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Trivia Tuesday – 11/2/10

Question: What was the date in 1955 that Marty arrived on in Back to the Future?

Last Week’s Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Answer: Cap’n Crunch and Pixie Stix (or sugar)

This was a very funny scene in the movie. Not only was she eating this “sugar” sandwich, but she was also drinking a regular Coke with it. I’ve never tried that. But, maybe I will one of these days if I’m really tired at work! Here is the scene:

C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in UK Commercial

Dixons Retail, a UK company that owns Currys and PC World, announced that they have a new ad campaign featuring Star Wars heroes C-3PO and R2-D2 as they land on Earth to explore one of the company’s Megastores.

As usual, Anthony Daniels plays C-3PO, as he and R2-D2 land on planet Earth in a Megastore carpark late at night, with R2-D2 breaking into the store, and C-3PO following him. The droids proceed to explore the store, interacting with the store’s inventory, and using several lines from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Here is the commercial:

This isn’t the first commercial that the droids have appeared in. Remember this one?

19 Somethin’ – Big Hair and Parachute Pants

We have now reached the conclusion of the 19 Somethin’ series. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here are the next lines in the song:

big hair and Parachute pants
and lookin’ back now I can see me
oh man did I look cheesy
I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
ah, it was 1980 somethin’

There is nothing else new in the song related to the ’70s or ’80s. Did you enjoy this series? Let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, we will talk about Big hair and Parachute Pants:

There used to be the Beehive, and then the Beatles haircut. Then in the late ’60s early ’70s, there were Afros and men started growing their hair long. But nobody’s hair gets mentioned more than the ’80s. Both men and women had hair that could reach to the stars. And it can be argued that the hairspray, required to hold all that hair in place, burned a huge hole in the ozone layer. In general the hair could be feathered. This was probably started by Farah Fawcett in the late-’70s. The hair could be long or short in the back, but the top and sides would still be feathered. There were other hairdos that could (and should) only be seen in the ’80s. The Feathered hair could lead to the Mullet! Oh yeah, business in the front and party in the back! And don’t forget the Jheri Curl! This was started by Michael Jackson. But Eric LaSalle probably had the best Jheri curls of the ’80s in the movie Coming to America.
And finally, there was the New Wave style. The hair very short at the sides and back and extra long in the front so the hair is worn over one eye.
So, long or short, the ’80s probably had the most memorable hair of any decade!

And finally, we’ll wrap up with the Parachute Pants. I mean, what else are you suppose to break dance in?!? The parachute pants were made of nylon, and usually had a bunch of zippers. They could also be called Zipper pants. The nylon made it easy to move and slide around while break dancing. I don’t know what exactly the zippers were for though. It’s not like you could fit anything in the pockets. The ’70s can keep their ugly bell-bottoms. We’ll take the parachute pants any day!

19 Somethin’ – Trans Am

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

We will continue on the line in the song, focusing on the Trans Am:

Skatin’ rinks and black Trans Ams

The ’80s had some great cars. One of the most popular was the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

Here is a commercial:

Here are some other cool cars from the ’80s:

This is the Ferrari 308 GTB. This was the car from Magnum P.I.:

This is the Lamborghini Countach. The doors opened by tilting up:

The Camaro Iroc-Z:
The Delorean. Everybody knows this as the car from Back to the Future:

The Corvette:

Music Video of the Week – 10/27/10

In honor of Simon LeBon’s 52nd birthday, here is an alternate video version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”:

You can click here to see the original version.
“Hungry Like the Wolf” came off of Duran Duran’s second album – 1982’s Rio. This is Duran Duran’s signature song, and made them internationally. The original video constantly played on MTV. It was pretty cool though, since it had a Raiders of the Lost Ark feel to it.

Trivia Tuesday – 10/26/10

Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Last Week’s Question: In the video for ‘Time After Time’, where do Cyndi Lauper and her boyfriend live?

Answer: In a camper

“Time After Time” was the second single released off of Cyndi’s debut album, She’s So Unusual. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984. Lauper’s mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and Lou Albano, who played her father in the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” video, can be seen as a cook. The song has been covered by dozens and dozens of artists, ranging from Jazz legend Miles Davis to Willie Nelson to Ashley Tisdale. I like the song a lot now. But, when it came out I got sick of it quickly as it was on MTV Time After Time After Time After Time After Time After Time….

19 Somethin’ – Skating rinks

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here is the next line in the song:

It was 1980 somethin’
in the world that I grew up in
Skatin’ rinks and black Trans Ams

Today, we will talk about skating rinks.

Remember when skates had 2 wheels under the front toe, and 2 wheels under the heel instead of the inline skates where the “roller skate” resembles an ice skate? In the late ’70s throughout the ’80s, going to a roller skating rink was a popular recreation. You would go in and get your rental skates. It could be a pain trying to put them on. You would sit down, grab the skate, and try to slide your foot in. But the back heel of the skate would keep rolling out and away from you. Maybe that was just me. Anyway, you would then go out on to the wooden oval rink and join the rest of the skaters, and try to not to get in anybody’s way. And you would hope that somebody else wouldn’t lose control and crash into you. At least in the latter case, you wouldn’t feel as much as a fool since it would be the other person’s fault!
So, you would be skating around to music and socializing. I remember that there were a lot of disco songs playing, such as “Y.M.C.A”, “I Will Survive”, and anything from Saturday Night Fever. There would also be Hall & Oates, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, and Michael Jackson songs. And then uh-oh, Ladies Choice! A slow song would come on, such as “Cherish” by Kool and the Gang, “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, or “Babe” or “The Best of Times” by Styx. Then the D.J. would announce that it was Ladies Choice, and the girls would try to find a boy to hold hands and skate with.
There were some good times. You would go with a group of people on the weekend. Some kids may have had birthday parties there too.

Does anybody have any good or funny memories of roller skating in the 80s? Are there any favorite songs that you remember playing there? Let us know!

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