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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

THE 80s IS CALLING...

80s CELLULAR PHONES MAKE A GREAT JOKE

If you wanted some hi-tech gadgets the place to hit up was Radioshack. I haven't been to one of those in years...I wonder why?


80s called...

I'm not sure how cool it was to have a cellular phone, but, add a nice mullet, some cool 'shades', a gold watch...and you're cookin' with gas!


80s cool

I always picture slimey stock brokers as the only people in the 80s who had cell phones. 


My idea of an 80s stock broker
 Nowadays, cellular phones are for everyone!

80s phones for 80 year olds
And, the price of technology has really gone down. Imagine the payment plan back in '85 if you bought the big phone with the extra battery pack...I wonder how much unlimited data cost? 


42 year payment plan of only $18.99 a month
Kids ask today why phones were so big? Obviously it was because they needed a giant case for protection when the Russian's dropped nuclear bombs on the west...obviously! 


80s phone had a case that would withstand a nuclear explosion
And sadly, some of the giant tech from the 80s is still in use today - like the fax machine.


Hulk could lift the fax machine, but, not many others!

I do remember using a car phone. It was probably in the really late 80s...maybe even December of 1989...we had a family friend, a 'rich' lady who helped shuffle kids from the church group around in her big Lincoln...and she had a car phone. She would let us use it to call our parents and tell them we were on our way home.

Nothing says 80s like a car phone being used by Miami Vice
I do remember my parents being very hip by doing 'telephone banking'...it took like an hour and 3,487 pushes of buttons on the phone to transfer money around in their bank account, but, hey you could do it from home! Imagine the future if that was possible way back then! 


I believe Tom Selleck was a big fan of telephone banking


Friday, September 14, 2018

MISHEARD LYRICS 80S STYLE #3

YOU'VE BEEN SINGING THE WORDS WRONG FOR YEARS

Maybe you only sing these songs in the shower, or around friends who are too polite to point out your mistakes...but, I'm here to point you in the right direction.

Simply Red's song title of Holding Back The Years, is deceiving since the the lyrics are clearly, "Holding back the ears...holding back the ears of corn". What a cute little pun. 


Anything corn is cute - Simply Red

Cutting Crew obviously took a strong stance on the decline in farming in the 80s. "I just died in your barn tonight" has just got to be about the industrialization of the livestock business. Very sad.  


Cutting Crew cuts into the industrialization of the farming industry

Journey's massive rock ballad Don't Stop Believing is hard to interpret at some parts. Just like the previous song by Cutting Crew, this one may also be a subtle nod at the farming industry - SHEEP PERFUME (aka manure). But more likely it is a stab at the garment industry using low grade wool for sweaters? That would be a great fun fact to know. 


Sheep Perfume - crappy wool (Steve Perry must have really liked good quality wool cardigans?)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

TOTOS AFRICA COVERED AGAIN

AFRICA IS COVERED BY WEEZER




Esquire has it right in this article, Toto's song Africa is timeless! Earlier this year Weezer released a cover of AFRICA and it has created some waves (more than just sound waves) with them Millenials. Turns out kids today like the song - see, timeless!


HERE IS THE SONG - WEEZER did a great job...kept it very close to the original, only adding a little chunky distorted guitar where warranted.



Funny to hear about Weezer again. I love/loved Weezer.


Got out the old BLUE ALBUM after seeing the cover of AFRICA
Now kiddies of today will get the jokes about blessing the rain...





Weezer also released a cover or Toto's soft rock hit Rosanna. The cover made the #2 chart spot in the UK...geez, TOTO is on a roll.  

This version of ROSANNA is bang on - it's like I'm listening to TOTO





In response to all these covers TOTO is now covering a Weezer song. Apparently TOTO thought Hash Pipe would be a good choice?


Weezer is a 90s alternative band

Toto's cover of Weezer's song is interesting. For some reason I can't take is seriously. It sounds great, but, The Toto (or is it TOTO 2 now?) is not a grunge/alternative rock band...they are missing that certain something?




If I had any say, I'd tell TOTO to cover Weezer's Buddy Holly (now, that song is timeless)!




Keep up the good work WEEZER & TOTO!


ANOTHER 80s GUY THAT IS STILL ROCKING - RICK ASTLEY

Friday, August 10, 2018

MISHEARD LYRICS 80S STYLE #2

THE WRONG SONG LYRICS FROM 1980'S SONGS

You can stop singing the wrong words now. Here are some common songs we've all mixed up.

I've been incorrect for all these years crooning Paul Young's song Every Time You Go Away...it should be, "you take a piece of meat with you". Must be a song about a butcher shop or something?


Paul Yong - working in at a deli counter possibly a butcher shop influenced his lyrics

Flock of Seagulls wonder hit was actually a political piece about the middle east - IRAN, IRAN's SO FAR AWAY. Huh, who wuddah thunk it? 


And Iran, Iran's so far away - even for a flock of seagulls flying high on the breeze

Pat Benatar must have been into animal rescue / environmentalism and that is what her song HIT ME WITH YOUR PET SHARK was all about. I think the 80s was a time when sharks were being decimated and there was a short lived movement to make them pets...I think Dr. Evil is still promoting the idea. 


Hit me with your best shark - not Pat Benatar