iHeart 80s @ 103.7 Birthday Bash

August 26thSAP Center

Boy George, A Flock Of Seagulls, The Romantics, Farrington & Mann (original members of When in Rome UK), Animotion, Tiffany, Tommy Tutone and Nu Shooz!

 

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  BOY GEORGE

British singer Boy George combined a strong, soulful singing voice with a provocative sense of fashion, both of which were first brought to the attention of English and American audiences in the group Culture Club, for whom he served as lead singer from 1982 to 1986. The group wrote and played impeccable pop music, and Boy George's androgynous persona -- heavy makeup and outrageous costumes -- gave the group a distinct video image in the dawn of MTV. That very distinctiveness... Full Bio
 

 

  A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV's heavy rotation... Full Bio
 

 

  THE ROMANTICS

Such power pop founders as the Raspberries and Big Star may have been woefully underappreciated during their initial run in the early '70s, but by the end of the decade, several of their offspring had taken the style to the upper reaches of the charts -- including Cheap Trick, the Knack, and the Romantics. But what set the group apart from their similarly styled peers was their inheritance of the high-energy attack of their Detroit forefathers, as well as their affinity for... Full Bio
 

 

  FARRINGTON & MANN
Original Members of When in Rome UK

The 1988 single "The Promise" is When in Rome's biggest commercial success and sole claim to fame. The three-piece group released just one self-titled album and faded into obscurity. When in Rome's Clive Farrington, Andrew Mann, and Michael Floreale reportedly started out in an earlier Manchester band, Leisure, who featured Corinne Drewery, who would go on to front another one-hit wonder group, Swing out Sister. Full Bio
 

 

  ANIMOTION

Riding the wave of MTV-friendly synth pop of the mid-'80s, Animotion took the coldly catchy "Obsession" to the Top Ten in the beginning of 1985. After that, success was elusive -- the follow-up, "Let Him Go," barely cracked the Top 40 just four months later. In 1988, over half of the band left the lineup, including the leaders Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane; actress Cynthia Rhodes and former Device member Paul Engemann became the lead vocalists. (Fortunately, the personnel change... Full Bio
 

 

  TIFFANY

In addition to scoring several big bubblegum pop hits in the late '80s, teen queen Tiffany also helped pave the way for the decade's ultimate (and most successful) teenybopper band, the New Kids on the Block. Born Tiffany Renee Darwish on October 2, 1971, in Oklahoma, Tiffany began singing at an early age, but it wasn't the light pop style that she would eventually become known for. The young singer started off performing country & western songs, eventually getting discovered by... Full Bio
 

 

  TOMMY TUTONE

Tommy Tutone were an early-'80s power pop band led by vocalist Tommy Heath and guitarist Jim Keller. The group's first single, 1980's "Angel Say No," scraped the bottom of the American Top 40, yet it was 1981's "867-5309/Jenny" that sent the group to the top of the charts. Peaking in early 1982, the single hit number four and went gold. Tommy Tutone was never able to duplicate that success and the band broke up after the release of their third album, 1983's National Emotion.... Full Bio
 

 

  NU SHOOZ

Formed in 1979 by guitarist John Smith, Nu Shooz originated as a stage-sharpened jazz-funk band, as heard on their independently released 1982 debut album, Can't Turn It Off. The Portland, Oregon-based act underwent a major change in membership following its release, but Smith and vocalist/percussionist Valerie Day remained its core and adapted to contemporary trends with Tha's Right, a 1984 EP with songs in several styles, including pop-oriented R&B that resembled a mix of... Full Bio
 

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