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Concert review: The English Beat plays hit-filled 18-song set

Here at Stuck in the '80s, we covet concert reviews from our vast network of dedicated correspondents. Today, we get a review of the English Beat from SoCal correspondent Drew Friedman on a recent California tour stop.

Turns out pneumonia nearly claimed two '80s legends

As we start counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, let's remember our fearless leader Steve Spears. Just as he has risen from the ashes from his bout with pneumonia, we give thanks for his returned health with a similar recovery story from Big Audio Dynamite and today's song Contact.

Band Aid 30 years later: 3 things you didn't know about 'Do They Know It's Christmas'

On Nov. 25, 1984, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure gathered Britain's biggest pop stars to record a record that would open up wallets and send much needed relief funds to ease the famine in Ethiopia. The song - Do They Know It's Christmas - and the Live Aid concert that followed would become milestones in '80s pop culture lore.

Johnny Lydon: It's better to burn out than write a love song

"This is the story of Johnny Rotten. It's better to burn out than fade away." - Neil Young from Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black), It was in 1978 that "Johnny Rotten" left the Sex Pistols, returned to being Johnny Lydon and started the band Public Image Ltd. (PIL) that scored their biggest UK hit with This …

This Christmas I’m Getting Happy, Getting Weird

I had a thought pop into my head the other day: I am fully prepared to be happy this Christmas season. Anyone following this blog for the past year has known the kind of year I’ve had. Except I don’t … Continue reading ?

The Church announces 2015 tour dates for North America

Australia's The Church has announced 2015 tour dates for North America in support of their Further/Deeper album. Alas, no Florida dates are listed.

Some bands got their 15 minutes of fame. This one had Eight Seconds

For many of us, our first real kiss (posters and pillows do not count!) took place in the ‘80s, so today with celebrate our first awkward lip locking with the forgotten Canadian classic Kiss You (When It's Dangerous).

Watch the 'modern' trailer for '80s sci-fi classic 'The Last Starfighter'

It's been 30 years since '80s fans first declared allegiance to the Star League in order to protect the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada. But a "modern" trailer has been released anyway on for 1984's The Last Starfighter. And it's AMAZE-BALLS!

Can you name Don Henley's first solo hit? Don't air the 'Dirty Laundry'

I'll be the first to admit that even as a parent, I don't understand the details of education programs like Common Core and No Child Left Behind, but if you can read this blog post, then apparently you did something right in school and have proven Don Henley wrong that Johnny Can't Read.

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols dies at age 83

Mike Nichols, the legendary director who first dazzled an earlier generation with 1967's The Graduate, has passed away at age 83, reports. The cause of death hasn't been released. The news was announced Thursday morning...

Does Joe Walsh still like 'Space Age Whiz Kids?'

As Eagles Week continues, let us ‘80s video whiz kids wish a Happy 67th birthday today to Pinball Wizard era Joe Walsh.

Journey, Steve Miller Band headed to Florida and Carnival cruise ships in March 2015

It's crazy how much Journey is touring these days. But with no new album seemingly coming anytime soon, Neal Schon and the boys don't seem to mind the highway run into the midnight sun. The group, which has been touring with the Steve Miller Band, has …

Another Eagle scores a solo hit in the '80s with 'Playin' It Cool'

With their classic Hotel California, The Eagles were considered the ultimate California band, but the only actual member to grow up in California was bassist Timothy B. Schmit who always plays it California cool.

Ready to join us on The '80s Cruise? Here are the official details

Eighties fans, you've been waiting patiently for more news on The '80s Cruise. Today, the cruise was officially announced on SiriusXM's Big '80s on 8 by former MTV veejay Alan Hunter. Here's the official press release on the trip. Stuck in the '80s will be on board as well. If you'd like to join us, …

Video: Bono, Midge Ure are real stars in Band Aid 30 video remake

The remake of Do They Know It's Christmas was released this morning after a marathon weekend recording and producing session in London, and it's pretty good. I guarantee '80s fans will get chills when they see and hear U2's Bono reprise his famous line from the 1984 version -- only with a smart tweak of the lyrics. And there's a …

Eagles Week on Stuck in the '80s kicks off with solo hit 'Deep Inside My Heart'

The Eagles may have broken up in 1981, but that only kick-started the solo careers for the members of one of the most acclaimed Americans rock bands and giving us cause to celebrate Eagles Week on Lost and Found.

Video: Only Weird Al can save the future of Radio Shack

I'll make you a promise: I'll shop at Radio Shack for all my holiday gifts and batteries if Weird Al keeps doing their commercials for them.

Bob Dylan a hit-maker in the '80s? No, but he got this song close

Like a lot of other SIT80's Nation, I grew up hearing the accolades of Bob Dylan, but never really understanding the appeal of the man with the squeaky, conversational and distinctive voice. However, one Dylan song I can get behind is his highest charting single of the ‘80s: Sweetheart Like You.

Christmaspalooza Blowout Extravaganza Holiday Explosion

I don’t even know what that title means, but I am going to make it happen. I decided it. I’ve been so blah lately. For instance, we’ve been re-doing our house. I think the adult-ness of it all is suffocating … Continue reading ?

See the ZZ Top video look made famous by ... an Eagle?!?

In 1975, The Eagles were progressing from a country-rock band to a more electric guitar sound and picked up Don Felder to join the flock of eagles. While The Eagles rocked, it wasn't until he went solo in the ‘80s that Felder traded up from Witchy Woman to Bad Girls.

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