Daily Trivia – 1/3/11

Question: Who directed Gilda Radner’s last movie, the horror spoof Haunted Honeymoon?


Last Question: What singer scored a top-10 hit with the movie theme “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”?

Answer: Cyndi Lauper

“The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” was released in 1985, and the song peaked at #10 on the U.S. charts. Here are some tidbits about the song and video from Songfacts.com:

– This song was recorded for the 1985 film The Goonies, which came from the Steven Spielberg camp, and was directed by Richard Donner. Lauper had a quirky sound that fit well with the film, but for promotional purposes, Cyndi was pushed into playing the part of a ditzy girl by her record label.

– Lauper’s then boyfriend/manager convinced her to get involved with pro wrestling, as he thought it would help promote her career. There was a 2-part video that was shot for this song which featured many popular pro-wrestlers of the day, including Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albanno, and the Iron Shiek. The videos also featured Steven Spielberg, part of The Goonies cast, and – hidden among the video’s cast – there are some “girl pirates” who are the (then completely unknown) Bangles.

– This song is hard to find, as it did not appear on an album until the 2003 compilation The Essential Cyndi Lauper. It was not included in her 1995 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns… and Then Some.

– Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund for his 1996 book Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade, that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it in Twelve Deadly Cyns.

– The single’s B-side was “What a Thrill,” which got Lauper nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance – Female in 1986.

– Sean Astin, who was in The Goonies, spoke about the song in the commentary on the DVD. He said they all loved the song, but appeared tired during the video shoot. He gave a sincere apology to Lauper. Part 1 of the video is available on the DVD.

– Lauper stopped playing the song live around 1987. She did play it in 2006 during a show in Baltimore. Fans cheered, “Goonies” and she walked over to her microphone and tried to work it out on the acoustic guitar. She eventually sang it acapella and the crowd went wild.

Here is the long version of the video. And anybody who was familiar with the WWF (now the WWE), back in the mid-80s, will really enjoy this:

Ronald Reagan Quote of the Week – 1/3/11

This is not the time for political fun and games. This is the time for a new beginning. I ask you now to put aside any feelings of frustration or helplessness about our political institutions and join me in this dramatic but responsible plan to reduce the enormous burden of Federal taxation on you and your family.
o Address to the Nation (07/27/81)

Daily Trivia – 12/31/10

Question: What singer scored a top-10 hit with the movie theme “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”?


Last Question: What Arnold Schwarzenegger movie dared to cast Richard Dawson as a game-show host of the future?

Survey Says!… The Running Man

The Running Man, a movie based on a Steven King book, was Richard Dawson’s last movie before he retired. Although us 80s fans remember Dawson most from the game show, The Family Feud, acting was not new to Dawson. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes from 1965 to 1971.

Daily Trivia – 12/30/10

Question: What Arnold Schwarzenegger movie dared to cast Richard Dawson as a game-show host of the future?


Last Question: What Billy Joel chart-topper advised: “Giver her every reason to accept that you’re for real”?

Answer: “Tell Her About It”

“Tell Her About It” was the first single released off of the An Innocent Man album. This song is an homage to the Motown Sound. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for one week on September 24, 1983, replacing “Maniac” by Michael Sembello. At the end of the song in the video, comedian (and Easy Money star) Rodney Dangerfield is there preparing to go on “stage” thanking Joel for warming up the crowd.

For more on the album An Innocent Man, go check out the Album Listening Party for this album.

Guilty Pleasures – Culture Club

The Guilty Pleasure series continues. Although I do enjoy most of the artists that are going to appear in this series, there are some that I really can’t stand. Today’s band falls into the latter category. That would be Culture Club. I was even going to make a sacrifice for the blog, and actually download some of their hits. But, I could not bring myself to do it! When Boy George sang the words, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”, was I the only one who screamed an angry whole-hearted “YES!!” every single time?

When Culture Club burst onto the scene in 1982 with their debut album Kissing to Be Clever, many of us asked, “Is that lead singer a guy or a girl?” It looks a lot like a girl with that hairdo and those clothes. But, if it is a girl, she is kind of freaky looking. Oh, wait, the name is Boy George, so it must be a guy. right?
Yeah, yeah, confirmed. It’s a guy.

Well, as much as I was not a fan of the group, there is no denying Culture Club’s success of the early to mid 80s. Kissing to Be Cleversold over two million copies in the US, and another four million worldwide at the time of its release.

Culture Club definitely did not suffer a sophomore slump. In 1983, Colour by Numbers was released, and it sold four million copies in the US and another five million worldwide at its time of release. The second single, “Karma Chameleon” became the band’s biggest hit as it was #1 in the UK, #1 in the U.S. for 3 weeks, and was #1 in sixteen other countries, and became one of the top twenty best-selling singles of the 80s.

After the success of Colour by Numbers, Culture Club had a nose dive. I suppose that they literally had a nose dive as Boy George became addicted to cocaine, which then led to a heroine addiction. The band eventually broke up in 1986, and Boy George pursued a solo career.

The band reunited a couple of times since. They reunited in 1998, and appeared on VH1 Storytellers. They went on a small tour, then reunited again in 2002 for their 20th anniversary. They broke up again due Boy George’s successful DJ career.

I could not even come up with a top 5 list of Culture Club songs. Here is a list of my top 4 hits:

4. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

I really could not stand this song. But there’s no denying it’s success. It put Culture Club on the map. Ironically, it is the only Culture Club song I own right now. That is because it is on The Wedding Singer Soundtrack.

3. Church of the Poison Mind

This top 10 hit is a little more tolerable. It has a pretty cool Motown vibe. Could they be winning me over? I do love Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)“, which is very similar.

2. I’ll Tumble 4 Ya

This song is alright. It has a pretty good reggae beat. It makes me want to go on a Caribbean Cruise.

