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I love the 80s! Oh wait, that’s not trademarked or anything is it? Anyway, as a teenager at the time it was hard not to be bombarded with pop music and the culture that went along with it. It was the true beginning of the information age and short attention spans (thanks MTV!). As such, pop rattled around our little brains until it eventually saturated our outlook to leave us hazily gazing upon the real world with day glo-colored glasses.
Admittedly, a lot of it was really fun. And some of the best moments were on the silver screen. It was the time for brat packs, psychotic slashers and bafflingly bad action heroes. And, it seems we’re all nostalgic for it now — even if we weren’t born at the time.
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5. “I Melt With You” by Modern English – Often dismissed as a one-hit wonder, Modern English actually had a couple great records early in their career, especially the one that featured this hit tune. The track gained popularity after it was featured during the closing credits to like omg, one of the most totally bitchin’ films of the decade: “Valley Girl” starring a young Nicolas Cage!
With those Phish fellas starting a three day run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City tomorrow — their legion of “phans” in tow — we wanted to give you a list of 11 other artists that have their own super fans. These are not only strong fan bases, but obsessive, crazed and loyal (often to a fault) followers — many as famous or infamous, as the bands they worship.
What drives this kind of devotion? Is it the music? The herd instinct? The drugs? A life-long dream of finally hooking up with that scruffy looking bass player who probably smells like five-day-old seafood floating in a open grave?
What a drag it is getting older — the Go-Go’s are having none of that. 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the Go-Go’s debut album — and they still got the beat. Before an Ogden Theatre audience thick with nostalgia about the years they rocked mohawks and pierced their ears with safety pins, the Go-Go’s came out blazing with ”Vacation” and worked in Belinda Carlisle’s “Mad About You” and a cover of “Mother’s Little Helper.” The overheated Odgen ’80s dance party devoured everything the Go-Go’s served up and fabulously begged for more.
AP—Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina. The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
"Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!" Bachmann said.
But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!”
Bachmann didn’t respond and launched into her speech.
Denver busker Dred Scott is still trying to make sense of the fact that he has gone from street musician to Internet sensation in a matter of months.
David Adebonojo, who performs under the name of the slave who unsuccessfully sued to free himself and his family, is something of an institution in downtown Denver. Over the past five years, his bluesy acoustic covers of popular songs, including Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Prince’s “Purple Rain,” have drawn a following among passers-by intrigued by the talent of a homeless musician.
But in the past four weeks, his audience has become international. YouTube clips of his performance have collected more than 500,000 clicks since early July.
It’s called “Wilco Tango Foxtrot” made by the Langunitas Brewing Co. It’s a strong ale at 7.8 percent alcohol, and bills itself as the “Jobless Recovery Ale.” Check out this review of the beer by the Denver Post’s Marcus Chamberland.