Throwback Thursday – Rewind 80’s Music

Rewind the Music

Lets take a trip. One that leads us back to the 80’s & 90’s rock and rap hits. I survived a generation of MTV back when MTV mostly played music videos. Remember when Downtown Julie Brown would host shows of dancing and countdowns? Headbanger’s Ball was something you would have to stay up the depths of night to witness. Yep, I was pumped and jamming out to the likes of ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Rush, The Police, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Journey, Chicago, John Mellencamp, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys. I either had the cassette tape or compact disc going in my stereo. Shoot, if I was lucky I could grab my old man’s classic rock LP’s and spin them.

Facts About My Favorite Artists

Motley Crue

Motley Crue’s concerts where extremely loud. So much so that one fan even sued the band after suffering hearing loss during a show. The case was thrown out in 1997 when the judge ruled that the fan knew the show would be loud. Wow.

Vince Neil and Tommy Lee actually used to hate each other. Neil would remind Tommy Lee that he had Pamela Anderson first.

Run DMCRun-D.M.C. is a band with a lot of firsts: they were the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone, the first rap act with gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, the first rap act to appear on MTV, and the first rap act to sign a major endorsement deal (with Adidas).


Chicago 17Chicago’s original name was actually “Chicago Transit Authority.” Their first album even had the same name.

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The city of Chicago told the group that they could not use that name and they were forced to shorten it to just “Chicago.”


Van HalenEddie and Alex were both born and raised in Holland. Their family moved to Pasadena, California in 1967, when Eddie was only 10 and Alex was 12.

David Lee Roth left music to trained to become a paramedic in 2004. That same year, the band reunited with Hagar.

Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill from The Beastie Boys became the first rap album to hit #1 in the US. Dr. Dre was their DJ before he ever hosted a rap show on MTV.

The “Boys” in the group are from New York City. Plus, they are all Jewish… except both Adams are only half-Jewish. They were not really brought up with religious traditions of their Jewish faith.

These are just a few of my favorite groups when I was growing up. I hope you enjoyed the facts.

Thanks and Rock On.

Did you have a 80’s & 90’s band you jammed out to? Was band(s) was your favorite?

About Colby

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