Are Today’s Artists Stuck In The 80s?

We often speak about the influence the 80s still plays in music today. A new band by the name of Dreamcar has recently released their debut album and it has a super distinct 80s feel. This leaves us to question whether or not today’s artists are stuck in the 80s.

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Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young of No Doubt have picked up a new lead singer in Davey Havok, a previous member of the band, AFI. Together they formed Dreamcar and released their debut, self-titled album on Friday May 12.

The band’s first single, “Kill for Candy” is filled with 80s synths, guitar rifts and percussion arrangements. So to is the rest of its album that can only be described as an adventure into the 80s.

“After years spent honing reasonably modern pop-punk sounds — one of the few strategies for growth in a slowly dying rock scene — all these musicians are now looking back to the 1980s, openly borrowing the glossy synthesizers and mechanized percussion (not to mention the dubious graphic design) that defined that era,” according to The Los Angeles Times.

What The Los Angeles Times feels as if Dreamcar “comes off as mere followers” compared to the band Paramore’s approach to borrowing 80s sounds, we would have to give the overall authenticity of 80s sounds to Dreamcar. Today’s artists are definitely drawing out the most popular sounds of the 80s.

Though, it’s important to mention that Paramore uses the 80s influence in a much more playful manner that makes it super easy and fun to listen to. Either way, both of these bands seem to be drawing plenty of 80s influence in their music. These are some of the ways that the 80s is being kept alive today. Long live the 80s.

Are Today’s Artists Stuck In The 80s?

Is ‘Just Like Heaven’ The Best 80s New Wave Song?

In the 80s there were plenty of new wave bands that stepped on to the scene with massive hits. The Cure is one of those bands and “Just Like Heaven” is one of it’s major hits. However, is it worthy of taking on the role of being he best 80s new wave song?

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“Just Like Heaven” featured a beautiful guitar solo and that signature 80s electronic synthesizer that made some many incredible tracks pop. Meanwhile, Robert Smith’s impressive and undeniably distinct voice shines right through.

Despite superb songwriting, an awesome music video and countless amazing performances of it over the years. It is still hard to pick one great 80s new wave song. It is especially hard to do so when The Cure has had an entire collection of hits including, “Friday I’m In Love” and the timeless “Lovesong.”

Nevertheless, “Just Like Heaven” has to hold a special place in 80s new wave fans’ hearts. Flashing back to this song is a no-brainer at this time of the year.

We’re flashing back to this track on this Friday as summer nears, simply due to its airy and light sound. It’s a perfect listen for those are trying to enjoy the good weather. Just slap on some sunglasses put the top down on the car or windows down and just cruise.

Relive the awesome track with the music video below and let us know what song stands out as the best 80s new wave track in the comments section below.

Is ‘Just Like Heaven’ The Best 80s New Wave Song?

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.

Chris Cornell

“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 classic Soundgarden sound started in 1984 when the band was first formed. Together, Cornell, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto formed the classic band and released a series of projects before skyrocketing into popularity with their 1994 album Superunknown. That album would feature “Black Hole Sun,” arguably one of the most famous Soundgarden track to date.

The list of projects in the 80s include, the Screaming Life EP (1987), Fopp EP (1988), Ultramega OK (1988) and Louder Than Love (1989). His voice took fans away from the classic 80s hair bands and into a world that was darker in the most beautiful manner of the word.

Later on, Cornell would join forced with members of Rage Against The Machine to form the formidable band by the name of Audioslave. There the band enjoyed bountiful success, especially with their huge hit, “Like A Stone.” Cornell also embarked on a flourishing solo career.

To help take a look back on some of Chris Cornell’s amazing musical moments, we’ve included captivating music videos featuring classic tracks from Audioslave and Soundgarden below.

Chris Cornell Classics

Stranger Things Star Finn Wolfhard Covers New Order’s ‘Age Of Consent’

We’ve spoken plenty of times about Stranger Things and how well they pay homage to the 80s. That has now been intensified as one of the shows stars, Finn Wolfhard and his band covers New Order’s 80s classic “Age Of Consent.”

