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43 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Episode 164: We timed this one just right for the second part of Stranger Things Season 4, which drops on Netflix on July 1. It's an in-depth look at the music used in the show's first 4 seasons. If you haven't watched the show yet, first of all, what are you waiting for? But even if it's still on your To-Do List, Joe and Kari are bringing a spoiler-free review of the great songs from Cutting Crew, Gentlemen Afterdark, New Order and many more!Coming Around Again: The segment that focuses on songs that were released more than once is back, with a spotlight on the Def Leppard song "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Do you prefer the original version, or the beefed-up Mutt Lange remix? I know nothing stays the same, but if you're willing to play the game....
44 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Episode 163: R&B Superstars
Episode 163: Of course, we begin with a quick Kate Bush update (HRT80s has never been so invested in a current Hot 100 chart), and then it's time to discuss some superstars from the R&B Chart. Last time we visited the subject, we left off on the letter H -- so get ready for info on Isaac Hayes, Leon Haywood, Heavy D and others. Number 163: Since it's episode 163, we are focusing on number 163 on Treblezine's top 200 songs of the 80's, which is "There She Goes" by UK act The La's. You know this song whether you were a fan back in the day, or maybe you're a fan of Gilmore Girls or Sixpence None the Richer. No judgment!
45 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Enjoy Every Sandwich
Episode 162: First in tidbits is an update on the Kate Bush Chart Resurgence of 2022: she's back, BABY! Next, it’s a super-sized Just A Bit Outside; a look at the songs of 1980 and 1989 that didn't quite hit the Top 40, including songs from Foreigner, John Denver, and Chunky A (psst, it's really Arsenio). And you don't want to miss the song that Joe calls the absolute worst song ever covered on HRT80s. Then it’s time for That's What Friends Are For, the segment where we discuss musicians who get some help in the studio from their famous friends. Warren Zevon got some help from Linda Ronstadt and some of the Eagles on his 1980 Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School.
47 minutes | Jun 7, 2022
Revenge of the Mac
Episode 161: Joe and Kari have returned from a little break -- Kari went on a European vacation just like the Griswolds, but Stonehenge remains in tact! Since it's been a few weeks since they've caught up, the first segment is Revenge of the Tidbits! The music world has been shaken up by some classic 80's songs that have seen a resurgence of late, and Kari fills us in on the 80's music aspects of her vacation. Fleetwood Mac: We all know them and we all love them, but how do the members of the Mac stack up when comparing their solo 80's releases? Joe and Kari take a look at the Top 40 chart happenings of Lindsey, Christine, Mick and Stevie.
40 minutes | May 24, 2022
Hiatt, Eurythmics, and Bagpipes, oh my!
Episode 160: This week, Kari and Joe chose two artists for the HRT80s spotlight. Kari picked singer/songwriter John Hiatt -- a musician who began his career in the 70's and went on to become a well-respected figure in the industry and had his songs covered by other legends like Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and BB King, and Jon Bon Jovi. Joe was inspired by the recent announcement of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and picked the Eurythmics, an act that has a ton of big hits on the Hot 100, as well as a trove of deeper hits that deserve a listen. Bagpipes: Since Kari is headed to Scotland, they decided to brush up on some 80's hits that feature the bagpipes (and the similar sounding Uillean Pipes), from Rod Stewart and The Adventures.
42 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 159: It’s been teased for a few weeks, and the time has finally come: Joe and Kari give their review of the Mixtape Tour: NKOTB, Rick Astley, Salt N Pepa, and En Vogue! The show was 2.5 hours of nonstop hits...and a little bit of Magic Mike! Find out the highs and lows, and what it’s like to get Rickrolled in real life. Scottish Acts: Since Kari is headed to the UK, the HRT80’s duo takes a look at some of the finest 80's music to come out of Scotland. Altered Images, The Waterboys, and Orange Juice are a few of the acts which are highlighted. Because if it’s not Scottish … well you know the rest!
