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Holding Out For A Solo

Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker spoiler warning.

While anti-heroes are all the rage, I must admit that I struggle with them. I love a darkish hero, but when it comes to a redeemed villain, I just don't know what to do with them. When Regina wanted to go good on Once Upon a Time, I was thrilled but also thought she didn't deserve to just start being happy after murdering so many people. I think the prison system we have is deeply flawed, so what do you do with that?

Best 80s Halloween Songs

Most of the best Halloween songs come from the 80s. There are a lot of great modern ones, too, especially Marilyn Manson's rendition of "This is Halloween," which is my favorite Halloween song, ever, but couldn't you argue that any of his songs could be played for Halloween? The same goes for much of the American Horror Story soundtrack, by the way--if you're looking for a LONG list of songs to fit your fall mood, that's a good one!

Misunderstood Song Lyrics

It's so much fun to find out what which 80s lyrics you made up once upon a time just because you couldn't understand them actually are on the Internet. There are plenty of websites, not to mention YouTube videos, to explain what our favorite singers were really crooning, which helped me to understand that when the Thompson Twins sang "Hold Me Now," they were singing "my cold and tired heart," and not "my cold Italian heart," which made absolutely no sense to me as a kid.

Tiffany Returns

Fans of the 80s are going gaga over Tiffany's reboot of her 1980s version of "I Think We're Alone Now," which has been given a modern update that sounds more like a clubbing song than its original mall tune. Is it as good as the original? Does any Gen Xer or Millennial really even care? It's giving us the kind of nostalgia vibes that give us waves of joy and it's got us hoping for a bunch of other 80s reboots.

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?

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