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The lost-and-found bin is full of forgotten '80s Halloween classics

With Halloween approaching, Stuck in the '80s is going all-in with the Halloween season with multiple podcasts spotlighting the top scary songs of the '80s by both Steve, Brad & Jen and the listeners. In past years, Lost and Found has gone down that lone dark abandoned street with the songs of Halloween that doubtfully won't appear on the podcasts such as Landscape and their song Norman Bates.

I've mentioned it before on the blog but my all-time favorite movie director is Alfred Hitchcock and we've covered multiple Hitchcock-inspired music videos before like Backstabber by The Hyts among others and we'll kick off the Halloween season by the first of two Hitchcock-related songs with the first being Norman Bates. …

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ZZ Top cancels rest of 2017 due to 'tummy ailment'

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Give ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill all your lovin', because an unspecified "tummy ailment" has caused the band to cancel the remainder of its 2017 North American tour. That includes the Nov. 10 performance at Ribfest in downtown St. Petersburg. 

The band announced the news on its official website this week: "ZZ’s cornerstone bass guitarist, Mr. Dusty Hill, is addressing a tummy ailment and is following a directive to lay low for the next few weeks. Whew! The band rocks 2018 and to then blow it out in 2019 as they celebrate a big 50…! Once-in-a-millennium."

Tummy ailment? Maybe he ate too many TV Dinners

The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2004, was set to be the opening night headliner at the annual Ribfest celebration in November. (They're still listed on the official website as well.) Florida stops in Tallahassee and Melbourne in early November are also affected. See a full list of tour dates on the ZZ Top website.

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Watch Tom Petty's forgotten cameo in 1987's 'Made in Heaven'

Only die-hard '80s fans will remember that the late Tom Petty makes a cameo appearance in the movie Made in Heaven. The 1987 flick starred Timothy Hutton as a young man who dies young and meets his soulmate in heaven (Kelly McGillis) only to then lose her when she's returned to Earth. (Seriously, I know this sounds awful, but it's a pretty good movie. Gets me every time.)

But anyway, my point being that Petty makes an appearance midway through the flick. (So do Neil Young and Ric Okasek.) Petty makes a longer, more-noteworthy appearance opposite Kevin Costner in The Postman too, but that's not an '80s flick. Watch and enjoy. 

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New podcast: Songs for an '80s Halloween playlist

It has to start with Thriller, right? No spooky song playlist from the '80s omits the Michael Jackson classic. Well, our list doesn't. (Though we do give Thriller its due.) Instead, this week's podcast aims for picking some more unusual tunes. (Okay, and a few obvious ones too.) 

This week's show also marks the return of 867-5309 Game Time, which will soon be renamed "Shall We Play A Game?" Jen with One N had some head-scratchers in this week's challenge. You can literally hear our brains melt with growing frustration during the seggie.

Oh, and don't forget: We want your suggestions for an '80s Halloween Playlist for our next show. Send your song nominations to podcast@sit80s.com. 

This week's podcast is brought to you by BarkBox and HelloFresh. Special offers from both partners can be found inside the show. 

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Donald Fagen was a master of music (not video) in the '80s

When Walter Becker died last month, it was sad since Steely Dan was my first favorite band. Unfortunately, Steely Dan only had one album in the '80s and certainly had no intentions of making music videos. However, Becker's partner in Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, did make music videos so today's nostalgia was a song about '50s nostalgia called I.G.Y.

While Steely Dan is played plenty on classic rock radio and are the unofficial kings of Yacht Rock, solo Donald Fagen material doesn't get much play except an occasional spin of I.G.Y. , which was the first single off of Fagen's glorious LP The Nightfly from 1982. …

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The Hawaiian Pups enjoyed the dog days of the '80s

It was just over a year ago, when we had a lot of fun profiling a very little known band called the Hawaiian Pups with their cougar song Young Boys. While there is not a whole litter of Pups songs out there, the fun continues today with their equally loveable Baby Judy.

