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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 7/1/22

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Question: On this date in 1984, the MPAA introduced the PG-13 Rating. What movie was the first toi receive the PG-13 rating?


Last Question: In the movie Coming to America, what is the name of the band at the Miss Black Awareness pageant?

Answer: Randy Jackson and The Sexual Chocolate

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 6/29/22

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Question: In the movie Coming to America (released on this day in 1988), what is the name of the band at the Miss Black Awareness pageant?


Last Question: In the movie Spaceballs, what is the source of Yogurt’s, Dark Helmet’s, and Lone Starr’s power?

Answer: The Schwartz

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Song of the Day: “Mighty Wings” by Cheap Trick

Top_gun_(album)Sorry it’s been a while since there has been a Song of the Day, but we are back! I recently made it to the movie theater for the first time since, The Rise of Skywalker (I’ve seen every single live action Star Wars film in the theater from 1977 through today). And as with a lot of GenXers, it took Tom Cruise and Top Gun to get us back. I don’t want to get into a review here, but Top Gun: Maverick is a must see! I wish all sequels/remakes/reboots of our 80s movies were treated with such respect.

Since I’m in a Top Gun mood, today’s Song of the Day is my favorite (and very underrated) track from the legendary soundtrack – “Mighty Wings” by Cheap Trick.

The song was written by Harold Faltermayer and Mark Spiro. It was the third single released from the soundtrack album. Unfortunately, it had to follow “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins and “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin. The latter of which won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

“Mighty Wings” has that classic 80s inspirational power rock sound that pumps you up. It is full of power chords and Robin Zander’s sweeping vocals. It is a perfect fit for Top Gun.

Before this, Cheap Trick had been launched into international stardom with their 1978 live album, Cheap Trick at Budokan. After the success of that album, the band struggled until they recorded “Mighty Wings”. Shortly after this, the band had a huge resurgence in 1988 with their Lap of Luxury album and their number one smash hit, “The Flame“.

The band is still recording brand new music, most recently 2021s In Another World. They are still rocking as hard as ever, and Robin Zander is a freak of nature as he still sounds as strong as ever.

If this song flew under your radar, just as Maverick needs to do in the new movie, definitely check this out!

Return to the ’80s Trivia – 6/22/22

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Question: What long-running series returned for a final TV movie where residents of Walnut Grove blew up the town rather than give it away?


Last Question: Which movie, which was released on June 20, 1980, set a record (at the time) of the most cars wrecked during filming?

Answer: The Blues Brothers (a record 104 cars were destroyed)

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 6/20/22

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Question: Which movie, which was released on June 20, 1980, set a record (at the time) of the most cars wrecked during filming?


Last Question: In the movie, The Great Outdoors, how many ounces is the steak that Chet has to eat?

Answer: 96 ounces (The Old 96er)

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 6/14/22

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Question: After leaving Atari, what popular kids’ restaurant chain did founder Nolan Bushnell start?


Last Question: 1984 was a great year for movies! Which 2 movies were released in theaters on the same day – June 8, 1984?

A. Footloose
B. Ghostbusters
C. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
D. Gremlins

Answer: B. Ghostbusters and D. Gremlins

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 6/8/22

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Question: 1984 was a great year for movies! Which 2 movies were released in theaters on the same day – June 8, 1984?

A. Footloose
B. Ghostbusters
C. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
D. Gremlins


Last Question: In the James Bond film, Octopussy, who played the title character?

Answer: Maud Adams

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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 4/20/22

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Question: The final episode of the television show Soap aired on this day in 1981. What series, which ran from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, was a spin-off of Soap?


Last Question: In the film Gremlins, what would happen if a Mogwai got wet?

Answer: It would multiply

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