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Phil Collins March Madness – Sweet Sixteen

It’s that time of year again! Welcome to the 5th Annual Return to the ’80s March Madness Tournament. If you are new to this site, each year one artist is chosen for the March Madness Tournament. We pit their own hit songs against each other. As with last year, voting will be done right here on the site, Twitter – @Returntothe80s,  And the Return to the ’80s group page on Facebook.

Previous winners have been:
2018 – “Out of Touch” in the Hall & Oates March Madness
2019 – “Purple Rain” in the Prince March Madness
2020 – “Crazy For You” in the Madonna March Madness
2021 – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” in Whitney Houston March Madness

This year we are going t=with the legendary Phil Collins. This will be his solo hits, and not Genesis songs, as he had enough to make the Sweet Sixteen on his own.

This Tournament is in collaboration with RealWeegieMidget Reviews as Gilll from that site reviews the Phil Collins film, Buster. Collins had a couple of hit songs from that movie. It was not widely seen in the U.S., so you may be interested in reading the review. So go check it out!

First, check out the podcast episode as we review each song in the tournament.

Now, let’s get going with the Sweet Sixteen! Voting will be open for this round until Sunday, April 3. The Elite 8 will be posted on Monday, April 4. In addition to voting on Twitter – @Returntothe80s and the Return to the ’80s group page on Facebook, feel free to comment your picks below. 1 vote per battle please. You can click on the song titles to see each music video.

Bracket 1

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” vs. I Don’t Care Anymore

Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” vs. “Take Me Home

Bracket 2

One More Night” vs. “In the Air Tonight

Another Day in Paradise” vs “Easy Lover” (with Philip Bailey)

Bracket 3

A Groovy Kind of Love” vs. “You Can’t Hurry Love

Sussudio” vs. Don’t Lose My Number

Bracket 4

Separate Lives” (with Marilyn Martin) vs. “I Missed Again

Two Hearts” vs. I Wish It Would Rain Down

Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

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rtt80s.com
Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
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Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 43: Crushes ‘n’ Ballads

Welcome to a new episode of Return to the ’80s! This Valentine’s Day week, the gang talks about their ’80s crushes and ’80s ballads. This is sort of a sequel to Episode 10 from 2017, which did not include ballads, and an #80sCrushes Crossover event from that same week. Please comment below with you’re favorite crushes and ballads. In addition, feel free to check out frequent collaborator, Gill’s crushes at Real Weegie Midget Reviews and her adoration for J.R. Ewing.
In the meantime, enjoy this show!

Round 1

Caroline
Crush: Patrick Swayze
Ballad:She’s Like the Wind” by Patrick Swayze

Claire
Crush: Keanu Reeves
Ballad:Careless Whisper” by Wham!

Del
Crush: Sheena Easton
Ballad:Always” by Atlantic Starr

Paul
Crush: Whitney Houston
Ballad:The Search is Over” by Survivor

Round 1 Wrap


Round 2

Caroline
Crush(es): The Coreys
Ballad: “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera

Claire
Crush: Saul Hudson (aka Slash)
Song: “Patience” by Guns n’ Roses

Del
Crush: Phoebe Cates
Ballad: “Lady in Red” by Chris De Burgh

Paul
Crush: Ally Sheedy
Ballad: “Open Arms” by Journey

Round 2 Wrap

Round 3

Caroline
Crush: John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler
Ballad: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

Claire
Crush: Nikki Sixx
Song: “Home Sweet Home” by Mötley Crüe

Del
Crush: Elisabeth Shue
Ballad: “I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne

Paul
Crush: Irene Cara
Ballad: “Truly” by Lionel Richie

Round 3 Wrap

Round 4

Caroline
Crush: Tom Cruise as Joel Goodson
Ballad: “Meet Me Half Way” by Kenny Loggins

Claire
Crush: Keifer Sutherland as David from The Lost Boys
Song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

Del
Crush: Carrie Fisher
Ballad: “Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins

Paul
Crush: Mary Stuart Masterson
Ballad: “Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan

Round 4 Wrap

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Round 5

Caroline
Crush: Christian Slater
Ballad: “You Got it All” by The Jets

Claire
Crush: Sebastian Bach
Song: “I Remember You” by Skid Row

Del
Crush: Cheryl Ladd
Ballad: “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago

Paul
Crush: Paula Abdul
Ballad: “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

Round 5 Wrap


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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

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Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 42: The Pirate Movie (1982) [Featuring Realweegiemidget Reviews]

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Welcome to the first podcast episode of the year! This is also our first collaboration with Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews. We will podcast and she will post a blog article as a companion piece. You can go ahead and check out her post before listening to the show.

Later on in the year, Gill will appear on the podcast. In the meantime, Gill will be writing a monthly trailer review to complement some of this podcast’s new content for 2022 about 1980s films, TV and books. We then promote each other’s content online and add our links to each other’s work.

Now on to this treasure of a movie!

Normally, I would play a trailer of the movie here. Instead, THE ENTIRE MOVIE is free and available on YouTube. So feel free to check it out first. Or you can listen to the podcast first and see if I convinced you to watch it.

On with the show! And please leave comments below to let us know what you think of this movie. You can click on the picture below to get the podcast episode, or you can download and subscribe through one of the services listed at the bottom of this article.
Episode 42 Logo

As an added treat, here are scenes of some selected scenes from the movie:

First Love

Pumpin’ and Blowin’

How Can I Live Without Her

Hold On

Happy Ending

And here is the Peter Cupples Band version that is heard playing during the end credits


You can follow Gill on her totally awesome blog – Realweegiemidget Reviews
Twitter – @realweegiemidge
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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

rtt80s.com
Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
Twitter:  @returntothe80s
Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 41: Christmas Vacation

What!?! Two Return to the ’80s podcast episodes in one week?!?! I don’t know about you, but if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now. But, here we are. Come along with Caroline, Claire, Del, and Paul to celebrate Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds.

