1/30) at the awesome 80s festival, 80s Radical Sabbatical. There are going to be some other big names, and there are a few different packages you can buy. Check it out at 80sradsab.com.

Return to the ’80s Trivia – 12/22/20

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Question: In Scrooged, Bill Murray portrayed Frank Cross, the head of programming for the fictional television network IBC. Which star of Hollywood’s golden age played his boss, network president Preston Rhinelander?


Last Question: In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, what did Clark receive as his Christmas bonus?

Answer: A one year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.

[The gift that keeps on giving all year]

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