Friday, September 28, 2007

Todays 80s Star is ..Frogger.


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Frogger

Todays 80s Star is ..Frogger.

The game was originally going to be titled "Highway Crossing Frog," but the executives at Sega felt it did not capture the true nature of the game and was changed simply to "Frogger". Frogger is regarded as one of the "Top 10 Videogames" of all time by the Killer List of Videogames (KLOV).
The original "Highway Crossing Frog" was actually an exact copy of an earlier game called Freeway, developed in 1971 at the University of Washington Psychology Department on an IMLAC PDS-1 graphics minicomputer, as the "reward" part of a project related to studies of human short-term memory. Apparently, someone at Konami saw it and commercialized it. The Atari version was released in 1981, developed for the company by Ed English, who was also the programmer for Coleco's Mr. Do.

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Back To The Future is our 80s Star of Today.


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Back To The Future is our 80s Star of Today.

The film that made bodywarmers (basically sleeveless Puffa jackets) and skateboarding fashionable again. Michael J Fox played the teenage hero with the time-travelling DeLorien car, who returns to the 1950s to make sure his teenage mum and dad get together and so ensure his future survival. The film spawned two sequels and a hit single - The Power of Love - from US rockers Huey Lewis and the News.


When Ronald Reagan first saw the joke about him being president, ie. "Ronald Reagan? The actor? Ha! Then who's Vice President, Jerry Lewis?", he made the projectionist of the theatre stop the reel, roll it back, and run it again. He also considered accepting a role in the third film as the 1885 mayor of Hill Valley but eventually declined.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Grange Hill is our 80s Star of Today.


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Grange Hill

Grange Hill is our 80s Star of Today.

Grange Hill's golden period was undoubtedly the middle to late 1980s. This period attained the highest ratings in the show's history and one of the most popular storylines was of fans' favourite Zammo and his addiction to heroin. This storyline ran for two series (1986-87) and focused on Zammo's descent into drugs and his strained relationship with his girlfriend Jackie and friend Kevin.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Depeche Mode are our 80s Stars of Today


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Depeche Mode are our 80s Stars of Today.

Soon after the formation of "Composition of Sound", Clarke and Fletcher switched to synthesizers, working odd jobs, including a carpentry, to buy them, or borrowing them from friends. Gahan joined the band in 1980 after Clarke heard him perform at a local scout-hut jam session, crooning to a rendition of David Bowie's 'Heroes', and "Depeche Mode" were born. The new name was taken from a French fashion magazine, "Dépêche mode", which translates to "Fashion News".

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Monday, September 24, 2007

The 80s Forum Star for Today is...Ally Sheedy


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Ally Sheedy

The 80s Forum Star for Today is...Ally Sheedy

Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American screen and stage actress, possibly best known for her roles in the "Brat Pack" films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. Sheedy was born in New York City to John J. Sheedy, Jr. a Manhattan-based advertising executive, and Charlotte Baum, a notable press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements. Her parents divorced in 1971. She has two siblings, Patrick and Meghan.

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Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is he a good actor?

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Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is he a good actor?

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV is he a good actor? Your views people, and why you think so, and in your opinion his best Movie. All replies will be taken into account before i rip in to this little ...ologist

Tom cruise is .................TBC

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Challenge Anneka is our 80s Star of Today.


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Challenge Anneka

Challenge Anneka is our 80s Star of Today.

Anneka Rice was a majorly under-rated presenter in my eyes, from Treasure Hun, to Challenge Anneka she always gave us excellent viewing. I may be biased when I say this, but I thought she was excellent in both these shows, perhaps I should have used Treasure Hunt instead of Challenge. Sticking with Challenge Anneka, may use Treasure Hunt at a later stage. Absolutely loved watching this show, used to always look forward to it on tv, think it was the BBC it was on. All the stuff she used to get up to, having to ask all those people for freebies, used to totally embarrass me, never mind her.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Snooker Maximum for Burnett at Prestatyn

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Snooker Maximum for Burnett at Prestatyn

Jamie Burnett has become the seventh Scottish snooker player to compile a competitive maximum break. The 32-year-old from Hamilton knocked in the 147 during his 4-3 win over Liu Song at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix qualifiers at Prestatyn.

