This was the first Megadeth album and featured the title song and Rattlehead Rock. The band was founded by Dave Mustaine after he was thrown out of Metallica. While not my favorite, it ushered in a new era in thrash metal. The band continues to produce albums, and Mustaine has since cleaned up his act. (He's a husband, father, and born-again Christian.)
1985 fun facts –
*Cost of new home - $89,330 / UK - $40,169 pounds
*Cost of gas - $1.09
*First class stamp - .22 cents
*The first version of Windows 1.0 was released
*Compact Discs made their first appearance
*The wreck of the Titanic was located
Young Sherlock Holmes
Day of the Dead
Better Off Dead
Dokken – Under Lock and Key
Dio – Sacred Heart
Rush – Power Windows
Game released –
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego
It’s the year Bish Denham met her husband and they were married that same year in September.
Bish is an author and a storyteller. She grew up in the Virgin Islands and often features moments and images from that time. Bish is also the master of synonyms and overused words. She’s a sweetheart, devoted friend, and doesn’t look old enough to have grandchildren. She also has a great sense of humor! Bish blogs at Random Thoughts.
Carrie Butler is celebrating her third blog anniversary with a very special blogfest project:
I want to compile a free e-book for writers who are just starting on their road to publication, using advice from the most brilliant, up-and-coming voices in the industry: you guys!
See her site for details.
Destruction by Sharon Bayliss
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Not your ordinary reality show – Face Off is a special effects make-up artist competition.
It’s fun to watch the contestants design and build their creations using silicone and whatever they find in the studio. Each week they are given a prompt and must design an ‘outfit’ to be worn by a model. The focus is on concept as much as execution. It’s an excellent show for creative types.
Catch it on the SyFy Channel.
Fan of Megadeth? (And can you believe they’ve been around that long?) Following the talented Bish? Can you contribute to Carrie’s book? Have you watched Face Off? And what do you remember about 1985…?
Oh, there were some great movies that year!
Better Off Dead is still one of my most quoted.
Face Off looks like a fun show. And Bish, you definitely don't look old enough to have grandchildren. :) Carrie's blog project is such a great idea.
What a terrific idea for Carrie's book. Yet more proof how generous this writing community is. We just finished a Titanic unit in my 5th grade class. It amazes me how engaging the story is - both sinking and recovery - to kids.
I assume that Bish had her children in the Tardis, or some other time warp. Grandmother? Not possible any other way.
Not a huge Megadeath fan, but Better Off Dead is one of the most oft-quoted movies of my hub's and mine.
I love the variety from 1985...and I was in the middle of my college years right then and, as a result, don't remember much.
I love Megadeth, but didn't realise how long they'd been going. I was only 3 when this was released! Countdown to Extinction is probably my favourite.
I love this year. It reminds me of my childhood in New York.
I miss the price of gas.
Met Bish recently, it is also the year I got married Bish - another good year! Things were sure cheaper back then.
Not being a movie fan I don't recall many of those mentioned, 1985 was the year I was diagnosed as having epilepsy and also the year my youngest son was playing soccer in the first team so spent much of the week-ends watching him play,
Where have all the years gone?
Bish is a dear friend and a blog buddy. 1985 reminds me of my happy childhood.
Honestly, I never heard of Megadeth. However, I was really pleased to see Better off Dead on your movie list. I have been teased for admitting I really like that movie, filled with some classic lines. I would be pretty sure Face Off doesn't exist in NZ, too bad.
Megadeth is absolutely awesome! I have the cover illustration for "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?" as my desktop background. My favorite album from them is Rust In Peace - brilliant from start to finish with amazing musical talent on full display! I'm a Mustaine guy and I always wondered how career of Metallica would have turned out differently if Mustaine never left the band. Hell, better yet, what if it was still James, Lars, Dave, and Cliff after all these years? I imagine the musical output would have turned out quite differently - for the better in my opinion - but who really knows?
The big four of thrash metal are still worth listening to. Must admit that I play my old Slayer albums more often than Megadeath >:)
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I watched some of the episodes of Face Off first Season. It is a great show and the host has moved up since Passion (right name of the soap?). Sharon Bayliss was actually featured this morning on Clare Dugmore's blog. Congrats. Thrown out band mate starts another band? Awesome! Definitely want to find out more about Carrie's new book and movement. In 1985 I became a year old, so nothing.
1985: The fashion. Hope it doesn't come around again! And Fright Night is a classic :)
Oh,Cocoon. Sweet, sweet movie. And, hooray for Bish!
