VISITING ACT: 80's Monster Bash 

They Came from the '80s: Spectra Records celebrates the old New Wave

'80s Monster Bash
The Romantics The Romantics - The Romantics - What I Like About You
A Flock of Seagulls A Flock of Seagulls - A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)
Survivor Survivor - Survivor: Greatest Hits - Eye of the Tiger
Tommy Tutone Tommy Tutone - Tommy Tutone - 2 - 867-5309/Jenny
Naked Eyes Naked Eyes - The Best of Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me
Cutting Crew Cutting Crew - Broadcast - (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Sat. Oct. 13
1 p.m. (live music starts at 5 p.m.)
$50 (floor seats), $30 (general admission)
Family Circle Magazine Stadium
161 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island
(843) 849-5300

“867-5309/Jenny” from the album Tommy Tutone 2
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“What I Like About You” from the album The Romantics
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Charleston-based record label Spectra and exec Bobby Collins present an all-evening festival of '80s-style rock and pop this Saturday. With a mix of '80s bands and a high-dollar costume contest (there's a $5,000 grand prize!), Collins calls it "the event of the year." Here's the run-down :


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Who: Led by singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, Detroit power-pop rockers The Romantics are guitar-driven, hand-clappin', jivin' and twistin' British Invasion fanatics who have more in common with '60s garage and surf rock than the '80s synth-pop movement. Remember those catchy tunes, "What I Like About You," "Talking in Your Sleep," and "One in a Million?" They played them at the Music Farm last winter during an installment of Little Steven's Underground Garage tour. (

Most Famous on MTV For: Those red leather jackets, skinny ties, vintage guitars, and original drummer Jimmy Marinos' yelpy lead vocals, whispers, and "bbbbbrrrrrrr's" on the grainy "live on the studio stage" video for "What I Like About You."


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Who: British synth-pop band Naked Eyes are best remembered for their first rendition of the bouncy Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune, "Always Something There to Remind Me." Singer Pete Byrne and keyboardist Rob Fisher formed the group in Bath in 1981. Their second single, "Promises, Promises" — a funky 1983 hit very much in the vein of Howard Jones, Paul Young, Chic, and Duran Duran — appeared in an episode of TV show Knight Rider. Sadly, Fisher died in 1999, but Byrne has resurrected the Eyes with a surprisingly solid new album of originals, remakes, and covers titled Fumbling with the Covers. (

Most Famous on MTV For: The church bells, beefy synth sounds, drum machines, and ascending melody lines of "Always Something There to Remind Me," which featured Byrne looking cool in his dark tie and jacket, singing the chorus into a pay phone receiver.


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Who: Out of Liverpool, synth-rock quartet A Flock of Seagulls epitomized the stylish, über-modern, keyboard-driven, makeup-heavy New Wave coming out of Britain at the dawn of MTV. Brothers Mike Score (keyboards, vocals) and Ali Score (drums) formed the band in 1979 with tall-standing Frank Maudsley and bespectacled guitarist Paul Reynolds. Known best for the dancey hit "I Ran (So Far Away)," their trance-y "Wishing" (I Had A Photograph of You)" and the poppier "Space Age Love Song" and "Telecommunication" were winners, too. (

Most Famous on MTV For: Mike Score's shock of blond hair — the most memorable New Wave hair-do ever.


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Who: Led by "surviving" original member Frankie Sullivan (guitars, vocals), this macho guitar-rock outfit started out in Chicago in 1977. After the release of a few moderately successful albums, the band rocketed to fame with the 1982 release of the thumping, Grammy-winning anthem, "Eye of the Tiger" — expressly written by Sullivan and singer Jim Peterik as the title song for Rocky III. Following hits included "Caught in the Game," "I Can't Hold Back," and "High on You." With new lead singer Jim Jamison, they plan to release a new studio album on Spectra Records this fall. (

Most Famous on MTV For: Sullivan's distorted power chords and the entire band's perfect collective mullet.


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Who: British singer Nick Van Eede and Canadian guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael formed this post-New Wave pop band in 1985 and scored a smash hit with the mellow 1987 ballad "I Just Died in Your Arms" — a song that resembled the clean radio rock of A-Ha, Paul Young, The Outfield, and Tears For Fears. (

Most Famous on MTV For: The slappy electronic snare drum sound, moussed-up hairstyles, black longcoats, and raspy lead vocal of Nick van Eede in the vid for "I Just Died in Your Arms."


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Who: A melodic and tough power-pop band led by stuffed-up-sounding vocalist and main songwriter Tommy "Tutone" Heath, best known for the 1981 hit "867-5309/Jenny," which, fortunately for the band debuted exactly the same year as MTV. Their style was more of a jangly, skinny-tie guitar-rock sound akin to Tom Petty, Huey Lewis & The News, and The Knack than their synth-heavy pop counterparts. These days, Heath is joined by drummer Andy Guthier (ex-The Metros), bassist Jimmy James, and guitarist Greg Georgeson. (

Most Famous on MTV For: Heath's and guitarist Jim Keller's "I got it!" chorus and hilariously hammy performance in the frequently aired video for "867-5309/Jenny."


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