Return the Artist – 5/25/11

Return the Artist. The title of the song is somewhere in the lyrics below. Also, do you see a pattern this week yet?

Half our lives we spend waiting
For the knock upon the door
When it comes, will it be the one
That I’ve been waiting for

Somebody’s out there, somewhere
Waiting for someone to come their way

Yesterday’s: “Cuts Like a Knife” by Bryan Adams

Well I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new – yeah
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you – oh yeah

Daily Trivia – 5/24/11

Question: In 1984, what beer company began featuring a dog named “Alex” in TV commercials?

Last Question: In Splash, what name did the mermaid adopt on land?

Answer: Madison

Daryl Hannah played Madison (named after New York’s Madison Avenue) in Splash, which also starred Tom Hanks, John Candy, and Eugene Levy.

Return the Artist and Song – 5/24/11

Return the Artist and Song. Also, do you see a pattern this week yet?

Well I heard it on the street
I heard you mighta found somebody new – yeah
Well who is he baby – who is he
And tell me what he means to you – oh yeah

Yesterday’s: “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart

Keep track of the visions in my eyes.
While she’s deceiving me
it cuts my security.
Has she got control of me? – I turn to her and say:
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades
oh no.

Oooh No!!! R.I.P. Macho Man Randy Savage (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011)

If you said “Oooh Yeah!!” in a raspy voice a few thousand times, then you were a pro wrestling fan of the ’80s. If you climbed up to the top of a fence, or a bed, then jumped and dropped “The Big Elbow” on your friends or siblings, then you were a wrestling fan of the ’80s. If you know what I mean by dropping the “Big Elbow”, then you were a wrestling fan of the ’80s. If you hear “Pomp and Circumstance”, and the first thing that comes to your mind is – not walking down an aisle, after years of hard work, earning your high school or college diploma – but instead it is The Macho Man in a crazy robe, big sunglasses, and a bandana or cowboy hat, with Miss Elizabeth at his side, then you were a wrestling fan of the ’80s.

On Friday morning, “Macho Man” Randy Savage joined the long list of our favorite wrestlers to tragically die before their time. As most of you have heard by now, Savage died after having a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler. Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, had just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his wife Lynn. It was his second marriage.

Randy’s father Angelo Poffo was a well-known wrestler in the 1950s and 1960s, who was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for his ability to do sit-ups for hours on end. Randy’s brother, Lanny, was also a pretty well known wrestler – although not as successful. He was best known as “Leaping” Lanny Poffo, and then as “The Genius”.

Randy Savage first broke into wrestling in 1973. He was known as “The Spider Friend”, which was similar to Spider-Man. Maybe that was fate, since he went on to fight Spiderman in the 2002 movie as he wrestler Bonesaw McGraw.

But, Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW) booker Ole Anderson suggested that he changed his name. He said that the name Poffo didn’t fit someone who “wrestled like a savage”. And history was made.

After wrestling in the AWA, Savage moved to the WWF in 1985. He was a bad guy upon his arrival. He was crazy, and he treated his manager, Miss Elizabeth, badly. And he would threaten anyone who even looked at her.

On February 8, 1986, Savage won his first title – The Intercontinental Title – in the Boston Garden against Tito Santana.

He cheated to win, but he defended his title quite often. He lost his title at Wrestlemania III to Ricky Steamboat. However, the match is considered to be one of the greatest matches of all time. Apparently, Savage was a stickler for detail, and he and Steamboat laid out and rehearsed every spot in the match prior to WrestleMania, at his home in Florida.

Savage was slowly becoming more likable. Then The Honky Tonk Man, who won the title from Steamboat, declared himself to be “the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time”. So, Randy Savage got into a feud with the Honky Tonk Man, and became one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWF. He was never able to get that title back, but he went on to win the World Title at Wrestlemania IV.

At Wrestlemania IV, there was a tournament to determine who the new champion would be. Savage went on to beat Butch Reed, Greg Valentine and One Man Gang. And in the finals, he defeated “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.

Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan became friends, and were known as the Mega Powers. Then Savage became jealous when Hogan took Elizabeth on as his manager as well. Savage turned on Hogan, and lost his title to Hogan at Wrestlemania V, which was dubbed – “The Mega Powers Explode!”

Savage replaced Elizabeth with Sensational Sherri. He went on to win The King of the Ring against Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and dubbed himself the “Macho King”.

At Wrestlemania VII, Savage lost a retirement match to The Ultimate Warrior. It was a valiant effort. After the match, Sensational Sherri attacked Macho Man, and then Elizabeth rushed to Savage’s aid, fighting off Sherri and reuniting with her one-time love. Some fans were spotted crying in the audience.