1985 was all work, work, work for me. I was living at the Lorne Hotel on the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria. My husband to be was the Head Chef and I was working the Restaurants, bar and office.
Lorne is a little beach side town of 900 people (at that time) and during holidays and over Christmas would swell to a population of over 2000.
As management of a very large hotel chain, we had free access to accommodation at sister hotels and free entry to the live bands and food.
Living in the Hotel, I had maid service and spent a lot of time socializing.
It was a busy, but very enjoyable year.
In 1985 my 3rd child was born. I was a busy, busy mother...Good Year!
Not quite as strong a year for movies as some others - I say that despite watching Real Genius more times than any human should.
And I love Face Off. Never miss an episode. Although it comes on on Tuesdays around these parts.
Andrew, I want my two dollars...
Ilima, I don't think she looks old enough either!
Elephant, I'll buy that answer.
Lynda, I was in college at the time as well.
Heather, you rock!
Rhonda, that film is a classic.
Charlie, they probably would've maintained their edge much longer.
Marcy, the fashion can stay gone forever.
Carolyn, bonus for you!
Bish is great!
I'd forgotten the movie Coccoon - such a fun movie :)
And I was sure you were going to use Metallica for your M band! Shows what I know--and I'm surprised Metallica has been around that long too. :)
I love that cover image on Destruction. Makes want to write a story--or, as in this case, read one!
I love Megadeth! I went to see them in concert in Fort Wayne. It was a small venue and was very up close and personal. It was one of the best concerts I've been to. I nearly got busted smoking pot out in the parking lot and almost didn't make it to the show.
Ah yes, the good ol' days!
Thrown out of Metallica? You make it sound like he had nothing to do with that. :)
I prefer the style of Metallica to Megadeth but they have a few songs that I like.
It's a shame but I don't recall a lot of high school. I really hated those years. I was just so glad to get out.
Face Off looks really cool. If I could shorten those shows so I could watch them create, without all the human drama interaction, I would enjoy them more.
Letter M, Alex! Woo HOO!
What? Reality tv on your blog, say it isn't so? lol
The year I was born, don't recall anything about that time. Some great movies released indeed.
face off is pretty cool....we watched some last season....megadeth got better as it went along...symphony of destruction was def a fav....dokken though, i used to have every album....
I remember seeing "Cocoon" in the theaters. I bet I'd have a whole different perspective on the subject matter now than I had when I was a kid.
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Think I saw Cocoon and Fright Night. Definitely following Bish. So many good reality shows. The latest one I'm stuck on is Ink Master.
Wow, 1985 was an interesting year. CDs came out and now I have a stack of cassettes just collecting dust.
I remember seeing Cocoon in the theatres and watching the news about Titanic. 1985 was a fun year-had a great 3 day camp party in my yard(grew up in the country) and moved out that year-lots of fun. Amazing how cheap the stamps were
oh yes and I love Face off!
I remember the first Windows, I hated it. I had been using DOS for many years and was disgusted with the idea of all the pictures showing what to do. Drawers opening for files and so on. I am so glad they eventually changed all that. I just remembered I didn't start using Windows for quite a few years after that. I was living in NC by then.
Only movie I saw was Cocoon, which I loved.
I love Megadeth! And, I love Dave Mustaine. He was great to see on That Metal Show a while back. He's still got it! Hang on, I need to crank some heavy metal right about now….done. "Trust" is playing as I type.
Also, I love Ronnie James Dio. I cried when he died. It was so sad.
1985 was the year I met my first hubby. We were high school sweet hearts. =)
I wonder if you'll highlight Randy Rhodes???? *hint hint*
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I met my husband Jim in 1985, and we had our first date on July 4th watching the Mets play baseball and the Grucci fireworks display. I fell in love that day.
I could have sworn Back to the Future came out in 85--was it 86? I need to check that.
FACE OFF LOOKS GREAT! must see it! I had no idea! thanks! jean!
Rusty, I think it airs both days.
Dan, saw them way back when, and it was a great show.
Heather, they could skip the drama.
Pat, you're a young pup!
Brian, Lynch was an amazing guitarist.
Elsie, I don't think the years lined up for that. And I caught that episode of That Metal Show!
Jean, it did come out that year.
I am always looking for music. Back in the eighties, I had a little munchkin under my feet and new tunes was the furthest from my thoughts.
