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Stock, Aitken and Waterman – The 80s Albums

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I decided to collect every Stock, Aitken and Waterman album from the 80s. Why? Because, for me, SAW produced what I consider to be the best music in the 80s. I wasn’t into the moody synth scene of the early 80s, and although I had a Madness, a Shakin Stevens and an Adam And The Ants album, they never really captivated me in the way Pop music did.

I had a huge revelation a few years after the 80s ended. I only realised how good 80s music was in the 90s, when I realised how bad 90s music was. Aside from the SAW tracks that kept being pumped out, I didn’t really find anything that caught my attention.

Anyway, after an evening of research, and few hot Vimtos to keep my energy up, I determined there were 35 Stock, Aitken and Waterman albums that were released between 1984 and 1989. (Pete Waterman had been involved in song production for years prior to 1984, but I was only looking for albums which were part of the combined SAW legacy.)

I’ll use this chronological list to mark off the titles I manage to find, using *. I’ll try to add details of each album I get on here too, although I’ll probably end up just adding details to Twitter. Follow along here – The Twitters

If you spot any titles missing from the list, please let me know via the 80sNostalgia Twitter or Facebook pages.

Divine – The Story So Far
Hazell Dean – Heart First
Various Artists – Chunks Of Funk

Dead Or Alive – Youthquake
Haywoode – Arrival

Bananarama – True Confessions
Brilliant – Kiss The Lips Of Life
O’chi Brown – O’chi
Princess – Princess
Roland Rat – Living Legend The Album
Various Artists – Knights And Emeralds Soundtrack

Bananarama – Wow!
Dead Or Alive – Mad Bad And Dangerous To Know
Laura Branigan – Touch
Mel & Kim – F.L.M.
* Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody
Samantha Fox – Samantha Fox
Sinitta – Sinitta
Various Artists – Cream Of Supreme
Various Artists – The Hit Factory Vol 1
Various Artists – Who’s That Girl Soundtrack

Brother Beyond – Get Even
Hazell Dean – Always
Kylie Minogue – Kylie
Mandy Smith – Mandy
* Rick Astley – Hold Me In Your Arms
Samantha Fox – I Wanna Have Some Fun
Sequal – Sequal
Various Artists – The Hit Factory Vol 2

Donna Summer – Another Place And Time
Cliff Richard – Stronger
Jason Donovan – Ten Good Reasons
Sinitta – Wicked!
* Kylie Minogue – Enjoy Yourself
Various Artists – The Hit Factory Vol 3

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The Naked Cage

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I tend to think of Cannon as having been a pretty fearless studio. There was nothing beneath them. Ninja films, breakdancing movies, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, you name it!  So, it only makes sense that they would dip their toe into that genre known as women in prison flicks at some point. So in 1986 they gave us an oh-so-eighties look behind bars, The Naked Cage.

The story concerns a goody-two-shoes young woman named Michelle (Shari Shattuck) who works in a bank and loves to ride horses on her parents’ farm. One day, her ex-husband attempts to rob the bank where Michelle works, along with a mean chick named Rita (Christina Whitaker) who has recently released herself from prison. Long story short, when the robbery is foiled, it appears that Michelle was in on the plan and she ends up behind bars.

Of course, life in prison is the pits. There are constant battles between the white inmates and the black inmates, the warden is fond of snagging the ladies she fancies for private rendezvous, and there is a male guard who doesn’t just like to have his way with the ladies, but he stages their suicides when he’s done with them. The only good thing about this prison is that they seem to have a plentiful supply of hair care products and off-the-shoulder tops for the ladies. Things quickly get worse for Michelle, though, when Rita ends up on the same cell block and begins to position herself as the leader.

The Naked Cage doesn’t really manage to break any new ground when it comes to this sort of movie. Everything you’d expect to be there is there: girl fights, stabbings, shower scenes, lesbian warden, even the heart of gold prisoner who cares for injured animals is here. Still, even with all the tropes intact, I’d have to say The Naked Cage is better than the average women behind bars film. It’s effectively grimey despite an overabundance of 80’s pastels and lip gloss. 

