Return the Artist and Song – 5/10/11

Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics. Today is the birthday of the lead singer of this band…

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 _____ _______ _____ ____ __ _______ ___


Here is Yesterday’s:  “Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel who turned 52 yesterday

And it was dark..
So dark at night
And we held onto each other
Like brother to brother
We promised our mothers we’d write
And we would all go down together

Return the Artist and Song – 5/9/11

Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics for today’s birthday boy:

And it was dark..
So dark at night
And we held onto each other
Like brother to brother
We promised our mothers we’d write

___ __ _____ ___ __ ____ ________



Here is Friday’s:  “Mother, Father” by Journey

She sits alone, an empty stare
A mother’s face she wears
Where did she go wrong,
the fight is gone
Lord help this broken home

Daily Trivia – 5/9/11

Question: What arcade game featured enemies named “Mr. Hotdog”, Mr. Pickle, and “Mr. Egg”?


Last Question: Who plays the actual mom in Mr. Mom

Teri Garr

Teri Garr played Caroline Butler, wife of Michael Keaton’s Jack Butler in this movie that John Hughes wrote (but did not direct). Jack is laid off from his job, and Caroline is forced to go to work, while Jack is forced to be a stay-at-home dad.

Here is the movie trailer:

Daily Trivia – 5/6/11

Question: Who plays the actual mom in Mr. Mom?


Last Question: On Mork & Mindy, what was the name of the title characters’ son?

Mearth (from Earth)

In a “jump the shark” moment, Mork & Mindy brought in a child – although there was a spin on this one. Mork and Mindy’s “child” was in the form of Jonathan Winters – who was one of Robin Williams’ idols.

Due to the different Orkan physiology, Mork laid an egg, which grew and hatched into the much older Winters. It had been previously explained that Orkans aged backwards. Even though Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters were hilarious, this was Mork & Mindy‘s 4th and final season.

Here is a scene featuring Mearth:

Return the Artist and Song – 5/5/11

This one will either be really easy, or really hard.

Return the Artist and Song for the following lyrics:

She sits alone, an empty stare
A mother’s face she wears
Where did she go wrong,
the fight is gone
Lord help this broken home


Here is yesterday’s: “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister

we’ve got the right to choose and
there ain’t no way we’ll lose it
this is our life, this is our song
we’ll fight the powers that be just,
don’t pick our destiny ’cause
you don’t know us, you don’t belong

Here’s the official video, that you have to go to youtube to watch:

Or you can watch the live version here:

Return the Artist and Song – 5/5/11

Return the Artist and Song for the following lyrics:

we’ve got the right to choose and
there ain’t no way we’ll lose it
this is our life, this is our song
we’ll fight the powers that be just,
don’t pick our destiny ’cause
you don’t know us, you don’t belong


Here is yesterday’s: “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield

And she’s watching him with those eyes
And she’s lovin’ him with that body,
I just know it
Yeah ‘n’ he’s holding her
in his arms late,
late at night

You know, I wish That I Had Jesse’s Girl

Daily Trivia – 5/5/11

Question: On Mork & Mindy, what was the name of the title characters’ son?


Last Question:In The Cannonball Run, what was the name of Dom DeLuise’s character’s alter ego?

Captain Chaos is the alter ego of Dom Deluise’s character, Victor Prinzim. Whenever Victor or any of his friends are being threatened, Victor is instantly compelled to don his satin cape and mask to become Captain Chaos. Captain Chaos is an annoyance to his friend J.J. (Burt Reynolds). Whenever he turned into Captain Chaos, he reffered to J.J. as Kato, which is the same name as The Green Hornet’s sidekick. Because of this, Victor is explicitly forbidden from speaking the name of Captain Chaos in front of J.J., hence the reason Victor always cautiously refers to the hero simply as “…Him.” (usually followed by a twinge of magical music).

Here is Captain Chaos in action:

Captain Chaos

Hits of 1985 – Horrible and Great

On September 6, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 178). Here is their list:

10. Walking on Sunshine – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
9. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters (vetoed by Steve)
8. All I Need – Jack Wagner (vetoed by Cathy)
7. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
6. Wild Boys – Duran Duran
5. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
4. Some Like It Hot – Power Station (vetoed by Cathy and Steve)
3. Sea of Love – The Honeydrippers
2. We Built This City – Starship
1. We Are the World – U.S.A. For Africa

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was a tough one for me. There were so many horrible songs from 1985, and there were so many great ones. But, I was finally able to compile my list, so here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

This is one of the most overrated songs of the ’80s. Sure, the video was different from anything else at the time. And MTV is mentioned in the song. This was the perfect storm for the video to play in a seemingly endless loop for a long time on MTV. This would have been my #1 for most horrible song, if not for the awesome guitar lick at the beginning of the song. Once that guitar part is done, I go off in a daze, and forget that it’s on.

4. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

I never cared much for this song at all. It was too boring for me. This song might not be on too many peoples’ lists of horrible songs, but I have a personal grudge against this song. As some longtime Return to the ’80s readers may know, I served in the military. The day I left, the recruiter picked me up at home to send me off to boot camp. I got in the car, and as we were pulling away, this song came on. Since this song mocked me, it is now on my Horrible list.

3. Solid – Ashford and Simpson

Typical song that lands on my Horrible list – boring and overplayed. I would have to turn off the radio whenever this song came on. I may be in the minority here, but I don’t like too many of this songwriting duo’s songs, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, and “I’m Every Woman”.

2. Smooth Operator – Sade

The Stuck in the 80s guys were told to keep this song off their Horrible list. It did sound like they wanted it on there though. So, I will place it on my list. Is this even a song? It is more like slow torture! Slow, slow torture.

1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Ecchhhh. Wham! ranks right up there with Culture Club as one of my least favorite groups. The only song I don’t mind by them is “Freedom”, so at least there’s that. I wasn’t sure if “Wake Me Up..” or “Careless Whisper” would be my #1 Horrible song. Since this song is played the most on the 80s on 8 radio station, and on all radio stations that play 80s songs, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” wins. Once you hear this crappy song, it sticks with you, whether you like it or not.

Here is my top songs from that year:

10. Loverboy – Billy Ocean:

I love Billy Ocean’s voice. This is a fun song.

9. Nightshift – Commodores:

This is a really good Commodore’s song without Lionel Richie. It’s a nice tribute about music legends.

8. St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr:

This song is just as good as the movie. Great rockin’s song with a Joe Cocker feel to it.

7. What About Love – Heart:

Heart was at the beginning of their resurgence with this song. Great song, and Ann Wilson has one of the best female rock voices of all time.

6. Misled – Kool and The Gang:

Kool and the Gang may be best known for their party anthem – “Celebration”. But, their Emergency album is incredible, and “Misled” is perhaps the best of the bunch. Great rockin’ song.

5. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters

You can’t help but want to move to this song. “Neutron Dance” was the Pointer Sisters’ fourth top ten single in a row, which was on their album Break Out. It was also featured in Beverly Hills Cop. I love the Pointer Sisters, and this song is right up there among my favorites.

4.Crazy for You – Madonna

This was Madonna’s first ballad, which came off of the great Vision Quest soundtrack. This song was surrounded with controversy at the time. The Vision Quest soundtrack was on Geffen Records, and Warner Brothers had just released Madonna’s Like a Virgin album. Warner Brothers did not want “Crazy For You” released as a single, as it would take attention away from Like a Virgin. But Geffen producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber were able to convince Warner to greenlight the single. As a result, Madonna was able to prove that she had more talent than your typical attention-getting pop star. I believe that due to the fact that she could sing different styles of music, this song went a long way in making her an 80s icon.

3. I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor

This is one of my favorite songs by Survivor. This came off the great Vital Signs album, which was their first with lead singer Jimi Jamison. They had other hit songs from this album, such as “High On You” and “The Search Is Over”, but “I Can’t Hold Back” is my favorite. It was featured prominently in the recent movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop“, which made it the best part of the movie.

2. Summer of ’69/Heaven – Bryan Adams

I had a hard time deciding which Bryan Adams song to throw on here, so why not add both? Summer of ’69 is a great rocker. I’m sure we can all relate to looking back at the “good ole days”, or you wouldn’t be reading this. And “Heaven” is a great ballad. It is a nice slow-dance song.

Summer of ’69
Heaven

1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t think of one without the other. It even has staying power as this song is played while the losing American Idols are being booted. This song does gte played alot, but somehow I cannot get sick of it.

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Daily Trivia – 5/4/11

Question: In The Cannonball Run, what was the name of Dom DeLuise’s character’s alter ego?


Last Question:What were the first names of “The Blues Brothers”?

Jake and Elwood

John Belushi played Jake and Dan Aykroyd played Elwood in the great movie, The Blues Brothers. The movie was based on the characters played by Belushi and Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live.

Return the Artist, Song and Lyrics – 5/4/11

Return the lyrics and song from this artist who just had a guest spot this past Monday on the hit TV show “Hawaii Five-O”:

And she’s watching him with those eyes
And she’s lovin’ him with that body,
I just know it
Yeah ‘n’ he’s holding her
in his arms late,
late at night

You know, I wish ____ _ ___ ______ ____


Here is yesterday’s “Islands in the Stream” lyrics

Tender love is blind it requires a dedication
All this love we feel needs no conversation
We ride it together, uh huh
Makin’ love with each other, uh huh

Islands in the stream that is what we are
No one In Between, How Can We Be Wrong

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

The Bee Gees (who wrote this song)

80's Pop Culture and News

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