Stranger Synths

Stranger Synths – Retro Darkwave comeback?

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.

Here some Le Cassette for you:

 

RIP John Geils

From Getty Images

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.

See NPR article for more details.

RIP John

A Tool joke and a Tango in the Night longread.

Tool with Sammy Hagar?
Tool Hagar
Hagar and Keenan Source: consequenceofsound.net

Some news first from Tool, but it looks like a April Fools joke. Tool has been involved with quite a few April Fools jokes from one stating three of the band members were killed to Maynard becoming a Born-Again Christian. Or this in 2015:

Boy, that’s annoying.

Anyways, there was some speculation that Tool was replacing Maynard with Sammy Hagar.  Here’s an article from Loudwire on April Fool’s Day and one from Consequence Of Sound.

Tango in the Night

Now we make a long jump to Fleetwood Mac and yes, we here at 80s and 90s are a little obsessive with Fleetwood Mac. Despite my disagreements with Salon.com, they do have a long read from the engineer of the album Greg Droman. As one would know, Tango in the Night took a long 18-months to make. A few songs intended to be a Lindsey Buckingham solo album made it on the record. Also a worthy addition was Stevie Nicks’ contribution to the album just before the completion.

Greg Droman discusses his lack of experience as an engineer at the time and his panic attacks of the making of Tango in the Night.

Take a look at 80s-N-90s best albums of 1982, with Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage included in the slideshow.

Toto’s Rosanna released as a single 35 years ago.

Rosanna Toto
Source: InTheStudio.net

On April Fools Day 1982 (and a day after the webmaster’s birthdate), Toto released “Rosanna” as a single. The following week on April 8th, they released IV. That album spun quite a few hits besides “Rosanna”, “Make Believe”, “I Won’t Hold You Back” and also the band’s first #1 hit, “Africa,” a song intended to be a B-side. Good thing the band decided to include it in the album.

We have changed the intro vid to Toto’s “Rosanna.”

Fleetwood Mac News

Fleetwood Mac

While we wait for the release of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night 30th anniversary album, earlier last week we heard from Stevie Nicks on her thoughts of a new Fleetwood Mac album. The singer who has been outspoken about the Napster issue in 1999-2000 had stated that an album is unlikely.

Then we hear about the possibility of a Lindsey Buckingham-Christine McVie duet album. Then Mick Fleetwood says a new Fleetwood Mac album will happen… without Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood would also say in the interview that the album could win awards without Nicks’ help.

I suppose Mick isn’t happy about what Stevie said. With Tango in the Night, Stevie was involved in the last three weeks of the recording of the album. We will have to see what happens.

Here’s a recent review of Tango in the Night from The Guardian.

RIP Sib Hashian

Sib Hashian
From Legacy.com
Sib Hashian (49-17)

Ex-Boston drummer Sib Hashian had passed away while on the Legends of Rock Cruise. He had collapsed on stage Wednesday. Sib’s best known work was being the drummer of Boston in the 70s and also the albums Third Stage and Corporate America. Besides Boston, he would play drums for Boston alumni Barry Goudreau on his solo projects. His death comes a little after 10 years from Brad Delp’s.

In 2012, Sib would be involved in local Boston show called Scotch’s PFG-TV. His daughter Lauren has been involved with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. RIP Sib.

TMZ article.

Legacy.com article.

Know your 80s super groups?

Eighties N Nineties has the 80s super groups slideshow made. We got Bad English, Mike and The Mechanics, The Firm, The Traveling Wilburys and a few others on our slideshow. With some debate, not included in our 80s slideshow despite the being formed in the late 80s is Alias and Damn Yankees, we will be including them in the upcoming 90s slideshow. We are missing one more band that needs to be included in our list, we will add that one down the road.

For now, we have our 80s super groups slideshow here:

 

Start!

Honoring Randy Rhoads and site news

Randy Rhoads

For this week’s Intro Vid, we will be having Ozzy Osbourne’s “Mr. Crowley” as the vid. We are doing this to honor Randy Rhoads who sadly passed away 35 years ago today.

Randy Rhoads
From TeamRock.com

And here’s the song:

Randy Rhoads was with Quiet Riot and later would join Ozzy Osbourne when he launched his solo career after his exit from Black Sabbath. Rhoads played guitar for both Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.  All of the songs in those two albums had a Rhoads co-credit to it along with Ozzy (minus “Dee” from Blizzard or Ozz, which was written by Rhoads himself).

Sadly, Rhoads and two others were killed in a plane crash on March 19, 1982.

SITE NEWS

The lack of updates is due to an upcoming slideshow we are making featuring 80s super groups. We should have the slideshow ready on Thursday. Sorry for not being around.

 

Brad Delp

Sadly, 10 years ago today, we lost Brad Delp of the band Boston. If you love your classic rock station or you grew up in the 70s, you definitely heard of Boston and the iconic voice of Brad Delp. Boston was known for “More than a Feeling,” “Piece of Mind,” “Foreplay/Longtime,” “Don’t Look Back” and more. Boston would be on hiatus due to mainly legal issues after their second album and would not return until 1986 with Third Stage.
Brad Delp
From Ultimate Classic Rock
Third Stage
Boston’s Third Stage would return the band to #1 with “Amanda” and also three other hits. The album is notable for having mainly Delp and Tom Scholz playing on the album, and keeping the usual Boston sound.
In the 1990s, Boston would press on, but without Brad Delp in the beginning. Delp and Scholz would have their disagreements before the 90s arrived with Delp leaving Boston in the end. He would join Boston alumni Barry Goudreau to form RTZ (Return to Zero).
Delp would re-join Boston in the mid-90s for the Walk On tour and would stay with both Boston and RTZ until his death in 2007.