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Adam Ant begins North American Tour

Adam Ant begins North American Tour

For the first time in 17 years, Adam Ant will perform live west of the Atlantic Ocean as he starts his 2012 North American tour on September 13th. He and his band, The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse, will play 22 dates on the swing through October 20th , which will include stops in sunny Orlando, Chicago’s Cubby Bear and party bingo capital Las Vegas.

Anticipating fans had to wait longer than they first expected to see Ant live in the US, as he had to postpone his original dates earlier in the year due to production setbacks while trying to record new music. Recently, Ant announced that he will be available for special VIP “Meet and Greet” options after his shows in New York City, San Francisco and Anaheim.

Ant scored several international hits as both a solo artist and frontman for Adam and the Ants, including “Ant Music,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Strip.”

The tour starts in Los Angeles; here is the full list of dates:

  • Sept. 13th – Los Angeles, CA, The Mayan
  • Sept. 14th – Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock on the Strip
  • Sept. 15th – San Diego, CA, 4th & B
  • Sept. 19th – Austin, TX, Emo’s
  • Sept. 21st – Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
  • Sept. 22nd – Atlanta, GA, Music Midtown
  • Sept. 24th – Tallahassee, FL, The Moon
  • Sept. 25th – Jacksonville Beach, FL, Freebird Live
  • Sept. 27th – Tampa, FL, Hard Rock Cafe
  • Sept. 28th – Coconut Creek, FL, Seminole Casino
  • Sept. 29th – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
  • Oct. 2nd – Richmond, VA, The National
  • Oct. 3rd – Norfolk, VA, NorVa
  • Oct. 5th – Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
  • Oct. 6th – New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre – Meet and Greet Available
  • Oct. 8th – Boston, MA, Royale
  • Oct. 11th – Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot Ballroom
  • Oct. 13th – Chicago, IL, Cubby Bear
  • Oct. 14th – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
  • Oct. 18th – San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom – Meet and Greet Available
  • Oct. 19th – Ventura, CA, Ventura Theater
  • Oct. 20th – Anaheim, CA, The Grove of Anaheim – Meet and Greet Available

 

South American band Brothers of Brazil will be the tour’s opening act.

Kirsty MacColl Memorial Concert For Her Charity Coming in October

Kirsty MacColl Memorial Concert For Her Charity Coming in October

Friends of Kirsty MacColl will hold a special memorial show, A Concert for Kirsty, on October 10th in honor of her tragic untimely death ten years ago. Artists performing include Shane McGowan, Billy Bragg, Kim Wilde, Jamie Corr and Allison Moyet. The event will take place at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London and will raise money for MacColl’s charity, The Music Fund For Cuba; tickets are available here.

Kirsty MacColl was sadly lost ten years ago when she was vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico.

English Beat to Headline Haiti Benefit Concerts

English Beat to Headline Haiti Benefit Concerts

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Once again, Dave Wakeling is out front for a major humanitarian cause: The English Beat will play two major Haiti Earthquake Relief benefit concerts this week.

The first one is January 17th at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Tickets are being offered for a $50 suggested donation for the 8pm show. Fans will also be able to get in early for a “Meet and Greet” before the concert for a $100 donation. Also, according to Debora Iyall’s official MySpace page, she will be one of the guest performers at the San Francisco show.

The second fund-raiser concert will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at the Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice, California. Doors open at 7pm with a suggested donation of $50 and a pre-opening “Meet and Greet” also offered for $100.

The English Beat’s full tour schedule for 2010 is available online on their official web page.

Tonight’s Show (12/4) With an Hour of Classic Alternative Dance/Party Music

Tonight’s Show (12/4) With an Hour of Classic Alternative Dance/Party Music

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com. Check the bottom of this post for other affiliates’ dates and times.

It has been quite a while since I devoted a full hour of Revenge of the 80s to classic alternative dance/party tracks. Tonight, we will play those classic club and college party favorites of the era through the entire second hour of the show. Artists featured include Louise Robey, Strawberry Switchblade, the B-52s, Kim Wilde and Alphaville.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com); on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM; Weekday mornings 7-9am AUS time on Seymour FM; Wednesday nights 6-8pm (Eastern US) and Saturdays 7-9pm on The Volt radio (Canada). Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show.

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Our Halloween Special Podcast Is Up

Our Halloween Special Podcast Is Up

Happy Halloween!

