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Random Youtube: Hooters – ‘All You Zombies’

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Once every couple of years or so, I have to hear "All You Zombies" by the Hooters. Today's Youtube search brought me this live version from 2008. They're still out there gigging occasionally and I'd love to see them.

A 2009 double live album found the band revisiting their catalog as well as co-writes for other artists  from a couple of different perspectives. The fan favorite cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" is part of the setlist also.


Everybody Wang Chung Tonight!

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It's time for another 80's music bulletin, this time courtesy of our good pals at The Winchester here in Cleveland:

JUST ANNOUNCED: - WANG CHUNG - Everybody have fun on Sat 7/3!

That's right, if you've been waiting patiently for the chance to "Wang Chung," you'll have the opportunity to do it at The Winchester on July 3rd, one of a number of tour dates scheduled as part of the group's pending Abducted By The 80's summer tour (inspired by the band's new song of the same name), which will make its way through the United States in June and July.

Wang Chung, ya'll

Wang Chung, y'all


The Church celebrates 30 years with special acoustic show at The Winchester

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Our friends at The Winchester added mucho amounts of sunshine to our day with the announcement that they've booked the church for a special 30th anniversary acoustic gig on Saturday, April 17th!

The Church

the church
"An Intimate Space"
30th Anniversary Acoustic Tour 2010

After three decades together, the church return to North America for a special 30th anniversary acoustic tour throughout April and May 2010.

“An Intimate Space” will include songs that span the length of the church’s epic creative trip from their debut in 1980 to their latest critically acclaimed 2009 album Untitled # 23.

In a unique and unusual execution, the band will choose one song from each of their considerable album releases and perform them in reverse chronological order. This original show will have the fans gliding softly down through the years, opening with a track from their latest album Untitled #23 before embarking on a fantastic voyage through time ultimately arriving at their first Australian album Of Skins And Heart where it all began. This engaging and rare performance is not to be missed.

- FREE CD - Every ticket holder will receive a free copy of Deadman’s Hand, the third EP from the Untitled #23 album. This EP will include the title track and unreleased tracks from the band’s secret vault, a must have for all church fans and collectors.

Untitled #23 has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike all over the world. Here are some highlights....

Rolling Stone Australia gave the album an unprecedented 5 star review:
“… a stunningly ambitious album of shimmering rock.”

Rolling Stone USA in Fricke’s Picks:
“a genuine milestone in longevity and psychedelic invention.”

Classic Rock UK:
“what is on offer - aside from a masterpiece of dynamics and craft - is the irresistible sound of integrity.”

The Age:
“It's a haunting, dark, thrilling, ecstatic, melodic psychedelic journey in ten unforgettable pieces. “

Beat Magazine:
"Untitled #23 is kaleidoscopic but accessible, tightly focused psych-pop brilliance..."

Sydney Morning Herald:
"sparkling electric poetry from some guitar-shaped hole in the universe."

Tickets to this special intimate show are $35.00 and include CD.

I'm so stoked! Check out the official website of the church for information on additional U.S. dates as they are announced.

Click here and check out an interesting band history timeline for the church!


Contest: Win a copy of the new Plimsouls live CD!

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In early January, I shared details and an MP3 from Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal, the forthcoming live album from The Plimsouls which will be released on vinyl and CD on February 23rd.  The fine folks at Alive Records have given me an extra copy of the CD version of this title, which I'm happy to offer up as a giveaway for one lucky ATV reader.

Recorded on Halloween night in 1981, it's certainly a nice time warp that sounds pretty good for the time period.  As any good live release should hope to accomplish, Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal puts you right in the crowd for a dirty rock and roll set from the Plimsouls that is appropriately rough around the edges.  As a bonus, The Fleshtones join in on three cuts.  You want it, right?  Drop an email with "Plimsouls" in the subject line for your chance to win.  Good luck!




