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Is that it? Hardly. Katrina of the Waves still walking on sunshine

Appearing on both Retro Futura and The '80s Cruise is Katrina Leskanich, who we know better as Katrina of Katrina & the Waves. When thinking about Katrina & the Waves hopefully you don't label Katrina & the Waves as a one-hit wonder. They had three Top 40 hits in the U.S. including Do You Want Crying, which we featured on Lost and Found in 2014. In 1986, the Waves had the daunting task of following up Walking On Sunshine and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (they lost to Sade).

Is That It? was the first single off their 1986 album Waves, and the perception that it tanked is incorrect as the album went gold. However, Is That It? did not hit the Top 40 peaking at No. 70. The stop action video for Is That It? is still fun as the band hams it up and appears to enjoy each other - something that must have kept the band together until 1997 even after the hits stopped. …

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Howard Jones and the legend of Jed

Howard Jones is all over the place. After headlining the Retro Futura in America this summer he will return back to the West and participate in 80s In The Sand. How did Howard get so good at bouncing right back? Well he had some practice in the '80s with the song Bounce Right Back.

In 1986, Howard Jones was riding high as his 1985 album Dream Into Action yielded the big hits Things Can Only Get Better and Life In One Day. Also on that album was Jones' signature song No One Is To Blame, but it wasn't issued as a single in America until Jones' EP Action Replay was released in the spring of 1986. The Action Replay version of No One Is To Blame made it to No. 4 on the charts and other songs on Action Replay included material never released in America, such as Bounce Right Back.

While the funky song was never released as a single, there is video evidence in the '80s of Howard promoting the song on Solid Gold. Normally on Lost and Found we prefer not to show clips from shows like Top Of The Pops, Countdown, American Bandstand and Solid Gold, but this appearance has one thing that most lip-synch appearances don't - Jed. …

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Bright light! Bright light! There's really a script for Gremlins 3

In the face of all that is unholy, it now appears there’s a finished script for Gremlins 3. This is what happens when you feed Hollywood after midnight.

Den of Geek reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the original 1984 movie, has finished writing the screenplay for a sequel that will ignore whatever the plot was from 1990’s Gremlins 2 and proceed directly to a new storyline stemming from the first movie. 

“I’m really proud of the script,” Columbus told Slashfilm, according to Geek. “It is as twisted and dark as anything, so we’ll see.”

The plot of the new movie remains somewhat unclear though Columbus hinted it might not involve Gizmo, the original “mogwai” creature that was voiced by Howie Mandel in the original movie. 

It’s now up to Warner Bros. on whether the project gets the green light. 

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'License to Drive' reboot? Another DUI for Hollywood

The ‘80s remake that REALLY nobody wanted is on its way: License to Drive, the lightweight comedy that starred the two Coreys, is being rebooted with female leads.

Deadline.com reports that the 1988 film’s producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox are behind this misadventure. The original movie starred Corey Haim and Corey Feldman as a couple of teens who hit the town for a night in grand-dad’s Caddy even after failing a driver’s test. Yes, high art.

License to Drive turned out to be a moderate summer success that year - likely due to the Coreys’ success in 1987’s The Lost Boys. Critics were less kind; the movie has a 17 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s single only redeeming quality might be the co-starring appearance by a very young Heather Graham.

If this is the best that Hollywood can do, maybe the studio execs should have their licenses revoked too.

 

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Watch: 'Wonder Years' narration replaced with '80s horror synth music

We don't give a lot of love to TV series on Stuck in the '80s and that's truly a shame. So when a viral video showing The Wonder Years pops up - with the narration replaced by '80s horror synth - we're all over it.

According to the website Bloody-Disgusting.com, the video is the work of TV writer/producer Jon Friedman, who originally posted it to his Twitter page.

