Max Headroom is Nashville’s top party band—a five-piece blast-off back to the go-go ‘80s of when pop titans Madonna, Prince, Joan Jett, the B-52s, Billy Idol, Bryan Adams and Rick Springfield walked the Earth, ruled the charts and made music video the hottest thing on TV.
Named after the iconic “taking head” from MTV, Max Headroom provides hours of memorable music and high-energy fun from a hit list runs the gamut of colorful ‘80s awesomeness. The era was fertile ground for a wide variety of music, much of which has endured and even increased in popularity on classic rock radio, at fraternity parties, on movie soundtracks and in TV commercials. From the band’s beginnings in 2002, its mission was to tap into that rich vein of highly recognizable, time-honored, true-tested ‘80s hits that almost everyone knows. You’re not going to hear any mopey, singer-songwriter shoe-gazing, soul-bearing confessional noodling at a Max Headroom show. This is a band that comes out firing with ‘80s songs you remember, invites the audience to jump into the fun and keeps the pedal down to the end.
With a repertoire of so many songs it’s impossible get to them all on any given night, Max Headroom covers a wide swath of the anything-goes ‘80s, which brought about the marriage of “audio” and “video” in a way that had never been done before. MTV delivered a rainbow of wild, wacky, wonderful images and a waterfall of exciting new sounds into everyone’s living room. Movies like “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “16 Candles,” “Saint Elmo’s Fire,” “Flashdance,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Eddie and Cruisers,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Footloose” married great ‘80s soundtrack songs to images and have become durable movie classics on cable TV. It was a magical decade, a cultural flashpoint—a big blender that stirred up a cocktail that still says “good times!”