Congrats to Carrie on her three years of blogging and e-book.
Congrats to Sharon for the release of Destruction.
I know, follow, and really like Bish. She's a lot of fun.
1985 doesn't stand out to me as anything spectacular.
Love EC's comment about Bish having children in the Tardis! My thoughts exactly. :)
1985 - I remember watching MTV with my kids and being impressed by the creative videos coming out, instead of a grainy film of a band onstage.
"85 was a great year for me! I modeled in Europe that year mostly in Milan, Barcelona, and Paris... AMAZING time in my life!
Bish is a sweetie!
What a great idea Carrie has! That would be awesome to have such a collection at every author's fingertips.. Since I'm not published officially yet, I don't really have anything to pass on!
Face off looks VERY Cool! I've only seen the adds for it. I have to catch an episode at some point!
She's in Springfield. The Simpsons Springfield. Does that help?
1985 - an awesome time to be alive and young!!
Young Sherlock Holmes! Real Genius!
mega music and movies!
i love that decade.
happy m day!
I love Carrie's idea for a blogaversry!
Loved Fright night & Better Off Dead.
"Where's my two dollars?"
It's refreshing to hear that Mustaine did clean up his act. So many of those rockers don't, a lot of times ending up in dire situations. He sounds like someone those others should emulate!
Loved Better Off Dead and still love John Cusack.
Face off looks very cool! Have a great day and thanks for visiting! Always appreciated!
My friends in high school were big Megadeath fans. Seriously awesome movies released that year. Face off is probably Nicholas Cage's best movie. Better of Dead and Real Genius are both on top of my list, too. Day of the Dead is a good one, too. Dawn of the Dead is the first horror movie I ever watched.
Wow! Sharon's cover is amazing.
I had my first birthday party in 1985, a surprise birthday party, and I still remember the cake topper was my favorite toy for YEARS, until my brothers buried it in the back yard. Ah, brothers.
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Face Off is a remarkable show. The talent amazes me. I remember in 1985 walking into a music store at the mall and picking up a CD and saying, "What in the world?" Ha! I'm sure I was wearing neon clothing and sported feathered hair;-)
River, music videos used to be miniature movies.
Michael, that was an adventurous year for you!
Randi Lee, often they end up dead...
Shell, Face Off was a great film.
Crystal, that was mean of them!
I've not been a fan of trash metal but I do recognize the name of this group, Megadeth.
I follow Bish and agree she is a wonderful blogger, person and author.
I've got to check out Carrie's site b/c I would like to contribute to her project.
And many congrats to Sharon for her latest release!
I've got that Megadeth album, and a lot of others. "peace sells" is probably my favorite album from them.
Thrash metal is one of the few kinds of music that I've just never gotten into.
How bad did he have to be to be thrown out of Metallica? Ouch!
I always loved to watch YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES and FRIGHT NIGHT.
I was born in 1985, so that makes it pretty special for me. Though it's hardly surprising that I don't actually remember anything about it.
I love Fright Night and Real Genius, and Day of the Dead is one of my husbands favorite movies.
Again, musically we diverge...but it's cool that they are still producing music.
Loved Cocoon...and how far from reality is it?
1985: met my future wife right around then, though I was still a year away from finding out how special she was/is. I still wonder how I got so lucky!
Would love to help out with Carrie's project.
I was too young to care much about Megadeth. Not really my style of music now either. ^^
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I remember nothing on 1985 because I wasn't born yet. However, if regression therapy is true, in 1985 I was a middle-aged man living in Lebanon.
The fall of 1985 I began my senior year of high school. That year was HUGE for me. I really had a schedule of classes I enjoyed. I was in Concert Choir and Swing Choir (the select singing group at my school), Acting Ensemble (another thing you had to audition for to be part of), and I decided not to take Physics. No science for me that year. Whee! I did take an enriched math class to make up for it.
In the fall of 1985 our school put on a production of the musical L'il Abner and I played Mammy Yokum. That remains one on my fondest memories. Period. Good times.
I'll have to hop over and check out Carrie's site. I saw advertisements for Face Off. I bet it's going to be really interesting!
I'm just going to say it ... Better Off Dead is my favorite comedy. Let's just say I can heavily relate to it. :)
Had my first METAL Music stage... at this time, now I am listening to the score from Young Shelock Holmes. Is that said or what?
I was out for a virtual walk today, so I thought let's visit the great A to Z team!
