GALLERY: Lost ’80s Live

Lost '80s Live took us back to the glory days at Humphreys by the Bay on Sept. 9 -- with A Flock of Seagulls, Cutting Crew, Dramarama, Tommy Tutone, Wang Chung, Martha Davis & the Motels, Naked Eyes, and When In Rome.

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Lost ‘80s Live blasted Humphreys by the Bay into the past on Sept. 9.
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The concert tour is almost a yearly event that generally features five to seven musical acts that had huge hits in the ‘80s.
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This year’s lineup at Humphreys included A Flock of Seagulls, Cutting Crew, Dramarama, Wang Chung, Martha Davis & the Motels, When In Rome, Tommy Tutone, and Naked Eyes.
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A Flock of Seagulls rose to international fame in the early ‘80s after a string of huge hits.
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Those singles were “I Ran (So Far Away),” “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” and “The More You Live, the More You Love.”
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Their video for “I Ran (So Far Away)” became iconic — getting massive airplay on MTV. It still holds the record for most plays on the network.
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Originally formed by lead singer Mike Score in 1980 in Liverpool, England, they’re also famous for their angular, “back-combed” haircuts that inspired countless others during the era.
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The band’s current members include Score, guitarist Joe Rodriguez, drummer Michael Brahm and bassist Pando.
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Cutting Crew also originated out of London, England back in 1985.
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You’ve undoubtedly heard their huge hit singles “(I Just) Died in Your Arms,” and “I’ve Been in Love Before.”
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The group received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1987.
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Lead singer Nick Van Eede started up the band with guitarist Kevin Macmichael. After the duo recorded some demos and landed a record contract, original bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beedle joined the group.
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Martha Davis & the Motels are a new wave band that originally formed in Berkeley, California as simply, the Motels.
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Some of their biggest hits include “Only the Lonely,” “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Total Control” and “Danger.”
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As their name implies, the band is fronted by lead singer/guitarist Martha Davis.
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The band’s best-selling album to-date is their 1982 release, “All Four One.”
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They released their latest studio album, “Apocalypso,” in 2011 — which was actually recorded in 1981 but was rejected by their record label, Capitol Records.
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Dramarama hails from LA, but formed in New Jersey in 1982.
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Even though the band called it quits in 1994, they formally reunited following their appearance on VH1’s “Bands Reunited” reality show.
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The current band lineup is John Easdale, Peter Wood, Mark Englert, Mike Davis and Tony Snow.
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They initially received their big break stateside by LA disc jockey, Rodney Bingenheimer — when he started playing the band on KROQ frequently.
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Dramarama’s biggest hit is “Anyting, Anything (I’ll Give You)” — which is still one of the most requested songs to ever be played on KROQ.
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When In Rome are a dance/new wave band from Manchester, England, who got their start in 1987.
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“The Promise” was the first single from their self-titled debut album, and peaked at No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart.
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It was also famously used as the closing song during the 2004 film, “Napoleon Dynamite.”
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Wang Chung are a British new wave group that formed in 1980.
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The name Wang Chung means “yellow bell” in Chinese, and is the first note in the Chinese classical music scale.
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They found huge success in the ‘80s with three hit singles: “Dance Hall Days,” “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and “Let’s Go!”
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The core group has always been vocalist/guitarist Jack Hues and bassist Nick Feldman.
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Wang Chung has released seven studio albums since 1982, with their latest being 2012’s “Tazer Up!”
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Tommy Tutone is a power-pop band perhaps best known for its huge 1981 hit, “867-5309/Jenny.”
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The song peaked on No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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“867-5309/Jenny” eventually got so popular that people still call the number to this day asking for Jenny.
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According to the band’s frontman Tommy Heath, “we had people threatening to sue us. it was the Buffalo Chief of Police’s daughter’s number in New York.”
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Naked Eyes is best known for their four U.S. top 40 singles: “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” “Promises, Promises,” “When the Lights Go Out,” and “(What) In the Name of Love.”
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The group was originally formed in 1982 by two college friends from Bath, England — vocalist Pete Byrne and keyboardist Rob Fisher.
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The two had formerly played in a band called Neon, which also featured future members of Tears For Fears.
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Sadly, Fisher passed away on Aug. 25, 1999, following surgery.
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The group never toured in their heyday, due to the fact that they couldn’t reproduce their multi-layered, multi-synthesizer sound in concert.
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