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Christmas Guest

I’ve learned this. Grief is a guest. It’s easy to treat it as an unwanted guest — to leave it unattended in the other room, to not even ask if it wants a soda or anything. Don’t be a jerk … Continue reading ?

Podcast of Christmas Past: Toys and games of the '80s

Cast your mind all the way back to 2006. If you can. If you need help, well then, here's an early holiday present: It's Episode 71 of Stuck in the '80s, our tribute to the toys and games of the '80s as part of our Christmas celebration. Enjoy.

Christmas Eve lost and found: Elvis Costello's 'Only Flame in Town'

It was a few weeks ago when an e-mail came across my inbox from a local concert venue saying that Elvis Costello would be coming to town this spring. Should I stay home and save my money or is Elvis the only flame in town?

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July [Review]

Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July Originally aired: November 25, 1979 on ABC Well, if a Universal Monsters team-up is called a “monster mash”, I guess you could call Rankin Bass teaming up Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman an “animagic mash”? 1979’s Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July serves as a continuation of both Frosty’s […]

Who’s running winter? A brief look at winter-based characters from Rankin Bass

I’ve always thought it was interesting that Rankin Bass used multiple characters with winter-based powers. A few of them were even credited with ushering in the season of winter such as Father Winter, the naughty version of Jack Frost and Snow Miser. The nice version of Jack Frost is basically Jesus to Father Winter’s God. Then there’s the […]

Have you forgotten the name of Josie Cotton's big hit? This could be the one

When a forgotten artist from the ‘80s has multiple great songs and videos, how do you decide which is the best one to pick? Sometimes it's just a gut feeling as I think today's song by Josie Cotton could be the one.

Fear and Loathing in Breakfast Choices

This December, I have sort of gone on a Hunter-S-Thompson-esque bender in breakfast choices. I’ve gone deep into the rabbit hole of things that should never ever ever be consumed for breakfast. 1. Pop Tarts. This is food. Look at … Continue reading ?

30 years later, 'Protocol' is still a pain in Goldie Hawn's butt

Five movies were released this week back in 1984: Birdy, The Flamingo Kid, Johnny Dangerously, Micki + Maude and Protocol. Care to guess which movie did best at the box office?

If you want to be happy, just revisit this Joe Dolce gem from the '80s

I hope you enjoyed last week's feature on cover songs and if you want to be happy, we'll start off the week with one more bonus cover with Joe Dolce.

Christmas Songs: Six Modern Classics

I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas songs. They are in my head all year-round. In the summertime, I’m on Spotify playing Christmas music. By the fall, it’s virtually all-Christmas songs in my room and in my car. If you don’t believe me, just check out my music blog, Metal Excess, I’ve hardly posted any new reviews […]

Upgrading my Christmas collection to Blu-ray

I find my lack of Christmas movies & specials on Blu-ray disturbing. This year, I’ve started to do something about it. So far this season, I’ve picked up Home Alone 1 & 2 double-pack, the 50th Anniversary edition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Elf. Frosty the Snowman was given to […]

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams – Hot Cocoa and French Toast

Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish is a brand that’s mostly known for their line of snack crackers but they’ve been releasing cookies and graham cracker versions for quite awhile now as well. While browsing the aisles at Target, I saw things like vanilla cupcake and strawberry cheesecake but what a really grabbed my eye was Goldfish hot […]

Midge Ure's latest tour includes stops in St. Pete, Jacksonville

If you haven't seen Midge Ure in concert in the last two years, you're seriously making a grave error. The frontman of Ultravox (and mastermind behind Do They Know It's Christmas) puts on a live show that will melt your brain pan, especially when he gets …

Cover week finale: 'Sea of Love' becomes a two-time hit again in the '80s

Did you hear that there is going to be an ‘80s cruise in 2016 that is going to be attended by members of the SIT80's Nation? Of course you did, so let's go ahead and get the party started by featuring Sea of Love in the ‘80s.

Peter Hook's Joy Division/New Order tour coming to St. Pete, Orlando

Fans of Joy Division and New Order in the Southeast are going to go nuts: Peter Hook has announced a tour of the Southeastern United States for spring of 2015, featuring stops in St. Petersburg and Orlando.

30 years later, you must not fear 'Dune' ... Fear is the mind-killer

A boy becomes a man after a journey across the stars and a rendezvous with legend. Sound familiar? Thirty years ago, David Lynch took that simple premise and turned it into a nearly-incomprehensible mess in the 1984 release Dune. Frank Herbert's Hugo award-winning classic book had been bouncing around in development since the …

Nostalgia in the '80s ... for the '50s? Sure, just look at this cover of 'Mr. Sandman'

When you hear to beginning dolceful chimes of Mr. Sandman it conjures up visions of the 1950's, but let's build the case for the ‘80s significance of Mr. Sandman and the Top 40 hit version by Emmylou Harris.

Former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung laments Rock Hall of Fame picks

Dennis DeYoung is one of the good guys in rock 'n' roll. Maybe one of the last ones too, since these days the only bands getting attention don't play instruments and rely on autotune. In any case, the former Styx frontman (who still puts on a HELL of a show now with a new band) …

'80s holiday gift idea: The '80s slang poster

All the '80s slang I ever needed to learn I got from Debbie Foreman and the cast of the 1983 flick Valley Girl. Man, it's like tripendicular, you know? But just in case there's a few choice phrases that slipped your mind, here's the official '80s Slang Poster.

Cover songs of the '80s: Angry Samoans' 'Time Has Come Today'

The time has come today to feature another cover song in the ‘80s, but instead of a cover by the legendary Ramones, let's go deeper with the Angry Samoans and Time Has Come Today.

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