Wednesday, 18 December 2019



You may remember the old lady asking, "where's the beef?"

Where's the beef - wonderful 80s tagline

Seems funny now that someone would ask for more meat. I think kids nowadays would be asking for less meat or worse - almost-meat! Where's the beyond-meat? 

Where's the beef at - newage speak
Did you know that the 'where's the beef lady' was 81 years old when they made the commercial. Clara Peller is her name. Not an actress, but somehow ended up on the commercial and sparked that infamous tagline.

Where's the beef hurt McDonalds

According to the urban dictionary, the phrase 'where's the beef' can be used to insinuate that a man is not very big in the you-know-what.

Where's the beef. It's undercooked and starting to eat the salad.

Thursday, 28 November 2019



Billy Idol is an iconic icon of the 80s, and he is still rockin' today. He claimed that he was always Dancing With Myself, but I have proof that isn't true!

Billy Idol Dancing with myself

With a REBEL YELL we cried more, more, more...what exactly what he asking for more of?

Billy Idol Rebel Yell meme

Perhaps it was for more WHITE WEDDINGS! White tuxedos were an 80s fashion trend, so that was probably what he wanted more, more, more of?

80s White Wedding - Billy Idol
We all consider Billy Idol a loverboy, but, what about the band LOVERBOY? They were making some great music in the 80s. I always got the feeling that the lead singer of LOVERBOY only liked the weekends? He was always WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND. Probably b/c that is when they would perform their awesome 80s rock!

Loverboy is working for the weekend

Working for the weekend isn't as fun as Loverboy made it sound.
Then there is PETER GABRIELLE. What a artist. I never understood his music. Like, who wants to SHOCK THE MONKEY. Was this a call against animal cruelty and the use of test rabbits for makeup? I know Peter used a lot of make-up in the 80s.

Peter Gabrielle shocked the monkey?

Monkeys do not like Peter Gabrielle
My favourite 1980s band was MEN WITHOUT HATS. Not sure what hats had to do with anything, but they did have that awesome song SAFETY DANCE. Safe to dance without hats, but not safe to not dance. Not dancing will get you socially isolated. Ouch.

Safety Dance meme
Then their other hit, which I still listen to today, 40 years later...LAND DOWN UNDER

I come from a land down under kangaroo chilling
And, they had the great videos that went along with their song. Remember seeing them on MTV. There was that crazy blond haired girl in one of them, that was memorable. Ahh, the 80s memories.

Pop goes the world - Men without hats
I've heard that some people confuse Land Down Under with TOTO AFRICA. Really? They are completely different songs.

Land down under song joke
Also, just a reminder that TOTO has plenty of other hits besides THE RAINS DOWN IN AFRICA!

Toto has other hits besides Africa, haha
I don't come from a land down under. I come from a place associated with Tarzan, Tarzan Boy...BALTIMORE!

Tarzan Boy is from Baltimore
I think Gary Numan bought his first car in Baltimore in the early 80s. That moment changed his life!

Gary Numan joke

Monday, 4 November 2019



You cannot think of the early 80s without picturing David Lee Roth jumping around with his striped leotard suit, or not picture the iconic red, white, and black guitar of Eddie Van Halen...and maybe the other dudes in the band too?

David Lee Roth with his crazy clothing. Eddie Van Halen with his matching guitar and jumpsuit. How 80s!
Eddie Van Halen was in his prime. He was magical on the guitar. Rumour has it he could make music by playing a broom.

Eddie Van Halen playing broom guitar.
Who was the best rock band in the 80s? No brain needed to answer this question (most of my brain is gone anyway after all the headbanging and subsequent concussions)...Van Halen is the best. Even Alfie knows that!

Best band ever? Van Halen!
 The band's biggest hit, JUMP, has some great history behind it. First, it was inspired by a jumper, aka suicidal guy who threatened to jump off a bridge or building or something really really high.
Second, it was the song that broke the band apart. Nice job guys.

Van Halen song Jump.
The band just wasn't the same without the egotistical, charismatic, odd, chauvinistic, DLR.

Van Halen without David Lee Roth - no thanks!
 Sammy Hagar was no replacement. I kind of stopped listening to Van Halen after that point.

Feeling sad when Van Halen broke up
 I still love the early Van Halen records. I've pretty much played my 1984 album to death, Eruption just don't work like it used to. And, yes, I still crank it to 11 when I put on the old VH records.

