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    This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of one of the iconic teen party movies of the 80s, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Not only is this flick fondly remembered and still quoted by fans, it spawned the careers of several future stars. Fast Times was more mainstream than many of the other […]

      The recent passing of Men At Work’s Greg Ham, who was well-known for his woodwinds work on some of the band’s biggest hits, inspired me to look back into the classic alternative era for its eleven most memorable sax and horn solos:

        This week, we have a conversation with Ginger Coyote, editor of Punk Globe Magazine and lead singer of the White Trash Debutantes.

          Our Revenge of the 80s Radio show is counting down the Top 50 Classic Alternative Cover Songs

            REM cast a significant impression on music history virtually every time they took to the recording studio.

              Our Revenge of the 80s Radio show is counting down the Top 50 Classic Alternative Cover Songs.. Here are #s 11-20:

                his week, we catch up on some requests while honoring the 30th anniversary of the release of Wall of Voodoo’s Dark Continent album.

                  Our Revenge of the 80s Radio show is counting down the Top 50 Classic Alternative Cover Songs. The explanation and criteria can be found here in part one of our series. Here are #s 21-30

                    This week, we celebrate MTV’s 30th Birthday, we will classic tracks from some of the first artists whose videos aired on the station

                      One of the great comedy icons of the 1980s, Leslie Nielsen, passed away yesterday due to complications from pneumonia at age 84.

                        Dr. Demento, announced he will end his syndicated radio show. The final broadcast will air this weekend.

                        While he will be webcasting on drdemento.com, terrestrial radio will not be the same without him.

                          Mary Buffett, the investment and management expert and author who had a hit in 1984 with “My Boyfriend’s Back,” who will be on Revenge of the 80s Radio tonight.

                            Doug Fieger, former lead singer of The Knack, lost his battle with cancer this morning at age 57. Fieger and the Knack mainstreamed the “new wave sound” of rock in 1979 when they hit #1 with “My Sharona.” UPDATE: A quite posted on The Knack’s official website: “Our hearts are broken, we will miss you […]

                              This week, we pay tribute to Lux Interior a year after his passing with a block of music by The Cramps. We also played new music from Adriana Kaegi.

                                This week, we played some of Michael Hutchence’s classic tracks with INXS in tribute to what would have been his 50th birthday.

                                  Fans of INXS and Michael Hutchence are campaigning to give the former frontman a special posthumous 50th birthday present on January 22nd: a #1 hit song

                                    Joining us for the show is Rikki St. James, who made a brief, but memorable mark on the new wave/alt-dance scene.

                                      Do you remember the song “Yaya” in 1982 on the Ronnie Bruce Rogers Ze Records EP Don’t Play With My Emotions? Tonight, on Revenge of the 80s Radio, we will talk with the young up-and-comer who collaborated with him on the effort and sang lead, Rikki St. James.

                                        Today, October 10th would have been Kirsty MacColl’s 50th birthday. The sad news of her tragic accident in 2001 while vacationing in Cozumel struck music fans around the world and continues to be a story of corruption and injustice that led to a fight which her family continues today.

                                          It was 30 years ago on the date of this post that a Chicago White Sox promotion became a controversial part of music history and a landmark in time.

                                            No Doubt covers the Adam and the Ants classic “Stand and Deliver” for their upcoming album after reuniting. What is an 80s purist’s take on it?

                                              This week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show features a conversation with actress Sally Kellerman, best known to 80s fans as Rodney Dangerfield’s English Professor/love interest in the movie Back to School and the Judge in Moving Violations. She has a new CD out: “Sally.”

                                                I am reminded of one after receiving an e-mail news clipping from the great photographer Stan Shaffer and recently watching a short marathon of “The Office” on cable television channel TBS: the show’s creator, Ricky Gervais, might have had enough success in music if things fell right for him that we may never have been able to enjoy his comic genius.

                                                  This week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show (3/7) will feature a conversation with Adriana Kaegi, a founding member of the influential Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Kaegi is diversely talented in music, choreography, costume design, marketing and business. We will talk about her career, her soon-to-be-released album — TAG — and her recently-completed documentary DVD: “Kid Creole and My Coconuts.”

                                                    Tonight’s guest on Revenge of the 80s Radio will be Louise Robey, best known for her 1980s dance hits “One Night in Bangkok” and “Killer Instinct” as well as for the TV role of Micki Foster on Friday the 13th – The Series (Season 2 DVDs have been recently released). We will play some of Robey’s classic tracks, one from her band Louise and the Creeps and something from her soon-to-be-released collection. My conversation with Louise Robey leads off the second hour of the show.

                                                      As Depeche Mode fans are gearing up for their long-awaited new studio album, “Sounds of the Universe,” the band announced the North American release date for their single, “Wrong” will be April 7th (April 4th in Europe)

                                                        Lux Interior, co-founder of The Cramps died yesterday due to an existing heart condition. He was 62.

                                                        Interior, born Erick Lee Purhiser, with his wife and musical partner, Poison Ivy, introduced the Psychobilly sound to the New York music scene in the mid-70s, combining elements of alternative 50s rockabilly, early new wave, punk, roots rock and b-movie soundtrack Americana.

                                                          The podcast for this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up. With the upcoming final Police concert in New York, we invited Lynn Goldsmith, the famed photographer who put together the 2007 book The Police: 1978-1983 featuring a huge collection of her work with the band as well as quotes and insights from […]

                                                            It was August 1, 1981 when the first all-music video cable TV channel was born. As the popularity of video programs on some cable and network stations was rising, MTV made history while taking advantage of this trend. They led off with the 1979 hit “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Trevor Horn-led Buggles […]


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