The ’80s will live again in September. The free headliners for this year’s Christ the King Oktoberfest were announced this morning and both harken back to an era when MTV was pop’s top policymaker.
Sept. 19 brings The Smithereens, the no-frills New Jersey rock troupe responsible for the late ‘80s radio hits Behind the Wall of Sleep, Only a Memory and A Girl Like You. The band still tours with three of its four original members – guitarist/vocalist Pat DiNizio, guitarist Jim Babjak and drummer Dennis Diken.
The Sept. 20 lineup will feature The Fixx, the post New Wave British band defined by a string of early ‘80s singles that included Saved By Zero, One Thing Leads to Another and Secret Separation. Amazingly, the quintet’s mainstay lineup – vocalist Cy Curnin, guitarist Jamie West-Oram, keyboardist Rupert Greenall, bassist Dan K. Brown and drummer Adam Woods is still intact.
The event will be held outdoors at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd. Showtimes and a full Oktoberfest schedule are forthcoming. For more info, go to http://www.ctkoktoberfest.com.