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Poll: What Was the Best Movie From the Summer of 1984?

Summer 84

Hollywood is in a tizzy over the weak box office this summer.  Grosses this past weekend were down 25% over last year.  And overall, the summer is down about 20% over last summer.  While there haven’t been a lot of huge bombs, there also haven’t been many break-out hits.

Thirty years ago, it was a different story.  In 1984, Hollywood was enjoying one of the best summer movie seasons of all times.  Several movies from that summer are still remembered fondly today.  (Many consider 1984 to be a banner year overall – not just the summer movie season.)  What’s your favorite movie from the summer of ’84?

Pick as many movies as you like and vote as often as you like.  Also, if there is a poll topic you would like to see in the future, let me know in the comments section.

For your reference, here’s a breakdown of the releases from May-Aug 1984:

  • May 1984
    • May 4
      • The Bounty
      • Breakin’
      • The Buddy System
      • Sixteen Candles
    • May 11
      • Firestarter
      • The Natural
    • May 23 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • June 1984
    • June 1 – Once Upon a Time in America
      • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
      • Streets of Fire
    • June 6 – Beat Street
    • June 8
      • Ghostbusters
      • Gremlins
    • June 15 – Under the Volcano
    • June 22 – The Karate Kid
      • Rhinestone
      • Top Secret!
    • June 27 – Before Stonewall
    • June 29
      • Bachelor Party
      • Cannonball Run II
      • Conan the Destroyer
  • July 1984
    • July 13
      • The Last Starfighter
      • The Muppets Take Manhattan
    • July 20
      • Best Defense
      • Revenge of the Nerds
    • July 27 – Purple Rain
  • August 1984
    • August 2 – The Bostonians
    • August 3
      • Grandview, U.S.A.
      • The Philadelphia Experiment
    • August 10 – Red Dawn
    • August 15 – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
    • August 17
      • Dreamscape
      • Sheena
      • Tightrope
    • August 24 – Oxford Blues
    • August 31
      • Bolero
      • C.H.U.D.

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Posted on July 21, 2014, in Movies, poll, sequels and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 69 Comments.

  1. jeffthewildman

    Ghostbusters hands down. Was watching it a couple days ago and enjoying it immensely. The comedy still works and will continue to work even when the effects are totally out of date.

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    • I voted Ghostbusters too. But I have a soft spot for Gremlins and The Karate Kid. There were a lot of movies I liked that summer. Plenty of good ones I listed, but didn’t include on the poll. I remember loving The Last Starfighter. I was 13 at the time which was probably the perfect age to see it. Also, Val Kilmer made his debut in Top Secret!

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  2. It’s a (mostly) terrific list that demonstrates why 1984 is one of my favorite years for movies. Tough choice between Star Trek III, Ghostbusters and The Karate Kid. Most likely, out of those three, I’d go with “Star Trek III.”

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    • I remember seeing Star Trek III as a double feature with The Last Starfighter. We had made an arrangement with the neighbor that his dad would drop us all off and my dad would pick us all up when the movie was over. After The Last Starfighter, our friend felt sick and called his dad to pick him up. His dad asked if we wanted a lift back. Never crossed my mind. I had a ride back scheduled after Star Trek. I wasn’t feeling sick. Why on earth would I consider skipping the second feature? Turns out my dad was rather annoyed that I turned down the offer for a ride back and forced him to drive out to pick up me and my brother. Oh well. It was worth it. Great night at the movies.

      84 was definitely a great year.

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  3. The Last Starfighter is not just a fun summer movie, but holds the distinction of being the movie Daffystardust went to on his first ever date with a real girl.

    None of these others are good enough to trump that!

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    • Check you out, ladies man! Sadly I was nowhere near “real girl” status in 1984. They scared the crap out of me until… nope still scare the crap out of me.

      I was this close to including Last Starfighter as a voting choice.

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      • 1984 was probably also the last time anybody called me a ‘Ladies Man.’ I’m still just as clueless as that kid who had no idea his date would not be interested that Robert Preston was also the lead in “The Music Man.”

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  4. Well, I named my cat Gizmo so there’s only one option for me… 😉

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  5. jeffthewildman

    Top 10 Of 1984. In no particular order.

