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Spaceballs 2 could really happen, Mel Brooks says

When Mel Brooks talks about a sequel to Spaceballs, ‘80s fans are tempted to politely smile and nod our heads. It’s a joke, we figure, because how can you possibly recapture the magic of the 1987 Star Wars spoof, especially since John Candy has passed away. 

And let’s face it: We still feel burned that the movie promos for History of the World Part 2 - Hitler on Ice! - were just a joke. 

But no, it appears it really could happen. Brooks, speaking over the weekend at a screening for Young Frankenstein at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, told the audience that he’s “talking with MGM” as we speak, according to Movieweb.com.

MGM has yet to confirm any talks, but that’s Hollywood for you. Without Candy available to reprise his role of Barf, maybe a prequel makes more sense, Movieweb suggests. Good idea, Movieweb!

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A-Plus if you remember the theme song to 'Back to School'

Let's make it official and change Movie Week to Movie Month on Lost and Found as the forgotten soundtrack songs from the '80s just can't stop on the blog. For my kids, today is their last day of school and they are ready to celebrate. If you think your kids will drive you crazy this summer, then take heart with this lost Jude Cole song and know that soon they will go Back To School.

In 1986, Rodney Dangerfield was 65 years old and reached his commercial peak when Back To School was a box office smash and the sixth-highest grossing movie of the year. While the song best remembered from Back To School is Oingo Boingo's Dead Men's Party, you might recall the title song performed by pre-fame Jude Cole.

Back To School was Cole's first attempt at a hit, but the song did not chart. The video for Back To School alternates between a lot of Rodney Dangerfield and Cole getting the thumbs up for his in studio support team. With the exception of some Sally Kellerman, the video for Back To School curiously gives little time to other characters played by Keith Gordon, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison and the one, the only, Billy Zabka.

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Life on the '80s charts was no holiday for this band featured in 'Teachers'

Across many states, schools are letting out for summer and the only ones more excited about that prospect than the kids are the teachers. What better way to combine '80 movie music and salute those instructing our children than a song from the Teachers soundtrack - Roman Holiday and One Foot Back In Your Door.

Teachers was Ralph Macchio's first movie after The Karate Kid and the 1984 flick not only had a star-filled cast with JoBeth Williams and Nick Nolte, but it included early movie performances by Morgan Freeman, Crispin Glover and Laura Dern before they starred in much larger roles. The soundtrack is very underrated and features mostly rock acts like Night Ranger and Joe Cocker with the exception of the one outlier - the band Roman Holiday and their catchy One Foot Back In Your Door.

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The Bee Gees fared as well in '80s as the movie 'Staying Alive'

Yesterday we examined Sylvester Stallone in front of the screen but today we catch Sly behind the camera and make amends with the Bee Gees with their slow jam Someone Belonging To Someone.

Stallone directed three movies in the '80s, but two of them were Rocky III and IV. His foray outside the Rocky movies was Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Staying Alive remains the only film Stallone directed but didn't star in, unless you argue about the cameo of Stallone bumping into John Travolta on the streets of New York - which is shown in the video for Someone Belonging To Someone.

With the phenomenon that was the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, it only made sense to bring back the Bee Gees to perform on the soundtrack of Staying Alive. I would think by now, everyone has moved past picking on the Bee Gees for their affiliation with the disco era. Of the thirty Top 40 hits the Bee Gees scored, the first thirteen were from 1967 to 1972 and were harmonic pop songs, but many only remember their rule over the Disco Era with eight number one songs including a mind-blowing six in a row with songs like Stayin' Alive. …

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Only the music was a winner in Stallone's flick 'Over The Top'

Sylvester Stallone owned the '80s with three Rambo movies, two more Rocky sequels and seven other movies ranging from underrated (Nighthawks) to down-right embarrassing (Rhinestone). Many of Stallone's movies had winning songs even if the movies themselves were a stinkaroo like Winner Takes It All from Over The Top.

Over The Top has a generous rating of 5.7 on IMDB and features one of the more brutal performances by a child actor in the '80s as David Mendenhall's role as the unlikeable son of Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) won him the Razzie as Worst Supporting Actor of 1987 at the tender age of 16. Still, the music is top notch as all songs were handled by the duo of Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock who teamed up for all those great songs on Top Gun. On the Over The Top soundtrack, the big hit was Kenny Loggins' Meet Me Half Way, but we also fondly remember Sammy Hagar and Winner Takes It All.

