Thursday, March 14, 2019



There have been a few times that questions on that great game show Jeopardy have been related to 80s music - now, that is a category I could beat Ken Jennings at! And, the umph that Alex Trebeck puts into those questions just shows us how much he loves his 80s music too!

I wouldn't be surprised if Greg Kihn's song Jeopardy was not about love, but, about that quiz show!

Alex Trebeck and Greg Kihn Band both share JEOPARDY
I love this clue about Rick Astley - he's never gonna give you up... a multi answer response! Sounds like Alex was the judge on that question!

Rick Astley is never gonna give you up, let you down on Jeopardy
The absolute best episode was when the Final Jeopardy question was: Ancient History: 1987!

It was a music question. A 'name-that-band' type of question. We were given the following lyrics,

Pretty obvious to any hair metal fans out there - including Alex, who is a big fan of 80s rock!

The first contestant answers something close to Twisted Sister...

Ugh, what is Twister Sister Alex?
Alex Trebeck is not impressed. In fact he started to lose his cool a bit.

Alex Trebeck corrects them - it's TWISTED SISTER
The next guy takes a wild stab and says WHAM! "What? They are an 80s band", he says.

Who is WHAM? George Michael and the other guy.
Apparently, WHAM is not to Alex's liking.

Alex Trebeck doesn't like WHAM
The last contestant is closer, but, still off by enough that any self respecting Motley Crue fan would get offended. Alex is one of those fans.

Girls, Girls, Girls by Monty Crew
Before Alex loses his 'stuff' completely on these numbskulls he does the professional thing and says good-bye to the viewers.

Alex loves his Motley Crue
Man, I would have rocked that show. Finally, a Jeopardy episode where I wouldn't be in the negative.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019


80s New Wave Gave Us Some Great Song Quotes

I find myself humming tunes from 80s new wave songs all the time. There are some lyrics that get stuck in my head and loop over and over and over and over...

The Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star

I think of this song everytime I see and old VCR. Yes, I see them a lot b/c I do a fair bit of thrift store shopping and visit antique markets (yes, the VCR is now an antique!)

“In my mind and in my car
We can’t rewind we’ve gone too far
Pictures came and broke your heart

Put all the blame on VCR”

Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star

The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong

When I'm out diamond collecting or visiting my local jeweller (which happens once a decade) I see light refracted, which reminds me of the Pretenders' song Don't Get Me Wrong. How scientific / geeky is that reference to light refracting?

“Don’t get me wrong
If I split like light refracted"

The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong

Gary Numan - Cars

I heard this song occasionally, ironically, only on the radio in my car. However, I hear it in my head all the time. It's an earworm that reappears often for some reason. Maybe because it is so catchy!

Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
in cars! 

Gary Numan - Cars

The Cars - Let The Good Times Roll

Speaking of cars, how about my favourite new wave band The Cars?! Let the good times roll (on four wheels?) is a lick that rolls around in my ear all the time. Why? I can't explain the brain, sorry. 

The Cars - Let The Good Times Roll

Orchestra Movements In The Dark - If You Leave

I still think the name of the band is so strange, but, that's how bands are right? Artistic, creative, pushing the boundaries. And, everything can be explained by saying, 'hey, it was the 80s'.
The song If You Leave takes you right back to The Breakfast Club and that whole 80s era. If I hear this song in the morning it takes over my mind and repeats all day - which is both good and bad. 

Orchestra Movements In The Dark - If You Leave

As a side note: I wonder if movements by the orchestra in the dark drive the conductor insane? I bet they do.

Orchestra Movements In The Dark - 80s music or conductor's pet peeve

The Police - Can't Stand Losing

This song literally repeats over and over again - both in my mind and in the song. Once you start you know you can't stop until you've repeated the chorus about sixteen times. What a great song. I had the cassette.

The Police - Can't Stand Losing

The Vapours - Turning Japanese

In the 80s Japan was on the minds of many in the music industry. They had the walkman! This influence was shown through the forefront of music - The Vapours! Their hit Turning Japanese really brought this shift in world dominance to the forefront. And it was fun to sing!  

The Vapours - Turning Japanese

The Vapours - Turning Japanese song quote

For you hardcore Vapour fans, I've found a really strange take on the song - turning Japanese = turning into Godzilla.

Thursday, February 28, 2019



The late 80s were a great time for hard rock, metal, in general. One of the big names was Guns N Roses, GNR for short. Lead by bad-boy Axel Rose!

One of their big hits was Paradise City. An easy to quote song, "take me down to the Paradise City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty." Sounds nice eh?

Alex and Slash both chose Paradise City as their favourite city.
Apparently, there are a few cities out there with the name Paradise. There is one that has a radio station that only plays GNR songs...or so I've heard?

