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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a group called the Plimsouls was wowing Los Angeles crowds. The band was formed by Peter Case, formerly of the Nerves, and played the "New Wave" music that was becoming the thing in the U.S. and U.K.

Although quite popular on the L.A. club scene, and signed to a major label, the Plimsouls -- a British term for sneakers, by the way -- couldn't quite break through on a national level. They released only two LPs and three singles during their heyday, two of the latter being "A Million Miles Away," this week's video.

The song appeared in the 1983 movie Valley Girl and became their biggest hit. So much so that it was released as a single twice, on two different labels. And even though it was a terrific song, it wasn't quite enough.

We hope you'll enjoy this stroll through the past as well as our always-amusing captions, and we hope you'll join us again next week for whatever the heck it is we do.

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1 -- The people of the 1980s liked easy-to-understand romantic dramas, cigarettes.

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2 -- Maybe now they'd meet Peter Case's twin brother, Justin.

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3 -- It seemed strange that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost would place ads on buses, but there you had it.

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4 -- Having heard Neil's opinion, Geddy asked the wall what it thought of Ayn Rand.

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5 -- "What's that, guitar? I do know 'Smoke On The Water!'"

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6 -- The Plimsouls often played for giant people with a grotesque disregard for normal humans.

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7 -- Banditos! Pancho Villa in his later years, seen here with a youthful Dave DiMartino.

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8 -- In the 1980s, people wore their hair to signal potential Martian invaders that Earth harbored no intelligent life.

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9 -- Sometimes, the caption before yours is too verbose, and you get bummed out.

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10 -- Plimsoul fans from the 2010s actually appeared in this 1983 video, via time travel!

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11 -- "The Home Depot you seek lies that way."

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12 -- "Over there... the one with the desperate men out front who know nothing of the gringo minimum wage."

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