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Blink-182 as a Synthwave Band

Have you ever thought about what Blink-182 might sound like as a 1980s synthwave band? Okay, it's not THAT far out into space, and a fan has not only shown us what some songs might sound like, but also promised to provide more in the future. That got me thinking about what other bands or just singles should be reimagined in this light and I thought... holy cow, a lot of them. This could get really fun really quick!

80s First Five Notes

Whether you're stuck at home in subzero weather like me or just needing a fun, quick game to kill some time, I can't recommend playing First Five Notes with your favorite 80s playlist. It's such a fun and fast game that only requires access to a music playlist, whether it's on YouTube, your Spotify subscription, Pandora, etc. You could also just call the game "Name That Tune," since that's essentially what you are doing, but my local radio station does this every weekday for various ticket contests so that's what we call it.

Modern Songs with an 80s Vibe

When singer-songwriter Adele came on the scene, everyone loved how different yet familiar she sounded. That's because her music, while unique, also possessed a sound that reflected similar beats and vocal stylings to the 1960s. Since then, the singer has created even more music with homages to yesteryear, including her song, "Under the Bridge," which sounds more like it belongs to the 1980s than today's music.

How do you win tickets?

One of the best treats for a kid who grew up in the 1980s is to see their favorite bands play in 2019. While many of the greats have since passed away and still others don't sound as awesome as they once did, hearing many of our favorite bands and singers live is pretty much a dream come true. Concerts don't always come cheaply, though, so what's the trick to buying cheap tickets?

Celebrating Duran Duran

Hungry Like the Wolf. Ordinary World. Duran Duran has left a fun yet meaningful impact on the world. Is it time to honor them by adding them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Some say yes, and whether or not you agree, you can't deny that the English new wave pop group has had a lasting effect on fans across the globe. In fact, they are still touring after forming in the late 1970s, which is more than most bands can say!

Your 80s Music Fix

When it comes to getting your 80s music fix, what is your go-to source for music? In 2017 there is no shortage of options! Here are a few great choices:

Youtube. This is a great way to make sure you get your lyrics right (as long as the videos have the correct lyrics!), find new playlists and listen without paying or logging into something.

Spotify. This is another free option as long as you don't use Premium, and there are lots of playlists. You can make your own, too.

80s Hair Band Mix

If there's any music that the 80s will forever be known for, it's hair band music. These bands had enough hair per person to craft two wigs, a pair of slippers and a small dog, but they also had some pretty epic rifts, making guitars squeal for days. To open a can of nostalgia, all you have to do is put on some Poison, Bon Jovi or Ratt and get transported back to that visceral time.

J. Geils Dies at His Home

J. Geils was found dead in his home today when authorities came to issue a well-being check. He was 71 and appeared to die of natural causes. Fans of 80s music know him as the founder of the J. Geils Band, which is famous for songs like “Centerfold,” “Love Stinks,” and “Freeze Frame.” The band, which broke up in the 80s, has reunited off and on and has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame four times.

Geils will be missed by all of his fans. What was your favorite J. Geils Band song?

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