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’80s Crushes

Hi Everybody! As Valentine’s Day is approaching, we are recording a new Return to the ’80s podcast episode on ’80s crushes. And we would LOVE to hear from you. Ha! See what I did there? Seriously, please email us at, and tell us about some of your ’80s crushes. It could be about a celebrity, or maybe that person you sat behind in class that you secretly (or publicly) pined for. We may read your story on the air. If you don’t want it to be read on the air, let us know, and we can have a fun back-and-forth via email.

Also, I should point out that nobody has answered the ’80s Trivia question from our last podcast episode. So, if you know the answer to that, email us the answer.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Episode 9: Foreigner


So far, 2017 has started off much better than 2016. For me, the year began with a tweet from Lou Gramm, former lead singer of Foreigner. Therefore, we could not resist cover one of the best rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s.

In addition, our ’80s crossover event – ’80s Innovations – is discussed. We also have a new Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.

Now, let’s take a look back at Lou Gramm and Foreigner.


– Return to the ’80s gets Tweeted at by Lou Gramm
– New One Day At a Time show on Netflix, based on the original series

Listen to This, Not That – Quarterflash

– Instead of this:
Harden Your Heart

– Play This:
Find Another Fool

80’s Blog and Podcast Extravaganza (Episode 3) – #80sInnovations


  • Personal Computing – Commodore 64
  • Break Dancing
  • Over-the-top action stars


  •  Hair Bands
  • VCR
  • Cable

– Listener email – James requests that we discuss Miami Vice innovations

Also check out the following sites/podcasts participating:

80s Reboot Overdrive (Podcast and Blog)

Killer Kitsch


Rediscover the 80s

Shall We Play a Game?

Remember That Song

Name the artist and song:
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental
You’re so extreme, you can be so temperamental

If you know the answer, please email us at

80s Trivia

Last Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?
Answer: Red,white, blue, green,orange, yellow

Winner: Scott Compton

New Question [From Totally 80s Trivial Pursuit]: What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?

Once again, if you know the answer, please email us at

Main Topic: Foreigner

Woman in Black (Robert)

In Pieces (Paul)

True Blue Love

Tooth and Nail (Robert)

Jukebox Hero (Paul)

Angel with a Dirty Face

Cold as Ice (Robert)

Heart Turns to Stone (Paul)

Just Between You and Me

Say You Will (Robert)

With Heaven On Our Side (Paul)

Ready or Not

Blue Morning Blue Day (Robert)

Long Long Way From Home (Paul)

Midnight Blue

Honorable mention – I Want to Know What Love is

We hope you enjoyed this episode. Please email us at if you want to discuss Foreigner or anything ’80s.

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Episode 7: Remembering Alan Thicke, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher


2016 was a notoriously brutal year as we have lost several entertainment icons of the ’80s. Unfortunately, the year ended with a flurry. Alan Thicke suddenly passed away on December 13. We were planning on doing a segment on him for the next podcast. The day before our planned recording, we received the news that George Michael died. So, we decided to do an episode on both stars. Then the following day, Carrie Fisher died. Now, what we have here is a tribute to 3 awesome entertainers. I should also note that moments after we finished recording this, we received news that Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mother, had died. So, let’s Return to the ’80s and relive some happier times and memories. And please send us your thoughts about these stars in the comments below or you can email us at

Alan Thicke (3/1/47-12/13/16)

Of course we know Alan Thicke as Jason Seaver on Growing Pains. However, he was also a songwriter for many shows, including Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

The multi-talented Thicke also hosted the game show Animal Crack-Ups, and also wrote and performed the theme song. Here is an opening segment of that show:

George Michael (6/25/63-12/25/16)

George Michael had a very successful career as both a member of Wham! and as a solo artist. Some of his highlights we cover are”

Wake me up Before You Go-Go
Careless Whisper
Last Christmas
One More Try

The day following George Michael’s death, this special tribute was made at a soccer match:

George Michael also had a great sense of humor. Here he is on the first ever, Carpool Karaoke with James Cordon:

Carrie Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016)

Of course we know Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from the Star Wars movies. She also starred as Meg Ryan’s best friend in When Harry Met Sally and played Tom Hanks’ wife in The ‘Burbs.

She was also a successful writer, publishing Postcards from the Edge in 1987, and just recently published The Princess Diarist.

There are a couple of interviews with Carrie Fisher on Late Night with David Letterman. The first part is from May 30, 1983, promoting Return of the Jedi. The second is from August 27, 1987, promoting her new book Postcards from the Edge.

