The news was quite strange in regards of Tom Petty’s death. First it was reported that he died, then apparently he wasn’t dead but gravely ill. Then around 12m my time, I got the news from the BBC that he did die, then my local app The Detroit News confirmed it. Damn!
Anyways, the least we can do is honor his memory, and for a start, we will make the intro vid Free Fallin. Great vid!
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
YouTube channel JoBlo Movie Theatres got Matthew Modine (Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis), Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence) and Leon Vitali (assistant to director Stanley Kubrick) for an interview. Full Metal Jacket hit the theatres on June 26, 1987. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, but didn’t win either or. Instead, the movie won smaller accolades but would later become a critical favorite. In JoBlo’s interview, the three mainly discuss working with Stanley Kubrick. D’Onofrio talked a little about the infamous bathroom scene. Besides that aforementioned scene, the three didn’t talk much of R.Lee Emery’s role in the movie.
R.Lee Emery had served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972. He would serve three years as a Drill Instructor and would later go to Vietnam in 1968. Emery would later be discharged in 1972 due to non-war injuries he sustained during his time with the Marines. He would later go to acting, he had a small role in 1979’s Apocalypse Now, as well as being a Technical Advisor. With Full Metal Jacket, Kubrick intended to have Emery as a Technical Advisor, but after watching a tape of Emery playing a Drill Instructor, Kubrick gave Emery the role as Gunnery Sargent Hartman.
Full Metal Jacket was produced in England. The Bassingbourn Barracks were the barracks being used in for the movie. British Army recruits based in Bassingbourn were used as extras. Bassingbourn had been closed by the British Ministry of Defense in 2014. However, there is some talk about a re-opening.
Yes, this was on May 17th 2017 and I’m 2 months and 2 days late. Sorry! Something bad happened in Detroit that day, the death of Chris Cornell. We spent the next day talking about Chris Cornell and would later forget about uploading the pics for this concert. So here you go.
Finally found some time (and some motivation) to update 80s and 90s with a site update. Been a while, heh? Well, I think the average site visitor here doesn’t care too much of my personal life so I won’t bore you with the details.
Intro Vid Change
We decided to go 80s with our intro vid, you’ll now see Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” as your intro (if you visit this site on your computer or some tablets). It was a little painful to bump “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden out of there.
Goodies, Music & Television
We also added a link a piece with 80s N 90s Goodies and Music. For music, we added Billboard Top Songs of the 80’s. As of this post, the list currently has 199 songs with no missing items. If you have some time on your hands, definitely take a look at that.
You miss TV? Before Netflix and other many on-demand channels came to our lives? Well, with Nameless.TV, you can watch TV again. Nameless also has a Nostalgia channel with a mix of music videos, 80’s and 90’s cartoons and shows. Nameless can be a little inconvenient though, for instance, it’s YouTube dependent. So if a copyright claim comes up with YouTube and the video is off of the internet, Nameless will also show the static.
I was watching the channel earlier and a episode of Doug was taken off of YouTube and I had to wait 11 minutes for the next show to come on. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
Those who love role-playing books and games should know about Palladium Books. Started in 1981, the Detroit-based company put out a few books before hitting it big with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as well as the Rifts series.
Mirage Studios actually created TMNT and held the copyrights, however, they made a deal with Palladium to create the TMNT RPG series, and the first book Palladium pushed out was the TMNT sourcebook.
Starting in 1986, Palladium released shorter supplement books to go along with characters created from the TMNT sourcebook. The first to be released was After The Bomb. That story begins after “The Big Death” of the late 21st century. “The Big Death” began with a war, then a plague and eventually ended with a nuclear winter, which caused some survivors to mutate into creatures.
You can play as a mutant animal going against the evil human empire or vice versa. After The Bomb takes place on the Eastern United States seaboard from Georgia to New England.
Due to overwhelming fan response, the second release, titled Road Hogs, took place on the western seaboard of the United States. Overall, the After The Bomb series included six books from 1986 to 1992, ending with Mutants in Orbit. I suppose they were able to advance after “The Big Death” and head to Mars.
Saturday 29th of April, I travelled an hour and 20 minutes from my hometown of Sterling Heights to Frankenmuth. Around the last weekend of each April, Frankenmuth throws a 80s party to help benefit cancer research. It’s been a while since I have attended an 80s gig and I thought I should go, for my own enjoyment and for this site.
Square Pegz and Slick JimmY
The 80s party had it’s own tent and also a large garage where the bands played. I attended Saturday’s show, which had a Flint-based band called Slick Jimmy. The band did not have a keyboard players so all the synths were pre-recorded to go along with the performance. The headliners were a Detroit-based 80s band known as Square Pegz. Here they are in the 2015 80s Fest, wished I was there:
The tent also contained a Rec Room where many 80s toys were there for one’s view. They also had an Atari, Nintendo and Sega Genesis hooked up to old TVs for one’s gaming pleasure.
The place got crowded around 8:30p and it’s just would be hard to get around. But despite my hatred for being in a small place with a shitload of people, I was happy as hell. Lots of Henry’s Hard Orange Soda to boot (I had 4 or 5) and 80s music playing all day. I never wanted it to end. I wanna go next year, the 80s Fest in Frankenmuth is highly recommended for all who love the 80s.
The Netflix show Stranger Things sure is making it’s way to the binge-watching crowd, myself included. There is talk of the season 2 in the works as well. One of the memorable items of Stranger Things is the retro darkwave music done by some folks in Austin, Texas. The fight scene between Johnathon and Steve had Tangerine Dream’s “Exit” playing in the background, from 1981.
The above video (called Stranger Synths) has only a couple of songs from Stranger Things, noteably the intro from the said show. And arguably, this mix here also has some rough transitions. However, it does present some orignal and good darkwave tunes from groups such as GUNSHIP, Timecop1983, Le Cassette and many more.
The guitarist and leader of the J.Geils band John Geils has passed away. The J.Geils band is known for their slew of hits in the 70s and early 80s. The band’s Freeze-Frame album in 1981 hit #1 in the Billboard charts and saw “Centerfold” and the album’s title track saw heavy airplay on MTV.
John Geils was found dead in his Massachusetts home at the age of 71. The local police department stated he likely died on natural causes.