Question: In Top Gun, what does Maverick say to Goose in the bar to let him know it was time to sing to someone?
Last Question: On Family Ties, what character formed an all girl rock band called “The Permanent Waves”?
The episode was titled “Band on the Run”. Alex was the chairman of the entertainment committee for his college, and had to find a band for a reunion. Jennifer was in an all-girl band, and convinced Alex to let her band audition. After hearing them, Alex was impressed. So he convinced them to sign him as manager.
Of course in typical Alex fashion, he got out of control. He renamed the band from The Permanent Waves to The Swinging Corporate Raiders (or maybe it was The $winging Corporate Raiders), and had them singing Andrews Sisters style tunes. At the reunion, while playing one of those crap songs, Jennifer has a meltdown, and runs off stage. Her and Alex hash things out. Then Jennifer says that the band can manage themselves, and if they make it big, Alex can be their accountant. Then Alex says, that if he hits it big, they can play at his inauguration.
There are a couple of guest stars to note. Christina Applegate was one of the band members, just shortly before she rose to fame on Married… with Children. Also, Rain Phoenix, sister of River, Joaquin, Summer, and Liberty, played another band member.
10. I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
9. Songbird – Kenny G
8. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany
7. With or Without You – U2
6. Head to Toe – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5. Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
4. Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis
3. La Isla Bonita – Madonna
2. Always – Atlantic Starr
1. Heaven is a Place on Earth
I had a lot of great music memories from this year. But, there were also so many bad songs, that I couldn’t just whittle it down to 5 like I have done for all my other Horrible lists. So here are my 10 Horrible Hits of 1987:
The very first time I heard this song was at a dance/mixer. I got there early to set up, and the DJ played this song first, before the rest of the people showed up. I thought it sounded pretty good when it was being blasted on the big speakers. But upon further listening on normal radio, it slowly drove me crazy. “Everybody Have Fun Tonight! Everybody Wang Chung tonight?” Really?!? It seemed a bit desperate (or arrogant) to try to make their band name a part of our vocabulary. Well, it didn’t work, and they didn’t have too many hits after this song.
I was really sick of George Michael by the time this came out. The only song I really liked by him was “Faith”. Remember when this song was the most controversial thing that George Michael did? We all long for those days again!
I love Lionel. But after an extremely long sting of successful hits, this stinker was kind of a jump-the-shark moment for him in my eyes. I even liked “Hello” better than this. I couldn’t listen to the whole song back then, and I can’t do it now.
This was kind of boring for a dance song. I’ll take anything by Janet Jackson over this any day!
5. Hip to Be Square – Huey Lewis and the News
I don’t know why, but this song just rubs me the wrong way.
4. Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Bruce Hornsby has a unique sound on his piano. Unfortunately, every song I’ve heard by him sounds exactly the same. And they are all horrible. I can’t turn this song off fast enough as soon as I hear it.
I love Madonna’s early music, and I even liked her music through the ’90s. But, this crappy boring song was the valley between her coned mountains of hits.
2. The Lady In Red – Chris DeBurgh
Let me know if there is anybody out there that hasn’t danced with a girl/woman in a red dress that actually still likes this song. This is too boring and whiny for me. I don’t care much for male singers that have wussy voices. However, I must admit that I do like DeBurgh’s “Carry Me (Like a Fire in Your Heart)“.
1. Songbird – Kenny G
This was the death of the sax in pop/rock songs, until Lady Ga Ga and the late, great Clarence Clemons brought it back last month. I don’t like the thought of elevator music appearing in the top 100, never mind topping at #4! I have a suggestion if you are planning a wedding. Do as I did, and tell the DJ: “NO KENNY G!!!”
“You Give Love a Bad Name” sent Bon Jovi into the stratosphere, and their follow-up song. “Livin’ on a Prayer” kept them there. I get sick of hearing the same song over and over again, but I could not get enough of this song when it came out. It was inspiring hearing about Tommy and Gina, who would go on to reappear in Bon Jovi’s 2000 smash hit “It’s My Life”.
This is one of my favorite Huey Lewis songs, if not my favorite. Unfortunately, this song was overshadowed by the other songs from the Fore! album, such as “Stuck With You”, “Doing It All for My Baby”, and “Hip to Be Square”. This song was actually written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby. If Hornsby did this song instead of Huey Lewis, I would either hate this song, or I would like Bruce Hornsby.
This song was originally released in 1981, and topped out at #79. But, thanks to Family Ties, “At This Moment” made the charts again, and skyrocketed to #1. “At This Moment” will now forever be linked with Family Ties – which is not a bad thing.
