Friday, June 29, 2012

THE BAN ON GRUNTING IN WOMEN'S TENNIS (and an old Doxidan ad)

Did the news that there will be a ban on grunting in women's tennis remind anyone (besides me) of this Doxidan commercial from the 80s? Also, does anyone else notice that the woman playing tennis is different than the woman speaking? The woman playing is about thirty years younger!

THE MO-DETTES - WHITE MICE



I thought I would post this video of the punk girl band the Mo-Dettes to announce that 1) I am planing a 80s playlist like the recent "Campy 70s" playlist. I intend to make it fun, even though I notice when it comes to the two decades in the world retro blogs, some of the 80s folks don't have a sense of humor about the decade.

These people don' wallow in the badness like the 70s crowd does. They tend to either think the 80s were the greatest decade ever and not to be made fun of or they are embarrassed by the fun and frivolous things. These bloggers will tell you that their favorite song is "God Bless the U.S.A" by Lee Greenwood, their favorite movie is Red Dawn and since junior high they wanted to be either a stock broker or a computer analyst. Trust me, I'm from the 80s and I wasn't like that, although most of the people I graduated high school with were. In the words of Holden Caulfield, these people are "phonies" or, as I used to say on the old blog, they are "weenie bloggers."

The 70s oriented retro bloggers can't make up their mind if their favorite movie is Clockwork Orange, Star Wars, Blazing Saddles or Behind the Green Door. They like the Eagles, the Bee Gees and Led Zeppelin, but also "The Night Chicago Died" or "Kung-Fu Fighting." In college, the 70s bloggers were still try to decide between being a science fiction author or an adult film star.

Some 80s fans may whine and complain about what I choose. Oh well. My opinions are why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks. Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

2) I have removed some of the other You Tube videos from the blog because they were either removed from You Tube or You Tube is blocking them. Honestly, I'm not that concerned about them at the moment, because most were posted during the Countdown to Halloween or Countdown to Christmas. In other words, they were posted by me just so I could have something to post. No big loss. So watch the Mo-Dettes while you can.   

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DESDINOVA'S CAMPY 70s HIT PLAYLIST


Yes, once again I'm going to swipe and idea from KYTV newsman Ethan Forhetz. His E-List from last week was about 70s One Hit Wonders.  I kind of wanted to make my own list, however, as I've mentioned before, the term "one-hit wonder" can be open to interpretation. Also I thought about those songs that give you that "only in the 70s" feel, but either were not big hits or were hits from artist who had several hits. Before there is an outcry from fans or haters, let me say some of this is a mix of 'so bad it's good" and things that are great songs, but their style and content scream 70s. As usual, I went overboard on listing songs. I hope that this list could be used as the perfect soundtrack for a 70s party.

