Brian Boonehttp://amzn.to/1c1OHNsFrom the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).
From Patti Austin to Christopher Cross to Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald popped in for a not-at-all-inconspicuous backing vocal on every song your mom loved in the early ‘80s. Here’s an SCTV skit from the era featuring Rick Moranis as a very put-upon McDonald.
Ask your significant other who their favorite Go-Go is. If they say Belinda Carlisle, dump them. That’s a boring answer and so are they. If they pick out the delightful, way more fun, Jane Wiedlin, marry the heck out of them. Belinda Carlisle may know the location of heaven, but Jane Wiedlin is close personal friends with a dolphin.
There’s something charming about early music videos. Before record labels realized they could use them to make art in line with their artists’ music, or great short films in their own right, they weren’t quite sure what they’d be used for, or where they’d be seen, so they didn’t put money or time into them. At all. The result was that they tended to employ very little camera movements and they would be very, very literal. Josie Cotton couldn’t really be too literal in 1981 with a song about having a boyfriend she thinks might be a homosexual, so instead of doing anything that telegraphs as gay, Johnny is just, like, a stereotypical ’80s nerd.
I don’t sleep very well. It’s mostly because I ironically have an ’80s jingle for sleeping pills stuck in my head most of the time. There is something incredibly comforting, though, about a Nytol N, falling over, as if to sleep, and converting itself into a sleepy Z (as in ZZZZ).