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You couldn't count Little Richard down or out in the '80s

With so many excellent forgotten movie songs, how can we stop at one week? The answer is we won't - so let's get busy with another week of movie songs starting off one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll - Little Richard and Great Gosh A'mighty (It's A Matter Of Time) from Down And Out In Beverly Hills.

Little Richard was the Prince of the '50s and was a key figure in the transition of R&B to rock 'n' roll with songs like Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally. Another '50s hit for Little Richard was Good Golly, Miss Molly and in 1986, Little Richard nearly hit the Top 40 one last time with a similarly titled Great Gosh A'mighty.

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Red Dawn's Powers Boothe passes away at age 68

I don’t know if there’s any character actor I loved more than Powers Boothe. And don’t be dismayed by the tag “character” actor. Boothe made every role he played larger than life. So much so that it’s almost impossible to believe the actor simply passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 68.

No Boothe character would have gone out that quietly. Think back to 1984’s Red Dawn. It took half the Russian army to take him out. And he still died, cursing under his breath, telling those Army pukes to shoot straight. 

To ‘80s fans, Boothe might always be Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. (Or even Jim Jones from the creepy 1980 TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.) There’s an equally memorable turn in the 1990 TV movie By Dawn’s Early Light, where we are forced to imagine what a nuclear war with the Soviet Union would be like with Powers flying a bomber over our Cold War enemy. Or Boothe’s amazing take as Curly Bill Brocius in 1993’s Tombstone. …

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New podcast: Movie and TV moms of the '80s

Did you forget Mother's Day? Stuck in the '80s didn't. We released a new show - as we do every Sunday - and this week's episode is a tribute to Mom. Not your mom, but rather the movie and TV moms we adored during the glorious decade of the '80s. 

B-Rad, Jen with One N and Spearsy each have their favorite - and they do share some stories about their real moms - so have a listen and enjoy it. And remember, it has raisins ... you LIKE raisins!

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Mickey Thomas, Rob Lowe stood in the fire for this tune from 'Youngblood'

As we close out Movie Week, it does us '80s proud that one of our decades movie stars is still kicking it in TV in 2017. In the past few years, Rob Lowe starred in the underrated comedy The Grinder and the latest season for CBS' Code Black. You can also catch Lowe on the big screen with the just released How To Be A Latin Lover. Today we remember the always youthful Lowe in the video for Mickey Thomas' Stand In The Fire from Youngblood.

With his first big screen credit in The Outsiders, Lowe quickly became a star of youth-oriented films including 1986's Youngblood. Also starring Cynthia Gibb and Patrick Swayze, Youngblood is the story of talented hockey player Dean Youngblood (Lowe) who must prove he has the backbone to fight to make it to the big stage. It also marks one of the first appearances in the movies by 22-year old Keanu Reeves. …

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There's no 'Alibi' for this movie, but Randy Newman's tune is classic

Since we are talking about the mix of music and movies, you would be remiss if Randy Newman wasn't mentioned in the conversation. Though he has won the bulk of his awards post-'80s, our favorite decade was still fertile ground for the sly wit of Newman, evidenced in the video for Falling In Love.

The forgotten 1989 movie Her Alibi may not be on the top of the resume for Tom Selleck or Randy Newman, but still the partnership did make for a good song and pleasing video. Her Alibi only has an IMDB rating of 5.7 as mystery novelist Selleck becomes the alibi for murder suspect Paulina Porizkova (better known to us as Mrs. Ric Ocasek and the video vixen of The Cars Drive video).

Even if you are not a fan of Newman or this song, you must at least watch the opening of the video as Newman's big red head (Laura Howard) from his iconic I Love L.A. video returns to give the best one-liner insult in '80s music video. However, that is not the only reason to view the catchy video as Newman continues to have fun with a cast of characters including baby cupids and heavenly backup beauties along with plenty of movie clips of a hairy-chested Selleck avoiding near-fatal accidents.

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Iron Eagle's fried chicken aside, give us the 'Road of the Gypsy'

Yesterday we started off the 5th Annual Movie Music Week on Lost and Found with the title song from the deep soundtrack of Iron Eagle. To prove its depth, we feature another song from Iron Eagle with today's offering being Adrenalin and Road Of The Gypsy.