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The cover was done for an 80s benefit concert which also featured 80s parody man Weird Al Yankovic. If that wasn’t enough, you may remember our report on the new reboot of Stephen King’s IT, which Wolfhard will also star in.

If ever there was a youngster who is truly embracing and being immersed in the 80s culture, it’s Wolfhard. Along with members of his band, Wolfhard showed that he can rock it 80s style. Of course there was a bit of a heavier spin put on for the cover, though Wolfhard seemed to really want to energize the crowd.

Oh but there’s more to Wolfhard’s 80s connection. According to Consequence Of Sound, Wolfhard will also be a part of an upcoming Carmen Sandiego reboot. The 80s are alive my friends and it seems to be pumping through the veins of Finn Wolfhard.

You can check out Woldhard’s cover of New Order’s “Age Of Consent” below. Stay tuned for more information on Wolfhard’s upcoming 80s reboots.

Let us know your thoughts on the influence that the 80s is carrying on today’s pop culture in the comments section below.

New Order’s “Age Of Consent” Covered By Finn Wolfhard

Art From Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ Expected To Sell For Millions

The Wall film featured dark and powerful art by Gerald Scarfe, which will be the subject of the San Francisco Art Exchange. In 1982, Pink Floyd unleashed a powerful film that followed the madness of a rock star’s troubling career. Now, the art from the film is expected to be sold for millions.

The Wall

“The show will present more than $5 million of the most recognizable artworks over a broad price range related to Pink Floyd’s The Wall movie, all by Scarfe,” according to a recent release.

“A full digital catalog is available for interested collectors. All those who acquire artwork will be guaranteed access to the opening event.”

The Wall album was released in 1979, just before the 80s, however, its effects carried on well into the decade. The album featured the iconic track series, “Another Brick In The Wall.” There were three different part of the track and it still remains a classic to this day.

“Also for sale is the monumental painting of the Giant Judge and the Marching Hammers, which is currently on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for the Their Mortal Remains exhibition of over 300 items of iconic Pink Floyd artifacts and original artwork, May 13, 2017October 1, 2017. The exhibition is reported to be the largest in the museum’s history,” according to the release.

In 1982, The Wall won two BAFTA awards for Best Original Song and Sound. You can learn more about the artwork from the film here.

The Wall Movie Trailer

The Breakfast Club Meets Mother’s Day

Each year on Mother’s Day, brunch seems to be one of the most popular go-to ways to celebrate the occasion. This year, 80s moms will rejoice when they hear about The Breakfast Club Brunch Crawl. Mom will love you forever for this one.

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“We thought it would be something sweet,” said Britlyn Delahoussaye of Social Entertainment, according to The Advertiser report.

“A lot of women like brunches and it would be something different than just going to a restaurant. We kind of thought of the ’80s theme because we wanted to attract the 25-and-up demographic and to bring them to downtown to show them downtown is just not about nightlife.”

Unfortunately the crawl is happening in Lafayette, New Orleans, so if you’re not in the area, you’ll have to find another way to create an 80s-styled brunch for mom.

“We thought moms would enjoy the music, and we are going to have DJ Greenlight playing an ’80s mix at each business along the way,” said Delahoussaye.

Music and fashion are two of the biggest stand-outs in the 80s culture so it’s easy to see what role the music will play for this 2017 Mother’s Day event. Here’s another idea we came up with. If your mom happens to be a huge 80s fan, find all of the classic films, such as The Breakfast Club and have a little marathon for the day, after brunch of course.

How did you help mom celebrate her special day in the 80s? Share some of your stories in the comments section below.

Does Harry Styles Want to Bring Back the 80s?

Ask you kids about Harry Styles and we’re sure you’ll be able to hear all about him. However, what they may not be able to tell you is that Styles may be bringing the 80s back with one track.

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If you haven’t heard of Styles, he’s one of the members of the former boy band One Direction. Since the band parted ways, each of the five members ventured out into the world of solo music. Most of the members also ventured into pop or R&B styles of solo music, though, Styles seems to be an outlier.

His first single, “Sign of the Times” sounds very much like an 80s soft rock ballad but still manages to get plenty of mainstream radio play. The arrangement of the track from start to finish just screams 80s and we’re all a bit puzzled as to how Styles even got to this point.

