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Did Bob Seger Inspire Prince To Write ‘Purple Rain’? [Video]

As we get ready for Bob Seger's return to Grand Rapids this week, comes this interesting tidbit from an upcoming book about Prince:

Alan Light, a journalist, has written a book about the success of the movie "Purple Rain", which took Prince from a little known R&B star, and propelled him to superstardom. In his book, Light says Bob Seger was the main inspiration behind the song, "Purple Rain".

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ABBA is Heading to Park Place

Calling all ABBA fans, you can now spin those vinyl’s and play a round of America’s favorite board at the same time. Just in time for the holiday season, fans can get their hands on an ABBA special edition Monopoly.

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Watch Clips From This Coming Friday’s PBS Bruce Springsteen Tribute [Video]

Bruce Springsteen fans will want to set their DVRs this week.  Last year, The Boss was the first rocker honored at the MusiCares Person of the Year, and the event is finally coming to TV.

“A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen” will air on PBS Friday at 9 pm, with some of today’s biggest names covering Bruce classics.

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The Bangles Return With a New Album Of Old Recordings

The Bangles have a new album of vintage rarities and live tracks coming out on Thanksgiving Day, but there’s also something more on “Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles!” The record features a new track, “The Real World,” which debuted online yesterday.

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Internet Archive Lets You Play 900 Classic Video Games

The Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library, has upped its gaming pages to include over 900 classic '80s video games.

Now you can waste valuable work time playing Frogger, Galaga and Pac Man.

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What If Google, Twitter And Others Were Invented In the 1980s?

We all know most of the modern internet didn't exist 20 years ago the way it does now. AOL was just about everything most normal people knew about the Online world in the '90s.

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Halloween In The ’70s Vs. Halloween Today

Halloween in the '70s meant your mom smoked a lot, trips in unsafe cars, plastic masks you couldn't breathe through and flashlights that didn't work. But it was still way better than the PC Halloween we've carved out for kids today.

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Mensa Asks: What Is The Best Album Art?

When I was growing up, one of the perks of buying an album wasn't only the great music inside, but also the fantastic cover art that wrapped up the big 12-inch long playing vinyl records inside.

Some of the album art of the '60s, '70s, '80s and even '90s is now considered iconic not only by the fans of the music, but by collectors world wide.

The folks at Mensa have turned it into a contest, and starting this week, you can vote on the best album art of all time. 

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MTV’s Mark Goodman Talks Live Music On TV’s ‘Midnight Special’ [Audio/Video]

Mark Goodman was one of MTV's original video jocks (VJs), changing how we viewed music forever back in in 1981.

He joined "The Jojo Show" this morning to talk about his love of the old '70s and '80s NBC late-night show, "The Midnight Special", which just released a collector's edition boxed set on DVD.

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‘Say Anything’ TV Series? Not If John Cusack, Cameron Crowe Can Help It [Video]

How do you think it worked out between Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court in "Say Anything?"

NBC has ordered a sitcom based on the 1989 classic, which reunites the two lovers after a painful break up.

However, there's a catch.

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Tears for Fears Re-Issuing ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ in November

Tears for Fears today announced plans to re-issue its best-selling album, "Songs from the Big Chair," in November.

The album, which spawned classics “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Mother’s Talk,” “Shout” and “Head over Heels,” is being released Nov. 11 via Universal Music Enterprises in five formats, including a six-disc deluxe edition box set featuring previously unreleased material and a 5.1 surround sound mix. The album is also to be available on vinyl.

Tears for Fears’ 10 million-selling second album marked a transition in the band’s sound and catapulted them into international prominence.

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It’s #FWF! What Does That Mean? [Video]

It's #FWF! Funny Web Friday! And I'm taking a double trip! The WFGR Retrovision makes a Friday appearance as well!

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