Without a doubt, the most recognized song on the Iron Eagle soundtrack is Queen's One Vision with its blazing riffs by Brian May and the great vocal ending of Freddie Mercury singing "Give me fried chicken." Besides One Vision and Iron Eagle, the soundtrack also featured Adrenalin, the band from the affluent Detroit suburb of Gross Pointe (yes, the same town as the fantastic John Cusack flick Gross Pointe Blanke). The six members of Adrenalin were friends from elementary school and gained their greatest visibility when Road Of The Gypsy appeared on the Iron Eagle soundtrack.

The video for Road Of The Gypsy pales in comparison to King Kobra's Iron Eagle as movie clips dominate the video with occasional glimpses on the band. Although they never made it nationwide, Adrenalin was so well regarded in their home state that in 2015 they were inducted into the Michigan Rock N Roll Legends Hall Of Fame.

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Which seems more dangerous: King Kobra or Iron Eagle?

Hello again! For a few months, the Lost and Found blog feature on Stuck in the '80s had to take a back seat to work obligations, but it's time to get back to what we love doing - profiling the lost songs and videos of the '80s. Hopefully you missed us while we were gone and we hope to come back on a regular basis because like King Kobra - we never say die. 

With Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opening open last week, it signaled the beginning of the summer movie season so I figured it's time for a special week of one of my favorite subgenres of '80s music - lost soundtrack songs. Today we kick off Movie Week with the Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) by King Kobra.

Top Gun may have been the dogfight movie of 1986 but four months before Goose and Maverick felt the need for speed, Iron Eagle was in the theatres starring Louis Gossett Jr. as Colonel Chappy and Jason Gedrick as a teen looking to rescue his captured fighter pilot dad. The movie boasts an impressive soundtrack and the video for Iron Eagle is a great mix of movie promotion and showcase for King Kobra. …

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Never Found in the '80s: Cabaret Voltaire

It is time for something industrial.

Cabaret Voltaire began as a performance art group in 1973 in Sheffield, England. They experimented with electronically produced sounds and tape machines. As they progressed into the '80s, their sound had incorporated elements of new wave, dance, and pop music for more accessibility. They were pioneers of what came to be known as industrial music, but they were never found on the American Pop charts.

When I first heard them, I wasn't sure what to make of them. I liked guitars in my music - there were none in Cabaret Voltaire's. I resisted for a while, until I realized how danceable their music was. As is the case with today's song, Sensoria. Sensoria was a single off their 1984 album - Micro-Phonies. The version we're featuring is the 12" mix and it clocks in at more than seven minutes. And what a danceable more than seven minutes it is. …

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Prince ‘Purple Rain’ concert movie in the works

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life without Prince.” But hey, some positive news. Billboard.com says Prince’s estate is negotiating to release a concert movie and a documentary about Purple Rain to a streaming service.

According to THR, the concert movie is from Prince’s Aug. 3, 1983, performance in Minneapolis. That’s the show where he debuted the songs that would be featured in Purple Rain. Also on the table is additional footage that could be used to make a documentary.

This deal is not to be confused with the re-release of the Purple Rain soundtrack, which is due in June from Warner Music Group. (They still retain the rights to the soundtrack.)

Both the Purple Rain movie and soundtrack were huge financial successes when released in the summer of 1984. While the movie wasn’t necessarily a hit with critics, the public loved it at the box office. The soundtrack is one of the best-selling soundtracks in history and Purple Rain is often ranked in any Top 20 list of greatest albums released.

 

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Never Found in the '80s: Siouxsie & the Banshees

It was sometime in 1985 when a young art student first stepped into the legendary Minneapolis nightclub, First Avenue & 7th Street Entry, for that special weekly dance night featuring the coolest alternative music of the day. The night was called Club Degenerate and it quickly became young Dr. Dim's favorite night of the week.

As best as I can recall, one of the first videos I saw on the big screen above the dancefloor was today's song by post punk and Goth rock legends: Siouxsie & the Banshees. The song is Christine from their third album Kaleidoscope (1980).

Siouxsie Sioux was at first a member of the Bromley Contingent, a name given by journalist Caroline Coon to a certain group of dedicated followers of UK punk legends the Sex Pistols. Soiuxsie and Steven Severin formed Siouxsie & the Banshees in 1976 in a rather spur of the moment fashion. That original incarnation included future Pistol Sid Vicious on drums.

The band produced music for the next 20 years, with various musicians coming and going, including The Cure's Robert Smith. In 1996, the band came to an end as Siouxsie became more involved in her musical side project The Creatures. Today she performs as a solo artist. …

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