The New York-based Hawaiian Pups only had one EP to their credit called Split Second Precision in 1983. A video for the previously mentioned Young Boys (that the band hated, but I love) was produced for promotion, but many college radio stations gravitated to the song Baby Judy on the EP. This gave birth to compiling a video for Baby Judy out of outtakes from the domino-themed Young Boys shoot and additional stock cartoon and movie footage. The results are tremendous and could be the best three and a half minutes of your day.

The lyrics of Baby Judy are so silly as the modulated voice reads a mock Dick and Jane-type children's books with the focus on Spot the dog and a jumping baby named Judy. After a little toddler talk, the song vacillates back and forth between chants, and shout outs to dance parties and going-ons in the country of India - that while weird, all oddly works together.   …

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As you wish: Five things you didn't know about 'The Princess Bride' on its 30th anniversary

When it comes to casting the characters for an epic tale like The Princess Bride, you need some really big actors. REALLY big. 

Director Rob Reiner reportedly considered several actors for the role of Fezzik, the lovable giant who eventually is coaxed into helping our hero Wesley rescue Princess Buttercup. Among the names: Arnold Schwarzenegger (too expensive), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (too busy with his NBA career) and even Liam Neeson (too short at “only” 6-foot-4). 

And so it would be pro wrestling legend “Andre the Giant” - author William Goldman’s first pick all along - who would step into the role. 

Released on Oct. 9, 1987, The Princess Bride is celebrating its 30th anniversary by returning to the big screen. Fathom Events is staging screenings of the movie on Sunday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 18. Click here to find a theater near you.

Here are five more things you probably didn’t know about The Princess Bride on its 30th anniversary.  …

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An '80s tune about terrorism? Listen to 'First We Take Manhattan'

Unfortunately, terrorism is in the headlines pretty much every week these days. Even though we pine for simpler and less threatening days, that doesn't mean terrorism wasn't a topic back in the '80s. In fact, it was even songs like Leonard Cohen's First We Take Manhattan performed by Jennifer Warnes.

Jennifer Warnes only hit the Top 40 twice in the '80s, with the anomaly being that both hit No. 1. In between the 1982 duet with Joe Cocker - Up Where We Belong - from An Officer and A Gentlemen and the 198 duet with Bill Medley - The Time Of My Life - from Dirty Dancing, Warnes worked on a project she had been championing to recording executives for years - a tribute album to Leonard Cohen.

Before Warnes scored her first Top 40 hit in 1977 with The Right Time Of The Night, she was a singer for Leonard Cohen. In 1986, she showed her appreciation of Cohen's work by recording her one and only album in the '80s - an entire album of Leonard Cohen penned songs called Famous Blue Raincoat. While the span of the songs on the album ranged from the '60s to the '80s, one of the tunes was a song that Cohen had never recorded before entitled First We Take Manhattan. …

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Apple, Steven Spielberg to reboot 'Amazing Stories'

Apple and Steven Spielberg together at last? It's an '80s miracle! The Hollywood Reporter says Apple and Spielberg have struck a deal to bring back Amazing Stories.

Amazing Stories, for those with short memories - well, heck, it was 30 years ago - was a short-lived TV series that ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987. Spielberg was the developer (and uncredited creator). Many of the episode's stories were written by Spielberg (especially during the first season. A series of series-associated novels were published during those years as well.

The show had mixed reviews, but still was nominated for a dozen Emmy Awards (winning five). 

No word yet on when production will begin and when we can expect to see the first fruits of this relationship.

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Yes, that classic '80s tune was by the Everly Brothers

This past weekend, I was listening to the American Top 40 Rewind (as I often do) and Casey Kasem was laying down some chart trivia, which I lap up like ice cream on a hot day. In the show that originally was broadcast in October of 1984, Casey mentioned the dominance of the Everly Brothers and added as a side note that the brothers had a current single in the Top 100. My own long distance dedication was answered as that mention took me back to 1984 and On The Wings Of A Nightingale.

If not for Hall & Oates, the Everly Brothers would still own most chart records by a duo. Still, their catalogue is impressive and influential as they racked up more than two dozen Top 40 hits in a little over a five-year span from 1957 to 1962, including No. 1 classics like Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy's Clown. Their last Top 40 hit was in 1967, and they split up in 1973 until their reunion in the '80s. …

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Watch The Church's new video for the single 'Undersea'

It's always cool to see our favorite bands still putting in the effort to create music videos. Today, The Church released their newest vid. It's for the song Undersea from the upcoming album Man Woman Life Death Infinity (due out Friday.)

