Korn, The Black Eyed Peas, Travie McCoy, Jay Sean, Joey McIntyre, Sum 41, Skrillex, Hollywood Undead, D.R.U.G.S. and More Talk The '80s In Honor of "Take Me Home Tonight"
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 10:30:43
Has it really been 30 years since the '80s ushered in a decade of excess, big hair, good music and even better movies? Yes, yes it has. That's why Relativity Media's Take Me Home Tonight, the movie that celebrates the '80s and stars Topher Grace and Anna Faris, which is hits the multiplex this weekend, is a "must-see" film! There '80s were king and when we chatted with Korn, Jay Sean, Skrillex, Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block, Pendulum, Kill Hannah, Dropkick Murphys, Tinie Tempah, Rev Theory, Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, D.R.U.G.S., Garfunkel and Oates, Atomic Tom, Hollywood Undead, Iron & Wine and more during their respective video and print interviews, we had to poll them on what they loved and revered about the long gone '80s. It's like stepping into a time machine, that's for sure.
Watch our video roundup and read the feature below, where pop culture topics and subjects like Michael Jackson, John Cusack, Star Wars, Michael J. Fox, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and Ghostbusters were mentioned more than once! This roundup is enough to make you miss the '80s with a vehement, unrivaled passion.
Help us celebrate the '80s with Relativity Media's Take Me Home Tonight by watching this video roundup and reading the below!
What do you remember about the '80s?
Jonathan Davis of Korn
Jonathan Davis: It was all music! That was the most intense musical time of my life. That's when I was going through junior high and high school. It seemed like there was such an amazing scene and so many different styles of music going on at that time. It was really an incredible era for music. We've talked about The Cure. Back then, you had the New Wave thing and the New Romantics-style movement. You had the '80s hair glam movement. You had the rock movement. You had bands like Nine Inch Nails, Front 242, and Skinny Puppy going on. There were so many different fucking things going on. It was amazing. You could be a fan of all that.
Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block
Joey McIntyre: Remember Sweats By Ebe-E? They were sweats, but they had one little line down each leg. They were designer, but I had a fake pair [Laughs]. The '80s were great, maybe it's just because I was kid. I love Cyndi Lauper. She's awesome! I love that you had Michael Jackson on one side and Cyndi Lauper on the other. Then there were The Cars, The Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Lionel Ritchie, New Edition, and J. Geils Band. There was great music and just a little bit of everything. It ran the gamut, and it wasn't so compartmentalized.
Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas
Taboo: I think about Mike—Michael Jackson! I think of the rise of his career as an individual. I think about Thriller and what impact it had on myself and so many people around the world. I think about how visually stimulating that video for "Thriller" was. I think of him sweeping the Grammys and setting the bar for all other artists to put in some work and have their imagery down pat, the music, and the whole personality. Michael Jackson is one of my biggest inspirations.
James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn and Fear and the Nervous System
James "Munky" Shaffer: I think my favorite '80s memory would be driving my mom's car to rehearsal with David and Reggie in David's garage. He had a little studio setup for his drums. We'd meet over at his house, and I remember having the feeling that three of us had some chemistry there. It was cool. It was like 1986 and 1987. We were rehearsing in David's garage, and I was driving my mom's 1977 Ford Granada over there. I had a guitar case with Steve Vai's picture on the inside of it [Laughs]. When I opened up my guitar case, I'd be like, "Yeah, give me the power, bro! Give me the mojo!"
Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, and Funny Man of Hollywood Undead
Johnny 3 Tears: I guess my favorite memory of the '80s is being born.
J-Dog: I watched all of these VH1 specials like "Best of the '80s", and nothing was even good about that decade, in my opinion. The '80s are making comeback right now though. My older sister was a teenager then, and when I look at her school pictures I always feel bad for her. On those VH1 shows, everyone says, "The '80s was so great!" However, when I think about being there, I'm glad I wasn't a teenager then.
Funny Man: The only thing I like about the '80s is John Cusack.
J-Dog: I'd say he was better in the '90s or the '00s.
Funny Man: So you're saying Hot Tub Time Machine?
J-Dog: No, I'm talking about that scary movie he did—Identity.
Johnny 3 Tears: For Christmas, I got my mom the Seinfeld box set. I'm watching the first season, which was filmed in 1989. The guys even wore shoulder pads and shit back then. Their outfits are so ridiculous. I'm all about 2000, homie. I wonder when our children are our in their twenties if they're going to look back at us now and say, "Dad, you look like a fucking retard!"