Amazingly, the break is not Burnett's highest as he constructed a 148 - made using a free ball - in the UK Championship qualifiers in 2004. It remains the highest in the history of the professional game.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

The 80s Forum Star of Today is The Rubik's Cube.


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The Rubik's Cube

The 80s Forum Star of Today is The Rubik's Cube.

The one symbol that tyoifies the 80s is this, The Rubik's Cube, the most annoying little cube in the world. How many days did we all sit trying to solve this, I know I used to sit for ages trying to do it and still can't to this day. Eventually, I gave up and just took the stickers off and placed them back to give the impression that I solved the damn thing, of course when you do that, you cannot put them back the exact way they should be, so everyone noticed and knew what you did, but just kept quiet and said well done, what a plonker!! Anyway, it's our 80s Star of Today, The Rubik's Cube.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is our Star of Today.


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One of the scariest films ever, A Nightmare on Elm Street is our Star of Today.


A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror film directed by Wes Craven about several teenagers being terrorized in their nightmares by a mysterious man named Freddy Krueger in the fictional Midwest town of Springwood, Ohio. Released on November 9, 1984 by New Line Cinema, the film stars Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, Heather Langenkamp as Nancy Thompson, Ronee Blakley as mother Marge Thompson, John Saxon as father Lt. Donald Thompson, Amanda Wyss as Tina Grey, Nick Corri as Rod Lane and Johnny Depp as Glen Lantz.


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Blockbusters, do you remember it.


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Blockbusters

Blockbusters, do you remember it.

Star of Today is the best gameshow of the 80s, probably. It's the one we all remember the most, I think.

Buzzing in and answering the question correctly meant that space would be turned your colour. One player had the white spaces, and a team of two players had blue. The idea of the game was to fill in as many spaces as necessary so that a contiguous line of your colour went across the board horizontally (for the blue team) or vertically (for the white player, who could make the journey in one less space than the blues to compensate for their single-ness).

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Todays 80s Star is Alison Moyet.


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Alison Moyet

Todays 80s Star is one of my favourite singers, Alison Moyet.


She has had some excellent tunes, all of which were sung superbly.
Think of Yazoo (Don't Go) and her solo stuff (All Cried Out, Is This Love?), superb, a worthy entrant I think.


Alison Moyet was born in Billericay, Essex, England to a French father and English mother. She grew up in Basildon, where she attended school. After leaving school at 16, she worked as a shop worker and a piano tuner.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Molly Ringwald is our 80s Star of Today.


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Molly Ringwald is our 80s Star of Today.
Molly Kathleen Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She became popular with teenage audiences in the 1980s, as a result of her starring roles in the John Hughes movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Ringwald was born outside Sacramento, California in Roseville, California, the daughter of blind jazz pianist Robert Scott "Bob" Ringwald, and Adele Edith (née Frembd), a housewife and chef. Ringwald has two siblings, Elizabeth and Kelly. She started her acting career at age five, starring in a stage production of Alice in Wonderland as the dormouse.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Todays 80s Star is Hill Street Blues


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Todays 80s Star is Hill Street Blues
In the days of E.R and NYPD Blue, it's hard to remember just how ground-breaking a show HSB was. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. The quality of the acting and writing, the documentary look and feel, the seedy broken down environment, the brutally frank situations and language (for the time), the fact that the "bad" guys got away with it as often as not, the huge ensemble cast, the long one-take scenes, the unhappy endings etc. etc.
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Level 42 are The 80s Forum Star of Today


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Todays 80s Star is...Level 42.

Level 42 was formed in 1980 as a jazz-funk fusion band. The Gould brothers, drummer Phil and guitarist Boon, together with then drummer Mark King all came from the Isle of Wight and had played together in various bands during their teenage years. In late 1979 Phil introduced King to keyboard player Mike Lindup, who Phil had met while studying at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Todays 80s Star is...Dangermouse, one of the best cartoons of the decade.


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Todays 80s Star is...Dangermouse, one of the best cartoons of the decade.


DangerMouse is a British animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films. It features the eponymous DangerMouse, a British mouse that works as a secret agent.