Savage stayed in wrestling as a broadcaster. Meanwhile the angle with Miss Elizabeth continued, culminating with Savage proposing to her in the ring leading to an on-air wedding at SummerSlam 1991 dubbed The Match Made in Heaven. In reality, the two had been married since 1984.

Then Jake “the Snake” Roberts turned bad and started targeting Savage and Elizabeth. Eventually, after campaigning to have himself reinstated, Macho Man was able to come out of retirement, and feud with Roberts.

The former couple were divorced on September 18, 1992. Afterward, Savage issued a statement that was printed in WWE Magazine, revealing the status of their relationship and thanking the fans for their support through the years. Savage’s statement marked, at the time, a rare acknowledgement of the wrestlers’ private lives for both the WWF and its flagship publication. Savage continued with the WWF for two more years, and except for the statement in WWF Magazine, his divorce from Elizabeth was neither referred to nor figured into any of Savage’s future feuds.

At the end of October 1994, Savage’s WWF contract expired and he abruptly left to sign with the competing WCW. His contract expired at the end of the summer of 1999, and he would not be seen by wrestling fans for five years.

In 2004, he returned to wrestling in Total Nonstop Action (TNA). But he left wrestling for good after he had a disagreement with TNA about the finish of the next scheduled Pay-Per-View event.

Sadly, Miss Elizabeth (Elizabeth Hulette), was found dead in the home of professional wrestler Lex Luger on May 1, 2003, from a drug overdose. According to a 2003 shoot interview with Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, Savage had no animosity towards Luger, and felt that Elizabeth brought about her own death due to her drug use.

According to TMZ, Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, said that Randy will be cremated and his ashes co-mingled with the ashes of his loyal pooch, Hercules.

Lanny told TMZ, Randy would always say, “If it’s good enough for Herc, it’s good enough for me!”

And … although the Macho Man was one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time, there won’t be a public memorial, because he didn’t want one. The service will be small — for family only.

Return the Song and Artist – 5/23/11

Return the Artist and Song:

Keep track of the visions in my eyes.
While she’s deceiving me
it cuts my security.
Has she got control of me? – I turn to her and say:
Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades
oh no.

Friday’s: “Friends and Lovers” by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

What would you think if I told you
I’ve always wanted to hold you?
I don’t know what we’re afraid of
Nothing would change if we made love

This Week’s News – Week Ending 5/20/11 – Arnold/Ralph Macchio/Rick Springfield/Star Tours/Charlie Sheen/1982 Tylenol Scare/R.I.P. Macho Man

Here is a list of news stories, this week, that relate to ’80s figures or stories:

Arnold Has a Love Child With Housekeeper

  “I lift things up and put them in.” Or something like that.

Ralph Macchio “kicked” off of Dancing With the Stars

Kirstie Alley did what Cobra Kai could not. she defeated The Karate Kid!

Star Tours 2 Opens

Star Tours 2 officially opens today along with this years Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It sounds incredible. I look forward to going on the ride when I head down there.

Rick Springfield arrest statements released

When Rick Springfield was arrested for DUI earlier this month, he apparently threatened the deputy and the deputy’s family.

Charlie Sheen replaced by Ashton Kutcher

It’s official. That crappy (even though Ducky’s in it) show is staying on the air. I think it would have been funny if they hired Ted McGinley instead.

Jeff Conaway in a coma

Sadly, it is not shocking news that the Grease and Taxi star is in a coma after an overdose and possible suicide attempt

Unabomber a suspect in 1982 Tylenol poisoning

Remember that big scare in 1982 with the Tylenol being laced with cyanide? Well, the Unabomber is a suspect. But, he’s such a upright citizen!

And this just came in while I was typing this article!

“Macho Man” Randy Savage died in a car accident this morning at the age of 58

He was one of my favorite wrestlers of the ’80s. I will write a tribute to him for next week.

Daily Trivia – 5/20/11

Question: What Pringles slogan debuted in 1981 and was used throughout the ’80s?

Last Question: What was MacGyver’s first name?

Answer: Angus

Richard Dean Anderson starred as Angus MacGyver on MacGyver, which aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992.
MacGyver was probably the most resourceful character in television history. He refused to handle guns, but he would always get himself out of trouble with simple items such as a swiss army knife, gum wrapper, a turkey baster, and – of course – duct tape.

In 2006, Anderson appeared in a MasterCard television commercial for Super Bowl XL:

MacGyver’s biggest fans are Marge Simpson’s sisters Patty and Selma. Richard Dean Anderson is a fan of The Simpsons. So he provided his voice for an episode of the show titled “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore”, which first aired April 6, 2006, where Patty and Selma kidnap Richard Dean Anderson after he admits that he never liked doing MacGyver and only did the show for the money.

