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Return to the '80s covers a wide range of topics from movies to music to television, from the most awesome decade.

Return to the '80s covers a wide range of topics from movies to music to television, from the most awesome decade.


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Return to the '80s covers a wide range of topics from movies to music to television, from the most awesome decade.




Twitter Hacks (and Recovery), Shout-Outs, and Patreon

Today was an unexpected podcast. Back in February, my @Returntothe80s Twitter account of 17,000 followers was hacked and stolen. I tried to get it back, but to no avail. So I started over. Then I just got an email today from Twitter saying that it has been rectified. I now have my old account (and most followers) back! While I was in a good mood, I wanted to give a special shout out to my close friends and followers that I could think of, as well as promote some newer retro podcasts I've...


Whitney Houston Madness Tournament

Another Return to the '80s podcast episode is finally here! After several mishaps, the Whitney Houston Madness Tournament is finally complete. Even though there were some setbacks, it was still a blast! And this podcast episode is an absolute blast! The "Rad" Caroline and Claire join us in this fun episode! We talk Whitney, music videos, album covers, and the good ole days of liner notes. Enjoy the show! - Mishaps - Slow Dancing with Robert "Kool" Bell - Tournament Results - Videos,...


Episode 34: '80s Radical Sabbatical Recap

On January 30, 2021, we had the time of our lives with the '80s Radical Sabbatical virtual festival! Once again, Paul and Del welcome Claire Young and Caroline Connelly, founders of this incredible event, and recap that day. This is a great episode whether you attended the festival or not. We talk about each segment, from '80s aerobics to Sebastian Bach to the incredible Grandmaster Flash segment to the cover bands that blew us away to Jim Peterik (along with Cathy Richardson) who...


Episode 33: Mark Weiss and The Decade That Rocked

Leading up to the '80s Radical Sabbatical festival, Paul and Del were lucky enough to welcome the legendary rock photographer, Mark "Weissguy" Weiss. You've definitely seen his work, which consists of some iconic album covers including Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry, and Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet, and not to mention, countless photos in rock magazines including Circus. Not only has Mark taken incredible concert photos, and has done photo shoots for just about every rock star of the '80s,...


Episode 32: '80s Radical Sabbatical Virtual Festival

On today's episode, Paul and Del welcome Claire Young and Caroline Connelly, founders of the upcoming '80s Radical Sabbatical Virtual Festival. This incredible event will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 beginning at 12:00pm Central/1:00pm Eastern, and will be at least 8 hours. Check out the episode to get all the exciting details! Once again, the following people will be performing: The Decade That RockedBack to the Future There are all kinds of packages you can get with this...


Episode 31: Dare to Dream with Stan Bush

After 6 months, Return to the '80s is finally back with a new podcast episode! This should be worth the wait, as we have the incredible Stan Bush joining us. Just in case you are not familiar, Stan is best known for his 1986 smash hit, "The Touch" from The Transformers: The Movie as well as "Never Surrender" from the 1989 movie, Kickboxer. While most of our favorite 80s rock artists fell by the wayside in the '90s, Stan Bush has been continuing to work. He has just released a fantastic...


Episode 30: Aliens

Del and Paul cover the 1986 classic - Aliens


Episode 29: St. Elmo's Fire

Welcome back as we Return to 1985 and review the coming-of-age classic, St. Elmo's Fire. In this episode, Paul is joined by Lizzie Newton and Del Roehling to discuss this movie as well as the music. Whether you love this movie or hate it, this is the place for you! Come and hang with your favorite Brat Pack, and enjoy the show! You can find Lizzie on Instagram at @LIzzieDNewton And check out her podcast Liz, Laugh, Cry on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Del can be found on the show 80s at...


Episode 28: Madonna March Madness

It's that time of year again! While all sporting events, and pretty much everything else in life is on hold right now, Return to the 80s March Madness lives on! This year's March Madness will feature the 80s Queen of Pop, Madonna. Voting in the Sweet 16 begins right now, and will close at midnight on March 19. Also, if you are on Twitter, you can look for the polls on @ReturnToThe80s. Also, please check out the special podcast where Paul and Lizzie (from the podcast Liz Laugh Cry), where...