You can follow ’80s Radical Sabbatical at https://80sradsab.com/ as well as on the following social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sRadSab

Twitter: @80sRadSab

Instagram: @80sRadSab

Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

rtt80s.com
Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
Twitter:  @returntothe80s
Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

Also, you can subscribe to the Return to the ’80s podcast on

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Episode 40: Die Hard

Welcome to the party, Pals! Return to the ’80s is back just in time for Christmas week! Caroline, Claire, Del, and Paul celebrate the Christmas classic, Die Hard. I can assure you, our party does not get interrupted by thieves (exceptional or otherwise). So sit back and enjoy the show. Yippee Ki-Yay!!!

You can follow ’80s Radical Sabbatical at https://80sradsab.com/ as well as on the following social media accounts:

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Twitter: @80sRadSab

Instagram: @80sRadSab

Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

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Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
Twitter:  @returntothe80s
Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

Also, you can subscribe to the Return to the ’80s podcast on

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Episode 38: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

How can we celebrate ’80s Thanksgiving any other way than to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles?! This John Hughes classic stars two legends – Steve Martin and John Candy, and features many awesome cameos.
This year, the Return to the ’80s family has grown as Del and I sit around the Thanksgiving episode table with Claire and Caroline!
Obviously we cover this awesomely hilarious movie. We also talk about each of our Thanksgivings, as well as Caroline and Claire’s real life Planes, Trains and Automobiles ordeal.
So get your hand out from between those pillows, throw on your best Del Griffith shower curtain earrings, beat Kevin Bacon to the cab this time, and come join us as we dig in to Planes, Trains and Automobiles!


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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

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Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 37: Retro Halloween

Return to the ’80s is finally back with a brand new podcast episode! Caroline and Claire join Del and I to talk all about Halloween. This is a huge range of topics, including music, movies, and candy, as well as Halloween memories. This was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy!
What are some of your favorite Halloween memories? Do you have any favorite Halloween themes music, movies, or television shows/specials? Is there any candy you loved or hated? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below, or contact us on any of the social media outlets listed towards the end of the post.

– Music
– Thriller
– Spotify playlist

– Costumes
– Claire’s Halloween birthday
– Movie talk – Just don’t mention R-A-T-S
The Shining

– Psych – Heeeeere’s Lassie!

– Halloween Kills
– Friday the 13th franchise
– Paul vs. Freddy
– Vampire genre
– St. Louis trick-or-treaters earn candy with jokes
– Candy
– Trick-or-Treating
– Television – “I got a rock”
– More movie talk

You can follow ’80s Radical Sabbatical at https://80sradsab.com/ as well as on the following social media accounts:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/80sRadSab

Twitter: @80sRadSab

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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

rtt80s.com
Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
Twitter:  @returntothe80s
Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

Also, you can subscribe to the Return to the ’80s podcast on

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Special Podcast: Twitter Hacks (and Recovery), Shout-Outs, and Patreon

Today was an unexpected podcast. Back in February, my @Returntothe80s Twitter account of 17,000 followers was hacked and stolen. I tried to get it back, but to no avail. So I started over. Then I just got an email today from Twitter saying that it has been rectified. I now have my old account (and most followers) back!
While I was in a good mood, I wanted to give a special shout out to my close friends and followers that I could think of, as well as promote some newer retro podcasts I’ve been loving.
Finally, I have started a Patreon page. It was started for my Rhode Runner side of things. But, there is ’80s extras in there as well.
You can visit https://www.patreon.com/TheRhodeRunner to check it out, and see if you’d like to donate $3. Currently, there is a podcast episode about The Romantics self-titled debut album, as well as a short story I wrote about my boot camp experience in 1989.

Podcast mentions:

Buzzn The Tower

Genx Voice

The Untitled Genx Podcast

Choose 80s

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Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 35: Whitney Houston Madness Tournament

Another Return to the ’80s podcast episode is finally here! After several mishaps, the Whitney Houston March Madness Tournament is finally complete. Even though there were some setbacks, it was still a blast!
And this podcast episode is an absolute blast! The “Rad” Caroline and Claire join us in this fun episode! We talk Whitney, music videos, album covers, and the good ole days of liner notes. Enjoy the show!

– Mishaps
– Slow Dancing with Robert “Kool” Bell
– Tournament Results
– Videos, album covers, and liner note discussion

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Twitter: @80sRadSab

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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

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Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
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Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

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Episode 34: ’80s Radical Sabbatical Recap

On January 30, 2021, we had the time of our lives with the ’80s Radical Sabbatical virtual festival! Once again, Paul and Del welcome Claire Young and Caroline Connelly, founders of this incredible event, and recap that day.
This is a great episode whether you attended the festival or not. We talk about each segment, from ’80s aerobics to Sebastian Bach to the incredible Grandmaster Flash segment to the cover bands that blew us away to Jim Peterik (along with Cathy Richardson) who absolutely blew everybody away to the legendary Bret Michaels, and much, much more, and many more ’80s legends.
This episode is a blast, and it will make you look forward to another ’80s festival!



You can connect with the ’80s Radical Sabbatical at https://80sradsab.ticketspice.com/80sradsab to get more information, and to check out some merch.

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Del can be found on the show 80s at 8 on 91.1 WEDM FM as well the 80s at 8 Facebook page where he posts 80s news.

And you can follow Return to the 80s at:

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Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
In the episode we mentioned how the Return to the ’80s Twitter account was hacked, so we renamed it to @rtt80s. However, the original account is back up and running again at  @returntothe80s
Email: returntothe80s@gmail.com

Also, you can subscribe to the Return to the ’80s podcast on

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