DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to "Awfully Awesome 80's," a 24/7 internet radio station whose main goal is to play every tune that appeared on MTV's playlist between August of 1981 and December of 1989! As of February 1, 2019, the rotation will be expanded to include hits and misses from the late 70's and early to mid 90's that had connections to 80's artists! We will also include lost and classic top 40 hits from the entire decade as well as tunes that aired on MTV's specialized shows such as "Headbanger's Ball," "120 Minutes," "The Basement Tapes," etc. 80's tunes that never had videos or that only aired on non-MTV outlets such as WTBS Night Tracks, VH-1, BET, HBO Video Jukebox, etc. will also be eligible! Every hour, you will hear either 3 or 4 80's "Bottom 45's," which means tunes that peaked south of the top 40, tunes that didn't chart at all, or tunes that only charted in Canada, the UK or Australia. When it comes to "Awfully Awesome 80's," too much 80's is definitely never enough!

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

THE NEXT CHAPTER FOR AWFULLY AWESOME 80'S: LIVE365! YOUR SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL!

Sometime during the first week of August, Awfully Awesome 80's will officially be a part of the Live365 family. I don't have the new stream fully set up yet, but I can relay the current stream into Live365's platform while I finish up.

In light of this development, I have added a second donation campaign promo to the stream. It emphasizes how AA80's is listener-supported, mentions some of the benefits for showing your support(such as the station going on a national tour in the not too distant future), and how I strive to be creative and work hard at filling a void that's prevalent in 80's themed stations of today.

Thank you for sticking around as Awfully Awesome 80's moves on to its next chapter! Please direct your questions/requests here through the chat widget. And remember, we are on Tunein and in Amazon's Alexa Skills store!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

THE NEWEST ADDS - JULY 2019

Here are the newest adds, consisting of the usual mix of the familiar and not-so-familiar:

The Johnny Average Band Featuring Nikki Wills - Ch Ch Cherie

Badfinger - Hold On

Jeff Beck - Ambitious

Jeff Beck With Rod Stewart - People Get Ready

Bee Gees - Living Eyes

Pat Benatar - Looking For A Stranger

Berlin - Sex(I'm A...)

Berlin - The Metro

Blackfoot - Fly Away

Blondie - Dreaming

Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

David Bowie - Cat People(Putting Out Fire)

Laura Branigan - All Night With Me

Julie Brown - Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun

Peabo Bryson And Roberta Flack - Tonight I Celebrate My Love

Lindsey Buckingham - It Was I

Irene Cara - Flashdance What A Feeling

Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes

Kim Carnes - Invisible Hands

Kim Carnes - You Make My Heart Beat Faster(And That's All That Matters)

Kim Carnes - I Pretend

The Cars - Since You're Gone

The Cars - Hello Again

The Cars - Strap Me In

Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache

Champaign - How 'Bout Us

Champaign - Try Again

Cher - I Found Someone

Cher And Peter Cetera - After All

Chilliwack - My Girl(Gone Gone Gone) - Single Mix

Chilliwack - I Believe - Single Mix

Chilliwack - Whatcha Gonna Do

Allan Clarke - Slipstream

Joe Cocker And Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong

The Coconuts - If I Only Had A Brain

Concrete Blonde - God Is A Bullet

Culture Club - Miss Me Blind

Neil Diamond - America

Neil Diamond - Yesterday's Songs

Neil Diamond - On The Way To The Sky

Neil Diamond - Be Mine Tonight

The Dillman Band - Lovin' The Night Away

Dr. Hook - Girls Can Get It

Eagles - Seven Bridges Road

Earth Wind And Fire - Let's Groove

Sheena Easton - Machinery

ELO - Hold On Tight

ELO - Rain Is Falling

The English Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom

The English Beat - Save It For Later

The Expression - With Closed Eyes

A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing(If I Had A Photograph Of You)

Franke And The Knockouts - You're My Girl

Gary O' - Pay You Back With Interest

Gary O' - All The Young Heroes

Andy Gibb - Time Is Time

Andy Gibb - Me(Without You)

Amy Grant - Find A Way

Amy Grant - Wise Up

Greg Guidry - Goin' Down

Sammy Hagar - I'll Fall In Love Again

Daryl Hall And John Oates - Kiss On My List

Jimmy Hall - I'm Happy That Love Has Found You

Emmylou Harris - Mister Sandman

Heart - Tell It Like It Is

Helix - Deep Cuts The Knife

Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

Rick James - Super Freak Part 1

Billy Joel - Say Goodbye To Hollywood

Elton John And Millie Jackson - Act Of War

Johnny And The Distractions - Complicated Now

Rickie Lee Jones - A Lucky Guy

Kansas - Hold On

Kansas - Stand Beside Me

Cyndi Lauper - I Drove All Night

Johnny Lee - Lookin' For Love

The Lotus Eaters - The First Picture Of You

Loverboy - The Kid Is Hot Tonite

Lulu - If I Were You

Madonna - Burning Up

Madonna - Into The Groove

Madonna - Causing A Commotion

Chuck Mangione - Give It All You Got

Meco - Empire Strikes Back Medley

Meco - Pop Goes The Movies Part 1

Meco - Ewok Celebration

Randy Meisner - Deep Inside My Heart

Randy Meisner - Hearts On Fire

Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings

Steve Miller Band - Cool Magic

Ronnie Milsap - Lost In The Fifties Tonight

Kylie Minogue - It's No Secret

Alannah Myles - Still Got This Thing

Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning

Olivia Newton John - Make A Move On Me

Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around

Stevie Nicks - Blue Lamp

Oak Ridge Boys - Elvira

Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice

Outlaws - (Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio - A Woman Needs Love(Just Like You Do)

