The only “M” word that immediately popped into my head, was this 80’s tune that I just loved! A Million Miles away, by The Plimsouls, was featured in one of my favorite 80’s flicks, Valley Girl. (1983) It had Nicholas Cage before he was “known.” And I was just 12 years old.
Anyway, KROQ (Southern California radio station, known for alternative/new wave music) blasted them all the time. I think they were one of my first tape cassettes I bought, yeah, if you remember those. (Before CDs and the internet.) I immediately liked other songs of theirs. MTV provides a great biography, how Rodney Bingenheimer (KROQ DJ on late at night called “Rodney on the Roq”) was known for playing unknown bands and having them discovered. I believe he was the first to play the Plimsouls. In 2007, he got a Hollywood Star and is almost 70 years old. Rodney is still on between 12AM – 3AM
Actually, this video held up well over the years. It’s funny to watch and immediately see things from the 80’s – they are on a bus and there’s a Flash Dance movie poster on the marquee. The crazy hair dos at the party. It makes me miss that time, and I wish I had been a little older when all these bands were really coming on the scene, as I would have loved to have gone to their concerts. The Plimsouls were getting their start in the late 70’s, from Paramount, California. I believe they formed in 1978. By 1980, people already knew who they were. 1983, they were all over the radio.