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Return to the ’80s Needs Your Help

Hello ’80s Nation! We will be recording a new podcast episode in which we will be recapping the year 1980. As part of the recap, we will be doing a Top 10 music countdown. In the spirit of Casey Kasem, I would like to include a Long Distance Dedication. So, I am asking for a favor. Please email us at and send us your long distance dedication. It can be serious, or you can make something up, and have fun with it. Then we will read them on the air.
And while I’m asking for favors, please subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you download your podcasts. And please leave us a rating and/or review. Thank you very much. And remember, keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Episode 6: Action/Adventure TV Theme Songs

We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast!!
In this episode, Robert and Paul welcome guest host Jim Vilk (@JimVilk). Do you get frustrated when you are listening to a radio station that plays ’80s music, and they always play the same song over and over for a particular artist, when you know they have other great music? Well, Return to the ’80s has a brand new segment called ‘Listen to This, Not That.’ First up…Rick Springfield.

Also, 2016 continues to wreak havoc on us, as we have 3 deaths to talk about this week.

There is a brand new Remember That Song, as well as ’80s Trivia. Then we talk about the awesome, upcoming ’80s Crossover event. This month, several ’80s blogs and podcasts will be discussing our favorite ’80s Christmas presents. Jim, Robert, and Paul talk about our favorite presents that we either received, gave, or wanted but never got.
Finally, we get into our main topic – ’80s Action/Adventure Television Theme Songs.

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– Introducing guest Jim Vilk (@JimVilk)

– Return to the ’80s is now on iTunes, Stitcher, and anywhere else you get your podcasts from.

Listen to This, Not That

Listen to This

Not That

Deaths of the Week

Margaret Whitton (November 30, 1949 – December 4, 2016)

John Glenn (July 18,1921 – December 8, 2016)



Joseph Mascolo aka. Stefano DiMera (March 13, 1929 – December 8, 2016)

Remember That Song

Last song
Here we stand / Worlds apart, hearts broken in two / Sleepless nights / Losing ground, I’m reaching for you

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey

Winner: Kurt Torster

New Song
Neon lights, a Nobel Prize / When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies / You don’t have to follow me / Only you can set me free

If you know the answer, email us at, and enter Remember That Song in the subject line.

80s Trivia

Last Question
What color did the ghosts have to be for Pac Man to eat them?

Answer: Blue

Winner: Kurt Torster

New Question: What colors were on the original Rubik’s cube?

If you know the answer, email us at, and enter Trivia in the subject line.

80s Crossover Event – Christmas Gifts


80’s Reboot Overdrive is hosting another ’80s Crossover Event. This time, we are talking about our favorite Christmas gifts. It can be a gift that was given, received, or most wanted and not received. Participants include the following:
80s Reboot Overdrive (@80sReboot)
Rediscover the 80s (@RD80s)
Realweegiemidget (@realweegiemidge)
Killer Kitsch (@killer_kitsch)

Main Topic – Action/Adventure Theme Songs

The Fall Guy (Jim)

The Dukes of Hazzard (Robert)

Hardcastle and McCormick (Paul)
Seasons 1 and 3 (“Drive”)
Season 2 (“Back to Back”)

Magnum P.I. (All)
Alternate theme
Main theme

Simon & Simon (Jim)
Alternate opening

Main opening

Closing credits (with lyrics)

CHiPs (Robert)

Voyagers! (Paul)

The A-Team (All)

Matt Houston (Jim)

Call to Glory (Robert)

The Greatest American Hero (Paul)

Miami Vice (All)

Next Episode: Year in Review/Top 10 Songs of 1980

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Episode 5: Slippery When Wet

We are back with a new episode of the Return to the ’80s podcast! After having technical difficulties, and losing a great episode about Ghostbusters (which we will have to revisit), we came back strong with some Slippery When Wet! Bon Jovi has recently released a new album, This House is Not For Sale, which was a #1 selling album. With this year being the 30th anniversary of the iconic ‘Slippery’ album, we decided to Return to 1986, and revisit it. And we are taking a guest with us on this trip – Scott from 80s Mixtape Autoreverse and 80’s Reboot Overdrive. So come check us out, and listen to our take on this classic album.


– We meet Scott from 80s Mixtape Autoreverse and 80’s Reboot Overdrive.

