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Pop charts from head to toe: Billboard's weekly Hot 100 from 30 years ago

Ever take the time to look back at the Billboard charts? They're all available online. You can pick any week from any year and - boom! - it's a trip back through musical memories. Starting today, I'll post the charts from 30 years ago. So today, we look back and the charts from the week of June 20, 1987.

Great trailers for forgotten movies: 1987's 'Roxanne'

Building on the seeming indifference '80s Nation gave to the start of my "Bad Trailers for Great Movies" series the other day, today I give you the slightly more optimistic "Great Trailers for Forgotten Movies" debut.

That song from Thomas Dolby and the other Sakamoto

From playing the iconic keyboard solo on Foreigner's Waiting For A Girl Like You to working with funk meister George Clinton to creating iconic cell phone ring tones, Thomas Dolby has always done his fair share of work in the field of music. One experimentation by Dolby you probably have never seen or heard is his collaboration …

Bad trailers for great movies: 1987's 'Made in Heaven'

If you want to revisit some of Kelly McGillis' best work in the '80s, consider the 1987 movie Made in Heaven. Of course, it helps that she's paired with Timothy Hutton; the two stars share a chemistry that Top Gun pal Tom Cruise couldn't comprehend.

Do you remember this tune by Dolby's 80s protege?

Besides his own music, Thomas Dolby was also busy as a producer and guest musician in the '80s. Always on the cutting edge, Dolby was always looking for a New Toy and in the '80s he found it with Lene Lovich.

Thomas Dolby deserved more time on the 'Airwaves'

I must admit that while I loved She Blinded Me With Science in 1983 (and still do), that I never listened to Thomas Dolby albums in the '80s. Because of Steve Spears dogged praise of Dolby over the years on Stuck in the '80s, my situation of listening to Dolby albums has been rectified and thankfully I now know all about great …

New podcast: 'Thirtysomething' turns 30 with author Scott Ryan

Remember back when Thirtysomething seemed like a TV show only your parents would want to watch? Wouldn't you give just about anything to be that young again? Truth is, if you skipped out on Thirtysomething in the late '80s and early '90s, you seriously missed an amazing TV series penned by some seriously gifted writers.

Nothing funny about history behind Undertones' 'It's Gonna Happen'

The juxtaposition in '80s videos is always an interesting topic and today's Lost and Found lesson is the Undertones' It's Gonna Happen! - a contrast of wacky humor vs. a song of subtle political protest.

Mike & The Mechanics has rare Florida dates in 2018

To score yourself seats to a live performance by Mike & The Mechanics, you need more than luck. If you don't live overseass, all you need is a miracle. (Okay, so sorry. But what would you have written if you had the chance?) The '80s superband, led by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, primarly sticks to performing …

30 years ago, critics sort of hated ‘Predator’

I know it’s hard to believe - sarcasm fully engaged - but back in the ‘80s, movie critics didn’t like some of the flicks that we consider to be true classic. Take Predator, for example, which turns 30 years old today.

Watch real Army honor guard perform the 'Stripes' razzle dazzle

Is the 1981 flick Stripes starring Bill Murray and Harold Ramis a true classic? That's a fact, Jack. So much so that an Army honor guard has recreated the entire "razzle dazzle" graduation scene from the movie.

Here's hoping Stan Ridgway's musical chops never cool down

As we get deeper into the summer, the weather is beginning to heat up. Though he's not a meteorologist, when Stan Ridgway says The Big Heat is on its way - I believe him.

'80s movie quote of the day: Secret of My Success

Michael J. Fox turns 56 today, and it's hard to imagine the '80s without him. For the '80s movie quote of the day, it'd be too obvious to pick a line or two from the Back to the Future trilogy. So how about the underrated 1987 flick Secret of My Success?

What's the secret to Nils Lofgren's success in the '80s? Try this tune

The '80s were full of secrets. There were Secret Admirers, Secret Lovers, Secrets of Success, Secret Journeys and Secret Separations, but do you also remember the Secrets In The Street? You bet Nils Lofgren does.

New podcast: Mopey memories of graduation in the '80s

Oh, graduation. I remember like it was yesterday. And we all know what a crappy day yesterday was. Truth is, there wasn't a lot of inspiration for great graduation moments given to us in the '80s. Of all the movies, Say Anything probably comes closest to turning a high school commencement into a movie theme.

Here's the other tune from Golden Earring we never get to hear

Not a day goes by when Classic Rock Radio doesn't play a Golden Earring song. Granted its either one of two songs - Radar Love and Twilight Zone - so it's time to expand our knowledge of Golden Earring and open the vault again to unearth the video chestnut for Clear Night Moonlight.

Cyndi Lauper to pen music for ‘Working Girl’ musical

Fresh off her success with Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper has announced his next project will be a stage version of the 1988 movie Working Girl.

Karla DeVito's career far cooler than this one forgotten tune

The stupid question of the day is "Were the '80s cool?" Yes, they were cool because we had MTV in its infancy and purest form that featured videos like Karla DeVito and Cool World.

No sequel after Ghostbusters reboot, Dan Aykroyd says

Remember that horror story of a remake called Ghostbusters from last year. It sounds like that one’s ghoul that won’t be resurrected anytime soon.

30 years later, The Untouchables is still, well, untouchable

Is there a crime-fighting movie from the entire ’80s that can possibly live up to The Untouchables? Released June 3, 1987, Brian De Palma’s retelling of Prohibition-era Chicago and the battle between Eliot Ness and Al Capone was an instant classic.

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