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30 years later, ‘American Anthem’ proves never sometimes better than late

You probably don’t remember the movie American Anthem. Let me rephrase that. You shouldn’t remember American Anthem. If you saw it back in ’86, you should have immediately forgotten it. As in that same day. And if you waited on feedback before seeing American Anthem, well, you never would have gotten …

Did network TV jump the shark in 1976? Here are the year's top 25 shows

Our time machine to the year 1976 concludes today with a look at the 25 top TV shows of 1976. Many of these shows - Happy Days, Three’s Company, MASH - would continue to be chug into the early ’80s. Others - The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff The Bionic Woman - definitely feel like relics of …

Okay, so, it's a dog: Listen to theme song for 'Ghostbusters' movie

Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott have crafted a new theme song for the upcoming Ghostbusters movie. And about all I can say is: Huey Lewis deserves another settlement check for this sucker. It's basically a grungy, overly-technified version of the original theme song from 1984.

This list goes on breaking our hearts: The top songs of 1976

Yesterday, I celebrated the 25 top movies of 1976 in an tragic effort to someone reclaim my childhood. Today, I do the same with the 25 top songs of 1976.Chances are few of these …

‘80s Nostalgia stole show at Hall & Oates in Montreal

Hall & Oates and Canada aren’t two things you normally put together, but the dynamic duo is a touring force these days and this time of year, a visit up north sounds like a good idea. Our Stuck in the ‘80s Montreal correspondent Peter Ryan was on hand for Tuesday’s show at the Bell Center. Here’s his …

An ape, panther, stallion and some Bad News Bears: The top 25 movies of 1976

If only I was stuck in the ‘70s. Think of all the advantages. I’d have experienced more of the glory days of print journalism. (Pica poles! Hot lead!) I could have waxed poetically about the Ford and Carter years. And I could have seen just as many great flicks (more or less) than I did in the ‘80s. Among the top …

Oh yeah! 30 years later, we're getting a Ferris Bueller soundtrack

John Hughes movies are beloved not only for their characters but also for their music. You’re eyeing your Pretty in Pink vinyl right now, aren’t you? Okay, now browse around and find that soundtrack for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Can’t do it. It doesn’t really exist.Urban legend has …

All the best '80s memories have Pete Townshend eyes

Usually every Sunday evening, I sit down with YouTube and my Chromecast and dive deep into an artist's catalog and let nostalgia just get the better of me. This weekend, it was the songs of The Who in the '80s and their solo work. I knew my old friend Dr. Dim was high on The Who, so I fed him Facebook messages …

30 years later, one fan still fights for the honor of 'Karate Kid Part II'

Am I the only one out there who likes Karate Kid Part II? Released June 20, 1986, Karate Kid Part II pulls a Rocky and picks up right where Karate Kid left off - the All-Valley Karate Tournament where uber-tool John Kreese picks a fight with Mr. Miyagi after Daniel-San’s upset win over Johnny. Ah. …

So sad, but these '80s movie dads are just bad

You think it's easy to find "Great Dad Movies of the '80s?" Well, it's not.

Never Found in the 80s - Trip Shakespeare

Finally, we close out our live performance week of Never Found bands playing Minneapolis' legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry with the band Trip Shakespeare. Trip Shakespeare was a poppy, trippy, neo-psychedelic band out of Minneapolis. Their songs were just packed with catchy hooks, but mainstream charting …

Never Found in the 80s - The Wallets

Today's Never Found live performance by a Minneapolis band at the legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry (sounds like an award) features the avant-garde band The Wallets. Led by artist/accordion player Steve Kramer, The Wallets have been described by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a "mix of polka, rock, …

Stuck in the '70s: This TV show theme song is in the air and everywhere

Being stuck in the ‘80s sometimes means a few childhood memories are actually stuck in the ‘70s, especially when it comes to TV shows. One of the theme songs that constantly invades my brain space is this one, from The Bugaloos.I could have …

That day I called out sick and watched four movies.

I left work early yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well and then I called out today for the same reason. I decided to spend my day on the couch watching ’80s movies on Amazon Prime Video. While Netflix seems to have shifted their focus towards acquiring and creating TV shows, Amazon seems to have made it […]

Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1 [Album Review]

Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Damned, Vol. 1 2016, Eleven Seven Music Buy the album 1. “Rise” 2. “You Have Come to the Right Place” 3. “I’m Sick” 4. “Prayers for the Damned” 5. “Better Man” 6. “Can’t Stop” 7. “When We Were Gods” 8. “Belly of the Beast” 9. “Everything Went to Hell” 10. […]

Never Found in the '80s - Urban Guerrillas

Much like yesterday's Never Found artist The Mighty Mofos, Urban Guerrillas were very much a Minneapolis phenomenon. They never generated much national attention, but did open for such big time acts as U2 and Cyndi Lauper. Also much like The Mofos, Urban Guerrillas were a lot of fun to see perform live.

It's good to be the king: Was June 1981 the greatest month of movies in the ‘80s?

I know everyone feels old when I share the 30th anniversaries of movies we loved in the ‘80s. So how about I make things worse and share this: Here’s a list of top 10 movies that were released this month 35 years ago:

Never Found in the '80s - The Mighty Mofos

Continuing our look at Minneapolis bands performing live at the legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry we find The Mighty Mofos. The Mofos were (and are still) the quintessential bar band.

Never Found in the '80s - Tetes Noires

It's another week of live performances of Never Found musical artists from our favorite decade. This week the focus will be on Minneapolis' legendary nightclub First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. There was plenty going on in the Minneapolis music scene of the '80s and First Avenue was at the center of it all. Not just a showcase for the …

30 years later, we find out why Thornton Melon loved Miller beer in ‘Back to School’

Is Back to School one of the underrated comedies of the ‘80s? Released June 13, 1986, Back to School did score $90 million at the box office, making it one of the top 10 movies of the year. And yet, it’s not name-checked nearly as often as other '86 classics such as Top Gun, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, …

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