This week’s Halloween special podcast is up and available at the bottom of this post. We feature two full hours of Halloween music from classic alternative artists including The Cramps, Bauhaus, The Meteors, Roky Erickson, The B-52s, Andy Prieboy and Josie Cotton.


Revenge of the 80s Welcomes New Affiliate 103.9 Seymour FM in Victoria, Australia

Revenge of the 80s Welcomes New Affiliate 103.9 Seymour FM in Victoria, Australia

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Revenge of the 80s is happy to announce its new relationship with 103.9 Seymour FM in Seymour, Victoria, Australia. Seymour FM has an interesting story behind it, starting out as a low-powered community radio station on 87.6FM (part of the expanded band) covering the town and now earning more power and moving up to a stronger signal at 103.9FM.

Tonight: We Re-Broadcast Our Interview with Robin Lane

Tonight: We Re-Broadcast Our Interview with Robin Lane

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com. Check the bottom of this post for other affiliates’ dates and times.

While I am on a short break in Virginia, Revenge of the 80s will re-broadcast our show featuring a conversation with Robin Lane. She is the former leader of Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and has been involved in several music projects throughout her career.

Today, Robin leads a very special project she founded, A Woman’s Voice, where she puts together seminars, song writing sessions and music production for women who have been abused or faced devastating trauma. Our discussion leads off the second hour of the show.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com); on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM; Sunday mornings 8-10am Melbourne, AUS time on Seymour FM; Wednesday nights 6-8pm (Eastern US) and Saturdays 7-9pm on The Volt radio (Canada). Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show.

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This Friday’s Guest: Martha Davis

This Friday’s Guest: Martha Davis

Martha Davis of The Motels is our guest on the next Revenge of the 80s Radio. We will talk about her career from the first Motels band through the newer formation, the lineup changes, Davis’ solo work and all-new Motels band.

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Tonight’s Show (7/31/09) – The World Travel Edition

Tonight’s Show (7/31/09) – The World Travel Edition

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.

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This week’s Revenge of the 80s will take a geographical turn: we feature classic alternative music from the 80s about cities, countries, locations and other points of interest around the world — real and fictional. Among the artists to be featured tonight are: XTC, Wall of Voodoo, Alphaville and Big Audio Dynamite.

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Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show. We also air Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon on The Volt.

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Review: Regeneration Tour 2009 at NYC’s Fillmore

Click here for our photo highlights page from the 6/18/09 Regeneration Tour show at The Fillmore in NYC

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Regeneration Tour 2009 rolled into New York on June 18th in front of a standing room only crowd at the Fillmore. This year’s lineup featured The Cutting Crew, Wang Chung, Terri Nunn & Berlin and ABC. The show show boasts great performances from top classic alternative artists with some new music and several interesting surprises.

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Leading off the concert was Nick Van Eede and his new incarnation of the Cutting Crew. Van Eede and company brought with them a sense of humor throughout his set from playing along with some sound adjustment problems in the beginning to kidding around with the audience about their wanting to hear the more familiar songs. The band seemed to have a loose attitude on stage and played as if they were a free-wheeling 70s classic rock band. Four songs in, however, Van Eede reminded everyone at the Fillmore of why he is considered one of the better balladeers of the 1980s with his early hit “I’ve Been In Love Before.” This was after one of the band’s deeper cuts and a selection from their forthcoming Spectra records album (due out this fall) called “Shot of Democracy,” as the band tool a political tone here — a turn from their more romantic approach of the 80s and 90s. They saved their two most well-known hits for last as they played “One For the Mockingbird” before closing out with “I Just Died In Your Arms Last Night; the latter featured a more classic rock-reminiscent surprise guitar solo by Asif Illyas.

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Wang Chung to the stage next with their first appearance together in New York since 1987. Jack Hues and Nick Feldman reunited and are set to release their new album, Abducted by the 80s, in 2010. During our interview a few weeks ago, Hues indicated he and Feldmnan would take a jeans-and-acoustic approach to the Regeneration Tour; with that, the duo delivered a new hybrid of the Wang Chung fans know best and the eclectic musical backgrounds of both Hues and Feldman. They led off with “Don’t Let Go,” performing it with a blues/rock influence and a heavy guitar sound. Keyboards were again exchanged for strings in “Let’s Go,” which took surprisingly well to the different sound. The set seemed to be heavily influenced by the twosome’s post-Wang Chung projects, including Hues’ new jazz band, The Quartet. Old time fans, however, might remember the Huang Chung days of more guitar and percussion-oriented sound ahead of the keyboard stylings of the Points and Mosaic albums.

