We just love it when people find ever new and creative ways to celebrate the greatest decade ever! The folks down in Pitman, New Jersey, have come up with a great way to bring back the 80s: An 80s Themed Road Race! The event included a 5K run followed by an 80s-themed dance party with a live 80s cover band. Awards were handed out for the top male and female finishers, best costumes and best Running Man interpretation at the finish line. For more details check out this recap from Philadelphia Magazine: I Tried It: Totally Awesome 80s Run (with Photos!)
We were in a bit of a mellow mood today, so we decided to take a look at the soft side of the 80s. Below are the top ten Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980s. This list is based on the US Billboard Charts and is based on actual performance of the songs on the weekly Adult Contemporary chart.
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Two seriously iconic 80s bands – Blondie and Devo – have announced they will be co-headlining a 13-date tour this September. They’ll play in major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.
If you’re an 80s-music lover you won’t want to miss the chance to see the great Deborah Harry and the eccentric Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh in the same show!
September 7 Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
September 8 Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater
September 10 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
September 11 Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
September 12 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
September 14 Citrus Heights, CA -Sunrise Marketplace Outdoor Pavillion
September 15 Newport Beach, CA – Taste of Newport
September 18 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
September 19 Houston, TX -Bayou Music Center
September 21 Tampa, FL – Stadium Green Iguana
September 22 St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
September 25 Carmel, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium
September 26 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
“We can’t wait to get out on the road with Devo. It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re excited to share it with our fans,” said Deborah Harry on her website.
Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh says, “We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage.”
With the news of the tragic passing of Donna Summer, we thought we would take a look back at the great music she put out in the 80s. The Disco Queen was one of the few performers who made the successful transition from the 70s disco scene into the new wave and rock sounds of the early 80s.
Her first big hit of the 80s was On the Radio, which was one of her last Disco hits. The track was a new song that was included on her Greatest Hits album released in October of ’79 :
Her transition from Disco over to the 80s New Wave sound can really be heard with the release of her album, The Wanderer, in 1980. Here is the title track from the album, which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 :
Her next release, the self titled “Donna Summer” album, had a top ten hit with the single Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger):
Her biggest album of the decade was released in June, 1983. The album She Works Hard for the Money went all the way to #9 on the Billboard album charts . The title track became a huge hit with a #3 peak on the Hot 100, while also spending three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.
Her next several albums did not do as well, but she made a comeback in 1989 with the dance oriented album Another Place and Time. The songs on the album were written and produced by the British Stock, Aitken, & Waterman team. The S/A/W team had been scoring huge hits with acts like Bananarama, Dead or Alive, and Rick Astley. This Time I Know It’s for Real was first single from the album and made it to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100:
That crazy 80s hair metal band, Twisted Sister, is back! And they’ve hooked up with Hornitos Tequila to run one of the raddest competitions I’ve seen in ages – you can win a trip to New York to star in a remake of the video for Twisted Sister’s most famous song, We’re Not Gonna Take It! The competition is for Cinco De Mayo, and the new video will be a mariachi version. Imagine, being in as close to a real 80s music vid as you can get (unless you have access to your own time machine…). “Like” the Hornitos Tequila Facebook page to enter!
Ken Savage was a huge fan of all the great rock songs that came out of the 70s and 80s. He had pretty much worn out all of his old albums and CDs and wanted something new. Not finding anything in today’s music scene, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He sat down and wrote the lyrics to a bunch of 80s style rock songs, but updated them to modern times. He then convinced some rockers straight out of the 80s music scene to help him bring them to life. Terry Ilous of XYZ, Paul Shortino from RoughCutt, and the fabulous Lorraine Lewis from Femme Fatale all contributed to putting together an album appropriately named: Resurgence of Rock. Here is the story:
80s mega star singer Whitney Houston has been found dead, aged 48, in Beverly Hills, California. Whitney was one of the biggest selling artists of the decade, with 7 number 1 hits, and more in the 90s when she also dabbled in acting. Whitney married RnB star Bobby Brown in 1992 and though it seemed at first to be a magical pairing, by the late 90s it became clear that Whitney was using drugs and had a fairly extreme behavior change, turning from the golden girl of American music to an erratic and unreliable star.
In recent years she received criticism for lackluster performances and appeared, tragically, to have lost the amazing voice that made her a legend. The cause of her death is currently unknown.
While the world speculates and mourns her passing, one thing remains certain – she will live on as one of the brightest, most special stars of the 80s.
You’ve likely seen that the Star Wars prequel trilogy has been released theatrically in 3D this year. I don’t know too many people who love the prequels, but the great news is that George Lucas has confirmed that the original trilogy will be released in 3D too! That includes arguably the 2 best Star Wars movies in existence, the Empire Strikes Back (1980) and the Return of the Jedi (1983). Lucas has said that it will take about a year to render each film in 3D, so we can expect to wait another 3 years for the original 1977 movie to come out, but it will likely be well worth the wait!
Jenna blogs about all things 80s at Pop Eighties (where it is currently 80s Movie Month!).
Elisabeth Shue is moving to the small screen. She will be replacing Marg Helgenberger later this season on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The Las Vegas based police forensic program is part of the CBS Wednesday night lineup.
80s fans will remember Elisabeth in movies such as Karate Kid, Cocktail, and Adventures in Baby Sitting. She also took over the role of Jennifer from Claudia Wells in the sequels to Back to the Future.