5. Shakedown – Bob Seger
Kenny Loggins may be the king of ’80s movie soundtracks, but Bob Seger made a pretty good mark on movie soundtracks himself. He scored big time with “Old Time Rock and Roll” in an iconic scene in Risky Business. Then he had “Shakedown” for the Beverly Hills Cop II. I like Bob Seger alot, and this is one of my favorite songs by him.
4. Alone – Heart
In my opinion, Ann and Nancy Wilson are among the greatest females in Rock history. This is one of my favorite Heart songs. Ann sings this song with so much power and passion.
Here is an awesome acoustic version:
3. With or Without You – U2
U2 had some great rockin’ songs that I love. But this slower song is probably my favorite U2 tune. I love songs that starts slow, and becomes more and more powerful as it goes on.
2. Will You Still Love Me? – Chicago
Chicago, one of my favorite bands, proved that they could move on without Peter Cetera. Their rock songs are underrated. But, when they do great ballads like this, you can see why these are the ones that get the radio air play.
1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
This is a great song without the video. But, much like “At This Moment” is linked with Family Ties, “Here I Go Again” will forever be linked with the video and Tawny Kitaen. How many of us guys wished that we were that car?!? 24 years later I still love this song. It stands the test of time for me.
Question: What team won its fourth consecutive Stanley Cup in 1983?
Last Question: In 1988, who ended Martina Navratilova’s six-year winning streak at Wimbledon?
Answer: Steffi Graf
In 1988, Steffi Graf not only won Wimbledon, ending Martina’s six-year winning streak, but she became the first and only tennis player (male or female) to achieve the Calendar Year Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.
Here is Steffi’s Wimbledon win against Martina:
In total, Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, second among male and female players only to Margaret Court’s 24.
When she retired in 1999, she was ranked number 3 in the world. She entered the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.
On October 22, 2001, Steffi Graf married Andre Agassi. Andre Agassi will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 9 this year.
Question: In 1988, who ended Martina Navratilova’s six-year winning streak at Wimbledon?
Last Question: What group reached the top 40 with the song “Catch me I’m Falling”?
Answer: Pretty Poison
Pretty Poison was a one-hit wonder with this song. They were based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Group members are Jade Starling (lead vocalist); Whey Cooler (keyboardist/guitarist); and Kaya Pryor (percussionist).
“Catch me I’m Falling” was featured in the Jon Cryer movie Hiding Out, and went up to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Question: What group reached the top 40 with the song “Catch me I’m Falling”?
Last Question: After a three-year hiatus, The Family Feud was brought back in syndication with what man replacing Richard Dawson as host?
Answer: Ray Combs
Family Feud originally aired from 1976-1985 with Richard Dawson as the host. It was cancelled due to poor ratings.
Three years later, in 1988, Family Feud returned with comedian Ray Combs taking over for Dawson as host.
Combs was born on April 3, 1956 in Hamilton, Ohio, (near Cincinnati). In 1983, he began a career in comedy. He began his career doing audience warm-ups for sitcoms. Johnny Carson noticed this and invited him to perform on The Tonight Show in October 1986; the audience gave Combs a standing ovation.
In 1988, game show producers Mark Goodson and Howard Felsher selected Combs to host a new version of Family Feud.
After the death of Mark Goodson in 1993, ratings went down again. In 1994, Jonathan Goodson, who became chairman of Mark Goodson Productions after his father’s death, made the decision to replace Combs with Richard Dawson.
The taping of his final episode aired in first-run syndication on May 27, 1994. During the “Fast Money” bonus round, the five answers given by the second contestant each netted zero points. Ray joked, “You know, I’ve done this show for six years and this could be the first time I had a person that actually got no points and I think it’s a damn fine way to go out. Thought I was a loser until you walked up here. You made me look like a man.” Then, instead of mingling with the two competing families at the end of the show, Combs proceeded to walk off the set immediately after his sign-off, and possibly out of the studio as well.
Here is that final round:
Combs made several attempts to make it back into television, but was unsuccessful. On June 2, 1996, sadly, Ray Combs committed suicide.
Meanwhile, Richard Dawson only lasted one year in his comeback on the show. Family Feud then went on a four year hiatus. When it came back in 1999, Dawson was asked to come back again, but he turned down the gig, and decided to no longer be involved with the show. So Louie Anderson became the new host. He stayed on for 3 years. Richard Karn, of Home Improvement fame, took over in the fourth season.
From 2006-2010, John O’Hurley took over hosting duties from Karn. In 2010, Steve Harvey became the new host, and is still on the air.