"I Am Pegasus" Ross Ryan (I list this obscure 70s hit first because of its opening line has to be one of the goofiest lines of the 70s "I am Pegasus, my name means horse.")
"Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas
"Afternoon Delight" Starland Vocal Band
"Cover of the Rolling Stone" Dr. Hook
"Seasons In The Sun" Terry Jacks
"Heartbeat-It's a Love Beat" The DeFranco Family
"Chevy Van" Sammy Johns
"I Think I Love You" The Partridge Family
"Ride Captain Ride" The Blues Image (The 70s had several "nautical" related songs.)
"Torn Between Two Lovers" Mary MacGregor
"Nice To Be With You" Gallery
"Dancing In the Moonlight" King Harvest
"Fernando" ABBA
"Fly Robin Fly" The Silver Connection
"How Do You Do" Mouth & MacNeal (You got to see this clip of them sing this on a TV show.)
"I Am I Said" Neil Diamond (Runs second to "I Am Pegasus" for the goofy line "And no one heard at all
Not even the chair.")
"Undercover Angel" Alan O Day
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree" Tony Orlando & Dawn
"Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" The Looking Glass (Another nautical/sailor song)
"Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" Middle of the Road (A goofy song is always better when sung by a sexy blonde in hot pants.)
"Little Willy" The Sweet (The bad that should be considered the fathers of hair metal.)
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Elton John & Kiki Dee
"The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" Vicki Lawrence (I love how toward the end of the song she starts singing like Mama Harper.)
"Joy To The World" Three Dog Night
 "Rock The Boat" The Hues Corporation
"Night Chicago Died" Paper Lace (Best historically inaccurate song of all-time.)
"I'd Love To Teach The World To Sing" The New Seekers (Best commercial jingle of the 70s-all-time maybe.))
"That Same Old Feeling" Pickettywitch (This received heavy air-play on Top 40, but didn't make the Top 40.)
"Baby I'm-A Want You" Bread
"Top of the World" The Carpenters
"Garden Party" Rick Nelson
"Spanish Stroll" Mink DeVille (This was considered "punk" in the pre-Sex Pistols era. Not sure what it is, but it is a pretty good song.)
"Billy, Don't Be a Hero" Bo Donaldson and the Haywoods
"Rhinestone Cowboy" Glenn Campbell
"Hooked On a Feeling" The Blue Swede (Oooga-chaka-ooga-chaka!)
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Edison Lighthouse
"Montego Bay" Bobby Bloom
"Midnight Train To Georgia" Gladys Night & The Pips (If you knew the truth everyone sings along with the Pips on the "Woo-woo" part when this song comes on the radio.)
"Ooh Child" The Five Stairsteps
"Sweet City Woman" The Stampeders (One of the few songs with a banjo I can stand.)
"Down By The Lazy River" The Osmonds
"Macho Man" The Village People
"Love Train" The O'Jays
"Moonlight Feels Right" Starbuck (I like this because the lead singer sound kind of sleazy.)
"Arizona" Mark Lindsay
"Sweet Mary" The Wadsworth Mansion
"Loving You" Minnie Ripperton
"Saturday In The Park" Chicago
"Why Can't We Be Friends" War
"Float On" The Floaters (This one feature an unintentional goofy line, "Cancer and my name is Larry.")
"Muskrat Love" The Captain & Tennille
"Brother Louie" The Stories
"Sugar Baby Love" The Rubiettes
"Disco Lady" Johnny Taylor (A big "disco" hit that isn't real disco)
"Smoke From A Distant Fire' Sandford-Townsend Band (One of the greatest one hit wonders of all-time!)
"Come & Get Your Love" Redbone
"Band of Gold" Freda Payne
"Brand New Key" Melaine
"The Rubberband Man" The Spinners
"Easy The Commodores
"It Never Rains In Southern California" Albert Hammond
"Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" Lobo
"Spirit In The Sky" Norman Greenbaum (Fuzztone guitar and Christianity make of good mix.)
"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" Cher
"Coconut" Harry Nilsson
"Living Next Door To Alice" Smokie
"Do You Think I'm Sexy?" Rod Stewart (Probably the song by Rod Stewart most people hate-I like it.)
"ABC" The Jackson 5
"Rock Me Gently" Andy Kim (This is one of those songs that was made for Top 40. It still sounds great.)
"Rings" Cymarron
"I Can See Clearly Now" Johnny Nash
"Last Time I Saw Him" Diana Ross
"Bungle In The Jungle" Jethro Tull (Most Jethro Tull songs were deep, dark and philosophical. This is 70s sexy talk.)
"Wigwam" Bob Dylan (In 1965, Dylan went electric. In 1970, Dylan went Trololo on this song.)
"I Am Woman" Helen Reddy
"Squeeze Box" The Who (Only in the 70s and only the Who could pull off a song built around a double entendre about a woman playing an accordion.)
"American Pie" Don McLean (The Greatest Number One hit of the 70s! It sort of sums up the strangeness of the decade.)

I may create a list based on certain genres of 70s music (disco and heavy metal).
 



Saturday, June 16, 2012

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

WARD CLEAVER
CLIFF HUXTABLE
MIKE BRADY
HOWARD CUNNINGHAM
STEVE DOUGLAS
STEVE KEATON
OZZIE NELSON
OZZY OSBOURNE

GOMEZ ADDAMS

HERMAN MUNSTER
BEN CARTWRIGHT


BEN CARTWRIGHT'S MARIONETTE TWIN, JEFF TRACY

DR. JOHN ROBINSON
DR. JASON SEAVER
ROB PETRIE, PLAYED BY AN ACTOR BORN IN MISSOURI
DAN CONNER, ALSO PLAYED BY AN ACTOR FROM MISSOURI

