363 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Dec 20 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Sparks & Jane Wiedlin - COOL PLACES Comments (0)

Sparks

Gotta love this '80s tune, and the live version is spectacular...

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Dec 12 2014
'80s Heartthrobs Unleashed Comments (0)
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In case there aren't enough cute guys running around today, check out these adorable singers of the '80s from teen magazines. Some of them—of the ones who are still alive!—have aged pretty well, if you look them up.

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Who was your '80s crush?

Keep reading for three very racy images of Spandau Ballet...

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Dec 10 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Frida - I KNOW THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON Comments (0)

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This is as close to a live vocal as I can find on one of my favorite '80s tunes...

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Dec 07 2014
Holiday Cheers & Jeers: Cyndi Lauper & Friends Support The Reason For The Season Comments (0)
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20 bonus shots in the gallery above

Last night was the fourth annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends Home for the Holidays concert to benefit her True Colors Fund. The lineup was so eclectic as to almost be off-putting; we're so used to compartmentalized music it seemed jarring to consider hearing Cyndi, Metric, Sufjan Stevens, 50 Cent, Nataline Maines and Salt-N-Pepa all on one bill.

Cyndi-Lauper-Home-for-the-Holidays-set-listThe full set list, courtesy of Gregory Pace

But the diversity of artists led to a long, fun, interesting show, one spiked with equal parts good cheer and defiance.

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Emcees Rosie O'Donnell and Laverne Cox were a curious yin and yang, with O'Donnell condemning Woody Allen and Bill Cosby while Cox preferred “happy thoughts” and red-carpet posing.

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RosieOf her fellow comic, O'Donnell said:

“Twenty-three women in their seventies just woke up and thought, 'What should I do today? Go to Target, or fuck up Bill Cosby's life?' I say he's guilty, and it's sad because it's like a death: We lost Joan, we lost Robin, and we lost Bill Cosby. That's what it feels like to me.”

The crowd approved. But there was a mixed response when she invoked the Hands Up, Don't Shoot! and I Can't Breathe populist outrage that protesters not far away were expressing—some boos, some oohs, some cheers. O'Donnell was perplexed.

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Dec 06 2014
11 O'Clock Number: New Order - TEMPTATION Comments (0)

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New Order rocks out “Temptation” live for the BBC in 1984...

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Dec 01 2014
WIN IT: See Spandau Ballet Live! Comments (0)

Spandau Ballet

Enter to win tickets to see Spandau Ballet LIVE in New York City on February 6, 2015! 
 
To enter, comment this post with your choice for the BEST Spandau Ballet song of all time. I'll pick 1 of you at random to win. Note: You are winning a pair of tickets only, and must be in the area and able to attend.
 
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Enter to win a pair of tickets to see one of the most successful and influential British bands, Spandau Ballet, LIVE on tour in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on February 6. One lucky winner will receive a pair of tickets to Spandau Ballet’s show plus a copy of their new album, The Story - The Very Best of Spandau Ballet (available now).  
 
‘The Soul Boys of the Western World’ tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years! 
 
All five original members - Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman - will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return. The tour kicks off in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverses the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NJ at the Count Basie Theatre. 
 
From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles "To Cut A Long Story Short" and Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)," to the globe trotting smashes "True" and "Gold," Spandau will be playing the hits once again. With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years! 

SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR - NORTH AMERICA DATES
 
1/23/15 — San Francisco, CA — Warfield Theatre
1/24/15 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
1/25/15 — Los Angeles, CA — The Wiltern
1/27/15 — Denver, CO — Paramount Theatre
1/30/15 — Chicago, IL — House of Blues
1/31/15 — Detroit, MI — Masonic Temple Theatre
2/2/15 — Montreal, QC — Metropolis
2/3/15 — Toronto, ON — Massey Hall
2/5/15 — Boston, MA — House of Blues
2/6/15 — New York, NY — Beacon Theatre
2/7/15 — Westbury, NY — Theatre at Westbury
2/9/15 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club
2/10/15 — Red Bank, NJ — Count Basie Theatre
 
 
 
And The Beat Goes On: Jimmy Somerville On His New Disco HOMAGE Comments (0)

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The history of gay pop music can’t be written without Jimmy Somerville, whose piercing falsetto gave ‘80s band Bronski Beat’s first album its visceral punch and aching vulnerability. His later project, The Communards, saw even more success with a cheeky cover of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, continuing Jimmy’s association with disco; he has since put his stamp on a number of bona fide classics from the era.

Jimmy-SomervilleAs an out solo artist, Jimmy has released consistently life-affirming, dancefloor-ready, politically aware music. Most uniquely, his sexuality has been a part of his musical DNA for 30 years.

After a break in recording of several years, he’s back with Homage, a disco album so authentic it could be pressed on a white label and dumped in a used record store and no one would ever guess the mystery artist worked his magic in 2014 rather than 1978.

Speaking with Jimmy recently, I got him to talk about The Village People, Donna Summer, his vocal cords and more.

Check out my interview with Jimmy after the jump.

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My Lovely Assistant: INTERVIEW Gets Madge-ical With Topless Madonna & David Blaine Comments (0)
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See all the shots in the gallery above!

Madonna has co-created another memorable cover and spread for Interview, this time with her most recent photographers of choice, Mert and Marcus.

Madonna-Interview-14See them up-close-and-personal in the gallery!

In a series of images for the venerable magazine's “Art Issue,” she is serving attitudinous trout pout, a full helping of boobs, and the kind of daring that involves snakes, crosses, and sitting too close to the TV (which can cause cancer...move back! screams everyone's mom).

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Touches of the Like a Prayer era as well as the “Hollywood” video, but otherwise, it's a really fresh, bold shoot and look for her.

She tells the mag:

“We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and be inspired.”

Her interviewer? Publicity-whisperer magician David Blaine.

Madonna-Interview-7One of my favorites—it's so New Wave!

Madonna also brings up her roommate Martin Burgoyne, who died of AIDS, as well as the artists Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat (an ex) and Andy Warhol, all of whom she has survived by many years:

“I was attracted to creative people. You don't want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room. You want to be surrounded by other thinking people who are going to say something that makes you think, 'Oh, my God, that's an amazing idea. Why didn't I think of that?' And somehow we found each other in Manhattan. That's the crazy thing. We found each other and we connected to each other and we moved around the city together. They supported my shows. I supported their shows. We were a unit. And I don't even know how it happened. It just did.”

It's a fantastic interview to match the great portfolio. The magazine describes her thirteenth studio album as coming in 2015; no word yet on whether all the leaks in recent days will affect that.