The 2009 Regeneration Tour Kicks off Tomorrow in Boston

The 2009 Regeneration Tour Kicks off Tomorrow in Boston

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The long-awaited 2009 Regeneration Tour is ready to move and starts tomorrow in Boston. Revenge of the 80s will be at The Fliimore in New York City on Thursday night to cover the show; we will provide a review with pictures shortly afterward.

This year’s tour will feature Terri Nunn & Berlin, ABC, Wang Chung and the Cutting Crew. ABC was on last year’s tour. Missing Persons will appear at select concerts.

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This Friday’s Show: We Welcome Martin Fry

This Friday’s Show: We Welcome Martin Fry

ABC‘s Martin Fry will appear on the next Revenge of the 80s Radio show as he gets ready to perform with the Regeneration Tour for a second straight year. We will talk about some new developments with ABC, the excellent reception the band received with last year’s release of Traffic, Fry’s thoughts on performing live and some of his newer career highlights.

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Regeneration Tour 2009 begins next week, featuring ABC, Terri Nunn and Berlin, Wang Chung and the Cutting Crew. Revenge of the 80s Radio will be covering the concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on June 18th.

Tonight’s Show (5/22):  Classic 80s Cover Songs

Tonight’s Show (5/22): Classic 80s Cover Songs

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.


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Tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show will feature classic cover songs from the era. There were some very good and quite interesting ones done then. The art of the cover song is lost on some people today; my take on the right approach to performing someone else’s work is to either improve on it or put a special spin on the piece. In recent years, the music industry has allowed generic pop singers to perform mellow generic versions of once-great tracks. One bad cover that still sticks in my craw is the whiny version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” by some boy-band-sounding singer (kind of like Kyle Troy from The Adventures of Ford Fairlaine). In the 1980s, new wavers and alt-rockers of the time found ways to make the music their own while at the same time paying tribute to the original.

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Among the classic covers we will feature are performances by Trio, Laibach, Strawberry Switchblade, The Little Girls, The Fine Young Cannibals and Blondie.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show. We also air Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon on The Volt.

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Heaven 17 Backs Out of Regeneration Tour

Heaven 17 Backs Out of Regeneration Tour

Due to some financial considerations, Heaven 17 will not be on this year’s Regeneration Tour, according event organizers. The band was to have been included in a lineup featuring Terri Nunn and Berlin, ABC, Cutting Crew and Wang Chung (with Missing Persons for some shows).
Red Entertainment, who operates and promotes the tour, says dates that include Berlin on the bill will likely be a four-band lineup while they seek replacements for shows without Nunn and her band.

It would have been nice to see Heaven 17 perform in the U.S. this year, but economic circumstances can not always be helped. Red Entertainment did an excellent job last year finding other bands to take on dates where the Human League did not appear, recruiting The Romantics, Missing Persons and 10,000 Maniacs as fill-ins. They should be trusted to come through for classic alternative fans again.

Tonight’s Show (5/15): With a Classic Alternative Dance Party

Tonight’s Show (5/15): With a Classic Alternative Dance Party

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.

The second hour of this week’s Revenge of the 80s Radio will be another Classic Alternative Dance Party with club hits from Yaz, Falco, Dominatrix and more.
Artists featured in the first hour include REM, Jason and the Scorchers, Wall of Voodoo and Boomerang.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show. We also air Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon on The Volt.

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Cleese: “British Comedy Less Funny”  —  I Agree

