The 80s Cruise

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


13 Must-Have Items for The 80s Cruise

In just a few short weeks, the third voyage of The 80s Cruise sets sail from Fort Lauderdale. On board are a slew of our favorite artists, including Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Berlin, Lou Gramm, Thomas Dolby and many more.

Also on board: 2,000-plus ’80s fanatics who have spent the last few years perfecting their packing list for this unusual trip. And yet, each we discover new items that really need to be added to make the vacation we call “Adult Spring Break” even better.

Here are 10 items that I recommend you buy and add to your packing list for The 80s Cruise.

USB-POWERED FAN: For safety reasons, the Celebrity Summit doesn’t allow electrical powered fans on the ship. USB fans. though, make the cut. I found this travel-sized fan online and it works beautifully. (BUY IT NOW)

EMERGEN-C POWDER: The flip side to “Adult Spring Break” is that your body can’t hold up to the rigors of that challenge at our age. If you’re smart, you’ll start taking this daily supplement right about now and continue on through the cruise. Get the orange-flavored one – it’s the right note to drink at breakfast each morning on the ship. (BUY IT NOW)

IBUPROFEN: Yes, you were probably already thinking of bringing some pain meds for those morning hangovers. But let me suggest you add Advil (or whatever brand you choose) to the list, and here’s why: It’ll cure your sunburn too. How? Sunburn is an inflammation of your skin. Ibuprofen eases inflammation. Take a couple pills and someone could slap you right on your sunburn and you won’t yelp. Promise. (BUY IT NOW)

TRAVEL BLANKET: You can use this as a picnic blanket while on the beach, as an extra pillow (while folded up) in your cabin and even just as a regular ol’ blanket on your balcony during any cool mornings. (BUY IT NOW)

WATERPROOF WATCH: Don’t risk ruining your Swatch while climbing Dunn River Falls or while snorkeling at any of our ports. A cheap waterproof watch could mean the difference between making the ship’s departure on time or spending an extra day on an island without your luggage! (BUY IT NOW)

NON-DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLE: I found this ’80s-friendly bottle online. It’s unique enough that it won’t be accidentally thrown away by the ship’s staff and still the perfect vessel for stowing away a drink from the dining rooms. (BUY IT NOW)

GINGER ROOT PILLS: Last year’s voyage on The 80s Cruise was smooth sailing, but you never know what’s in store for you when sailing the Caribbean. Many people report that taking ginger pills will quickly ease sea-sickness. They’re not easily found in grocery stores, so I found my bottle here. (BUY IT NOW)

POP ROCKS: Sure, you can hope to score some of these at Big ’80s Trivia on the cruise, but when we run out, you’ll be hankering for more. They’re super cheap to buy online and make for great giveaways to new friends you’ll meet on board. Oh, and that rumor that you shouldn’t eat Pop Rocks with soda or you risk having your stomach explode? Total urban legend. (BUY IT NOW)

CD COVERS AND SHARPIES: Here’s a tip – don’t bring the whole CD for an artist to sign … just bring the paper cover. CD cases tend to be the first thing crushed while traveling (a lesson I learned last year). Also, carry two different colored Sharpies with you so you’re all set when you run into your hero in the elevator. (BUY IT NOW)

’80s COLOGNE FOR MEN: You’re not truly back in the ’80s unless you smell that way. Thankfully most of the distinctive scents from our beloved decade – Drakkar is my personal fave – can be found online. (BUY IT NOW)

LOVE’S BABY SOFT PERFUME: I’m not sure this is an appropriate fragrance for those “our age,” but ladies – if you want to feel (and smell) like you’re 11 years old again, this is the scent for you. (BUY IT NOW)

LIP SMACKERS: Good news – this is recommended for ’80s fans age “6 and up.” Go back to a more innocent time when lip gloss came in these flavors: Vanilla, Mango, Wild Raspberry, Watermelon, Tropical Punch, Cotton Candy, Kiwi, Strawberry. Just mind the one important safety warning: “For external use only.” Eww. (BUY IT NOW)

SCRUNCHIES: Oh sure, we ALL remember these neon delights. These might come in handy on the cruise late, late at night when you want to keep your hair out of the water. You know what I mean. (BUY IT NOW)

And let’s just keep this final item between ourselves, shall we?

40 years ago, these movies made history

Normally Stuck in the ’80s concentrates on flicks released between Jan. 1, 1980 and Dec. 31, 1989. But in reality, many of us in ’80s Nation were first exposed to movies from the late ’70s on HBO or home video during our beloved decade.

To us, movies like Grease or Animal House feel like they’re ’80s flicks, whether the calendar says so or not.