Ray Parker Jr. And Raydio - That Old Song

Dolly Parton - 9 To 5

Bernadette Peters - Gee Whiz

Prince - Controversy

Quarterflash - Right Kind Of Love

Queen - Flash's Theme AKA Flash

Queen - Calling All Girls

Red Rockers - China

Red Rockers - Eve Of Destruction

REO Speedwagon - In Your Letter

Cliff Richard - Dreaming

Linda Ronstadt - Tell Him

Sade - Smooth Operator

Santana - Winning

Boz Scaggs - Look What You've Done To Me

Boz Scaggs - Heart Of Mine

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Shame On The Moon

Simple Minds - See The Lights

Sister Sledge - My Guy

Rex Smith And Rachel Sweet - Everlasting Love

Rick Springfield - I've Done Everything For You

Stacey Q - Two Of Hearts

Rod Stewart - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Barbra Streisand - Comin' In And Out Of Your Life

Styx - Why Me

Styx - The Best Of Times

Styx - Nothing Ever Goes As Planned

Donna Summer - On The Radio

Donna Summer - Walk Away

Donna Summer - State Of Independence

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

Patrick Swayze - She's Like The Wind - Featuring Wendy Fraser

Talk Talk - It's My Life

A Taste Of Honey - I'll Try Something New

Livingston Taylor - First Time Love

Ian Thomas - Hold On

Ian Thomas - The Runner

Ali Thomson - Take A Little Rhythm

Ali Thomson - Live Every Minute

Tycoon - Hang On In

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart

Bonnie Tyler - Here She Comes

UB40 With Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe

Gino Vannelli - Nightwalker

Gino Vannelli - Hurts To Be In Love

Gino Vannelli - Wild Horses

Billy Vera And The Beaters - I Can Take Care Of Myself

Billy Vera And The Beaters - At This Moment

Jennifer Warnes - Could It Be Love

Max Werner - Rain In May

Jane Wiedlin - Blue Kiss

Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For The Boy

Nikki Wills - Some Guys Have All The Luck

Jesse Winchester - Say What

The Live365 trial run is about to begin. For the next two weeks, I'm going to test out the new stream and make sure that it relays okay to Live365's platform. If it's successful, then I will let you know; just bear in mind that updating the new stream to directories such as Tunein may not happen immediately. I am also thinking about changing the old stream to the ultimate guide to hard rock and AOR.

I will be updating my main promo tonight to emphasize that AA80's is listener supported and is part of the Live365 family. Please help grow the business and make the idea of the station going out on a national tour a reality!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - JOHNNY AVERAGE BAND - CH CH CHERIE

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY: Johnny Average Band - Ch Ch Cherie - Bearsville 49671 - Peaked at 53 in Billboard on 3/28/81 and at 66 in Cashbox.

This is a decent upbeat number dominated by guitar and new wave styled keyboards. With its female led vocals, it should be accepted by fans of Blondie and Karla DeVito. The majority of the Johnny Average Band's sole album, Some People, has a ska/reggae sound.

Johnny Average is a British keyboardist and vocalist who relocated to upstate New York and met his future wife and bandmate, Nikki Wills. Johnny was one of the players on the '79 debut album from Randy Vanwarmer, the one with "Just When I Needed You Most." Johnny and Nikki would soon become good friends with Mick Ronson, the late legendary guitarist who worked with David Bowie and Ian Hunter.

They did make a video that got some brief MTV airplay during MTV's first year, but it was for the album track "Public Image." It's worth checking out if you like the quirkiness of The B-52's.

Go to Awfully Awesome 80's' website at http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com and look forward to hearing this and many other great bottom 45's every hour! Also being added this weekend will be Nikki Wills' late '81 minor charting version of "Some Guys Have All The Luck." I might as well complete the jigsaw puzzle and include Rod Stewart's '84 hit version too!

Saturday, June 22, 2019

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY - CONDUCTOR - VOICE ON THE RADIO

THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45 OF THE DAY: Conductor - Voice On The Radio - Montage 1210 - Peaked at 63 in Billboard on 2/20/82 and at 68 in Cashbox.

This is a feature I'm going to start doing on a regular basis, especially since Awfully Awesome 80's likes to play a lot of records from the 80's and early 90's that didn't chart or never reached the Top 40. I'm only going to provide pictures as I would like you to tune into the station and hear these tracks or even request them!

