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Friday, May 30, 2014

Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It for the Boy - Footloose 1984

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

This is Cindy Lauper's signature song.  Great song to dance to!

Flashbacks:
-Video is actually shot in New York (Brooklyn and Manhattan)
-Daddy D is huge LOL
-Old school landline phones
-Some cool bubble special effects
-Cool sunglasses


Back to the Future

http://shrsl.com/?~5t4s

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. - 1984


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer - 1986


Friday, May 23, 2014

Prince - Purple Rain - 1984




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Madonna - Like a Virgin - 1984


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Pat Benatar - We Belong

Journey - Steve Perry - Faithfully

Friday, May 16, 2014

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got...

Cheers was one of my favorite shows in the 80's.  I still can't decide who my favorite character on the show is. But if you force me to pick I would say Sam followed by Woody.  But I also thought Diane and Rebecca were amazing and just the right amount of pretty and funny.  I think some of my favorite moments were when Cheers used to have contests with the bar upstairs.  Also, all of Sam's dates and his dating stories.  Through 11 seasons, the show had some really touching moments too.




Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pretty In Pink - If You Leave

You said you couldn't be with someone who didn't believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn't believe in me. I love you... always.

-Blane


Monday, May 12, 2014

80s Pop Music - Debbie Gibson - Lost In Your Eyes

80's Rock Music - Michael Jackson -Beat It

80's Rock Music - Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name

Sunday, May 11, 2014

80s Rock Music - Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

Def Leppard - "Love Bites"

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Can you name the entire cast of Different Strokes?

This was definitely one of my favorite shows growing up.  Everyone knew "What chu talkin' bout Willis?" The show ran from 1978-1986 and made Gary Coleman a superstar.  See the full cast here and comment below if you have memories of a favorite episode.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Push it real good! Salt N' Pepa (1987)

Turn your bass up reaaaal loud for this one!  "Push it" is Salt n Pepa's most famous and played song.  It gets the crowd hyped every single time people hear it and I'm amazed at it's longevity.  Recently, I was at a bar on a Friday night in West Los Angeles surrounded by college students from UCLA.  "Push it" came on and every single person started rapping all the words in chorus.  Salt N' Pepa...thanks for hyping the audiences for decades and inspiring new generations to "Push it reeaaal good!"  

Hot Flashbacks:
-DJ Spinderella in the background
-Cool ass Piano-Man!  "Aaah push it"
-The official "Push it" dance at 0:38
-Thick gold rope chain necklaces
-Fly multi color leather jackets
-"Ooh baby baby, baby baby" at 2:18
-Cheesy video graphics at 4:00


Are you an Easy Lover? Phil Collins -1984

I've heard "Easy Lover" by Phil Collins millions of times on the radio, and I just realized it's a duet!  The other guy is Philip Bailey, a singer from Earth Wind and Fire.

Flashbacks
  1. Yellow and pink ties
  2. Phil has looked the same for the past 50 years LOL
  3. Phil can dance (he's also an amazing drummer)
  4. The guitar solo in this song is incredible 3:01

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Taylor Dayne - I'll Always Love You - 1987

I'm going start calling Taylor Dayne "The Voice".  She is absolutely phenomenal singing this song. 


80s Music - Guns N' Roses - Paradise City (1987)

Guns N' Roses was just an unbelievable band with a rock sound like no other.  Axl Rose had an amazing voice and a lot of critics say he's one of the best singers of all time and definitely an 80's music icon. (I agree) Growing up in the New York Tri-State area, when this song plays, it's like the national anthem.  

Flashback fun facts:
-Axl Rose combined two of his old bands (Hollywood Guns and LA Roses) to form Guns N' Roses
-The original band members consisted of lead singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler
-Paradise City was a single off the Appetite for Destruction album (1987) and was written in the back of a touring van.


80's Pop Music - New Kids On The Block - Step By Step (1990)

Step by Step was NKOTB's highest selling single ever.  It's just an awesome song and I'm very envious of the hair these guys had.   

Flashbacks:

-Donnie opening the video on his big motorcycle
-Jordan doing some impressive breakdancing flares at 0:17
-Stage footwork at 0:27. 
-See if you can spot Marky Mark in the video!
-Stage footwork at 1:45
-Impressive jumping at 2:30
-Jordan Knight doing work at 3:17!  Damn, the guy has moves!
-Gay moment at 4:11 LOL

Bonus question:  Can you name all 5 of the New Kids?





