Don’t Forget the Lyrics – ’80s Style

Attention ’80s Music Fans

Time for a new segment! I could use your help though, so please don’t be shy about your input.

Each weekday, I will give the lyrics to the song. There are 3 options that I’m thinking of.

1. I could list the lyrics, and you can name the song and artist

2. I could give the song and artist , and some of the lyrics, then you can finish the line. Kind of similar to Don’t Forget the Lyrics.

3. I could give some of the lyrics, then you can give the rest of the line, and give the song and artist.

Here are the examples I have in mind (these should be pretty easy to start). You can go ahead and answer these:


Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a radar phone
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?


Tell Her About It by Billy Joel

Tell her about it, tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept that you’re for real
Tell her about it, tell her ___ ____ _____ ______


Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, ____ ___ _______ __ _____ _______

So, which format do you like better? And let me know if you have an ideas of what this segment should be named.

You can either leave a comment, answer the poll (anonymously), or both.

Daily Trivia – 4/22/11

Question: What 1989 James Cameron movie saw Navy SEALS encounter underwater aliens?

Last Question: In Coming to America, who played “Akeem’s” father?

Answer: James Earl Jones

These great movie starred Eddie Murphy (in his prime) as Prince Akeem who travels to America, from the (fictitious) African country Zamunda, to find a bride on his own, instead of having one given to him by his parents. James Earl Jones played Akeem’s father, King Jaffe, and Madge Sinclair played Akeem’s mother, Queen Aoleon.

Yesterday, on the Facebook page, it was pointed out by a reader that this was not the only time James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair played a queen and king. They also provided the voices of Mufasa and Sarabi, the lion King and Queen in Disney’s The Lion King.

[Thanks Kathy!!! Also Kathy runs the Men at Work Reunion Tour Facebook page. Feel free to join her group.]

There were other stars in Coming to America as well. Arsenio Hall had a breakout role playing Akeem’s uptight best friend, Semmi. There was also the pre-ER Eriq LaSalle as the Jheri curled Darryl, who was Akeem’s rival for Lisa McDowell’s (Shari Headley) affection.

Samuel L. Jackson played a would-be robber who was stopped by Akeem:

Cuba Gooding Jr. was in this classic barbershop scene. Do you recognize the other people in the scene?

And of course, one of my favorite scenes in the movie featured Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy reprising their Trading Places roles as Mortimer and Randolph Duke. “We’re Back!”:

Daily Trivia – 4/21/11

Question: In Coming to America, who played “Akeem’s” father?

Last Question: On Growing Pains, what was the name of the baby born into the “Seaver” clan?

Answer: Chrissy

Following in the steps of Cousin Oliver (The Brady Bunch), Sam (Diff’rent Strokes), Andrew (Family Ties), and Scrappy Doo (Scooby Doo), Growing Pains, Chrissy, joined the Seaver family on one of my favorite comedies of the ’80s, which set the show up to “jump the shark”. The show took it’s giant leap over the shark when Leonardo DiCaprio joined the cast as Luke, a homeless boy taken in by the Seavers.

Chrissy Seaver was born on the show in 1988. As an infant, she was played by twins Kristen and Kelsey Dohring (who alternated in the role). Beginning in the fall of 1990, Chrissy’s age was advanced to six years old. She was then played by Ashley Johnson. She played the role until the show was canceled in 1992.

She has done voice acting for many cartoons, including Disney’s Recess and recently she has been the voice of star character Gwen Tennyson on The Cartoon Network’s Ben 10: Alien Force.


New Journey Song – “City of Hope”

Journey released “City of Hope” from their upcoming album “Eclipse”.

From the band’s official site:

“Eclipse” will be released on Scarecrow Records in Mexico, WET Music in Brazil and D.B.N. in the rest of Latin America.

The first single from “Eclipse” in South America will be “Human Feel”, also available digitally from April 4th. Online stores carrying the new single include iTunes and Telcel in Mexico, Claro, Telefonica and Comcel in Colombia, and Porta in Ecuador.

