Remember That Song – 5/24/12

Can you name the artist and song:

There’s a hole in the wall
With a light shining in
And it’s letting me know to get up
It’s time to begin


Last Song: “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul (Great job Jim!):

I’ve been fooled before
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught
In the slammin’ door
How about some information please

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Daily Trivia – 5/23/12

Question: On Empty Nest, what ’70s child star played Officer Barbara Weston?


Last Question: What Michael Keaton film about the auto industry inspired a Scott Bakula sitcom?

Answer: Gung Ho

Gung Ho, the 1986 Ron Howard film starring Michael Keaton, spawned a television series of the same name.
The main character in the movie, Hunt Stevenson, was played by Michael Keaton in the movie, and by Scott Bakula in the television show. Most of the Japanese actors reprised their roles on the show.
The Gung Ho television show was short lived, as only 9 episodes aired from 1986-1987.

Here is the movie trailer. And for the record, I wrote and published yesterday’s “Remember That Song?” article, featuring The Vapors “Turning Japanese” before I watched this trailer:

Here is the TV theme song. There are so many great things about the ’80s. But one of the best things is the television theme songs! I this case, the show was a flop, but the song is pretty good:

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Remember That Song – 5/23/12

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

I’ve been fooled before
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught
In the slammin’ door
How about ____ ___________ ______


Last Song: “Turning Japanese” by the Vapors:

Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there’s no one else around

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Remember That Song – 5/22/12

Can you name the artist and song:

Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I often kiss you when there’s no one else around


Last Song: “Pop Goes the World” by Men Without Hats:

Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass.
Name of the band is The Human Race.
Everybody tell me have you heard?
Pop Goes the World

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Daily Trivia – 5/19/12

Question: What cola had the slogan, “All the sugar, twice the caffeine”?


Last Question: What public figure helped announce a 1988 Cubs game saying: “In a few months I’m going to be out of work and I thought I might as well audition”?

Answer: President Ronald Reagan (Great job Jim!)

Born in Tampico, Illinois and raised in Dixon, Ronald Reagan grew up a Chicago Cubs fan. Before he became an actor, Reagan was a radio sports broadcaster. In the 1930’s, he announced the University of Iowa’s home football games. Then he moved to WHO radio in Des Moines as an announcer for the Chicago Cubs, creating play-by-play accounts of games that the station received by wire. Then while traveling with the Cubs in California, Reagan took a screen test in 1937 that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers studios. And the rest is history.

1988 was quite the historical year for Wrigley Field, the home of the Cubs. It was the last Major League field to install lights. In August of 1988, the first night game was held at the field. On September 30, 1988, just a few months before President Reagan left office, he made his last stop at Wrigley Field. He threw out the first pitch, and spent some time in the broadcast booth alongside Harry Caray.

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Remember That Song – 5/21/12

Can you name the artist and song/lyrics:

Johnny played guitar, Jenny played bass.
Name of the band is The Human Race.
Everybody tell me have you heard?
___ ____ ___ _____


Last Song: “Jump” by the Pointer Sisters

I’ll take you down, I’ll take you down
Where no one’s ever gone before
And if you want more, if you want more
More, more, more

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Daily Trivia – 5/18/12

Question: What public figure helped announce a 1988 Cubs game saying: “In a few months I’m going to be out of work and I thought I might as well audition”?


Last Question: What apocalyptic 1983 TV movie aired its second half commercial-free, when sponsors declined to run ads after the nuclear war?

Answer: The Day After

Ah, how many of us remember getting “The Talk” in the ’80s? No! Not that “talk”! Not the one that you learned about in NOVA: The Miracle of Life! I mean the talk about nuclear war. In 1983, we were in the middle of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. There had been a huge fear of nuclear war for decades, and that fear was at a fever pitch in the ’80s. Remember these signs:

We constatly felt like World War III could break out at any minute, and did not know what would happen if it did. Then we found out the a television movie was going to show what nuclear war could look like.
So on November 20, 1983, over 100 million of us were glued to our television sets to watch The Day After.

The movie starred Jason Robards as well as newcomers JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, and John Lithgow. The story centered around citizens of Kansas City. The beginning of the movie introduced the characters and their backstories. Then the middle showed the nuclear disaster, and the rest of the movie showed the effects of the fallout.

According to Daily Press, President Reagan himself wrote in his diary that the film was “very effective and left me greatly depressed.” Historians have speculated that the film encouraged Reagan to redouble his push for a missile-defense program despite critics who derided the notion as “Star Wars.”

Here is the nuclear disaster part of the movie:

Luckily we never had to experience this in real life.

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Remember That Song – 5/18/12

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

I’ll take you down, I’ll take you down
Where no one’s ever gone before
And if ___ ____ ____, __ ___ _____ ____
____ ____ ____


Last Song: “I Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor (Great job Jim!)

I can feel you tremble when we touch
And I feel the hand of fate reaching out to both of us

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R.I.P. Donna Summer: December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

It feels like this has been a weekly segment lately! Sadly, Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer. According to TMZ, she was in Florida at the time of her death. She was 63 years old.
She may be known as “The Queen of Disco”, with smash hits in the 70s such as “MacArthur Park“, “Hot Stuff“, and “Bad Girls“, but she continued to have success in our ’80s.

Here is a list of Donna Summer’s hits that reached the Top 10 in the U.S. in the ’80s:

“On the Radio”

Peaked at #5 in 1980:

“The Wanderer”

Peaked at #3 in 1980:

“Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)”

Peaked at #10 in 1982:

“She Works Hard for the Money”

This is the one everybody knows. It peaked at #3 in 1983:

“This Time I Know It’s for Real”

This was her last top 10 hit, peaking at #7 in 1988:

What are you favorite Donna Summer songs?

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