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Hi Alex .. not a lot - masses of squash matches, fun social life .. and being in South Africa - little tv or radio - Afrikaans oriented .. not really fun?!
I don't remember much about 1985 (I was three), but the year reminds me of the song 1985 by Bowling For Soup.
That's great about Carrie's compilation, and I'm going to go check out Bish's blog.
With those 1980s facts, you are my people. Am now giggling in my head over Better Off Dead..."Two dollars!" To your 1985 music list, I'll add the two albums Low-Life (New Order) and Meat is Murder (The Smiths). :)
"Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" I loved that game, but I could never win it! lol I feel like playing it now. ;)
Better Off Dead! One of my top-three, all-time favorite movies. :)
"Two dollars, I want my two dollars!" - favorite quote from Better Off Dead (mainly because my husband and I crack up every time we hear someone say $2 - it's our oddball humor)
Face-off sounds cool, and Way to Go to Sharon, Carrie, and Bish!
1985 . . I think I sang my first solo at a school recital that year.
Yay for Carrie. Yay for Bish. And I wish that .22 stamp were still good.
Has it been that long for Megadeth?
I must have been super busy in 1985. I only saw one movie-Cocoon.
I was a huge fan of Megadeth when I was younger. I still really love the old Metallica songs with Dave on guitars.
It must have been a busy year, 1985, and I saw none of those movies. The eighties were a blur for me - work, kids, and career.
Good luck to Carrie with that project!
Definitely a fan of Bish. Loved the movie Cocoon. In 1985 I left NYC to move to Portland Oregon. Seems like another lifetime ago.
Thanks for the shout out! 1985 will always be special to me because of Back to The Future. :)
Carrie's project sounds awesome!
Bish has that adorable story about the delightful spider that's been all over BlogLand.
I don't think I've ever seen you talk about a reality show on your blog... are you expanding your content to include reality TV? That would get you a whole new batch of viewers/followers... maybe another 2 000 or so...?
Excellent shout out for Bish. Yes, I'm linked into her blog and she's one lovely lady. My honour to know her.
I watched the hockey movie Face Off.
1985 and I'd been married for one year.
Nice one, Alex.
Roland, he had a really bad drinking problem.
LG, you were born in a good year.
Dean, I'm not sure how any of us got that lucky.
Avantika, that's funny.
Robin, you were a go-getter.
Jeremy, we are glad you are able to visit! And not sad at all.
Lee, it would be if it was a Forever Stamp.
Karen, I think it was...
Sharon, you're welcome!
Michelle, I actually watch several reality shows. I should talk more about them.
Really would like to go back to the cost of gas then! Thanks for sharing.
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Oh Alex! You sweetheart you! I'm just all a-flutter. Thanks!
Not a fan of Megadeth and I don't watch Faceoff. 1985 was when my oldest son was born so it was a pretty terrific year for me. He was a perfect, beautiful baby who strangers stopped to meet. Now at 28, he's still wonderful.
Bish Denham is wonderful. Going to her site is like visiting the Virgin Islands. Right now she is posting about "Anansi".
1985? What a busy year for us. We moved to Ireland, owned and operated a hotel. So very busy, to uproot and sell everything. Memories.
My parents took me to see Cocoon in the theatre, which I've long questioned the judgment of. I was only five, and it scared the daylights out of me when that woman stepped out of her skin and revealed herself as an alien. It scared me just as much at twelve, when I was watching TV with the teenage babysitter at my father's boss's holiday party. The boss's two young kids were asleep, and the adults were out at a restaurant, so we went downstairs to watch TV. She just had to flip onto that movie, and thought it was really neat.
I'd almost forgotten Megadeath. Thanks for bringing back the memories... *shudders*
Ahh, 1985...the year I broke free of high school. And now I have a daughter breaking free of it next month---how did that happen?!?
I've seen Face Off before. If it's the show I think it is, I believe we enjoyed it. Minus the personality drama stuff. That bores me.
Face off is one of my favorite shows!!
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I thought I was already following Bish, but I wasn't. I am now.
I'm starting to become confused, it must be all the A-Zing!
You must have mini-Alex helping because I don't know how you get around so much.
1985 was the worst year of my life, but thankfully I had Christ to see me through it.
I'm calling on you early tomorrow since you won't behave yourself!!
I've seen Face Off. It is pretty fascinating, and sometimes highly disturbing.
Bish is a sweet lady. I'm glad to have met her in blogland fairly recently.