In a world where pop-crossovers are ruling the radio, Styles lands what sounds like a song from decades ago on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His second single “Sweet Creature” doesn’t quite have the 80s flare that “Sign of the Times” carries, however, 80s music fans will really appreciate a the singer-songwriter vibe it carries.

Styles’ self-titled debut album is set to hit streaming sites and stores on Friday, May 12 and will contain a total of 10 tracks. We’re curious to see if there are any more instances where an 80s theme shines through it.

If you’re a bit skeptical and want to hear “Sign of the Times” to judge for yourself, check out the track below.

 

Does Harry Styles Want to Bring Back the 80s?

Star Wars Theme Gets An 80s Remix For May The 4th

It’s May 4th and to fans of the galaxy far far away, it’s Star Wars day. In celebration of May The 4th, a YouTuber/producer by the name of Scandroid released a remixed version of the Star Wars theme song with an undoubtedly 80s sound.

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“This is the Star Wars cover you’re looking for: Scandroid takes a Star Wars classic, ‘The Force Theme’ and turns the synths up to 11 in an epic cover to inspire the Jedi within us all. In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, ‘Remember…the Force will be with you, always,'” read the caption of the video.

“I was inspired by artists like Tomita who re-imagined iconic Star Wars themes with synthesizers. I was excited to cover the ‘The Force Theme’ because I wanted to blend classic analog synthesizers with a re-orchestration of the original song. Not only was I influenced by the classic Star Wars films, but I am inspired by the possibilities of the new films. Enjoy this May 4th release and may the Force be with you.”

It’s got the sounds of an 80s film score varying in epic highs and bass heavy lows. The song sounds as if it is right out of the classic decade and really does the theme song justice. Fans won’t be disappointed with this rendition.

If you’re an 80s and Star Wars fan, here’s the perfect way to celebrate May 4th. Check out the awesome 80s remix below.

Star Wars Theme Gets An 80s Remix For May The 4th

80s Hitmaker Billy Ocean To Release Here You Are: The Music of My Life

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life on Friday, July 21.

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A special single-disc stateside edition of a 2-disc set released in the UK in 2016, Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life brings together 10 new Billy Ocean performances alongside five of the classic hits that made him one of the UK’s most popular recording artists of the 1980s.

A thematic collection celebrating the songs that informed, influenced and inspired Billy’s own music, Here You Are: The Music of My Life features his new composition, “Here You Are,” and the album’s first UK single, “A Simple Game” as well as Ocean’s powerfully heartfelt interpretations of standards and classics including “A Simple Game,” Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “No Woman No Cry,” “Cry Me A River,” “Having a Party,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “These Foolish Things,” “Judge Not” and Love Train.”

An ideal introduction to the artist and an essential addition to any Billy Ocean library, Here You Are: The Music of My Life includes five classic tracks, the original recordings that established the singer-songwriter-performer as a signature sound of 80s pop radio, each of them reaching Top 5 or better on the American charts. These include Billy’s #1 smashes Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run),” “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” and “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” as well as his Top 5 hits “Suddenly” and “There Will Be Sad Songs (to Make You Cry).”

The release of Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life coincides with Billy Ocean’s first set of US tour dates in 20 years. The artist will be coming to the states this summer as one of the headliners on the Replay America Festival (please see itinerary following).

Billy Ocean is a Grammy award winning artist with sales of more than 30 million records worldwide. He hit the #1 spot across three continents in the 1970s and 1980s.

His signature hit, Caribbean Queen” stormed to #1 on both the US singles chart and US R&B chart, and is one of Billy’s six US Top 10 singles. With Top 10 albums the world over, Billy was the most popular British R&B singer-songwriter of the early to mid-1980s and reached the #1 slot in the US with three of his singles.

In 1985, Ocean won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his worldwide hit, Caribbean Queen”, and in 1987 was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Male Artist. In 2002, the University of Westminster, London, awarded Ocean an honorary doctorate of music.  In 2010, Ocean was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards. On 29 July 2011, Ocean became a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, presented to him by Paul McCartney.