Paradise City where the radio station only plays Guns N Roses songs
Paradise City sounds like Heaven. According to GNR lyrics you need to knock three times on the door of heaven to get in. Apparently, Sheldon Cooper took that seriously and applied it to everyday life.

Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Now, I know there has been a lot of 'fat jokes' about Axel lately, but, I won't stoop that low. But, I will share some gossip I heard, that Axel recently had a baby ... Sweet Child Of Mine he said. Lay off the sugar Axel!

Axel Rose new baby Sweet Child Of Mine

Okay, I will delve into some recent memes with Axel, b/c they are insightful and funny.

Overdone it on the carbs lately Alex?
I'll also get political and talk about the differences in society in the 80s and now. Guns are not pc anymore, which is why I think Guns N Roses should change their name to just Roses. Sound good?

Guns N Roses should remove the Guns and become ROSES

Wednesday, February 13, 2019



The 80s was such an innocent time wasn't it? I remember bopping away to Olivia Newton John's Physical in my cropped sweatshirt and wrist bands. The music video was obviously about working out and losing weight...which was the physical part right? Apparently not!

Physical by Olivia Newton John was not about getting to the gym
The Greg Kihn band sang, "they don't write 'em like that anymore". Wow, did they get it right! They really don't write songs like they used to back in the 80s. The guy was a prophet!

Greh Kihn was a prophet - they don't write em like that anymore
One person who got things wrong was Lionel Ritchie. He sang songs about feeling great while dancing on the ceiling. There is only one person who can dance on a ceiling and that would be Spider-man. No one else. Dancing alone is not too enjoyable. 

Dancing on the ceiling is not a great feeling.
Lionel did get one thing right, "Hello, is it me your looking for". That is a universal saying. Everyone wants to be looked for. Am I right or am I right? 

Lionel Ritchie Hello Is it me your looking for?
The Cars tried the Hello thing too. But, I guess not many people were named, 'Again' that lyric, 'Hello, Hello Again," didn't really stick. Too bad, because I think The Cars were the best new wave band of the 80s! 

The Cars Hello Again didn't stick?
Duran Duran was another one of my 80s bands. I don't recall any "Hello" songs by them. But, a twist on that is this tag I made up at my last 80s convention. Hello my name is Rio and I dance in the sand. I'm so funny.

Hello my name is RIO and I dance in the sand.
My other fav 80s band is Van Halen. Seems like their "Jump" is still popular with the kids nowadays. Everyone has a trampoline it seems and they all sing out, "might as well jump!" while bouncing around! The 80s lives!
Van Halen Jump - great song to sing while on a trampoline
Kids nowadays still do the Safety Dance. Remember, the Men Without Hats song? Yes, the only difference is they dance with their 'friends' on Facebook. Even Mark Zuckerburg has been know to Safety Dance.

Mark recommends doing the Safety Dance with your 'friends' on Facebook
Kids are also using 80s references in everyday life. Like when little arsonists burn a house down they quietly quote Billy Joel's - We Didn't Start The Fire.

We didn't start the fire...
Young people who are starting their careers have also been known to make references to 80s music lyrics. The most interesting man in the world was stopped by the cops recently and was suprised when the Police said to him, 'de do do do, de da da da'.

The Police said to him de do do do de da da da
But us oldies we know our 80s music. Our memories are still holding strong. I find myself singing 80s rock lyrics to myself all the time. Like when I watch the weather network I always find myself humming that awesome song by the Scorpions - Rock you like a tornado!
The Scorpions Rock You Like A Hurricane or Tornado or some weather event
If the weather forecast is for high winds I'll be whistling that melody from the Scorpions other song Winds Of Change.  

The Scorpions songs should be played on the weather network
Just like Elton John sang, He's Still Standing...I sing that when I grab my cane and get out of my comfy chair. Don't chairs seem harder to get out of then they were in the 80s. What's up with furniture designers nowadays?

Elton John is still standing
The other day I was in my kid's class at school and hummed that Modern English song I'll Stop The World and Melt With You. The teacher actually stopped and corrected me - apparently, the world cannot stop because of gravity, centrifugal force, and logic! Ouch! 

Modern English was wrong the world cannot stop and melt with you
I argued back that if everyone Wang Chung'd tonight and actually lightened up and had some fun the state of the universe could tranform and the world could stop and melt. Or, at least the side facing the sun would melt. Am I right or am I right? 

If everyone Wang Chung tonight then there would be a lot of fun, and the world may melt on one side.
Whoops, I just fell asleep for a moment...this getting old is tiring isn't it. Thanks for waking me up before you go go onto another page. If you want more 80s music memes click here.

Wham, fell asleep, but, you woke me up before you go go'd. Thanks.
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