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Dig deep to remember the catchy anthem 'Boxerbeat'

While I roll my eyes at the label "one-hit-wonders," it's hard to deny the label on the Joboxers. But let's give them the benefit of the doubt and feature maybe the only other song you've heard by the Joboxers - their dance anthem Boxerbeat.

Good advice straight from the '80s: 'Spend It on Love'

Having trouble trying to find the right Christmas gift for that someone special this season? Instead of just buying stuff why not follow the '80s advice of the Rainmakers and Spend It On Love.

Major League's Margaret Whitton dies at age 67

You know Margaret Whitton's work even if you don't always remember her name. She was evil Cleveland Indians owner "Rachel Phelps" bent on taunting her players in Major League. She was the ignored wife intent on seducing Michael J. Fox in The Secret of My Success.

Back in the '80s, 'My Baby' was The Pretenders' pride and joy

Looking for a present for an '80s music fan in your life? Just in time for the gift-giving season, the Pretenders have released their first album in eight years. If you are looking for reasons to remind yourself of how good the Prentenders were in the '80s, let's dig out the old chestnut My Baby.

Journey, Asia touring together in 2017

Journey’s pretty fond of saying how well they’re doing on the tour circuit these days - selling out huge gigs even without Steve Perry fronting the band. Of course, it’s easy to sell out an amphitheater when you have bands like Loverboy, Pat Benatar, Heart, Night Ranger and Cheap Trick opening for …

'Full House' creator buys the real Tanner home

Remember that amazing San Francisco dream house that was home to Jesse, Danny and Joey in TV’s Full House? It was just bought for $4 million to a guy who really couldn’t live without it - Full House creator Jeff Franklin.

The story behind ... 'Christmas Wrapping' by The Waitresses

Is there a song from the '80s that better represents the ups and downs of the holiday season better than Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses?

Friday freakout: ‘Against All Odds’ was a remake?!?

Who doesn’t love the 1984 flick Against All Odds? The story of an aging football player (Jeff Bridges) - playing in the real-life uniforms of the very ‘80s L.A. Express of the USFL - who is sent looking for a shady friend’s missing girlfriend (Rachel Ward) only to fall in love with her when he finds her …

Can you name the one American band that recorded with Band Aid?

Band Aid was considered the best collection of popular musicians that Britain had to offer but not every artist in Band Aid was from across the pond. So who was the answer to the trivia question of what American group participated in Band Aid? It was Kool & the Gang.

New Gremlins soundtrack also subject to Mogwai care rules

Do you remember the three rules for caring for a “Mogwai” from the classic '80s flick Gremlins? Avoid bright light. Don’t get them wet. And never feed them after midnight. Turns out two of those rules apply to the movie’s soundtrack as well.

One band was the status quo in Britain for six decades

If you were to ask an American to name the biggest Brit bands of the rock 'n' roll era, you'd get responses like The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. But in England, a band that lasted just as long and produced as many hits in their native country was Status Quo, who were successful all through the '80s with songs like …

Eddie Murphy was almost in Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home?!?

There are some days in the ‘80s kingdom when we think we know it all. And then there days when your world crumbles because you learn Eddie Murphy was THIS CLOSE to appearing in 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

One of U2's best albums only had two singles ... including this lost classic

Band Aid was a call to conscience for many musicians in the '80s. It was Band Aid that ignited the humanitarian efforts for U2's Bono and started his Unforgettable Fire.

When the world calls, Bob Geldof still answers

It's was on this date in 1984 that Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas was released and always at center stage of its anniversary is the visionary of the project: Bob Geldof. As a solo artist, Geldof attempted to reach out to all of us again, this time with This Is The World Calling.

Rick Astley’s U.S. tour includes stop in Clearwater

Make all the jokes you want about Rickrolling and that he’ll never give you up or let you down: Rick Astley was a pop music god in the ‘80s. So when we heard he was planning a U.S. tour to promote his new album 50, all we could do is hope he wouldn't let Florida down with his travel plans.

The story of Sting's forgotten tribute to a slain engineer in Nicaragua

Many '80s anniversaries go unnoticed, but the anniversary of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas always draws plenty of attention this time of year, so Lost and Found will join the fray this week profiling some of the artists, like Sting, that participated on the king of charity songs.

Look inside Pat Benatar's Hawaii home - or buy it for only $3.2 million

How would you like to buy the home of Pat Benatar and her husband/music partner Neil "Spyder" Giraldo located in an off-the-path hamlet in Maui, Hawaii. And it, of course, includes a recording studio. On the con side, it will set you back - are you ready to be hit with their best shot? - about $3.2 million.

The story behind the enduring appeal of 'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

One of the more unusual power ballads of the '80s is 1984's The Power of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. For a band that had previously topped the UK charts with a song about sex (Relax) and another about politics (Two Tribes), to land a third No. 1 single by honoring love was either the most expected or …

A Thanksgiving message from the '80s: Maybe we all 'Live in Peace'

A refrain heard frequently in the past few weeks is for us all to live in peace. That plea has been going on since the first war and in the '80s it was no different. During our favorite decade, it was not just youthful bands like U2 trying to spread the message of peace, but also seasoned rock 'n' rollers too, like The Firm and their …

Shannen Doherty joins Heathers series for TV

Some '80s remakes have been in the works for so long, we'll have to pass along the rumor mill on news to our grandchildren. Heathers definitely fits that category.

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