“Eclipse” will be released on May 27th, with the “Eclipse Tour” kicking off with major arena shows in the UK and Eire together with Foreigner and Styx. The tour also visits Germany, Switzerland, Benelux, Scandinavia, France and – for the first time ever – Italy, before the North American tour which starts in mid-July.

Here is the song, “City of Hope”. I am a huge Journey fan, and if you told me that Steve Perry was the lead vocals on this song, I might actually believe you:

Music Video of the Week – 4/20/11

This week’s selection is “Calling On You” by Stryper:

I always loved this Christian glam metal band. Their music always made me feel good. The music itself rocks, and Michael Sweet’s vocals are incredible. “Calling On You” was the first song I heard by them, and it is still one of my favorites. It came off of their second album, To Hell With the Devil, which is a great album. I don’t think my parents were too happy about me owning an album with the words “Hell” and “Devil” in it. But, it was a cool album name, which drew attention. The album was released in 1986, and was both the first Contemporary Christian and Christian metal album to achieve Platinum status, selling over one million copies. It remains the best-selling Christian metal album of all time.

Daily Trivia – 4/20/11

Question: On Growing Pains, what was the name of the baby born into the “Seaver” clan?

Last Question: What was the name of the tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil off the coast of Alaska?

Answer: Exxon Valdez

I did not realize, until this morning, that it was one year ago today that the BP oil spill disaster began, with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
By comparison, the Exxon Valdez seems more like getting a little oil in your driveway. But, it was a disaster, nonetheless.

The Exxon Valdez was an oil tanker headed from Alaska to Long Beach, California. The ship’s captain, Joe Hazelwood left a couple of men at the helm even though they did not get their mandatory 6 hours off duty before their 12 hour watch. The ship was on autopilot when it struck the Bligh Reef at around 12:04 a.m. March 24, 1989.

About 11 million gallons of oil were spilled into the Prince William Sound. Then the cleanup began. Just as BP was criticized for their slow response last year, Exxon was also criticized for its slow response.
Wildlife was severely affected by the spill. Who could forget the images of the birds all covered in oil? Seals, sea otters, and whales were also affected.

Litigation was held, and Exxon was sued for $287 million for actual damages and $5 billion for punitive damages. Joe Hazelwood was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of negligent discharge of oil, fined $50,000, and sentenced to 1,000 hours of community service.

Daily Trivia – 4/19/11

Question: What was the name of the tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil off the coast of Alaska?

Last Question: In iThree Amigos!, who played the title characters?

Answer: Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Martin Short

The Three Amigos were Lucky Day (Steve Martin), Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase), and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short). They were silent film actors who were fired when they demanded a salary increase. They received a letter of distress from Santo Poco, a Mexican village that was being bullied by the notorius bandit El Guapo (Alfonso Arau). The message was sent by Carmen, the daughter of the village leader, who believed the Three Amigos were real heroes. And the Three Amigos misinterpreted the message, believing that it was an invitation to make a film with El Guapo.
Hilarity ensues.
The Amigos find out the hard way that this was real, and run off in disgrace. But, with nothing waiting for them back home, Ned persuades Lucky and Dusty to become real-life heroes and go after El Guapo.
They go back to Santo Poco, and help teach the people to stand up for themselves. The Three Amigos and the villagers defeat El Guapo and his men. The villagers offer to give the Amigos all the money they have, but the Amigos refuse it, saying (as in their movies) that seeing justice done is enough of a reward for them. They then ride off into the sunset, ready to continue being real heroes.

Here are some quotes from the movie:

Lucky: I’ll come back some day.
Carmen: Why?

Carmen: I like the one who is not so smart.
Other girl: Which one is that?

El Guapo: What? Are gringos falling from the sky?
[Ned falls to the ground]
Jefe: Yes, El Guapo.

