March 2012

The Tour 2012

Kiss and Motley Crue together on one stage

The quintessential American hair bands Kiss and Motley Crue announced their co-headlining tour this summer simply called The Tour.  Being born in 1971, I could call it the Music from the first twenty years of my life tour.

My favorite 80s cartoons

Over the weekend my boyfriend and I were reminiscing about our childhoods and inevitably the conversation eventually drifted to television shows and cartoons. Saturday morning cartoons were one of my favorite things about being a kid and I never missed them. I knew a lot of kids that were only motivated to get out of bed on the weekends by the fact that there were cartoons on. I, on the other hand, was quite spoiled now that I’m looking back on it—my Mom used to tape them for me and then I could watch them when I got up. (Thanks Mom! You set a dangerous precedent and to this day I still sleep in much too late on the weekend.)

The Muppets 2011

The Muppets continue to entertain a generation well beyond the 80's

I recently watched The Muppets on DVD with my 7 year old daughter.  As a kid in the 80’s I was a fan of the Muppets, even though it wasn’t necessarily the cool thing to admit to my friends at the time.  Now, I proudly admit that I am a huge fan of the Muppets.  The Muppets were a big part of my childhood.  I remember pushing my parents to get back home by 7:00 so that I could catch the newest episode of The Muppet Show on T.V.  Let’s not forget about the movies.  Anytime the Muppets came out with a movie, I had to see it.

Watching The Muppets with my daughter was a weird experience because, although the movie was made in 2011, they still are incredibly entertaining for my 7 year old daughter.  This just amazed me.  How is it even possible that these characters, most of whom pre-date me by a good 15 years, are still entertaining to my daughter?  That, to me, is absolutely amazing!

Eighties Television: Night Court

This morning as I was driving to work, I was listening to the 80s station on my satellite radio and they happened to play a montage of voiceovers from old television shows. One in particular caught my attention, because it was one of my favorite shows while I was growing up. Looking back, I’m sure I didn’t understand 50% of what was going on, but I liked it anyway. Regardless of how much I understood, Night Court was always something I enjoyed watching.

The Expendables 2

80's action movie star ensemble movie

Did you just love the 80’s action movies?  You know, like Rambo or the Terminator?  Those were the movies with high action, big explosions, and tough heroes.  Well guess what?  August 17th, 2012 is going to be a special day for those us that still love those types of movies.  The Expendables 2 comes out that day.  The first Expendables movie featured Sylvester Stallone (known for such 80’s favorites as Rocky and Rambo), who also directed the movie, and Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago from Rocky IV).  Bruce Willis (from Die Hard) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (from Terminator) had small cameo appearances in the first Expendables movie.  They both will also be in The Expendables 2 with significantly larger roles.  Chuck Norris (Missing in Action, Lone Wolf McQuade) will join the team this time around.  Jean- Claude Van Damme  (Bloodsport, Time Cop) will have a large role to play as a rival mercenary to the Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s mercenary team.

Remembering When

This morning at work the girls in my office and were discussing our new smart phones and how often we need to charge them. Of course this degenerated into a discussion of our old phones and eventually became one of those “remember when” talks. For context, I’m currently 31 and the youngest employee in my office (by about 10-15 years). However, that doesn’t mean I don’t fondly remember some of these same times from my childhood while the other girls remember them from high school or “when I first got married” scenarios.

The Labyrinth

 You cannot look back on the 80’s decade, and not recall a variety of things you enjoyed – movies, music, hair styles, clothing styles, etc. For those of us who grew up in the 80’s, we may look back at photos of us during that time and say “What the hell?”.  Yet, regardless of us wanting to hide some of those pictures, there is no way you can say that the 80’s did not present and offer up some of the best things of our time.

If I had to list out my top 20 favorite movies, there are quite a few movies released in the 80’s, that would make this list. Yet of those movies, one consistently stands out. The Labyrinth. This movie was released in 1986 and starred Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. A movie based on a young girl whose brother is taken captive by the Goblin King (David Bowie). She has to venture through the labyrinth, encounter a slew of creatures (mostly puppets), and try to find her brother before time runs out.

Okay…the general synopsis may sound silly, but it seriously has held a place in my movie favorites since I first saw this movie. David Bowie plays a fabulous goblin king – sporting his 80’s hair and tight leather pants. Jennifer Connelly is a typical teenage girl whose frustrations with her little brother end up sending her through a maze of creepy little characters determined to help or determined to hinder her journey.

Journey: 80's music heavyweights

Journey is still rolling

Whether we want to believe it or not, the rock band Journey was formed back in 1973.  Journey was formed in San Francisco, CA by members of the legendary band Santana including lead guitarist Neal Schon.  The band was at their height of popularity in the 80’s.  They have gone through various incarnations over the years (most notably the replacement of wildly popular lead vocalist Steve Perry) but they still continue to tour and draw a large audience.  Currently, Arnel Pineda takes on the lead vocalist duties for the band and adds a touch of youthful exuberance while staying true to the trademark sound that is Journey.