    Ghostbusters
    The Killing Fields
    The Terminator
    Paris Texas
    Beverly Hills Cop
    This Is Spinal Tap
    Repo Man
    The Times Of Harvey Milk
    Under The Volcano
    Once Upon A Time In America

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  6. Tough choice between Ghostbusters and Karate Kid. I picked Ghostbusters because it is more of a timeless classic, instead of just an 80’s classic. Meaning that the movie could have worked if it was released in any modern decade, while Karate Kid is something that could only have worked as well as it did in the 80’s.

    It would have been a lot harder to choose if the original Indiana Jones, or Star Trek II came out that year, but their sequels weren’t quite up to the same level of excellence.

    I was 10 that summer so as much as I loved Ghostbusters I was terrified by the ghost in the library. I can’t believe how bad that ghost looks when I watch it now.

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    • Yeah, while the franchises were great, it’s pretty easy for me to dismiss Search for Spock and Temple of Doom. They are both okay, but not great.

      I remember jumping in my seat during the library scene. And then laughing my butt off while the guys were fleeing the scene. Ghostbusters is one of those great, quotable 80’s comedies.

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      • jeffthewildman

        Right on about it being so quotable. Lately on Facebook, a thing has been popping up on certain status about what your favorite movie line is. My pick:

        Ray: Everything was fine with the system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.
        Peck: They caused an explosion!
        Mayor: Is this true?
        Peter: Yes it’s true. This man has no dick.

        Love this line and not just because it offended one of my puritanical middle school teachers.

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        • I remember loving that line.

          I tend to become attached to Murray’s delivery on non-punchlines. Like when they cart Peck away and he says, “I’m gonna miss him.” Right after he says he’s going to send him a fruit basket of course. I don’t know why, it just kills me.

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  7. My then-boyfriend stood me up once for a stupid fraternity party that a non-Greek like me wasn’t allowed to attend. So to atone he allowed me to pick the movie for the following weekend. Any movie. He had to go see Purple Rain with me. It was very artistic.

    Amazing movie summer, though. Karate Kid, Gremlins and Temple of Doom!

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    • To this day, I still have not seen Purple Rain. I was 13 and my parents thought Prince was the devil. I’ve heard all the music obviously, but never felt compelled to go back and watch Prince act.

      Even when you get into some of the other releases, I mean, The Natural is out there. It’s not one of my favorites, but I know it is beloved by many. A lot of ladies discovered Mel Gibson in The Bounty that summer. Firestarter is cheesy Stephen King fun. Streets of Fire is a cult movie. Rhinestone pairs Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone! Bachelor Party had Tom Hanks doing a sex comedy. Conan the Destroyer, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Revenge of the Nerds… Buckaroo Banzai! I mean it’s a crazy good line-up. Even the bad movies are notable.

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      • I was in a pseudo-film student phase at the time. I also thought “Under the Cherry Moon” was also deeply artistic and reminiscent of Fellini. Unlike “Purple Rain”, though, which was a modest hit, from what I recall “Cherry Moon” was a box office bomb and many people in my circle were just as happy that Prince gave up acting, and directing.
        Can’t say I ever went back to see either one again, but still have both soundtracks.

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      • jeffthewildman

        Purple Rain as a movie is pretty eh. But the album is one of my top ten of all-time.

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  8. BTW, Sixteen Candles clicked with a lot of people but I wasn’t entranced with it.

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    • I enjoy it. But the racial humor rubs me the wrong way.

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      • I took an acting workshop with Gedde Watanabe a few years later. He appeared to revel in the role. If he recognized any shameful elements to it, he didn’t let it show.

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        • Why would he? It’s what he is best known for. It was also pretty commonly accepted back then. But you couldn’t release 16 Candles today without some major changes.

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        • You are right, of course. Long Duck Dong never struck me as being representative of his culture. I just figured he was a very specific nutty guy who just happened to be from another country. But yeah, the gong sound effects are an example of stuff that would have to go.

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        • It was so over the top, you could kind of go with it. Plus, the character wins. It didn’t seem malicious. I don’t remember anyone batting an eye back then. But today, Sixteen Candles would be boycotted so hard.

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  9. C’mon “Ghostbusters” (I still like “Gremlins”, but I LOVE “Ghostbusters”) !

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    • There is an organized movement trying to keep Gremlins at the top of this poll. I happen to know the leader of this movement and she is very determined.

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      • Well, in that case, more power to her:-)

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        • Eventually, she’ll stop looking at the results and then Ghostbusters will take the lead.

          The person I am referring to is my wife. For whatever reason she has taken a vested interest in this poll.

