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The 'Total Eclipse' song from the '80s you never knew you loved

Depending on when you read this, you are eagerly awaiting the eclipse or have seen all the commotion come and go for the first total solar eclipse across America since 1918. Without any doubts, sometime today you will probably have a chance to hear Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart, but here at Stuck in the '80s Lost and Found, we travel the less familiar road so today's eclipse song/video is from down under with The Expression and the aptly named Total Eclipse.

First, we must tip our hat to SIT80's Nation member Dr. Incognito, who always inspires the selections of Lost and Found and is the individual who clued me in on Total Eclipse by playing it on his incredible two-hour weekly radio program 80s Hades that can be streamed live on WDBX radio on Tuesday nights or listened to on the WDBX two-week show website archive. …

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My plan for the #solareclipse at 2:51 pm today

"Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"

Is there any better advice the '80s could give us today for the solar eclipse? Thank you, Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

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The only two people looking forward to solar eclipse more than us

Ah, yes. How could you have forgotten about Navarre and Isabeau (aka "Ladyhawke.") The star-crossed lovers from the 1985 film Ladyhawke can only defeat their evil curse (is there any other kind?) inflicted upon them by the Bishop of Aquila if they face him together "on a day without a night and a night without a day." Hello? Solar eclipse. 

The movie, starring Mathew Broderick, Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer was a moderate commercial and critic success and was actually nominated for two Academy Awards (sound editing and sound mixing, though it won neither.) It's gained a new level of cult status in recent years for its frequent mentions in the Ernest Cline book Ready Player One, which is headed to big screen in March. Steven Spielberg is directing.

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If you miss out on Retro Futura tour, you'll be needing a little 'Tenderness'

Closing out Retro Futura Week is a little bit of a cheat. We started the week with the English Beat and we end it with an offshoot of the Beat, the band General Public and their hit Tenderness.

No General Public is not a Retro Futura band, but its lead singer Dave Wakeling is with the English Beat and set lists indicate on the Retro Futura, the Beat is playing Tenderness. Following the breakup of the English Beat in 1983, Wakeling and Roger Ranking teamed up to form General Public. Joined by members of The Clash, Dexy's Midnight Runners and The Specials, General Public curiously never hit the Top 40 hit in their native England, but did hit the Top 40 in the U.S. with Tenderness from 1984.

Tenderness only made it to No. 27 in the U.S., but it has lived a good life appearing in '80s movies like Weird Science and Sixteen Candles and past ad campaigns for Target. However, its rebirth is more due to its placement in the 1994 movie Clueless as it closed out the movie and maybe planted the seeds of using '80s music in '90s movies - something that would manifest itself in 1998 with The Wedding Singer - which many consider the start of the '80s nostalgia movement. …

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Is that it? Hardly. Katrina of the Waves still walking on sunshine

Appearing on both Retro Futura and The '80s Cruise is Katrina Leskanich, who we know better as Katrina of Katrina & the Waves. When thinking about Katrina & the Waves hopefully you don't label Katrina & the Waves as a one-hit wonder. They had three Top 40 hits in the U.S. including Do You Want Crying, which we featured on Lost and Found in 2014. In 1986, the Waves had the daunting task of following up Walking On Sunshine and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (they lost to Sade).

Is That It? was the first single off their 1986 album Waves, and the perception that it tanked is incorrect as the album went gold. However, Is That It? did not hit the Top 40 peaking at No. 70. The stop action video for Is That It? is still fun as the band hams it up and appears to enjoy each other - something that must have kept the band together until 1997 even after the hits stopped. …

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Howard Jones and the legend of Jed

Howard Jones is all over the place. After headlining the Retro Futura in America this summer he will return back to the West and participate in 80s In The Sand. How did Howard get so good at bouncing right back? Well he had some practice in the '80s with the song Bounce Right Back.

In 1986, Howard Jones was riding high as his 1985 album Dream Into Action yielded the big hits Things Can Only Get Better and Life In One Day. Also on that album was Jones' signature song No One Is To Blame, but it wasn't issued as a single in America until Jones' EP Action Replay was released in the spring of 1986. The Action Replay version of No One Is To Blame made it to No. 4 on the charts and other songs on Action Replay included material never released in America, such as Bounce Right Back.

While the funky song was never released as a single, there is video evidence in the '80s of Howard promoting the song on Solid Gold. Normally on Lost and Found we prefer not to show clips from shows like Top Of The Pops, Countdown, American Bandstand and Solid Gold, but this appearance has one thing that most lip-synch appearances don't - Jed. …

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Bright light! Bright light! There's really a script for Gremlins 3

In the face of all that is unholy, it now appears there’s a finished script for Gremlins 3. This is what happens when you feed Hollywood after midnight.

Den of Geek reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the original 1984 movie, has finished writing the screenplay for a sequel that will ignore whatever the plot was from 1990’s Gremlins 2 and proceed directly to a new storyline stemming from the first movie. 

“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus told Slashfilm, according to Geek. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see.”

The plot of the new movie remains somewhat unclear though Columbus hinted it might not involve Gizmo, the original “mogwai” creature that was voiced by Howie Mandel in the original movie. 

It’s now up to Warner Bros. on whether the project gets the green light. 

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'License to Drive' reboot? Another DUI for Hollywood

The ‘80s remake that REALLY nobody wanted is on its way: License to Drive, the lightweight comedy that starred the two Coreys, is being rebooted with female leads.