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All out to catch the final English Beat shows of the summer

As the summer winds down so do the '80s summer tours, and this week the Retro Futura Tour ends on Saturday in St. Charles, MO, just outside of St. Louis. This week on Lost and Found we will salute some of the acts on the Retro Futura Tour starting with the English Beat and their dance classic All Out To Get You.

In 1981, the Beat (known in America as the English Beat) released their sophomore album Wha'ppen and issued the rarely seen double A-Side 45 as their first single. One side was a mellow ska track called Drowning while the other side was the complete opposite - the bouncy All Out To Get You. The two songs made it to No. 22 on the U.K. and like all English Beat songs (including classics like Save It For Later and Mirror In The Bathroom) never made a dent on the American charts. …

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New podcast: Cobra Kai, Journey, Miami Vice and more

Here at Stuck in the '80s, we've been trending away from doing our Eighties News Now podcasts. They sometimes seem so dated and lazy. But this week, there was just too much good news that we had to try it again. We also took a new direction: Brad and I swore we'd only be positive when reporting all the '80s news this week. It was difficult at times, but it was some needed exercise of some muscles that had been long neglected. 

Among the items this week: the upcoming Karate Kid sequel Cobra Kai; the possible breakup of Journey; the return of Miami Vice to TV; and Bruce Willis decides to star in a remake of Death Wish. That last item is really hard to be positive about, but we gave it our best. Plus there are full seggies. Enjoy the show.

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Why did Doug (and his slugs) find it hard to climb the charts?

No one may agree, but I've always thought of Doug & the Slugs as the Canadian equivalent of Huey Lewis & the News. The backing band name, an early '80s bar band sound and fun videos that employ all members of the band give credence to my wild boast. It's just Too Bad that the U.S. never picked up Doug & the Slugs.

My quest to bring appreciation to Doug & the Slugs has resulted in a third visit to the video files of the Vancouver band. Following Making It Work and Who Knows How To Make Love Stay, today's video for Too Bad takes us back to 1980 and the debut video for the Slugs. The song was a Top 20 hit in Canada and ended up being their highest-charting single pointing out the most glaring discrepancy in the Huey Lewis & the News comparison - the lack of monstrous chart success by the Slugs. …

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New podcast: We honor 'Night Shift' and 'Beastmaster'

The summer of 1982 was a glorious time to be a teenager. Maybe even an adult - who knowws? The music on the radio and MTV was amazing, but the movies in the theaters - muah! - we loved them. This week's podcast honors two movies that maybe don't get name-checked as often as other '80s classics: Night Shift and The Beastmaster.

Both were staples on HBO. Both feature future stars in debut roles. Both were hilarious - though only one was supposed to be. 

Enjoy the show. 

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Canada Week continues with this Strangely forgotten hit

Who could stand up to Loverboy and Rush as the top Canadian bands of the '80s? Well, Strange Advance gave it a try and their finest moment was the Canadian hit We Run.

Strange Advance was formed in Vancouver in the early '80s, and when Bryan Adams heard their demo tape, it fast tracked their recording career. In 1985, they were nominated for a Juneau Award for Best Band and hoped to end Loverboy's three-year reign as Top Band in Canada. Both bands would end up losing to the very poppish Parachute Club, but still it was a good year for Strange Advance as they would hit the Canadian Top 40 for the first time with We Run.

While there isn't much to the video for We Run you can never fault a music video when it tries to incorporate a mannequin theme and at worst, it's still a fine new wave flavored song that might remind you of mid-'80s Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Strange Advance didn't make an album past the '80s and broke up in 1995.

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Journey breaking up? No way, says Jonathan Cain

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Will there be a “departure” from Journey soon in the wake of Neil Schon’s anger of band members visiting the White House? No “escape” is planned, swears keyboardist Jonathan Cain.

(Okay, no more album title puns.)

TMZ cameras tracked down Cain at an airport this week to get his reaction to Schon’s social posts, lamenting how the band has gotten involved in politics - something he’s vehemently against. (Cain and his wife Paula White have certainly stirred things up with their photo up with Donald Trump.)

