This Week In 1982 Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney Ruled Billboard’s Hot 100
May24

This Week In 1982 Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney Ruled Billboard’s Hot 100

In 1982 Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney joined forces for a song that was meant to bridge the racial gap. “Ebony and Ivory” was the name of the track and it ruled the charts for seven weeks. “Ebony and Ivory” caught fire on the charts from May 15 all the way up to June 26, 1982. It would later on be eclipsed by The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me.” “When McCartney penned the...

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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave Dead At 52
May18

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave Dead At 52

Chris Cornell was considered as one of the founding voices when it came to the late 80s and early 90s grunge movement. On Wednesday night, May 17, Cornell, was reported dead. “Cornell, 52, was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden, which had embarked on a US tour in April,” according to CNN. “His passing was ‘sudden and unexpected,’ his representative, Brian.” What many may not know is that the...

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Celebrate Donna Summer With Her Music and A Show
May18

Celebrate Donna Summer With Her Music and A Show

Her stage name was Donna Summer, birth name Donna Adrian Gaines, and her nickname is Queen of Disco. We will never forget her. Popular in the 80s and beyond, Summer has sold over 130 million records. Her sales stats make her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Need some Summer songs for this summer season? “Last Dance” and “This Time I Know It’s For Real” were both hit songs in the summer in the 80s. Summer did...

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Bon Jovi’s ‘I’ll Be There For You’ Topped Billboard’s Hot 100 28 Years Ago
May17

Bon Jovi’s ‘I’ll Be There For You’ Topped Billboard’s Hot 100 28 Years Ago

In 1989 Bon Jovi was on top the world. There was one hit in particular that earned them two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100‘s top spot. The classic rock ballad, “I’ll Be There For You,” ruled the charts for a couple of weeks before being taken over by Paula Abdul. I’ll be there for you These five words I swear to you When you breathe I want to be the air for you I’ll be there for you I’d live...

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Hall and Oates Receive Praise For A Recent Des Moines Show
May09

Hall and Oates Receive Praise For A Recent Des Moines Show

What scares plenty of 80s music fans is the fact that their favorite acts have aged and the sound may have wavered a bit. However, a recent report praised Hall and Oates for their timeless sound decades after their hits reigned supreme. “The iconic duo from the 1980s, backed by a seven-piece band, performed for the first time at Wells Fargo Arena on Monday night, burning through nearly two hours of classic rock favorites with a...

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The Joshua Tree: 30 Years Later
Mar28

The Joshua Tree: 30 Years Later

I’ve been teaching the Glass Castle for years (phenomenal book, by the way), and every time I get to the Joshua tree part, I naturally think about The Joshua Tree, the game-changing U2 album that celebrated its 30th anniversary in March 2017. But only recently– as in right now, as I type this– have I realized how the Joshua tree from Glass Castle mirrors The Joshua Tree, the U2 album. In her memoir The Glass Castle, author...

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New Order Quietly Releases ‘Be Music’ Production Album
Mar24

New Order Quietly Releases ‘Be Music’ Production Album

Fans of 80s electronic music will remember New Order as one of the leading groups of the genre. Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert came together to show off their production chops on New Order Presents Be Music. “New Order Presents Be Music is a compilation of productions by members of New Order, including classic dance and electro tracks released on Factory Records between 1982 and 1985, as well as...

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Former Bronski Beat keyboardist Larry Steinbachek Dies of Cancer
Jan14

Former Bronski Beat keyboardist Larry Steinbachek Dies of Cancer

Larry Steinbachek, who played keyboard for the 1980s synthpop tiro Bronski Beat passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56. Steinbachek was one of the founders of the group along with partners Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski. They were never a major mainstream act, but had a following and charted with songs including Smalltown Boy and Why?. The group also had a minor hit with its cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love which it...

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Get Lost In The ‘U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017’
Jan09

Get Lost In The ‘U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017’

Live Nation revealed U2 will return to select stadiums this year with U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the iconic album. The band will perform The Joshua Tree in its entirety in each show. They band will also be accompanied by special guests including Mumford & Sons, OneRepublic and The Lumineers in North America and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Europe. U2: The Joshua Tree...

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Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ Rereleases In 2017
Jan02

Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ Rereleases In 2017

Multiple-Grammy Award-winning Paul McCartney’s Archive Collection revealed that ‘s 1989 international #1 album, Flowers In The Dirt, will feature a reissued rerelease in 2017. “One of the most critically acclaimed albums of the eighties, nominated for both BRIT and Grammy Awards, Flowers In The Dirt saw McCartney team up with Elvis Costello to co-write a third of the album (My Brave Face, You Want Her...

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These Are the Top George Michael and Wham! Songs
Dec25

These Are the Top George Michael and Wham! Songs

With Wham! singer and solo success George Michael having passed away at the age of 53, those of us here at Like Totally 80s wanted to give people a chance to remember the iconic artist. Here are some of his best-known (and best-loved) videos). Careless Whisper Faith Father Figure I Want Your Sex Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go The singer’s death was unexpected, but police do not believe there was any foul play. “It is with...

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80s Icon Richard Marx Helps Overcome Drunken Passenger
Dec23

80s Icon Richard Marx Helps Overcome Drunken Passenger

“Hazard” is nothing new for Grammy Award winner Richard Marx, but neither he nor his wife, former MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes, were anticipating the chaos that erupted aboard a Korean Air flight somewhere above Asia on December 20. The confusion began when a 34-year old passenger, after having too much alcohol, attacked the plane’s crew.  The man pulled a stewardess’s hair which prompted a response from Marx, 53, as Fuentes documented the...

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‘Tis the Season to Be Jovi: The Bon Jovi Christmas Experience
Dec20

‘Tis the Season to Be Jovi: The Bon Jovi Christmas Experience

Thirty years ago, in 1986, Bon Jovi officially made the jump to hyperspace with its album Slippery When Wet. The thing is, though, Slippery When Wet wasn’t Bon Jovi’s first album; it was its third. The band’s self-titled first album was released two years earlier, in January 1984. And even THAT album wasn’t the first professional recording for lead singer Jon Bon Jovi.  That distinction belongs to the song “R2D2, We Wish You a Merry...

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Meat Loaf Tells Oprah Where He Is Now
Dec11

Meat Loaf Tells Oprah Where He Is Now

Meat Loaf has had a shockingly long career. A performer who easily could have disappeared after Bat Out of Hell faded from memory, he has instead become an actor, released more hit albums, and has remained a popular live act. The singer, currently promoting his latest album Braver Than We Are appeared in an updated version of his Oprah: Where Are They Now? episode where he shared the story behind “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” as...

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Playlist: All Your Favorite 80s Music videos
Dec11

Playlist: All Your Favorite 80s Music videos

MTV did not create the music video, but it brought all your favorite 80s music videos into prominence. Before the creation of the music video, people only saw musicians at live shows or when they appeared on one of very few shows that featured musical acts. And even those opportunities were rare for bands or solo artists on the edgier. Some of the best 80s bands and artists simply had no place aside from the radio before music videos...

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