Episode 27: The Breakfast Club

Lizzie and Paul are back with a new crossover episode between Liz Laugh Cry and Return to the '80s. This time, they are covering the classic '80s movie, The Breakfast Club. First, Paul gives a recap of the Rubix Kube concert he attended, Then Lizzie recaps the Cher concert that she attended. Then they get into the main topic - The Breakfast Club. Lizzie had never seen the movie before, and Paul gets to relive his '80s days. Contact Lizzie Newton Instagram Podcast: Liz Laugh...


Return to 1989: March

Todd, Del, and Paul Return to March 1989 to go over news events, movie releases, and album releases. News Events March 2 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial - NY Mets stars Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry famously nearly come to blows in front of reporters and TV crews at spring training March 9 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy March 12 15th People's Choice Awards March 15 "Les Miserables" opens at Royal Alexandra Theatre...


Episode 26: The Dirt

Good friends, Lizzie and Paul, are diggin' The Dirt - the Mötley Crüe movie on Netlfix. Lizzie, of the Liz Laugh Cry podcast, is a Millennial who has a love of the '80s. Check out this episode as Lizzie and Paul discuss The Dirt, and have a blast talking 80s music, and pop culture across both generations. Come join in on the fun!


Return to 1989: February

Todd, Del, and Paul Return to February 1989 to go over news events, movie releases, and album releases. News Events Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay Feb 10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame Feb 15 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends Feb 21 Paul leaves for Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman Record of the Year Linda Goldstein...


Episode 25: Prince March Madness

After the success of last year's Hall & Oates March Madness, this year Prince's top songs of the '80s will be doing battle against each other. We will begin with the Sweet Sixteen on Thursday, March 21, 2019. In this episode, we go over the first round brackets. When voting opens, you can visit, Twitter - @Returntothe80s, and the Return to the '80s Facebook page and Facebook group. Also, please check out Del's radio show, 80s at 8 on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8am...


Episode 24: Helen O'Hara - Best Movies of the 80s/The Princess Bride

Welcome Helen O'Hara, from Empire Magazine and The Telegraph, as well as author of the new book, Best Movies of the 80s. Helen and Paul discuss Helen's awesome new book, Best Movies of the 80s (available on Amazon). They also dive into one of the movies that is covered in the book - The Princess Bride. They talk about the actors and characters, as well as some behind the scenes stories, and not to mention, a philosophical discussion about female titles in film (or a lack thereof). Enjoy...


Return to 1989: Episode 1 - January

Welcome to a new podcast series called, Return to 1989. Inspired by T.G Monahan's Dreamin' in '89, we decided to take a look back and see what happened 30 years ago. Todd "T.G." Monahan Return to 1989 to go over news events, movie releases, and album releases. This month, we Return to January.


Episode 23: 1981 Year in Review

Robert and Paul welcome Ty Ray, from the Beats and Eats podcast, to the show. The guys Return to 1981, and count down the year's top songs, movies, and television shows. Also, find out what the biggest selling toys were in 1981, and reminisce on the big news stories of the year. As this current decade comes to a close, come join us to Return to the greatest decade ever, and check out the awesome year of 1981! Check out the web site at You can find Ty at the Beats and...


Epsisode 22: T.G. Monahan - Dreamin' in '89

Paul and Del welcome author Todd "T.G." Monahan. T.G. has released a novel that takes place in a time that is near and dear to our hearts - the 80s! The story takes place in the summer of 1989. It is a coming-of-age story as Seb deals with bullies, tries to win the attention of a girl, and goes on a mission to make enough money to buy the Dreamin' and become a world-renowned radio-controlled pilot, earning his father's respect. It has all the elements of a great '80s story, and actually...


Episode 21: Summer Concert Series 2018

We welcome Del Roehling to the show! He hosts 80s at 8 on WEDM FM on Saturdays and Sundays at 8am. He also gives us Each Remember That Song trivia. Del, Robert, and Paul each discuss a concert they went to this summer. Check out the show notes at


Episode 20: Journey and Def Leppard 2018 Tour

Robert and Paul coincidentally saw the Journey and Def Leppard concert 2 nights apart. So we discuss this awesome tour! **WARNING: SPOILER ALERT IN THIS EPISODE!!!** If you plan on seeing this concert, and want to be surprised with the set list, please come back after the show. Robert and Paul cover every song and solo played during this show. Go to for the show notes.