A Message From The Angel August 15th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for August 8th (What was the name of Kevin Rowland’s solo album from 1988?) was “The Wanderer.”

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ALERT•ALERT•ALERT:

It’s OFFICIAL!
Saturday, August 31st, 80′s Dance Party Re-Ignites!

80′s DANCE PARTY@BLACK WHISKEY
1410 14th Street NW

Reasons to get excited:
•Big Dance Floor
•Right Downtown
•Video Video Video
But most important of all, The Angel is teaming up with Steve Donahoe to bring this to you!
The original 80′s Night crew is coming back together, we just need YOU to make it complete!

ALERT•ALERT•ALERT:
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Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, August 16th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, August 17th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, August 15th, 2013:

The Angel was away this week visiting Ireland (which helps explain why the “Message” is half a week late). I saw a lot of amazing sights, and drank a lot of amazing Guinness. One of the places we visited was Kilmainham Gaol, the famous jail in Dublin that housed many of the leaders of the Irish rebellions. The place is now a museum, and a visually striking one at that. So much so that several motion pictures have been filmed there since it was restored in the early 80′s. In addition, a U2 video from 1982 was filmed at Kilmainham Gaol. Which one?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel August 8th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for August 1st (Dennis Farina’s first acting role was playing a cop in a 1981 film by Michael Mann, what was the name of the film?) was “Theif.”

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ALERT•ALERT•ALERT:

It’s OFFICIAL!
Saturday, August 31st, 80′s Dance Party Re-Ignites!

80′s DANCE PARTY@BLACK WHISKEY
1410 14th Street NW

Reasons to get excited:
•Big Dance Floor
•Right Downtown
•Video Video Video
But most important of all, The Angel is teaming up with Steve Donahoe to bring this to you!
The original 80′s Night crew is coming back together, we just need YOU to make it complete!

ALERT•ALERT•ALERT:
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Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, August 9th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, August 10th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, August 8th, 2013:

The Angel had to do a double take earlier this week. It happened whilst perusing a Buzzfeed.com list of awkward band photos (this one, actually: http://www.buzzfeed.com/pipcowley/21-painfully-awkward-band-photos-cuob). There are some pretty scary ones on this page, and it almost escaped my notice that one featured a singer whose earlier work is a staple of the 80′s Night playlist: Kevin Rowland. The album cover pictured on the Buzzfeed page is from his 1999 solo album “My Beauty,” and it does bring new meaning to the word awkward. But wait a sec, wasn’t Kevin Rowland the singer for . . . Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Indeed, one and the same, but sporting an entirely different look on the cover of his 1999 solo LP. What happened to the scruffy razor-stubbled Irish vagabond in overalls who sang “Come On Eileen?” I don’t know, but on the cover of “My Beauty,” it looks like Rowland came across some of Joan Collins’ discarded lingerie and decided to play dress up. The Angel was a big supporter of 80′s era androgyny, but this is not that. Maybe Marc Almond could have pulled off this look, but not Kevin Rowland. Besides, this record came out in the late 90′s, and with the exception of Marilyn Manson and Eddie Izzard, 80′s style androgyny was long forgotten by this point. Then we come to find out it’s a collection of covers, many with ill advised lyrical changes by Rowland, and the plunge to the depths is complete. Late career covers albums of well known standards is such a cliché. Even charitable reviews of the record have had a hard time excusing its shortcomings. Ironic, because Kevin Rowland put out a solo record in 1988 that received a great deal of praise from the critics. What was the name of Kevin Rowland’s solo album from 1988?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel August 1st, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for July 25th (What was the name of the Let’s Active mini album that included the song “Every Word Means No,” along with Faye Hunter’s cover art?) was “Afoot.”


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ALERT•ALERT•ALERT:

We’ve got a new 80′s Dance Party event in the works in a new and very hip location!
Watch this space for details!

ALERT•ALERT•ALERT!
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Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“We Fought The Big One” – DC’s monthly celebration of post-punk classics, John Peel faves and left-of-center gems
Special Guests Radd Berkheiser and Ron Getts join DJs Rick and Brandon this Friday night!
Friday, August 2nd @ Marx Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/events/134575900085521/)

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, August 2nd @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, August 3rd @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, August 1st, 2013:

Actor Dennis Farina passed away last week. Farina transitioned into acting after serving for 18 years on the Chicago police force. A side gig as a police consultant for director Michael Mann served as the catalyst for his move to show biz. Farina became a very successful character actor largely by playing to type. He was frequently cast as a police officer or detective, but also played some memorable crooks. One of his more recent and more visible roles was on the long running TV drama “Law & Order” (interestingly, the only major cast member of the show to have served in law enforcement.) Crime dramas were a big part of Farina’s resumé from the 80′s. He appeared as a gangster on Miami Vice and as a detective on “Crime Story,” where he was the central character. His first acting role was also playing a cop, albeit in a much smaller role. It was in a 1981 film by Michael Mann, and no doubt came about as a result of his previous work consulting for Mann. What was the name of the film?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel July 25th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for July 18th (What was the name of the producer on the Artists United Against Apartheid record “Sun City?”) was Arthur Baker.

Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, July 26th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, July 27th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, July 25th, 2013:

Sad news this week that Bassist Faye Hunter of the band Let’s Active passed away. Hunter was one of the founding members of the group, along with Mitch Easter and Sara Romweber. Over the course of their existence, the band largely centered around Mitch Easter. Also well known for his production and engineering work, Let’s Active almost came to be considered Mitch Easter’s solo project. The core members of the band parted ways in 1984 after touring to promote their second record, but Hunter continued to participate on later Let’s Active recordings. She also played on releases by Marshall Crenshaw, Chris Stamey, and The Windbreakers. Although not their biggest chart success, the song “Every Word Means No” was probably the band’s best remembered tune, and Faye Hunter can be seen in the 1983 video that got regular rotation on MTV. The song was the lead track on the band’s debut EP, and Hunter is also credited with providing the cover artwork for this release. What was the name of the Let’s Active mini album that included the song “Every Word Means No,” along with Faye Hunter’s cover art?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel July 18th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for July 11th (Original Lone Ranger Clayton Moore appeared as the ‘Arm Wrestler’ on an episode of a popular 80′ show that was intended to serve as the pilot for a spinoff from that show, but it didn’t fly. What was the show?) was “The Greatest American Hero” (the spinoff would have been “The Greatest American Heroine.”)

Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, July 19th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, July 20th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, July 18th, 2013:

The Angel reposted an article on his Facebook this week (complete with a snarky comment) about Stevie Wonder’s decision to boycott playing in the state of Florida until the ‘stand your ground’ laws are repealed. The snarky comment was that the Artists United Against Apartheid song “(I Ain’t Gonna Play) Sun City” could be rewritten as “(I Ain’t Gonna Play) The Sunshine State.” It got one ‘like.’ This could be due to the fact that it was not a particularly compelling or amusing post, but it also might be due to the fact that so few people remember the 1985 record “Sun City” by Artist United Against Apartheid. (I suppose it also might be due to people being offended by the political overtones implied by the post, but come on. The Angel’s FB page is hardly the place to go for political or social insight. Just 80′s music commentary). But in case memories need to be refreshed, the “Sun City” record was inspired by Little Steven Van Zandt, the former guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. It could be lumped together with the slew of other celebrity-group-charity-cause records of the 80′s, except this one was more focused on a political statement against the South African Apartheid regime and less about raising money for famine relief. Either way, the record was only a modest hit in the U.S., peaking at #38 (it did much better abroad). This is a shame from a musical standpoint because, as I have maintained since the record came out, it was the only one of those charity-cause records that actually had a GROOVE! This is not surprising, as Little Steven was able to bring together an eclectic mix of talents from the emerging hip hop scene, alongside some notable jazz, reggae, funk, and world music names (Miles Davis, among others). In addition to these participants, there is an ample number of well known traditional rockstars (Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Pete Townsend, and Ringo Star). However, the New Wave crowd isn’t very well represented (not like they were in Band Aid). But this is excused by the fact that they were going for a different kind of sound. Still, Bono’s on there (long enough ago that he could still be considered part of the New Wave), plus Peter Garrett, Joey Ramone, Bob Geldof, Keith LeBlanc, and Stiv Bators(!) Perhaps this seeming discrepancy can be compensated for by the fact that the person who produced the record had also done remixes and production work for New Order, The Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Naked Eyes, and Tom Tom Club. So what was the name of the producer on the Artists United Against Apartheid record “Sun City?”
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel July 11th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for July 4th (What was the name of the actor who played the title role in the 1981 film “The Legend of the Lone Ranger?”) was Klinton Spilsbury.

Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, July 12th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, July 13th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, July 11th, 2013:

Follow up to last week’s Lone Ranger Trivia Challenge: In 1984, actor Clayton Moore, who had portrayed the Lone Ranger in the 50′s, was given the right to once again wear the mask and make public appearances as the character. Mostly it was due to the owners of the rights to The Lone Ranger relenting after their 80′s reboot flopped. Having scored a victory, Moore would continue to make public appearances as the Lone Ranger, but he also had a few other acting gigs in the 80′s that weren’t related to the Masked Man. The last acting credit to be found for Clayton Moore is a 1986 appearance on a popular 80′s television series that ran from 1981 to 1983. The show starred William Katt, Robert Culp, and Connie Sellecca, and aired on ABC during its initial run. Ironically, the episode Moore appeared in was an attempt at a reboot. The show in question had gone off the air in ’83, but the producers were trying to revive it in ’86 by keeping the premise but changing the main character from male to female. They were going to sell it to NBC, and produced a pilot that happened to include Clayton Moore appearing in the minor role of ‘Arm Wrestler.’ But the pilot was never picked up. Much later it ended up being included in a rerun package for syndication, and was presented as the last episode of the original series. It might have been the first episode of the spin off, but (if you’ll excuse the pun) it didn’t fly. So what was the show?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel July 4th, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for June 27th (What was the name of the last album Alan Meyers recorded with DEVO back in 1987?) was “Shout.”

Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, July 5th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, July 6th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, July 4th, 2013:

Yesterday’s box office release of “The Lone Ranger” brings another iconic American hero to the screen. This is the summer that also saw the release of the new Superman movie, “Man Of Steel.” The Angel was just getting ready to make a wisecrack about “What’s next, a new Tarzan?” when I see that it’s currently in production and due this October. Sorry I asked, but at least I know what I’ll be I’ll be writing about in the October “Message . . . ” And the reason then will be the the same as the reason behind what I’m writing today: all three iconic heroes were subjects of big screen adaptations in the 80′s! Unfortunately, the 80′s take on The Lone Ranger is probably the least memorable of the lot, but it is fodder for some great trivia. The 80′s adaptation was titled “The Legend of the Lone Ranger,” and in addition to being a tremendous flop, it was also a case study in unintentional bad publicity. During the late 70′s run up to securing the rights and preparing to make the film, the owners of those rights decided to sue Clayton Moore, the actor who played the role for the majority of the television and film versions produced in the 50′s. It seems he was still making public appearances as The Masked Man, and wore the mask when he did so. Feeling that it diluted their efforts to create a younger hipper Lone Ranger to have this 65 year old incarnation running around, they successfully blocked him from appearing publicly in the mask. Moore switched to wrap around shades (ironically, not all that uncommon for seniors), and watched as the whole controversy stirred up considerable public attention. There was an appearance by Moore on “Real People,” and there was even a song about it (“Keep The Mask On The Lone Ranger,” it was the 70′s after all). And the net result might just have been the film’s undoing: fans who sympathized with Moore would have nothing to do with the remake. Then again, it might have been bad enough to bomb on its own. For all the attention that went to the original Lone Ranger, very little was payed to the actor who starred in the remake. He might have escaped notice altogether, but instead embraced Hollywood infamy. His portrayal of the Masked Man was his one and only film appearance, and they even went so far as to overdub his voice in the final cut. He arrived to it an unknown, and left a perennial trivia question. Yes, even here: What was the name of the actor who played the title role in the 1981 film “The Legend of the Lone Ranger?”
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel June 27, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for June 20th (In the SCTV skit that spoofed the late Sim Whitman, what was the original Broadway play they were making fun of and what was the title of the SCTV take off?) was “Evita,” spoofed as “Indira” (after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi).

Some great events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, June 28th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, June 29th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, June 27th, 2013:

Alan Meyers passed away this week. Meyers was the drummer for the art-punk band DEVO during their heyday. He joined the group in the 1976, and was a core member up until 1987. He replaced Jim Mothersbaugh, and was the only person in the five member band who did not have a brother who was also in the band. Described as a human metronome, Meyers’ precise drumming paved the way for the mechanical sound that characterized much of the band’s work. Later recordings would make greater use of rhythm machines, and as a result, many of the tracks that Meyers played drums on have been mistaken for drumbox tracks. Case in point, the band’s biggest hit “Whip It.” But that ain’t no drum machine there, that’s Alan Meyers. Meyers left in 1987, citing a lack of creative fulfillment with the group. Even die hard DEVO fans would have to acknowledge that he was on to something. The last DEVO album he played on was considered to be something of a creative and commercial disappointment, and it was the last record they recorded for Warner Bros. The band moved to an independent label, produced two more albums, and didn’t record another album for two decades. The members were active in other projects, as was Meyers, but there wouldn’t be another DEVO album until 2010. And that album had Josh Freese on drums. So what was the name of the last album Alan Meyers recorded with DEVO back in 1987?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel June 20, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for June 13th (Do you remember the name of the former DEA Agent, stationed in El Salvador back in the 80′s, who accused the CIA, the White House National Security Council, and Lt. Col. Oliver North of illegally using airstrips in El Salvador for these alleged weapons and narcotics shipments?) was Cele Castillo.