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        • You know Lebeau, I kinda thought it was your wife. I don’t know, I just had a feeling. No matter my instincts (luck), I would have made the same exact comment (I’m not much of a trash trasher in general, more of an opinion/truth talker).

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        • Oh, I didn’t take it negatively.

          She and her cousin have a Ghostbusters/Gremlins battle going on right now and neither one will back down. That’s why those two have over 100 votes and everything else has 10 or less.

          The purpose of the polls is really to generate conversation in the comments section. I’m less interested in the actual poll results than talking about the topics with readers.

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        • That makes for an interesting battle then, since both films were massively popular.

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        • They were both too young to see them in the theaters. But Mindy (my wife) likes Gizmo and her cousin likes Slimer. So it’s really a battle between Team Gizmo and Team Slimer. They work together and apparently have time on their hands for such things. I hear their office has been interesting this week.

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        • Well, I feel Gizmo is pretty cute (I even named a cat after him/it; they had the same color of facial fur) and someone in the two films who was fun (especially in “The New Batch”, which is the “Gremlins” film I prefer, due to it’s lighter tone and poking fun at pop culture).
          Now, I think slimer really shines in “The Real Ghostbusters” (I never understood what the “real” meant until I viewed a ghostbusters cartoon on RetroTV that featured a cartoon completely unrelated to the film).
          Yeah, so on that front, I’d have to yote for Gizmo myself!

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        • I am also a big fan of Gremlins 2. I just rewatched it the other day. The tone is indeed goofier. But I was surprised by how dark the Gizmo story is. Gizmo’s caretaker dies and then he is experimented on by scientists and tortured by gremlins until just about the end of the movie. I had read that Dante kind of resented Gizmo for his cuteness and wanted to put him through the ringer in the sequel. And boy did he!

          Yeah, Slimer is basically a sight gag in the original movie. People who are big Slimer fans almost certainly remember him from the cartoon where he played a bigger role.

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        • In theory, she can vote 3 times on each trip to the poll – I’m a big believer in the mom controlling the underage voting bloc in the family.

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        • BTW sometime overnight you crossed over the 4 million mark 🙂 congrats

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        • Yes, thanks for noticing. I sent out a celebratory tweet and FB post last night when we crossed that threshold.

          Looking forward to 5 mill.

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        • LeBeau….. 4 Million. Wow! Congrats on passing such a huge milestone! You should be proud. I know I’m proud for you! Forget looking forward to 5 Million, you should stop to smell the roses a bit and appreciate what you’ve accomplished! 😉

          Hey, just a quick question: when did you post your first topic on What The Hell Happened? I’m just curious how long it took you from beginning your blog to reaching 4 Million. Again, Congratulations!

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        • Thanks, Craig. Always a good idea to stop and smell the roses. Thanks for the reminder.

          The first WTHH article, What the Hell Happened to Mena Suvari? was written June 03, 2010. I originally wrote it after catching the Day of the Dead remake on cable. It was about 4 paragraphs long and had no pictures of clips. I spent maybe 20 minutes writing it.

          Since then, the series has grown and changes in ways I never could have anticipated. I used to do very little research for these articles. They were basically just my recollections. But once I remembered incorrectly. I said that Elisabeth Shue had won the Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas instead of just being nominated. A reader took me to task for that mistake – as well they should. So slowly, I raised my own expectations.

          Every time I would post an article, I used to get comments about some obscure omission I had made. So I became more and more comprehensive as the series progressed. That’s how you end up with 12-page articles on Billy Zane and Lea Thompson. As I have changed my standards, I have also gone back and fleshed out earlier entries in the series. Just last week, I added a page to WTHH to Val Kilmer. No WTHH article is ever truly complete.

          It’s taken roughly 4 years to reach 4 million hits. That’s pretty good, huh? Here’s the mind-blowing part. The first million took 3 years. In 2010, the site averaged 4 hits a day! In 2011, we were up to 356 hits a day on average which I thought was amazing. 2012, we were up to 1,525 hits a day on average. That’s five times the previous year! I couldn’t believe it. Last year’s average was nearly 4K per day. This year, we’re averaging over 9K per day. And for the last couple of months, the site has been pulling over 10K hits per day on average.

          That’s incredible. That’s beyond my wildest expectations. When I started the site, I didn’t even have a topic in mind. I never imagined people would be so interested or that the site could be so big.

          This is where I stop smelling the roses and look to the future. Thing just keep growing exponentially. I expect to hit 5 million in roughly three months time. With continue growth, we should be darn near 6 million by the end of the year. I’d love to hit that number by the end of 2014, but I won’t be disappointed if we fall short. It’s an ambitious goal.