“Rock & Roll” Hall of Fame Voting

– Journey is in the lead, followed by ELO, Yes, and the Cars
– Vote now at
– We are non-partial here. Vote for whichever artist you’d like. As long as it’s Journey.

Death of the Week (Non-Fidel Castro Edition)

R.I.P. Florence Henderson (February 14, 1934 – November 24, 2016)

Remember That Song

Last Song: “Let’s Go All the Way” by Sly Fox

Great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

Working in a factory eight days a week
Try to make dollar, damn what a beat
Cartoon capers happen in reality
Rich man, poor man, living in fantasy

New Song
Here we stand / Worlds apart, hearts broken in two / Sleepless nights / Losing ground, I’m reaching for you

If you know the answer, email us at and put Remember That Song in the subject line to submit your answer.

’80s Trivia

Last Question: Which 2 songs in the U.S., that were sung in German, were #1 and #2 songs.
Answer: “99 Luftbalons” by Nena and “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

Again, great job Jim (@JimVilk)!!!

New Question
What color did the ghosts have to be for Pac Man to eat them?

Write in to and put Trivia in the subject line to submit your answer.

Main Topic: Slippery When Wet

Side one
1. “Let It Rock

2. “You Give Love a Bad Name

– Original version? Bonnie Tyler – “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)”

3. “Livin’ on a Prayer

4. “Social Disease

5. “Wanted Dead or Alive

Side two
6. “Raise Your Hands

– Also used in Spaceballs

7. “Without Love

8. “I’d Die for You

9. “Never Say Goodbye

10. “Wild in the Streets

Bonus Song
Edge of a Broken Heart

Wrap Up

Visit Scott on Twitter at @80sAutoreverse and @80sReboot
Facebook: 80s Mixtape Autoreverse

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Coming Soon…Ghostbusters

Hi Everybody, we are preparing our Ghostbusters episode for the Return to the ’80s podcast. We need your help. Have any of you seen the recent Ghostbusters movie? We would love to hear from you, and get your thoughts on it, whether it be positive or negative. Also, we would love to hear your thoughts on the original Ghostbusters, as well as Ghostbusters II. Did any of you watch the Ghostbusters cartoons? We would love to hear from you. Please email us at
You can also email us about anything ’80s. We will most likely read your email on the air. And if you haven’t caught the previous episode yet, go ahead and check it out. It is about Sitcom Theme Songs. There is also a Remember That Song and ’80s Trivia on the episode that have not been answered yet (as of the time I am writing this).
Again, you can email us at Thank you very much!

Episode 4: Sitcom Theme Songs, Part 1

Welcome to another episode of Return to the ’80s! This episode is the first in a series of television theme songs. Robert and Paul each pick 5 sitcom theme songs, and discuss them. A special thanks goes out to Return to the ’80s team member Sandy from Jersey for putting together these show notes. As usual, if you have any questions or comments about this episode, or anything ’80s, we would love to hear from you! Our next episode will be about Ghostbusters. Let us know if you’ve seen the new Ghostbusters movie. Also, Ghostbusters II gets trashed alot. Are there any fans if that sequel out there to defend this film? You can email us at


– Talks of Ghostbusters: new one being released on video

Stranger Things

Stranger Things coming out and how it’s a mix of 80s movies.
– Talk of inconsistency of one of the songs in Stranger Things. (Late 80s)
– Talk if how great the kids were in the show.
– Talk of Matthew Modine in Stranger Things.

Bon Jovi

– Bon Jovi coming back out. Spoke about that. Played clip of “This House Is Not For Sale“. Has 1.7 mil hits on YouTube.

80s Reboot Overdrive

– Spoke of Robert being a guest on 80’s Reboot Overdrive podcast. And Paul was talked about on the podcast as well.

Remember That Song

– Remember that Song – Tina Marie got the answer to the question, which was “The Way It Is“, sung by Bruce Hornsby.
– Plays song.
– Robert talks of how he saw him and Huey Lewis and the News in the same month
– Tim Cook also got song right.
– Reads note that Tim wrote.
– Robert gives a new Remember That Song. Can you name the artist and song:

Working in a factory eight days a week
Try to make dollar, damn what a beat
Cartoon capers happen in reality
Rich man, poor man, living in fantasy

Write in to and put Remember That Song in the subject line to submit your answer.


“Who was the producers original choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties.?” Answer was Matthew Broderick which was answered by Tina Marie.
– Matthew had to decline role because his father became ill.
– New trivia- Which 2 songs in the U.S., that were sung in German, were #1 and #2 songs.