TOM BRADFORD, THE FIRST TV TEEN TO PLAY A TV DAD

TIM TAYLOR
AL BUNDY
HOMER SIMPSON

PETER GRIFFIN


Thursday, June 14, 2012

TWINS: BUBBA WATSON & BALKI'S COUSIN LARRY

I notice this every time I see a golf game on TV on Sunday afternoon. Is it just me or does golf champ Bubba Watson and Perfect Strangers star Mark Linn-Baker look alike?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I AM NOT ASHAMED PART 3


More songs that "I AM NOT ASHAMED" to like (What most people call musical guilty pleasures).

"Lake Shore Drive" Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah (Country psychedelia with a ragtime piano? You knew a radio station was cool if they played this. KSHE & KFBD are two of those radio stations.)
"I Eat Cannibals" Total Coelo (British girl group with a sexually suggestive song and tacky 80s video)
"Living On A Prayer" Bon Jovi
"Don't You Want Me" Human League
"Mary's Prayer" Meet Danny Wilson
"I Fell In Love" Carlene Carter (Besides being a great song, Carlene Carter looks like Jennifer Sims, the first girl I ever kissed. She is on Mad Men some times.)
"Boy On the Roof" The Outnumbered (A Paisley Underground group singing about life as a gay teen - great fuzztone guitar fiff. I first heard this on KSMU in Springfield.)
"That Same Old Feeling" Pickettywitch
"I Know a Heartache When I See One" Jennifer Warnes (I heard this on KGBX-AM coming from an emergency doctor's visit to Springfield. The sun was setting in the fall. So I always think a sunset when I hear this sexy song from that nerdy, little, blond girl from the Smothers Brothers show.)
"Tight Fittin Jeans" Conway Twitty (Memories of the 80s and those designer jeans.)
"Raise A Little Hell" Trooper (A great lost heavy metal anthem)
"Like To Get To Know You" Spanky & Our Gang (Sunshine pop/psychedelia/lounge music)
"Chemistry" Semisonic (A power pop/Beach Boys-influenced minor hit that is 10 times better than there big hit "Closing Time")
"Glamorous Life" Shelia E (I had a crush on Shelia E when this was a hit. She was Prince's main squeeze at the time.)
"Rico Suave" Gerardo
"No Rain" Blind Melon (I wonder what the bee girl is doing today?)
"Hair" The Cowsills (How did the Cowsills get to record the coolest Broadway show tune ever?)
"The Warrior" Scandal
"Working On a Groovy Thing" The 5th Dimension
"Euro-Trash Girl" Cracker (Kerouacian song that beats, no pun intended, their big hit "Low")
"Jingle Jangle" The Archies (Is that Betty or Veronica singing with Archie on this? Saturday morning cartoon memories.)
"Solfeggio (Song of the Nairobi Trio)" - Robert Maxwell Orchestra (Ernie Kovacs & Sammy B. Goode fans know this song.)
"Stumblin In" Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman (Not only is this a great song, but it proves I still have a crush on Leather Tuscadaro.)
"Tragedy" The Bee Gees
"Lightening Strikes" Lou Christie
"Walking On Sunshine" Katrina & the Waves (Memories of drivers ed with Eunice Moneymaker-the summer of 1985)
"Tomorrow Never Knows" The Beatles (The beginning of the psychedelic music revolution)
"Close To You" Maxi Priest
"I'd To Teach The World To Sing" The New Seekers (The best soda pop jingle ever - Anybody that hates this song is stupid!)
"Artificial Flowers" Bobby Darin (Bobby Darin had a knack for making morbid subjects into great toe-tapping hits. Dickie Goodman used this in one of his parodies of The Untouchables.)
"La-La-La-La-La" The Blendells (A Hispanic garage band singing a Stevie Wonder song-that is just cool all over.)
"It's a Heartache" Bonnie Tyler (She looked like Eunice Moneymaker but sounded like Rod Stewart's sister-one of my favorite teachers, Mr. Thieman, used to play this for girls in our class experiencing relationship drama.)
"Tighter" Paul Revere & the Raiders (A psychedelic/sunshine pop love song that isn't heard enough)
"Makin It" David Naughton (The only big hit for the star of Dr. Pepper commercials and American Werewolf in London. This song was a major part of my childhood.)
"Out of the Question" Gilbert O'Sullivan (You never hear this song today-It is the one of the few songs of his that isn't politically correct in some way.)
"The Tra La La Song (The Banana Splits Theme)" The Banana Splits
"Super Freak" Rick James
"Loser" Beck
"Ebony Eyes" Bob Welch (Great guitar riff - RIP Bob)
"Beg Borrow and Steal" The Rare Breed
"Feed The Tree" Belly
"Precious To Me" Phil Seymour
"Pretty Flamingo" Manfred Mann
"Magic" Olivia Newton-John
"Paradise Garden" Peter Jay (An early 60s Joe Meek masterpiece)
"Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)" ABBA
"Jungle Rock" Hank Mizell (A rockabilly tune that hit about 20 years after its release)
"Edge of a Broken Heart" Vixen
"Diggin For Gold" David John & the Mood (More Joe Meek stuff)
"Lonely Days" Bee Gees (Pre-disco hit of the 70s)
"In a Gadda Da Vida" Iron Butterfly (All 19 minutes of this psychedelic heavy metal masterpiece!)
"Mickey" Toni Basil
"You Are the Woman" Firefall
"C'est La Vie" B*Witched
"Barnabas Theme" The First Theremin Era (A disco version of the Dark Shadows theme song from 1969)
"Coronet Blue" Lenny Welch (Cool theme to a 60s TV show about a guy with amnesia- Cee-Lo Green needs to do a cover for a new movie version) 
"Don't Touch Me There" The Tubes (Best of the Phil Spector homages of the 70s. Sorry Carpenters.)
"Love Potion Number Nine" The Clovers ( I prefer the version that mentions Love Potion Number Ten)
"Marrakesh Express" Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Wigwam" Bob Dylan (Dylan as the Trololo Guy)
"Superstar" The Carpenters (Made famous by Chris Farley and David Spade in Tommy Boy)
"The End" Earl Grant      