So today on Stuck in the ’80s, we take note of 18 movies turning 40 in 2018. Some of these flicks deserve the full balloons-and-party-horns anniversary experience. Others might deserve a shallow grave. (We’re looking at you, Sgt. Pepper – if that is your real rank!)


ICE CASTLES (Jan. 1): Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson look like babies in this tale of a young figure skater who goes blind after an accident on the ice. It also gave us the Oscar-nominated tune Through the Eyes of Love by Melissa Manchester. BUY IT ON AMAZON

COMING HOME (Jan. 1): Jane Fonda and Jon Voight won Oscars in this movie released as America was still coming to grips with the end of the Vietnam war. BUY IT NOW

GREASE (June 16): With apologies to musicals of earlier decades, but I doubt there’s a more important musical to ’80s Nation than the story of Danny and Sandy. Owning the soundtrack was probably by rule of law in the early ’80s. BUY IT NOW

JAWS 2 (June 16): The movie’s tagline – “Just when you thought it was safe to back in the water” – is probably more memorable than the film. It held the title of highest-grossing sequel for a brief year before Rocky II dethroned it in 1979. BUY IT NOW

HEAVEN CAN WAIT (June 28): The story of a man taken to heaven before his time has been adapted and remake a bunch of times over the decades, but none as successfully as this Warren Beatty classic. His wobbly performance of a soprano saxophone still haunts our dreams. BUY IT NOW

CONVOY (June 28): Decades before Google hangouts, Snapchat and Facebook, there was a social media tool that our nation embraced and it was called CB radio. Ask your grandparents about it. BUY IT NOW

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (July 28): This movie was once the greatest comedy ever produced about the college experience. “See if you can guess what it is now…” BUY IT NOW

HOOPER (July 28): The ode to stuntmen and stuntwomen had an amazing cast: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jan-Michael Vincent, Brian Keith, Robert Klein, James Best and Adam West. It finished in the top 10 at the box office for the year. BUY IT NOW

SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (Aug. 12): As much as Grease saved musicals in 1978, this disastrous adaptation of the legendary Beatles sought to undo it all. What was it about? Only George Burns, as the narrator, probably had any clue. BUY IT NOW

UP IN SMOKE (Sept. 15): Believe it or not, stoner comedies were a thing way before the turn of the century. Cheech & Chong’s first feature-length film is actually credited with giving the genre its legitimacy. BUY IT NOW

MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (Sept. 20): If there’s a reason nobody in ’80s Nation wants to visit Turkey, it’s this flick starring Brad Davis as an American student who makes a very bad decision at the airport. Some guy named Oliver Stone wrote the screenplay. BUY IT NOW

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (Oct. 3): This spoof of B movies probably went over the heads of most theater-goers in 1978 but found its place in pop culture history through home video, spin-offs and parodies. BUY IT NOW

HALLOWEEN (Oct. 17): If you’re not a fan of slasher movies, then this is the movie can blame for the entire genre. Jamie Lee Curtis made her big-screen debut in this classic horror tale directed and scored by John Carpenter. BUY IT NOW

THE WIZ (Oct. 24): The cast alone was epic: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor. Here, Dorothy’s adventures begin in Harlem – not Kansas. It was a box office and critical dud but lives on in cult classic status. BUY IT NOW

CALIFORNIA SUITE (Dec. 15): Neil Simon rules the movie screens at this point in history. Maggie Smith would win an Oscar in this ensemble cast piece that included Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Walter Matthau, Richard Pryor, Billy Cosby and Dana Plato. BUY IT NOW

SUPERMAN (Dec. 15): Once upon a time, superhero movies were a fairly rare thing. All the big names showed up in this cast, including Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty and Christopher Reeve as Superman. BUY THE SET NOW

EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE (Dec. 20): Who do you remember more from this movie: Clint Eastwood as trucker/brawler Philo Beddoe? Or his pet orangutan Clyde? BUY IT NOW

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Dec. 22): This remake of the 1956 movie of the same name is still considered an example of how to properly remake a classic. And as all sci-fi movies must do, it includes Jeff Goldblum in the cast. (Mr. Spock too!) BUY IT NOW

Episode 445: Best John Williams Scores of the ’80s

John Williams composed the very soundtrack of the ’80s – and so many other decades. But during our beloved decade, he gave us 15 brilliant pieces of work. In this week’s podcast, B-Rad, Just Drew and Spearsy pick their top 5 John Williams scores of the ’80s – and a few that fell outside our decade.

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Episode 444: Strange Loves of the ’80s Part 2

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Our special Valentine’s Day show continues with Strange Loves of the ’80s, Part 2. This week we reveal our irrational loves in television and food. Spoiler alert: Spearsy’s food picks will leave you queasy. Jen with One N and B-Rad won’t make matters much better.

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