Good Listening: Bad English in Allentown, October ’89

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"When I See You Smile" was one of those songs that I heard on the radio quite a few times, before I actually knew anything about the band behind the song.  Bad English was the band, a supergroup of sorts featuring vocalist John Waite, former Journey members Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain, bass player Ricky Phillips and drummer Deen Castronovo.  The legend behind the band name finds the members of Bad English playing pool.  John Waite misses a shot, and Jonathan Cain comments on how bad his "english" is, a reference to the spin of the cue ball.  Oh, you wacky pool players and your inside terminology.  The members of the band looked at each other (perhaps waiting for Waite to slug Cain), and realized that they had a band name for their new group.

Waite, Cain and Phillips had played together previously during the late '70s and very beginning of the '80s in The Babys, something a good portion of the music buying public probably didn't latch onto when they first heard Bad English.  To many, Waite was the "Missing You" guy, and this new Bad English project rocked a lot harder than they might have expected.


Don’t You Forget About Me

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Good news for '80s film buffs who have a Netflix account:  You can stream  Don't You Forget About Me, the documentary about filmmaker John Hughes that at the moment remains unreleased in the U.S. (it's available for sale in Canada), via Netflix's Watch Instantly service.  The doc is really well done, and it's a nice quick watch with a running time of 74 minutes.  As big of a geek as I am about all of the films that Hughes did, there were a few things that even I didn't know.  Highly recommended.

Don't You Forget About Me


The Monday Morning Mix: Christmas with Dusty – 12/21/09

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Graphic by Rachael Novak

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A Note:

Radio legend Dusty Street is our guest for today's Monday Mix. For those that are unfamiliar, Dusty was one of the first women DJs on the radio airwaves. Starting out in San Francisco underground radio, Dusty eventually wound up working at the legendary KSAN, where she spent the next ten years. The "world famous" KROQ in Los Angeles would be the next stop for Street, and radio in the '80s was reborn thanks to the sound of trailblazing stations like KROQ, and personalities like Street, Richard Blade, Freddy Snakeskin, Jed The Fish, etc. These days, Dusty Street is right here in Cleveland, broadcasting live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame each day on Sirius XM where you can hear her from 11am-4pm EST on the Classic Vinyl channel.

With today's mix, Dusty shares an hour's worth of her holiday favorites that you won't want to miss.  Enjoy!

P.S. - You can still download last week's holiday mix from D.X. Ferris by clicking here!


Oates, I forgot how soft your hands were….

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We're just as excited as everybody else about the pending public reunion of J-Stache and John Oates, set to occur live onstage at the American Mustache Institute's annual Stache Bash happening on October 30th in St. Louis.  Presumably, Oates will be there to promote the brand new super-bad ass Hall & Oates box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are - The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates.

Hall & Oates - Do What You Want, Be What You Are

Fingers are currently crossed hoping that in fact, Mr. Oates might be re-growing that famous 'stache we all knew and loved so much, in honor of the Stache Bash appearance.  Or perhaps if we are lucky, Oates mighta frozen that famous 'stache, Han Solo style - which of course means that it is almost certainly perfectly preserved, frozen in carbonite since 1993 and ready for action.

UPDATE: The legendary Oates 'stache is BACK!

We received the following video dispatch from J-Stache - please note that this video contains lots of NSFW language - view with caution:


Good Listening: Hall and Oates – Live in Chicago (1983)

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This is what we call an encore performance.

Longtime readers of the site will recall that we've featured some Hall and Oates shows here in the past that were pretty awesome. Because Hall and Oates were/still are pretty awesome.

But in 1983, they were kings of the pop music world.


Remembering John Hughes

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I'll offer apologies in advance for the tardiness of this particular item, with a slight bit of reasoning and explanation for the lateness to follow later in this piece.  As a child of the 80s,  I've spent quite a few moments deep in thought since John Hughes passed away.  When Hughes passed, I had plenty of thoughts, but I was in the midst of a typically busy week that wouldn't allow time for me to properly stop down to get my thoughts out there.

And where do you begin?