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8 Big 80s Hits You Will Totally Hear When the ‘Retro Futura’ Tour Comes To Grand Rapids

Don’t miss this one, dudes and dudettes, another 80s nostalgia tour is on the road this Summer with a stop scheduled at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena. 

Photos clockwise from top right: Rick Diamond-Getty Images, RCA Records, Sire Records, Kristian Dowling-Getty Images, Backstreet Records, Columbia Records
Photos clockwise from top right: Rick Diamond-Getty Images, RCA Records, Sire Records, Kristian Dowling-Getty Images, Backstreet Records, Columbia Records

The Retro Futura Tour features a lineup of unforgettable 80s bands who had at least one giant hit in the era that spawned MTV:

  1. Howard Jones
  2. Men Without Hats
  3. Modern English
  4. Paul Young
  5. Katrina (ex Katrina and the Waves)
  6. The English Beat
  7. Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella

See them all at Van Andel Arena on August 1 and sing along with these big hits:

 


1

“No One Is To Blame”

 

 

The original version of this song came out in 1985 but it was the re-recorded, 1986 Phil Collins remix that became Ho-Jo’s biggest hit.

 

2

“Safety Dance”

 

 

“You can dance if you want to,” and audiences will to Men Without Hats’ signature song. They were not a one-hit wonder, however- “Pop Goes the World” charted at #20.

 

3

“I Melt With You”

 

 

This song never actually climbed higher than the mid-70s on the Billboard charts but I bet you remember it. Hum along with Modern English if you can’t remember all the words.

 

4

“Every Time You Go Away”

 

 

No, the next line is not “you take a piece of meat with you.” Daryl Hall wrote Paul Young’s biggest hit and you’re sure to hear Paul sing it at the Retro Futura show.

 

5

“Walking on Sunshine”

 

 

You couldn’t get away from Katrina and the Waves on the radio in 1985- this record was everywhere. Jack Black brought it back in High Fidelity.

 

6

“Mirror in the Bathroom”

 

 

Not as well known n the States, The English Beat had more success back home. American audiences are sure to remember this one and “Save it for Later” when they hear the songs.

 

7

“I Want Candy”

 

 

Truly and 80s one hit wonder, Bow Wow Wow singer Annabella will be begging for sweets from the stage.

 

8

“Things Can Only Get Better”

 

 

“Whoa whoa whoa-oh-oh whoa-whoa whoa-oh-oh”

I’m not ashamed to say I saw Howard Jones live in 1983, 1985 and 2016. He still puts on a great show.

 

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