LISTEN LIVE 80s MUSIC

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BLESS THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA

TOTO AFRICA MEMES

Toto's song Africa hit the number 1 spot on the billboard charts in 1983 and has been misheard by millions worldwide. There have been countless car karaoke mistakes with the lyrics. And, it's gone on long enough. The lyrics are "I BLESS the rains down in Africa!" BLESS! BLESS!
Not MISS!
Not KISS!
Not FELT!
Not SAW!


Toto's Africa lyrics are mixed up by all


Even Dads mistake the lyrics to AFRICA
TOTO says it best...


Right on Toto Bless The Rain
Get it? TOTO.

Rumour has it that some of the rain Toto blessed fell onto the top of Mount Kilimanjaro - it froze and is still there to this very day!


Toto blessed the rain in Africa and some of it was frozen on the peak of Kilimanjaro

Apparently, the band wrote the song about Africa, yet, had never actually been to the continent. I guess they blessed the rain after they sold their millionth copy of TOTO IV. At that point they believed they were rock gods - soft rock gods!


TOTO - Soft Rock Gods of 1983
The song was a huge hit in Canada which may be why thirty odd years later Karl Wolf did a remix /cover of the song which had a lot of airplay in Canada (hitting the 2 spot on the Canada Hot 100 chart).



The original by TOTO - you decide which one is better.



I will leave you with one last question:


I believe the rain will win.


MORE FUNNY 80s MUSIC MEMES

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

EURYTHMICS MEMES

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF CHEESE

Eurythmics are made of the 80s. The word conjures up images of swooping hair, new wave make up, and synthesized dance music. In my mind, only Flock of Seagulls is a more 80s word.

Sweet Dreams was a huge hit for those Eurythmics - and it has also been a huge hit for punny meme generators. Look see:






I'm thinking cheese and ritz make a sweet dream too!


No sweet dream, more like a nightmare!


♪ Turn around. Every now and then I get a little bit mee-mee...♪


Eurythmics meme!



MY ATTEMPT AT KEEPING THE 80s ALIVE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION


When the weather turns precipitous I always quote the Eurythmics. ♪ HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN ♪ and sing a little bit of the song to my children.

That never gets old (Dad!)


Here Comes the Rain Again - get the umbrella!


At least I've planted that seed in my kids heads. A quote that will stay with them every time it rains. A little piece of the 80s passed along to the next generation. Your welcome.


Eurythmics is a real word - it means 80s music










Wednesday, April 11, 2018

DIRE STRAITS MONEY FOR NOTHING BANNED ON CANADIAN RADIO

DIRE STRAITS MONEY FOR NUTHIN'

Dire Straights song Money For Nothing ain't doing much working in Canada
Money for nothing was a huge hit for Dire Straits in the 80s, but, the lyrics are very controversial in today's day - the song has the f-word!

In January 2011, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) Code of Ethics and their Equitable Portrayal Code.[14][15][16] The CBSC concluded that "like other racially driven words in the English language, 'faggot' is one that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.


Up here in Canada, the land of inclusiveness and compassion, we have decided to sacrifice the original version of this 80s gem for the greater good of society.

I know there are great arguments about artistic freedom, the context of the word, and especially the era when the word was used.

I get it. 

From the point of view of a working class 80s guy, calling a guy with flock-of-seagulls-hair sporting an earring an [insert f-word] was nothing out of the ordinary. But, in today's world it's not okay. So, 80sthrowbackparty plays a modified version of Money For Nothing (aka the clean version).

I'm of the camp to clean up the song and have found a clean edit of Money For Nothing by Dire Straits, but, I will admit it is not the same...not the same at all.
If you want the original it is on the Brothers In Arms album, only $6 on amazon ($2 for a used CD).







Yes, unlike Millennials who just don't work, Dire Straits got money and chicks

Couldn't help with the Star Trek / Dire Straits meme
I did find some other interesting vids of Dire Straits while researching this post. One vid shows Guy and Alan (band members) windsurfing - it's so dated that it is hilarious.





Dire Straits is being inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame this year!


On a more serious note, Dire Straits is headed to the Rock N Roll Hall of FAME this year! Huge achievement. They are planning on performing a song at the induction ceremony, no not Money For Nothing (the unclean version)...actually there is some controversy over the performance though. According to cleveland.com:

"There's a lot of conjecture on forums about whether the band is performing at the Hall of Fame, and if not why not and who in the band are going to the ceremony," Clark wrote. "Well, here it is and it's official: Myself, Guy Fletcher and John Illsley will attend the ceremony, where we'll be be performing an unplugged version of 'Telegraph Road' with me on harmonium, Guy on ukulele, John on banjo, and the vocal performed by the three of us as a three part harmony." 


So, a Dire Straits song is being performed with a harmonium, ukulele, banjo and three part harmony singing...sound very Rock N Roll!


If you don't know, a harmonium is like an accordion but 007-suitcase-style.



A harmonium is an essential piece of a true ROCK N ROLL band!

Just like you girlie, there is no helping them out of this mess

I guess there is just no helping a band in dire straights, am I right?


Are the chicks free range?




Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CHUCK NORRIS MEMES

CHUCK NORRIS - 80s ACTION FILM STAR MADE INTO MEMES


Chuck Norris' is known as one of THE action film stars of the 80s. His legendary toughness is, well, legendary!

Fun fact - His real name is CARLOS!
















80s TV SHOW MEMES

I know I'm late to the game, but, it turns out there are books full of CHUCK NORRIS FACT (just like these memes). I might have to go to the library and borrow me these books:





He has come a long way from his action movies of the 80s eh?