Monday, May 5, 2014

1985: Best intro: MacGyver

I get seriously pumped up every time I see this intro.  The song absolutely rocks and just makes you happy. Can't tell you how many things that I burned and tied together as a kid trying to imitate Macgyver.  Some interesting things to know about Macgyver:

Full name: Angus MacGyver
Employer: Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS). 
Background: Educated as a scientist, MacGyver served as a Bomb Team Technician/EOD during the Vietnam War. 
Talents: Encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences
Preferred weapons: Duct tape and Victorinox Swiss Army Ranger Pocket Knife

Rumors are that a Macgyver movie is in the works with director James Wan (Saw).  However, the rumors came out about 2 years ago and I haven't heard anything new lately.


1980: AC/DC - You shook me all night long

Wow!  This is one of the best rock videos and songs of all time.  This is the most iconic of all AC/DC's songs and Brian Johnson still performs a great version of it to this day.  It features an insanely hot british 80s model Corrine Russell.  

Flashbacks:
-Corrine Russell in a tight, tight sweater
-Brian Johnson in the metal bathtub in the kitchen
-Biker babes with zipper bottoms riding stationary bicycles.  Why are they in the video...why not!!?? LOL
-Entire video was shot in Huddersfield, UK (outside of London)

Corrine Russell



80's Sitcom - Cosby Show - Best Singing Scene

The Cosby Show was the highest rated TV sitcom in the 80's.  I loved the show and used to watch it every Thursday with Cheers following right after.  Here is one of my favorite moments from the show.

Flashbacks:

-Cliff Huxtable's parents
-All 5 ladies dancing.  Most guys had a crush on Denise.  I liked Vanessa :)
-Theo Huxtable.  I met him randomly in Hollywood last year and he looks exactly the same!
-Rudy Huxtable.  She's absolutely adorable.

Bonus Question:  Can you name the singer of the song?




Answer: Ray Charles singing "The Night Time is the Right Time"

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Top 10 Movies (1984)

Get your Netflix or (VCRs) ready, because here are the Top 10 Movies of 1984 according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.  Like Daniel-san, this list definitely kicks butt!

1 Beverly Hills Cop
2 Ghostbusters
3 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
4 Gremlins
5 The Karate Kid
6 Police Academy
7 Footloose
8 Romancing the Stone
9 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
10 Splash



Time to play...name that 80's hottie actress

This one's pretty easy, but let's see if you can guess anyway!


Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Pleasure Principle - Janet Jackson (1987)

If you thought Michael could dance, check out Janet in her heyday!  Wow I didn't know she had so many moves.  She looks smokin' hot in this video too.

Trivia Question:  What Janet Jackson album was "Pleasure Principle" on?





The First Moonwalk - Michael Jackson - 1983

This was Michael Jackson's very first live performance of Billy Jean and in my opinion it was his best.  As the legend goes, he pulled the outfit together at the very last minute and added the glove and fedora hat at the last minute.  Check out how pumped the audience gets.

Trivia Question:  Can you name all 4 of Michael's brothers?


Friday, May 2, 2014

We Are The World (1985)

One of the greatest songs ever recorded, in my humble opinion.  How many music artists can you name in the video?  The entire list can be found here.




Thursday, May 1, 2014

Get to da choppa!! Arnold Schwarzenegger (1987)

In my opinion, Predator was Arnold Schwarzenegger's second best movie behind Terminator 2.  This classic line "Get to da choppa!!" can be screamed any time your bros are around and I guarantee it will get a laugh. Send me your best "Get to da choppa!" selfie video and I'll post it on the site.  Email: admin@88degrees.tv





P.S.  For all you superfans, check out this video of the behind the scenes, making of Predator.



Who is the most powerful superhero? (Hint: It's not Batman, Superman, Iron Man, or Spiderman)

Although Greatest American Hero was only on the air for 3 seasons, it created one of the most memorable geek superheroes of all time.  He would easily give Batman, Spider Man, Iron Man, and even Superman a run for their money as the red suit that Ralph Hinkley wears gives him powers of flight, super strength, resistance to injury (including direct bullet hits to areas covered by the suit), invisibility, precognition, postcognition, E.S.P., telekinesis, X-ray vision, super speed, pyrokinesis, holographic vision, shrinking, psychometry, and a sense to detect the supernatural.