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Only in the '80s could Camper Van Beethover get away with this song

Camper Van Beethoven was a band from Santa Cruz that gained a lot of alternative buzz in the mid to late ‘80s as they first attracted attention with the curious titled Take The Skinheads Bowling in 1985. Camper Van Beethoven was not the only band to incorporate violin into a rock song but combined with David Lowery's raspy …

Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant is 60 years old today

Happy birthday to Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, who turns 60 years old today. Sixty! You can wish him a happy birthday here.

Another ghost of '80s music: The Broadcasters

One of the underrated facets of ‘80s music is the depth of acts during our favorite decade. For every Journey, there were hundreds of bands that put out fine efforts only to be one-and-done by their record labels thus being regulated to only a footnote in the archives. To find these bands, sometimes you have to go down in the trenches.

John Spinks, The Outfield's guitarist and songwrites, dies at age 60

"Josie's on a vacation far away. Come around and talk it over." Who doesn't know the opening lines of The Outfield's Your Love. It's sad to report today that the man who wrote the song, John Spinks, RELATED POST PROFILESHARE

Jennifer Grey to star in new '80s-era show by Steven Soderbergh

Ah, Jennifer Grey. You loved her Ferris Bueller, Red Dawn and Dirty Dancing. But will you still love her in a new TV show set in the '80s being developed by Steven Soderbergh? Yeah, most likely.

Today, we reveal the 'white elephant' of '80s music videos

On Lost and Found, we would never profile a band that you didn't want to hear. Today we offer no white elephant gift with the band Volcano Suns.

Journey bandmate finally speaks out on Steve Perry comeback

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has completed his comeback to the stage, much to the delight of fans who try to anticipate his "spontaneous" appearances in concert with Eels. Just one thing's missing: the …

'Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms ... including soda'

"Gozer the Coca-Cola? Good evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient 7-Eleven."

First review of Peter Murphy's latest tour is just savage and sad

Peter Murphy is a god to goth fans of the '80s. The former Bauhaus frontman, though, has continued to be prolific in making music long after our decade was done. But one of the first reviews of his 2014 tour is just BRUTAL. I mean, I wanted to cry by the time I finished it.

Blast from the past: Treat Her Right's 'I Think She Likes Me'

We stay Boston Strong with Treat Her Right and I Think She Likes Me.

Prince covers David Bowie's 'Let's Dance' at Essence Festival

If Prince and David Bowie are still on your concert bucket list, then this performance of Prince playing Bowie's '80s hit Let's Dance over the July 4 holiday might be as close as you'll ever get.

Cats on the Internet, rejoice: Here's the big '80s hit from Scruffy the Cat

Last week we did roll call on some of the biggest names in ‘80s music, so to balance out the fulcrum, this week on Lost and Found we go in the trenches for artists that would seem more in place with Dr. Dim's Never Found companion series.

Hollywood Goes to War: Hollywood Canteen, This Is the Army & Stage Door Canteen

My original intention was to have this posted on the Fourth of July (I never call it Independence Day) and have a nice little patriotic theme going. I’m a little late. I intended to have it in the bag and scheduled to go the morning of July 4th, but Netflix sent me a damaged disc last week and […]

Lost and found on the Fourth: Bon Jovi's 'She Don't Know Me'

In 2006, VH1 proclaimed Livin' On A Prayer was the greatest song of the ‘80s, and while that was a great honor, the award it may deserve is Most Overplayed Song of the ‘80s. The next time you are in the mood for Bon Jovi, instead of listening to their biggest hits for the thousandth time, take a detour and play …

In the late '80s, John Mellencamp let it all hang out

Sometimes I groan when I hear the radio play Jack and Diane for the millionth time and secretly wish for programmers to mix it up and let it all hang out when it comes to playing John Mellencamp songs.

Watch trailer: Bill Murray looks AMAZING in 'St. Vincent'

Is it possible that Bill Murray is doing his best movie work to date these days? Hell, that's impossible to judge, but think about it again after watching this trailer for his new movie St. Vincent.

Three reasons to see the Replay America/Go-Go's tour this summer

So you think the era of the "Big '80s Tours" is over? Hardly. Kiss and Def Leppard are oddly matched for a tour this summer. Howard Jones, Thompson Twins frontman Tom Bailey and Ultra Vox's Midge Ure headline the 13-date …

Before everyone sampled Billy Squier's big riffs, we all enjoyed his 'Big Beat'

There are few ‘80s stories that I have tired of more than the fallout from Billy Squier's video for Rock Me Tonite and how it ended his career according to every DJ and ‘80s expert. We have not come to pile on Squier, but to celebrate him with forgotten rockers like The Big Beat.

Trapper Keepers are back and redesigned for your iPads

Trapper Keeper fans, somethings don't burn our or fade away. Trapper Keepers are back, though this time they've been designed to hold your iPads and other mobile tablets.

Don't cry, Asia fans, now that we've found another 'lost and found' single

Though Asia just released their 14th album this year, the only songs you ever hear on the radio by them are Heat of the Moment and maybe Only Time Will Tell. But don't all choked up; we're here to remind you of the other hits like Don't Cry.

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