Daily Trivia – 2/22/11

Question: What caped African-American superhero regularly appeared on Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids?

Last Question: In Footloose, who played the preacher’s daughter, “Ariel”?

Answer: Lori Singer

Before playing Ariel, daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore, in Footloose, Lori Singer had also starred as Julie Miller in the television show Fame. Beastmaster and V star, Marc Singer is her brother, and director Bryan Singer is her cousin. Lori has not appeared in too many other movies, but she is also a Juilliard-trained cellist. She plays the cello in Short Cuts, Fame, and also in Sarabande, a 1997 short film by Atom Egoyan that is part of the Inspired by Bach series, which also features cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She performed as soloist at Carnegie Hall in January 2008, premiering a hymn written by Karl Jenkins in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lori Singer does have an official web site, where she also posts a blog.

Hits of 1983 – Horrible and Great

On March 13, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1982 Podcast (Episode 159). Here is their list:

10. Mickey – Toni Basil
9. She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
8. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle
7. Mr. Roboto – Styx
6. Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
5. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
4. Making Love Out of Nothing At All – Air Supply
3. What About Me – Moving Pictures
2. Puttin’ On the Ritz – Taco
1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

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

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Even though I love ’80s Music, I definitely prefer David Bowie’s ’70s music. No, David Bowie, I don’t want to dance! I’d much rather be Major Tom a “Space Oddity“! “Let’s Dance” is bad enough as it is. What makes it worse is that it is an “earworm” song. In other words, it gets stuck in your head. As I write this, I have not heard the song in years. But, just mentioning the title gave me earwormage (is that a even a word?) big time!
Well, that’s why I start with the ‘Horrible’ list, and end with the ‘Great’ list.

4. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics

Yes, this was the Eurythmics breakthrough hit, but I’m not a big Eurythmics fan. This song just drones on and on. Instead of ‘Sweet Dreams’, this song was more like a recurring nightmare when it came out. It was always on the radio and on MTV.
I do like the Eurythmics “Missionary Man” a lot. But, I just can’t take this song or “Here Comes the Rain Again“.

3. True – Spandau Ballet

Ah, Ah-Ah-ah. AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I can’t stomach this song. It is too boring, and it high on some kind of wuss factor. I’ll have to admit that it was funny seeing Steve Buscemi singing this song at the end of The Wedding Singer:

Unfortunately, since the song was included in the movie, it was also included on the movie’s soundtrack. Why didn’t they leave this song off, and put on “Do You Believe In Love”?

2. Every Breath You Take – Police

I like The Police a lot. But, this song is one of my least favorites, and one of the most overrated songs of all time. I remember listening to the American Top 40 countdown of the top songs of the whole year, and this was number 1!! Really?!? “Synchronicity II” was my favorite song on the Synchronicity album by far – even though I don’t understand the lyrics too much.

1. The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney

Two of the greatest music artists of all time took the biggest dump on the biggest album of all time! Uggh, this song makes me want to rip my ears off and rip all the skin off my face! The doggon song bites the big one! Especially when they start yapping in the song. This song should be taken off of all copies of Thriller, and be replaced by “Say, Say, Say”.

Here is my top songs from that year:
Runners up:
10. You and I – Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle: These legends made a song that was perfect for a wedding
9. Little Red Corvette – Prince: Probably my favorite Prince song. Not as overplayed as “1999”
8. Truly – Lionel Richie – My favorite Lionel Richie ballad
7. Africa – Toto: Great song by Toto. I love the music, and the lead singer Bobby Kimball has an incredible voice.
6. Mr. Roboto – Styx: A lot of people make fun of Styx because of this song, and how it made them more theatrical. But, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun with music. There have been worse concept albums than Kilroy Was Here.

And Jeffster did a great cover of this in the TV show Chuck:

5. Photograph – Def Leppard

A great song by one of my favorite bands. Although Def Leppard had a couple of good albums before Pyromania (On Through the Night and High and Dry), “Photograph” became their first hit, and helped spur on the success of Pyromania. The video showed a lot of photos of Marilyn Monroe, so people incorrectly thought the song was about her. This is still a great song. Def Leppard has stood the test of time for over 30 years now.

4. Solitaire – Laura Branigan

Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” and “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You” were overplayed. But I think this song was way better than both of them. It rocks, and Branigan had a great voice. It sounds like she put a lot of passion into this song. This song also launched songwriter Diane Warren’s career.

3. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

This song got a lot of people into Duran Duran. The exposure on MTV didn’t hurt either. I liked it when it came out because the video reminded me of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, even without the video, the song itself is really good.

2. Down Under – Men At Work

This song was a breakthrough for Men At Work, and basically introduced the U.S. to Australia and vegemite sandwiches. This is a fun song, and Colin Haye has a great unique voice. The band had a great string of hits. Will they get back together already?!

1. Separate Ways – Journey

Silly video aside, this song rocks. As soon as you hear Jonathan Cain’s keyboard, you know what song is playing. It has a lot of energy and gets you pumped. After Journey had a very long hiatus, they went on tour with a new lead singer – Steve Augeri. Of course I went, and this was the song they came out playing first. What a way to come back! While I need to turn some songs off as soon as I hear them, I have to listen to this one all the way through when it comes on.

Here is the Live version with Steve Augeri:

Daily Trivia – 2/18/11

Question: In Footloose, who played the preacher’s daughter, “Ariel”?

Last Question: Who earned Oscar nominations for Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist in the same year?

Answer: Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver not only is known for her iconic role of Ellen Ripley in the Alien movie franchise, but she also was nominated for 2 Academy Awards in the same year – 1988. She was nominated for Best Actress as controversial hermit Dian Fossey – a crusading, heroic, mountain-gorilla, anthropology expert in the Rwandan rain forest in director Michael Apted’s biopic Gorillas in the Mist. She lost to Jodie Foster who won for her role in The Accused.
Weaver was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as brokerage firm executive Katharine Parker in Working Girl. Co-star, Joan Cusack, was also nominated in the same category. The both lost to Geena Davis from The Accidental Tourist.

Most recently, Weaver reunited with Aliens director James Cameron for his 2009 movie Avatar. Ivan Reitman has confirmed that Weaver will reprise her role as Dana Barrett in the rumored third Ghostbusters movie due for release in 2012.

‘Fletch’ Reboot Back On Track at Warner Bros.

The following is from EW.com:

Warner Bros. and production company Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to Gregory Mcdonald‘s Fletch novels. The two companies plan to reboot the long dormant comedy-thriller series in collaboration with David List, who manages the literary estate of the late Mcdonald.

This is not the first attempt to revive the franchise, which helped make a movie megastar out of Chevy Chase when he first played investigative reporter I.M. Fletcher in 1985′s Fletch (a sequel, Fletch Lives, followed in 1989). Way back in 1997, Kevin Smith showed an interest in making a third Fletch film, with Chase. Since then, various of directors and stars have, at various times, been attached to the project, including Ben Affleck, Zach Braff, and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink.

Personally, I used to watch this movie over and over. I didn’t care too much for Fletch Lives. But the original was Chevy Chase in his prime. I am glad he has had a resurgence on TV with his appearances on Chuck, and now on Community.

I’ll wait and see what happens with this Fletch reboot before I weigh in.

Daily Trivia – 2/17/11

Question: Who earned Oscar nominations for Working Girl and Gorillas in the Mist in the same year?

Last Question: In Revenge of the Nerds, what future ER star played “Gilbert”?

Answer: Anthony Edwards

Although Anthony Edwards is now famous for playing Dr. Mark Greene in the hit TV show ER, he was in some pretty big ’80s movies. In addition to Revenge of the Nerds, he also appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High as one of the stoners, The Sure Thing as Lance – Walter’s (John Cusak) best friend, and of course as “Goose” in Top Gun.

Music Video of the Week – 2/16/11

This week’s selection is “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Quiet Riot:

“Cum On Feel the Noize” was released by Quiet Riot on August 27, 1983. It was a cover of the 1973 Slade hit. The song spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard chart in November 1983. It was the first heavy metal song to make the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart (a.k.a.Pop Chart). The success of the single helped carry Metal Health to the top of Billboard pop album charts, making it the first American heavy metal debut album to ever reach #1 in the U.S. It was #1 on November 26, 1983, making Quiet Riot the first heavy metal band to have a top 5 hit and #1 album the same week.

The song was so successful, Quiet Riot remade another Slade song -“”Mama Weer All Crazee Now” – from the band’s 1984 album, Condition Critical.

The band faded away as the ’80s wore on.

On November 25, 2007, The Vegas Eye reported on its website that DuBrow had been found dead that day in his house in Las Vegas.