Write in to and put Trivia in the subject line to submit your answer.

Main Topic – Sitcom Theme Songs

– Paul talks of old intro styles to TV shows and how he misses them, and misses opening credits.
– Covering sitcoms on this podcast, and the other categories will be split up.

Theme songs covered:
ALF (great theme song)
Growing Pains (a personal fave of mine) spoke of the show and how Leo and Matthew Perry were on it and how it was one of Paul’s favorite shows (mine too).
– Charles in Charge – Version 1 and Version 2
Gimme a Break
Head of the Class – Paul talks of when he was in the Navy and Khrystyne Haje and the Pointer Sisters came on his ship during the Gulf War.
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
My Two Dads (one of my favorites)
– Talks about Red Oaks – the show that is on Netflix [But Paul remembered after recording this, that it is actually on Amazon).
Night Court (another great show)
Diff’rent Strokes – talks about how a reunion can’t be because a lot of the characters have passed away.

Wrapping Up

– Ending – talks of covering more show tunes and speaks of Blu Ray coming out Tuesday for Ghostbusters.
– And speaks of the soundtracks.
– And rewatching Ghostbusters 2
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Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 3: Fast Times at Ridgemont High


After focusing on music the first two episodes, we now go to the big screen. This week, Paul and Robert discuss the ’80s classic, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Don’t be a dick like Mr. Hand. All you need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, Return to the ’80s, and you’ll be fine. Enjoy! And please leave us comments and questions at

Show Notes

– Intro followed by “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s
– Paul begins the podcast by introducing today’s topic, Cuba in the ’80s, before he is interrupted
– Pizza delivery scene – Return to the ’80s style
– Robert takes the last piece of pizza as we have a feat courtesy of Mr. Spicoli
– Instead of discussing Cuba in the ’80s, we will be discussing Fast Times at Ridgemont High
– But first, we revisit Remember That Song and Trivia from Episode 1. Since we have not received any answers yet, we are throwing these back out there in case anybody missed it.

Remember That Song

The man in the silk suit hurries by
As he catches the poor old lady’s eyes
Just for fun he says, “Get a job.”

Send your answer to with Remember That Song in the subject line


Who was the producer’s first choice to play Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties?

Again, please send your answers to with Trivia answer in the subject line.

– 4 Friends Talking! Our back-and-forth with our great friends at 2 Friends Talking continues, as Robert issues a challenge to Mario and Sean

Fast Times Talk

– The numbers
– Based on a book by Cameron Crowe, which Robert was all over, of course
– Directed by Amy Heckerling
– The Cast

  • Sean Penn
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Judge Reinhold
  • Phoebe Cates – shocking moment (not!), Paul and Robert take a moment to drool. BTW, she was NOT married to Michael Keaton
  • Robert Romanus
  • Brian Backer
  • Ray Walston
  • Forrest Whitaker – This was the first movie Forrest Whitaker ever auditioned for
  • Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards
  • Nicolas Coppola (aka Nick Cage)

– When did we first watch this movie?

– Great deal on VH tix

– Pat Benatar look-alikes

– Relationship between Spicoli and Mr. Hand

– Lesson in the cafeteria involving a carrot

– “We Got the Beat” and “All American Girl” were in the movie but not the soundtrack

– Director Amy Heckerling wanted punk music

– “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

– “Love Rules” by Don Henley, one of Robert’s favorite songs on the soundtrack

– “Raised on Radio” by The Ravyns

– Jefferson’s car

– Jefferson’s “revenge” on the rival school set to the awesome Billy Squier tune “The Best Years of Our Lives

– As Joe Walsh’s “Waffle Stomp” is playing Brad flirts with somebody who looks strikingly like Nancy Wilson of Heart

– Jimmy Buffett’s “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)

– Stacy’s abortion

– Rat finally stands up for himself. Robert is proud.

– One of the most iconic scenes of the ’80s – Phoebe Cates in the swimming pool

– Plug for ’80s on 8’s interview with Ric Ocasek of The Cars.

– General overview of the Fast Times soundtrack

– Do we like the movie as much now as we did back then?

– Stacy’s detached sex scene with Ron

– As a current high school teacher, Robert informs us that not too much has changed in high schoolers these days.

