Episode 488: Nick Heyward Interview

Nick Heyward has made some amazing music over the last several decades, beginning with his ’80s band Haircut 100 and then continuing into a solo career that gave us a new sound and new take on life. This week, Nick joins Spearsy for an incredible conversation that covers his early influences, his new home in Florida and his plans for more music in the coming years.

This week’s episode also includes Listener Mailbag, Mystery Movie Moment and Name that ’80s Tune. And we throw a new seggie idea out there.

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Episode 487: Holiday Gift Guide for ’80s Fans

Looking for the perfect present for the ’80s fan in your life? You’re in luck because this week on the podcast we share a bunch of cool ideas in the gift-giving department. Plus, we share our ideas of the “dream” gift for each of us.


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Here are the links for items we mentioned in the gift guide:

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Episode 486: Talking Heads’ True Stories

True story: Stuck in the ’80s has never done a full episode on Talking Heads. So we fix that – times two – this week by covering the movie “True Stories” and its signature soundtrack. Special guest host is cartoonist and musician Douglas Arthur.

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Listen to our ‘Planes Trains and Automobiles’ episode from 2006

Back in 2006, when the world was still new and full of wonderment, the gang at Stuck in the ’80s recorded a podcast on the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It’s the standard-bearer of movies about Thanksgiving – in the ’80s or any other decade.

Some 12 years later, I honestly can’t remember a think we said in the show. My memory works great when it comes to recalling stories from the ’80s, but from the last 12 years? Eh, not so much. In any case, I figure a fair number of ’80s fans are looking for some podcasts to load onto ye olden iPhone for the holiday travel ahead this weekend, so here it is. Enjoy.

Dennis DeYoung talks unlikely hits and robot masks

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 22, 2012.

In the early 1960s, Dennis DeYoung was just a 14-year-old with an accordion and a mission: to make a few bucks with his friends performing at weddings around his Chicago neighborhood of Roseland. A TV show changed all that.

“It was the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,” Dennis told me during a phone interview that went a lot longer than the planned hour. “If you talk to any baby boomer guys in rock bands, I would believe 80 percent would tell the same story. It was an epiphany.”

DeYoung retired his accordion for a set of keyboards and co-founded a band that would go on to achieve platinum sales success and fill stadiums with fans from the late ’70s through mid ’80s: Styx.

A battle over music direction coupled with health problems led to DeYoung’s dismissal from the band in 1999. But he still performs the music of Styx for fans around the world, while his old bandmates continue on with a new lead singer.

I spoke with the singer – long a hero of mine – a few weeks before he was scheduled to perform with the Florida Orchestra in Clearwater, Fla. Dennis was touring the nation, performing the hits he wrote with his own hand-picked band and local orchestras.

“The music lends itself to orchestration,” DeYoung says. “This is no condemnation of Chuck Berry, who I greatly admire. But Chuck Berry’s music will not translate as well to orchestration because of its very three-chord rock ‘n’ roll nature. It is the music of the artists that are more pretentious, pompous or closer to the kind of big dramatic stylings that orchestras are good with.”

“I wanted to make the rock band the focus; the orchestra is the sixth member,” he said. “I went one step further in incorporating actual pieces of classical music, trying to weave them within the confines and structures of the hit records that we had — which only pointed out clearly how absolutely c—– my songs were compared to Mozart.”

Here are some more highlights from our conversation:

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Episode 485: Biggest Turkeys of the ’80s

Jen with One N, B-Rad and Spearsy had to reach a compromise on this week’s Thanksgiving-themed podcast: We decided to honor both the biggest “turkeys” of the ’80s – movies, songs and more that were huge busts – but also agreed to hand holds and say what we were thankful for. (Spearsy was thankful that part of the show only lasted 5 minutes.)

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