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Remember That Song – 1/4/21

**Deep Track**
Can you name the artist and song:

If you leave
At least in my lifetime
I’ve had one dream come true


Last Song: “New Year’s Day” by U2 from War (1983)
Great job Scorpion (@DianneR16469208), Craig (@cdennis0130), and David(@daviddwwalker)!!!

A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you, night and day


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Remember That Song – 12/31/20

Can you name the artist and song:

A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you, night and day


Last Song: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes from An Officer and a Gentleman Soundtrack (1982)

Great job Peter (@JamsieBlonde007) and Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day


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Remember That Song – 12/29/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Try to believe
Though the going gets rough
That you gotta hang tough to make it


Last Song: “Flashdance…What a Feeling” by Irene Cara from What a Feelin’ and Flashdance: Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1983)

Great job oldschool80stim (@OldSchool80s), Peter (@JamsieBlonde007), Craig (@cdennis0130) and President-Elect Alan Cogan(@almacoganfan72)!!

Take your passion
And make it happen

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Remember That Song – 12/28/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Take your passion
And make it happen


Last Song: “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” by Billy Squier (single only) (1981)

Memories of the year that lays behind us
Wishes for the year that’s yet to come
And it stands to reason that good friends in season
Make you feel that life has just begun

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Remember That Song – 12/23/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Memories of the year that lays behind us
Wishes for the year that’s yet to come
And it stands to reason that good friends in season
Make you feel that life has just begun


Last Song: “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C. from A Very Special Christmas (1987)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

Decorate the house with lights at night
Snow’s on the ground, snow white so bright
In the fireplace is the yule log
Beneath the mistletoe as we drink eggnog

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Episode 31: Dare to Dream with Stan Bush

After 6 months, Return to the ’80s is finally back with a new podcast episode! This should be worth the wait, as we have the incredible Stan Bush joining us. Just in case you are not familiar, Stan is best known for his 1986 smash hit, “The Touch” from The Transformers: The Movie as well as “Never Surrender” from the 1989 movie, Kickboxer.

While most of our favorite 80s rock artists fell by the wayside in the ’90s, Stan Bush has been continuing to work. He has just released a fantastic album called Dare to Dream. This has all the elements of the 80s music we love, while still being current. There are rock anthems as well as power ballads, and even an anthem for us called, “The 80’s.” 

Stan was very cool and generous, and we had a great time! So check out this awesome episode of Return to the ’80s, and check out Stan’s new album. You don’t want to miss it!

Stan Bush can be found at https://stanbush.com/, and is also on Twitter at @Stan_Bush

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Remember That Song – 12/22/20

Can you name the artist and song:

Decorate the house with lights at night
Snow’s on the ground, snow white so bright
In the fireplace is the yule log
Beneath the mistletoe as we drink eggnog


Last Song: “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses from A Christmas Record (1981)
Great job Adora (@Adora2000), Jim (@imjlkr), Lori (@ThreezkyMusic), and Steveo (@SteveODonnell5)!!!

“Bah, humbug” no, that’s too strong
Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy

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Return to the 80s Music: Air Pocket by Roger Powell

Hey Everybody, welcome back to Return to the 80s Music! As I mentioned previously, I will go through chronologically and cover as many 80s albums as I can. We’ll hear some classics, some hidden gems that not everybody may be familiar with, and maybe some nobody has heard of, which can be a great discovery, or something that will make you say What the HELL was that?!?!

I hope this is good and you all enjoy it. I hope we make some rad discoveries, and I know there will be songs that will bring us back to some great times! In either case, it is always awesome to Return to the 80s!

You can click on the song title to check out the YouTube video of the song. I’ll also include the Spotify playlist at the bottom of each article, if the album is on Spotify.


Arcosanti ConcertThis should be an interesting album. I never heard of it, and I was not familiar with Roger Powell. However, Air Pocket was voted the #1 album of 1980 by a reader poll in Keyboard Magazine. The keyboard played a prominent role in 80s music. So we will see if this is a sign of things to come.

According to Wikipedia, Roger Powell played keyboards and synthesizers with the rock band Utopia, led by Todd Rundgren and featuring players Kasim Sulton and Willie Wilcox, among others, from 1974 until its disbanding in 1985, playing, writing, and singing on ten of the band’s eleven albums. For Utopia’s live shows, Powell created the Powell Probe; the first remote, hand-held polyphonic synthesizer controller, which featured a custom-made shell used to access a complex stack of sequencers and other peripherals offstage, a device also used in a modified form by Jan Hammer.

So, not only was Powell a musician, but he was an innovator. Air Pocket was Powell’s second solo album. His previous album was Cosmic Furnace in 1973.

Now let’s get into Air Pocket.

It was released on January 30, 1980 on Bearsville Records and produced by Roger Powell himself.

The personnel is:

  • John Holbrook – rhythm guitar, engineer
  • Roger Powell – vocals, synthesizer, keyboards, producer
  • Cleve Pozar – drums
  • Todd Rundgren – guitar
  • Mark Styles – keyboards

Now let’s check out this album! Keep in mind that I’m not a musician or a music critic. And this seems like a musician’s album.

1. “Lunar Plexus

The album starts off with an instrumental tune. It starts off slow and builds up a bit. Around the midway point it sounds like something that would play over the closing credits of a B sci-fi movie.

2. “Landmark

Oooh, I like this one! It starts off with a definite 1980 feel. It has that disco/funk vibe, and at the same time it’s new-wavy. And there are vocals in this. I would have liked this without the vocals, but it was a pleasant surprise.

3. “Air Pocket

The title track is an instrumental. It’s OK. Not much to say about it.

4. “Windows

I’m starting to see a pattern here. This song has lyrics. I’m liking this one a lot. Powell’s vocals remind me of Gregg Rolie from Journey. The guitars, drums, and of course keyboards are great in this. This has kind of a prog rock feel to it.

5. “Emergency Splashdown

Wow, pattern broken here. Another song with lyrics. This one rocks, and sounds different from everything else so far.

6. “Morning Chorus

This does sound like a morning song as everything is waking up and coming to life. I appreciate it. This is only 2 minutes long, which is perfect.

7. “March Of The Dragonslayers

From reading the song title, I thought this was going to be a rocker. But, it’s a cute little instrumental. It’s pleasant enough.

8. “Prophecy

This is another decent instrumental. It picks up the pace as it goes along.

9. “Sands of Arrakis

I got bored with this song, and it’s the longest one on the album.

10. “Dragons “N’ Griffins/Mr Triscuits Theme

We close out with an instrumental. This might be the best instrumental on the album, so it’s a good way to close out.


Hidden Gems: May favorites were all the songs with lyrics:”Landmark”, “Windows”, and “Emergency Splashdown”

Here is my ratings scale

5 Classic – a must buy

4 Solid album – worth buying

3 Some good or great stuff, but also skippable songs

2 Meh – may have 2 or 3 good songs. Just buy the singles you like, if any

1 Sucks. Time I can’t get back

For me, I’m going to have to give this a 2. This is nothing I would buy or go out of my way to listen. I do appreciate Powell’s talent though. Musicians, especially keyboardists, would most likely give this a much higher rating.

What are your thoughts on the album? Do you think Roger Powell’s keyboard playing was impressive, especially for that time?

I’d love to hear from you!

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Remember That Song – 12/21/20

Can you name the artist and song:

“Bah, humbug” no, that’s too strong
Cause it is my favorite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy


Last Song: “Cool It Now” by New Edition from the album New Edition (1984)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

My friends say I’m love sick ’cause
All I keep thinking about is her in my arms

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