          I figure next year the site can probably do a half million a month. Six million hits a year. Beyond 2015, who knows? The sky is the limit. I’m interested to see what the next four years has in store.

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        • Those are some amazing numbers. With over 9,000 visitors a day, I’m really surprised your articles don’t have more comments from visitors on a daily basis. You get a steady amount of daily comments, but obviously a tiny fraction of 9,000 a day (I know, be careful what you wish for, right? I don’t think you want 9,000 comments a day).

          When I first became aware of your site maybe two years ago I quickly immersed myself in the existing articles, but I was also happy to note that there were actual discussions involved in the comments section. It wasn’t long before I had to speak up and throw my two cents in and discuss. For anyone who’s visiting regularly but still remaining silent, I urge you to join in on the fun and join the comments section with your thoughts. It’s a very fun, welcoming place here, I’m not positive but I think LeBeau has a two-drink minimum to comment, but it’s ok the drinks are cheap here. 😉

          I still recall exactly what brought me to this site: What The Hell Happened To Val Kilmer. The perfect entry point. To me, Kilmer is sort of the unofficial King of WTTH. You’ve earned your success, LeBeau, thanks for the fun and keep up the good work!

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        • Thanks, man.

          The comments section was important to me from the very beginning. I have always tried to cultivate an environment where people can and will comment. I prioritize responding to comments. I feel like if someone takes the time to comment, I should respond in some way. Sometimes the commenters really surprise me. The comments are usually very thoughtful, passionate and witty.

          I also want to make sure people feel like it’s okay to disagree with me. I try to consider every point of view. Hey, I’m wrong as often as anyone else. I have gone back and changed articles after someone made a good counter point. Every now and then, you get a bad egg. I try to squash that or even rehabilitate the commenter into someone who can contribute something useful. It’s very rare for me to actually delete comments. I only do it as a last resort.

          My view has always been that the site is a party. I’m hosting and I have co-hosts/contributors. The articles are conversations. They are not meant to be one-sided. The comments shape the articles. They determine the topics and the content. The commenters have told me what they want and I do my best to provide it. My cohosts all started as readers and commenters. When they had something more to share than what would typically be a comment, I gave them access to start conversations of their own. Basically, we’re all mingling.

          The Val Kilmer article has been a point of entry for many regulars here. Even though the Bridget Fonda article is currently the most popular, Kilmer will always be the King of WTHH. (I hear he’s not overly excited by that honor, but oh well.) I’m grateful to Kilmer. He brings people in and hopefully they stick around. I love hearing that people finish their first article and dig back in for more.

          Basically, your comment confirms that things are going according to plan. This is how I want the site to operate. Now I have to go get a drink to meet my minimum. They are cheap, but strong!

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  10. Hahaha! I checked in earlier today while on my lunch break… and noticed the votes for the 2 frontrunners were way out there. Again… while on my lunch break.

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  11. How is Indianna Jones beating The Karate Kid? The original IJ was amazing! But Temple of Doom was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen due to the annoying Willie. I’ve watched the original so many times, but Temple of Doom turned me off of the whole series. I haven’t even seen the third movie yet!

    Ghostbusters is a great movie overall.

    Purple Rain had a purple soundtrack (Get it? Because the title’s purple and Prince wears a Purple– oh never mind. The world’s not ready for my humor). I don’t remember the plot at all or the characters, but the soundtrack was incredible! When Doves Cry is my favorite song on there.

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    • I agree with you that The Karate Kid is a better movie than Temple of Doom. Although I like ToD more than you appear to. If you remove about an hour of annoying stuff, you’ve got a pretty great hour left. It’s about half of a good Indiana Jones movie spliced together with absolute garbage. Last Crusade is much more like Raiders than Temple. But it’s kind of a watered down retread. I actually respect Temple for daring to be different even if about half the movie doesn’t work.

      So why is Temple beating KK? I think the Indy franchise is bigger and has more fans. So even a weaker Indy movie has more fans than the best KK movie.

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      • I’m a huge fan of the Indy series, and yes I have a soft spot for Temple of Doom. I’m not saying it’s a great movie, but I love it. I’m sure I love it more than most. Indeed, it is an audacious sequel (excuse me, prequel!). The easiest thing in the world Lucas and Spielberg could’ve done would’ve been to do a cookie cutter Raiders 2 sequel. Which they didn’t.

