1985 (Totally Forever)

by Michael R. Jackson & Robert Maddock

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Featuring lyrics by Robert Maddock, 1985 (Totally Forever) is a nostalgic little trip in the wayback machine to a simpler time.

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1985 and I’m a twelve-year-old disaster.
Hungry Like the Wolf is playing on my ghetto blaster.
Ma says I’m addicted to the rubbish on the TV.
I wish I was famous, but I guess I’ll have to be me.

Hold on to your Pepsi can.
Everybody loves Duran Duran.
Give it up for Aquaman.
Totally Forever.

Bust a move and groove along.
Everybody’s playing Donkey Kong.
Punky Brewster’s going strong.
Totally Forever

1986 and all my thoughts are getting deeper.
Check out all the doodles I drew on my Trapper Keeper.
Ma says I’m as lazy as a maraschino cherry.
All I want for Christmas is a rhyming dictionary.

Cowabunga. Strike a pose.
Everybody’s wearing neon clothes.
Gag me with a garden hose.
Totally Forever.

Free the Goonies from their cares.
Everybody’s chewing Gummi Bears.
Pee-wee Herman’s in my prayers.
Totally Forever.

What is normal? What is proper?
I don’t really have a clue.
All I know is Cyndi Lauper
Champions my point of view.

Maybe if my hair was spiky
I’d be bad as Johnny Depp.
I’ve got Pop Rocks in my psyche.
Maybe you should watch your step.

1989 and I’m as fearsome as a Troll doll.
When I go to Mervyn’s I wish I could buy the whole mall.
Ma says I should go out on a date with Tammy Hobbins.
I say I’m too busy ‘cos I work at Baskin Robbins.

Hold on to your Pepsi can.
Everybody loves Duran Duran.
Give it up for Aquaman.
Totally Forever.

Bust a move and groove along.
Everybody’s playing Donkey Kong.
Punky Brewster’s going strong.
Totally Forever

Cowabunga. Strike a pose.
Everybody’s wearing neon clothes.
Gag me with a garden hose.
Totally Forever.

Free the Goonies from their cares.
Everybody’s chewing Gummi Bears.
Pee-wee Herman’s in my prayers.

Totally Forever.
Totally Forever.

To the 80’s—all the way,
MTV and Tammy Faye,

John Candy, Traci Lords,
Mystic Pizza, Ouija Boards,

Mrs. Pacman, Chevy Chase,
Freddy Krueger, Bag your face,

Huey Lewis and the News,
Roger Rabbit Underoos,

Silicone-injected boobs,
Thundercats and Rubik’s Cubes,

Judy Blume, The Cosby Show,
Beverly D’Angelo,

Sixteen Candles, Donahue,
Ronald Reagan, Stacey Q,

Cabbage Patch Kid overkill.
What’s your damage? Take a chill,

Billie Jean, Pat Benatar,
Barf me out! Who shot J.R.?

Ghostbusters, El Debarge,
Homer Simpson, also Marge,

Where’s the Beef & Who’s the Boss?
Andy Warhol—what a loss,

Careless Whisper, styling mousse,
Manic Monday, Beetlejuice,

Put me in your hall of fame:
Cory Feldman, Corey Haim,

Ferris Bueller, Sugar Smacks,
1980’s—to the max.

credits

released September 1, 2016
Lyrics by Robert Maddock
Music by Michael R. Jackson

Produced by Dan Weiner
Band Arrangements by Jason Sherbundy
Engineers: Keita Jo & Dan Cardillo

Piano: Jason Sherbundy
Sax: Alden Banta
Bass: Justin Goldner
Guitar: Greg Skaff
Drums: Dan Weiner

Lead Vocals: Eric William Morris, Seth Eliser, Daniel Everidge, Taylor Trensch
Background Vocals: Bekah Harris, Sam Tedaldi, Alyse Alan Louis
Rap: Michael R. Jackson

Album Art: Joe Iconis

Recorded at City College

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Michael R. Jackson New York, New York

Michael R. Jackson (aka The Living MJ). Musical theater composer. Lyricist. Book writer. Trash talker. Honesty is my brand. Check me out at www.youtube.com/michaelrj1981, www.thelivingmichaeljackson.com, and www.facebook.com/thelivingmichaeljackson

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