Sampling the 80s
Nov17

Sampling the 80s

Why Current Artists Can’t Resist Picking from the 80s Buffet As if you need more evidence that 1980s music is the greatest, consider this: even now, almost a quarter-century after the decade folded, artists are still ripping off– oops! I mean, “sampling”– 80s hooks for their own songs. For example, just the other day, I was thrilled to hear on the radio Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”...

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The 5 Best Make-Out Songs of the ‘80s
Nov12

The 5 Best Make-Out Songs of the ‘80s

The 1980s gave us so much great music—totally awesome music for partying, doing aerobics, slow dancing, cruising on Friday nights, and above all, making out! Who else remembers kissing in the backseat of the car or on the couch with one eye open, making sure Mom or Dad didn’t peek out the living room window or come down the stairs? Anyone? Depending on what area of the country you grew up in, making out might also have been called...

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80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz
Oct16

80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz

It is officially the season– when grizzly ghouls from every tomb close in to seal our doom, when we bark at the moon and speak of the devil, when people across the country ponder the eternal question of “Who ya gonna call?”   And so, Like Totally 80s would like to present our first-ever “80s-Music-Halloween-Themed-Quiz.” (Still working on the name…) 80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz Time limit: 0 Quiz-summary 0 of 31 questions completed...

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Trapped in the Columbia House Tape Club
Oct09

Trapped in the Columbia House Tape Club

Who remembers flipping through your Young Miss magazine, comic book, or the Sunday paper and coming across this ad? It was the deal of the century!  Eleven (or ten, depending on which offer you used) tapes for a penny? And I get a twelfth tape FREE? And I only have to buy a few more tapes at the regular price (plus shipping and handling) over the next year?!? Who needs to read the fine print, I’d be a fool not to join Columbia House!...

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Lie to Me Music Video by Depeche Mode
Sep24

Lie to Me Music Video by Depeche Mode

‘Lie to Me’, Some Great Reward, 1984 Information about the album on Wikipedia

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99 Luft Balloons Cover Using Only Red Balloons
Sep14

99 Luft Balloons Cover Using Only Red Balloons

Covers of songs can be a lot of fun; they pay the ultimate compliment to the original artist.  And, an 80s cover, well, that’s even better.  But, when you do a cover of Nena’s ’99 Luft Balloons’ using only red balloons (it is unclear whether it took 99 balloons to do this), it takes the whole cover song thing to a completely new level.  Nena released the anti-nuclear song in 1983-1984 (depending on location)...

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Every Day They Read the Books: Allusive Artists of the 80s
Sep10

Every Day They Read the Books: Allusive Artists of the 80s

As a high school English teacher, I love me some allusions, those literary “shout-outs” to other texts. And as a 1980s devotee, I really appreciate 80s artists that use allusions, since it gives me an excuse to play classic tunes in class and unleash my obsession on a new, unsuspecting generation. With the new school year underway, I thought I would present my list of ten allusive 80s artists, whose works include significant...

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Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order Music Video
Sep04

Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order Music Video

Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order New Order, Brotherhood, 1986 Information on New Order on MTV.com

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When Don Met Bruce 25 Years Ago: “The End of the Innocence”
Aug12

When Don Met Bruce 25 Years Ago: “The End of the Innocence”

By Mark Dursin “Words and music.” Those three words (accompanied by a “fingers crossed” hand gesture) was Eddie Wilson’s mantra in the 1983 film Eddie and the Cruisers. For Eddie, those three words summed up the magic that happens when just the right lyric matches up with just the right melody. In the film, shy lyricist — and future English teacher — Frank “Wordman” Ridgeway (Tom Berenger) provides the poetry, which Eddie...

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The 80s Underage Dance Club
Jul28

The 80s Underage Dance Club

Awesome Beats, Smoke Machines, Lip-synch Contests and Mocktails As I entered my teen years in the mid-80s, I was completely obsessed with the following: Boys Music Dancing Fashion Thinking about it, I guess Prince was onto something with DMSR. There was one place and one place only where each of these obsessions could truly be fulfilled – and that place was Faces Teen Night Club in Tampa, Florida. Faces was located in a strip mall by...

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Best 80s Summer of Music – Results Are In
Jul22

Best 80s Summer of Music – Results Are In

By Mark Dursin The results are in! Like Totally 80s wanted to know: “Of the ten summers of the 1980s, which one spawned the best music?” So, last week, we provided sample songs from the different summers and then asked you, the fine folks sitting at home, to vote on which summer you considered the best, music-wise. And here’s what you had to say . . . 3rd Best Summer (with 15% of the vote): 1984 2nd Best Summer (with...

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Vote for the Best 80s Summer of Music
Jul13

Vote for the Best 80s Summer of Music

By Mark Dursin Music-wise, these were definitely NOT “cruel summers.” It’s funny: when I look back on the summers of my youth, I can distinctly remember so many of the popular songs on the radio at the time. But ask me to remember songs from last summer, I can maybe remember two . . . and one of them is “Blurred Lines,” which I am desperately trying to forget. So many great songs, from so many great artists, arrived during the summers...

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You Mean These 10 Acts Have Number One Songs… and Bruce Springsteen Doesn’t?
Jun17

You Mean These 10 Acts Have Number One Songs… and Bruce Springsteen Doesn’t?

By Mark Dursin The gang at Cheers routinely groaned when Cliff Clavin would share one of his “little known facts” (e.g. “It’s a little known fact that the tan became popular during the Bronze Age”). But the pontificating postman was merely preparing his drinking buds for life in the erudite 80s — the decade when Trivial Pursuit debuted, when Alex Trebek first condescended to contestants on Jeopardy,...

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Air Supply’s Greatest Hits – The Soundtrack of 80s Love
Jun17

Air Supply’s Greatest Hits – The Soundtrack of 80s Love

By Lori Ferraro There’s nothing in the world like a super-sappy love song. Well . . . there is one thing that’s better . . . a super-sappy 80s love song. We had Chicago and “hello” . . . we had Lionel Richie. But if you truly wanted to bawl your eyes out because you were falling in love or falling out of love, this was the cassette tape you were listening to: Air Supply’s Greatest Hits was a soft rock power ballad powerhouse. With...

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Musical Theatre Fever – 80s Style
Jun03

Musical Theatre Fever – 80s Style

By Lori Ferraro I was/am a musical theatre geek. When I was eight-years -old my mom took me to see Annie (starring Sarah Jessica Parker!) on Broadway and I was hooked from the get go. In high school I was in the drama club and was a thespian. In college I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a very useful Theatre Arts major. If West Side Story or Funny Girl come on HBO I will always stop and watch them – even if it’s a work night...

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