Cleese: “British Comedy Less Funny” — I Agree

Much has been made of recent comments by Monty Python funnyman John Cleese about British comedy. The international star went on record saying that comedy in the old country has generally not been funny since the 1980s. While fans of “The Office” and several other relatively newer comedies might scoff at that (one actor/comedian, Martin Clunes, went as far as saying that Clesse himself has not been funny since then), there is a plethora of substance to what the man who played the legendary character “Basil Fawlty” said.
Cleese told reporters that the comedy from the U.K. has not been funny for several reasons, not the least of which being that the suits do not want to pay writers. In the 1980s, writers like Ben Elton and Richard Curtis churned out several hit comedies that are still watched and relevant today. There was a time when the most popular American comedies, with few exceptions, could hardly compare with the new British classics.[amazonify]B000EBCEVS[/amazonify] While mainstream Americans were mesmerized by low-level comedies like “Happy Days,” “Full House.” “Blossom” and “Roseanne” the nation’s college students and others starved for quality were tuning in to “The Black Adder,” “The Comic Strip Presents,” “The Young Ones” and “Monty Python” reruns. It can be argued that British comedies introduced U.S. public television stations to a new generation of viewers with such alternative programming.[amazonify]B00005LC1H:right[/amazonify] MTV and the former Comedy Channel also responded to the demand for good laughs from across the pond.
In the 1990s, while American culture became more whiny as teen angst, political correctness and generic music drove its downward spiral, people looking for something different went back to the art of the United Kingdom’s comedy geniuses like Rowan Atkinson, Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle and Ben Elton thanks to video tapes and DVDs. American TV executives were, as always, so little-informed that they thought borrowing from England would give their programming a jolt. While that might have been true in the 80s, the years after showed a sharp drop in overall comedic quality.
In recent years, “The Office” has become an international phenomenon. Some might use the Ricky Gervais creation as a rebuttal to Cleese, not realizing that for every “Office” there were several bad decisions like “Coupling.” British comedy was at one point brash, irreverent and intelligent. Long ago are the days of hearing a cunning plan from S. Baldrick, the insane ramblings of Basil Fawlty or seeing Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson trade barbs as several different characters.


Indeed, there are exceptions aside from the Gervais projects. The most notable, however, are from graduates of the 80s British Comedy heyday: Rowan Atkinson‘s “Mr. Bean” show became a smash, catapulting the former Blackadder star to international stardom, Tracey Ullman‘s movie appearances as well as her TV work and Alexei Sayle, whose style remained similar throughout his career, spannig back to his being the first MC for “The Comedy Store.” It should also be noted that the currently most-heralded British actor in the U.S. is Hugh Laurie (House, M.D.), former 1980s comedy partner to Stephen Fry and a major character on Blackadders 3 and 4.

Cleese, for his part, still appears on U.S. and British television and is as funny as he always was. He made one of the latter years of “Will & Grace” as watchable as possible and is unforgettable in virtually any role, including his voice-overs and several splendid cameos. I look forward to any show or movie that includes Cleese, including the big screen drama “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
As for recent British comedies, there is only so much of shoes like “Coupling” or “Ali G.” that one can take. These are also the same British suits who think Hugh Grant is funny. Therefore, the score is: John Cleese 1, Martin Clunes 0.

Tonight’s Show (4/24/09)

Tonight’s Show (4/24/09)

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.

Tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio will feature classic alternative tracks from Strawaberry Switchblade, Altered Images, INXS and REM as well as some deeper cuts from Kate Bush, The Flirts and Mojo Nixon.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show. We also air Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon on The Volt.

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The Podcast for our 4/17/09 Show is Up – Revenge of the 80s

The Podcast for our 4/17/09 Show is Up – Revenge of the 80s

The podcast for our 4/17/09 Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post. This week, we featured classic alternative tracks from Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Tuxedomoon, REM and The Clash with deeper cuts from Falco, Laibach and Men Without Hats.

Magazine Interview with Devo Bassist Reveals Cocaine Hijinks on the Square Pegs Set

Magazine Interview with Devo Bassist Reveals Cocaine Hijinks on the Square Pegs Set

As a junior high school student, CBS Television Network’s show “Sqaure Pegs” was required viewing. The show was an instant hit, featuring Tracey Nelson of the famous Nelson family (Ozzie, Harriet, Ricky, etc) and future stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jamie Gertz.
[amazonify]B00151QYT4[/amazonify]One of the strong points of the show was the use of some of the great new wave talents of the era like The Waitresses and Devo, who each performed on an episode. The school’s radio station would play and reference several classic alternative performers as well.
The show did not last more than one season, but might have been on for longer if not for the rampant drug use and less-than-professional atmosphere as reported by TV Guide in 1984. The 25-year-old story was recently re-confirmed in a Heeb Magazine interview with Devo’s bassist Gerald V, Casale. In that episode, Devo was booked to play at Muffy’s Bat Mitzvah (although she also struck a deal with Johnny Slash’s band, Open 24 Hours/Open 48 Hours) for the gig. Casale told Heeb about the cocaine-induced hi-jinks that many attributed to the show’s quick death:

“The girls were out of control—they were doing drugs and they were making out and they were coming on to us in a big way… They might have been 15 or 16, but in their heads they were already 40. I don’t think there was a virgin on the set, except maybe a couple of the guys.”

