Friday, August 10, 2018



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 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

Thursday, August 2, 2018



Let's start with a great 80s hair joke - tease it up with a reference to a metal band (whitestake), an obsolete retail establishment (sears) and a classic 80s family event (the yearly family photo).

Remember Air Supply? I try to forget their hair and red pleather jackets with the band name stitched onto the arm, but, ya, I remember Air Supply. I'm NOT all out of love for them.

I still have love for Air Supply. Do you?
Ever been to Europe? Nope, just listened to them in the 80s. Now I'm a dinosaur... 

The final countdown, da-nana-naa da-na-nuh-nuh-naaa
I always wondered if Hall and Oates actually had a list of people they wanted to kiss? Sounds romantic - like Maneater! 
I bet my kiss is on their list
On the subject of love - remember giving out valentines? Ya, I do. You'd save the best one for your best friend (not your crush). 
80s graphic design was so awesome with the pastels, the grid lines, the floating shapes!
Another experience that is long gone is sitting in front of the TV, not being able to choose what to watch, and being stuck with nerdy game shows about words...or if you were lucky trivia about random topics. Very educational if you actually think about it.

I would win this round, even without vowels!
Education and safety - that was the 80s way! No, no it wasn't. It was all about excluding those who didn't dance...shame on you Men in Hats! Oh, and where is your hat?! You are not wearing it, you are going to get sunstroke! 

Men in Hats promoted safety with their Safety Dance
Another great encourager of dancing was Wang Chung. They had that awesome dance hit aptly named Dance Hall Days. When I "80s dance" with my arms a swayin' and my feet a steppin' I call that my Wang Chung! Which actually sounds pretty terrible, but, I mean it in the best way.

I wouldn't mind wang chungin' right now - put on some A-ha!
Apparently, berets are back in fashion. Yep, I see them on people all the time now. I used to own one, it was red, but, a really great darkish maroonish kinda red. I wonder if I have it buried away in a box in the attic. 

Did Prince really wear a raspberry beret?
Beer is still cool. Bosses and Kings still drink it, but, probably not as much since there is now research showing how bad drinking and smoking is to the body. Stuff nobody knew about in the 80s...or they knew about it, but, it was the 80s so nobody cared!

Bruce and Mike kicking back with a Bud.
But, I can tell you that 80s music is still influencing the modern beats of today. 

No doubt in my mind that "H" & "Izzo" is newspeak for Hall & Oates
And, there is a definite influence on TV... 

TV has changed. It will never be the escape it was back in the day. For some reason illogical, unrealistic, violent, scientifically impossible story lines ain't cool anymore! 

Don't forget the leather jacket.

Now a short break. Enjoy the 80s music memes.

The happiest band on the planet

When you need a 'stash model - Freddie is the one to look up to.

Admit it, you still drum roll your steering wheel when the song comes on the radio

I've been rocked

This wouldn't happen nowadays b/c we have GPS systems. Thank goodness.

It's TRUE!
Hey if Spanadu Ballet says it's TRUE, then it's TRUE!

Guess you had to be in the 80s to really understand how hungry a heart can get
Rock Band is the best way to teach kids about the great music of the 80s.

Thursday, July 26, 2018



I love seeing old pictures of Angus or Malcolm - they were real characters with a rebellious sense of humour that I find hilarious. Just check out some of these...

The boys posing for the annual band picture

A band trip to the military museum

Here's a good one for mom to hang on the wall at home

Inappropriate boys! Don't wast the film!
Is Angus okay?
Always in that school boy outfit - how immature! HAHA.

It's so awesome that these dudes, who are just having a good time, have sold millions and millions and millions of records. And, pounded the eardrums of millions and millions and millions of people. And, they are still cool with the kids.

Halloween costume? No, regular day wear.

As a parent I know the value in playing good music to my baby. Which is why I wore out the AC/DC lullaby CD. I'm serious, if you haven't heard these renditions of AC/DC songs you are missing out. They are ac/dc songs played by a music box - that tingy-tangy sound. It both rocks and soothes.

I use AC/DC music as a relaxation tool as well. After a hard day at work I turn up the radio (to 11) and play some hard rockin' Highway To Hell!

 There are so many great artistic creations inspired by AC/DC. Do a quick internet search and may end up spending the next hour scrolling, but, it is well worth it.

Electric devil horned AC DC!

The Evolution Of ROCK

A little TNT for ya

Poking fun at a medical disorder

old jokes?

name puns?

star wars mash-ups?

Electrician joke, now that is funny.

I really can't get enough of these electric current jokes

Rock on ACDC

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Part Duran Duran Part Robert Palmer

In the mid 80s Duran Duran took a bit of a break as a band. A couple of the members of Duran Duran (John Taylor & Andy Taylor)...NOT Simon Lebon [insert sad face] teamed up with Robert Palmer and created a few songs. 

Personally, I don't love the Power Station music, but, with the celebrity power behind the Taylors and Palmer I can understand why their song Some Like it Hot & Bang a Gong were top billboard hits. And, why they got to perform on SNL and have an interview on Good Morning America - 

But, of course with all musical supergroups there are problems. Ego problems. You put together a few big-headed successful musicians who are used to having their own way with their other band, add that 'creative temperment' and BOOM you've got fireworks. Apparently there were a few blow ups with Palmer getting all defensive about 'who created Power Station's sound'. That's just the rumours.

Whenever I heard this song all I can think about is the Lampoon's movie European Vacation. Rusty daydreams he is some sort of celebrity walking through a club that is playing this song while scantily clad ladies (in their 80s aerobic outfits) dance and claw at him.

I found a really good cover of the song done by a band called CHIN CHIN. I bet it would be hard to cover a song like this, and I like Chin Chin's funky take on it ...