Wow, that snuck up on me! The Grammy Awards are being held tonight (February 8, 2013).
This is a repost. There are many more readers here than when I first published this 3 years ago. Enjoy!
I don’t think I’ve actually sat down and watched the show since the ’80s. So let’s Return to the ’80s, and see who won some of the major awards. I will pretty much just include Pop performances. If I include Rock and Country, this will be too long, even though I prefer Rock and Country.
Billy Joel did pretty well, winning Album of the Year, and Pop Vocal – Male award for 52nd Street – which had the hits “Big Shot”, “Honesty”, and “My Life”.
Record of the Year, and Song of the Year went to the Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes”:
Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female went to Dionne Warwick for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”
Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group went to the Doobie Brothers again. This time, it was for “Minute By Minute”.
Best New Artist went to Rickie Lee Jones for her debut, self-titled album. Here is “Chuck E’s In Love” from that album:
One other award of note was the one and only Best Disco Recording. The winner was “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor:
Christopher Cross owned the Grammy Awards this year. He won – Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for “Sailing”, as well as Best New Artist:
Kenny Loggins, the future movie soundtrack king of the ’80s, won Pop Vocal – Male for “This Is It”:
Pop Vocal – Female went to Bette Midler for “The Rose”:
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb for “Guilty”:
If Album of the Year did not go to John Lennon, there may have been riots. John Lennon and Yoko Ono did indeed win for Double Fantasy. Here is Yoko and Sean Lennon accepting the award:
Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes:
Pop Vocal – Male went to Al Jarreau for “Breakin’ Away”:
Pop Vocal – Female went to Lena Horne for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to The Manhattan Transfer for “Boy from New York City”:
Best New Artist went to Sheena Easton. The Pointer Sisters do an awesome job presenting the awards. Does anybody present awards like this anymore?
Toto won Album of the Year for Toto IV and Record of the Year for “Rosanna”:
Song of the Year was “Always On My Mind”, by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Thompson and performed by Willie Nelson:
Lionel Richie won Pop Vocal – Male for “Truly”:
Pop Vocal – Female went to Melissa Manchester for “You Should Hear How He Talks About You”:
Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for their duet “Up Where We Belong”:
Question: What apocalyptic 1983 TV movie aired its second half commercial-free, when sponsors declined to run ads after the nuclear war?
Last Question: What Safety First car-window sign inspired knock-offs like “Tiger in Tank” and “Dyslectic Board On”?
Answer: Baby on Board
“Baby on Board” was one of the most annoying fads of the ’80s. The signs were first marketed in 1984 by
Safety 1st Corporation. The sign was suppose to promote safe driving. I think that if you did not have one of those signs in your car window, it was open season on you! Anybody could slam into your car without a care. But, if a car had one of those yellow diamond-shaped “Baby On Board” signs, it meant that every driver on the road had to be extra cautious around that car. The signs cost about 2 dollars, and the company made over a million dollars in just 2 years.
Of course, as with most fads that consume a society, there was backlash. In this case, this consisted of parody signs, such as “Genius on Board”, “Attack Dog On Board”, “Mother-In-Law in Trunk”, and several more creative (and not so creative) signs.
Thankfully, the fad came to an end by the late ’80s. It is now safe to drive like maniacs once again!
Nintendo, creator of the classic arcade/video game, has filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to trademark the pop-culture phrase, “It’s on like ‘Donkey Kong.’ ”
According to CNN, Nintendo claims that the catchphrase “is an old, popular Nintendo phrase that has a number of possible interpretations depending on how it’s used.”
“In addition to Nintendo’s use, it has been used in popular music, television and film over the years, pointing to Donkey Kong’s status as an enduring pop-culture icon and video game superstar,” they said Wednesday in a written release.
According to the Urban Dictionary, rapper Ice Cube first popularized the phrase in 1992 with the song “Now I Gotta Wet’cha.” Since then , the phrase has been heard in many television shows and movies.
Could this be a publicity stunt? On November 21 this year, the newest Donkey Kong game – “Donkey Kong Country Returns” – is going to be released.
Donkey Kong burst onto the Arcade scene in 1981, and was one of the most populat games of the ’80s. It was the first appearance of the iconic Mario. In the original game, Donkey Kong captured Pauline, and you control Mario to climb up the girders to rescue her. In the meantime, Donkey Kong would throw barrels at you, and fling hammers up in the air. You would have to time the barrels and jump over them. When you reach Donkey Kong, he grabs Pauline, and goes to the next screen. The original Mario was actually named Jumpman (similar to “Pac-Man” and “Walkman”), and he was a carpenter instead of a plumber.
This should bring back memories:
Donkey Kong spawned the sequels Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong 3, as well as the spin-off Mario Bros. In 1982, Coleco liscesed Donkey Kong, and included it in the pack-in cartridge for all the ColecoVision consoles. The game was very similar to the actual arcade game, so it sold well. There was even a hand-held Donkey Kong game.
In 2007, a popular documentary called The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters was released. It follows Steve Wiebe as he tries to take the world high score for the arcade game Donkey Kong from reigning champion Billy Mitchell.
