From the recording Now Playing EP
Frank: I wanted to write something that sounded like the year 1982. I was 16 that year. 1982 was the year Lisa (my wife) and I started dating. If you grew up in the 80's you know what I mean when I say it was an incredible decade in so many ways, so full of youthful dreams, fun, color and musical magic! The lyrics to this song are made up of many 80's references and the music is BIG! I tried my hand at keyboards for the first time on one of our Tunes and it helps give the track that "Styx" thing. I want to offer my most sincere gratitude and praise to Paul "BENZ" Bienick for his masterful drum work as well as his astonishing mixing capabilities, Paul has a huge part in making these songs shine! I met Paul in 1981 and here we are nearly 38 years later still making music together! Paul, it's been a long ride and I'm loving every second of it brother! Special thanks also to Tilen Sepac for his outstanding vocal work! We really hope you enjoy listening to this song as much as we did creating it. Here are the explanations of the lyrical references...
"It was like the best thing ever
It was totally bitchin to the maximum! Oh my God, for sure, whatever!"
[These are some of the expressions used by the California "Valley Girls" that spread across the country and showed up in many of the 80s teen movies.]
"It's close to midnight and something evils lurking in the dark."
[The opening line to Michael Jackson's monumentis song Thriller.]
"ONE, NINE, EIGHT, TWO!"
[The year. Sort of robotic sounding. Something of a throwback to the Styx song Mr. Roboto and some of the 80s COMPUTER movies like War Games Etc]
"Nothings gonna stop us.
Everything is for us.
Always be together.
We will live forever!"
[ An expression of youthful exuberance, the sensation of just starting out in life, anything is possible and believing that you and your little Posse of friends will always remain close and tight.]
"Eye of the Tiger's playing
Abracadabra's on the radio.
I got a Commodore 64 and.."
[ Eye of the Tiger was the band SURVIVOR'S very popular theme song to the movie Rocky 3 and ABRACADABRA a great 80s Steve Miller tune. The Commodore 64 was one of the first home computers released in January of 1982, it had 20Kb of memory!]
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Randy's gone and so is John and...I love Rockn Roll!"
[ Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the quintessential 80s stoner movie and It produced a lot of Future movie stars. "Randy's gone" refers to the death of Randy Rhoads in 1982, the legendary guitar player from Ozzy Osbourne's band. His plane crashed about 4 miles from where I'm currently living! "John" is referring to the death of John Lennon in 1980. "I love rock and roll" was Joan Jett's 80s anthem which can still be heard on popular radio everyday.]
"So Many things have happened
So Much time has passed.
So many friends are missing
So many dreams, so many dreams."
[This passage reflects back from now to then]
"When it absolutely positively has to be there overnight [FedEx slogan] .
Break dancing, Moon walking [Dances], ET and Poltergeist [80s movies] .
Love Boat, A-Team, Farrah Fawcett, Dynasty. [TV]
Army jackets, ripped jeans, flannel shirts and MTV [clothing] .
No nukes [anti nuclear war protest slogan], Asbury Jukes [a Jersey Band] , Ebony and Ivory [Song] . Get a job get a job get a job....[80s parental slogan] "
Thank you... Goodnight!