Guest review: Blow Monkeys and Level 42 shake Northampton

Level 42

Our Montreal correspondent and Canadian concert reviewer Peter Ryan was in the UK this weekend and experienced what he called one of the ’80s shows he’s ever seen. He even took time out to pose with Level 42. Here’s his review: 

The UK town of Northampton finds itself nestled between the British metropolises of London and Birmingham, and over the weekend it played host to a superb show of 80s greatness as part of Level 42’s 2018 tour.

A mostly 40s-and-50s crowd filled the modern Royal & Derngate concert hall to hear an on-time kick-off by The Blow Monkeys, who led the show performing newer songs interspersed with classic ’80s tunes that included the sophistipop anthem Digging Your Scene and It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way, which concluded their set. Singer Robert Howard then met and mingled with fans in the foyer as Level 42 finished their last-minute preparations.

Level 42 hit the stage with tremendous fanfare from the gathered crowd, kicking off the show with the crowd-pleasing Running In The Family, followed quickly by a very danceable instrumental jazz piece. After greeting the audience, the band dove into two of their early ’80s mainstays, which included The Sun Goes Down from the 1983 album Standing in the Light and Starchild from their self-titled Level 42 debut (during which keyboardist Mike Lindup led the crowd in hand-clapping). The end of the 50-minute main set concluded with another jazz performance, which preceded longtime favorites The Chinese Way, Something About You and Heaven In My Hands.

Following a quick break, Level 42 rushed onto stage and closed the show with Lessons in Love and Build Myself a Rocket. Needless to say, an ’80s hungry audience went home feeling fulfilled after seeing two of that decades most enduring bands.

Episode 480: Movies Turning 30 in October

Oh, October 1988 … you truly were a mixed bag at the old cineplex. Still, Spearsy, B-Rad and Jen With One N each found one movie to honor on its 30th anniversary: Tapeheads, Lair of the White Worm and Mystic Pizza. (Which co-host picked the chick flick? You won’t know until you listen.)

This week’s show is sponsored by The 80s Cruise. Set sails with Kenny Loggins, Sheila E., OMD, Berlin, The Fixx, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, Club Nouveau, The English Beat, Starship and more this spring. Go to www.the80scruise.com to book and use the promo code STUCK to save hundreds off listed prices.

We would also like to thank HelloFresh, our favorite meal-delivery service. For a total of 60 dollars off – that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes, visit hellofresh.com/radical60 to get started and then use the promo code radical 60 when ordering.

 


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Episode 479: New Music from Dee Snider, Tony Lewis, Judas Priest and Kim Wilde

We’re not TOTALLY stuck in the ’80s … we still listen to new music from ’80s artists. So this week, we put the spotlight on four new albums from musicians we loved in the ’80s: Dee Snider, Tony Lewis, Judas Priest and Kim Wilde.

This week’s show is sponsored by The 80s Cruise. Set sails with Kenny Loggins, Sheila E., OMD, Berlin, The Fixx, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, Club Nouveau, The English Beat, Starship and more this spring. Go to www.the80scruise.com to book and use the promo code STUCK to save hundreds off listed prices.

We would also like to thank HelloFresh, our favorite meal-delivery service. For a total of 60 dollars off – that’s $20 off your first 3 boxes, visit hellofresh.com/radical60 to get started and then use the promo code radical 60 when ordering.


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Episode 478: Freddy Krueger, Eddie Murphy, Steve Perry News

Eighties News Now returns with news items on The Goldbergs, Eddie Murphy’s latest movie and the third single from Steve Perry’s new solo album. Plus, we share listener emails about 30-year reunions.

Stuck in the ’80s is happy to have HIMS as a sponsor of our podcast. Save $20 off your first month of the HIMS Anti-Aging Kit. Go to forhims.com/80scare.

We’re also proud to announce we’re now partners with Audible, the world’s leading audio book provider. Get your first audiobook free and choose two titles from a curated list of Audible Originals when you try Audible for 30 days. Visit audible.com/radical or text stuck in the ’80s to 500500.


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Episode 477: We Remember Burt Reynolds in the ’80s and Beyond

We tip our cowboy hats to the Bandit. It’s our tribute show to the late Burt Reynolds, featuring our favorite movie clips and stories about the late actor.

Special thanks to our sponsor Gametime. For $15 off your first purchase, visit usegametime.com/80s and use promo code 80s.

And don’t forget to join us on The 80s Cruise this spring. Featuring performances by Kenny Loggins, OMD, Berlin, Sheila E, Grandmaster Flash, English Beat, The Fixx and many more, the cruise sets sail March 2 out of Fort Lauderdale on the Celebrity Infinity. Use the promo code STUCK for the best discounts for first-time guests.


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