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

FACEBOOK "CUT-AND-PASTE" POSTER IS WRONG

If you have read this and the old blog, you know I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. There are things about Facebook that are great and then there are things that are bad. One of those are "cut-and-paste" posters that are so prominent on Facebook. Some are okay because they are uplifting or actually funny. Many seem to be some sort of right-wing propaganda or made by some mean spirited person with an axe to grind (I hate anything featuring the word "FAIL" in big red letters). After seeing these so-called "funny" posters slam deceased entertainers and welfare recipients, I found one above today that is slamming sorority girls. What was funny is the fact that the sorority girls in the photo are smarter than the person who made this poster.

You see I was alive in the 80s. I was also your typical horny heterosexual teenager chasing anything female (Okay, okay, I'll admit, I set my standards higher than most guy, which explains why I'm still single). I looked at every girl that came into my sight and I remember the way they dressed. GIRLS IN THE 80s DID DRESS LIKE THE SORORITY GIRLS IN THIS PHOTO!

Some of you may remember that the first month of this blog I discussed the best thing about women's clothes in the 80s was the blinding bright colors. I also had several follow up post of photos from women's fashion magazines (Originally it was going to be just one big post, but there was a glitch with Blogger's image loader). Here is the second one, the third one, and the final post on the subject. If you want further proof that this poster is historically inaccurate, go look at the entries in the Awkward Family Photos 80s photo contest.

Now, my guess is this may have been made by a guy, because us guys did wear clothing like the characters in The Breakfast Club photo. Sadly, I dressed like Anthony Michael Hall's character, although I thought I was more like Judd Nelson's character. I am guessing the guy who made this poster was EXACTLY like Emilio Estevez's character. There were guys that dressed like that in the 80s. They beat me up every time they caught me talking to a girl that was dressed like the sorority girls in the bottom photo.

As much as I hate it, this poster needs a big red "FAIL" on it. Of course, my opinions are why I'm considered the Super-Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  

Friday, June 8, 2012

I AM NOT ASHAMED PART 2


I couldn't wait. I needed to post a second volume of guilty pleasures  music "I am not ashamed" to like. I hope to update the Amazon store at the left of the blog with these songs or I may link them to Amazon's downloads.