        Movies from the summer of ’84? Ghostbusters is a classic, of course. I love Gremlins. Star Trek III was actually pretty good. Bachelor Party is fun. Top Secret! is a vastly underrated parody from the Airplane creators. But Karate Kid, though, is one of those films I really have a sentimenal soft spot for, I lost count of how many times I watched that in my teens. It was the right film at the right age for me. I came very close to voting Karate Kid, but I decided that since few others will, I’ll show some love for Temple of Doom. Nice to see there’s others that enjoy it too.

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      • Actually, it’s not anymore. At least, as of right now (laughing maniacally while voting).

        Actually, I like the visuals and I think the story is good. I just can’t stand Willie Scott. This might sound awful, but I was actually hoping that Willie’s heart would be taken away so the character would just die off.

        The movie is unlike anything in the series, and it’s a good change. Remember the waiter who died in the opening scene but had been on many adventures with Indy? Well, I would have preferred him living in the movie and go on the journey with Indy instead of Willie Scott.

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        • I think Indy fans around the world agree that Willie Scott was the biggest problem with the movie. I also had issues with Lucas’ “bigger, grosser and dumber” approach to the material. He clearly felt the need to top certain scenes from the original. So we get stuff like them jumping out of a plane on a life raft, eating chilled monkey brains and being covered head to toe in bugs.

          It’s a shame because I really do like the darker tone of the sequel. Lucas actually blames the darker tone for the movie’s weak reception because he thinks everything should be for kids now. But I think the darker tone is the movie’s saving grace. It’s the other stuff that goes off track.

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        • I liked the dark spin on the series. Raiders of the Lost Ark was a classic adventure story, but Temple of Doom dealt with child labor, men taking out hearts, Indy getting possessed, etc…

          George Lucas? The one who thinks that the Star Wars prequels are excellent and that the original films needed retouching? And was involved with Howard the Duck, the baneful beak of my childhood existence? He’s completely correct!

          I think the critics were right on it then and now. And maybe I’ll watch the 3rd movie! I’ve had it on VHS for over 17 years, but never watched it yet.

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        • Well, if you have a copy sitting right there, by all means watch it. It’s Raiders lite. But it’s not without its charms. Some of the magic of the original is still there. And Connery and Ford have great chemistry as father and son. Just don’t watch Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. That one will make any Indy fan weep for their childhood.

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    • Another fan of the Purple Rain soundtrack! my personal favorite on that album is “Take Me With You”

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      • I believe you are spelling that wrong. There is no way there is a Prince song in which he spelled out you rather than using the letter U.

        😉

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        • jeffthewildman

          It is spelled U (gazing at the back of the CD).

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        • Say what you will about the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince, but he is consistent.

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        • I wish he had the recognition that he had in the 80s in the 90’s as well. I know he’s a legend and all, but I seriously would love to read a WTTH on Prince or Cyndi Lauper article haha. Maybe I’ll write it one day since I preferred Cyndi’s voice to Madonna. But I preferred Madonna’s singles and over the singles Cyndi later put out after She’s So Unusual.

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        • Those are definitely some music icons of the 80s. Sometimes I get asked about expanding WTHH to include musicians. Honestly, I would love to read those articles. But I’m not the guy to write them. Daffy’s Nope, Not a One Hit Wonder series is close. But he has cleverly chosen to write exclusively about acts who didn’t have a lot of hits to cover. Why didn’t I think of that?!?

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        • this kind of made my day.
          I can’t imagine trying to cover a really successful musical artist’s whole career here. I just keep picturing page after page of Frank Sinatra videos and stories. That would be a special kind of self-torture. Also “What the Hell Happened to the Beatles?” is such a well-covered topic. How could I possibly do it justice?
          maybe I would try covering one of my absolute favorites who i think is under-served.

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        • I always look forward to your music articles. I always learn something whether it is an artist I was unfamiliar or gaining a deeper appreciation for an artist I know.

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        • There are a ton! Not just from the 80s, but from the early 2000s with Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, and a myriad of other singer-songwriters. Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera have struggled recently, and same with Britney Spears’ last album. But her album failed because it was basically promotion for her Piece of Me show with barely any publicity and Will I. Am producing. Additionally, after the Work song, they should have tried an edgier video or a song like Passenger. Britney Spears is a huge star, no question. I wouldn’t put her in a WTTH category since she’s only had one dud and I feel that she would rather stay at home and be with her kids than be the huge superstar she was before K-Fed.

