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Episode 10: ’80s Crushes


It’s time for another 80s League event! This month, the 80s League, which consists of 80s Reboot Overdrive, Rediscover the ’80s, Weegiemidget, and Killer Kitsch. As part of this crossover event, Return to the ’80s is dedicating a full episode on the topic instead of only a segment. Joining Robert and Paul is Marissa, a true lover of the greatest decade ever!

Not only do we talk about our celebrity crushes, but we talk about our real life crushes. We also have our regular segments of Play This, Not That, Remember That Song, and ’80s Trivia.

Also, I should mention that as I am fairly new at podcasting, I am still working out some of the technical kinks. So I apologize for some of the minor sound issues that occur this episode. Future episodes should be much better. I hope it’s not distracting. We had a lot of fun recording this, and I think you will have fun listening. And feel free to join in on the conversation by emailing us at, and tell us about your 80s crushes, or love story.


– Welcome Marissa to the show

– New Def Leppard DVD/CD called And There Will Be a Next Time (unless it’s in Providence, apparently)
– New Night Ranger album – March 24 – Don’t Let Up
– Two Super Bowl Commercials with ‘80s music ties:

Wendy’s – “Cold as Ice”

Kia – Holding Out for a Hero


– Mary Tyler Moore
– John Wetton
– Richard Hatch
– Sorry Al Jarreau. First, Paul didn’t know he died. Then our tribute to him somehow turns into a retrospective look at the career of Curtis “Booger” Armstrong.

Play This, Not That – Air Supply

Instead of playing “Lost in Love”

Play “I Can Wait Forever”

Remember That Song

Last Song:
You play tricks on my mind, you’re everywhere, but you’re so hard to find
You’re not warm, you’re sentimental

“Urgent” by Foreigner

Winner: Peter

New Song: I know what you’re thinking / Cause I’ve been there myself / I’ve been kicked so many times / I don’t know nothing else / Still I noticed your urgency / I recognized the flair / That you got from chasing all those East coast dares

80s Trivia

Last Question:
What screen siren appeared in Stripes, Blade Runner, No Way Out and Wall Street?

Answer: Sean Young

Winner: Jim Vilk

New Question: What brokerage firm’s name, when mentioned in TV ads, silenced entire rooms of people?

Main Topic – ’80s Crushes

– Crossover Event, featuring the following blogs/podcasts
80s Reboot Overdrive
Rediscover the ’80s
Killer Kitsch

– Listener Feedback
– Personal Stories
Marissa’s numerous crushes and obsession with swimmers
Robert meets his future wife in high school on a bus to a football game
Paul tells the story of his high school girlfriend and their serendipitous meeting 28 years later

– The gang talk about their celebrity crushes
Rick Springfield (Marissa)
Olivia Newton-John (Robert)
Catherine Bach (Paul)
John Taylor (Marissa)
Elisabeth Shue (Robert)
Erin Gray (Paul)
Richard Gere (Marissa)
Susanna Hoffs (Robert)
Alyssa Milano (Paul)
Mickey Rourke (Marissa)
Christie Brinkley (Robert)
Debbie Gibson (Paul)

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

And come find us at:
Find Return to the ’80s on Facebook
Twitter – @returntothe80s

I’ll Be Back

Hi Everybody,
Unfortunately, I have to take a little break from posting my regular articles, such as Remember That Song and Quote of the Day, just for the time being. In the meantime, I’ll post articles occasionally. I just have to take a little break from daily posts for now. But, we’ll be back, better than ever. And the podcast will also be back in full force as well.

In the meantime, here are some totally awesome commercials that will really bring you back. These are from March 12, 1983. I love the “We’ll Return After These Messages” bumpers, and the M&M’s commercial really returned me back to that wonderful time. There’s just something about those jingles that were just great.

Are there any here that stand out for you?

Quote of the Day: Yul Brynner Anti-Smoking Ad

“Now that I’m gone, I tell you: Don’t smoke. Whatever you do, just don’t smoke. If I could take back that smoking, we wouldn’t be talking about any cancer. I’m convinced of that.”

