On June 11, 1978, the Speak & Spell made it's debut at the summer Consumer Electronics Show. It was the first commercial product that was able to produce a simulation of the human voice from an integrated circuit. Designed to teach children how to spell 200 commonly mispelled words, it remained a popular teaching tool throughout the 80's and saw it's decline with the mainstream adpoption of PC's in the 90's. It's legacy lives on today in any computer controlled device that "talks" to us.
It just keeps getting worse. Yesterday we found out Electric Avenue is closed and now we can't even get to Funkytown. What tragedy are we in store for next?
Sad news today as we learned of this tragic event. Hopefully they will have it reopened soon!
Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters. Truly one of the funniest and best movies not just of the 80's but of all time. If you are one of the unfortunate souls that has not seen this classic we pity you. On a related note our dog has gone missing and we are really hoping to find it before it manages to commence the end of the world as we know it.
On this day in 1989 for a split second the time and date were 12:34:5 6/7/89. Since we operate on military time that would have put it in the afternoon for us. We have provided an artists rendering of what we were doing at the time, rocking out as usual. Perhaps we were playing the #1 song of the week.
On this day in 1984 Cyndi Lauper hit #1 with the ballad Time After Time. It also happens to be a demo that our own Kandi used to audition for our previous band around this time last year. I've put together a little video version of it for you. We hope you enjoy it.
On this day all the way back in 1984, The Boss released his best selling album ever. Spawning 7 top 10 singles (tying Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rythm Nation 1814 albums), it also was the top selling album of 1985. It's easily one of our favorite albums of the 80's.
On June 1st, 1980, Ted Turner launched the Cable News Network, America's first 24 hour news network. So we'd like to share one of the times our band inadvertently made the headlines.
Today is Danny Elfman's 61st birthday. Wow! So in his honor we have a fun little clip of us playing the totally awesome Oingo Boingo song Dead Man's Party. We got a friend to help us out with his special dance moves, choreographed by the amazing Kandi herself. Enjoy!
Today we celebrate the birthday of Kylie Minogue, born on May 28th, 1968, who launched her musical career in the 80's with the hit single The Loco-Motion. The Gerry Goffin and Carole King penned dance number had already proven it's popularity twice before. In 1962 original recording artist Little Eva topped the charts with the song, buoyed by a dance routine she came up with to accompany the lyrics. In a surprising move, hard rockers Grand Funk Railroad covered the song in 1974 and also took it to number one. At the time it was only the second single to achieve the feat of reaching number one by separate artists on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Kylie originally recorded and released a version of the song in 1987 as Locomotion in her native Australia. It topped the charts and was the best selling single of the year there. A new version of the song was recorded for her 1988 debut album, Kylie, and it is this version that most American audiences are familiar with. It peaked at number three in the States for her and earned the song the honor of having charted in the top 10 in three subsequent decades. So happy 46th Kylie! As a special treat we present the original Australian track for your viewing pleasure.