Conductor were essentially a male/female duo rounded out with session players. They could have been like Nu Shooz, Eye To Eye or Unipop, but they were a solid-sounding melodic/arena rock act...and there were MANY of them around during '81-'82! Unfortunately, their career never took off as someone from their record label felt that lead singer Judy Comden's walking disability was a stumbling block. The 80's was all about image, whether we agree with it or not. So there was never a big tour or any MTV videos. A somewhat similar thing happened to Romeo Void in '84 when their "A Girl In Trouble" video was made; less emphasis was placed on the lead singer as someone at Columbia felt that she wasn't photogenic enough. Even though Romeo Void finally had a top 40 hit, their career never recovered.

You will want to check this out if you are/were a fan of Toronto, The Breaks/Drama, Quarterflash without the sax, and Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth(who, just like Conductor, started out with a 5 song EP).

"Voice On The Radio" was written by Franne Golde('79 minor charter "Here I Go(Fallin' In Love Again)") and Peter McIan(Men At Work producer and '80 mid-charter "Solitaire," which AA80's plays). Franne and Peter also co-wrote "Cool Kids," which Franne recorded in '80 and Kix made the best-known version of in '83(some of you may remember Beavis And Butthead's trashing of the video!).

You can hear this and many other bottom 45's every hour at Awfully Awesome 80's' website, which is at http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com. We hope to see you soon at Live365!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SPOTLIGHT TUNE FOR 5/19/19

TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT TUNE: Saga - Only Time Will Tell. You know this Canadian prog rock band from the early MTV favorites "On The Loose" and "Wind Him Up."

This 1987 single barely hit the Canadian RPM Singles chart and went unnoticed in the U.S. I only saw the accompanying video once on MTV's New Video Hour when VJ Carolyne Heldman was hosting the show. I remember buying the Wildest Dreams cassette and expecting to see other tracks with titles such as "Sole Survivor" and "Heat Of The Moment," but I was wrong. If you scoured the cutout bins like I did between '88 and approximately '92, then you stood a good chance of finding this album for dirt cheap.

This is now part of the rotation on Awfully Awesome 80's. What other lost Canadian hits from the 80's and early 90's aren't being played on the station? Let me know through our webpage's chat widget!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

NEW ADDS TO CLOSE OUT 2018

Here are a few new rotation adds I included at the close of 2018:

Atlanta Rhythm Section - Alien
Greg Lake - Let Me Love You Once
Huey Lewis And The News - If This Is It
Huey Lewis And The News - I Know What I Like
The Beach Boys - Come Go With Me
The Beach Boys - Getcha Back
Aldo Nova - Foolin' Yourself
Eddie Money - Think I'm In Love
Eddie Money - Endless Nights
Robin George - Heartline
Eddie Schwartz - All Our Tomorrows
Alphaville - Big In Japan
Alphaville - Forever Young
The Cure - Just Like Heaven - Single And Video Mix
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
David Bowie - Fashion
Roxy Music - Avalon
Stephanie Mills - Never Knew Love Like This Before
Europe - The Final Countdown
Europe - Superstitious
Frankie Smith - Double Dutch Bus
Tommy Tutone - 867-5309/Jenny
The Lords Of The New Church - Open Your Eyes
The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town
Joe Dolce - Shaddap You Face
DFX2 - Emotion
Billy Crystal - You Look Marvelous
Dan Fogelberg - Same Old Lang Syne
U2 - New Year's Day - Album Version

I will be striving to add around 100 new titles per month from now on, and that includes some early 90's tracks that I mentioned recently(80's related and/or 80's sounding). I'm always taking suggestions!

I hope you have a rocking 2019! Let's hope that The Stray Cats have a successful reunion. And RIP to Dr. Hook's Ray Sawyer and The Captain(Daryl Dragon); while their best days were behind them in the early 80's, they continued to chart and will always be a part of the AA80's family.

Monday, October 29, 2018

AWFULLY AWESOME 80S POTENTIAL SHUTDOWN IS NOVEMBER 30TH

Awfully Awesome 80s may be shutting down at the end of November. If you would like to prevent this from happening, then please look at the thermometer on our webpage. I have a small monthly goal that would only take around 20 people to help achieve it. If you want something more than just showing your genuine appreciation for what I do, then check out the VIP membership deals. They are more than reasonable and give you a great opportunity to get proactive with the programming. The deadline is November 30th.

I can't be doing this for free anymore. If you want me to put in the man hours to compile an occasional special show, theme blocks, and a Featured Artist Of The Month, then I need some help. Taking out Facebook and Google ads, having the Now Playing/Recently Played widget, having a chat widget,  having metadata show up on Tunein, having the songs post on Twitter, and of course having the server...yes, these things cost a few bucks.

It has been pretty quiet lately. I know it's hard to compete with the Spotifys and SiriusXMs of the world, but I'm doing my best. It's just hard to stay motivated when you hear nothing but the sound of chirping crickets.

I don't want to shut down, and I know there are at least a few of you out there who don't want me to shut down either. As Night Ranger once said: "I was never much good at goodbye." Please make sure that I continue to be "awful" at it!