We've selected a few TOTALLY RAD and TRUE facts that you might not have known about 1980's music for use at your next dinner party.

The cable network MTV (Music Television) went live on August 1, 1981. The first music video aired on the new channel was ironically "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

Eddie Van Halen and Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time. The album has sold over five million copies worldwide and spawned seven top 10 singles which ruled the charts from 1982 through 1984. Eddie Van Halen performed the guitar solo on Thriller's rock track "Beat It".

Karen Woodward from the '80s girl group Bananarama is the longtime girlfriend of the other guy from Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley. Wham! was also the first Pop Group to perform in China.

Before the hit television shows "Friends" and "Cougar Town" a young Courteney Cox hopped up on stage and mingled with "The Boss" himself in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" music video.

Paula Abdul choreographed ZZ Top's "Velcro Fly" music video and a very young Elijah Wood can be seen in Paula Abdul's music video for "Forever Your Girl".

Huey Lewis appears in Back to the Future as one of the school's talent show judges. He stands and stops the band Marty is playing in and says they are just "too darn loud".

Charity single "We are the World" was performed by USA for Africa, a collection of major stars including Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, and went on to sell four million copies.

Blank cassette tapes were very controversial when introduced because the Record Industry said they "took away" from record sales. If they thought that was bad...Napster, introduced in 1999 as a free peer sharing music download site, must have been a catastrophe.

Believe it or not compact discs (CDs) were first introduced in 1983. They started to catch on during the late '80s and early '90s due to quality. Of course, lovers of vinyl will argue that records sound deeper and richer than CDs. To each their own.