Monday, June 23, 2014

1984 Year in Review Part 2 - Ep142


We're back this week to tackle the second half of a great year of pop culture and rock and roll. Tons of news stories including Madonna's controversial MTV awards appearance, Ted Turner's ill-fated Cable Music Channel and the horrible death of Hanoi Rocks member Razzle. All that, and more, underscored with music from Icon, Dio, Grim Reaper, Y&T, Helix, WASP, Metallica and many, many more!


July 1 - The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA

A: DIO - Mystery - The Last in Line (7/2)

C: Icon - On Your Feet - Icon (7/7)

A: Grim Reaper - See You in Hell - See You in Hell (7/13)

July 14 - Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for "Beat It" live.

July 20 - Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America

C: Quiet Riot - Condition Critical - Condition Critical  (7/27)

A: Metallica - Creeping Death - Ride the Lightning (7/27)


Break Return Song:
Queensryche - Warning - The Warning

Groups Formed:
Dinosaur Jr., Frehley’s Comet, GWAR, Half Man Half Biscuit, Helloween, Living Colour, Nuclear Assault, The Offspring, Primus, Sepultura, Soundgarden, Warrant

Bands Disbanded:

Hagar, Schon, Aaronson, Shrieve (HSAS), Hollywood Rose, Kansas, Missouri, Vanilla Fudge

C: Y&T - Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save the World - In Rock We Trust(7/84)

C: Helix - When the Hammer Falls - Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge (7/7)


A: Fastway - Station - All Fired Up (8/1)

August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.

August 10 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

August 11 - During a radio voice test Pres Reagan joked he "signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"

C: Krokus - Midnight Maniac - The Blitz (8/22)

A: W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like a Best) - W.A.S.P. (8/17)

August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush's "The Enemy Within".

Break 2

Break Return Song:
Stryper - From Wrong to Right - The Yellow & Black Attack

Movies Released:
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Gremlins
  • Karate Kid
  • Footloose
  • Ghostbusters
  • Red Dawn
  • Terminator (“I’ll be back.”)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Police Academy
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Romancing the Stone


September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band's last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.

A: Iron Maiden - Back in the Village - Powerslave (9/3)

A: The Cult - Spiritwalker - Dreamtime (9/10)

September 12 - Cyndi Lauper sings "She-Bop" on Tonight Show

C: KISS - I’ve Had Enough (Into the Fire) - Animalize (9/13)

C: Dokken - Just Got Lucky - Tooth & Nail (9/13)


Break Return Song:
Armored Saint - Can U Deliver - March of the Saint

Mark Zuckerberg, Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, Ashlee Simpson

Andy Kaufman, Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Count Basie, Ernest Tubb, Razzle

September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, andThe Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for "You Might Think". Much attention is garnered by Madonna's controversial performance of her hit single "Like a Virgin" in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.

A:  Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers - Perfect Strangers (9/16)

September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.


C: Ramones - I’m Not Afraid of Life - Too Tough to Die (10/1)

October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is "I Love L.A." by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.

November 6 - Reagan beats Mondale; winning 49 states.

November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.


December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the "filth" she hears on her daughter's Prince album Purple Rain.

December 8 – Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.

December 31 - Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck.

C: Hanoi Rocks - Underwater World - Two Steps from the Move (8/84)

Geeks of the Week:


Joseph Ciambelli, Todd Cunningham, Shane Hebert, Chris Karam, Joel Hebensperger, Devin Fox, Joe Lascon, Wayne Cross, Wally Norton, Derik Novak, I-am Hoops, Holland Exciter, Lee Maslin (Audio Junkies Podcast), Matt Syverson (Paperback Rocker Podcast), Jason Thomas Broadrick, JTB’s Groovy Record Room, James Brendon Dunn, Brent Walter, Billy Hardaway, Mike Stewart, Darren Parkin, Scot Yeager, Sit and Spin with Joe, Rodney Dickson, Andrew Jacobs


Van Halen Rising, Derik Novak, Hard Rock Dad, Alisa W, Darryl Alber, Jack Russell, Nonsensicast Radio, MusicMagsAndWax, Don Nitschke, BillyHaleHardaway, Matt Syverson


Super Show! *****
By Joel Hebensperger
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