Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
Volume II of 1985:
August 31, 1985 & September 7, 1985
Own a piece of television
This DVD contains one complete episode of
American Bandstand from August 31, 1985, and a partial episode from
September 7, 1985.
This DVD was originally distributed at a
The back of the DVD case reads:
American Bandstand, the most
popular rock-n-roll dance show of all time, introduced us to many
of the hottest dance moves over the years and became a part of
American television history.
This long-running dance show was hosted by
“America’s oldest teenager,” Dick Clark.
Now you have the opportunity to relive
some of those memories from the series’ final decade on the
This DVD includes one complete episode from
August 31, 1985, featuring guest artist John Parr performing the
theme song to the popular movie
St. Elmo’s Fire.
As a bonus, segments from a September
7, 1985 episode are also included on the disc.
The group “X’ performed their song
“Burning House of Love.”
So put on your Izod shirt and sweater vest and
be prepared to take a nostalgic 1980’s look at one of
television’s most memorable programs.
Although digitally enhanced, minor quality
imperfections are present due to age.
Now for a more detailed description
… The DVD started out with a menu allowing you to choose
between the August 31, 1985 episode and the September 7, 1985
The first (complete) Bandstand episode began
with Mr. Clark previewing the show; the musical guest was John
Parr, the music video (Video Showcase) featured Bryan Adams and his
song “Summer of ’69.” and the audience got their
final look at the dance contest.
The songs played and danced
to during the show included:
“Freeway of Love”
“You’re Only Human”
As with every episode, Dick
Clark sat with the audience and introduced the performer.
John Parr sang his hit, “Theme from St.
Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion),” and after Dick Clark
interviewed Parr and the band, he sang “Somebody Stole My
Dick Clark advertised new Big Bar
Butterfinger and Baby Ruth candy bars.
Although filmed beforehand, the commercial was
made to appear live.
Dick Clark encouraged viewers
to make their 50 cent phone calls to vote during the dance contest.
This was the final chance to view the dancers
and phone in your vote.
The prizes to be given to dance contest winners
Gasoline Jean, Tops, and
Aerodancer Shoes by
Pyle Driver Speakers (How
could you not remember these?)
Akai Stereo System (Third
AT&T 6300 Personal
Computer 16 Bit Desktop System (Second Place Couple)
1985 Colt GTS Turbo Imported
by Dodge and Plymouth, built by Mitsubishi (First Place
The six couples then performed some
very talented dancing to renditions of memorable 1980’s songs
like ABC’s “Be Near Me,” Prince’s
“Baby I’m a Star,”
and Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking
Because this was the last time the couples
would perform, Dick Clark interviewed each guy and girl in their
flashy 80’s outfits before they danced to a full two minutes
(in previous episodes they only had 45 seconds).
Three couples were shown during the first half
hour, and the last three were shown during the last half hour.
The Rate-A-Record songs
“Livin’ For Your
“Lock it Up”
The prizes given to the guy
and girl for Rate-A-Record participation included:
Wind Song Perfume
Hairdryer with Conair
Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Spray with TSA
Hang Ten Sportswear
At the end of the episode, before the
credits, Dick Clark thanked John Parr and Bryan Adams (for his
music video), previewed what was to come next week, encouraged the
viewers to vote for the contest again, and he gave his well-known
farewell hand salute (until next week).
As for the partial episode from
September 7, 1985, about 20 minutes are shown.
The spotlight dance was to the Pointer
Sister’s “Dare Me.”
Note that the previous episode on this DVD did
not have a spotlight dance because of the dance contest.
Dick Clark sat with the audience, talked to
them, and then introduced the band “X.”
They performed “Burning House of
Love” and were then interviewed.
After that, two songs were danced to;
“Shame” by Martha Davis and the Motels, and Michael
McDonald’s “No Lookin’ Back.”
The ending credits remained intact as well.
Don’t let this rare gem get
After watching this DVD, you will wish it was
1985 all over again, well, except for maybe some of the fashions.
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