Casale also told Heeb of a crush on Gertz, who recently starred in the sitcom “Still Standing” with British comedian David Addy.
It would be naive to think that over-partying and rampant drug use has not a long-standing Hollywood tradition, but one of the secrets of the industry is to not let a good project be destroyed by those activities. Might the demise of “Square Pegs” be chalked up to lack of experience by those on and off-screen? The potential for a good show was there as was the talent, but declining ratings did not help the show’s producers either.

Tonight’s Show (4/10): With Sally Kellerman

Tonight’s Show (4/10): With Sally Kellerman

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.


Tonight’s Revenge of the 80s features a conversation with Sally Kellerman, who is best known to 80s fans as Rodney Dangerfield’s love interest and English Professor in the movie Back to School. She is most well-known to everyone else as Major Margaret Houlihan in the MASH movie, as well as for several other movie roles, TV appearances and voiceovers.
Tonight, we talk about Sally’s music: she has been singing since her teens (including a record contract at the age of 18), she tours with a band and has a new CD out, Sally. Our discussion leads off the second hour.
As always, we will feature classic alternative tracks from artists including Altered Images, INXS, Strawberry Switchblade and The Little Girls.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show. We also air Wednesdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12noon on The Volt.

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Revenge of the 80s Welcomes New Affiliate: “The Volt”

Revenge of the 80s Welcomes New Affiliate: “The Volt”

Revenge of the 80s Radio is happy to announce it has been added to the schedule for “The Volt” — a new internet radio station based in Ontario, Canada.

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The Volt‘s format is mainly focused on Hot Modern Rock, mixing the classics with today, and is currently putting together its regular programming lineup. Revenge of the 80s will air Wednesdays 6-8pm and on Saturdays 10am-12pm (all Eastern US time).
The Volt is the brainchild of the management of Retro Radio One and Program Director Mark Duncan.
Revenge of the 80s Radio will be further expanding its reach both on terrestrial radio and internet radio under the name “BC Eagle Radio Network.”

The Volt’s website is www.voltrock.com

Ultravox Reunion Tour to Begin April 10th

Ultravox Reunion Tour to Begin April 10th

Not long after the success of the band’s February CD and DVD releases, Ultravox is touring Great Britain together for the first time since Live Aid in 1985. Warren Cann, Chris Cross, Billy Currie and Midge Ure made their decision quite quickly, according to reports. The first concert is scheduled for April 10th at the Edinburgh Playhouse as the tour runs through May 3ed. They also have concert dates, one eah, in June and August as of the time of this post. The Ultravox official website says the band may add more dates to the concert series.


Ultravox were huge new wave hit-makers in the United Kingdom and had a cult following overseas America, most notably among the college radio listenership. Their top hits include “Reap the Wild Wind” and “Vienna.” Ure, who was also a vital member of Thin Lizzy and Visage, scored a #1 solo hit in Britain with “If I Was.”

Ultravox 2009 tour dates and future updates can be found on the band’s official website.

The Podcast of our 4/3 Show is Up: With a Salute to Novelty Songs of the 80s

The Podcast of our 4/3 Show is Up: With a Salute to Novelty Songs of the 80s

The podcast for our April 3rd Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post.

This week, in honor of April Fool’s Day, our entire second hour pays homage to some of the best comedy tracks of the 1980s, including classics from Bad News, Neil, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, The Frantics and Julie Brown.

In the first hour we have cuts from alternative artists of the 80s including ABC, Kate Bush, Adam & the Ants and Nikki Corvette.

Terri Nunn and Berlin to Record Live Concert for Upcoming DVD/CD Pack

Terri Nunn and Berlin to Record Live Concert for Upcoming DVD/CD Pack

Terri Nunn and Berlin are recording a special April 4th concert at the House of Blues Sunset in West Hollywood, California. The show will be recorded for their upcoming live CD/DVD package due out in June, according to the Official Berlin Website.
A press release posted on the Berlin website by Nunn’s manager says the Fuel Label Group will produce the project, tentatively entitled Berlin at the House of Blues Live.
Nunn and Berlin are scheduled to play most dates on this year’s Regeneration Tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, New York City and Atlantic City. Nunn is also a recent contributor to the book Cherry Bomb: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Better Flirt, a Tougher Chick and a Hotter Girlfriend, and to Living Life Like a Rock Star. Nunn is also an interesting and engaging talk radio personality. She appeared for an interview on Revenge of the 80s Radio last year.

