January 28, 2013

The Big '80s Quiz Thing: Karaoke details!


Eight days till the '80s return: The Big '80s Quiz Thing is happening, Tuesday, February 5, at our glorious new NYC home of The Cutting Room. Featuring "'80s Movie Quotes: All Chopped Up!," "Ronald Reagan Had a Filthy Mouth," and tons more. Like, gnarly. (Important note: The venue is imposing a $15 minimum for the show. Pretty easy: A couple drinks, or one drink and a plate of tasty food. Come, have dinner.)

Some amazing prizes on offer too: The usual $200 grand prize, plus some tickets to The Totally Tubular Time Machine and Stomp, delicious goodies from our old friends Thumbs Cookies and the Brooklyn Brewery, and much more on the way. The best quiz prize haul anywhere in NYC, my young friends.

And yes: Live band karaoke, courtesy NYC's top live karaoke band, The Human Karaoke Experience. Starting at 7pm (30 minutes before the quiz), we'll open the doors and the band will rock our faces off…with your help. Sign up at the show, and we'll randomly pick lucky superstars to take their place with the band and sing an '80s classic. (With more singing opportunity between rounds!)

HKE are absolute pros—I'm a longtime fan of these guys, and no one's better at supporting even the most stage-frighty would-be rock star (or backing up any arena-worthy amateur wailer). Their full catalog exceeds 700 songs (really!), but we're limiting it to 132 solid-gold 1980s hits (drifting into the late '70s and early '90s in some cases). If you can't find more than a few tunes on which to stake your own rock & roll claim, I don't know how to help you.

Posting the list below, organized by artist; select your jam, and be there at 7pm to jam it out. ROCK!

.38 Special: Hold On Loosely

AC/DC: Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long

Air Supply: All Out of Love

Alannah Myles: Black Velvet
The B-52’s: Love Shack

Bananarama: Venus

The Beach Boys: Kokomo

The Beatles: Twist and Shout

Ben E. King: Stand By Me

Billy Idol: Dancing With Myself, Mony Mony
, Rebel Yell, White Wedding

Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust, Uptown Girl, You May Be Right
The Black Crowes: Hard to Handle

Blondie: Call Me
, One Way or Another

Bob Seger: Old Time Rock And Roll

Bon Jovi: Livin' On a Prayer
, Wanted Dead Or Alive

Bruce Springsteen: Brilliant Disguise
, Cadillac Ranch, Dancing In The Dark
, Glory Days
, Pink Cadillac 

Bryan Adams: Run To You
, Summer of ’69
Cheap Trick: Don’t Be Cruel

Chris De Burgh: Lady In Red

Chris Isaak: Wicked Game 

The Clash: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The Cure: Boys Don't Cry, Just Like Heaven 

Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
David Lee Roth: California Girls

Diana Ross: Upside Down

Don Henley: The Boys of Summer

Donna Summer: Hot Stuff, She Works Hard for the Money

Duran Duran: Hungry Like The Wolf
Elvis Costello: What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding 

Eric Clapton: I Shot the Sheriff
Garth Brooks: Friends In Low Places 

George Michael: Faith 

George Thorogood: Bad To The Bone

Georgia Satellite: Keep Your Hands To Yourself 

The Go-Go’s: Our Lips Are Sealed 

Guns N’ Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle
Heart: Alone

Honeydrippers: Sea of Love


Indigo Girls: Closer To Fine 

INXS: New Sensation
Joan Jett: Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch Me
, I Hate Myself for Loving You,  I Love Rock and Roll 

Joe Jackson: Is She Really Going Out With Him 

John Mellencamp: Hurts So Good, Pink Houses, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. 

Journey: Any Way You Want It
, Don’t Stop Believin’
, Lights 

Judas Priest: Living After Midnight
, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’


Katrina and the Waves: Walking On Sunshine

The Knack: My Sharona
Los Lobos: La Bamba


Madonna: Material Girl
Megadeth: Anarchy In The U.K. 

Melissa Etheridge: Like The Way I Do 

Michael Jackson: Beat It

Mick Jagger and David Bowie: Dancing in the Streets

Mötley Crüe: Smokin’ in the Boys Room
Neil Young: Rockin’ In the Free World

Nena: 99 Red Balloons
The Outfield: Your Love 

Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train


Pat Benatar: Heartbreaker
, Hit Me With Your Best Shot,  Promises in the Dark
, Treat Me Right
, We Belong

Phil Collins: You Can’t Hurry Love

The Pointer Sisters: Fire 

Poison: Talk Dirty To Me, Your Mama Don’t Dance

The Police, Every Breath You Take
The Pretenders: Brass in Pocket


Queen: Another One Bites the Dust
, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure 

Quiet Riot: Cum On Feel the Noize
The Ramones: I Wanna Be Sedated 

Rick Springfield: Jesse’s Girl

The Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody 

The Romantics: What I Like About You 

Roxette: Listen to Your Heart

Run-DMC: Walk This Way


Sade: The Sweetest Taboo 

Scandal: Goodbye to You

Simple Minds: Don't You Forget About Me  

Sister Sledge: We Are Family 

Stevie Ray Vaughn: Pride & Joy 

The Stray Cats: Rock This Town, Stray Cat Strut

Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight

Survivor: Eye of the Tiger
Talk Talk: It’s My Life

Tina Turner: Let’s Stay Together

Tom Petty: Free Fallin’
, I Won’t Back Down

Tommy Tutone: 867-5309/Jenny 

The Traveling Wilburys: Handle With Care

Twisted Sister: We’re Not Gonna Take It


U2: Angel of Harlem, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
, I Will Follow, Pride (In The Name of Love), Sunday Bloody Sunday
, With or Without You


Van Halen: Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, Dance The Night Away 

Violent Femmes: Blister In The Sun 


Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind


Young MC: Bust A Move


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