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hey Don't Make Music like They Used to (and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves Because We're Afraid of Becoming Irrelevant)

Oren Miller | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Oren Miller

When the first crappy music makes it into our house, I will sit my kids down, play the entire Pink Floyd discography, then The Beatles, then Simon & Garfunkel. And Bjork. And Death Cab for Cutie. And Arcade Fire. Then The Velvet Underground. Then Talking Heads.

Pop Music Could Use Another Decade as 'Gay' as the '80s

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 04.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The new-wave acts of the early '80s represent everything that mainstream pop acts aren't so free to be today. Imagine One Direction hitting the stage dressed like Kajagoogoo. Would teenage girls still go wild? Would Taylor Swift have dated one of them?

Julie Brown's Homecoming Queen Rules at Silver Lake's Cavern Club

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

It was always hard to define Miss Julie Brown, the hilarious red head who was really an underrated visionary, taking a pop culture generation by storm...

WATCH: Cyndi Lauper Reveals Surprising (Gay) Inspiration Behind Classic Song

Posted 04.05.2014 | Gay Voices

To mark the 30th anniversary of her smash album, "She's So Unusual," Cyndi Lauper revealed the surprise gay inspiration behind her then-controversial ...

The '80s Make a Comeback at Boston's Guilt Nightclub

Party Earth | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Party Earth

We all love taking trips down memory lane, wishing that someday things will go back to the way they were in the good 'ole days. Anyone who says they w...

I Can't Wait To Teach My Kids About My Favorite Music

Lori Ferraro | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Is it ever too early to put what I consider good music into their little brains? I think not.

The Best '80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40 (Pt. 2)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

These 1980s pop singles should've ruled the charts -- or at least dented the Top 40, but for whatever reasons did not. But charts be damned, I'll love them forever.

The Best 80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40 (Part 1)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

As a teenager in the 1980s, I amassed a large, eclectic collection of that decade's vinyl. In going through it all, I find myself listening more often to the hits less travelled, and after some research, I discovered an array of brilliant singles that failed altogether to grace Casey Kasem's countdown.

This Dog Has Moves

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.04.2013 | Comedy

In Kazakhstan, there exists a dog who is in dire need of four legwarmers. Not because it's cold, but because there is 80s music that needs dancin...

MTV Legend Recalls Heavy Metal Frontman's Anti-Gay T-Shirt Controversy

Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices

MTV veteran Kurt Loder recalled an infamous 1989 controversy involving Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach in an appearance on HuffPost Live this week. ...

Pocket Rockers Are Not Vibrators, But We Still Loved Them (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 04.04.2013 | Women

Tell me I'm not alone in recalling one of the best items in the toy box of late-'80s childhood: the Pocket Rocker. I came across this commercial from ...

TAZER UP! Jack Hues from Wang Chung on Music, the '80s & Their New Recording

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 04.19.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

One half of Wang Chung discusses being "abducted by the '80s," teaching composition at a University, writing the music for a 1980s crime drama, leading a jazz quartet and, of course, the new album, Tazer Up!

1983: My Favorite Year in Pop Music

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

1983 was a rare year where many of the finest singles actually ended up at #1 -- tuneful, innovative productions that still sound fresher than most of 2013's pop playlists. Here are 20 noteworthy acts (in no order) that made their first stateside mark in 1983...

Juice Newton: Still The Queen of Hearts in San Francisco

Greg Archer | Posted 01.12.2013 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Five-time Grammy-nominated performer Juice Newton, whose hits "Angel of the Morning" and, of course, "Queen of Hearts," found her celebrity soaring back in the '80s, is rooted in folk music and some '60s pop and rock.

LISTEN: The Ultimate Boomer Playlist: Our Favorite Songs From The 60s, 70s And 80s

Posted 06.06.2012 | Fifty

Do you remember the first album you purchased? What about your favorite song growing up? Chances are you have a massive list of favorites, since post ...

For Once, a Good Pop Song Is Stuck in My Head

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 04.23.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Rugnetta

I cannot get the song "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye out of my head. It has a different sound -- especially the xylophone -- and strong lyrics that are clear and relatable.

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 8 Perform Songs From The '80s

Laura Prudom | Posted 06.05.2012 | TV
Laura Prudom

Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet's duet of "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me" was undoubtedly the standout performance of the night, and a vocal masterclass from beginning to end. it was a joy to watch.

Stardom Never Spoiled the Whitney Houston I Knew

Nikki Haskell | Posted 04.14.2012 | Entertainment
Nikki Haskell

Whitney was a free spirit. She was kind, authentic, fun and funny. She never took herself too seriously. She always remembered where she came from.

Why Was Boy George Named 'Man Of The Year'?

thelondondailynews.com | The London Daily News | Posted 12.27.2011 | Gay Voices

The London Daily News has named Boy George aka George o'Dowd as man of the year, for his return of the priceless icon of Christ to the Church of Cypru...

Happy 60th Birthday, Sting! Relive His Best Musical Moments

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty

Sting may be turning 60 on Oct. 2, but the self-professed "King of Pain" shows no signs of slowing down. The Police's former frontman is ringing in t...

If They Left... and Came Back: OMD Returns With '80s Pop Synth Intact

Jon Chattman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The music. The movies. The hair. The...lack of fashion. Anyone who came of age in the 1980s likely regrets taking part in certain fads but deep down wishes they could go back

When Songs Attack: Assaulted by Muzak in the 21st Century

James Napoli | Posted 10.30.2011 | Media
James Napoli

In deference to the overall awesomeness that is Trader Joe's, the fact is we can barely go anywhere anymore without being assaulted by a feel-good music mix. The mall, a restaurant, a waiting room. And it isn't always feel-good.

WATCH: Fallon & Crew Revisit The 80s With 'Dance Avenue'

Posted 06.06.2011 | Comedy

Do you remember the classic '80s television show "Dance Avenue"? No? That's ok, neither does Questlove. But that won't stop Jimmy Fallon from showi...

Thomas Dolby Leaves Science Behind (Sort of)

Shawn Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Shawn Amos

Dolby and I spoke about life beyond the '80s, Bowie and Prince jumping the shark, finding time to unplug, and how the best songs are a palette cleanser played alone on a piano.

Fun-Filled Rock of Ages' Knowing Concert Escort

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

The best thing about Rock of Ages is that it nods knowingly at the audience in ways no other show does. The show is a re-interpretation of the experience of being at the theater.