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Joan Rivers’ mid-’80s late night entry on Fox was, for the most part, forgettable.

However, this moment with the iconic Vincent Price may just make your hair stand straight up.

Price, a horror film icon from the medium’s early days, became a household name for a new generation as “the voice” at the end of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song and music video.  And when Price stopped by with Joan, she asked him to do “the rap,” as it was known as by many.  We’re so glad he obliged, as we fondly look back at three icons and their contribution to Halloween-y pop culture: Michael Jackson, Vincent Price, and Joan Rivers; thank you for making THIS happen.  How special.  And how SPOOKY

 

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A HUGE honor could be on tap for Prince in the coming weeks, as the congressional delegation of Minnesota has proposed giving a Congressional Gold Medal to Prince, now six years after his death.

“The world is a whole lot cooler because Prince was in it — he touched our hearts, opened our minds, and made us want to dance. With this legislation, we honor his memory and contributions as a composer, performer, and music innovator. Purple reigns in Minnesota today and every day because of him,” said Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator and former Presidential Candidate.

This isn’t just a small plaque or medal; this is the honor that has been given to icons including Rosa Parks, The Wright Brothers, Harriet Tubman, George Washington, The Dalai Lama, and others.

The legislation is sponsored by both parties in Minnesota’s congressional delegation, and is likely to receive support on both sides of the political aisle.

Awfully ironic that Democrats (blue) and Republicans (Red) can agree – and come to a compromise when something is PURPLE.

 

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While groups with the staying power of Journey and Bon Jovi, or the penache of Duran Duran, might have bigger halos, the ’80s as we know them wouldn’t be the same without TEARS FOR FEARS.  That’s why it’s exciting to hear Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of the group are reuniting for a new album in early 2022.  Will it have the same message as “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” or “Head Over Heels?”  We’ll have to find out more in February.

Until then, here’s the first release, “The Tipping Point.”  Here’s to a great release, gents!

 

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We are so proud to have welcomed ROGER TAYLOR, drummer and longtime member of Duran Duran to Throwback Nation Radio to help celebrate their 40th anniversary and the release of “Future Past,” their new album out today.

And, in case you missed Roger stopping by, he shared a lot of what they’re excited about for 2022, and how special it is to perform with a group of friends that has been together for 40 years.

BUT – there is one thing the band WILL NOT be doing to celebrate their anniversary.  Wanna learn all about it?  Listen to our Throwback Nation Radio Spotify podcast – along with a few of their new songs from “Future Past” – and enjoy!

 

 

Special thanks to Roger Taylor of Duran Duran, Warner Brothers, Lee Leipsner, and Charlie Foster for their help!

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For those of us with a penchant for all things Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and the like, today is a SPECIAL DAY.  Indeed, October 21st was the day on which Marty first travels into the past and ventures to the place where “we don’t need roads.”

And while the Delorean featured in all three “Back To The Future” movies certainly was eye catching, unique, and almost a character in itself, I learned something a few years ago about Deloreans.

They’re not fun to drive.  Not, like, even a bit.

Back in 2019, when we launched Throwback Nation Radio, we arranged to use a Delorean for a video and photo shoot to promote this here show.  Jayce Delker, an area car Delorean enthusiast and car collector, provided his car with all the accoutrements; the lighting, the hoverboard, EVERYTHING.  Our setup was great and it was fun to try.  But man, that car is NOT up to date… and here’s why.

1.) The AC did not work.  We did the video shoot in the middle of July, and we were sweating like pigs.  Or worse.  We kept the air on while driving through a parking lot, but it was still no fun.

2.) It does not have power steering.  The positive with that is, of course, I got quite the workout trying to turn the wheel.  Like, SERIOUS workout.  But, as someone who grew up in the time of power steering, it wasn’t a fun experience to feel like I was GRINDING the wheel to just turn left.

3.) The body is…well… weird.  Like most, this Delorean featured a stainless steel frame – not the usual plastic and metal those of us are used to.  That makes the car incredibly heavy, and just feel like you’re driving a boat.

 

So, kind of the like the saying when you go on vacation, “I love to visit, I just don’t want to live here,” think the same about a Delorean.  They’re fun to see, fun to touch, and maybe fun to take on a lap around the parking lot ONCE… but beyond that… don’t buy one.

 

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When you’re a 70-something icon in the middle of what is (likely) your final world tour and it all comes to a screaming halt because of a pandemic, what do you do?

Well, you could just throw in the towel and say, “thanks, it’s been fun.”

But that mantra, of course, is not how Elton John rolls.  Elton hit the studio harder than ever before, remixing and resampling some of his classics into new anthems for new generations.

The final product, “The Lockdown Sessions” album, fully debuts this Friday, October 22nd with features from Dua Lipa, Charlie Puth, Miley Cyrus, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, and more.

The single getting the most attention thus far is “Cold Heart” with Elton and Dua, which features not ONE, but two of Elton’s classics… first, “Sacrifice” from the ’90s…

 

…and “Rocket Man” from Elton’s early years, this time sung by Dua.

 

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND… here’s your final output.  A familiar hook, dance-y, iconic, yet contemporary.

 

We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album on Friday, so keep listening to Throwback Nation Radio for more samples of the new Elton John “Lockdown Sessions,” and more of your favorite Throwbacks from Elton too!

