Party Like The 80s (Episode 1) Featuring DJ SKARAB


I don’t care what anybody says…. The 80s is the greatest decade in American history. And while I know that every decade can make many great claims on the shaping of popular culture, no decade did it quite like the 80s. The 80s was the start of so much. MTV, CNN, and multiple music genres and sub-genres are not even scratching the surface of the many layers of influence that decade would have to this day. I’m proud to be a true child of the 80s. I turned 10 years old in 1980 and followed the decade right up through my own teenage years until I turned 20 in 1990. It’s ironic that even at such a young age I knew the 80s were special and that they would live on long after the decade ended. The 80s will always be with me so it’s only fitting that I guide you along this journey through time. And while I have my own memories that I take from the 80s, judging from the world I see today, they live on in every other person as well…. Even if they aren’t consciously aware of it.

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Party Like The 80s (Episode 1)

  • According to the United States Census, there were 226,545,805 U.S. residents in America in 1980.
  • Iron Maiden released their self-titled album Iron Maiden.
  • The Pennsylvania Lottery was rigged by six men including one Nick Perry, the host of the live TV drawing.
  • StarWars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.
  • The best selling arcade game of all time (Pac-Man) was released in Japan.
  • CNN (the first 24-hour news channel) was launched.
  • Richard Pryor burns himself trying to freebase cocaine.
  • Ronald Reagan is nominated for U.S. president.
  • AC/DC releases the Back In Black album.
  • The Police release Zenyatta Mondatta (their 3rd studio release album).
  • Record numbers of TV viewers tune in to find out who shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas.
  • Paul McCartney causes the Wings tour to be cancelled due to being caught in Tokyo with a half-pound of marijuana.
  • Pink Floyd opens up their “The Wall” tour in L.A..
  • Bruce Springsteen‘s “Born to run” is introduced by a member of the New Jersey state assembly to be the official state song.
  • Black Sabbath releases Heaven And Hell (the first album to feature vocalist Ronnie James Dio).
  • The Sony Walkman goes on sale in America.
  • The rock group KISS plays their first show in NYC with new drummer Eric Carr.
  • The Eagles end their tour in Long Beach and begin a 14 year hiatus.
  • Alice Cooper cancels a concert in Toronto because of illness causing the fans to riot.
  • Donington Park, England stages the first Monsters Of Rock concert which features Rainbow Headlines, Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch.
  • Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham is found dead by bandmate John Paul Jones causing Led Zeppelin to disband.
  • Elton John performs a free concert in Central Park NYC for 400,000 people. His encore includes performing in a Donald Duck costume.
  • Mark David Chapman shoots and kills Beatles frontman John Lennon in NYC.

Brooke Shields in 1980s TV ads.

The Boom Box becomes popular.

The VHS Revolution.

Leg Warmers


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Since 1986 DJ SKARAB has been heavily involved in the music scene. And early adopter and lover of the musical genres that created the foundation for the music we have today, SKARAB has spent nearly 30 years watching, researching and collecting music. A first hand witness to the many significant changes that took place since the 1970s, it was always his dream to represent the independent artist. After many attempts starting in the 90s, it wasn't until the 21st century and the coming of age of the world wide web that allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream. Today, DJ SKARAB heads AARIAH, an agency devoted to representing the independent artist and entertainer.

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