Friday, October 19, 2018



As a giant Madonna fan I'm very embarrassed to say I had the words for Poppadom Preach wrong for years...I thought it was Poppacorn Peach (popcorn that tasted like peaches, yum).

My Pappa don't preach about pop corn that tastes like peaches
Gloria Estefan has some pretty fun songs that make you wanna move your bod. I also thought they were great to do rhythmic gymnastics to. Especially that song Ribbon Is Gonna Get Ya, b/c in my rhythmic gymnastics class we use a ribbon when we move. The lyrics and movements mesh so well together!
Rhythmic Gymnastics staple song - RIBBON IS GONNA GET YOU!

ZZ Top always dressed in those classy suits...yet, they had big beards! I'm not sure how to interpret the lyrics of their song Shark Dressed Man - perhaps it has to do with their beards. Underneath those swell suits they were crazy party animals (like sharks) and ate a lot of fish! That is the only explanation I can think of.

ZZ TOP - Shark dressed man

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



Van Halen in the early 80s. What a great sentence. It conjures up images of giant rock concerts, giant rock egos, a superstar guitar player, an over the top frontman, a bass player (sorry Anthony).

Eddie Van Halen
 Did you know that when they were young Eddie was the drummer in the family and Alex played guitar!

Eddie played drums!

Now he plays guitar

Sometimes he plays too hard

He plays with passion

Apparently the band's first name was Genesis ... but, when they realized that name was taken (and that band became pretty famous) they chose Mammoth! That didn't last long before they switched to Van Halen (boy was David Lee Roth mad about that. He wanted the band to be named the Roths).

 Apparently, Roth's Father was a prominent eye doctor who was wealthy enough to be featured on that show Lifestyles Of The Rich And joke.

Poor Roth had it bad...or didn't have it bad...

It's because of that teacher!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018



That wonderful song by Phil - Two Hearts - reached that number ONE spot on the charts in 1988/89.
There were two videos made for this song. The original is Phil and his bandmates singing the song. 
The second video featured WWF wrestler the Ultimate Warrior...does anyone else find that strange?

Phil's wresting outfit is interesting
There is actually a third video, not 'official', but, still pretty good. Made by a fan.

I did make another interesting connection, speaking of two hearts...Phil Collins & Star Trek Captain Jean Luc Picard! Phil seems to be involved in so many pieces of the entertainment field.

Phil and Picard really do look like alike don't they?

When asked who felt it coming in the air tonight?
In The Air Tonight was another hit song by Phil that features the famous 'drum break' which is just perfect to air drum to, especially while in the car sitting at at stop light.

I know I play the air drums everytime.

I give the thumbs up AFTER I'm done my air drumming of course

I feel storms coming in the air sometimes too - my elbow joint hurts
This song was his first hit after leaving that band he was in before - the first band - Genesis.

Genesis 1:2 Then God made Phil Collins & Jean Luc Picard
I always wondered what a Sussudio was. I love that song soo-soo-sooddiah, but, still not sure what it means. If I could sit down with Phil for an hour that would be one of the first questions I'd ask. 

Phil knows...

Phil jokes are punny

Anyway, I like Phil and really don't trust anyone that doesn't. What do you think? Go ahead tell my new friends...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018



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' 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



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



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!


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.