1. Karma Chameleon

This was Culture Club’s most successful song. It’s kind of a fun song. Not fun enough for me to spend $1.29 on. When I was in Junior High school, I was some place where there was a raffle for all different items. You buy a bunch of tickets, and put them in the cans in front of the items. I threw a ticket in for the 45 records of “Karma Chameleon” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”. You can see where this is going can’t you? These 45’s were the first things I ever won in my life. Now I had something else to bring to the school dances (that I mentioned in the Air Supply article), and I didn’t need to bring AC/DC’s Back In Black anymore! And they actually played my records at the dance!

So did I offend any Culture Club fans out there? Or did they irritate you as much as they did me? I won’t stick my nose up at you if you’re a fan. They’re just not my cup of tea.

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Daily Trivia – 12/29/10

We are going to do away with Trivia Tuesday. Instead, you will be able to get your ’80s trivia fix here daily (well at least daily during the week, excluding holidays)!

Question: What Billy Joel chart-topper advised: “Giver her every reason to accept that you’re for real”?


Last Question: In Three’s Company, what was Chrissy’s name short for?

Answer: Christmas


Chrissy’s full name was Christmas Noelle Snow.

In season 4, episode 9 (Chrissy’s Hospitality), Chrissy falls and hits her head. She ends up in the hospital and explains to the nurse that her father named her Christmas because “she was the best present he ever got”.

Music Video of the Day – 12/29/10

Since the New Year starts this week, why shouldn’t the video be U2’s “New Year’s Day”:

“New Year’s Day” was the first single off of U2’s 1983 album War. Here are some facts about the song from Songfacts:

– The lyrics refer to the movement for solidarity lead by Lech Walesa in Poland. After this was recorded, Poland announced they would abolish martial law, coincidentally, on New Year’s Day, 1983.

– This was U2’s first UK Top 10 and their first single to chart in America.

– This almost didn’t make the album because Bono was having fits writing the lyrics.

– The Edge played piano on this as well as guitar.

– This was the first U2 video to get heavy airplay on MTV.

– The themes of understanding in a time of global unrest were a focal point for the album War, whose title was inspired by the various worldwide conflicts of 1982.

– The line “Under a blood red sky” was used as the title for a video and live album U2 released in 1983. The video was recorded at Red Rocks, Colorado, June 5, 1982. The album contains performances from that show as well as 2 others.

– Bono considers this a love song. While it is about war, it deals with “The struggle for love.”

– Bono wrote this shortly after he married his childhood sweetheart, Ali.

– The video shows the band riding horses in the snow. The Edge used a stunt-double because he was having trouble with his horse.

Trivia Tuesday – 12/28/10

Question: In Three’s Company, what was Chrissy’s name short for?


Last Question: This week’s question is about When Harry Met Sally. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we all know that it was Rob Reiner’s mother that had the famous line “I’ll have what she’s having,” so that’s not the question. The question is, What was the name of the place where this classic scene took place?

Answer: Katz’s Deli

Here are some other facts about the movie, from the site Destination Hollywood:

Did You Know?

… that Rob Reiner always references his other movies somewhere in each of his movies. In When Harry Met Sally, Billy Crystal is reading Misery which would be Rob Reiner’s next movie.

… that in the scene where Harry and Sally are watching TV and talking to each other on the phone, they are both watching the movie Casablanca. Don’t miss our Tribute to Casablanca.

… that When Harry Met Sally was written by Nora Ephron. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. After When Harry Met Sally she went on to work with Meg Ryan again, writing and directing Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

… that When Harry Met Sally was made into a stage play starring Luke Perry and Alyson Hannigan. If you don’t believe us you can read a review.

R.I.P. Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010)

According to CNN, R&B singer-songwriter Teena Marie apparently died in her sleep at her California home, and was discovered by her daughter on Sunday, December 26. According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, an autopsy will be performed today. It was not immediately clear when the results would be available, but the coroner’s office said it hopes to have the autopsy completed on Tuesday.

Teena Marie was born Mary Christine Brockert, and grew up in Venice, California. She signed with Motown records in 1976 after she auditioned for the label honcho, Berry Gordy. She was spotted by Rick James and guitarist Paul C Saenz who became her mentors. She had some hits with Motown, such as “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love” (a duet with Rick James), “Behind The Groove“, “I Need Your Lovin’“, “Fire and Desire” (another duet with James), “Square Biz“, “Portuguese Love“, and “It Must be Magic“.

In 1982, Marie got into a heated legal battle with Motown records over her contract and disagreements about releasing her new material. After leaving Motown, she signed with Epic Records. She had several more hits, including her biggest selling album, 1984’s Starchild. The album contained the hit single “Lovergirl“, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March of 1985. She also recorded the song “14k“, which was featured in the Goonies movie. She also recorded another song for a soundtrack – “Lead Me On” from the movie Top Gun. In the fall of 1990, Marie released the album Ivory. Epic wasn’t happy with the album sales, so Marie and Epic agreed to go their separate ways. Teena Marie slowed down a little bit after that, and took time to raise her daughter Alia Rose. But she had a major comeback in 2004 with her album La Doña, and her follow-up Sapphire, in 2006. Marie was nominated for a Grammy Awards 2005 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Still in Love“.

This past year Marie was a headliner in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton and other venues.

“I am horrified by the sudden death of my darling Teena Marie,” Motown founder Berry Gordy said in a statement sent by his publicist. “She was my ‘baby,’ always true to herself, always true to her heart.”

Berry called her a “powerhouse performer, writer, producer and arranger.”

“When I first auditioned her she was so awesome she blew me away,” Gordy said. “She had so much soul — the only thing white about her was her skin.”

Here is Teena Marie’s hit “Lovergirl”:

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