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, 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!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

FIRST ROUND OF NEW ADDS FOR OCTOBER 2018/SPREAD THE WORD!

Here is the first round of new adds for October 2018:

The Blasters - Barefoot Rock
The Blasters - Colored Lights
Laura Branigan - Gloria
Laura Branigan - Self Control
Duran Duran - I Don't Want Your Love
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me
Rockwell - Obscene Phone Caller
Hooters - All You Zombies
Hooters - And We Danced
Hooters - Day By Day
Hooters - Where Do The Children Go
Hooters - Johnny B
Hooters - Satellite
The Hawaiian Pups - Baby Judy
Jato - She's Got
Unipop - What If(I Said I Love You)
Unipop - Let's Make Majik
The Producers - Certain Kinda Girl
The Producers - What's He Got?
The Producers - What She Does To Me(The Diana Song)
The Producers - She Sheila
The Producers - Depending On You
Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
Molly Hatchet - Satisfied Man
Husker Du - Eight Miles High
Husker Du - Could You Be The One?
Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Cutting Crew - I've Been In Love Before
Cutting Crew - (Between A) Rock And A Hard Place
Cutting Crew - Everything But My Pride

Plenty more to come! In case you were curious, "I Don't Want Your Love" is the single/MTV mix, not the less energetic album version.

If you have a couple of free moments, then please do me a favor and spread the word about my station and/or this Facebook group. I may very well do the business card and bumper sticker strategy very soon, but if we work together, then we can easily make this one of the ultimate 80's stations out there!

Thanks as always for your support! Rock out, roll on!

Friday, August 24, 2018

SOME NEW ADDS DURING AUGUST 2018

Here are a few new adds on Awfully Awesome 80's:

Spandau Ballet - True
Spandau Ballet - Only When You Leave
Marty Balin - Hearts
Marty Balin - What Love Is
Dan Fogelberg - Hard To Say
Dan Fogelberg - Leader Of The Band
Shelly West And David Frizzell - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma
Steve Forbert - Say Goodbye To Little Jo
Utopia - Set Me Free
Loverboy - Turn Me Loose
Phil Seymour - Let Her Dance
Phil Seymour - Precious To Me
Stevie Woods - Just Can't Win 'Em All
Stevie Woods - Steal The Night
Amy Holland - How Do I Survive
Rupert Holmes - Him
Rupert Holmes - Blackjack
Pete Townshend - Slit Skirts
Michael Franks - Your Secret's Safe With Me
Foghat - Live Now Pay Later
Jefferson Starship - Can't Find Love
Kid Creole And The Coconuts - Endicott
Rick Astley - Together Forever
Robey - One Night In Bangkok
Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song(They Don't Write 'Em)
Aretha Franklin And George Michael - I Knew You Were Waiting(For Me)
Longhouse - She Don't Wanna Go Home Tonight
Blotto - Metal Head
3 Speed - Once Bitten
Meri Wilson - Peter The Meter Reader

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE LATEST NEW ADDS AND WE'RE STILL FIGHTING!

Below is a big list of the latest new adds on Awfully Awesome 80's. Some of these you won't hear anywhere else!

We're continuing on. Streamlicensing wants us to forward any mean ASCAP letters to their attorneys, and they stated in a conference call today that they will have our backs in case their dispute with ASCAP goes to trial. Simply put, all of the performing agencies SL is in agreements with were overpaid in royalties for almost the past year due to a technical glitch in the songbase software. All of our stations' commercials, jingles, sweepers and liners were being included in the count. BMI, SESAC and Soundexchange are all being cooperative with the internal audit, but ASCAP ran out of patience. Any monies due ASCAP are currently sitting in an escrow account and will be released to them once an amicable solution is reached(even though, for all intents and purposes, they had been paid all along!). We are supposed to be getting a letter tomorrow that further states SL's intentions and indemnifications for us.

SL has been good to me over the past 3 years, so I'm going to give them a chance to prove themselves. I really think they do have a case. If I feel that it is starting to get "too hot," then I will move on to another outlet.

Back to happier things...it will be "AOR August" on AA80's. I will be looking for suggestions on 80's melodic rock, metal, progressive rock, and southern rock. The more forgotten, the better...but I'm sure there are still some hits that aren't currently being rotated.

