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Music Video of the Week – 2/16/11

This week’s selection is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot:

“Cum On Feel the Noize” was released by Quiet Riot on August 27, 1983. It was a cover of the 1973 Slade hit. The song spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the U.S. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album the same week.

The song was so successful, Quiet Riot remade another Slade song -“”Mama Weer All Crazee Now” – from the band’s 1984 album, Condition Critical.

The band faded away as the ’80s wore on.

On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow had been found dead that day in his house in Las Vegas.

Initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007.

A new version of Quiet Riot has gotten together. Most of the classic lineup is intact – Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and newcomer Mark Huff on vocals (formerly of Van Halen tribute band 5150). The band has sought the blessings of the DuBrow family (DuBrow’s mother encouraged Banali to revive the band), has recorded new versions of classic hits with Huff singing, and is seeking to do a full US tour.

Here is the schedule so far, from the Quiet Riot home page:

FRI 3/4/2011 TEMPE, AZ – CLUB RED
FRI 3/11/2011 BATESVILLE, IN – WALHILL FARM
SAT 3/12/2011 DAYTON, OH – McGUFFY’S HOUSE OF ROCK
FRI 3/18/2011 FARGO, ND – THE HUB
SAT 3/19/2011 MEDINA, MN – MEDINA ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
FRI 4/29/2011 MELBOURNE, AU – THE PALACE
SAT 4/30/2011 ACT, AU – ANU BAR
MON 5/2/2011 AUCKLAND, NZ – THE POWERSTATION
THU 5/5/2011 ADELAIDE, AU – HQ COMPLEX
FRI 5/6/2011 PERTH, AU – METRO CITY
SAT 5/7/2011 BRISBANE, AU – THE TIVOLI
SUN 5/8/2011 SYDNEY, AU – THE METRO
SAT 5/14/2011 LAS VEGAS, NV – SUNSET STATION CASINO
FRI 5/20/2011 ST CHARLES, IL – THE ARCADA THEATER
SAT 5/21/2011 JANESVILLE, WI – THE BACK BAR
THU 6/16/2011 DES MOINES, IA – VAL AIR BALLROOM
FRI 6/17/2011 SIOUX CITY, IA – AWESOME BIKER NIGHTS
SAT 10/1/2011 AKRON, OH – TANGIERS

Daily Trivia – 2/10/11

Question: In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, who played football player “Charles Jefferson”?


Last Question: What late rock star was Elton John’s hit “Empty Garden” written about?

Answer: John Lennon

“Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” was from Elton John’s 1982 album Jump Up! and reached number 13 in the US singles chart. Lennon and John were good friends, having performed a duet on Lennon’s 1974 hit “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”, which the pair performed live at one of John’s concerts in the same year (Lennon’s last stage performance), along with two other songs. The “Empty Garden” referred to in the song is Madison Square Garden, where Lennon dueted with John in 1974. John has since performed the song several times at Madison Square Garden.

Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics, but Elton certainly felt a connection to the song, as he was good friends with Lennon and is the Godfather of Lennon’s second son, Sean. To this day, John rarely performs the song live, as he has said it brings back too many painful memories of Lennon’s death.

Music Video of the Week – 2/9/11

This week’s selection is in anticipation of Def Leppard’s major announcement – the classic from Hysteria – “Pour Some Sugar On Me”:

The following was released on Def Leppard’s official site:

Leppard fans…..

The countdown is on for Def Leppard to make a MAJOR announcement to the world! Stay tuned, DefLeppard.com will be reporting official news soon…..!

The following was reported on hennemusic.com:

So what could this ‘major’ news be….

We’ve already reported that Leppard will release their first live album in May, which will contain “three new studio tracks,” according to an interview guitarist Phil Collen did at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim last month.

A Leppard box set is in the works, guitarist Vivian Campbell told Rush On Rock last month. “There are plans for a career-encompassing box set. It will happen but we need to sort a few things out contractually. As it happens we’re talking to our old label Universal about re-signing with them.”

There’s also been rumors about a summer US tour with Kansas and Heart.

We’ll wait for official word from the Leppard camp on this, to see if the “major news’ is any, or all, of the above three items.

Lionel Richie Goes Country

If you read the answer to the Daily Trivia today, you would know that Lionel Richie has had some roots in Country Music. Now, Lionel is going to have a new Country album to be released as early as this summer. It is going to be duets with Country artists singing his old hits. Some songs have been already recorded, such as “Stuck On You” with Darius Rucker, “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, “Sail On” with Tim McGraw, “Easy” with Willie Nelson, “Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town, “You Are” with Blake Shelton and “All Night Long” with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. He still plans to do recordings with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and the Zac Brown Band.

Daily Trivia – 2/2/11

Question: What star of The Accused revealed during filming that she herself had been raped six years earlier?


Last Question: What Fame star reached number one with the theme from Flashdance?

Answer: Irene Cara

The 1980 hit movie Fame catapulted Irene Cara to stardom. Cara was originally cast as a dancer, and when production heard her voice they re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez. As Coco Hernandez, she sang both the title song “Fame” and the film’s second hit single “Out Here on My Own”. These songs, the only hit songs from the movie, helped make the film’s soundtrack a chart-topping, multi-platinum album. Further history was made when at the Academy Awards that year: It was the first time two songs from one film were nominated in the same category (“Fame” and “Out Here on My Own”) and both were sung by Cara. “Fame” ended up winning.