Be well, Alex. You're rocking this challenge and you're halfway there. (I hope that's more encouraging than discouraging.)
I was three, lol. Cocoon is a great movie though.
I have been watching that Jim Henson show. I will have to catch Face Off.
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Bish is wonderful, and Carrie's project sounds great!
Hey Bish! Not only a good storyteller, but she still looks like a kid. 1985...I graduated from college and married husband #1.
Where in the World is Carmen San Diego! That was a good one!!!
Oh, cool. I didn't know that about Mustaine from Megadeth. And the price of gas? Seriously, a $1.09? My, how times have changed.
Bish, you are welcome!
Susan, owned a hotel? Wow.
Carrie-Anne, I imagine that's unnerving at that age.
Nicki, scary isn't it?
Fanny, behave - me?
Robyn, it's encouraging!
Brandon, I'll be talking about that one on Thursday.
1985 was a good year -- I sold my house and possessions and went to France, intending to stay two months. Ended up living there for two years. That's where I wrote my first two novels (the unpublished ones). :D
50 years ago body art was a whole different ball game. The greasepaint had a tendency to crack which had to be touched up between shoots.
Thank you so much for mentioning the project, Alex! I'm really excited about it.
And just a general note for anyone who happens to see this: You don't have to be published yet, and you don't have to have a blog to participate. :)
Anyhoo, I'm really looking forward to seeing Face Off. Sounds like a good binge-watching show for the future!
For some reason, I find many band names amusing, like Village People, Alphaville, Scissor Sisters, Hoobastank, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and...Megadeth. lol
I loved "Real Genius"!
Congrats to Sharon!
I like "Face/Off" competition show, too.
Megadeth, awesome. I can't believe the band is older than I am.
I like Megadeth, brute force!
I will never be a fan of Megadeth until Dave Mustaine gets someone to sing. I won't tell you what I really think of his singing because quite frankly I like commenting on this blog.
I was two years removed from high school and sadly, that was the year I was diagnosed as a diabetic.
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I'm a big fan of Bish's blog! And I love Face Off. Great show.
Love Bish and Megadeath...well, not so much :)
I love, love, love Face Off..it's my favorite reality show. I love everything about it. The make-up, the art, the creativity involved. I never miss a show!
Better Off Dead is a classic. I watched it so many times I know most of the lines by heart.
I love, love, love Face Off..it's my favorite reality show. I love everything about it. The make-up, the art, the creativity involved. I never miss a show!
Better Off Dead is a classic. I watched it so many times I know most of the lines by heart.
1985 was a great year. I was in 6th grade, and I remember roller skating to Dokken. Ha!
This post was rockin' like Dokken!
I've still never seen Young Sherlcok Holmes, believe it or not.
I remember all those movies but especially loved Real Genius and Better Off Dead ("where's my two dollars!")
In 1985 I swam masters under the training of Olympic great, Jim Montgomery in Dallas, TX in the SMU pool. I remember those days fondly. I worked hard and could eat anything I wanted in massive quantities and still keep my weight down...sigh.
No way Bish has grandbabies... really? What's your beauty secret, Mizz Thang? :)
Wow, Those costs in 1985 made my head spin.
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Lots of great stuff today, Alex. Thanks. I'm stoked for Carrie. That's so like her to help others. Have a wonderful and safe Easter.
Oh, I need to see that show!!!! I love reality-competition shows, hence my cooking competition obsession...
Bish is great! Didn't know she was a grandma for pete's sake! Good grief, she's not old enough for that!
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Always been a big Dave Mustaine fan. Glad he cleaned up his act and will be singing with the angels some day.
Heaven will be a funny place. We'll be surprised by who is there and who is not there.
And Better Off Dead is one of my favorite low budget teen movies of all time. Classic!
Oh yeah love the movie Better off Dead. 1985 was a great year!
YaY Bish. Woohoo! What a great woman she is.
And no, I cannot believe Megadeth has been around that long. Sheesh. It hurts to get older. You lose track of time.
Carrie, you're welcome!
JE, I'd laugh, but now I feel really old...
Jaybird, we never miss it either.
Claire, I remember those days...
Tina, she's not!
I sometimes miss the old Dave. he was so hilarious and brutal on interviews. But I'm crazy like that. I am glad he's cleaned up though.
Love, love Bish!
I love Better Off Dead! And I love that you featured Bish's marriage for this special year!!
Great movies in 1985. My youngest turned one. Good grief. I can't believe how time flies...
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