Billy Ocean – Here You Are: The Music of My Life Tracklist

Influence and Inspiration – The New Recordings
01 Here You Are
02 A Simple Game
03 A Change is Gonna Come
04 No Woman No Cry
05 Cry Me a River
06 Having a Party
07 It Was a Very Good Year
08 These Foolish Things
09 Judge Not
10 Love Train

Classic Hits – The Original Recordings
11 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)
12 Suddenly
13 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
14 When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
15 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack Features Cheap Trick, David Hasselhoff and More

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack has plenty of big hits from the 70s. However, it also contains music from a classic 80s band Cheap Trick and 80s actor/singer, David Hasselhoff.

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Hasselhoff appears on a featured song titled, “Guardians Inferno” alongside The Sneepers. The track has an undeniable 80s sound, it’s comparable to that of the A-Team intro music from the classic TV show and film.

Meanwhile, Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” also makes the tracklist, despite being released in the late 70s. The soundtrack has become synonymous with the old mixtapes of the 70s and 80s.

“We had Awesome Mix Volume 1 last time, and this time we have Awesome Mix Volume 2. It was so important that it’s actually part of the film’s title this time around,” said Director James Gunn.

“As most people know, Quill’s mom made the first tape for a slightly younger boy, and she made the second tape for a slightly older boy. So, in many ways the songs reflect the story.”

Star Lord (Chris Pratt), holds on to memories of his mother through these playlists.

“The songs are a little bit deeper in some ways; a little bit less pop in some ways. Some of the choices are a bit more eclectic; some of the http://www.industrialinfo.com/choices are a bit more popular,” Gunn added.

“But we have a real amazing group of songs that, like in the first movie, I wrote into the script. They are a part of the storytelling. Each song is very specific to the scene where it’s placed.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack is available now. The film is set to release on Friday May 5.

“Guardians Inferno” By The Sneepers Ft. David Hasselhoff

New Order Delivers A Performance For The Santa Barbara Bowl

New Order happens to be one of those 80s band that possessed that electronic sound that paved the way for plenty of bands today. Recently, the band performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl and according to reports, they haven’t lost that 80s feel.

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“New Order paid the Santa Barbara Bowl a visit last Tuesday night. Kicking off the set with “Singularity” off its recent 2015 album, Music Complete, the band showcased its signature, classic ’80s sound that hit close to home for many longtime listeners,” according to Independent.

“Taking a step back in time with 1981 single “Ceremony,” the undeniable aura of Joy Division emanated from the stage, satisfyingly nostalgic for those in the audience who’ve been with New Order since the beginning.”

For many, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was one of the biggest hits from New Order in the 80s. That bright and clap heavy trakc with plenty of electronic notes and synthesizers screamed 80s. According to the Independent, the band has keep most of their 80s sound.

To purists, that’s all you can really ask for from a band who really delivered some feel-good music that was easy to dance to. Here’s a little throwback to “Bizarre Love Triangle” below. We also want to know what your feelings are on 80s bands. Should they keep delivering that 80s sound? Or, is it nice to hear their sound transform? Let us know in the comments section below.

New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle

Bananarama Have Joined Forces Once Again

The ladies of Bananarama who brought us amazing hits like “Cruel Summer” are back together, much to the delight of fans.

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“Eighties girl band phenomenon Bananarama announced that they’re reforming earlier this week, sending music fans hurtling down memory lane,” according to DailyMail.

“Siobhan Fahey, 58 – who original left the girl group in 1988 – will reunite with bandmates Sarah Dallin, 55, and Keren, 56, for a string of gigs that promise to rediscover hits including Nathan Jones, Cruel Summer and Venus.”

Not only are the ladies back but they trio are planning on hitting the road. This brings incredibly great news for fans who will be able to catch a true 80s act. Along with “Cruel Summer” the ladies also had a slew of hits including “Venus,” which went on to be the featured track for Gillette’s women’s razor and “Love In The First Degree.”

Of course there was also the classic “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” that folks still sing to this day. Bananarama tracks were the personification of the 80s dance music we still love today. You can relive one of their classic hits in the music video below.