Lucky: Not so fast, El Guapo! Or I’ll fill you so full of lead that you’ll be using your dick for a pencil!
El Guapo: What do you mean?
Lucky: I don’t know.
Jefe: I think he means that if you –
El Guapo: SHUT UP!

Jefe: We have many beautiful piñatas for your birthday celebration, each one filled with little surprises!
El Guapo: How many piñatas?
Jefe: Many piñatas, many!
El Guapo: Jefe, would you say I have a plethora of piñatas?
Jefe: A what?
El Guapo: A plethora.
Jefe: Oh yes, El Guapo. You have a plethora.
El Guapo: Jefe, what is a plethora?
Jefe: Why, El Guapo?
El Guapo: Well, you just told me that I had a plethora, and I would just like to know if you know what it means to have a plethora. I would not like to think that someone would tell someone else he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora.
Jefe: El Guapo, I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education, but could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?

Dusty Bottoms: Time for plan B. Plan A was to break into El Guapo’s fortress.
Carmen: And that you have done, now what?
Dusty Bottoms: Well we really dont have a plan B. We didn’t expect for the first plan to work. Sometimes you can overplan these things.

Rosita: [El Guapo has kidnapped Carmen and taken her to his fortress] Carmen, tonight you are to be El Guapo’s woman. I am going to give you some hints about lovemaking with El Guapo.
Carmen: I would rather die first!
Rosita: Tell me, Carmen, do you know what foreplay is?
Carmen: [Carmen shakes her head, trembling slightly with fear] No…
Rosita: Good! Neither does El Guapo.

[Dusty Bottoms and Lucky Day thinks Ned Nederlander is saying “mail” plane]
Dusty Bottoms: What is it doing here?
Ned Nederlander: I think it’s a male plane.
Dusty Bottoms: How can you tell?
Ned Nederlander: Didn’t you notice its little balls?

Lucky Day: In a way, all of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be *the actual* El Guapo!

Lucky Day: Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.
Ned Nederlander: Wherever there is suffering, we’ll be there.
Dusty Bottoms: Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find…
Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander, Dusty Bottoms: The Three Amigos!

And here a couple of classic scenes:

Debbie Gibson and Tiffany Going on Tour This Summer

After “All This Time”, this announcement came “Out of the Blue”. Sorry. According to The New York Post, Tiffany announced that they are putting together tour dates, and plan to cover songs that inspired them as well as perform their own material.
We want to journey through the ’80s and all the artists who influenced us,” Tiffany said, adding that she and Gibson might do covers of hits by Stevie Nicks, Reba McIntyre and Guns N’ Roses, as well as Broadway tunes. They’d also perform their own material. Tiffany is on tour supporting her new release, “Rose Tattoo.”

Maybe they will perform this:

Daily Trivia – 4/18/11/The Longest Game

Question: In iThree Amigos!, who played the title characters?

Last Question: Who drove in the winning run the winning run in baseball’s “Longest Game” between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings? Also, who scored the winning run?

Bonus: Can you name 2 Hall of Famers that played in that game?

Answer: Dave Koza drove in the winning run, which was scored by Marty Barrett. The Hall of Famers that played in that game were Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken Jr.

30 years ago today, April 18, 1981, The Rochester Red Wings (the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A team) came to McCoy Stadium to face the Pawtucket Red Sox (the Boston Red Sox Triple-A team).

[Let me take a moment to say that I know you’re not from Rhode Island if you pronounce Pawtucket as PAW-tucket. It’s pronounced Patucket. However, you can pronounce the ‘W’ when you call the team the Pawsox. Now that you’ve been initiated, let’s continue]

It was not uncommon back then for me to ask my dad to go to McCoy stadium to see a game, or for him to say “Let’s go to McCoy”. 30 years ago, I was throwing a tennis ball against the garage to practice my pitching and fielding. It got me in the mood for a game. So I asked Dad if we could go. Any other day, we would have gone. But today, I could see that he was struggling, thinking it over. And he said that we can’t tonight. Tomorrow is Easter, so we have to get ready for that. I was a little disappointed, but I knew that we would be back again in no time anyway. On one hand, we missed out on seeing baseball history being made in person. On the other hand, my dad may have gotten in trouble for having his 10 year old son out until 4:00 in the morning in these pre-cell phone days!!! And if anybody knows me and my dad, you know we would have been there until the very end!