Crank my Van Halen to 11
And, when I hear Running With The Devil or Hot for Teacher come on the radio, I cheer and turn it up! I also sing along. Sorry kids in the backseat of my manvan.

When a Van Halen song comes on!!!

Tuesday, 24 September 2019



Our WILD BOYS of the 80s, DURAN DURAN, were a great example of 80s decadence! With their over the top party lifestyle, the countless women, the voluminous hair, the trendy clothes, and those great videos that played over and over on MTV!
Simon and the boys still have a huge, dedicated, fan base and their songs are still popular on the retro radio stations. And, they had so many hits didn't they?

My favourite song was always WILD BOYS! Doesn't that just describe them to a 'T', or should I say double 'D'!

Wild Boys Duran Duran in 80s fashion
Then I'd have to say RIO would be next on my Duran Duran song list.

Duran Duran headed to RIO

Duranians know RIO
I wasn't the only big fan of Duran. It's a well-known fact that Princess Dianna liked to listen to the synthesizer beats of Duran Duran in her early adulthood. I think she was just as nervous to meet them as they were to meet her!

Princess Di was a big Duran Duran fan
I know there are still so many of us that just cannot get over the band. And, when you see old pics of Simon it all comes rushing back!

Simon Lebron says relax
Makes you kind of hungry, HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF, if you know what I mean?!

Caution Duran Duran Fans can get hungry like the wolf

Hungry Like The Wolf?

Future Duran Duran Fan

From one Duranian to another, keep on listening and loving our WILD BOYS from the 80s.

Duran Duran was very fashion forward at the time

Girls on Film - Duran Duran

Ordinary World Duran Duran quote

New Moon On Monday

Thursday, 12 September 2019



1981, the year that MTV debuted. When Members Only jacket paired with parachute pants were in style. When Dukes of Hazard was still rad. Bette Davis Eyes was the year's big music hit!

Betty Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

This hit song spent nine weeks on the top of the charts. The biggest hit for Kim Carnes in her career. The song subject, Bette Davis, apparenlty liked the song and even thanked Carnes for making her name 'a part of modern times'. 

Betty Davis Eyes

Betty Davis Eyes Lyrics

Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

This song had a slow, slow, slow rise up the charts. After release it took 19 weeks to make it to the top spot. That's probably the record for longest rise to the top of the chart. It did not keep the number one spot for long, however, this song is still one of the more popular and well played 80s songs of all time - especially in the 'mom' crowd.

Jessie's Girl

Rick Springfield was Jessie's Girl

Hold On Tight - ELO

This song was big worldwide, especially Europe. ELO was riding high in the late 70s and early 80s, so it's no surpise they are on the list of Top Songs of 81...even if I, personally, don't love this song.

Hold On Tight sang ELO - good advise while riding a roller coaster

Every Little Thing She Does - The Police

Almost every chart worldwide had this song as a number one or close to it hit. Funny enough The Police were reluctant to record the song since it was a softer / poppier sound than they were used to playing. Luckily they did a take or two and gave us one of the best songs of 1981.

The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic renamed Minerva

The Police - music meme

In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

This is the epic drum solo song that you can't help playing air drums to everytime you hear it. Or is that only me? It was Phil's first solo single during his break from the band Genesis. It quickly rose to the top of the charts everywhere and slowly declined. It's still a standard on every kind of radio station from classic rock to hits-from-every-decade-kind-of-station. It's both atmospheric and rockin, not quite soft but no hard either.

I can feel it coming in the air tonight - Phil Collins on acid rain

I can feel it coming - Lyrics 80s graphic design background

Urgent - Foreigner

Foreigner had a great year in 81 with the release of their album '4' which included huge hits like Urgent and Waiting For A Girl Like You. Both awesome hits. Urgent was the first single off the album and easily hiked up the charts in North America staying near the top for an entire month. Then they did it a few months later with the second single Waiting for a girl like you.

Foreigner - Urgent but patient enough to wait for a girl like you

The Stroke - Billy Squire

This is another one of those songs that almost didn't get recorded. In this case the record label execs told Billy it was no good, but he had an extra spot available on his album so they let him record it. Turned out to be his most popular hit.

Billy Squire The Stroke dork meme

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke. Billy Squire could have led a viking ship

Grumpy Cat doesn't like 80s music

1981 was a great year for music wasn't it? I bet you have the vinyl collection to prove it!