Initial reports were confirmed by local authorities and reported by major news outlets on November 26, 2007. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental overdose of cocaine. KTNV in Las Vegas reported that he had died about six days before his discovery, November 19, 2007.

A new version of Quiet Riot has gotten together. Most of the classic lineup is intact – Frankie Banali on drums, Chuck Wright on bass, Alex Grossi on guitar and newcomer Mark Huff on vocals (formerly of Van Halen tribute band 5150). The band has sought the blessings of the DuBrow family (DuBrow’s mother encouraged Banali to revive the band), has recorded new versions of classic hits with Huff singing, and is seeking to do a full US tour.

Here is the schedule so far, from the Quiet Riot home page:

FRI 3/18/2011 FARGO, ND – THE HUB
SAT 4/30/2011 ACT, AU – ANU BAR

Daily Trivia – 2/16/11

Question: In Revenge of the Nerds, what future ER star played “Gilbert”?

Last Question: What daytime soap opera featured actor Joseph Mascolo as “Stefano DiMera”?

Answer: Days of Our Lives

The NBC soap opera Days of our Lives has been on the air since November 8, 1965. The villian, Stefano DiMera, first appeared on the soap in 1982 as an organized crime kingpin. Since Stefano appeared on the show, there has been, and continues to be a feud between the DiMeras and Bradys.

Stefano is played by Joseph Mascolo. He was born (on March 13, 1929) and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. He went to the University of Miami and then West Point Academy. He was originally training in Classical Music. Mascolo appeared in the 1978 film Jaws 2 as a member of the city council who confronted Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) when the Chief brought forth the underwater photograph of what he believed was another shark. He also played a police detective in the Burt Reynolds feature Sharky’s Machine.

He has had several stints on Days of Our Lives – 1982 to 1985, returning briefly in 1988, again from 1993 to 2001, and has been on again since 2007. He has also played a wide range of roles on many different series including (but not limited to) a Stefano-like villain named Domino (Nicholas Van Buren) on General Hospital, and Carlos Alvarez on Santa Barbara.

Daily Trivia – 2/14/11

Question: What Romantic comedy was intercut with clips of real married couples telling how they met?

Last Question: What movie starred Marc Singer as a warrior who communicated with animals?

Answer: The Beastmaster

The Beastmaster was a 1982 movie starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, John Amos and Rip Torn. Here is a funny review from The ’80s Rewind:

Dar (Marc Singer) was the unborn Prince of a family slaughtered by Lords of Evil. Fortunately, prior to his mothers death, he was magically transferred to the womb of a cow, which saves his life and may be the reason that he is a bit ‘different’.

But when Dar grows up into manhood, and boy does he ever (meow!), he embarks on a journey to seek revenge on the evil priest Maax (Rip Torn) and the Jun Horde.

With the help of a hunter (John Amos) and a gorgeous slave girl (Tanya Roberts), whom Dar falls for in a big way, Dar must fight through his way through a wasteland of Sorcery and Black Magic on the ultimate quest for freedom and vengeance.

With only the help of these two, Dar’s mission might have been doomed to failure, but, as the title of the movie suggests, Dar has a special gift. He is able to communicate with animals and it is this gift that ultimately gives him the edge of many other warriors of most fantasy movies.

The costumes and characters are just great. This film really makes me believe that all the characters are real (although Marc Singer’s acting is not so hot, but I have seen worse!)

A definite guy flick with regards to the fighting and of course Ms Roberts and a girlie flick for the love growing between Dar and the slave girl …and of course Dar’s body!


Unanimously panned by the critics and many people alike. Well what can I say? It is a good movie.

It does have some good humor and action. But it is the kind of movie you can see on a rainy day and have a great time!

Here is the movie trailer:

Daily Trivia – 2/11/11

Question: What movie starred Marc Singer as a warrior who communicated with animals?

Last Question: In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, who played football player “Charles Jefferson”?

Answer: Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker was in one of the best scenes of the movie as he played a very angry Charles Jefferson. He was in love with his Trans-Am. Unfortunately, the car got destroyed when when Spicoli (Sean Penn) and company get high and take a joyride in it. To get away with it, they write the name of the next high school football opponent on the car and Jefferson destroys them in the game as revenge. The other team had no clue what was going on, and they were scared to death!

Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

I never saw that movie, but if you want to see an incredible performance, check him out as Jon Kavanaugh in season 5 of The Shield. He was an intense internal affairs officer determined to take down Detective Vic Mackey and the Strike Team.

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