Twisted Sister doc will change your mind on everything

Have you seen the documentary We Are Twisted F***ing Sister yet on Netflix? No matter what you thought of the band prior to now, this flick will surprise you. It will change your mind about everything you thought about Dee Snider and the boys.

Sure, we all remember their MTV videos, but there is SO MUCH MORE history behind this amazing act. They were born in the early ’70s practically as a tribute band to David Bowie and the Velvet Underground. They would continue to evolve through the glitter and glam area of rock until becoming metal gods in the mid ’80s. There are so many twists and turns along the way that you’ll get dizzy. And you’ll admire the band more than you thought possible.

We Are Twisted F-ing Sister actually only follows the band’s career from the start until they finally signed their first record deal way too many years later. But it’s that first half of their journey that will just wow you. There are no words.

Watch it. Trust me. And then consider hanging out with Dee Snider for a week on the 2019 voyage of The 80s Cruise. He’s hosting the gig, and after seeing this film, I seriously just want to learn their entire catalog and stalk Snider on the ship asking him question after questions about his incredible career.

My podcast co-host B-Rad and I will be hosting trivia on the Celebrity Infinity that week. Other performers include Kenny Loggins, Berlin, sheila E, OMD, The Fixx, English Beat, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew and Club Nouveau. Use the special promo code STUCK to save hundreds off advertised rates.

Just remember to bring your A-game for Dee!

Watch new ‘trailer’ for ‘Solo’ featuring Ron Howard

Director Ron Howard was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday night to promote his new Star Wars movie Solo. Hey, that was nicely timed for May the 4th Be With You!

Howard told Colbert the story behind how he took over helming the prequel to the Star Wars franchise and his attraction to the story. He also went into detail about his long history working with Star Wars creator George Lucas. Colbert honored his guest with a special “themed” trailer for the new movie.

Solo debuts in theaters on May 24.

30 years ago, the biggest movie was … Rain Man? 

I’ve always maintained the late ’80s are an era unto itself, bearing little in resemblance to the earlier years of the decade. Nowhere is that obvious in 1988 than at the box office. The top movie of the year (at least according to box office sales): Rain Man?!?

Don’t get me wrong: Rain Man is a fine movie. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning four (including best picture, best actor for Dustin Hoffman, best director and best screenplay). And 30 years later, we can all still quote some of its memorable lines.

I’m an excellent driver.
Three minutes to Wapner. 
K-Mart sucks. 

But still, Rain Man suffers when it comes to its longevity in the pop culture zeitgeist. Do you see a lot of people dressing as Charlie or Raymond Babbitt for ’80s parties? Do you see a Rain Man marathon on cable TV for any holiday weekend?

Rain Man did prevail at the box office in 1988 but not by a huge margin. The movie pulled in $172 million, just enough to squeak pass more memorable flicks such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Coming to America, Big, Die Hard and Beetlejuice.

And if you look at other box office champs in the late ’80s, you’ll notice the same pattern. In 1987, Three Men and a Baby was No. 1. (Well, my theory falls apart a little here, because Top Gun was indeed tops in 1986, and some little known movie named Batman was the hero in 1989). Still, anyone surprised that Rain Man was the top movie in 1988?

Here’s the full top 10 list of movies in 1988, according to Box Office Mojo. You decide if we spent our money in the right place.

1. Rain Man
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3. Coming to America
4. Big
5. Twins
6. Crocodile Dundee II
7. Die Hard
8. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
9. Cocktail
10. Beetlejuice
11. Working Girl
12. A Fish Called Wanda
13. Scrooged
14. Willow
15. Beaches
16. Rambo III
17. Oliver & Company
18. Bull Durham
19. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
20. The Land Before Time

Here’s what you missed on the latest The 80s Cruise

Did you miss out on the 2018 voyage of The 80s Cruise? Wanna know what you missed? Check out this amazing recap video of this year’s cruise, produced by our colleague Curtis Lanclos.

And don’t miss the 2019 trip featuring Kenny Loggins, Dee Snider, Berlin, Sheila E., The Fixx, Grandmaster Flash, Cutting Crew, OMD, the English Beat, Club Nouveau and more. Go to www.the80scruise.com to book, but don’t forget to say Stuck in the ’80s sent you (or use the promo code STUCK) when booking so you get invited to our privately hosted events!

BevStow: The perfect accessory and gift for wine fans

The ’80s Nation has long been a generation of wine fans. But we’ve graduated from having a bottle of Boone’s Farm roll around a dorm-room fridge to more sophisticated tastes. Isn’t it time your storage solutions graduate too? It’s time to upgrade your wine collection with BevStow.

BevStow is a first-of-its-kind device that lets you increase shelf space in your refrigerator by stowing your wine bottles under each shelf. It’s easy to install, and the durable suction cups hold up to 10-pound bottles!

