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Best sci-fi comedies list honors 'Back to the Future' and 'Star Trek' but leaves off other classics

It's tough job putting together best-of and worst-of movie lists. People are always going to take issues, no matter how well you do the job. So hat's off to IO9.com for even trying to compile their "13 Greatest Sci-Fi Comedies of Al...

Here's the banned Pete Shelley song that never became a hit in the U.S.

A founding member of the seminal UK punk band Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley explored a more synthesizer heavy brand of danceable pop after his first band broke up in 1981. Himself bisexual, Pete's first single as a solo artist, today's featured song, Homosapien caused quite a stir in the UK. With lyrics suggesting gay sex, the song was …

'Look, sir ... droid yoga pants!'

R2-D2 yoga pants for ladies in a galaxy far, far away? Oh, thank the maker! I swear I'm going to go broke buying stuff from Thinkgeek.com. Last week, I got a vintage Star Wars poster and a Battl …

Never found in the '80s: Flag of Convenience's 'Life on the Telephone'

When the UK punk band Buzzcocks broke up in 1981, members Steve Diggle and John Maher formed the band Flag of Convenience. Performing from 1982 until 1989, Flag of Convenience went through many line-up changes as well as a couple name changes. At one point, they went by FOC and then later Buzzcocks FOC.

Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey interview: sneak peak at Retro Futura tour

Tom Bailey, the former frontman of Thompson Twins, joined the Stuck in the '80s podcast last Friday for a chat about the upcoming Retro Futura tour, featuring Bailey singing Twins songs he hasn't performed in nearly 30 years. I asked him what it was to explore these songs again after so many years, and he said that the time away …

Another '80s supergroup we've forgotten: Luxuria

Having formed and left or disbanded two very influential bands (Buzzcocks and Magazine), Howard Devoto joined forces with musician Norman Fisher-Jones, better known as Noko, to form the band Luxuria in 1987. In their short career (1987- 1990), Luxuria released two studio albums: Unanswerable Lust in 1988 and Beast Box in …

Sleep Deprivation Dispatches

The eyes are open, staring, beautiful. It’s like a horror movie. An adorable horror movie. It’s 3AM, and after an hour and a half of rocking, singing, rocking, feeding, and a feeble attempt in the baby swing, I’ve carefully placed … Continue reading ?

15 geeky gadgets that ruled the '80s

Oh, don't even PRETEND you don't recognize that watch. Check out this amazing gallery of 15 more electronic gadgets we all owned in the '80s.

Podcast: Three great albums from 1984 celebrate their 30th anniversary

We have a slew of great podcast episodes coming up in the next few weeks. But first, check our Episode 314, as we honor three great albums that are celebrating their 30th anniversaries.

Never found in the '80s: Manchester's Magazine

Shortly after forming Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto left to form a band that was less punk and more experimental. That band was Manchester, England's Magazine. Although short-lived (1977 - 1981), Magazine had a far reaching influence on their contemporaries and on bands yet to come. Radiohead counted them as a big influence …

Watch the red band trailer: Couple stars are missing from 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2'

Say what you like about 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine, it was still a funny movie and a worthy tip-of-the-cap to our beloved '80s. So I just couldn't wait to see the new "red band trailer" for its sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

The weekend is here, so heed Jerry Harrison and 'Rev It Up'

Everybody needs a vacation and summer is the time to do it. After twenty straight months of posting weekly Lost and Found entries, this Clark Griswald is taking a week off, loading up the family truckster and following Jerry Harrison's advice to Rev It Up.

Review: Terri Nunn and Berlin wows a Big Bear concert audience

Have you had a chance to catch Berlin in concert lately? Terri Nunn and her band put on an amazing show. Southern California SIT80s guest co-host Drew Friedman recently got a chance to see Berlin at a small venue. Here's his review:

Thursday lost and found: the story of White Lion's 'Little Fighter'

By 1988, hair metal was at its peak and bands like White Lion were infiltrating your TV screens and car radios with melodic rockers like Wait and power ballads like When The Children Cry, but would White Lion having a fighting chance by the end of the decade?

Watch: Frozen's 'Let It Go' as sung by '80s TV show characters

The earworm Let It Go from Disney's Frozen has definitely jumped the shark. But if you'd like to torture yourself one more time, here's a version of the song as "sung" entirely by clips from '80s TV shows.

Deborah Foreman ready to tour U.S. on 'Valley Girl' anniversary tour

Who out there isn't completely smitten with the greatness that is Deborah Foreman and her dare-I-say classic 1984 flick Valley Girl?!? With the movie celebrating its 30th anniversary, Debbie is planning a tour of U.S. art houses where she'll host screenings of the movies, mingle with fans and take part in a Q&A.

Retro Futura Tour bringing Howard Jones, Tom Bailey and Midge Ure to Orlando

Remember how much fun we used to have each late summer when the Regenertion Tour would come to our towns? Nights of pure '80s music magic. The Regeneration Tour is back, though now it's been rebranded as the Retro Futura Tour, and finally we have a date for Florida: …

Time to face the day with the Aussie group Angel

It's Wednesday and while camels in commercials may be telling you to be excited for the day, some of you stuck at work might concur with the band Angel and not want to face the day.

In the '80s, few bands were as lucky as Loverboy

Sometimes you've got to ask yourself one question - "Do you feel lucky, punk?" Well, if you are a fan of Loverboy, then the news is good as the Candian band has just released a new album this month entitled Unfinished Business to compliment their outstanding ‘80s tunes like Lucky Ones.

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