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I Don’t Want Harrison Ford In The Next Star Wars Movie

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Original Star Wars trilogy cast (clockwise l-r)Harrison Ford, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, and Carrie Fisher – and yes Anthony Daniels is missing

Since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars and plan on doing new films, there have been questions about if the stars of the original trilogy would appear in them. I took it as fact that Harrison Ford would run far away since he soured on the franchise after doing Revenge of the Jedi. In one interview years ago, Ford said he asked to have Solo killed off. In an interview with David Letterman last week Ford now claims he’s never been asked to return to the role and wouldn’t mind doing it. Screw Ford. I don’t want him in the next film.
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Blue Monday is 30

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New Order today

A friend posted on Facebook that Blue Monday a song by the techno group New Order was released today in 1983. Thirty years ago?!? I am sooooo old. I remember when the song came out and I wanted to hear it on a loop forever – that’s how great and ground breaking it was then. It changed my taste in music for the better.
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The Americans – A Retro Spy Trip Back To The Early 80′S

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Poster for the FX series The AmericansA new drama on the FX channel debuted Wednesday night called The Americans. It stars Keri Russell and some other guys. I like a good spy story and this show had some good plot points but I was disappointed on how obvious it was overall. It did have a good soundtrack.
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The Equalizer Busy Equalizing

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clipart showing a music noteI love TV show themes and was really sad when the industry started cutting back on themes in order to squeeze in more commercials. The main theme to the show “The Equalizer” (1985–1989) is probably one of the best. It was composed by Stewart Copeland, the drummer from The Police. This percussion heavy theme captures the electronic vibe of the 1980′s and is part New Wave and part house music. Here is an album version of the tune.
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Lisa Whelchel & Michael Skupin – Bringing In The Geezer Viewers To Survivor

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Lisa Whelchel on Survivor: Philippines

I’m not a huge fan of Survivor (I haven’t really watched it since season 11 Survivor: Guatemala) but I do like to see who will be playing in the new seasons. When I saw that CBS was hyping the fact that Lisa Whelchel would be a player I had to laugh to myself. Survivor is known for having good looking, model/bartenders as contestants but they do throw a bone to geezers like me either going old, bringing in past players like Michael Skupin, or in this case stunt casting with a former 80′s TV star like Whelchel. I really think that none of the youngsters on the island will really know who she is and probably still won’t if and when it is revealed by an older player.
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So It Is Flim And NOT Film? WTF?

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Rare live performance from Flim & the BB’s – notice the IBM 8150 sitting on the right

One of the best things to happen to me in college – besides beer – was rooming with a music student my freshman year in the dorms. Mike turned me on to many bands and singers I never knew existed in my AM radio bubble while growing up. He showed me his CD of Flim & the BB’s album “Tricycle”. This was the mid 80′s and CD’s were the new thing and I was amazed. Mike had a kicking stereo system so the album sounded so good it spoiled me since then. Even after becoming a long time fan of Flim & the BB’s it wasn’t until the other day I realized I had been calling them Film & the BB’s finally solving the problem I had finding their music online.
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Never Can Say Goodbye To The Communards

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Richard Coles & Jimmy Somerville
of The Communards

In the mid to late 80′s the music genre that got all the play on the radio was Synthpop which was an outgrowth of New Wave with a fast heavy dance beat and loads of synths. Since I loved New Wave I also loved Synthpop. One song that caught my ears in 1987 was “Never Can Say Goodbye” by the UK band The Communards. I was familiar with the original by the Jackson 5 and the cover by Gloria Gaynor in the 70′s so I can see why this cover was popular in 1987.
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Molly vs Winona: Pick A Side

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image of Molly Ringwald and Winona RyderWhen I was coming of age in the 1980′s two actresses pretty much spoke for my generation. Molly Ringwald was the girl next door who you would bring home to meet your mother while Winona Ryder was the Goth chick who was your buddy and was fun to hang out with. I liked or rather loved them both as they fit into my then duel puberty personality. I wanted to date both of them but kind of figured Molly would blow me off and I would have tons of laughs with Winona as we would have a deep platonic relationship. Who would you pick if you had a chance to date them?
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