Let’s face it: Wine bottles were invented by someone who had zero idea what frigs would look like in the future. And so we’ve limped along trying to cram our vino in sideways on shelves or let them bang into each other if we lay them on their sides. BevStow solves all these problems and makes the most of the space you already have. No more playing “Jenga” in the frig!

Installation is a breeze too: Just attach the BevStow rail under a shelf or on the side of your fridge using the durable suction clips. Slide the bottle ring onto the rail until it clicks. Then insert your bottle. That’s it.

Here’s the best part: A BevStow rack is only $19.95 on Amazon.com (with free same-day shipping for Amazon Prime customers). PLUS, as an official partner of Stuck in the ’80s, BevStow wants you to save 25 percent by using the promo code PODFAN25 when ordering. Just go to sit80s.com/bevstow to order.

And, hey, if you secretly want to keep a bottle of Boone’s Farm in your BevStow, that’s between you and me!

Click here to order. Use the promo code PODFAN25 at checkout.

The best album by each artist on The 80s Cruise

Every spring for the last three years, The 80s Cruise collects a group of amazing acts from our beloved decade and puts them on a ship with 2,000 crazy ’80s fans. It’s surreal. Every. Single. Time.

While most ’80s fans know the words to each artist’s top hits by heart – “And don’t it feel good?!?” – sometimes trying to pick their best album is a bit tougher.

If you’re trying to decide which CDs or albums to bring along with you on the trip for the artist to sign, here are my picks for the best album by each artist performing on The 80s Cruise.

RICK SPRINGFIELD: Rick would probably be impressed if you brought a copy of 1974’s Mission Magic! with you. But we’e talking ’80s today. During the decade, Rick had four albums go platinum, so you really can’t go wrong. (Plus, each albums has at least two hits on it.) Still, I’ll opt for 1981’s Working Class Dog (with a photo of his beloved dog Ronnie on the front). BUY IT HERE

LOVERBOY: Like Springfield, Loverboy had four platinum albums in the ’80s (along with one gold album). Ultimately, I have to pick 1981’s Get Lucky, with the signature red leather pants album cover. It contains four hits you’re likely to hear them play on the ship: Working for the Weekend, When It’s Over, Lucky Ones and Take Me To The TopBUY IT HERE

MIKE + THE MECHANICS: The side project of Genesis’ Mike Rutherford gave us eight albums (so far), but only two were in the ’80s. Their 1988 album Living Years has the band’s biggest hit on it, but I’m going to tap their 1985 self-titled album Mike + The Mechanics for the honor for featuring the tunes Silent Running, All I Need is a Miracle and Taken InBUY IT HERE

BILLY OCEAN: Wow, Billy gave us six albums in the ’80s. The first three didn’t make huge dents on the radio, but the next three are dotted with the hits we remember seeing on MTV. I’m going with 1985’s Love Zone, featuring There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) and When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (also on the Jewel of the Nile soundtrack). BUY IT HERE

LOU GRAMM: Tough choice here – do we pick a solo album or a Foreigner album? If we pick a Foreigner album, it’s obviously Foreigner 4, right? If you pick a solo album, I’m suggesting 1987’s Ready or Not, featuring the title song and, of course, Midnight BlueBUY IT HERE

THE TUBES: This band has enjoyed a cult following for decades, with albums dating back to the mid-1970s. Their 1981 album The Completion Backward Principle is a concept album (with the song Talk To Ya Later), so if you’re looking for something more mainstream, 1983’s Outside Inside (with She’s a Beauty) is a better bet. BUY IT HERE

BERLIN: This is getting tough. I’d be happy to bring any Berlin album up for Terri to sign, including 2013’s Animal. Ultimately, if forced to make one pick, it’s 1982’s Pleasure Victim, featuring Sex, Masquerade and The MetroBUY IT HERE

KATRINA: Katrina and the Waves gave us six albums in the ’80s – giving her plenty of material to rock The 80s Cruise. Walking on Sunshine from 1983, though, gives us their signature hit along with Going Down to Liverpool. Good luck finding the disc – it appears to be out of print. But their greatest hits CD has everything you’d want and more. BUY IT HERE

THOMAS DOLBY: This is a bit of a trick question. Dolby’s 1982 EP had She Blinded Me With Science (along with the excellent One of Our Submarines and Windpower.) For an LP, I adore 1992’s Astronauts & Heretics (with I Love You Goodbye and I Live in a Suitcase). For the ’80s, I’d go with 1982’s The Golden Age of WirelessBUY IT HERE

TOMMY TUTONE: Hopefully by now you know that Tommy Tutone is the name of the band, not the singer. (He’s Tommy Heath.) For studio albums, you can’t go wrong with 1981’s Tommy Tutune 2, featuring his biggest hit 867-5309/JennyBUY IT HERE