There is still time to be part of Berlin history: as of today’s post, tickets for the April 4th show are still available via the House of Blues Sunset website.

Tonight’s Show (3/27/09)

Tonight’s Show (3/27/09)

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.


On tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show we will, as always, play some of your favorite Classic Alternative tracks from the 1980s. Among the special features is a track from “The Office” creator Ricky Gervais’ band, Seona Dancing. The duo was better than music history gave them credit for, but Gervais soon realized his true calling after Seona’s short life. Check out our short tribute post here.

Other artists on tap for tonight include The Little Girls, Madness, Love & Rockets and Nick Cave.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show.

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New Wave Success For Ricky Gervais Might Have Lost Us “The Office”

New Wave Success For Ricky Gervais Might Have Lost Us “The Office”

While Revenge of the 80s Radio plays both well-known classic alternative tracks and deeper cuts from both popular and less-remembered artists, new wave history has had some interesting brushes with destiny. 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.


Gervais was a member of the alt-wave duo Seona Dancing with Bill MacRae. [amazonify]B000EQH2SI:right[/amazonify] The two school friends managed to get a recording contract and put out a couple of minor hits with “Bitter Heart” being their most successful, hitting #79 in the U.K.
Musically, the keyboard-oriented partnership was good by pop standards (judging from the few tracks that were released). Gervais’ vocal stylings could be compared as a cross between Phil Oakey of the Human League (that shows in “Bitter Heart”) or a more sedate David Bowie-esque singer, but there was not much that made the men stand out from other artists of the era — a fact that likely led to Seona Dancing’s lack of commercial success. They were virtually unknown in the U.S. as well.
While it would be hard to tell if the duo would have fared better had they worked on more material, the fateful end of Gervais’ music career was best for all around. He gradually rose to become one of Great Britain’s top comic minds and created the international hit series “The Office,” which was remade to exponential success in the U.S. and turned Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson into two of America’s most recognizable stars.
Seona Dancing may not have had enough time to develop, but the British new wave scene was built on virtually instant success and relatively unfriendly to development with a few exceptions. There are some recordings and footage floating around the internet; below is a clip done by a fan for the song “Bitter Heart:”

A website with a short synopsis on the band can be found here.
While Mr. Gervais’ music career was a mere blip, had he not since moved toward the path of his true destiny we may never have been able to see the humor in our most annoying co-workers.

The Podcast for our 3/20 Revenge of the 80s Radio Show is Up

The Podcast for our 3/20 Revenge of the 80s Radio Show is Up

The podcast for the March 20th Revenge of the 80s Radio show is up and available at the bottom of this post.
For this week’s show, we mix in a bit more new music from artists of the 1980s with the alternative classics. We feature new creations from Adriana Kaegi, Gorevette (Nikki Corvette’s band), Louise Robey, Martin Fry, Andy Prieboy and Stan Ridgway.
As always, we have the classic tracks and deeper cuts from singers and bands of the era including the B-52s, Haysi Fantaysee, Missing Persons. Voice of the Beehive and Trio.

Tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio Show (3/20)

Tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio Show (3/20)

Click here to listen live between 7-9pm Eastern US Time. You can also get the show from our flagship station website: www.wtbq.com.

For tonight’s Revenge of the 80s Radio show, we will not only feature classic alternative tracks from the 80s, we will play a bit more than usual of some of the artists’ newer music.
We will feature new music from Andy Prieboy, Stan Ridgway, Adriana Kaegi (whose TAG album will be out soon), Louise Robey, Martin Fry and ABC (from last year’s Traffic album) and Nikki Corvette‘s band Gorevette as well as some other post-80s work from the era’s great performers. The podcast version of the show will be available on Saturday morning.
As always, we will play some of the e-mailed requests. To hear us play some of your favorites, e-mail Revenge of the 80s at radio@revengeofthe80sradio.com.

Revenge of the 80s airs live on Friday nights 7-9ET on Q99.1FM in the Hudson Valley (www.wtbq.com) and on Wednesdays 12noon Melbourne, AUS time on Radio 80s 87.6FM. Podcasts are available on Saturdays after the live show.

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Regeneration Tour 2009: Some Dates Confirmed; Berlin to Play at Some Locations

Regeneration Tour 2009: Some Dates Confirmed; Berlin to Play at Some Locations

Major dates on the Regeneration Tour 2009 are set with more expected to be confirmed soon according to concert promoters Red Entertainment on the tour’s official website.