What was your favorite Bananarama track or album? Let us know in the comments section. Tour details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Bananarama – Cruel Summer

80s Sitcom ‘Perfect Strangers’ Stars Reunited On A Radio Show

In the 80s and 90s, Perfect Strangers was a major hit that filled all viewers with a ton of laughter.

Perfect Strangers

“Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker, who played distant cousins from different continents on the hit ABC show, recently gave a joint interview — their first in 25 years! — to New York radio station 106.7 Lite FM, who shared the chat on Facebook Live,” according to Today.

The comedians clearly did not lose a step as they were able to get away with telling the host she bared a resemblance to Ivanka Trump. Pinchot and Baker were reunited for the first time on public but normally see each other all of the time in real life.

Among the highlights of the interview was Pinchot’s recollection of being on the show then transitioning to doing sketches alone.

“During their laughter-filled chat, Pinchot and Linn-Baker reminisced about hilarious on-set moments, and revealed that they can still finish each other’s sentences, which they were able to do from ‘day one, minute one,’ says Pinchot,” according to the report.

“The first time I did a comedy without Mark, it was like when they take a person who’s sightless and they move the furniture,” said the actor.

“I was like, ‘What? Where’s the guy who reads my mind?'”

You can hear all of their wacky moments from the 106.7 Lite FM radio interview in the Facebook Live video below.

80s Sitcom ‘Perfect Strangers’ Stars Reunited On A Radio Show

NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre Stars In ‘Return of The MAC’

While he has already established stardom as one of the original members of the late 80s pop group, New Kids On The Block, Joey McIntyre seems to be having a little trouble in the entertainment business. An all new comedy show titled, Return of The MAC, chronicles his quest to make it once again.

“This new comedy series stars Joey McIntyre as an exaggerated version of himself, with his real-life family,” according to AOL.

“Donnie Wahlberg, who was in the boy band New Kids On The Block with McIntyre, executive produced and was a guest star in the series.”

In music a collaboration between McIntyre and Wahlberg was also one with three more members, however, this time, the two got to venture into a world that Wahlberg is much more knowledgable about, given his acting career.

“I asked him how do you do it. I didn’t think he would have this magical answer, but he said you got to take your lumps,” said McIntyre according to the report.

“It was so simple, but it was pretty wise. No matter what you do you got to learn on your own. You kinda have to go with the ups and down, and take your hits.”

For years, New Kids On The Block was in the business of making hits, not taking hits. Now, McIntyre seems to have a hit of his own with the funny and quirky new show centered on making it big. Who would have thought that years later the boys of NKOTB would be making such a splash.

You can catch Return of The Mac on Pop Wednesdays at 8:30 PM EST.

Return of The MAC

Return of the MAC Clip

Prince Single ‘Deliverance’ Allowed For Release, EP Still Blocked

There is a sliver of good news for fans who have yet to hear or purchase new music from Prince. The Prince single ,“Deliverance,” has been approved for release however, the Deliverance EP has been blocked in its entirety.

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“The Federal Court located in Minnesota has temporarily enjoined the release of the remaining unreleased tracks on the ‘Deliverance’ EP,” said Matthew Wilson, attorney for RMA, a Vancouver, Washington based independent label.

“The court order has not enjoined the released single ‘Deliverance.’ Therefore the ‘Deliverance‘ single will continue to be sold.”

The Prince Estate filed a motion to block the release of the Deliverance EP, which we reported on earlier this week. The original EP was set to feature a total of six tracks but only the titled single has been approved for release.

“I was pleased by the ruling last night, which in a nutshell indicated everything that has been released up to the time of the judge’s ruling, late evening April 19th, can be and should be enjoyed by the fans,” saidDavid Staley, co-founder of RMA, said in an interview today with Rolling Stone.

“This includes the ‘Deliverance‘ single and all other released works. My team and I are excited for the ‘Deliverance‘ single to be available again to Prince’s loyal fans. I, like Ian, feel ‘Deliverance‘ is a very timely song and believe it will bring comfort to many in these trying times.”

If you would like to grab the single, you can do so here.