Tag Archives: 80’s music video

Grab your ‘Sledgehammer’ & help celebrate Peter Gabriel’s 25th anniversary of ‘So’

Eighties music artist Peter Gabriel wants people to recreate scenes from “Sledgehammer,” his popular 1986 stop-motion music video that MTV says is one of the most-played clips ever on the 24-hour music television network.

An link on the former Genesis rocker’s Facebook page allows his fans to pick a scene from the music video, record a re-creation or upload an existing YouTube clip and vote for the best videos. Click here to recreate scenes from ‘Sledgehammer’.

The “Grab Your Sledgehammer” contest is linked to the 25th anniversary of Gabriel’s “So” album, which was re-released Oct. 22 in three different versions.

One winner will receive a TDKperformance Wireless Boombox and autographed artwork, while 30 runners-up will earn “Sledgehammer” posters. Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” video won nine MTV Video Music Awards in 1987.

Duran Duran’s racy new video & look back on past videos

Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and John Taylor reveal which of their classic new-wave videos they’d like to rewind and re-do. The video below also gives us a glimpse of their racy new music video for the song “Girl Panic” off of DD’s “All You Need Is Now” album — which features super models Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford.

Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms [music video] 1986

The Cutting Crew is a pop-rock band formed in England in 1985, best known for their #1 hit, “(I Just) Died in Your Arms“.

Vocalist Nick Van Eede founded the group along with Canadian guitarist Kevin MacMichael in 1985, and the two made demos that led to a recording contract, before bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beadle joined in 1986.

Their first album, Broadcast, was released on Virgin Records in 1986. Although Virgin Records was already a major label in the UK, their debut song, “(I Just) Died in Your Arms“, provided the first U.S. hit for Virgin as a full-fledged label.

Men At Work bandmember found dead

Men at Work multi-instrumentalist Greg Ham was found dead in his Melbourne home today, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Police were called in to investigate Ham’s mysterious death after a pair of concerned friends let themselves into the 58-year-old musician’s house, where he lived alone.

“There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today,” homicide detective Shane O’Connell told reporters. ”And we’re assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred.”

Colin Hay, frontman of the Grammy-winning Australian group, released a statement lamenting the passing of his bandmate, who may be most remembered for contributing the distinct flute melody on the group’s 1982 hit “Down Under,” which topped charts around the world.

Look what the lawyers dragged in; Poison sued for alleged plagiarism

80's hair/glam band PoisonMembers of Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind.”

The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including “Hit and Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.

According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker. During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille’s use as a member of another band, Screamin’ Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history. In 2004 McCarthy was asked by Sleaze Roxx how much of a hand he had in writing “Talk Dirty To Me” and replied, “I was the only hand in the arrangement–which Poison karaoke’d off Screamin Mimi’s version. If others differ, I’m waiting to hear or see it.” Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, sold approximately 4 million copies.

Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.

In Memory of Jani Lane – Official Warrant video – Heaven Country Club

Posted August 12, 2011 on the Official Warrant YouTube page:

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jani was a very important part of our lives for a long time. We will always be incredibly proud of the music we created together. He was a true talent and will be missed by all of us.”

Pet Shop Boys releases new single “Together” in US

Pet Shop Boys’ most recent single, “Together”, was released in the USA April 12th, by Astralwerks in no less than five digital formats.

1. Digital one-track video.
2. One-track digital single: “Together (Ultimate mix)”.
3. Two-track digital single: “Together (Radio mix)”; “West End girls (Grum remix)”.
4. Three-track digital single: “Together (Pepptalk mix)”;
“Together (Ultrabeat remix)”; “West End girls (Grum Dub mix)”.
5. Four-track digital single: “Together (Ultimate mix)”; “Together (Extended mix)”; “Glad All Over”; “I Cried For Us”.

The single, written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and Tim Powell, was originally released in the UK and around the world in November last year.

Tiffany

With Tiffany‘s career beginning at the same time as Debbie Gibson’s, the two teen pop performers have often been confused with each other and rumors abounded of feelings of animosity between this pair of 1980’s divas.

Tiffany Darwish was born on October 2nd 1971 in Norwalk, California, daughter of Robert and Janie Darwish. With her father’s heritage being of Syrian and English descent and her mother with Irish and Cherokee descent it was of no surprise that Tiffany would have exotic and stunning looks. Her talents as a singer were established at a very young age, four in fact, when she learned the words to Delta Dawn, originally recorded by Helen Reddy, and Tiffany began singing to her then divorced parents.

By the age of ten Tiffany made her live singing debut with a country and western band and by the end of the evening she had collected a total of $235.00 by passing around a hat to the appreciative audience.The next big move in Tiffany’s singing career came when she was spotted by Hoyt Axton and moved to Tennessee to perform on the Ralph Emery Show where she charmed the audience with Tammy Wynette and Juice Newton hits.

Tiffany’s first big earnings as a performer came when she toured Alaska in 1982 grossing over $3,000 and which found her performing along side  such greats as Jerry Lee Lewis and George Jones. Finally, in 1984, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single, ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, which  became a number one hit on the Billboard chart, propelling Tiffany to international stardom.

1986 saw Tiffany signing total control of her career over to her manager George Tobin, which took her to the recording studios of MCA where she laid down her best selling album ‘Tiffany’ which made the stores in 1987. She embarked on a nationwide tour across America appearing in shopping malls to promote her new album. The concept of promoting an album in shopping malls was taken up decades later by Britney Spears when she made her ‘Hair Zone Mall Tour’ across America.At this time Tiffany’s career began running into competition from Debbie Gibson’s career, and the two were constantly vying for appearances on the covers of teen magazines.

In 2000, Tiffany released a “comeback” album, The Color of Silence, which received good reviews. Billboard pegged it as “one of the best pop albums of the year” and the year’s “biggest surprise”. Despite the critical validation, and a record-breaking turnout for her college campus tour, a record deal with a shady, now defunct company and the teen-pop “stigma” attached to her name hindered the album’s potential success.

In the April 2002 issue of Playboy, Tiffany appeared fully nude. Her ’80s-era rival Debbie Gibson appeared nude in the magazine in March 2005. Also in 2002, she appeared on the short-lived sitcom That ’80s Show as “Autumn”, an employee of punk nightclub “Chaos”.

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