Thanks to the stellar playlists that my music friend puts together on Soundcloud every so often, I’ve stumbled upon SkyDive, a synthpop act from Irvine who makes music in their bedrooms. 1982 is but one of their enchanting gems, a warm flickering 80′s pop and luscious grooving dance pop cut that aims straight for my Haerts, Postiljonen, and Young Galaxy loving heart. SkyDive’s raspy, smoky vocals add to the song’s utter endearment. 1982 comes from the band’s second EP, available now from Bandcamp.


On this day in music history: July 24, 1982 - “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago, IL based rock band. Originally formed in 1978 by former Ides Of March guitarist and leader Jim Peterik, the band is filled out with former Chase members (“Get It On”) Gary Smith (drums) and Dennis Keith Johnson (bass), guitarist Frankie Sullivan and lead singer Dave Bickler. The band sign to Scotti Brothers Records in 1979, releasing their self-titled debut (with Smith and Johnson leaving the band after the first album, being replaced by Stephan Ellis (bass) and Marc Droubay (drums) ), and the follow up “Premonition” to only minimal reaction. In late 1981 while Sylvester Stallone is working on the film “Rocky III”, he initially is using Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as a temporary track in the film. When the band declines to let Stallone use the song in the film, he looks around for a replacement song. During this time, the actor hears Survivor’s single “Poor Man’s Son” from their second album “Premonition”. Liking what he hears, Stallone asks the band to come up with a new song with that feel. Peterik and Sullivan respond with the anthemic “Eye Of The Tiger”. Released as a single (the US single issued in a picture sleeve with the “Eye Of The Tiger” album cover artwork, and the UK single featuring a still image from the film with Stallone and Mr. T.) in May of 1982 in tandem with “Rocky III”, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #73  on June 5, 1982, it climbs to the top of hte chart seven weeks later. “Tiger” wins Survivor a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1983, and earns songwriters Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. “Eye Of The Tiger” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Here’s a couple of throwbacks from the 1970’s and 80’s that some of you may know.
On the left is ‘The Master Grimoire of Magickal Rites & Ceremonies’, by Nathan Elkana and Published in 1982 by Finbarr Books.
On the right is ‘The Mystic Grimoire of Mighty Spells and Rituals’, by Frater Malak. Published by Parker Books in 1976.
These were certainly products of their time so don’t let the cheesy covers distract you on how good these can be, even now people swear by them and are still widely used today with much success.
The Master Grimoire on the left was written by Nathan Elkana, a pen-name for a guy called Basil La Croix, aka Basil Crouch who was a high Priest from a traditional coven in the south of England from the 1940’s through to the 90’s. The books magic is for everyday use covering everything from health, love, money, astral travel, protection, talismans, dealing with enemies etc… the techniques used are ancient Cabalistc and Graeco-Egyptian which are amongst the most powerful. There were only two editions of this book published, the one above from 1982 and another in 96, both are quite rare.
The next book being The Mystic Grimoire on the right is another classic from the 70’s by a guy called Frater Malak who was the head of a coven in the US. The coven spent years testing thousands of rites and ceremonies, documenting their results and eventually putting the most powerful ones in this book. If you go online to the Studio Arcanis forum you will find many people still using this fascinating grimoire. Again like The Master Grimoire it covers everything from health, love, money, curses, etc… The book above is the only edition of this text published. If your interested in any of these two books then the best place to find them is on Amazon.com

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“Aenigma aka Damonia”
(Movie scenes)

(Segnò il ritorno all'horror di Lucio Fulci, che non dirigeva questo genere di film dal 1982, anno in cui diresse Manhattan Baby. Venne girato a basso costo, in Jugoslavia, con attori locali)

Data di uscita: 15 agosto 1988 (Italia)

Regista: Lucio Fulci

Musica composta da: Carlo Maria Cordio

Scritto da: Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo

Sceneggiatura: Lucio Fulci, Giorgio Mariuzzo

The film was released theatrically in its native Italy in 1988.

Image Entertainment released the film in America for the first time in 2001 on DVD as part of their “EuroShock Collection.”

In his book Horror and Science Fiction Film IV, Donald C Willis described the film as a “episodic horror-fantasy variation on Carrie by way of Patrick and The Medusa Touch” and that the “heavy-handed intro” makes the film get

Jared Martin … Dr. Robert Anderson
Lara Lamberti … Eva Gordon (as Lara Naszinski)
Ulli Reinthaler … Jenny Clark
Sophie d'Aulan … Kim
Jennifer Naud … Grace O'Neil
Riccardo Acerbi … Fred Vernon
Kathi Wise … Virginia Williams
Milijana Zirojevic … Kathy (as Mijlijana Zirojevic)
Dragan Bjelogrlić… Tom (as Dragan Ejelogrlic)
Ljiljana Blagojević … Ms. Jones (as Lijlijana Blagojevic)
Franciska Spahic … Joanne
Dusica Zegarac … Mary
Zorica Lesic … Miss. James
Zoran Lesic
Rade Colovic
Lucio Fulci … Police Inspector (uncredited)
Sabrina Siani … Student (uncredited)


On this day in music history: July 24, 1982 - “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also peaking at #22 on the Hot 100 on August 28, 1982. Written by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger, it is the debut release and biggest hit for the singer and actress from Houston, TX. The song is the centerpiece of the Tony Award winning musical “Dreamgirls”. The final song of the shows first act, it is widely regarded as its emotional highlight, stopping the show every night it is performed. When Holliday records the track for the cast album (in a single take), producer David Foster initially feels Holliday’s performance isn’t “pop” enough, and wants her to re-record her vocals. She stands firm against Foster and even label head David Geffen, refusing to sing it again. Following the huge buzz generated by her electrifying stage performances of the song, the single quickly becomes a breakout smash on R&B radio and makes a surprising crossover to top 40 pop radio. Holliday wins a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance as well as a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress In A Musical and a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the original Broadway production. The success of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” sends the “Dreamgirls - Original Broadway Cast Album” up the charts, peaking at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, number eleven on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.