There’s no real A-list talent here in the cast. Okay, let’s be honest, even to say B-list or C-list would be a stretch. The cast, though, deliver performances that feel appropriate for this film, despite the fact that they’d probably come across as goofy in just about any other. There’s something strangely delightful about how Shari Shattuck as Michelle cheers excitedly over sweet potatoes with extra marshmallows in the opening scene in a way I’d expect a six-year-old to react. It makes her transformation into a hardened prison resident all the more enjoyable. It’s lovably campy. Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t know if the somewhat campy approach much of the cast has was on purpose or not; but it works, so I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

As appealing as the film’s leading lady is, though, she is the victim of a crime as most scenes are stolen from her by Christina Whitaker as the villainous Rita. Her character is introduced to us in the opening credits as she hitchhikes in Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots as “Tough Enough” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds blares. It’s clear she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with from frame one, and Whitaker oozes evil every moment she’s on screen. With her sleek look and short, spiked, jet black hair, she looks like Pat Benatar, but terrifying. As the film progresses she just gets nastier and scarier. The film has several other “villain” characters, but they come off like Strawberry Shortcake compared to her. 

There’s nothing in The Naked Cage that we haven’t seen a dozen times already in other women’s prison flicks. Yet, there’s something very satisfying about this take on the genre. Its over-the-top sleazy, but with an 80’s sheen that makes for a very entertaining hour and a half.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 144: Gay Purr-ee

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The new episode of the Forgotten Fillmcast is here! This time, Todd is joined by Tony Coogan from Coog’s Reviews to discuss the 1962 animated feature Gay Purr-ee, featuring the voices of Judy Garland and Robert Goulet.

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Films Discussed:
Gay Purr-ee
Phantom Boy
Twice Upon a Time

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 143: Original Gangstas

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Get ready for a salute to the blaxploitation era on the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast. This time, Todd is joined by Jeanette Ward from The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl to discuss the 1996 film Original Gangstas, starring Fred Williamson, Jim Brown and Pam Grier.

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The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl
Jeanette on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
Original Gangstas
Da 5 Bloods

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Ashens and the Polybius Heist

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Polybius PosterRemember the 80s? Of course you do! That’s why you’re here, at an 80s site! And do you remember 80s arcade machines? (That’s a rhetorical question – there is no need to keep answering out loud from now on.)

If your favourite film genre is “80s retro gaming heists”, then you will certainly be adding Ashens and the Polybius Heist to your collection.

It is a genuinely funny and entertaining story about one mans quest to kidnap an 80s arcade machine from an impenetrable base. As with all 80s-based retro gaming heist movies, it starts in Norwich. A team of *skilled professionals is assembled, a *fool proof plot is hatched and a heist is *perfectly undertaken.

The cast includes Stuart Ashen, Daniel Hardcastle, Robert Llewellyn and a slew of upcoming comedians and YouTubers.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Polybius, the legend describes the game as part of a government-run psychology experiment released into arcades circa 1981, producing intense effects on the players. There are reports of people fighting each other for the next turn and, if you got the high score, entering into a euphoric trance.

The machines were then said to have been visited periodically by ‘men in black suits’ to analyse the effects. After rumours built of sensory deprivation, hallucinations and even some fatalities it was swiftly pulled from the market and never heard of again.

Today there are hundreds of videos, fan theories and pop culture references to the myth which continues to enthral fans around the world. The legend has been referenced in The Simpsons, Stranger Things and the fiction of Ernest Cline (Ready Player One, Armada). In 2017 a Polybius game was released on the Playstation (its creator Jeff Minter has a cameo in the film).

The film itself draws inspiration from some of the all time greats including Mission Impossible, Ocean’s 11 and The Italian Job. At times is it tense, funny and bizarre all at the same time – a combination of emotions I’ve never experienced together before.

Originally scheduled for a full cinema release, Ashens and the Polybius Heist is available to stream online from today, Thursday 19th November on Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube Movies and Vimeo on Demand.

Ashens and the Polybius Heist – not even a global pandemic can stop it.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 142: The Final Terror

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It’s time for this year’s second Halloween episode of the Forgotten Filmcast. This time, Todd is joined by Chris Tanski from Fright Rags to discuss the 1983 slasher The Final Terror.

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Show Notes:
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Movies Discussed:
The Final Terror
Vampires vs the Bronx

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