The show is a loose parody of British spy fiction, particularly James Bond and the Danger Man series starring Patrick McGoohan. The eponymous hero wears a rakish eyepatch and his chest is prominently emblazoned with the initials "DM". This causes problems for those translating the series into other languages, where a literal translation of the words "Danger" and "Mouse" do not share those initials; the Scots Gaelic version, for example, calls the series (and the lead) "Donnie Murdo" (two given names unconnected either with mice or danger). The Slovenian translation omitted the DM initials entirely, however, dubbing Danger Mouse Hrabri mišek ("brave mouse"). DangerMouse was the first British cartoon to break into the American TV market, being shown in syndication on June 4, 1984, where it garnered a tremendous fan following that still exists. Since it went off air it has been periodically repeated and been released on DVD.



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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Breakfast Club


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Todays 80s Star...The Breakfast Club


Look at this for cast-
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Gleason, John Kapelos.

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 teen film widely considered as the definitive work in the genre. Written and directed by John Hughes, the storyline follows five teenagers (each representing a different clique in high school) as they spend a Saturday in detention together and come to realize that they are all deeper than their respective stereotypes. The film has become a cult classic and has had a tremendous influence on many coming of age films since then.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Paul Young is our 80s Star of Today


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Paul Young is our 80s Star of Today


Paul was born on January 17, 1956 in Luton, England, as the younger brother of Mark, and the elder brother of his sister Joanne. After school, he went to work at the Vauxhall Motors factory, but in his spare time, would play in several bands as a bass guitarist. The first group for which he became lead singer was Kat Kool & The Kool Kats. In the 1970s he joined the Streetband, who had one Top 40 hit in the UK with the humorous track "Toast", reaching No. 18 in 1978. In December of 1979 the Streetband broke up, and Young formed the Q-Tips, who established their name by playing live, but never had any hits in the UK. In Europe, however, their single "Letter Song" enjoyed some minor success.


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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Yazz is our 80s Star of Today

Yazz is our 80s Star of Today

Yazz (born Yasmin Evans in Shepherd's Bush, London on May 19, 1960) is a British pop singer who remains best known for her successful 1988 dance track, "The Only Way Is Up". After a spell as a catwalk model, she scored a number of club hits after recording with group, Biz, in 1983. Her first commercial success came in early 1988, when she supplied the vocals on Coldcut's "Doctorin' the House". She soon launched a solo career on Big Life records, a label set up by her future husband Jazz Summers, releasing her debut single "The Only Way Is Up" in the summer of 1988.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Frankie Goes to Hollywood





Frankie Goes to Hollywood (FGTH) was one of the most controversial and commercially successful UK pop acts of the early 1980s. The Liverpool group was fronted by vocalist Holly Johnson, supported by Paul Rutherford (backing vocals), Peter Gill (drums), Mark O'Toole (bass) and Brian Nash (guitar). The group's debut single "Relax" was famously banned by the BBC while at number six in the charts, and subsequently topped the UK singles chart for five consecutive weeks, going on to enjoy prolonged chart success throughout 1984 and ultimately becoming the seventh best-selling UK single of all time (as of May 2006). Following the phenomenal follow-up success of "Two Tribes" and "The Power of Love", FGTH became only the second act in the history of the UK charts to reach number one with their first three singles (the first being Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1964).

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Friday, September 7, 2007

The 80s Forum Star of Today is the fantastic "Willo the Wisp"

Mostly remembered of course for the fact the the late, great Kenneth Williams was the voice behind all the characters in this animated classic.
Do you remember them-
Willo the Wisp, the narrator. A blue floating ghost-like creature, Willo had a long pointed nose which caricatured that of Williams. Arthur the caterpillar (as a gruff cockney). Mavis Cruet, a plump fairy with erratic magical powers. Evil Edna, a witch in the form of a walking, talking television set who could zap people with her aerial. Carwash, a snooty bespectacled cat (as Noel Coward). The Moog, a brainless dog. Twit, a small bird. The Beast, who began life as a dim prince before an unfortunate encounter with Edna ended up with his transformation into a hairy shambling creature.
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Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Cure are our Stars of Today


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The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. A combination of lead singer Robert Smith's iconic wild hair, pale complexion, smudged lipstick, and the frequently gloomy and introspective lyrics have led to the band being primarily classified as gothic rock.


However, the band rejects this, citing the variety of their material. This variety is exemplified by very exuberant and optimistic pop, such as the singles "The Lovecats", "Why Can't I Be You" and "High." The Cure have sold close to 50 million albums worldwide?



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