47 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode 158: The 80's alternative music festival Cruel World is this weekend in Pasadena, and although Joe and Kari will not be attending (cruel world, indeed), they thought that discussing a bunch of the acts that will be performing would be the next best thing! Put on some heavy eyeliner and listen in as they discuss acts like Berlin, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Church, and Echo and the Bunnymen.
41 minutes | May 3, 2022
Sweet Birthday Babies
Episode 157: There are a lot of May birthdays for some of our favorite 80's acts. Steve Stevens became famous for his work with Billy Idol, but he did a lot of great work on his own, including a theme for one of the biggest movies of the decade. Members of the Housemartins and China Crisis are also blowing out some candles this month. Get out your party hats and (Art of) Noisemakers!Just a Bit Outside: Joe and Kari celebrate some huge songs from the 1980's that didn't hit the top 40: songs you may remember from Budweiser commercials or your cousin Tina's wedding reception. It's electric!
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Billboard Flashback: 4/26/1980
Episode 156 is here! Time to head back to 1980 to take a look at the headlines, charts, and paid advertisements in Billboard magazine, dated April 26, 1980. Arista Records sprung for an ad on the cover touting the "sensational hit single" "Fire in the Morning" by Melissa Manchester. Money well spent? Al Johnson, Ian Hunter, and Ozark Mountain Daredevils are a few of the other artists within the pages, plus an editorial from a light salesman that tries to convince the American public that disco is NOT dead. Coming Around Again: British band B-Movie recorded their 1980 single "Nowhere Girl" more than once, but was it worth it? Listen to the newest episode of HRT80's to find out!
41 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
Strings and Things
Episode 155: Believe it or not, there are a lot of 80's songs that feature the violin (just now realizing that we forgot to include that Lambda Lambda Lambda song from the finale of Revenge of the Nerds, darn it!). Check out the new segment "Strings and Things" for a rundown of some great 80's tunes that feature both traditional violin sounds as well as that wacky "pizzicato" technique. HRT80s Court: It's a case within a case this week. The Fixx has a new single out that includes a bass line that sounds awfully familiar. Did they rip off a classic 90's song, or did THAT band get their inspiration from the "Eighties"? It's no Joke, check out Episode 155!
50 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Episode 154 is here! Remember that television program Hit Me Baby One More Time? Where fading pop stars performed their classic songs and contemporary covers, in an effort to restart their career? It's okay, Joe and Kari didn't really remember it either, but since so many great 80's acts took part, they decided to watch a few episodes of the UK version to see how everyone fared. Get ready for clips from Howard Jones, Tiffany, Limahl, Belinda CarLISLE, and others! The first episode of Hit Me Baby One More Time is up on YouTube if you'd like to get acquainted first, or just dive on in to Episode 154 of HRT80s!
40 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Even More R&B Superstars / #153
Episode 153 is here! Joe and Kari discuss more acts that placed a ton of singles on the R&B Chart. They left off near the beginning of the alphabet, but they take a quick detour to the letter S (for reasons that will be explained) to discuss Slave, a brassy band with 15 hits on the chart in the 80's. Georgio, Johnny Gill, Herbie Hancock, Nona Hendryx and Stacy Lattisaw also take a turn under the microscope. Number 153: According to Pitchfork.com, THIS song was number 153 on their list of the best 80's songs. We're all Steppin' Out on this episode of HRT80s!
44 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
More Obscure Soundtrack Songs
Episode 152: 80's Movie Soundtrack Mania! Did you know that the Against All Odds soundtrack has music NOT by Phil Collins on it?! It was news to Joe and Kari! Kid Creole and the Coconuts perform a delightful song and even appear in the movie! Other obscure movie tunes from The Heavenly Kid, The Lost Boys, Secret Admirer and (sigh) Hunk pop up as well. Just a Bit Outside: An offshoot of the Detroit Wheels and a Grammy-winning sound engineer are the two acts featured who *almost* hit the Top 40.
