Join your hosts, Joe Christopher and Kari Race, as they discuss all the outrageous hits, and those deeper hits, from the 80's! Which songs still hold up today, which songs should be left in the 80's, and which ones are hidden gems? We'll cover the well-known hits from the decade (Ghostbusters, anyone?), and even songs that you haven't heard in 30 years (paging Karla Bonoff). Dust off your Members Only jacket, crack open a Pepsi Free, and join us for segments like "Just a Bit Outside" and "Coming Around Again" and more! Chime in on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hrt80s or on Twitter @hrt80s.
Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls
Episode 232: Yes, Joe and Kari attended the Darker Waves Festival, and they lived to tell the tale! On the podcast! Their review kicks off this episode, find out what they liked (OMD! English Beat!) and what they didn't like (Lines! People! Paying for beer!).
Since World AIDS Day is December 1st, Joe and Kari are taking a look at some of the artists who tried to use their music to bring awareness to this serious topic, like Cyndi Lauper, Jimmy Somerville of Bronski Beat, and Book of Love.
Darker Waves Preview
Episode 231: If you haven't heard Joe and Kari discuss this in previous episodes, they are traveling to Huntington Beach, CA this week to attend the Darker Waves Festival! The lineup is STACKED with artists that have been discussed on HRT80s many times, but this episode is dedicated to some of the lesser-known bands like The Chameleons and Clan of Xymox, as well as faves like The English Beat, OMD and X! You'll feel like you're at a music festival when you listen to this one, and the beers won't be 18 dollars each!
Not The Song You're Thinking Of
Episode 230: This week's episode is a very special one, as Joe and Kari welcome their first international guest to the podcast: Listener Dom from New Zealand! Dom has been kind enough to suggest some of the segments that we've brought to you on HRT80s, and this week, we get to know the man behind the ideas, and what exactly he loves about music from the 1980s.
Then we invite Dom to discuss one of his segment ideas: Not the Song You're Thinking Of, which takes a look at songs that have the same title as huge hits of the 80s, like "Freedom", "I'm Your Man", "Trouble" and "The Power of Love". You don't want to miss this episode!
The Freaks Come Out at Night!
Episode 229: Spooky Halloween Edition! Since this episode drops on Halloween, Joe and Kari took some listener suggestions on their favorite creepy songs of the 80's. Toto Coelo sang a love song about Dracula, Whodini warned us that the freaks come out at night, and Ministry gave us a goth anthem with "Everyday is Halloween."
Finally, the Great 80's Music Quiz comes to an end with the final rounds. Find out who wins the sack of full-size candy bars, and who comes home with a bag full of those weird peanut butter chews in the orange and black wrappers (you know the ones, they're nasty).
Countdown America Part II: February 18, 1989
Episode 228: As promised, here is Part Two of the recap of the Countdown America program from February 18, 1989. Dick Clark hosted this syndicated radio program that used the Top 30 Adult Contemporary charts from Radio and Records magazine. In the upper reaches of the countdown, we have songs from Vanessa Williams, Anita Baker and Barbra Streisand. Plus, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany face off with ballads from their sophomore albums. Which song was more successful on the charts (and in our hearts)? And who was the more successful solo member of the Eagles -- Glenn Frey or Don Henley? You'll find the answers in this episode, as well as the song that took the number one spot!
TV Theme Songs
Episode 227: This episode is only for the Jackée stans!!! That's right: HRT80s is celebrating 227 episodes this week! And we asked the listeners to tell us their favorite TV Theme Songs for us to cover on the podcast. So get ready to hear about the theme songs to your favorite 80's shows: Perfect Strangers, Cheers, 227 (natch), and everyone's favorite, Golden Girls.
Then it's time for more QUIZZING; who ends up in the lead after this round? You better listen and find out, because there's no place like HRT80s. I MEAN NO PLACE, CHILD *WOO!*
Totally Awesome 😎
I love this podcast! Joe and Kari are extremely knowledgeable about 80s music. They might need to realize they are actual experts 😁 Everything about this podcast is fun, from the hosts to the banter...it really brings back the memories! Thank you 😊
My new favorite podcast!!!!
As a child of the 80's and lover of music, this podcast nails it. The hosts have great chemistry, and know their facts. I grew up in Columbia, Missouri and currently live in St. Louis Missouri. So to find out the hosts are from my home state makes it even better. Give it a listen, because you won't be disappointed. Five stars all the way!!!!
Like, totally awesome podcast!
Joe and Kari are hilarious and really brings unique view to music from the 80’s. They have a fun interaction and I enjoy their personal anecdotes. You will not be disappointed by this podcast!