The lineup features ABC, Cutting Crew, Wang Chung and Heaven 17. Berlin featuring Terri Nunn will play at several of the locations as well. It is unknown as to whether there will be a replacement for Nunn’s band where they are not scheduled to play.
The tour will kick off in Boston on June 17th at the House of Blues. ON June 18th, Berlin makes it first appearance with the tour at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.


This Regeneration Tour has had its share of bad luck while it was trying to get things together: first, there was a question as to whether Nunn and Berlin were going to perform at all, then Go West wound up leaving the lineup. All seemed for the better when organizers announced Men Without Hats would be on the tour, but unforeseen problems caused Ivan Doroschuk to rescind the invitation with a thoughtful apology to fans. Red Entertainment, however, persevered and we at Revenge of the 80s Radio appreciate their hard work in bringing these artists to the live stage.

Ticket information will soon be available on the Regeneration Tour’s website.

The Podcast For Our 3/6 Show Featuring Adriana Kaegi Is Up

The Podcast For Our 3/6 Show Featuring Adriana Kaegi Is Up

Adriana Kaegi

The podcast for our March 7, 2009 Revenge of the 80s Radio Show is up and available at the bottom of this post. During the second hour, we feature a conversation with Adriana Kaegi, the original “Mama Coconut” of the influential band Kid Creole and the Coconuts. Adriana is a woman of many talents: singer, choreographer, designer, businessperson and internet pioneer are among her credits. She will soon release her solo album, TAG (from which we premiere a track) and she has recently completed a video documentary about her experiences with the band she helped establish entitled “Kid Creole and My Coconuts.”

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Adriana and August Darnell (Kid Creole) were married when he and Andy Hernandez (Coati Mundi) took her out for her 20th Birthday. While they might not have known that evening would have as much effect on music history as it did. Some of the things Adriana and I discuss include:

  • The beginnings of Kid Creole and the Coconuts and the idea behind their remarkable stage show.
  • The real story behind The Coconuts’ two albums apart from the rest of the band
  • Adriana’s post-Coconuts career
  • Dear Addy Productions and how the artist formerly known as “Mama Coconut” became later known as the “Queen of Stream”
  • Her new album TAG
  • …and the making of her recently-completed DVD Documentary: Kid Creole and My Coconuts

Adriana Kaegi has been the brains and backbone of several interesting projects both in music and as the President of Dear Addy Productions. After she and Cheryl Porier left Kid Creole and the Coconuts, they and friend Perri Lister formed Boomerang, a group with a lot of potential but, unfortunately, did not get enough attention from industry suits. Revenge of the 80s Radio has recently added a couple of Boomerang songs to the regular playlist as well as “Killer Bees” from The Coconuts, which features Adriana singing in French (she is multi-lingual, did I not mention that?). Kaegi was also involved in several other musical projects with a diverse array of artists such as U2 and Towa Tei.

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It was not long after Kaegi discovered the internet that she learned to master its potential. She started up Dear Addy Productions and established herself as one of the first great internet streamers when she produced the Cyber Cabaret from New York City’s Knitting factory.[amazonify]B0000YEE3K[/amazonify] That project won the “Best Live Webcast” award from Yahoo and C-Net in 1998. After surviving the dot-com crash, Adriana built Dear Addy into one of the world’s most successful internet businesses.
It was relatively recently when Adriana Kaegi decided to tell the story of Kid Creole and the Coconuts through a DVD documentary. She had the foresight to videotape several monumental and candid moments with the band and used that footage to put together Kid Creole and My Coconuts, which she plans to release later this year. With all that, Kaegi will soon distribute her solo album, TAG, onmajor digital media outlets. While we cover all of the above topics and more during the interview, Revenge of the 80s Radio will keep listeners and readers of this blog up to date on the status of those works.
Below is the trailer for Kid Creole and My Coconuts. More information on the documentary can be found on Adriana’s special website for the DVD:

We also played a classic Kid Creole and the Coconuts song, a cut from The Coconuts’ first EP, music from Boomerang and a selection from Adriana’s TAG.

Here are some essential Adriana Kaegi links:

During the first hour of the show, we played classic alternative tracks from artists including Strawberry Switchblade, The Alarm, R.E.M. and Mondo Rock.

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