J-Dog: The kids will be wearing space outfits then…that was a fucking weird question, Rick.
Johnny 3 Tears: Yeah, what the fuck is up with that?
Iron & Wine
Samuel Beam: There's a treasure trove of memories [Laughs]. It's like a cornucopia of memories. Star Wars, putt-putt, and Nerds Candy inspired me in the '80s. I grew up in the '80s, what are you talking about? [Laughs]
James Blunt: It was awhile back! Thinking about more than a particular moment, I enjoyed the sense of optimism. I come from a pretty cynical country. In particular during the '90s and the last decade, cynicism has ruled the way that things are portrayed and reported to us. I like the '80s for the optimism that as a human race in the Western World, if we all work together we could achieve anything.
Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum
Gareth McGrillen: I am 28, so I remember it. I can remember waking up and turning on Video Hits on TV. I would climb on the stool and turn the TV on, and be mesmerized by music videos. I remember electronic music and a lot of Michael Jackson. My first tape that my older sister gave me was Thriller and then I got into a lot of rave music from the UK. I started to understand music in grammar school and liked AC/DC and Nirvana. I juggled two different tastes: the rock and metal side, and the dance and electronic side. With the band, I squish them together like a big sandwich.
Mat Devine of Kill Hannah
Mat Devine: I think of my sister teaching me about music. I think about my sister's bedroom and how it was painted black and she had dried roses on the walls. She was a real bohemian goth before it became embarrassing to be that way. She just had good taste. I think of her and her tape collection. I think of her teaching me about The Cure, Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Cult, and some early punk rock bands. I think of really bad haircuts and really good music [Laughs].
Tim Lopez of The Plain White T's
Tim Lopez: I was born in 1980 so I have the whole decade to draw from. Back then, I was playing a lot of sports. I played baseball with my brother and my dad coaching. We went to the little league world series. Those are probably the most fond memories I have of youth, playing ball with my old man and my brother. It's funny. When the '80s were done, everybody was like, "Whew, the '80s are done!" The '80s was a rad decade though. My family listened to a lot of Michael Jackson around the house as most families were. There was just some great stuff going on.
Will Anderson of Parachute
Will Anderson: Well, we were born in 1986, but yeah. In terms of a lot of the artists that influence us, they are straight out of the '80s, and actually, the 70s, too. Elton John in his prime, Billy Joel, U2 in the '80s, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel. A lot of really crappy music was made in the '80s, but the good stuff from that era is what we laid the foundation of our band on. That's my favorite '80s memory.
Tinie Tempah: I think of really big specs, big chains, loads of color, people expressing themselves with color, fitted jeans and stuff like that. I was born towards the end of the era. It will always be my interpretation of what it is.
Derek Whibley of Sum 41:
Derek Whibley:I was born in 1980. Only '80s memory I have is the movie Christmas Vacation. Maybe that was the '90s, when it was in theaters?
James Johnston of Biffy Clyro
James Johnston: Ha! That was the decade in which I was born, so I guess my first memories are of the ‘80s, I suppose. I think that times at school were good. Ben and I are twins and we met Simon at school when we were 7 and 8. That was a period of my fondest memories. You know -- the naïveté of that time, when you haven't gotten a care in the world and before you realize it sucks to be an adult.
Rich Luzzi of Rev Theory:
Rich Luzzi:I went to a Poison and Black Crowes concert. I think I was about 12-years-old. My friend's mother took us. We were leaving the concert—which was pretty crazy! As we were pulling away, all of these kids were exiting the parking lot and there were a bunch of girls that saw we were young boys. The next thing you know, they're ripping their pants down, pressing their asses up against the window, flashing us, and pressing their tits up against the window. My friend's mother was just having heart attack [Laughs]. I thought, "Wow, this seems like it could be a pretty cool profession." Fast forward 20 years later, that doesn't happen anymore [Laughs].
Maria Brink of In This Moment:
Maria Brink: The movie Splash. I love mermaids. I loved it when I was little. There was also The Goonies. They were the best movies ever, in the '80s. And the music—Motley Crue and Def Leppard. It was the best decade for art.
