Oh my, my. It seems my nephew is besotted with the music and movies of the 1980s.
Next week is his 11th birthday and my sister has been slowly indoctrinating him into the pop culture. Am working up a John Hughes-heavy playlist for some CDs I’m making him. It’s a surprise, so don’t tell him! Things are looking like it might have to be a double CD… too hard to choose!
Today’s tune is going on the playlist: Eighties, by Killing Joke, was used as the theme song for the short-lived That ’80s Show, which starred Glenn Howerton as a record store guy - you may recognize him as Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Watch the pilot for That ’80s Show here.
NP: Weird Science by Oingo Boingo.
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I didn’t, and was surprised to learn that it was Cy Curnin of The Fixx. It’s true!
Learn about his connection with Tina, what animal bit him on a video shoot - and find out why the director of the One Thing Leads To Another video thought of the tube as “birthing canal.” The Golden Age of Music Video blog has the story.
It will fascinate you.
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CHRISTMAS WAS BETTER IN THE ’80s by the Futureheads.
OMG. Favorite. New. Song.
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For decades I hadn’t realized that it was a cover. Johnny E. sent me this clip recently and I could not get it out of my head. The energy that the Easybeats bring to their version is electrifying! The Easybeats were from Australia, so go figure that INXS & Jimmy Barnes would crank up their cover for the movie soundtrack. According to their Wikipedia page, they eventually went to London to record with producer Shel Talmy, who worked with the Who and the Kinks quite a bit. The Easybeats’ best-known hit in the US was “Friday On My Mind.” Their rhythm guitarist, Georgie Young, is the older brother to two spry lads named Malcolm and Angus. Those two have their own band that have had a few hits: AC/DC.
Here’s INXS doing their version live with Jimmy somewhere. For the ladies (or other interested parties): Michael Hutchence is topless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN0m5eOpmnU