I’m not upset for missing that game. If you have ever been to McCoy Stadium, you can’t help but feel like you were at that game. They have the 33 inning memorabilia all over the place. Every season since that game, you could get your 33 inning souvenir cup with your soda. It has the line score wrapped around the cup. And towards the end of each game, there would be some kids running around the stadium grabbing the empty cups that people left behind. I don’t know how much the 33 inning game would be hyped up in Pawtucket if Rochester won instead of the Red Sox. But the Red Sox won, and we have bragging rights for winning the longest professional baseball game in history.

The Game

I don’t mean to sound like Yogi Berra, but this was a long game before it even started. The game started 30 minutes late due to problems with the stadium lights. So, the game started at 8:25 p.m.

This almost ended up being a quick game with Rochester leading 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th inning.
But, Designated Hitter Russ Laribee hit a sacrifice fly to score one of my all-time favorite Pawsox players – Chico Walker.

There was not another run in the game until Rochester scored in the top of the 21st inning. But, at the bottom of the inning, Wade Boggs drove in the tying run. Later he said, “I didn’t know if the guys on the team wanted to hug me or slug me.

Although most leagues have a curfew rule that would have suspended the game—the International League’s triggers at 12:50 a.m.—the rule book that the home plate umpire Dennis Cregg had that night did not contain one.

So the game continued.

By 4 a.m. the players were “delirious” from exhaustion; Rochester’s Dave Huppert had caught the first 31 innings before being replaced, and Jim Umbarger pitched 10 scoreless innings from the 23rd inning, striking out nine and giving up four hits. The president of the league, Harold Cooper, was finally reached on the phone sometime after 3 a.m.; the horrified Cooper ordered that play stop at the end of the current inning. Finally at 4:07, at the end of the 32nd inning and more than eight hours after it began, the game was stopped.

The game resumed when the Red Wings were back in town on June 23, 1981. At this time, the major leagues were on strike. This magnified the attention that this game was already getting.

The game ended after just 18 minutes when Dave Koza drove in Marty Barrett.

Here are the records that were set in the game (from the International League website):

Innings played – 33

Time – 8 hours 25 minutes

Putouts, One Team – 99

Putouts, Both Teams – 195

At Bats, One Team – Pawtucket 114

At Bats, Both Teams – 219

Strikeouts, One Team – Rochester Batters 34

Strikeouts, Both Teams – 60

Assists, Both Teams – 88

Most Times At Bat – Lee Graham, Dave Koza, Chico Walker; Pawtucket – 14 each

Most Plate Appearances – Tom Eaton, Dallas Williams, Cal Ripken; Rochester – 15 each.

Here are the references I used to refresh my memory:

The International League Web Site

The Providence Journal (aka Projo)

The Washington Post

Fox Sports

Daily Trivia – 4/15/11

Question: Who drove in the winning run the winning run in baseball’s “Longest Game” between the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings? Also, who scored the winning run?

Bonus: Can you name 2 Hall of Famers that played in that game?

Last Question: What R&B singer, born Kenneth Gordy, reached the Top 10 with his first single “Somebody’s Watching Me”?

Answer: Rockwell

Rockwell is the son of the legendary Motown founder, Berry Gordy. Berry named his son Kennedy William Gordy after John F. Kennedy and William “Smokey” Robinson.

The creepy “Somebody’s Watching Me” featured Michael Jackson on the chorus and Jermaine Jackson on additional backing vocals.
The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and reached the top of the Billboard R&B singles chart, as well as reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart.

And of course, the song made a comeback with this Geico commercial:

80's Pop Culture and News

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