Tag: John C. Hughes

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Total Coelo

As much as I adore the inherent goofiness that is new wave — the guyliner, the overwrought posing, the one-finger keyboard technique...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Garbage, “Subhuman”

John Hughes is lost in the '90s once again...and this time, he's got Shirley Manson sitting bitch in the wayback machine....

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Devo, “That’s Good”

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  How can one of Devo’s most famous songs outside of “Whip It” be Lost in the...

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Lost in the ’80s: Carly Simon, “Why”

Before singer/songwriter Carly Simon attempted to fully embrace the excess of the ’80s with a misguided stab at New Wave, she...

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Lost in the '70s, Music

Lost in the ’70s: Raspberries, “Let’s Pretend”

Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Seventies, it was next to impossible to escape hearing  Raspberries almost daily on the radio...

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Lost in the ’80s: The Tubes and Olivia Newton-John (?!)

All right, let me stop all you young ‘uns right there — 1980’s Xanadu is not a great movie, a lost treasure, or an...

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Lost in the ’80s: Les Rita Mitsouko

French duo Fred Chichin and Catherine Ringer met at a theater production in the late ’70s and an instant musical bond was formed, one...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Marcy Playground, “Shapeshifter”

When Marcy Playground’s borderline-annoying novelty hit “Sex And Candy” was all over alternative radio in the late...

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Lost in the '70s, Music

Lost in the ’70s: The Sweet, “Blockbuster”

Eight children, four each from different families, puréed Brady Bunch style in a $250-a-month, four-bedroom apartment in mid-’70s...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Face To Face, “10-9-8”

Big things were planned for Boston’s Face To Face in 1984.  Signed to Epic, the New Wave group was pushed heavily by the label...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Alison Moyet, “Whispering Your Name”

On Tuesday, we talked about Jules Shear’s “Whispering Your Name,” a failed single from his solo debut, Watch Dog. While...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Jules Shear, “Whispering Your Name”

I gave Jules a quick once-over a little over three years ago, so I think it’s high time I spotlighted another track of Shear beauty,...

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Lost in the ’70s: The Quick

Unknown to nearly everyone save the most devoted power-pop and glam aficionados, the Quick were managed by legendary Los Angeles scenester...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Dexys Midnight Runners

A quickie today, folks – I’m getting ready to move in with my betrothed, and I’m currently surrounded by boxes of...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Kirsty MacColl, “Walking Down Madison”

She’s the voice you hear on the Smiths’ “Ask” and Morrissey’s “Interesting Drug.” She’s the...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Paul McCartney, “So Bad”

Oh, some things just write themselves, don’t they? I kid, I kid. “So Bad” is an overlooked little gem from the Paul...

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Lost in the ’70s: Cheryl Ladd, “Think It Over”

Charlie’s Angels chanteuse Cheryl Ladd was known for two spectacular things: her acting and her singing. What? What’d you think...

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Lost in the ’80s: The Wild Swans

This has been a week of happy endings for me, and I’m not referring to a trip to the massage parlor (this time). Y’see,...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Cake Like

Record deals were being handed out like Halloween candy to anything remotely resembling “alternative” in the post-Nirvana...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Phil Seymour, “Talk to Me”

Remember when power-pop singles could actually be hit singles? Ah, them’s was the days. The Romantics, Cheap Trick, the Raspberries,...

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Lost in the '70s, Music

Lost in the ’70s: T. Rex

Though history has been kind to Marc Bolan and T. Rex, during their early-’70s heyday American radio most definitely was not....

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Marilyn, “Baby U Left Me (In The Cold)”

Lest you think Paris Hilton or any of the various Kardashians invented “Famous for Being Famous,” let me point you to Peter...

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Lost in the ’70s: Metro, “Criminal World”

Have I mentioned that the internet is a pretty cool place lately?  No?  Okay, Imma mention it now! I mean, first there’s all...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: The Belle Stars, “World Domination”

This one’s been a long time coming … and it’s not even as complete as I’d like it to be.  Let me explain…...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: The Candyskins, “Feed It”

Sometimes I can forgive a band for anything if I love them enough.  Even being featured in a Pringles ad or an Adam Sandler film....

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Lost in the ’80s: Boys Don’t Cry, “Cities On Fire”

Thought they only had one song, didn’t you? Actually, the British combo Boys Don’t Cry had two full albums and an EP besides...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Peter Gabriel, “Out Out”

After dipping his toe into the mainstream with his fourth album, Security, and its Top 40 hit, “Shock the Monkey,” it’s...

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Lost in the '90s, Music

Lost in the ’90s: Suede, “The Living Dead”

Morrissey was one of the earliest fans and champions of Britpop glumlords Suede, and it’s not too tough to figure out why. Besides...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Gary Numan

Another example of a one-hit wonder in the States while huge in the U.K., paranoid android and Bowie Low cop artist Gary Numan can lay the...

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Lost in the '70s, Music

Lost in the ’70s: Carpenters, “Ticket To Ride”

It wasn’t the most auspicious of beginnings for Richard and Karen Carpenter.  Despite later huge success with several Top 40 hits...