Cain shook off most of the TMZ queries but finally fired off a “no way!” when asked if Journey was at risk of breaking up over the issue. 

Sorry, Jon. You might have a foolish heart in this case. The smart money is that Schon will use this snafu as a way to go separate ways with the current linkup and offer some open arms to former bandmates Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie.

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One colour-ful cow puppet from Jane Siberry

While not common, puppets in '80s music videos did occur, most famously with Genesis and Land Of Confusion, so how do you top a puppet of President Reagan? After watching Jane Siberry and her video for One More Colour, all I need to say is "cow puppet."

At the suggestion on SIT80s Nation member "Sweet Lou" Grilli, Jane Siberry is second up this week on Canada Week and while she has enjoyed a long healthy career, the Toronto-born singer only has one Top 40 Canadian hit to her credit - One More Colour from 1985. …

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When it comes to Canadian music, it's never enough ... especially on Civic Day

Happy Civic Day! What day you say? In Canada, the first Monday in August is a holiday and since the Lost and Found blog features absolutely loves Canadian music, we will look for any excuse to celebrate so let's start yet another Canada Week with the boys from April Wine because Enough Is Enough.

Dating back to the 1800s, many parts of Canada have reserved the first Monday in August as a holiday in order to have one last extended weekend before the end of summer. It is called Civic Day in many parts, but other provinces have different names but it still adds up to a day off leaving Canadians ample time to hit the highways, which is exactly what April Wine does in their video for Enough Is Enough.

Released in 1982, Enough Is Enough fell short of the Top 40 in the U.S. peaking at No. 50. In Canada, Enough Is Enough was April Wine's last Top 10 hit peaking at No. 8. With limited camera angles, the video for Enough Is Enough still looks fairly dangerous as the band performs on the tail of a semi while it plows down the highway. Along the way, April Wine picks up groupies in the forgotten age of hitchhiking.

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Karate Kid TV series to reunite Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

Thirty years later, we're about to see if the Karate Kid has any crane kick left in it. The Hollywood Reporter says a 10-episode TV series called Cobra Kai is coming to YouTube Red, and it will reunite stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka

Macchio played heroic Daniel-San against Zabka's villainous Johnny Lawrence in the first two Karate Kid movies in the '80s. The actors will reprise their roles in Cobra Kai, with down-and-out Johnny reopening the karate dojo. Meanwhile, Daniel LaRusso will be found still recovering from the loss of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The story will be set 30 years after the end of the All-Valley Karate Tournament, which served as the finale of the original 1984 movie.

Macchio and Zabka are set to co-exec produce, while Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) will handle the writing duties. The series apparently was the subject of a bidding war between many of the online streaming TV networks including Netflix and Hulu.  …

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The weird, mystical tale behind the band (and name) Spear of Destiny

Everybody who follows the Stuck in the '80s blog knows about our fearless leader Spearsy. While his mama named him Stephen Spears, variations of his name has taken on a life of its own with "The Spears Lair" and "Bolgona Boats at Spearsyland."  Today, we tie back the Spears name with a Lost and Found video for the cooly named band - Spear of Destiny - and their biggest hit Never Take Me Alive.

The origins of the phrase Spear Of Destiny go back to the early days of the church as it was one of names given to the spear that pierced the side of Jesus during His crucifixion. Things got weird in 1972 when a writer by the name of Trevor Ravenscroft argued in his book The Spear Of Destiny that WWII was started by Adolf Hitler's quest to possess the actual Spear Of Destiny that possessed mysterious powers. Ravenscroft also claimed that at the end of WWII, the Spear Of Destiny actually ended up in the hands of U.S. General George Patton. The legend goes if you lost possession of the Spear Of Destiny, your life would end. Hitler died on April 30, 1945 and Patton died in a truck accident the same year in December of 1945. …

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