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Midge Ure talks Retro Futura, Live Aid and the 'bombastic and pompous' music of Ultravox

If we celebrated superheroes back in the '80s, Midge Ure would have been at the top of the list -- his then-thin mustache merely the accent on his New Wave and Live Aid good deeds. The Ultravox frontman gave us classics like Vienna while teaming up with Bob Geldof to turn the entire world's attention to the famine in Africa. It's …

Roger Daltrey had forgotten hits in the '80s too

Yesterday we spent time with Pete Townshend's solo career, so it should be fair that we also spend equal time with The Who's other famous half of Roger Daltrey and Let Me Down Easy.

The forgotten Pete Townshend solo hit: 'A Friend Is A Friend'

When you raise kids, you end up watching their shows and movies, which at times, can be monotonous. However, it also lets you enjoy movies you never would have thought to watch too. At the top of the list of kids movies I've seen over the years is The Iron Giant and today's Lost and Found is about Pete Townshend and …

30 years later, three things you didn't know about 'The Woman in Red'

I know what you're thinking. He's devoting an entire blog item to the 30th anniversary of The Woman in Red? Spearsy has lost his mind. But this movie, which starred Gene Wilder as married man who becomes obsessed with a beautiful model (Kelly LeBrock) wearing a red dress, is more noteworthy that '80s fans might originally …

Luke Skywalker has a beard in Star Wars Episode VII

If there's a bright center to the shaving universe, Mark Hamill is on the planet that it's farthest from. That's right, Luke Skywalker appears to have a beard for Star Wars Episode 7. Who's scruffy-looking now?

Soul Asylum an '80s band? Here's the hit you're forgetting

When you think of Soul Asylum, you mostly think of the ‘90s and Runaway Train, but for me, I grew up on Cartoon in the ‘80s with the band from Minneapolis.

Oh captain, my captain ... our podcast tribute to Robin Williams in the '80s

Grab some tissues and maybe a glass of something strong. It's time to honor the legacy of Robin Williams with our podcast tribute.

Lost and found: The Alarm's would-be hit 'Rain in the Summertime'

While parts of the country are currently suffering from drought, the weather has always been a topical conversation and in the ‘80s, The Alarm made it into a great song with Rain In The Summertime.

Duran Duran concert film to be directed by David Lynch

Duran Duran's last tour will live again for just one night -- Sept. 10 -- as Duran Duran: Unstaged plays U.S. theaters. The movie, showing the band’s concert at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, will show in more than 300 locations, according to RELATED POST PROFILESHARE

Robin Williams had Partkinson's, widow says

New development in the tragic suicide of Robin Williams: It turns out the comedian had the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, his widow has told the media.

Lost and found: Autograph and how they landed as Van Halen's opening act

In a recent SIT80's, there was an excellent reader mailbag story in which the podcast listener (the mysterious Todd) found out his uncle was a jogging partner of Dan Akyroyd in the ‘80s. While "Jogging in the ‘80s" probably is never going to make its own podcast, we do have one more ‘80s jogging story to relay with the band …

The sadly forgotten solo hit from David Crosby in the '80s

Yesterday we covered Crosby, Stills and Nash singing but technically without David Crosby. Today we get Crosby in on the Lost and Found action with his album rock hit Drive My Car.

8 amazing scenes from the '80s to best remember Robin Williams

One day later and I still can't get over the fact that Robin Williams isn't among us anymore. His work, however, is. And yet, I'm still conflicted. Do we celebrate his funniest roles? His saddest ones? The roles …

The boating anthem 'Southern Cross' is actually about ... boating

On my summer vacation, I visited the beautiful Great Lakes in the North where sitting by the peaceful shores and watching the boats sail by always remind me of Southern Cross by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Robin Williams dead at age 63 from apparent suicide

To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.

30 years of Buckaroo Banzai, the Hong Kong Cavaliers and John Bigboote

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension turns 30 years old this week, but I have to admit: I'm not sure I ever really "got" this film. Released Aug. 10, 1984, Buckaroo Banzai was the tale of a multi-talented physicist/surgeon/test pilot/rock musician named -- you guessed it -- Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, played by …

The Art of Noise with Max Headroom: 'Paranomia' and the hijacking of Chicago TV

One of the favorite quirky songs of the ‘80s is The Art of Noise's Paranomia and one of my favorite unsolved mysteries of the ‘80s is the Max Headroom Chicago signal intrusion so let's combine both for today's Lost and Found entry to double your pleasure.

A place where nobody dared to go: 'Xanadu' released 34 years ago today

It's your typical '80s movie plot: Boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be a "muse." Boy and muse meet Gene Kelly. And "a place were nobody dared to go?" That's the big disco roller rink they end up creating. Xanadu was either a movie before its time or after its time. But boy, did it have an amazing soundtrack or what? And it turns 34 …

The Smiths were never really 'found' in the '80s ... trust us

Never Found in the 80s - The Smiths On the occasion of this my 50th "Never Found in the '80s" entry, I'm doing it again. I'm featuring a band that everybody thinks everybody has heard of, but not according to my criteria of choosing musical acts for this series. Do not forget that this series is written …

Podcast time: Midge Ure talks Ultravox, Live Aid and the Retro Futura Tour

Midge Ure impacted the '80s and beyond in a way few artists can ever claim to have done so. The Ultravox frontman wrote and produced Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. He was the co-organizer of Live Aid. His performance of Ultravox's Vienna was a spine-tingling moment that hot July afternoon in London. As a result of …

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