Daily Trivia – 5/17/11

Question: On A Different World, what Star Search-winning comedian played Coach Walter Oakes?


Last Question: In what sitcom did Sherman Hemsley play the deacon of a Philadelphia church?

Answer: Amen

Amen aired on NBC from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991. It was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s which featured entirely or almost-entirely black casts, including The Cosby Show, A Different World, and 227.

Sherman Hemsley played Deacon Ernest Frye, of the First Community Church of Philadelphia. He was always getting in trouble with his many harebrained schemes. Anna Maria Horsford played Deacon Frye’s 36-year-old spinster daughter, Thelma Frye. She would eventually go on to marry Reverend Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis), the new, young pastor of the First Community Church who Thelma had a crush on.

Here are the opening and closing credits of the show:

Daily Trivia – 5/16/11

Question: In what sitcom did Sherman Hemsley play the deacon of a Philadelphia church?


Last Question: In 1986, what was the theme song of the claymation California Raisins?

Answer: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”

In 1986, the concept of dancing raisins singing the 1968 Marvin Gaye song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” was created on behalf of the California Raisin Advisory Board.

The California Raisins were claymation characters whose popularity exploded from 1986 through the late ’80s. The lead vocals were sung by Buddy Miles, who was a founding member of The Electric Flag in 1967, then as a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys from 1969 through to January 1970.

Like most popular fads of the ’80s, a Saturday morning cartoon was created. But The California Raisin Show only lasted 13 episodes. They also had four studio albums released through 1987 to 1988, and their signature song, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” landed on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Raisins could be seen everywhere. They were on lunch boxes, notebooks, clothing, posters, bedsheets, and even Halloween costumes.
But, they were best known for their commercials. There were even commercials that starred music legends Michael Jackson and Ray Charles.

Here are some of the commercials:

With Michael Jackson:

With Ray Charles:

Return the Artist and Song – 5/16/11

Return the Artist and Song, and complete the lyrics (the song and lyrics are the same):

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day
____ ____ __ __ _____ __ ______


Friday’s Answer:  “867-5309/Jenny” by Tommy Tutone

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall

James Durbin ’80s Performances

Now I remember why I stopped watching American Idol for a while! Finally, there was somebody consistently putting out really good rock songs. I don’t think that there’s much question that Durbin is going to go on to a successful Rock career. Here are his performances of ’80s songs:

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

This is when James proved to me that he wasn’t a phony Idol “token” rock performer:

I’ll Be There for You

He could even do rock ballads:

Heavy Metal

I love Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal”. But, I always felt it was more of a Hard Rock song than Metal. This version of “Heavy Metal” is actually Heavy Metal. And props for getting Zakk Wylde

Don’t Stop Believin’

Great song choice! Unfortunately, this was the first song of his last night.

Daily Trivia – 5/13/11

Question: In 1986, what was the theme song of the claymation California Raisins?


Last Question: What movie starred Elisabeth Shue as “Chris Parker,” a character that sang the blues?

Answer: Adventures in Babysitting

After being detained by car thieves, Chris (Elisabeth Shue) and the kids escape. But not before Daryl (Rent‘s Anthony Rapp) finds a Playboy magazine and steals it, not knowing that it contains incriminating evidence against the thieves.

The thieves give chase, and Chris and the kids stumble into a Blues club, where Blues legend, Albert Collins says, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.” :

Return the Artist and Song – 5/13/11

Return the Artist and Song:

You give me something I can hold onto
I know you think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall


Here is Yesterday’s:  “(Roll On) Eighteen Wheeler” by Alabama:

It’s Monday morning, he’s kissin’ momma goodbye
He’s up and gone with the sun
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And he’s off on a Midwest run

Daily Trivia – 5/12/11 / Grease 2

Question: What movie starred Elisabeth Shue as “Chris Parker,” a character that sang the blues?


Last Question: What 1982 movie sequel featured the cast singing the songs “Prowlin'”, “Do It For Our Country”, and “Cool Rider”?

Answer: Grease 2

Grease 2 starred Maxwell Caulfield and an unknown Michelle Pfeiffer, as well as T.J. Hooker‘s Adrian Zmed. This sequel takes place in 1961, 2 years after the original Grease took place. This movie was not very successful, as it only made $15 million on a $13.2 million budget. There are several reasons for this, such as that it came out around the same time as the smash hits E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Tootsie. There were also other musicals that came out that year, such as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Annie.
It didn’t help that much of the main cast did not come back for this movie, with the exception of Didi Conn (Frenchy).

Due to the failure of Grease 2, Maxwell Caulfield’s career was damaged. He said, “Before Grease 2 came out, I was being hailed as the next Richard Gere or John Travolta. However, when Grease 2 flopped, nobody would touch me. It felt like a bucket of cold water had been thrown in my face. It took me 10 years to get over Grease 2”.

On the other hand, Michelle Pfeiffer’s career took off after this movie. Her next movie was Scarface, and she went on to star in many more movies.

