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Knee Deep in the Hoopla: Starship’s Legacy on The 80s Cruise

By Steve Spears Casting a net for memories from the first-ever 80s Cruise back in 2016, so many images and moments spring to mind. Spying Huey Lewis making a beeline for the ship among the surprised boarding masses on Embarkation Day in Fort Lauderdale. The gasp of guests as they first stepped onto the Holland America Eurodam and spotted all the 80s decor already fully [Read More]

Living The Glamorous Life

Sheila E. Brings Prince-Kissed Classics & More to The 80s Cruise By Steve Spears   It’s nearly impossible to think of the ’80s without Sheila E. The famed percussionist was everywhere during our beloved decade – from singing background on Prince records, to co-starring in the big-screen rap classic “Krush Groove,” to her own solo career and the career-defining song, “The Glamorous Life.” With her [Read More]

Five Things You May Not Know About Kenny Loggins

By Steve Spears When you think of Kenny Loggins, what comes to mind first? That he’s the “king of movie soundtracks” or is it his ever-present beard? How about his pre-solo work with Jim Messina? Truth is that while Kenny’s music formed the backbone of the ’80s sound, his music truly spans decades and through different genres. He has consistently reinvented himself since the days [Read More]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Club Nouveau

By Steve Spears In the neon-spritzed world of the ’80s that fans prefer to paint, it’s easy to forget that some of the genius acts of our decade were formed from breakups, rivalries and overall angst. Such is the tale of Club Nouveau, the R&B act that is joining us for the 2019 rendition of The 80s Cruise. Jay King, the band’s founder, has always [Read More]

Five Things to Know About One of Synth Music’s Most Innovative Acts

By Steve Spears Let’s settle one thing: Whether or not you think the movie “Pretty in Pink” is a John Hughes classic or not, can we all agree its soundtrack remains a masterpiece three decades later? And of those songs, perhaps only one fully retains its original magic – the swooning prom-scene tune “If You Leave.” Credit the genius of that phenomenon to Orchestral Manoeuvres [Read More]