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MTV Drops ‘Music Television’ From Its Logo


MTV redesigned its logo by removing “Music Television”.

The new look was revealed on-air yesterday. It features the original 3-D large “M” with the small, graffiti-style “tv” on the right side. But the new design is expanded, so that photos of MTV “talent”, including the cast of “Jersey Shore,” “The Buried Life” and “My Life as Liz,” can be seen through it.

This has probably been a long time coming since I can’t remember the last time I actually saw a music video on that channel.

New MTV logo

“Celebration” hits #1 this week in 1981

Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” hit #1 this week in 1981.
The song came from the album Celebrate!, which was released in 1980. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on February 7, 1981, and stayed there until February 20, 1981.
Even today, “Celebration” is played at most wedding receptions. My father-in-law says that the wedding is not official until that song is played.

Kool and the Gang formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964. They started as a jazz band, then moved on to R&B and funk.
In 1979, James “J.T.” Taylor joined the band as the new lead singer, and the group’s popularity skyrocketed. They started with “Ladies Night“, then hit big with “Celebration”.
They also had big hits in the ’80s with “Get Down On It” and “Joanna“.
Then Kool & the Gang released their album Emergency, which contained four top-20 pop hits – the title track “Emergency“, “Misled“, “Fresh“, and “Cherish“.
In 1986, Kool & the Gang released their last significant album Forever. This album had 2 hits – “Victory” and “Stone Love“.

Men at Work’s ‘Down Under’ copies a childrens’ song

A judge has ruled that the flute riff in Men at Work’s Australian anthem “Down Under” plagiarized a popular nursery rhyme, called “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree”, which was written in 1932. It was written by Australian teacher Marion Sinclair for a Girl Guides competition.

Sinclair died in 1988. In 1990, an Australian publishing group called Larrikin Publishing bought the copyright to the song. “Down Under” was composed and performed by Men at Work founding member Colin Hay in 1978. Greg Ham added the flute riff after he joined the band in mid-1979.

According to court documents, Ham added the riff to the song to inject some “Australian flavor.” He admitted he had heard the song while growing up in the country in the late 1950s and was “pretty sure” that Kookaburra was in his school’s song book.

Judge Jacobsen found that Ham deliberately included the bars from Kookaburra into the flute line, but accepted that Colin Hay didn’t realize it was from the nursery rhyme until early in the last decade.

The judge ordered both sides to enter mediation on royalty payments and reappear in court on February 25 to discuss whether Larrikin should receive compensation from Hay and Strykert.

Scorpions Calling it Quits

The Scorpions announced on their web site that they plan to break up after the release of their next album and tour.

Their next album, “Sting of the Tail” is set to be released on March 19, 2010. They are going to begin their next tour in their home country of Germany, and will travel to five different continents over the next few years.

The band formed in 1965, and released several albums throughout the 70’s. But they began their commercial success in the 80’s, with the album Love at First Sting. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was a huge hit on MTV.
Their biggest hit was “Wind of Change“, which celebrated the end of communism in Eastern Europe.

Teddy Pendergrass: 1950-2010


R&B Singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away January 13, 2010.
Pendergrass was a very successful recording artist until he was slowed down by spinal cord injury, from a car accident in 1982, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Pendergrass was the lead singer of the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes who, in 1972, released the song “If You Don’t Know Me By Now“. The song became a number 1 hit in 1989 by Simply Red.
Another great song he performed was “Hold Me“, which was a duet with Whitney Houston on her debut album.

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“Down Under” hits #1 this week

Men at Work’s “Down Under” hit number 1 on January 15, 1983 which came from their debut album Business as Usual.

“Down Under” was Men at Work’s biggest hit. It is the first song that comes to mind when you mention the group. The song is also synonymous with Men at Work’s native Australia. If it was not for this song, how many of us would have heard of Vegemite sandwiches?

The band had a great run in the early 80’s. Sure, they are most known for “Down Under”, but “Who Can It Be Now” was also a big hit. “Be Good Johnny” was also a fun song, and now I have an ear-worm!

“be good be good, be good be good, be good be good…”

Three other songs I love are “Overkill”, “It’s a Mistake”, and “Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive”