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Postby Guest » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:24 pm

The Internet has changed everything. Once upon a time a musician whose career had cooled went on to own a car dealership, work in land development, or studied economics to figure out where all the money went, but these days you can rest assured that they're still out there touring somewhere and have a website with stuff to sell and concert dates to announce. It's almost like being immortal.

In my never ending quest (and I do mean, dear reader, never ending) to provide you with the enlightenment you need to survive yet another day and realize your true potential, I offer you an update on these five fine performers who once ruled the music charts of the 1980s and have since been sent into exile, banished from the very mainstream they once so dominated.

Is it a conspiracy? Heck, everything's a conspiracy. It just depends which side of the conspiracy you're on. When you're on the side that's getting paid, you call it good fortune and a fair assessment of your talents. Otherwise, it's their fault.

So, let's check in with a few folks.

Kim Carnes-- "Bette Davis' Eyes": "Bette Davis' Eyes" spent nine weeks at number on the U.S. singles chart in 1981 and earned both "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the 1982 Grammys.

The song, written in 1974 by Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss, was initially declined. Despite having a voice that Rod Stewart might consider suing, Carnes never achieved the same level of popular success.

However, she has done well on the country charts with her own songs, including a number one duet with Kenny Rogers, "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer," as well as authoring "The Heart Won't Lie" for Reba McEntire and Vince Gill and "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" for Kenny Rogers and Ronnie Milsap.

She continues to co-write in Nashville and can be heard singing backup vocals on Tim McGraw's A Place in the Sun album, to which she also wrote the song "You Don't Love Me Anymore." She can be found--where else but--at

Rick Astley-- "Never Gonna Give You Up": Richard Paul Astley has sold more than 40 million copies of his music worldwide and is best known for his 1987 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up," an inspirational anthem for Dennis Reynolds on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

If the website is to be believed, Astley will be performing at this year's 82nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which coincidentally will happen on Thanksgiving, November 27, 2008. This is provided he survives performing in Denmark earlier in the month.

But Rick's greatest claim to recent fame has been "Rickrolling," where in 2007 Internet viewed was tricked into watching Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video when clicking on the names of other videos.

YouTube got in the game on April 1, 2008 and made every single video featured on its front page a Rickroll. Now that's a scam! And here's the website:

Debbie Gibson --"Foolish Beat": Well, she's now Deborah Gibson and while she virtually defined the clean-living teen star of the 1980s, she was sure to throw that away too with a nude pictorial in the March 2005 issue of Playboy--that also had a lot of great articles--to help promote her single "Naked" (get it?).

The song peaked at #35 on the Billboard Charts and she has since appeared on something called Skating With Celebrities (if this turns out to be wrong, I for once didn't make it up, someone else did).

She's the founder of Camp Electric Youth, a children's camp where kids learn how to--uh?--be more like Debbie Gibson?

And she has appeared on that hot girls with suitcase show Deal Or No Deal.

She continues to play casinos and Gay Pride Parades and is apparently not married, which of course means she's available! I'm sending in my resume! (Someone help me with my photos. Can I look any worse? Don't answer that.)

Amazingly, she can't be found at or but there is a myspace page that claims to be official and the official site link leads to something "under construction."

Tiffany--"I Think We're Alone Now": Another great shopping mall rocker from the 1980s, Tiffany hasn't given up and gone into home décor, but continues to record music that people in this day and age of the free download still apparently buy.

In 2007 she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club and even made a cameo on How I Met Your Mother, a television show this blog has not actually seen but has now read about quite often.

She re-recorded her Tommy James and the Shondells hit "I Think We're Alone Now" and has had success with dance singles such as "Higher" and "Just Another Day."

Belinda Carlisle --The Go-Go's and solo "Heaven is A Place On Earth": A founding member and singer of the Go-Go's ("We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed") and then a successful solo artist ("Heaven Is A Place On Earth"), Belinda Carlisle turned 50 this year!

Which doesn't seem possible to those of us who believe in eternal youth. She was a judge on the MTV Reality Show (there's an oxymoron!) Rock the Cradle and even appeared on Celebrity Duets.

She continues to tour with other acts from the 1980s to prove that they are still alive and able to sing. For some reason, she recorded her latest album in FRENCH!!

As someone who was born in Hollywood with a name destined for celebrity, Ms. Carlisle was not about to take up professional dog grooming or house sitting as a new career.

Her agent is better than that! She can be found on the Internet here:

Postby Guest » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:25 pm

where are those '80s artists now?
This year marks the end of a decade. Not the ’00s but the ’80s. It was nearly 20 years ago that the ’80s ended. That’s right, ENDED. Not began. The ’80s are officially old. Our kids see that decade as we saw our parents’ decade, the ’60s. The ’80s are now our ’60s. Live Aid, Flock of Seagulls, shoulder pads, and “Footloose” are all now a part of our collective geezer fairytale.

So as you purchase your tickets for that “Totally ’80s” package concert and listen to your “Oh My God, It’s the ’80s” radio all weekend, here are some tales of ’80s icons who are still alive and kicking. (If you get that pun, you're from the ’80s.)


Then: The Canadian singer had a Top 10 hit in 1984 with “Sunglasses at Night.” He followed it with ten more charting singles before getting the ’90s boot from a new generation of artists who didn’t wear sunglasses or gel their hair.

Now: Hart did a 2002 remix of “Sunglasses at Night” with Canadian electronic group Original 3. Sadly, it didn't bring back his ’80s glory. Hart now lives in the sunnier Bahamas with his family and writes for other artists, including fellow Canadian Celine Dion.


Then: As lead singer for the Go-Go’s, Carlisle was the darling of early MTV with iconic videos like “Vacation” and “We Got the Beat.” Of her bandmates she’s had the most successful career, which included the ’87 #1 solo single “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”

Now: The Go-Go’s have joined the ’80s oldies circuit and Carlisle is a self-proclaimed Buddhist. Having struggled with her weight most of her public life, she's now a spokesperson for NutriSystem. She's also in the studio working on a new record — maybe with Valerie Bertinelli, but I can't confirm that.


Then: Friends since childhood, Bananarama broke into the ’80s with the help of former Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The trio was the thinking-man’s ’80s version of the Spice Girls. They were also the love of gay men everywhere thanks their “Venus” video, which was populated with a bunch of half-naked, sweaty dudes.

Now: The three ’ramas are now two. Siobhan Fahey left the group in ’88, married Eurythmics mastermind Dave Stewart (they split in ’96), and started the group Shakespears Sister. One of the remaining girls, Keren Woodward is shacked up with fellow ’80s veteran Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!). Now, that’s a reality show waiting to be produced.


Then: With his band, the News, Lewis ruled the middle of the road in the ’80s with songs like “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Workin’ for a Livin’,” and “I Want a New Drug.” Lewis later sued Ray Parker Jr. over “Ghostbusters” for its similarities to that last song. The two settled out of court (are you reading this, Coldplay?).

Now: Always a ham in his music videos, Lewis is now a full-fledged actor with parts in the film “Duets” (with Mrs. Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow), the TV show “Just Shoot Me!,” and the Broadway play “Chicago.” And, of course, he brings out the News for the occasional show so they can pay their rent.


Then: Electronic music and keytar pioneer Gary Numan had a #1 U.K. hit (#9 in U.S.) with “Cars.” Ironically, the song, which was notable for its complete absence of emotion, was inspired by a road-rage incident. Numan was the victim not the culprit.

Now: Numan has become a revered figure among a new generation of musicians - ranging from Dave Grohl to Trent Reznor - who profess their love of his ’80s work. It’s helped Numan find a new audience - and meet the ladies. He married a member of his own fan club. Numan is also a trained pilot.’s all the same.