35 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Episode 151: What exactly is Power Pop? There are a few guidelines, but really, you'll know it when you hear it. The Knack and Cheap Trick are a couple of the more popular Power Pop bands, but since this is HRT80's, Joe and Kari spotlight a few of the lesser-known acts: The Kings, XTC, and The Spongetones, among others. That's What Friends Are For: Culture Club backing vocalist, and (one-time) friend of Boy George, Helen Terry gets her moment to shine in the spotlight. Love Lies Lost was a Top 40 UK Hit, but what happened next?
49 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
Deep Dives: Devo and Rickie Lee Jones
Episode 150! Can you believe it?? Joe and Kari have decided to spend this momentous occasion (or maybe it was a coincidence) to take a deep dive into the careers of "artistes" Devo and Rickie Lee Jones. Kari chose to investigate the art-rockers Devo and how they got started. Joe is obsessed with Rickie Lee Jones. These two acts definitely march to the beat of their own drum. Coming Around Again: The ubiquitous 80's hit "Walking on Sunshine" was actually the second version of the song, who knew? Tune in to Episode 150 - and don't it feel good??!!
41 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Epic Guitar Solos
Episode 149: Got a minute? Joe and Kari are bringing you more epic guitar solos that last around 60 seconds, including classics from artists you would expect (Santana, Guns 'N' Roses, Led Zeppelin), as well as some deeper hits from acts like Vandenberg, J. Blackfoot, and Bad Company. Who's Holding Phil Now? It's the same old story from Mr. Collins -- he tells record execs "I'm not doing that!" and then of course, he ends up doing just that -- including a big hit from his foray into film acting Buster.
39 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Just a Bit Outside
Episode 148: Hope you love the segment "Just a Bit Outside" as much as Joe and Kari do, because that's the sole focus of this episode -- but with a twist!! Since Joe complained so much about focusing on the deeper hits from the year 1980, Kari decided to zoom on up to 1989! So get ready for songs from 1989's brightest stars: Neneh Cherry, Dino...and Loverboy?!
58 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Billboard Flashback: February 22, 1986
Episode 147 is here! Joe and Kari take a look at the Billboard issue from February 22, 1986, with a highlight on R&B News and Charts. Did you know how many times James Brown hit the Hot 100?? Billboard's resident chart watcher (and Psychic Friend) Paul Grein knew! James Brown was on the charts with a song from Rocky IV. Jermaine Jackson, Bernard Wright and Dana Dane were making waves on the R&B Chart in 1986, and the Reagan Administration put an end to War on Drugs. It was a big week!Friend of the podcast Michael drops in to quiz Joe and Kari on some trailblazers in R&B and Hip Hop. Who will reign? Tune in and find out!
50 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees / More R&B Superstars
Episode 146: The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees have been announced, and this year's crop includes some MTV-era stars as well as a certain Country & Western Icon. Don't forget to vote daily for your faves!! R&B Superstars: Kari's reference book come in handy once again this week. Time for a closer look at some of the acts that were dominating the R&B Chart in the 80's: D Train, The Emotions, and Fatback are just a few of the artists that made this week's playlist one of the funkiest in recent history!! (Also they discuss The Family.)
48 minutes | Feb 8, 2022
The Jacksons in Your Neighborhood
Episode 145: The Janet Jackson documentary dropped, and Joe and Kari have some opinions! It's hard to distill the impact of Janet's music and legacy into four hours (with commercials), but overall, viewers were treated to some behind-the-scenes footage that allowed a glimpse into the music. Was it enough?What better time to look at the 80's music output of some of the other Jacksons: Rebbie, LaToya, and Marlon. Joe and Kari discuss which songs are worth listening to. Just a Bit Outside: The segment that checks out songs that didn't quite make the Top 40 is back. Another famous last name was releasing music -- Sly's brother released a Joni Mitchell cover -- but why??
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