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Music Video of the Week – 9/15/10

Today’s selection, in honor of drummer/singer Kelly Keagy’s 58th birthday, is “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger:

Night Ranger is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion is one of the most underrated. “Sister Christian” is their most successful song as it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single came off of the album Midnight Madness, and was released in 1984. The song was written and sung by Kelly Keagy. The song is about Keagy’s little sister, Christy. He wrote the song after visiting his hometown, and seeing how fast his teenaged sister, 10 years younger than he, was growing up. The original title was “Sister Christy,” but the rest of the band thought Keagy was singing “Sister Christian,” so that became the title.
There was controversy about the lyric “You’re motoring. What’s your price for flight? In finding Mr. Right?”. in a VH-1 Behind the Music interview, the band said that the term “motoring” was synonymous with the term “cruising.” Cruising can be meant as driving around slowly, socializing with friends, or it can mean driving around looking for people to pick up for casual sex. When Keagy visited his family he heard second hand about his sister cruising for a man to casually sleep with. After verifying this with her he was shocked about how fast she was growing up, so he wrote the song.

George Michael gets 8 weeks jail for driving uncer the influence of drugs

According to the Associated Press, George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail and lost his license for five years today for driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed his car into a London photo shop. Michael pleaded guilty last month to driving under the influence and possession of cannabis following a July 4 collision between his Range Rover and a Snappy Snaps store in north London. Judge John Perkins told the singer he had taken a “dangerous and unpredictable mix” of prescription drugs and marijuana.

“It does not appear that you took proper steps to deal with what is clearly an addiction to cannabis,” the judge said. “That’s a mistake which puts you and, on this occasion, the public at risk.”

The judge said Michael would have to serve four weeks of the sentence in prison and the rest on parole.

According to police, Michael appeared “spaced out” when they found him sitting in the car, whose engine was still running, in the wee hours of July 4. He acknowledged smoking marijuana and taking a prescription sedative, prosecutors said.

It was the latest in a string of automotive and drug-related mishaps for the 47-year-old star, who has often spoken of his fondness for marijuana.

In February 2006, he was found slumped at the wheel of his car at London’s busy Hyde Park Corner. That April, he hit three parked cars while trying to maneuver out of a parking space, and admitted being “a terrible driver.”

In October 2006, he was found slumped over the wheel of his car as it blocked an intersection. He pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs and was sentenced to community service.

Michael’s lawyer, Mukul Chawla, said the singer felt “profound shame and horror” at his actions.

“It is no exaggeration to describe him as a very kind, considerate and loyal man, constantly concerned for the plight of others,” Chawla said. “The prospect he could have put anyone else in danger is an appalling prospect to him.”

The judge said he was sending Michael to jail “with regret,” and had taken into account his guilty plea and the fact that after the crash he had checked into a clinic to seek help for anxiety, depression and insomnia.

But he said Michael’s previous conviction made a prison sentence inevitable.

Michael sighed as sentence was passed. His long-term partner Kenny Goss buried his head in his hands.

For some reason, this song popped into my head. I forgot that I liked this song:

New Bon Jovi Greatest Hits Album Cover

Bon Jovi’s upcoming Greatest Hits collection will be released on November 9th this year. Bon Jovi’s Facebook page revealed the album cover.
As far as the songs go, here is what was revealed on the bands official web site:

Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS will be a 16-song single disc chock full of the band’s biggest chart-toppers including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Always,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Two new songs, including lead single “What Do You Got,” round out the tracklisting. “What Do You Got?” will hit radio airwaves globally at the end of August.

Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be a 28-song two disc edition made up of the GREATEST HITS CD from the standard edition and a second disc featuring beloved fan favorites including “Bed of Roses,” “Blood on Blood,” “These Days,” and “Keep The Faith” plus the third and fourth new tracks created for this project.

The four new songs (“The More Things Change,” “No Apologies,” “This Is Love, This Is Life” and the first single, “What Do You Got?”) were written specifically for inclusion in this compilation.