– TV spinoff – Ray Walston, and the bug-eyed biology teacher Mr. Vargas (Vincent Schiavelli) were the only characters from the movie to star in the TV show

– Final thoughts and Robert lets his Book Geek Flag fly

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– Upcoming episode: Sitcom Theme Songs, Part 1

– Closing song: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” by Sammy Hagar

Return to the ’80s Podcast – Episode 2: Prince

Prince logo
I’m sure we would have done an episode focused on Prince. However, we never expected that we would have to do one so soon. Sadly, Prince passed away on April 21, 2016. So, here is our tribute to this music (and ’80s) legend.

Show Notes

[First, we would like to send a big Thank You to Sandy for putting together these show notes. You can check out her blog, Totally ’80s Fur Suree!]

– Intro to Prince show, starting with “Let’s Go Crazy.” (speaks of the afterworld)

– Paul and Robert introduce themselves

– Hosts speak of losing Prince, and mention losing David Bowie, Glenn Frey as well.

– Hosts speak of where they were when they heard of Prince’s death, and their disbelief in it.

– Dealing with avoiding tabloid rumors and enjoying his music and seeing him on the big screen again (which I recently have done).

– Shout out to two friends from the 2 Friends Talking podcast and how they had their own Prince tribute, and did shout outs for Return to the ’80s.

– Speak of what they connect Prince with. Robert speaks of connecting Prince to his two friends, LeRoyce and Marvin, and how they played Purple Rain while having Commodore 64 matches all night.

– Speak of how Prince was an icon and a legend in our time.

– Speak of Purple Rain and how intense and raw the movie was, and how the songs tie into the movie. Just an all around fantastic film, with a fantastic soundtrack.

– Prince had his own style, and changed things up from album to album.

– Hosts go into songs that prince wrote for other artists, such as when he wrote “Manic Monday” (by the Bangles).

– Speak of how incredible of a guitarist Prince was and how he had true talent.

– Different artists respected Prince, such as when Eric Clapton mentioned how great of a guitarist he was.

– Song picks and song discussion:

Little Red Corvette: Paul speaks of his experiences with this song, how this was the first video he ever saw on MTV. (Btw this is a personal fave of mine too). Robert speaks of how this song made him appreciate Prince more, because he pushed the envelope in his songs (Trojan reference from song).

Kiss: Robert talks of how he hated this song at first, but then later it grew on him. Paul says how he loved song.

1999: This song blew up especially when the year 1999 came. (I personally remember this playing on MTV on New Year’s Eve for that year, when they had the New Year’s Eve parties hosted on MTV by Carson Daly).

U got the look (duet with Sheena Easton): Robert says he listened to this song 1000s of times.

Delirious: Robert and Paul speak of Prince’s talent and how this song sounds totally different than his other songs.

When Doves Cry: Robert and Paul speak of how this is the ultimate ’80s song. Robert remembers copying the lyrics down and realizing prince was an amazing song writer.

Let’s Go Crazy: Paul speaks of how amazing the guitar solo was in this

Manic Monday: Speak of how Prince wrote this Bangles song.

Sign O’ the Times: How diverse Prince was, especially in his later years.

Purple Rain: Paul and Robert speak of how this song gives you chills and how different artists covered this song. And also how fantastic the guitar solo was.

– Speak of Prince’s number 1s.

– Emails of Prince memories:

Sandy: Speaks of childhood memories and how it ties into everything she’s known. And Paul and Robert mention how he’s one of the artists you remember where you were when he died.

Vicki: Writes in about how she remembers his music and how she went to Catholic school and how the lyrics shocked her and her classmates.

– 2 Friends Talking challenge Paul and Robert to listen to Larry Grahams song “One in a Million You.”

– 2 Friends Talking shout out and links (

– 80s Rewind Cruise information: Cruise will be held from October 9th- 16th and free drinks are included in the price. Bands playing are Mike Score from Flock of Seagulls, Clive Farrington from When in Rome, Astrid Plane and Bill Wadhams of Animotion, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew , and Pascal Languirand. There will also be band tributes and movie tributes. The tribute bands playing are The Rockstar hairband tribute and The Flux Capacitors. Among the many rooms that one can go to on this cruise is an enchantment under the sea dance, where you can dance and hear fantastic songs from Back to the Future (a personal favorite movie of mine). More information can be found on the website at

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– Upcoming episode: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

– End with quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (with a twist), and close out with “Purple Rain”.

Sandy listening to "When Doves Cry"
Sandy listening to “When Doves Cry”