Yul Brynner was born on this day in 1920. He began smoking when he was 12 years old. Throughout his career, promotional photos often showed him with a cigarette in his hand. He quit smoking in 1971. In 1983, it was discovered that he had inoperable lung cancer. In early 1985, aware he was dying, Brynner gave an interview on Good Morning America discussing the dangers of smoking. During the interview, he mentioned that he wanted to to make an antismoking commercial. He made an ad with the American Cancer Society. Brynner died of lung cancer on October 10, 1985, in New York City. A few days after his death, the recorded anti-cigarette public service announcement was shown on all the major US television networks, and also in many other countries.

We’ll be back after these messages

Hi Everybody, unfortunately Return to the ’80s will need to go on a short hiatus. A couple of weeks ago, my grandmother, was in a nursing home, and doing well. She took a turn for the worst, and was sent to the hospital in an ICU unit. I’ve been working by day, and going to the hospital at night for the past couple of weeks. Last Wednesday, we were told that she only had a couple of days left. Two days later, they said that she now had 2 weeks, and was sent back to the nursing home.

Work has been crazy busy lately, so I don’t get much of chance to write at lunch, and I’m way too exhausted at night when I get home. So, instead of forcing out some articles, I will need to take a short break. I may send out quick messages when I get a chance.

In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out my other blog – The Rhode Runner, please check it out. It is a more personal blog, where I am documenting my journey of running a 5K race in all 50 states. I have run 2 races so far. I am in a holding pattern now since I can’t really plan anything this month. So you should have time to catch up on the articles from that blog.

In sad times like these, it is always nice to look back on some good times. So, here are some commercials that will bring us back…

We’ll Be Right Back

Hi Everybody,
I just wanted to let you know that there will be no Remember That Song or Quote of the Day this week. There are a few other articles that I am trying to wrap up. This site also needs a little cleanup and be a little more organized. I am also preparing for a huge project, which I will share with you when it kicks off.
The regular articles will be back again next week. In the meantime, here are some fun commercials that Return you to the ’80s. Stay awesome everybody!

Stay Alive

Before electronic games and video games became the rage, and way before adults and children became addicted to games on their phones and iPads, board games were popular activities for families. At the dawn of the electronic age, it must have been nerve-wracking to be working for a marble making company. Marbles played a major role in several games in the ’70s and ’80s, including KerPlunk, Mouse Trap, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and the game we will talk about here – Stay Alive.

Stay Alive was a Milton Bradley board game. It could be played by 2-4 players. The board was made up of sliders that could move forward and backward over a 7 by 7 grid. Each player would take turns placing a marble somewhere on the board. Then the fun begins! Each player would then move a slide. Then either a marble (or marbles) would fall in the pit underneath the board, or the marble would stay on the board. The player with the last marble staying alive was the winner.

I do remember owning this game. But, my strongest memory about the game was this classic commercial featuring Vincent Price. I do think that this commercial is from the late ’70s, but any of us who are in our 40s will remember this:

I thought that the commercial was appropriate for Halloween-time. Does anybody else remember this game? Did you have any other favorite board games?

R.I.P. Geoffrey Holder (August 1, 1930 – October 5, 2014)

You may or may not remember his name. But, if you watched television in the ’70s and ’80s, you definitely knew his voice. Geoffrey Holder, best known to us as longtime spokesman for 7 Up, passed away on Sunday, October 5 from complications from pneumonia.

Holder was talented. Not only was he a great spokesman, but he could act, direct, and design costumes. He played the henchman Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die (Roger Moore’s first Bond film). In 1975 Holder won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of The Wiz.

Kids who grew up in the ’80s may also remember Geoffrey Holder from his role of Punjab in the 1982 movie version of Annie.
But, most of us remember his accent and bass voice that he brought to the 7 Up commercials.


Let’s Return to the ’80s and watch some of his commercials.