Here is the plot of the movie that I got from Wikipedia:

It is 1961, two years after the original Grease gang were Rydell High seniors in the first movie and a new academic year is just beginning at Rydell High School:

Back to School Again

The Pink Ladies are now led by the beautiful Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), who feels she has “outgrown” her relationship with the arrogant leader of the The T-Birds, Johnny Nogerelli (Adrian Zmed) during summer break. A new arrival comes in the form of clean-cut English student Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield), who quickly becomes smitten with Stephanie.

At the local bowling alley, a game turns sour due to the animosity between Johnny and Stephanie.

Score Tonight

Stephanie retaliates by kissing the next man who walks in the door, which happens to be Michael. Bemused by this unexpected kiss, Michael attempts to ask her out but discovers that she has a very specific vision of her ideal man.

Cool Rider

As he realizes that he will only win her affection if he turns himself into a cool rider, Michael buys a motorcycle.

Following an unusual, biology lesson (Reproduction) given by Mr. Stuart (Tab Hunter),

Reproduction

a gang of rival motorcyclists called the Cycle Lords surprise the T-Birds at the bowling alley. Before the fight starts, a lone anonymous biker appears, defeats the enemy gang, and disappears into the night.

Who’s That Guy

Stephanie is instantly fascinated with the stranger. In a short comic scene, one of the T-Birds, Louis DiMucci (Peter Frechette), attempts to trick his sweetheart Sharon (Maureen Teefy) into losing her virginity to him by taking her to a fallout shelter and faking a nuclear attack.

Do It For Our Country

Stephanie is surprised again by the Cool Rider and they enjoy a romantic twilight motorcycle ride. Just as Michael is about to reveal his identity, they are interrupted by the arrival of the whole gang; before Michael disappears again, he tells Stephanie that he will see her at the talent show, in which the Pink Ladies and T-Birds are performing. Johnny, enraged by Stephanie’s new romance, threatens to fight the “Cool Rider” if he sees him with her again. The Pink Ladies exit haughtily, although this has little effect on the T-Birds’ self-confidence.

Prowlin’

At school, Stephanie’s poor grades in English lead her to accept Michael’s offer of help. She slowly begins to discover that she has similar feelings for him, and starts to reciprocate his crush. Johnny, upon seeing them together in a discussion, demands that Stephanie quit the Pink Ladies for his “rep” and subtly threatens that the T-Birds will beat up Michael if she refuses. Stephanie is visibly upset by this but refuses to quit the Pink Ladies. Although still head over heels for the Cool Rider, interactions with Michael reveal that she has become smitten with him as well, as Michael ponders over his continuing charade he puts out to Stephanie.

Charades

At the talent show, Stephanie and the Cool Rider meet outside the school, but are ambushed by the T-Birds who pursue Michael with Stephanie and the Pink Ladies following in a car. They chase him to a construction site which conceals a deadly drop, and the biker’s absence suggests that he has perished below, leaving Stephanie inconsolable. During the Pink Ladies’ number at the talent show

A Girl For All Seasons

Stephanie enters a dreamlike fantasy world where she is reunited with her mystery biker.

Love Will Turn Back the Hands of Time

She is named winner of the contest and crowned the queen of the upcoming luau, with Johnny hailed as king.

The school year ends with the graduation luau, during which the Cycle Lords suddenly appear and begin to destroy the celebration.

Rock-A-Hula Luau (Summer Is Coming)

After the Cool Rider appears and defeats the Cycle Lords, he finally reveals himself to be Michael. After his initial shock, Johnny offers him a T-Bird jacket and welcomes him into the gang, and Stephanie finally accepts that she can be with him. All of the couples pair off happily at graduation as the graduating class sings.

We’ll Be Together

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Return the Artist, Song, and Lyrics – 5/12/11

Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics:

It’s Monday morning, he’s kissin’ momma goodbye
He’s up and gone with the sun
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And he’s off __ _ _______ ___ 


Here is Yesterday’s:  “Love Stinks” by The J. Geils Band :

You love her
But she loves him
And he loves somebody else
You just can’t win
And so it goes
Till the day you die
This thing they call love
It’s gonna Make You Cry

Daily Trivia – 5/11/11

Question: What 1982 movie sequel featured the cast singing the songs “Prowlin'”, “Do It For Our Country”, and “Cool Rider”?


Last Question: What timepiece brand was introduced in 1983 and was eventually sold in hundreds of styles?

Answer: Swatch

The Swatch watch was not only a watch. It was quite the fashion trend of the mid 80s. These watches had all different kinds of watch faces as well as wrist bands. People would even wear more than one at the same time. There were even some types of Swatches that you could attach directly to your clothing. They were even used to tie your hair into a ponytail.

Not only was the Swatch an accessory, but it was an accessory that had accessories! You could get a guard to put over the face. The faces and bands could also be interchangeable with other Swatches. The Swatch could be bought at a very low price, so this also helped with its popularity. The colors and designs were perfect for our beloved 80s.

Return the Artist, Song, and Lyrics – 5/11/11

Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics.  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver may have this song in their heads right now:

You love her
But she loves him
And he loves somebody else
You just can’t win
And so it goes
Till the day you die
This thing they call love
It’s gonna ____ ___ ___


Here is Yesterday’s:  “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 :

I have climbed highest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you

I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

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