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Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

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Composer Michael Masser with Whitney Houston. Together they made hits. Photo credit: nytimes.com.

Michael Masser, a songwriting legend in the 1970s and ’80s, died in Rancho Mirage, California, on Thursday at age 74.

Masser, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, created hit songs for Diana Ross in the ’70s and Whitney Houston in the ’80s, according to The Desert Sun. He wrote two of Ross’ biggest hits as a solo artist: “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” which was the Academy Award-nominated theme from the movie, “Mahogany.” The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well. Continue reading Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

New Order, Culture Club and other 80s bands are recording again!

New OrderHere is some exciting news for 80s music fans! Remember the Britpop synth band New Order, who recorded the chart-topping song “Blue Monday“? Well, they are back in the studio getting ready to record their 10th studio album.

If you grew up in the 80s, you will definitely remember hits like “Karma Chameleon“, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” from the Boy George-fronted ’80s group Culture Club. They are also currently in the studio recording their first album as a band in more than 15 years!

Faith No More, the band behind 1989’s hit “Epic” are back together and in the studio getting ready to release their first full-length album in 18 years. Their album will be available sometime in 2015.

The English synthpop duo Erasure, who saw their biggest hits like “Oh, L’Amour” and “Ship of Fools” reach their peak in the mid to late ’80s are also gearing up to release an album this fall.

If you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, don’t fear… There are also a few ’90s acts that will be dropping albums in 2015. Music artists such as: En Vogue, Counting Crows, Limp Bizkit and Smashing Pumpkins.

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Lead Singer of ’80s Group Survivor Jimi Jamison Dead at 63

Jimi JamisonJimi Jamison, the lead singer of the rock band Survivor, has died, the band announced. Jamison was 63.

“Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band wrote on its Twitter page. “Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends and family.”

According to Wikipedia, Jimi Jamison was born in rural Mississippi on August 23, 1951. Jamison is best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

RIP Jami. We are losing too many great talents from the 1980s, including recently Robin Williams (also 63 years of age).

Meshach Taylor of ‘Designing Women’ dead at 67

meshach_taylorIn case you missed this (as we did), CNN reported that actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986) passed away June 28, 2014. He is also known for his portrayal of Hollywood Montrose, a flamboyant window dresser in Mannequin (1987).

Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.

“It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” the family said in a statement.

RIP Meshach. :(

 

Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for second year in a row

Robert-Downey-Jr-2014Robert Downey Jr. known for his roles in movies such as Weird Science and Less Than Zero of the 1980s and Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes and the Avengers in recent years has topped Forbe’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row. Robert Downy Jr. earned an estimated $75 million in the last year.

This is a remarkable feat considering Downey only released one movie over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline: Jon Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Which ’80s Cartoon Series Are You?

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Are you a natural leader like He-Man or a quirky individual like Rainbow Brite?

Here’s something fun to see which 80’s cartoon series you are based on the questions you answer on BuzzFeed Rewind. Just so you know, I got “GI Joe: ‘A Real American Hero”. :)

Find out which 80’s Cartoon Series you are!

At the end of the questionnaire, you can share your results via Facebook, Twitter or Email.

Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director dead at 69

AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL IN DEAUVILLEHarold Ramis, the actor, writer and director whose films include “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This,” has died. He was 69.

His death was caused by complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for four years, according to United Talent Agency, which represented Ramis for many years.

For more than 40 years, Ramis was a leading figure in comedy. A veteran of the Second City troupe in his hometown of Chicago, he was a writer for “SCTV” and wrote or co-wrote the scripts for “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978), “Caddyshack” (1980), “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984), “Groundhog Day” (1993) and “Analyze This” (1999).

The films often featured members of his generation of comedy talents — veterans of the National Lampoon’s recordings, “Saturday Night Live” and “Second City TV” — most notably Ramis’ old comedy colleague and fellow Chicagoan Bill Murray.

Radio Shack Super Bowl commercial: ‘The 80’s called, they want their store back’

One of the best 80’s-inspired Super Bowl XLVIII commercials has to be the one from Radio Shack.

Radio Shack mocks and reinvents themselves all in one swoop. Since most people think they still carry only outdated electronics and batteries, it’s great to see them show the world they’re not the same Radio Shack people think of from the 1980’s.

They did a great job calling their nay-sayers out, in a fun and entertaining way, featuring famous eighties stereotypes such as Mary Lou Retton, Hulk Hogan, Alf and a host of other 80’s characters. Q*BERT even makes an appearance along with the California Raisins and Chucky.

Bravo Radio Shack! Thank you for bringing back 80’s nostalgia in your 60-second ad spot during the Super Bowl this year!