On today’s episode, Paul and Del welcome Claire Young and Caroline Connelly, founders of the upcoming ’80s Radical Sabbatical Virtual Festival. This incredible event will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 beginning at 12:00pm Central/1:00pm Eastern, and will be at least 8 hours. Check out the episode to get all the exciting details!
Once again, the following people will be performing:
Grandmaster Flash (who will be taking us on a journey on the history of rap and hip-hop)
Sebastian Bach’s Vinyl Wino (You get a package of 4 bottles of wine, and he will be doing segments of drinking wine and talking music)
Ray Parker Jr.
A Storytellers session with Jim Peterik of Survivor and Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship
Jessie’s Girl (an awesome 80s tribute band)
Resurrection (a Journey tribute band)
SupersonicBlonde (a band who will be playing a one-hit wonder song on the top of each hour from each year of the 80s)
Moriah Formica a young rock singer who got a 4-chair turn on The Voice.
A Q&A session with Mark Weiss, author of the book, The Decade That Rocked
In addition to all these, the festival kicks off with an aerobics class.
There will be a cooking clinic with Claudia Wells (the original Jennifer from Back to the Future) who will be cooking from the Back to the Future cookbook, which you can also get.
There is also a virtual photo booth, trivia, and all other games, including a costume contest and junior costume contest, and prizes.
There are all kinds of packages you can get with this festival. It is so exciting! And if that’s not enough, you can also do a video call with Sebastian Bach. Quantities are limited. So act now if you’d like to do that.
Hi Everybody! Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can go ahead and check them out. Today we have quite the variety of music we come to expect from the mid-to-late ’80s. Let’s just jump right into it today, and Return to the week ending May 21, 1988, and continue the countdown.
What a great way to kick things off! Lita Ford just flat out rocks! This would be Lita’s signature hit. Before this song, I was unaware of The Runaways, so I had no idea that she was such a pioneer for women in rock, along with Joan Jett. Lita’s still rockin’ it today. Her 2012 album, Living Like a Runaway is awesome.
Being a rock fan, this is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. This was the fifth single released from the Bad album, and would go on to be a number 1 hit. Jackson scored Eddie Van Halen for “Beat It” from the Thriller album. This time, he got Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens to play on this song. So good!
Wow, Prince’s handlers must be slacking off. Last year when I started these countdowns, it was almost impossible to find a Prince video. He’s still not on YouTube, but it is way easier to find his videos now.
I’m not really a post-Revolution Prince fan. I do like his music if I’m in the mood for it. Right now, I’m not in the mood for it.
Taylor Dayne’s follow-up single to her hit “Tell It to My Heart” was a success. This is another high energy freestyle song, just like it’s predecessor. “Prove Your Love” would peak at #7 on the Hot 100.
This is a typical Bruce Hornsby song. I do tolerate this one a little more than “The Way It Is” and “Mandolin Rain“. But, this is another song that I really need to be in the mood for in order to make it through the song. I made it to around a minute today.
Some of the younger crowd may know this song pretty well. Mariah Carey made this song a big hit in 1998. But, this song was originally done 10 years earlier by Brenda K. Starr. Mariah Carey actually sang backup on this original version. It would be Brenda K. Starr’s only top 20 hit. Mariah Carey did her version as a tribute to Starr because Starr had helped jump-start Carey’s career by handing a demo tape to CBS Records executive Tommy Mottola, who then signed Carey to her first recording contract.
This song often gets overlooked by radio. This was a good song in the middle of one of Cher’s many comebacks. This song was produced by David Geffen and written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora
This song is from Times Two’s 1988 debut album,X2. It would be their only hit song. It peaked at #20 on the Hot 100. This same year, Times Two was Debbie Gibson’s opening act for her Out of the Blue tour.
That wraps up today’s list of songs. It was kind of a mixed bag for me today. I hope you enjoyed it. We will be back tomorrow with some awesome songs. As always, please let me know what you think of the countdown so far, and if you have any memories from 1988 that you’d like to share..
This past Friday, I discovered a channel on my cable system that I never knew I had. I noticed it through the guide on the television, and there was a show called Flashback Friday (or something like that). Then I noticed that coming on at 8:00 was a show called 80s on Eight. Of course I set the DVR to record the show. Could it actually be a show that has ’80s music videos? Sure enough it was!! I got so excited, that I went on Facebook, and posted each video that came on with a brief description.
I had so much fun, that I thought I would share it all here as well.
If you are on Facebook, go ahead and Like Return to the 80s. In addition to linking the articles from this blog, I also share other pages, songs, and pictures that I come across.
For now, you don’t have to be on Facebook to share the Fun Friday I had. Hmm, I had fun Friday watching videos. Boy, I must be getting old!
So, below is what I posted along with each video. Enjoy!
