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memories of the ’80s – MCMLXXXIV by Van Halen

The sixth studio album from Van Halen kicked up the charts, cemented their status in the 1980s hard rock category:  MCMLXXXIV or 1984 by Van Halen. With this album, Eddie Van Halen wanted to create a new sound for the … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Lonely Guy

The early 1980s proved another rom-com penned by Neil Simon could become a big screen hit with The Lonely Guy. Based on The Lonely Guy’s Book of Life by Bruce Jay Friedman, the screenplay was written by Ed Weinberger and … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

Written by Prince but performed by Chaka Khan, this song became a hit thanks to radio and music video: I Feel For You. Prince wrote the song in 1979 for his self-titled album, and had offered the song to singer … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – West End Girls by The Pet Shop Boys

This iconic song of the mid ’80s was released twice, with the second time the charm for West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys. Inspired by a T.S. Eliot poem, The Wasted Land, the song was written by band … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Footloose

In 1984, a teen film about music and dance became the summer hit of the season: Footloose. Loosely based on real-life events that occurred in a small Oklahoma town, Dean Pitchford’s screenplay was put on the big screen by director … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Apollonia 6

As Prince dominated the ’80s music scene, he also created a long list of protegés – and after Vanity, he was soon creating Apollonia 6. After a dispute with Prince in 1983, Denise Matthews aka Vanity, the lead singer of Vanity … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Last Christmas by Wham!

The Brit pop duo Wham! decided to get into the holiday spirit in the mid 1980s with their contribution to the season with Last Christmas. Released as a B side single with the song Everything She Wants from the 1984 … Continue reading

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