Please make your comments, requests and donations at http://awfullyawesomeeighties.com. Oh yeah, and here is that new adds list:

Top 40:

1. Suzanne Vega - Luka - '87
2. David Lasley - If I Had My Wish Tonight - '82
3. Mike Post - Theme From Magnum P.I. - '82
4. Boy George - Live My Life - '87 Single Mix
5. Golden Earring - Twilight Zone - '82
6. The Clash - Train In Vain(Stand By Me) - '80
7. The Clash - Rock The Casbah - '82
8. Spinners - Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time - '80
9. Paul McCartney And Wings - Coming Up - '80 Live At Glasgow Version
10. The Art Of Noise With Max Headroom - Paranoimia - '86
11. Ann Wilson And Robin Zander - Surrender To Me - '88
12. Sa-Fire - Thinking Of You - '89
13. Donny Osmond - Sacred Emotion - '89
14. Basia - Time And Tide - '88
15. Bruce Springsteen - One Step Up - '88
16. Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes - '82 The UK Single And MTV Video Mix
17. Ready For The World - Love You Down - '86
18. Ready For The World - Digital Display - '85
19. Ready For The World - Oh Sheila - '85
20. Kevin Paige - Don't Shut Me Out - '89
21. Rick James - 17 - '84 Single Version
22. Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Understanding - '84
23. Commodores - Oh No - '81
24. Rick Springfield - Love Somebody - '84
25. Irene Cara - The Dream(Hold On To Your Dream) - '83
26. Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You - '84
27. Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin' - '80
28. Teena Marie - Lovergirl - '84
29. The Manhattan Transfer - Boy From New York City - '81
30. David Foster - Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire - '85
31. Great White - Once Bitten Twice Shy - '89
32. Boy Meets Girl - Waiting For A Star To Fall - '88
33. Blondie - Atomic - '80 Single Version
34. Blondie - Call Me - '80
35. A Taste Of Honey - Sukiyaki - '81
36. Starship - Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight - '86
37. Barry Gibb - Shine Shine - '84
38. The Cars - Tonight She Comes - '85
39. New Edition - Mr. Telephone Man - '84
40. New Edition - A Little Bit Of Love(Is All It Takes) - '86
41. Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me - '84
42. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero - '84
43. Ambrosia - Biggest Part Of Me - '80
44. Rainbow - Stone Cold - '82
45. Sergio Mendes - Never Gonna Let You Go - '83 Vocals By Joe Pizzulo And Leza Miller
46. Loverboy - Hot Girls In Love - '83
47. Benny Mardones - Into The Night - '80
48. The Hollies - Stop In The Name Of Love - '83
49. Roger Daltrey - Without Your Love - '80
50. A-Ha - Take On Me - '85
51. Blue Oyster Cult - Burnin' For You - '81
52. Juice Newton - Queen Of Hearts - '81
53. Queen - Body Language - '82
54. Tom Petty - Free Fallin' - '89
55. Steve Winwood - Freedom Overspill - '86
56. Kenny Loggins - Meet Me Half Way - '87
57. Peter Schilling - Major Tom(Coming Home) - '83

Bottom 45's:

1. Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble - Cold Shot - '84
2. Karen Kamon - Loverboy - '84
3. Aztec Camera - Oblivious - '83
4. November Group - Put Your Back To It - '83
5. Utopia - Crybaby - '84
6. Annie Golden - Hang Up The Phone - '84
7. Life By Night - Phone To Phone - '85
8. Golden Earring - When The Lady Smiles - '84
9. Flamin' Oh's - I Remember Romance - '80
10. David Johansen - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place/Don't Bring Me Down/It's My Life - '82
11. Paul Kantner - The Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra - '83
12. Larry Lee - Don't Talk - '82
13. Climax Blues Band - Gotta Have More Love - '80
14. Stephen Bishop - Walking On Air - '89
15. Cheetah - Bang Bang - '82
16. Kevin Raleigh - Moonlight On Water - '89
17. Queen - I Want It All - '89
18. Movieland - Postcard To New York - '86
19. One To One - Angel In My Pocket - '86
20. Cry Before Dawn - The Seed That's Been Sown - '87
21. Adam And The Ants - Stand And Deliver - '81
22. Age Of Chance - Kiss - '86
23. The Cucumbers - My Boyfriend - '87
24. Fate - I Won't Stop - '86
25. The Honeys - Running Away From Love - '83
26. Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink - '86 Re-Recorded Movie Version
27. Jude Cole - Back To School - '86
28. Jimmy Page - Wasting My Time - '88
29. Badlands - Dreams In The Dark - '89
30. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - Brother Of Mine - '89
31. Roman Holliday - Stand By - '83
32. Roman Holliday - One Foot Back In Your Door - '85
33. Lindsey Buckingham - Time Bomb Town - '85
34. Michael Franks - Comin' Home To You - '82
35. Al Jarreau - Girls Know How - '82
36. Divinyls - Ring Me Up - '83
37. Roy Orbison And K.D. Lang - Crying - '87
38. Ivan Neville - Falling Out Of Love - '89
39. Kajagoogoo - Kajagoogoo - '83
40. Lion - Love Is A Lie - Power Love Version - '86
41. Randy Wayne And Carroll Sue Hill - That Was Then This Is Now - '85
42. Stan Bush - The Touch - '86
43. Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes It All - '87
44. Jack Mack And The Heart Attack - True Lovin' Woman - '82
45. Jack Mack And The Heart Attack - Hooray For The City - '82
46. Angel And The Reruns - Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys? - '84
47. Missing Persons - Words - '82
48. Missing Persons - Give - '84
49. Roger Daltrey - Quicksilver Lightning - '86
50. Big Spender - Hit The Beach - '83
51. Hot Date - Do It To You - '83
52. Giorgio Moroder With Philip Oakey - Together In Electric Dreams - '84
53. Culture Club - Love Is Love - '84
54. Fastway - After Midnight - '86
55. Alice Cooper - He's Back(The Man Behind The Mask) - '86
56. Dokken - Dream Warriors - '87
57. Mark Safan - Win In The End - '85
58. Amy Holland - Shootin' For The Moon - '85
59. Paul Anka - Gimme The Word - '83 Duet With Karla DeVito
60. Psychedelic Furs - Sleep Comes Down - '82
61. Sammy Hagar - Fast Times At Ridgemont High - '82
62. Stewart Copeland And Stan Ridgway - Don't Box Me In - '83
63. Poco - I'll Leave It Up To You - '82
64. E.G. Daily - Mind Over Matter - '87
65. Billy Squier - Fast Times(The Best Years Of Our Lives) - '82
66. Jermaine Jackson - (Closest Thing To) Perfect - '85
67. The Ravyns - Raised On The Radio - '82
68. The Coupe De Villes - Big Trouble In Little China - '86
69. Michael Sembello - Gravity - '85
70. Quarterflash - Don't Be Lonely - '82
71. Lani Hall - Never Say Never Again - '83
72. Refugee - Survival In The Western World - '87
73. Stephanie Mills - Bit By Bit - '85
74. Dan Hartman - Fletch, Get Outta Town - '85
75. Department S - I Want - '81
76. Joe King Carrasco And The Crowns - Bad Rap - '82
77. Boy Meets Girl - Bring Down The Moon - '89
78. Wild Blue - Fire With Fire - '86
79. Altered Images - I Could Be Happy - '81
80. Altered Images - Bring Me Closer - '83
81. David Pack - I Just Can't Let Go - '86 With Michael McDonald And James Ingram
82. Lyres - Don't Give It Up Now - '84
83. Kip Addotta - Life In The Slaw Lane - '86
84. American Girls - American Girl - '86
85. Gentlemen Without Weapons - Unconditional Love(Planet Earth) - '88
86. All About Eve - Every Angel - '88
87. Stealin Horses - Turnaround - '88
88. David And David - Ain't So Easy - '87
89. Tom Kimmel - That's Freedom - '87
90. Rob Jungklas - Make It Mean Something - '87
91. Big Pig - Breakaway - '88
92. Lionel Richie - Deep River Woman - '87 With Alabama
93. XTC - Ball And Chain - '82
94. Triumph - Just One Night - '86 Album Mix
95. David London - Samantha - '80
96. Teen Dream - Let's Get Busy - '87
97. The Earons - Land Of Hunger - '84
98. Giuffria - I Must Be Dreaming - '86
99. The Mood - Paris Is One Day Away - '82
100. Nine Ways To Win - Close To You - '83
101. Q-16 - Torn Up - '85
102. Betsy - You'll Never Get Out(Of This Love Alive) - '88
103. Crazy Joe And The Variable Speed Band - Eugene - '81
104. Din - Reptiles - '83
105. Trees - Delta Sleep - '82
106. Re-Flex - Praying To The Beat - '83
107. The Rain Parade - This Can't Be Today - '83
108. J.D. Souther - Go Ahead And Rain - '84
109. Nora - Matter Of Time - '83
110. Sparks - With All My Might - '84
111. Mental As Anything - Too Many Times - '81
112. Fear Of Strangers - Shopping For A Dog - '82
113. In Vitro - Man And Woman - '87
114. J. Geils Band - Concealed Weapons - '84
115. Sweet - Sixties Man - '80
116. Peter Schilling - The Different Story(World Of Lust And Crime) - '89

Friday, February 17, 2017

POTENTIAL CLOSING OF AWFULLY AWESOME 80'S ON 2/28?

Unless things drastically turn around in the next several days, The Retro Attic and Awfully Awesome 80's will be shutting their doors at 11 PM eastern on February 28th. It's just not possible for me to continue dealing with a higher licensing cost if I'm taking care of 2/3 to 3/4 of the operating costs every month.

It's not out of the question that I could return one day, and it's also quite possible that I could be back in the short term as an occasional podcaster.

If you can help these stations to survive, then please get in touch with me.