Skrillex: The late '80s and early '90s were kind of a blur as far as I don't know what started where. I think of The Goonies, man! That's everything. You have the Cyndi Lauper track. You have the cool clothing styles they wore back then. That's the perfect representation as far as my recollection goes.
Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys
Ken Casey: Oh boy, the '80s were a rough decade for me [Laughs]. A lot of the band's stories on my behalf come out of the '80s. There was the sports stuff like being with all your buddies at The Celtics parades when they would win. You'd hook school. Then there was Red Sox stuff. During game 7 when they won the Penant against the Angels in '86, there was a huge party in Boston. My friend Timmy Brady and I were going to charge the field. We were going to be those guys who charge the field when you win. His father, Sluggo, who was a Boston cop, caught us in the act and he locked us in this souvenir shop with a glass front. So we went from thinking we were going to lead the charge for this big party to being locked in this souvenir shop [Laughs]. They closed all the souvenir stores for looting and we were locked in the store with the glass front having to watch everybody outside having a big party for about three hours [Laughs]. Those are the memories of great times you celebrate with your buddies.
Garfunkel & Oates:
Kate Micucci: I remember a lot!
Riki Lindhome: When I think of the '80s, I think of watching Saved By The Bell at 3 and 3:30 after school every day.
Kate Micucci: I never saw one episode of that show.
Riki Lindhome: That was actually the '90s, wasn't it? [Laughs] I guess I have no memory of the '80s at all.
Kate Micucci: I have tons of memories of the '80s like my first time skiing when I was two, but I was on a little park slope.
Riki Lindhome: I went skiing for the first time when I was two as well! I went in between my parents legs.
Kate Miccuci: We lived in New Jersey, but we'd ski in Pennsylvania.
Riki Lindhome: You know what I remember about the '80s? Watching Star Search and being insanely jealous. I was like, "I want to do that!" I was obsessed. When other little kids were on there, I didn't understand how they'd do that. It felt so far away.
Kate Micucci: I remember riding bikes to D'Alessio's and getting gum.
Riki Lindhome: I remember stealing change from my parents' little change bucket and buying penny candy.
Kate Micucci: My brother and I used to steal penny candy at the grocery store. You know how you put money in the little thing and it was on the honor system?
Riki Lindhome: No [Laughs]…was this at D'Alessio's?
Kate Micucci: No, this was at the grocery store!
Riki Lindhome: They had the honor system at your grocery store?
Kate Micucci: We'd make this song as if the money was going into the thing, but we'd take it [Laughs]. We always paid at D'Alessio's there was these two nice old ladies that would sell us candy. I had pink banana seat Schwinn bike with a little basket I'd put my gum in.
Riki Lindhome: Your stolen candy [Laughs].
Tobias Smith: When I was born, it was pretty sweet. I was covered in filth, and then the doctor cleaned my off and I felt a lot better. I probably pooped at the same time [Laughs]. Anyone else?
Philip Galitzine: I liked the original Nintendo. That was probably my favorite '80s memory. I think I got the NES when I turned seven. That was like 1987 or something. I got Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros., and I remember playing that thing for hours.
Tobias Smith: I take mine back. It was Super Mario Bros..
Philip Galitzine: That's what I thought.
Eric Espiritu: I think mine was probably He-Man Masters of The Universe, just the action figures.
Luke White: I played with a lot of Legos in the '80s. That was a lot of fun! I lived in the middle of the woods. My cousins lived down the street and we literally had these huge Lego wars. We'd spend a whole week building up our Lego armies and armadas and in seconds, everything would be destroyed [Laughs]. That was a good time.
Philip Galitzine: I remember hearing Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" at summer camp. That's another good memory of mine. That was the first time I heard Bon Jovi coming over the camp loud speaker.
Tobias Smith: I'm more of a Springsteen man. If I'm going to choose New Jersey, I'm going to go for Springsteen.
Jay Sean: When I think of the '80s, I think of the wild hair, crazy fashion, and a lot of punk rock music. That's what comes to mind. I think of British '80s crazy, drugs, rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Our frame of reference for the American '80s or any decade in America is films. That's what we see. Whether or not that's a true depiction of what it was like, I don't know. I think of The Goonies for some reason as '80s. Do you remember The Goonies? When I was a kid growing up, we loved that. Then that song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was in the film. It's all that era!
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—Rick Florino & Amy Sciarretto