In 1983, Cara appeared as herself in the film D.C. Cab, which is a film about a group of cabbies. The movie stars Mr. T. One of the characters, Tyrone played by Charlie Barnett, is an obsessed Cara fan who decorated his Checker Cab as a shrine to her. The movie featured my personal favorite song by Irene Cara – “The Dream (Hold On To Your Dream)”:

In 1983, Cara reached the peak of her music career with the title song for the movie Flashdance: “Flashdance… What A Feeling”. The song won her the following awards: 1983 Academy Award for Best Song (Oscar); 1984 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, 1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Top Female Vocalist – Pop Singles; Black Contemporary Female Vocalist – Pop Singles; Top Pop Crossover Artist – Black Contemporary Singles; Pop Single of the Year; American Music Awards for Best R&B Female Artist and Best Pop Single of the Year.

Cara lives in Florida and works with her band Hot Caramel.

One more fun fact – Irene Cara appeared on the first season of The Electric Company as part of The Short Circus:

Aah, just for fun, here is the opening most of us are probably more familiar with. Unfortunately, Cara was long gone by then:

Battle of the Bands – Tiffany vs. Debbie Gibson

OK, here we go! In honor of “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” event tomorrow, here is the battle of the ’80s teen queens once again. The battled it out for attention to appear in Tiger Beat and Teen Beat, and later on in Playboy. Although they did not really fight against each other, they battle it out tomorrow:

Now they will fight it out again here at Return to the ’80s. Feel free to read up on the articles I just posted on Tiffany and Debbie.

Who is your favorite?

Guilty Pleasures – Tiffany

The former teen-queen will star along side fellow teen-queen, Debbie Gibson, in the upcoming guilty pleasure itself, “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” on SyFy tomorrow.

I liked Tiffany. Her voice has kind of an edge to it. It is kind of like Stevie Nicks-lite (which is a compliment). Her dance music was popular, but I think her ballads are just as good, if not better.

In 1985, Tiffany appeared on Star Search with Ed McMahon, where she came in second place.

In 1987, Tiffany released her first album – Tiffany. In order to promote the album she went on a tour of shopping malls across the United States, called “The Beautiful You: Celebrating The Good Life Shopping Mall Tour ’87”. Her popularity exploded with the release of the Tommy James & the Shondells hit, “I Think We’re Alone Now”. The song skyrocketed to number 1. In February 1988, her ballad, “Could’ve Been” also shot up to number 1. She also had a hit with “I Saw Him Standing There”, which was a modified remake of the Beatles hit, “I Saw Her Standing There”. When she went on a concert tour in 1988, she cast the then-unknown singing group New Kids on the Block as the opening act. During the tour she briefly dated Jonathan Knight.

In late 1988, Tiffany released her second album, Hold an Old Friend’s Hand, which was less successful than her first album. Although it did not feature any number one hits, the song “All This Time” made the top ten. The album still went platinum.

However, like most ’80s acts, Tiffany’s popularity disappeared in the early-90s as musical tastes changed. Grunge and harder-edged rap were taking over, and dance-pop was fading.

Tiffany has been slowly coming back over the past decade. In the April 2002 issue of Playboy, she appeared fully nude. Then she started appearing in reality/competition shows. On April 2, 2005, Tiffany was featured on the British TV show Hit Me Baby One More Time, winning the first heat and securing a place in the show’s finale (which Shakin’ Stevens won). She also appeared on the U.S. version of the show on June 2, 2005, but lost to hip-hop group Arrested Development. Both versions of the show aimed to bring former pop stars back into the limelight. In 2007, Tiffany was also one of the contestants on the fifth season of the TV show Celebrity Fit Club, going from 152 to 124 lbs for a loss of 28 lbs. On October 18, 2008, Tiffany appeared on the CMT reality show Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling (CCW) where she was eliminated in the first episode due to poor wrestling performance. She was the first contender to be eliminated from the show.

Tiffany continues to record new music.

Here is my top-10 Tiffany songs:

10. I Saw Him Standing There

This song was a huge hit for Tiffany. But, I do not recommend listening to the Beatles’ version first. If you do, then you might be able to take Tiffany’s version for about 2 seconds before your ears start hurting, and you need to turn it off.

9. It’s the Lover Not the Love

This was a nice ballad off of Hold An Old Friend’s Hand. It sounds like it could be a Gloria Estefan song.

8. Spanish Eyes

This a good song that is not a ballad, but not a fast paced song either. However, you can get quite the earworm from this one. There could be worse songs that get stuck in your head, though.

7. Here In My Heart

This was a really good ballad from Tiffany’s New Inside album. It was written by Diane Warren.

6. All This Time

This was a big hit off of Hold An Old Friend’s Hand. It is a pretty good ballad:

5. I Think We’re Alone Now

Now this is a great remake. It deservedly became a hit. It’s a good fun song, and she made it her own. I like Tommy James and the Shondells, but I think I actually like Tiffany’s version better.

4. Hearts Never Lie

I love this duet off of Hold An Old Friend’s Hand. She is singing with Country Music artist Chris Farren. This could probably be a hit on Country Radio today.

3. Could’ve Been

Tiffany’s first hit ballad. It’s a really good heartbreaking song:

2. Hold An Old Friend’s Hand

This was always one of my favorites. The lyrics kind of have a country or folk feel to them. It’s another one of those songs that record companies probably did not like because it wasn’t a ballad, and it wasn’t a dance song.

1. Feelings of Forever

“Could’ve Been” was a bigger hit, but this was always my favorite ballad by Tiffany. The music is powerful, and it is very uplifting.