Singer, lyricist and bassist Steve Kilbey the new album is The Church's "water record." 

"I guess water is my element. I've always marveled at the sea and rivers and rain. It wasn't conscious at all but on reflection, it definitely is a preoccupation on this record. What that means, I don't know," he said in an official announcement today. "This is an album we’re really looking forward to exploring live."

Here are some of the band's upcoming U.S. dates. Check the band's official website for latest news:

10/10 - Omaha NE, The Waiting Room
10/11 - Englewood CO, Gothic Theatre
10/12 - Salt Lake City UT, The State Room
10/13 - Las Vegas NV, Brooklyn Bowl
10/14 - Phoenix AZ, The Press Room

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Watch 'The Last Jedi' trailer as Hamill explains the fate of Princess Leia

Are you overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the official trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? I'll admit I got a little chocked up seeing Carrie Fisher again.

Mark Hamill, at the New York Comic Con on Saturday, explained how the actress' death has affected the franchise's plot.

"You’re going to really love her in (The Last Jedi)," Hamill said, according to a USA Today report. "I know they’re going to try and find a way to close her story in (Episode) 9 that gives her the respect she deserves, because (Han Solo) was more prominent in 7 (The Force Awakens), Luke’s a little more prominent in 8, and certainly Leia was meant to be more prominent in 9."

"Worldwide, everyone feels that gap she left," he added. "But we all have to hang in there."

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Eddie Money and family to start in reality TV show

Eddie Money apparently can walk on water. The ‘80s rocker has the green light for a reality show about his family and career. The working title is Real Money.

Deadline.com recently reported that AXS TV has agreed to a 10-episode season. Production began in late September and will concentrate on Money, his wife, five kids (all musicians or somehow involved with Eddie’s band) and eight pets. (Eight? Really?)

“We may not be the typical cookie-cutter family,” Money said in a statement. “But we have a strong sense of love and loyalty for each other that really shines through. It’s real, and it’s something I think everyone can relate to. We’re excited to share our lives with America, as they join us on this wild ride. I’ve only got two tickets to paradise, but I’m taking everybody!” …

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Sail with us on The 80s Cruise and pick the movie for a private screening

Here's some great news: If you booked The 80s Cruise with our promo code STUCK, you'll now be invited to a private movie screening onboard the Celebrity Summit. And our private group gets to pick the movie! We'll have an online poll soon to help choose the movie.

If you haven't booked yet, there are some new financing options to help you join us. First, The 80s Cruise now accepts PayPal Credit, so that's a nice benefit. Second, there's a special financing plan for our STUCK promo code:  

You make five equal monthly payments on the 1st of every month. The first payment of balance is due on November 1, 2017. The final payment of balance due on March 1, 2018.

This is the third 80s Cruise and you won't want to miss it. Performers include Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Billy Ocean, Mike + The Mechanics, Berlin, The Tubes, Katrina from Katrina & The Waves, Thomas Dolby and Tommy Tutone. Rick is also serving as the host for the cruise, and he'll be joined by original MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman. …

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No big surprises in Rock Hall of Fame's 2018 nominees

Hey, ‘80s fans, the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the Class of 2018, and there aren’t many big surprises there. First-time nominees of interest this time around include the Eurythmics, Dire Straits, Judas Priest and Kate Bush.

Repeat nominees of ‘80s artists include: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Depeche Mode, J. Geils Band and LL Cool J. 

An artist or band is eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after releasing a recording. Voting begins today with more than 900 artists and music industry professions casting ballots. Fans can participate by voting at rockhall.com/vote. The induction ceremony is set for April 14 in Cleveland. 

The 2017 class was more noteworthy because it featured the inclusion of Journey with former lead singer Steve Perry joining his bandmates on stage. No such luck this year. (Sorry, Styx and Duran Duran fans.)

Here’s the full list of nominees:

 

 

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