Tag Archives: 80’s Music

80’s Artists – A

A-ha

Abba

Abbot, Gregory

ABC

Abdul, Paula

Accept

AC/DC

Adam Ant

Adams, Bryan

Aerosmith

A Flock of Seagulls

After the Fire

Air Supply

Alan Parsons Project

Al B. Sure

Aldo Nova

Alphaville

Amazulu

Ambrosia

America

Animotion

Art of Noise

Arcadia

Arrows, The

Asia

Astley, Rick

Atlantic Starr

Austin, Patti

80’s Artists – B

Madonna’s The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD

Madonna is still at it and is releasing her Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD March 2010.

The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girls hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, ‘4 Minutes,’ ‘Like a Prayer, ‘Hung Up’ and ‘Ray of Light’. Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic ‘Don t Cry For Me Argentina’ to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans.

Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winners most recent CD ‘Hard Candy’ which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.

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‘My Sharona’ singer Doug Fieger dies at age 57

Doug Fieger lead singer of the band the Knack who sang the 1979 hit “My Sharona” died Sunday, February 14. He was 57.

Fieger said the song “My Sharona” was inspired by a girlfriend he had for four years. “I had never met a girl like her – ever,” he told the Associated Press in a 1994 interview. “She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn’t quit. She was very self-assured. … She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy.”

In the 1980’s the song became a pop culture phenomenon. Many songs by the Knack were fueled by young love and teenage lust which included hits like “Good Girls Don’t,” “She’s So Selfish” and “Frustrated.”

Fieger battle cancer for 6 years and in 2006 he underwent surgery to remove two tumors from his brain.

He is survived by a sister, Beth Falkenstein, and his brother Geoffrey Fieger.

A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family is being planned.

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski January 10, 1953) is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including “Love Is A Battlefield“, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot“, “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker“. Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV.

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Bad English

Wondering how Bad English got their name? The members decided on a name for the band while playing pool. John Waite missed a shot and Jonathan Cain made a comment on how bad his “english” was (referring to the spin a player puts on the cue ball) and the band decided to use the phrase.

Jonathan Cain and guitarist Neal Schon, who had enjoyed enormous success in Journey, continued on to form Bad English with Waite after Journey disbanded. The first album, eponymously titled, was a big seller with three hit singles, including the number one hit “When I See You Smile” written by Diane Warren, the top 10 hit “Price of Love,” and “Possession.” Another track from the debut album, the AOR song “Best of What I Got“, was featured in the soundtrack to 1989’s Tango and Cash.

The band’s second album, 1991’s “Backlash” came and went without any fanfare. The only single, “Straight To Your Heart,” just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42. Ricky Phillips writes on his website that the group had parted company before the second album had been mixed. Both Phillips and guitarist Neal Schon expressed frustration with the “pop” side of the band’s songs and wanted a harder edge. In the end, it proved to be the band’s undoing as everyone left to pursue other projects.

In later interviews Waite revealed that although he loved playing to stadium-sized audiences, he was uncomfortable with the corporate rock image that he felt the band had presented and has been a solo artist ever since.

Bad English drummer Deen Castronovo later went on to join a reformed Journey with singer Steve Augeri, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, and Ross Valory. He also played on Ozzy Osbourne‘s album Ozzmosis in 1995.

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Autograph

Autograph was an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California. Active on RCA from 1984 to 1989, they sold 1.5 million records and were awarded gold with their “Sign In Please” album and their hit single ‘Turn Up The Radio’. A new version of the band was formed by their founder Steve Plunkett in 2002 for a single album. They have been inactive since 2005.

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Armored Saint

Armored Saint was formed in 1982 by brothers Phil Sandoval (guitar) and Gonzo Sandoval (drums), and guitarist David Prichard, while attending South Pasadena High School. Next to join were singer John Bush also a South Pasadena High School Alumni and bassist Joey Vera. Gonzo Sandoval came up with the name after getting stoned with the other band members and seeing the film Excalibur at a theater in Monterey Park. Armored Saint recorded a five song demo that landed the song “Lesson Well Learned” on the compilation album Metal Massacre II. Three of these demo songs were then used for the band’s self-titled EP on Metal Blade Records in 1983. The group then signed with Chrysalis Records in 1984.

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Anthrax

Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981. Founded by guitarists Scott Ian and Danny Lilker, the band has since released 9 studio albums and 20 singles, and an EP featuring Public Enemy. The band was one of the most popular of the 1980s thrash metal scene. When thrash metal began to gain a major following in the mid-to-late 1980s, Anthrax were dubbed one of the “big four” of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer.

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