Over the years, Donkey Kong has transitioned very well with all the newer video game systems. As I mentioned earlier, there are still new games coming out, as “Donkey Kong Country Returns” is coming out on November 21.
Since tonight is the Country Music Awards show, this week’s selection is “Is There Life Out There” by Reba. Even if you’re not a Country Music fan, you can still get an ’80s fix as Huey Lewis has a big part in the video:
“Is There Life Out There” was released off of Reba McEntire’s 1991 album For My Broken Heart. The song debuted at #64 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks and peaked at #1 for the week of December 21, 1991, and it stayed at #1 for two consecutive weeks. This video is one of the first country music videos to include significant amounts of dialogue that portray the song’s storyline. According to Entertainment Weekly, Reba and her label (MCA Records) received complaints from the television network CMT over the video that she was “putting message ahead of music”, and it was almost banned from the network. Maybe they never heard of Thriller? The video then won Video of the Year at the 1992 Academy of Country Music awards.
Reba starred in a 1994 television movie on CBS, also titled Is There Life Out There?, which was based on the song’s storyline. Instead of co-starring with Huey Lewis, Keith Carradine starred along with Reba.
“Raise Your Hands” if you are going to buy, or have already bought the new Bon Jovi Greatest Hits. No, that song isn’t on there, but if you get the Ultimate Collection version of this album, there is a very good combination of Bon Jovi’s classics, and their more recent hit songs. You can see the list of songs here.
The down side of this collection (for those of us who download legally) is that you need to purchase the whole album in order to get the new songs. That is probably a good idea business-wise, but not cool for fans like myself who already own everything else they ever came out with! If you just download the “1 disc” version, you only get 2 new songs. But I coughed up $15.99 of my iTunes credits to get the Ultimate Collection, which contains 4 new songs, and I do have to say that I’m not disappointed!
“What Do You Got?”
The first new song (Track 15 on disc 1) is a very good slower tempo song. This is also the first song released off of the album as a single. The video is part of the package of the “Ultimate” collection. It is a typical timeless Bon Jovi song, and worthy of being part of this collection.
The second new song (Track 16 on disc 1) is a great fist pumping rocker. It is kind of similar to “We Weren’t Born to Follow” from their last album The Circle. It is about standing by what you believe in. It is a very anthemic song.
“This is Love This is Life”
Track 11 on the second disc is a very good up-tempo song. There is some throwback vocoder in it. It kind of has a “Born to Be My Baby”, “Livin’ On a Prayer” feel to it.
“The More Things Change”
And they saved the best for last. It is kind of autobiographical, and also suits us ’80s fans. With lyrics like this:
If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back
Just take a look, we’re living proof and baby that’s a fact
this was a perfect song to end the album with.
So, I would say that if you are a Bon Jovi fan, this is a great album to add to your collection. It is better that their last Greatest Hits compilation – Cross Road, and is not as overwhelming as the box set, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong.
This is also a great album for any younger music fans who are beginning to get into Bon Jovi.
Question: What television show featured a time traveler whose job it was to travel throughout Earth’s past, present, and future fixing “mistakes” in time. (It’s not Doctor Who or Quantum Leap)
Last Week’s Question: What was the date in 1955 that Marty arrived on in Back to the Future?
Answer: November 5
Marty McFly used the DeLorean time machine to escape Libyan terrorists and accidentally traveled back in time to the very day Dr. Emmett L. Brown conceived of the possibility of time travel: Nov. 5, 1955. Where the Twin Pines Mall would someday stand, Marty arrived at the Twin Pines Ranch and crashed into Otis Peabody’s barn.
The Sony Walkman, one of the greatest technologies of the ’80s, has died as Sony announced that it has stopped production of the cassette tape player. It had been suffering from the disease of irrelevance since October 23, 2001, when the Apple iPod was released. It is survived by the very ill Discman, VCR, and floppy disk. The latter will have its production stopped this coming April.
The Walkman had a great life. If it was not for the Walkman, the iPod may never had been invented.
You could listen to your music while running or working out. Depending on your job, you could listen to the Walkman while you worked. You could also listen to it at home without annoying the rest of the family.
But, you could look like a fool by singing, really loud, to what you were listening to, and nobody else could hear the music. Here is an early commercial for the Walkman:
This week’s selection is “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News from Back to the Future, which came out 25 years ago this year:
“The Power of Love”, along with the Back to the Future movie, was released in 1985. Huey Lewis and the News also had a hit with “Back in Time” from the movie.
“The Power of Love” gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skateboards to school, then when he and his band played the song for a Battle of the Bands auditions (which Lewis, himself, is judging, and tells Marty’s group that they are “just too darn loud”).
Dixons Retail, a UK company that owns Currys and PC World, announced that they have a new ad campaign featuring Star Wars heroes C-3PO and R2-D2 as they land on Earth to explore one of the company’s Megastores.
As usual, Anthony Daniels plays C-3PO, as he and R2-D2 land on planet Earth in a Megastore carpark late at night, with R2-D2 breaking into the store, and C-3PO following him. The droids proceed to explore the store, interacting with the store’s inventory, and using several lines from the original Star Wars trilogy.
Here is the commercial:
This isn’t the first commercial that the droids have appeared in. Remember this one?