Deadline.com reports that the 1988 film’s producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox are behind this misadventure. The original movie starred Corey Haim and Corey Feldman as a couple of teens who hit the town for a night in grand-dad’s Caddy even after failing a driver’s test. Yes, high art.

License to Drive turned out to be a moderate summer success that year - likely due to the Coreys’ success in 1987’s The Lost Boys. Critics were less kind; the movie has a 17 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s single only redeeming quality might be the co-starring appearance by a very young Heather Graham.

If this is the best that Hollywood can do, maybe the studio execs should have their licenses revoked too.

 

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Watch: 'Wonder Years' narration replaced with '80s horror synth music

We don't give a lot of love to TV series on Stuck in the '80s and that's truly a shame. So when a viral video showing The Wonder Years pops up - with the narration replaced by '80s horror synth - we're all over it.

According to the website Bloody-Disgusting.com, the video is the work of TV writer/producer Jon Friedman, who originally posted it to his Twitter page.

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All out to catch the final English Beat shows of the summer

As the summer winds down so do the '80s summer tours, and this week the Retro Futura Tour ends on Saturday in St. Charles, MO, just outside of St. Louis. This week on Lost and Found we will salute some of the acts on the Retro Futura Tour starting with the English Beat and their dance classic All Out To Get You.

In 1981, the Beat (known in America as the English Beat) released their sophomore album Wha'ppen and issued the rarely seen double A-Side 45 as their first single. One side was a mellow ska track called Drowning while the other side was the complete opposite - the bouncy All Out To Get You. The two songs made it to No. 22 on the U.K. and like all English Beat songs (including classics like Save It For Later and Mirror In The Bathroom) never made a dent on the American charts. …

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New podcast: Cobra Kai, Journey, Miami Vice and more

Here at Stuck in the '80s, we've been trending away from doing our Eighties News Now podcasts. They sometimes seem so dated and lazy. But this week, there was just too much good news that we had to try it again. We also took a new direction: Brad and I swore we'd only be positive when reporting all the '80s news this week. It was difficult at times, but it was some needed exercise of some muscles that had been long neglected. 

Among the items this week: the upcoming Karate Kid sequel Cobra Kai; the possible breakup of Journey; the return of Miami Vice to TV; and Bruce Willis decides to star in a remake of Death Wish. That last item is really hard to be positive about, but we gave it our best. Plus there are full seggies. Enjoy the show.

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Why did Doug (and his slugs) find it hard to climb the charts?

No one may agree, but I've always thought of Doug & the Slugs as the Canadian equivalent of Huey Lewis & the News. The backing band name, an early '80s bar band sound and fun videos that employ all members of the band give credence to my wild boast. It's just Too Bad that the U.S. never picked up Doug & the Slugs.

My quest to bring appreciation to Doug & the Slugs has resulted in a third visit to the video files of the Vancouver band. Following Making It Work and Who Knows How To Make Love Stay, today's video for Too Bad takes us back to 1980 and the debut video for the Slugs. The song was a Top 20 hit in Canada and ended up being their highest-charting single pointing out the most glaring discrepancy in the Huey Lewis & the News comparison - the lack of monstrous chart success by the Slugs. …

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New podcast: We honor 'Night Shift' and 'Beastmaster'

The summer of 1982 was a glorious time to be a teenager. Maybe even an adult - who knowws? The music on the radio and MTV was amazing, but the movies in the theaters - muah! - we loved them. This week's podcast honors two movies that maybe don't get name-checked as often as other '80s classics: Night Shift and The Beastmaster.

Both were staples on HBO. Both feature future stars in debut roles. Both were hilarious - though only one was supposed to be. 

Enjoy the show. 

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Canada Week continues with this Strangely forgotten hit

Who could stand up to Loverboy and Rush as the top Canadian bands of the '80s? Well, Strange Advance gave it a try and their finest moment was the Canadian hit We Run.

Strange Advance was formed in Vancouver in the early '80s, and when Bryan Adams heard their demo tape, it fast tracked their recording career. In 1985, they were nominated for a Juneau Award for Best Band and hoped to end Loverboy's three-year reign as Top Band in Canada. Both bands would end up losing to the very poppish Parachute Club, but still it was a good year for Strange Advance as they would hit the Canadian Top 40 for the first time with We Run.

While there isn't much to the video for We Run you can never fault a music video when it tries to incorporate a mannequin theme and at worst, it's still a fine new wave flavored song that might remind you of mid-'80s Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Strange Advance didn't make an album past the '80s and broke up in 1995.

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Journey breaking up? No way, says Jonathan Cain

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Will there be a “departure” from Journey soon in the wake of Neil Schon’s anger of band members visiting the White House? No “escape” is planned, swears keyboardist Jonathan Cain.

(Okay, no more album title puns.)

TMZ cameras tracked down Cain at an airport this week to get his reaction to Schon’s social posts, lamenting how the band has gotten involved in politics - something he’s vehemently against. (Cain and his wife Paula White have certainly stirred things up with their photo up with Donald Trump.)

Cain shook off most of the TMZ queries but finally fired off a “no way!” when asked if Journey was at risk of breaking up over the issue. 

Sorry, Jon. You might have a foolish heart in this case. The smart money is that Schon will use this snafu as a way to go separate ways with the current linkup and offer some open arms to former bandmates Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie.

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