DESDINOVA'S "I AM NOT ASHAMED" GUILTY PLEASURES PLAYLIST:

Amy Holland - "How Do I Survive"
Jennifer Page - "Crush"
The Equals - "Baby Come Back" (Early Eddy Grant)
The Bluenotes - "I Don't Know What It Is" (Cheesy 50s rock & roll love song)
Bob Seger and the Last Heard - "East Side Story" (His first record)
Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On"
Karla Bonoff - "Personally"
Kate Bush - "Hammer Horror"
Tanya Tucker - "Can I See You Tonight?" (Remember the poster of her in a black leather jumpsuit holding T.N.T?)
Mama Cass - "California Earthquake" (She had a lot of courage to sing the line, "They tell me the fault-line runs right through here." Just saying.)
The Kingston Trio - "M.T.A"
Lindsfarne - "Lady Elenore"
Earl Grant - "House of Bamboo" (A cool song from an organist who sounded like Nat King Cole)
Kim Wilde - "Love Blonde" (The video sold me on this song. Kim Wilde is sssoooo sexy!)
Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman" (Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell-sunshine pop/country masterpiece with a synthesizer. I also like this because my father was a lineman at the time this was popular.)
Peter Murphy - "Cuts You Up" (Former Bauhaus singer with a Goth rock hit from my early days in radio)
Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield - "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"
Argent - "Hold Your Head Up"
Labelle - "Lady Marmalade"
Boys Don't Cry - "I Want To Be a Cowboy"
Middle of the Road - "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"
Katy Perry - "I Kissed a Girl"
James & Bobby Purify - "I'm Your Puppet"
Michael Cox - "Angela Jones" (Another cover better than the original. A Joe Meek production.)
The Buggles - "Video Killed the Radio Star" (Actually it was stupid, greedy people in management.)
Nik Kershaw - "Wouldn't It Be Good" 
Dean Friedman - "Ariel" (At the time this came out, people mistakenly thought this song was by Billy Joel.)
Roseanne Cash - "Seven Year Ache" (I always wanted to be the guy she is singing about.)
Canned Heat - "Going Up The Country" (I also like the song they did with the Chipmunks.)
Depeche Mode - "People Are People"
Daniel Boone - "Beautiful Sunday"
Fever Tree - "San Francisco Girls" (Is there a bad record containing fuzztone guitar and feedback?)
Olivia Newton-John - "Physical" (A big number one hit that radio stations don't play today.)
Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy"
The Barbarians - "Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?" (A mid-60s garage band making fun of homophobic jerks. The band's drummer, Moultly, had a prosthetic hook for a hand.)
Focus - "Hocus Pocus" (70s Prog/metal with a yodeler)
Four Seasons - "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)"
The Blow Monkeys - "Digging Your Scene" (I'd like anything from a group called The Blow Monkeys.)
The Bay City Rollers - "You Made Me Believe Magic"
Circus Maximus - "The Wind" (Jazzy/folk/psychedelic group with Jerry Jeff Walker)
Bananarama - "Cruel Summer"   

Thursday, June 7, 2012

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THOSE OBITS? - AN EXPLANATION

Some of you, who only began reading this current blog and never experienced the original blog during the "Golden Age of Springfield Blogging," may need an explanation of some of the recent post.

You probably are saying "Why all those links to the obituary of a celebrity deaths?" First off, other retro blogs mention the passing of entertainers from the past or the era we cover on our blogs. I agree with what Gilligan over at Retrospace said over the weekend, a retro blog should keep these celebrities spirits alive and wallow in the morbidity of death.

However, my second reason for doing this, is so people can find it as a reference. It is this reason I use quick links to other media. I don't have the time to write a great send off and (a little media secret revealed here) any large news organization worth their salt has been compiling information and working on a celebrities death from the moment we first hear of them. Whitney Houston and Richard Dawson's obits were probably written in the mid-80s and Ray Bradbury's may have been written as early as 1954. I should also say here that, contrary to what some talk radio goons and right-wing groups that solicit money on Facebook want to tell you, the media doesn't "force" every celebrity death "down our throat." Yahoo News used to be good to have a daily list of obituaries from all around the world so you could find the death of those minor entertainment figures, who we often wonder if they are alive or dead. A few years ago, they dropped that in favor of stories about what female star had an ugly dress on at a premiere or may have wet their pants in a club. So, in many ways, I am a persons only hope in finding out if someone passed away.