We may be able to forget all about the Saturday Night Live parody, McGruber, which flopped big time when it was released as a full length movie. Why may we be able to move past this? There is a MacGyver movie being developed, and may possibly be produced by 2013.

Return the Artist and Song – 5/20/11

Continuing with the Duet Theme Week – Return the Artist and Song:

What would you think if I told you
I’ve always wanted to hold you?
I don’t know what we’re afraid of
Nothing would change if we made love

Yesterday’s:  “Don’t Fight It” by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry

Some women seem to have a knack
They’ll turn you on and leave you flat
Never can tell who’s playin for keeps
So tell me now what’s holding you back
I know your heart can take it

Hits of 1986 – Horrible and Great

On January 11, 2010 Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 187). Here is their list:

10. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
9. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News
8. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
7. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
6. Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top
5. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
4. Crush On You – The Jets
3. Holding Back the Years – Simply Red
2. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
1. That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was another tough one for me. I didn’t have too much of a problem with the Horrible songs. But there were so many songs that I liked, I had a hard time narrowing it down. If I compiled a list again for this year next week, there could be 10 totally different songs on the list. But, this is what I have right now.
First, the Horrible:

5. Kiss – Prince and The Revolution

I think that only dogs can hear Prince singing this song. It is waaaay to high pitched for me, and gives me quite the headache. I much prefer his Purple Rain songs, and a few others. But this song just goes right through me.

4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin/h3>

The Top Gun soundtrack had some great songs, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, “Playing With the Boys” (despite the association with that horrific volleyball scene in the movie), and Loverboy’s “Heaven in Your Eyes”. This Berlin song just ruins the whole thing. It’s long, boring, droning song. “Heaven In Your Eyes” should have been the only ballad on this soundtrack – unless they got Soundtrack King Kenny Loggins to record one.

3. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News:

This song spent 3 weeks at number 1! Are you kidding me!?! I think they were still be rewarded for their Sports album. This song was off of the Fore album. For me, “Stuck With You” feels like “If This Is It, Part 2”. And if you look at my list of 1984 Horrible Hits, you will notice that I didn’t think too much of that song either.

2. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Much like Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”, this song was probably a huge hit because of it’s innovative video. This song was way too overrated. I love Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, but I could never change the station fast enough when this crappy song came on.

1. Nikita – Elton John

I love a lot of Elton John’s songs. But, he also has many horrible songs. And this clunker is the bottom of the barrel for me. I like some of Elton’s 80s songs. But it’s songs like “Nikita” that make me prefer his songs from the ’70s.

And here are the Great hits of 1986:

10. Burning Heart – Survivor: This song was on the Rocky IV Soundtrack. It wasn’t as big a hit as “Eye of the Tiger”, but it’s still a really good song. Great for working out or running to at the time.

9. Something About You – Level 42: Level 42 is a very underrated English band. This is their best known song in the U.S., and I still like it today.

8. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen: This was the first Van Halen song with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. They proved that they could be successful without David Lee Roth. There was not a bad song on the 5150 album. And “Why Can’t This Be Love” proved that they could perform great ballads as well as rockers.

7. No One Is to Blame – Howard Jones: This is a nice song that is easy on the ears.

6. Your Love – The Outfield: The Outfield’s popularity exploded in the U.S. with the release of this song. This is a fun song that I enjoy a lot.

5. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike + The Mechanics

This Supergroup was formed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and featured Paul Carrack and Paul Young (not to be confused with the Paul Young who sang “Every Time You Go Away”) on vocals. This is a really good, upbeat song. “The Living Years” is probably my favorite song from the ’80s, but this song isn’t too bad itself.

4. Amanda – Boston

After having a string of great songs in the late ’70s, Boston hadn’t had anything new for 7 years. Then they finally came back in 1986 with their Third Stage album, and “Amanda” was the lead single. The song went number one for 2 weeks in a row. Boston was consistenly great, and this is no exception.

3. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” was the theme song for the Romancing the Stone sequel, Jewel of the Nile. Billy Ocean has a great voice, and this was a fun song.

2. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi was a pretty good rock band, with two albums under their belt, when they released Slippery When Wet. When “You Give Love a Bad Name” was released as the first single, the band’s popularity went through the stratosphere. This was a great song as people that were into rock liked it, and people that were more into pop were still drawn to this.

1. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

I was always a Chicago fan, so I was sad when Cetera left the band. But the band went on to continue being successful, and Peter Cetera didn’t do to shabby himself. “Glory of Love” was Cetera’s first solo song, and it was a smash hit. It was on his album Solitude/Solitaire, and was the theme song for The Karate Kid Part II. I could not get enough of this song when it came out.