The complete tracklistings for Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS and Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be unveiled exclusively at www.bonjovi.com.

Here is the new single, “What Do You Got?”:

John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, is Denied Parole

According to the New York Daily News, John Lennon’s killer was denied parole yesterday for the sixth time. The parole board panel said that Chapman’s “premeditated senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence” makes his release “inappropriate at this time and incompatible with the welfare of the community.”

Releasing him would “would so deprecate the seriousness of [the] crime as to undermine respect for the law,” the panel said.

The state parole board received 75 letters against Chapman’s release – including one from Yoko Ono, and just 1 memo in favor of his release. There always has to be a contrarian!

Chapman is locked up at Attica Correctional Facility, where he works as a porter and assists other inmates in one of the prison’s law libraries.

Because of his notoriety, Chapman is housed in a special unit apart from the general population.

He is also allowed conjugal visits with his wife, who lives in Hawaii, under the “family reunion program.” Sources have said she visits about once a year.

Chapman is next eligible for parole in 2012.

Music Video of the Week – 9/8/10

This week’s selection is “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince:

“Parents Just Don’t Understand” came off of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s second album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. The song was released in 1988 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, and basically launched Will Smith into superstardom. Will Smith is one of the few successful rappers who use clean lyrics.
The beat of the song, and the video style were used in Will Smith’s successful show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Jeff Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff) also made appearances in the show.
Who would have thought back then that this rapper would go on to launch a successful television show, then go on to become one of the most sought after movie actors in Hollywood?!? He even has the pull to get his son to star in movies such as the successful Karate Kid remake this year.

Trivia Tuesday – 9/7/10

Question: What disease killed off Mark Harmon’s character on St. Elsewhere?


Last Week’s Question: Who teamed with Aretha Franklin in 1987 for her first chart-topper since Respect? What was the name of the song?

Answer: George Michael and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”


George Michael had always wanted to sing with Aretha, who was one of his favorite singers. His dream came true when he recorded “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”. The song debuted at #59, the week of February 21, 1987. It reached #1 on April 18, 1987, and stayed for 2 weeks. It also reached #1 in the U.K., which made it Aretha’s only #1 song there.

In recent years, George Michael is more known for his legal troubles than his music. But this song was really good:

Back to School: Music Edition

We will wrap up the ‘Back to School’ series with songs about school. I have a list of 3 songs, in no particular order. I’m sure I have to be missing something. So if you know of any other ’80s songs about school or teachers, let me know.

We’ll start with .38 Special’s “Teacher, Teacher” from the movie Teachers, that starred Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Ralph Macchio, and Richard Mulligan:

Next is Motley Crue’s “Smokin’ in the Boys Room”. I couldn’t get the original video, but here is a live version of it, with the band in their prime:

“Sit down, Waldo!” Let’s finish this off with Van Halen’s classic video, “Hot for Teacher”:

Music Video(s) of the Week – 9/1/10

This week’s selection is in honor of the birthday girl. Debbie Gibson turned 40 yesterday, August 31! (2 days before me). I actually saw her in concert for her Out of the Blue tour. She is extremely talented. And I had quite the crush on her (like, I’m sure, most guys my age did).
After Electric Youth, she did not really appear on the charts too much. If you like her music, I would highly recommend her 1995 album Think With Your Heart.
Happy Birthday, Debbie, and I wish you many more!!

Here are 4 of Deborah’s hits:

Foolish Beat
This song got Debbie into the Guiness Book of World Records as the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a # 1 hit single.

Only In My Dreams
This was Debbie’s debut single. This came off of the Out of the Blue album, and reached to #4. Not bad for a debut!


Shake Your Love
This was Debbie’s second single, and it also reached up to #4. This video was choreographed by Paula Abdul.

Lost In Your Eyes
This is my favorite Debbie Gibson song by far. This was the first song released off of her second album, Electric Youth. The song easily reached #1, and stayed there for 3 weeks.