Finally, for a bit of a local angle on this story, this is sort of an extension of  "the contest" from the "Golden Age of Springfield Blogging." Before you get an idea that this had anything to do with that Seinfeld episode, I just say...WRONG! The object of the contest, between Chatter, Busplunge, Fat Jack, Larry at Simple Thoughts, the late great Curbstone Critic and the other bloggers during the boom days, was to see who could announce a famous persons death first. Maybe I think we are all still playing that game.

  

Bob Welch, Ex-Fleetwood Mac, Dead - Billboard.com

Bob Welch, Ex-Fleetwood Mac, Dead in Apparent Suicide | Billboard.com#/news/bob-welch-ex-fleetwood-mac-dead-in-apparent-1007263952.story#/news/bob-welch-ex-fleetwood-mac-dead-in-apparent-1007263952.story

Interesting side note: I bought a copy of this LP for my KSMU radio show in the late 80s. The owner of the record store I bought it at in Springfield, Missouri, said, "I met that girl on the LP cover. They sent her on a promotional tour when the record was released." To paraphrase the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, "Worst record store promotion ever."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I AM NOT ASHAMED or DESDINOVA'S MUSICAL GUILTY PLEASURES


This post has two titles, because websites call what I'm about to post by another name and people looking for such will no doubt Google the more common phrase. This is a list of songs I like that many bloggers and pop culture websites refer to as "guilty pleasures." However, I have a different view point than most people (Don't I always) on this. I will turn 43 later this year and I have two college degrees...I WILL LIKE WHATEVER I WANT AN NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT!

I have gotten flak about the music I like ever since I was in elementary school. Rednecks who tell you that the only music you should like is Hank Junior or people, who  tell you that the music you like is affiliated with the Satanic/Leftist/drug culture. I thought being in radio, I would meet people that liked as many various kinds of music as I did. WRONG! The problem with radio is there are people who only like what is popular at that moment or hate everything that is popular. Of course, the morons in the talk radio area HATE pop music of any kind and want it all banned from radio.If you mention that you like a certain pop song around these people they frequently tell you "The only song I like is the Star Spangle Banner." These people also claim to carry a copy of the Constitution with them everywhere.

On a personal note, I have always made fun of people who like country music and I tell people that I hate country music. Truth is there are a few songs on here that are country songs that I cannot live without.

So I have decided to swipe a phrase from the types of people, who usually criticize my musical taste, use in their little cut-and-paste postings on Facebook.. This is not so much a guilty pleasures list but the "I AM NOT ASHAMED" list. This is only the start of this. I plan to do follow up list.

DESDINOVA'S GUILTY PLEASURES "I AM NOT ASHAMED" PLAYLIST LIST
(In no particular order)

"Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" Culture Club - (Boy George is the most underated singers of all time).
"Lonely Boy" - Andrew Gold (I hated this song when I was younger, until I noticed it kind of rocks).
"May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" - Little Jimmy Dickens
"Just Like Heaven" - The Cure
"Fancy" - Bobbie Gentry
"Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula" - The Diamonds (If I ever meet a horror movie loving girl like the one in this song, I will marry her on the spot).
"Click Click" - Dicky Doo & the Donts
"Green Slime" - The Green Slime
"Dress You Up" - Madonna
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" - Edison Lighthouse
"Grazing In the Grass" - Friends of Distinction
"Rock & Roll Waltz" - Kay Starr
"Goodbye Earl" - The Dixie Chicks
"Bela Lugosi's Dead" - Bauhaus
"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" - David Frizzell & Shelly West
"Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)" - Boyce & Hart
"Take On Me" - A-Ha
"Eloise" - The Damned (One of the few remakes that is better than the original).
"She-Bop" - Cyndi Lauper
"Point of No Return" - Expose
"Mmmbop" - Hanson
"Batman's Theme" - The Markets
"How About Us" - Champagne
"Let It All Hang Out" - The Hombres (Some people have called this a bad Bob Dylan imitation. I believe it is a really good imitation of Roger Miller).
"Della and the Dealer" - Hoyt Axton
"Gotta Get Away" - Jackie Trent & Tony Hatch (This song is in the pilot episode of the TV 70s show The Persuaders).
"Come Softly To Me" - Jane Olivor (Another remake that is better than the original).
"Pop Muzik" - M (This song bridged the gap between the disco era of the late 70s and the new wave era of the early 80s).
"Stop & Get A Ticket" - The Clefts of Lavender Hill
"I Can Make It With You" - Pozo-Seco Singers (Another underated singer, Don Willaims, before he was a major star).
"Psilocybe" - The Mad Violets (80s psychedelia)
"If I Can't Have You" - Yvonne Elliman
"Give It Up" - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
"Bad Time" - Grand Funk Railroad (This is as close as Grand Funk came to a power ballad - ignorred by classic rock radio).
"In The Year 2525" - Zager & Evans (The greatest one-hit wonder of the rock and roll era. It was number one the day we walked on the moon and the day I was born).
"Goody Goody Gumdrops" - 1910 Fruitgum Company
"Seventeen" - Winger
"I'd Love To Change the World" - Ten Years After
"Pretty Blue Eyes" - Steve Lawrence
"Rock Me Gently" - Andy Kim
"Unbelievable"  - EMF
"Experiments With Mice" - Johnny Dawkworth Orchestra
"Radioactive" - The Firm
"125" - The Haunted
"Yankee Rose" - David Lee Roth
"Don't Stop Believin" - Journey
"Walk Away Renee" - The Left Banke
"If You Seek Amy" - Britney Spears
"Rio" - Duran Duran
"Dust In the Wind" - Kansas
"Cherry Hill Park" - Billy Joe Royal
"King of Wishful Thinking" - Go West
"Tainted Love" - Soft Cell
"Bubblegum Factory" - Redd Kross
"Indian Reservation" - The Raiders
"Bend Me, Shape Me" - The American Breed
"Windy" - The Association
"Laid' - James
"My Special Angel" - Bobby Helms
"Butterflies Are Free" - The Free Design
"Who Do You Love (I Want To Know) - The Sapphires (One of the great lost R & B classics. Why oldies radio stations don't play it anymore is beyond me).
"Naughty Naughty" - John Parr
"Lotta Love" - Nicolette Larson
  

Rocket man: Remembering science-fiction author Ray Bradbury

I have many favorite Ray Bradbury stories, but my favorite thing Bradbury did was this 60s Sunsweet Prune commercial with Stan Freburg.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mr. Trololo dies from stroke at 78 - Pravda

Mr. Trololo dies from stroke at 78 - English pravda.ru

The obit comes from Pravada, because it was written in his home country and doesn't contain comments from the snotty little right-wing, redneck trolls that leave comments on American sights. Let me add that I have always felt that what made this one of the greatest Internet memes ever was both the element of the familiar with the element of anticlimax. It looks like a performance from one of the many TV variety shows we watched as kids, yet we can't tell which one or who that guy is singing. We watch and wait for Eduard Khil to start singing the words, but words never come. Khil's "singing" noises get stranger and happier.

As a person with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, I can deduce one reason Khil looks "odd." Any media major or professional in television production will tell you that when you are shooting in video tape you need to put make-up on your subject - A LOT OF MAKE-UP. Khil doesn't seem to be wearing any make-up which causes his face to look shinny and pasty. He is also wearing a shirt that is the same color as the background. It is the scourge of 60s and 70s fashion the maize shirt. It clashes with the mustard yellow background.

The story of Eduard Khil is an example of the power of the Internet to make stars of anybody or revive careers. There may be hope for me yet.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Richard Dawson dies at 79


'Family Feud' TV host Richard Dawson dies at 79

Check out his great Retrospace post about Richard Dawson.

BTW: I'm not allow negative comment about Richard Dawson, because I'm evil. Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Dick Beals, voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer, dies at 85 - KansasCity.com


Dick Beals, voice of Speedy Alka-Seltzer, dies at 85 - KansasCity.com

If you get a chance, find a copy of a CBS Radio Workshop in which Dick Beals stars in Ray Bradbury's "Hail and Fairwell." After reading his bio, you will wonder if Dick Beals didn't feel like the story was written about him.
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