Then: Another ’80s electronic music pioneer, Dolby had his biggest hit with the 1982 single “She Blinded Me with Science.” The video virtually defined MTV’s early playlist.

Now: After his MTV fame dried up, Dolby became an in-demand session player to everyone from Def Leppard to Belinda Carlisle to George Clinton to Joni Mitchell. He’s also heavily involved in the tech world. His various companies have created ringtones, audio file formats, and scores for video games. Since 2001, Dolby has been the musical director for the uber-hip tech conference TED.


Then: Her songs “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” were late-’80s staples. She made it safe for every super-sensitive, coffeehouse, liberal-arts girl to not feel alone anymore. The Lemonheads’ 1989 cover of “Luka” more than made up for all of those super-sensitive coffeehouse performers’ versions.

Now: Criminally, Vega is without a record deal, so she’s taken to the Internet, releasing her songs directly from her Web site, She also has a funny blog about meeting Flight of the Conchords. Apparently they’re fans. Maybe a “Luka” number in Season 3?


Then: Toni’s recording career was merely a brief diversion from an established career as a choreographer (she directed David Byrne’s moves in the “Once in a Lifetime” video, among countless other credits). She only made two albums. But her 1982 single “Mickey” cemented her place as an ’80s icon and made cheerleading cool again.

Now: Basil’s career has now come full circle. She’s still an in-demand choreographer; recent credits include Tina Turner’s latest tour. She also was a judge on the Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance.” No, she didn't wear the cheerleader outfit, but at age 65 she says she’s not above putting it on.


Then: Springfield was an Australian teen-pop-star-turned-American-daytime-TV heartthrob. “Jessie’s Girl” put him on the U.S. charts in 1981. He left his “General Hospital” job two years later and put on his skinny tie for screaming girls at stadiums around the country.

Now: After successfully fighting depression but failing to make a musical comeback, Springfield returned to “General Hospital” in 2005. But then lightning did strike twice and Rick had a 2008 hit with his album "Venus in Overdrive." Now he gets to play “Jessie’s Girl” to screaming housewives around the country.


Then: The British singer had a 1985 hit with Daryl Hall’s “Everytime You Go Away.” Like Hall, Young gained a reputation for being a blue-eyed soul man. He played Live Aid and contributed vocals to the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?.”

Now: Young is a father of three and spends a lot of time in kitchens. At least on TV. He was on the BBC’s “Celebrity MasterChef” and the U.K. version of “Hell’s Kitchen.” No word if his beef stew is as soulful as his songs.

Postby evutch » Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:52 pm

thank you southie!!!!!!!
boy, the eighties..
one of the BEST decades of music since the sixties..
and possibly the echo thereof, and we might be ten more years until we see the likes of it ever again..
and even then..
i STILL don't get tired of listenning to the "new wave" and eighties stuff on XM..
and it's always such a surprise to see what they are 'doing now".
and some small satisfaction that a few are still influencing.

well, thanks again..
hey, i enjoyed that short lived MTV series that reunited some of those bands..
that was fun.

i REALLY think alot of that music was the best.
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Postby Guest » Wed Jul 15, 2009 2:11 pm

Anytime Evutch.....

I remember seeing Toni Basil in EASY RIDER with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in the Cemetery Scene in Nawlins.... ;)

Postby greeney2 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:03 pm

The world is full on one hit wonders, that were on top of the world and gone within a few weeks. Child actors or people who hit it big in one sitcom disappear, usually finished and typecast. I was very surprised to just see a documentary on Al Capone, and Eliot Ness after prohibition ended struggeled with his own alcholism until approched to do writine in the early 50's of the book about the Untouchables. Sadly he was paid only $300 for his work and died long before the Robert Stack Untouchables ever was a series. I love it when the cable stations can gather up alot of the oldie doo whoopers and others who were long forgotten from their heydays. We all remember them fondly from whatever generation we grew up in.
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