Lost in the ’80s: The Lucy Show, “A Million Things”

It’s a shame The Lucy Show picked an awful sitcom to name themselves after, since the duo of Mark Bandola and Rob Vandeven had little in common with the strained comedy of an aging TV icon with a scotch-fueled ...

Lost in the ’90s: Dink

I’ve had it up to here listening to a small segment of people trying to put down America.  America’s the greatest land on Earth and we oughta be proud of what we have!  I’m proud of America.  I’m proud ...

Lost in the ’80s: Soft Cell, “What!”

It’s a shame that U.K. synthpop duo Soft Cell became the epitome of an ’80s one-hit wonder.  While they charted with several singles overseas, “Tainted Love” was their sole American hit, despite releasing several excellent singles and albums.  One ...

Lost in the ’70s: The Skids, “Masquerade”

Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson founded Scottish punk band the Skids in 1977 – and if that second name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you know Adamson’s more famous combo, Big Country.  But years before, Adamson honed his songcraft ...

Lost in the ’80s: When New Wave Happens to Old Artists – Cher

There’s never been a musical trend that Cher has been afraid to jump upon.  From watered down hippie-dippy love songs to disco to adult contemporary schlock, the Dark Lady has matched only maybe Bowie in appropriating the current musical ...

Phagz on 45: Episode Seven

After a vacation summering in beautiful Silver Lake, California (aka, barhopping),  John C. Hughes and the world’s foremost Belinda Carlisle impersonator, a.k.a. his buddy Matty (or “Bearlinda,” if you prefer), return to review some singles, No on Prop ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Sinceros, “Pet Rock”

Starting out as a trio called the Strutters, singer/songwriter Mark Kjeldsen along with rhythm section Bobby Irwin and Ron François re-branded themselves as the Sinceros, trading in New Wave and melodic power pop.  Epic Records took notice and signed ...

Lost in the ’70s: Michael Nesmith, “Cruisin'”

Former Monkee Michael Nesmith closed out the ’70s in a better position than when the decade began.  After the Monkees disbanded, Nez knocked around a bit on RCA Records, scoring a sole Top 40 hit with “Joanne” in 1970, ...

Lost in the ’80s: Men at Work

It’s an old pop joke that winning the Grammy for Best New Artist is pretty much the kiss of death for long-term success. See the Starland Vocal Band, Milli Vanilli, and today’s featured combo, Australia’s Men at Work. While ...

Lost in the ’90s: One Dove

Scottish trio One Dove found themselves branded with the trip-hop label after releasing their debut Morning Dove White in 1993.  It wasn’t a label undeserved, really, since the group’s expansive, five-minute plus opuses tended to obscure the catchy hooks ...

Lost in the ’80s Video Break: a-ha, “Take On Me” (Literal Version)

Here’s an oldie but a goodie, in a whole new style: the classic video for a-ha’s “Take On Me,” redone literally. What does that mean, you ask? Watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Lost in the ’80s: “Revenge of the Nerds”

It may be the height of over-sharing to admit this, but Revenge of the Nerds was a movie that really spoke to me in high school.  As a computer-loving, comic book-collecting, Dungeons & Dragons-playing sophomore, I certainly related to ...

Lost in the ’70s: Jeff Lynne, “Doin’ That Crazy Thing”

Remember when the Hustle swept through discos everywhere?  People were taking Hustle classes, the nightly news reported on the fad, there were instructional records and books.  Hey, remember when everyone did the bump to, say, “Lady Bump?”  How about ...

Lost in the ’80s: Kaja(googoo), “Extra Play/Islands”

Y’know, if you name your kid Herbert or Poindexter, you’re just setting that child up for a lifetime of teasing and ridicule.  And if you name your band Kajagoogoo, well, you can expect a certain amount of critical derision.

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Lost in the ’90s: Tuscadero

Note from John: My Phagz on 45 partner (not THAT way!) Matty has been on my jock non-stop, begging me to feature today’s artist on Lost in the ’90s since its inception.  After nearly nine months of ...

Lost in the ’80s: Frankie Smith, “Double Dutch Bus”

What’s up, every bizzle? It’s Jizzle-ohn in the hizzouse with another Lost in the Izzle.

Before you grab the flaming torches and pitchforks, let me just say that’s my li’l way of introducing you to today’s artist, hip-hop pioneer/legend ...

Lost in the ’70s: Charo, “Stay With Me”

We all know Charo for her ubiquitous variety show and Love Boat appearances throughout the ’70s, but did you know the former María del Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza Rasten was also an accomplished flamenco guitarist? Of course ...

Lost in the ’80s: Ava Cherry

Hardcore David Bowie fans are probably familiar with the name Ava Cherry, but for the benefit of everyone else, Ava was Bowie’s lover in the early to mid ’70s, as well as one of his backup singers in the ...

Lost in the ’90s: Unrest

Combining shoegaze and dreampop with straight-ahead power pop, Washington D.C. indie-rock darlings Unrest were the brainchild of Mark Robinson, founder of the TeenBeat label.  After a few post-punk experimental years, Unrest tamed their sound a bit (with plenty of ...

Lost in the ’80s: Freur, “Doot-Doot”

If at first you don’t succeed … fail a second time.  Third time’s the charm!

That twist on two hoary old clichés pretty much sums up the long struggle of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, of techno band Underworld.  ...

Lost in the ’90s: Chumbawamba, “Amnesia”

Anyone who’s ever worked at a record store that buys and sells used CDs can tell you what titles they see over and over again.  Jagged Little Pill, Cracked Rear View, the entire Cranberries catalog … these are discs ...

Lost in the ’80s: The Cure, “A Man Inside My Mouth”

Let’s get all the cute little jokes about the title of today’s featured song out of the way first, shall we?  I’ll pause while you do so.

G’head, get ‘em all out.

All done?  Good.  Moving on…

I don’t ...

Lost in the ’70s: “Laverne & Shirley Sing”

Boy, we’d buy anything in the ’70s, wouldn’t we? Laverne & Shirley, the most successful spin-off from Happy Days, was riding high in 1976, overtaking its parent show to capture the number-one slot in the Nielsen ratings. It was ...

Lost in the ’80s: JoBoxers

Riding a rockabilly/Motown revival during the early ’80s that also included the Polecats, Roman Holliday and the Stray Cats, Britain’s JoBoxers (with American lead singer Dig Wayne) barely scraped the Top 40 in the States with “Just Got Lucky,” ...

Lost in the ’70s: Neil Diamond, “Desirée”

So, who worries about the music their kids listen to?

I don’t have any kids myself, but when I was visiting my 13-year-old niece recently, she asked me to get her the new Ting Tings and Office CDs (very ...

Lost in the ’80s: S’Express

“DROP THAT GHETTO BLASTER!”

When NYC performance artist Karen Finley screamed those words on her obscure 1986 single “Tales of Taboo,” she probably never dreamed she’d end up on one of the biggest dance floor anthems of the ’80s. ...

Lost in the ’90s: Belinda Carlisle

Naked Eyes, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, and the Human League are currently crisscrossing the country on the Regeneration Tour, an oldies-revival trek that thankfully isn’t entirely mired in nostalgia, since all the bands involved are performing more than just rote ...

Lost in the ’80s: Modern English

We’ve talked before about songs we loved in our younger days that just don’t quite hold up to an older ear’s scrutiny. Unfortunately (or not, if you still love it), today we have another example to showcase. While Modern ...

Lost in the ’70s: Joan Armatrading

Can you believe Joan Armatrading has been making music for nearly 40 years? Yeah, me neither. Did you know her first album came out all the way back in 1972? I knew of her mid-’70s output, but until recently, ...