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We are SO in for this coming summer’s 2022 mixtape tour, and Tony and our team can’t wait to speak with Jordan Knight and Danny Wood about the tour plans tonight and tomorrow on Throwback Nation Radio!

Until we get an actual LIVE performance next summer, here’s a taste of what Jordan, Danny, Joey, Donnie, and Jonathan performed earlier this week with Kelly Clarkson.

 

 

Want tickets?  Click here and find them for the show nearest YOU in the Throwback Nation – and we can’t WAIT to see them next summer!

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“Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name… and they’re ALWAYS GLAD you came…”

Just the first few words of the “Cheers” theme song sparks up feelings of nostalgia; sitting at an iconic bar, having fun with friends after a long day of work, or if you were anything like Norm… avoiding going home to your significant other for fear of having to own up to one’s spouse.

And, like some shows, Cheers was not an overnight success.  It had a different feel and vibe than many slapstick sitcoms of the 1970s like “All In The Family” or “The Jeffersons.”  It took a few years to be “Must See TV” as we knew it, but once it WAS, it was ELECTRIC.

 

So, raise a glass to Sam, Diane, Rebecca, Carla, Frasier, Coach, Woody, Cliff, and of course… NORM… and throw one back for them this week!

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It was TODAY in 1994 that we first met six people who, at the time, we didn’t realize would become iconic, and a part of our lives, for over 10 years.  Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross gave us hundreds of memorable episodes and moments.  And, if you were in the same frame of life as they were – that point in your late 20s/early 30s where your FRIENDS are your family – YOU got it.

But ONE of those Friends ALMOST couldn’t join the rest.

As it turns out, Jennifer Aniston had already been cast on a CBS sitcom, “Muddling Through.”  The show aired Saturday nights as a summer replacement series, and had the opportunity to make it to another season.  BUT, when NBC executives figured out that Jennifer HAD to play Rachel, they essentially sabotaged the show.

And as you can see, Jennifer wasn’t bad on it.  But, NBC executives counter-programmed “Muddling Through” with special Danielle Steele movies, other unique programs, and stole ALL the thunder from CBS’ lineup.  The tactic, dirty as it seemed, worked.  “Muddling Through” muddled its way to only 10 episodes, Jennifer was released from her contract, and the Rachel Green we all got to know and love joined the other five.

Here’s to a little old-fashioned warfare behind the scenes.  For those of us who needed a couple of FRIENDS through the years, we’re glad it all worked out.

 

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Today in (SPOILER FOR THE THROWBACK TIMELINE) 1985, we heard “Thank You For Being A A Friend… travel ’round the world and back again” for the first time in the opening theme to what became a Saturday night TV staple: “The Golden Girls.”  The show garnered countless accolades and Emmys, showing that life didn’t end after 50, and captured the hearts of many during its 7+ year run.

What’s even more amazing is the surprising staying power of the last remaining Golden Girl, Betty White.   After the show  wrapped, Betty guest starred in other commercials, series’ and movies, even making an ICONIC hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live.

 

So, on this night where we celebrate the iconic show that has brought us so many laughs, and the woman who is STILL here to provide them, we ask the question… WHAT IS OLDER… ____________ OR BETTY WHITE?

 

1) SUNGLASSES

Betty Marion White Ludden was born January 17, 1922 outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Although sunglasses have been traced back to ancient times when they were used to protect guilty plaintiffs in court in the 1500s, their modern use began in 1929 thanks to the introduction of Foster Grants here in the United States.  So, while sunglasses are technically older than Betty White by a few hundred years, Betty is older than the trend of wearing them as a fun, sun-avoiding accessory.  So, who’s older?

EDGE: Sunglasses

 

2) THE ELECTRIC ESCALATOR

According to records, the first escalators appeared in the 2nd half of the 19th century, with the first ELECTRIC model gaining popularity in 1911 at a London train station.  So, with that in mind, the electric escalator is about 10 years older than Betty White.

EDGE: ESCALATOR, but not by much.

 

3) THE BULLDOZER

Used for the first time on a Kansas farm, the first bulldozer on record was created in 1925.  It was rigged to the front of a regular tractor to move dirt quickly, making farmers’ jobs easier, and it quickly gained in popularity.  With that in mind…which is older, the BULLDOZER or Betty White?

EDGE:  BETTY WHITE

 

4) THE TRAFFIC LIGHT

With the introduction of automobiles on assembly lines, auto manufacturing and popularity SURGED in the 1910s.  Vehicles like Ford’s Model T became the must-have for American families, which yielded (PUN INTENDED) the need for a traffic light system that was universal, easy to understand, and accepted across the country.  In 1918, this – the red / yellow / green traffic light, became the norm across the country.

EDGE: THE TRAFFIC LIGHT, but only by three years.

 

5) SLICED BREAD

Really?  Older than sliced bread?  Well, kinda.  While we have been baking and slicing bread since ancient times, the first electric bread slicer was made in Missouri in 1928.  This allowed for mass-production, mass slicing, and ease of use.  So, is Betty older than sliced bread?  NOT QUITE, but she’s older than the bread slicer.

EDGE: BETTY, kinda.

 

It truly is amazing to look at entertainers like Betty who have had this much staying power, and this much pop culture relevance, even into their ’90s.  Here’s to her, our departed Golden Girls as well, and to all the positivity and fun they brought to our lives over the years.

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