One More Try – George Michael
OK, I just found a television channel that I never knew I had – Cool TV. Does anybody else have it? There is a show on now called 80s on 8 (not to be confused with the Sirius/XM channel). It looks like they show music videos from the ’80s! I am DVRing it now, and just started watching it. I’ll share the videos that are coming on. First up:
What Kind of Fool Am I – Rick Springfield
I’m liking this! As much as I love “Jessie’s Girl”, it’s refreshing to see a different Springfield video:
When You Love a Woman – Journey
Ummm..I thought the show was called 80s at Eight. Hold on, let me check…Yeah, that’s what it’s called. Eh, I’m definitely not going to complain! It is Journey after all. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen this video before. I must have stopped watching MTV by the time this came out:
Close My Eyes Forever – Lita Ford and Ozzy
Queen of the Broken Hearts – Loverboy
Woo Hoo! Here’s another one! Instead of “Working for the Weekend”, we get something a little different:
Shattered Dreams – Johnny Hates Jazz
There are commercials after a few songs. They should throw in some ’80s commercials. Next up…
King for a Day – XTC
I would never have thought to include this on a playlist. Something different for me.
Head Over Heels – Tears For Fears
OMG, I just heard this song on the radio, and was thinking of using it for a “Remember That Song?” post:
Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran
I think there may be 1 or 2 of you out there who may like this one. Any
Stuck in the ’80s fans out there? Sing it with me: PPTMN!!
And We Danced – The Hooters
LOVE. IT. I’ll be rewinding this and watch it again!
Breakfast In Bed – UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
Awww!! Last song! I don’t think I ever heard this song in my life. I really like it! Better than “Red, Red Wine”. Happy Birthday again Chrissie Hynde!!
I hope you all enjoyed my lunacy this evening. I don’t go off the deep end too often. And I hope I didn’t annoy too many people by filling up their newsfeed. But, I had fun!
Other than the trivia over the next two days, this will be my last post for at least a week. On Monday, I will be undergoing surgery on both of my eyes. This isn’t lasik surgery. I have to get muscles tightened in both eyes. Yuck! So I figured that I would have some fun with this situation. I got Elton John’s crappy song “Blue Eyes” in my head, then I thought of “Private Eyes” by Hall and Oates, and Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”. So I found myself on a mission: Find as many 80s songs as possible that have “Eye” or “Eyes” in the song title. I couldn’t believe how many I had on my iPod alone! Here are some of my favorites:
“Bluest Eyes in Texas” – Restless Heart
In the early ’80s I loved Country music by Johnny Cash, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, and the Oak Ridge Boys. Then I got away from it for a while. Then, friends of mine told me that I should give Restless Heart a shot. They said that the band was similar to Alabama. I ended up loving this band, and got back into Country, and have not stopped. This song was a number 1 hit off of Restless Heart’s third album, Big Dreams in a Small Town:
“For Your Eyes Only” – Sheena Easton
This was from the James Bond movie of the same name during the great Roger Moore years:
“The Smile Has Left Your Eyes” – Asia
This song from the supergroup Asia gets stuck in my head for a while after I hear it:
“Close My Eyes Forever” – Lita Ford and Ozzy Osborne
A duet by two of the most bad-ass people at the time – former guitarist of The Runaways, Lita Ford, and the Legendary Ozzy:
“Private Eyes” – Hall & Oates
This was a number one song for Hall & Oates at the height of the career:
“Heaven In Your Eyes” – Loverboy
Great power ballad by Loverboy from the Top Gun soundtrack:
“When You Close Your Eyes” – Night Ranger
This is one of my favorite songs by Night Ranger. “Sister Christian” may have gotten all the attention from the Midnight Madness album, but “When You Close Your Eyes” more than holds its own:
“Lost In Your Eyes” – Debbie Gibson
I still love this song – Guilty pleasure or not.
“Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
I could not get enough of this song when it came out. Would Rocky III have been as good without the association with this song? I have been a huge Survivor fan since I first heard this song:
“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
I’m not a Peter Gabriel fan at all. But this is one of my all time favorite songs. And who can forget that iconic scene with this song in the movie Say Anything… as John Cusak is holding the radio over his head:
Here is the song itself:
Here is a list of other songs that I did not include due to time constraints, and so this post would not be too long:
Angel Eyes – The Jeff Healey Band
Electric Eye – Judas Priest
Eyes of a Stranger – Queensrÿche
Eye in the Sky – The Alan Parsons Project
I Can See It in Your Eyes – Men At Work
Blue Eyes – Elton John
Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen (from Dirty Dancing)
Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
Wild Eyed Southern Boys – .38 Special
Spanish Eyes – Tiffany
Somebody’s Eyes – Karla Bonoff (from Footloose)
Eyes Without a Face – Billy Idol
Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix
Does anybody know of any songs I’m missing? Do you have a list of favorites?
Since I may not be able to see too well for a while, my entertainment may need to come in the form of music. What songs do you listen to when you want to feel better? Although this is an ’80s page, don’t feel limited to ’80s songs.