          Christina Aguilera’s problem is that after Back to Basics, she tried to follow trends. She used to reinvent herself with Stripped and Back to Basics, but Bionic sounded a lot like what other artists put out such as Gaga put out that year. Same with Your Body and Feel This Moment from Lotus.

          Michelle Branch had problems with her record label, Avril Lavigne alienated her fan base with Girlfriend and hasn’t found a full grown up sound yet. And Vanessa Carlton’s album Harmonium had a controversy with the song White Houses since MTV refused to play it and her record label didn’t support her full way. Now she’s more independent/indie. Yet, although her albums keep getting better, but mainstream America doesn’t care as much. But she’s not a One Hit Wonder, which would be cool for you to cover since everyone thinks that she is one. She had another top 40 hit with Ordinary Day getting to number 30 and all other releases failing. Not to mention, the distance between each album kept increasing from 2 years to upwards to 4 years.

          Elvis is a great one with British artists getting more famous. A lot of Motown Artists had problems after their hey day except a select few such as Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder among others.

          There’s a ton for every decade! From the Bee Gees after Saturday Night Fever and the backlash against disco, to one of my favorite’s- Billy Squier (the video killed the radio star. On further note, I still watch Rock Me Tonite whenever I need a boost in my day. The end of the song with the whole band playing is my favorite. It’s a great song ruined by Kenny Ortega’s choreography. I really wonder what the record label was thinking when they OK’d this to be released. But alas! Billy was a genius and Don’t Say No is a masterpiece.) I could write an article about him. It just ruined his bigger than life macho rockstar image. When you saw Billy, he was this hardcore rock singer. The video tarnished his reputation. Oh and the 90’s had The Smashing Pumpkins. Although I adore them, Adore would be the wrong word to associate with an album that divided fans and critics alike.

          Journey had a whole VH1 documentary dedicated to them highlighting the difficulties between Steve Perry and Neal Schon due to Perry’s knee injury. And Schon kept on hiring Steve Perry replacements rather than trying to evolve. Journey with Rollie was completely different. Then Perry came and their style changed as well. Instead of trying to reinvent their sound, they’re just screaming “We’re just as good without Steve Perry!” without trying to distance themselves successfully from the Perry era. Not to mention, their fans are divided between Perry and Arnel Pineda. Personally, I prefer Perry, and I liked the direction they were going with Trial By Fire. It was different, but it was mature and evolved, and they got a Grammy nomination for it! Their first!

          I could go on and on forever, with different artists. But there are a lot of possibilities from Jerry Lewis (that one would be simple. A certain 13 year old cousin as your wife doesn’t bode well in the 1950’s. Or ever) to Soulja Boy and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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        • I have to say, I like Cyndi Lauper’s first album, ‘She’s So Unusual’ (you bet:-). ‘All Through The Night’ is my favorite tune. For myself, it’s dreamy and perspective.

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  12. You guys are good!

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  13. Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 – Part 2:
    http://www.cinelinx.com/movie-stuff/item/6405-ranked-every-summer-movie-season-since-1980-part-2.html

    #1 – 1984

    The summer of 1984 was as close to perfect as we’re probably going to get. Above all, it was a summer of films that were fun to watch. Temple of Doom may not be the best Indiana Jones film, but it is as entertaining as they come. Ghostbusters is a legendary good time, as is Gremlins, and The Karate Kid was an inspirational film that audiences couldn’t help but enjoy. Not only were the films of the summer of 1984 fun to watch, but they were well received by critics and audiences alike. All of the hits have a rating above 70%, and even the only dud of the season had a high rating. In fact, the only avoidable film in the whole summer season was Conan the Destroyer, but even that one has some watchability due to the fact that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. No other summer can touch 1984’s combination of fun, well-received and profitable collection of films.

    Studs:
    *Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – May 1984 – $179m (84%)
    *Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – June 1984 – $76m (78%)
    *Ghostbusters – June 1984 – $238m (97%)
    *Gremlins – June 1984 – $148m (84%)
    *The Karate Kid – June 1984 – $90m (90%)
    *Purple Rain – July 1984 – $68m (74%)
    *The Neverending Story – July 1984 – $100m (worldwide) (81%)

    Duds:
    *Once Upon A Time In America – June 1984 – $5m ($30m) (89%)

    Notables:
    *Sixteen Candles (86%), Conan the Destroyer (27%), The Last Starfighter (76%), Red Dawn (53%)

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