Music Video of the Week – 8/25/10

Tomorrow, August 26, will mark the 6th anniversary of Laura Branigan’s death. So we will honor her with the video of the week, my favorite song by her – Solitaire:


Laura Branigan (July 3, 1952 – August 26, 2004) was best known for her smash hit “Gloria”. It was on the Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, at the time a record for a female artist. The song was on her debut album in 1982 – Branigan. In the spring of 1983, Branigan released her second album, Branigan 2. This album had the top 10 hit, “Solitaire”. “Solitaire” was first major hit for songwriter Diane Warren. Branigan 2 also had another hit – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. It was the first major hit for its co-writer, Michael Bolton. Michael Bolton – mullet extraordinaire, later released the song himself, and was successful. I like Laura’s voice a lot better than his. But, it was a really good song for both singers.

Branigan continued her string of successful albums in the ’80s with 1984’s Self Control, which had an awesome song – “Ti Amo,” and 1985’s Hold Me, which had the hits “Spanish Eddie” and “I Found Someone”, which was another Michael Bolton written song. Cher also performed the song. Again, I like Branigan’s version much better. In 1987, Branigan released the album Touch. This album had the song “The Power of Love”. This was another hit that was also remade by another singer. This one was redone by Celine Dion. Once again, Branigan’s version was better in my opinion. She has a very powerful voice, but she doesn’t rip through your ears like Celine does.

Laura Branigan’s career started to slow down in the ’90s. She did have some success with 1990’s self-titled album, which had the hits “Moonlight On Water” and the ballad “Never in a Million Years.” Branigan released her final album in 1993 – Over My Heart. There weren’t any big hits from that album. Then in 1994, Branigan left the music industry after her husband, Larry Kruteck, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on June 15, 1996.

Laura Branigan died on August 26, 2004. She died in her sleep at her home from a brain aneurysm. Her ashes were scattered over Long Island Sound.

Other Half Entertainment, Laura’s management company at the time of her death, continues to oversee her career legacy through her official website, www.LauraBraniganOnline.com, her official MySpace and Facebook pages.

Here is a list of my top 10 Laura Branigan songs:

10. Moonlight on Water
9. Never In a Million Years
8. Ti Amo
7. Spanish Eddie
6. Shattered Glass
5. The Power of Love
4. I Found Someone
3. How Am I Suppose to Live Without You
2. Gloria
1. Solitaire

Steven Tyler – New American Idol Judge

According to the L.A. Times, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler has signed a deal to join American Idol for Season 10. A source close to the negotiations has confirmed reports that Tyler has signed on to fill one of the vacancies left by Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. Fox has not commented yet.
In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton said that Tyler was definitely heading to “Idol.” Here is the specific question and answer from that interview:

Q. But isn’t Steven going to be a judge on a certain TV talent show?
A. Yeah, Steven is doing “American Idol.” The ink is dry on that. So, we’ll have to work around his schedule. I hope it doesn’t hurt the new momentum we’ve built up as a band on this tour, because that’s been so important. But I wouldn’t want to be the one standing in the way of this for him. Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. I don’t know if “American Idol” will be rock ’n’ roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler.

Tommy Lee of Motley Crue said the following to Entertainment Weekly:

“I know him really well, and he’ll f—ing kill it,” said Lee, who was himself a judge on the 2006 reality show Rock Star: Supernova. “Look, you’re judging karaoke—you don’t need to be a really super experienced judge for that. But it’s nice to have an actual musician in there. He’s fun, and he’ll keep the show exciting too. He’s a good guy for that, I think.”

So, what is your opinion on Steven Tyler joining the show as a judge?
I think he will probably be more like Paula or Ellen, and not really be as tough on the contestants as Simon had been. I’m personally not a huge fan of the show. Before this past season, I had not watched the show in a few years. It seems like the contestants sing all the same songs every year, and not many of the songs (or singers for that matter) are that great. I may check out an episode or 2 next season just to see how Tyler is. My expectations are not very high.

What do you think?