Some great 80′s (or related) events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, June 21st @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, June 22nd @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at some of them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

80′s Dance Party: Washington’s longest running retro party, DC’s original 80′s event! Ways to find us:
www.80sDanceParty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/80sDanceParty
MySpace: www.MySpace.com/eightiesdanceparty
Text The Angel at 703-966-1691

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, June 20th, 2013:

Sad news this week as another legendary figure from the world of television leaves this world. Beloved by countless millions, a true icon of the small screen, we’re of course referring to the passing of country singer Slim Whitman. If you grew up in the 80′s, you were familiar with Slim Whitman. And it wasn’t because he had a bunch of hit records in the 80′s. In fact, in the U.S., he didn’t have that big a collection of hits at all, and most of those were from the 50′s and 60′s. No, the reason why you knew of Slim Whitman was because of the TV commercial. Whitman and his record label ran the most successful television marketing campaign ever launched for a record collection by a single artist. Starting right around 1979/1980, Suffolk Marketing released a greatest hits compilation called “Slim Whitman – All My Best,” and Whitman produced a T.V. commercial to promote it. It was the 80′s equivalent of going ‘viral.’ Millions of people bought the record, but millions more (young people, mostly) delighted in making fun of it. The Slim Whitman commercials were tailor made for the snotty 80′s teens, who wondered aloud “did our parents actually LISTEN to this guy???” (just like kids are doing now with our music). Whitman’s Brylcreem hair, falsetto voice, and claim of selling ‘more records than Elvis or The Beatles’ (in Upper Volta) didn’t help matters. Those of us that enjoyed seeing TV commercials mocked by professionals would tune into SCTV on Friday nights, where it was only a matter of time before a parody of Slim Whitman appeared. In fact, in this particular instance, they got to skewer two annoying commercials at once. The skit in question made fun of an actual commercial that was running at the time for a Broadway show about the life of a well known political leader (this play was very popular, and was later turned into a movie). SCTV regular Andrea Martin played the lead (switching leaders as well as continents) and Joe Flaherty (as Slim Whitman) played her lover. What was the original Broadway play they were making fun of and what was the title of the SCTV take off?
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The Angel

A Message From The Angel June 13, 2013

Greetings from 80′s Dance Party! The Angel is back with this week’s 80′S NIGHT TRIVIA QUESTION! Your chance to show off your knowledge of 80′s pop culture, and find out about upcoming 80′s Dance Party events! This week’s question appears below, followed by the rules of how to play the game. The answer to the Trivia Question for June 6th (What did EPMD stand for?) was “Erick & Parrish Making Dollars.”

Some great 80′s (or related) events the Angel is very fond of:

“Coal Box” – A Future Fun iNdie Dance Party
Every Friday DJs Stevie Bxx & Billy Bxx make a journey into the indie rock dance party.
Friday, June 14th @ DC9 (http://www.dcnine.com/event/coal-box4/)

“Spellbound” (www.spellbound-dc.com)
Saturday, June 15th @ Recessions (http://www.recessionsdc.com)

Please Note: The Angel/80′s Dance Party is not affiliated these events or promoters, and will not be spinning at some of them. I respect the DJ’s and promoters involved with these parties, and I recommend them based on their dedication to the scene. Either way, keep going out, and support your favorite DJ’s, bands, and promoters!

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80′s Trivia Question for Thursday, June 13th, 2013:

Washington DC loves a good scandal (as long as it only involves the opponents), and the much talked about NSA scandal has all the classic ingredients: Government malfeasance, electronic snooping, plausible deniability, and a whistleblower on the run. The only thing missing is a hard nosed editor of a major newspaper and his team of investigative journalists, but word has it those things are rather scarce these days. The good news is that they’ve been replaced by the internet, until one considers that mining data off of that same internet is at the heart of this scandal. Anyways, many modern day scandal related cliches come from the infamous Watergate scandal of the 70′s (along with the suffix ‘~gate’ that gets attached to everything). The anonymous whistleblower of Watergate was known only as “Deep Throat” (did this Snowden guy give any thought to having a cool nickname?), a person whose identity wasn’t revealed until thirty years later. But while whistleblowers do spend a lot of time looking over their shoulders, they aren’t always anonymous. And sometimes it’s only the Government officials that they cross who remember them. Back in the 80′s the big scandal was Iran-Contra, the alleged trading of arms for hostages that also help to fund rebels in Nicaragua. Much of it came to light as the result of allegations of U.S. sanctioned drug trafficking that also helped the Contras (the “Message” neither endorses or contests the veracity of these claims, we’re just trying to dig up some topical trivia). Do you remember the name of the former DEA Agent, stationed in El Salvador back in the 80′s, who accused the CIA, the White House National Security Council, and Lt. Col. Oliver North of illegally using airstrips in El Salvador for these alleged weapons and narcotics shipments?
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The Angel