Welcome back as we continue the countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out songs 40-31. This has been a good countdown so far. So let’s Return to the week ending April 5, 1986, and continue the countdown.
This is one of my favorite Bob Seger songs. This is one of those misunderstood songs. It is not a patriotic song. It is about cocaine abuse. In an interview with the New York Times, Seger said, “I wrote it after reading ‘Wired,’ Bob Woodward’s biography of John Belushi. That was two and a half years ago, when there was a lot of publicity about cocaine abuse in show business. At the time, I thought that it was just a trend that would quickly die out and that the song would be out of date when it came time to record. But the situation has gotten worse. Maybe cocaine isn’t quite as fashionable on the East and West Coasts these days, but the plague has spread into the heartland — into the Middle West and the South. The key line in ‘American Storm’ is ‘You never feel the need.’ You never feel anything when you’re on drugs. You’re numb. You’re afraid to feel for one reason or another, and that’s why you turn to drugs. I want to see people not do that.”
I loved Janet Jackson. But, whenever I hear this song, this is the first thing that comes to mind [keep in mind that this is Eddie Murphy. So if you’re listening at work, make sure your headphones don’t pop out]:
That wraps up today’s list of songs. I’m really liking this countdown so far! What do you think. Do you have any favorite songs so far. Any surprises you forgot about? Come back tomorrow as we continue the countdown!
There’s something about the ice cream truck that makes kids lose it. And they can hear that shit from ten blocks away. They don’t hear their mothers calling but they hear that motherfucking ice cream truck.
[After Bill Cosby called Eddie to complain about bad language in Eddie’s act]
Richard [Pryor] said, “The next time the motherfucker call, tell him I said, “Suck *my* dick.” I don’t give a fuck. Whatever the fuck make the people laugh, say that shit. Do the people laugh when you say what you say?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Do you get paid?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Well, tell Bill I said have a Coke and a smile and shut the fuck up. Jello pudding-eating motherfucker.”
Happy 57th birthday to Eddie Murphy!!!
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Lisa McDowell: [Lisa and Akeem are about to kiss] What about Patrice? Prince Akeem: I am not interested in Patrice. Lisa McDowell: What about Darryl? Prince Akeem: [dryly] I am not interested in Darryl either.
For the each of the first two weeks of this One Hit Wonder series I have one actor who turned singer and I can see no reason to deviate from this, so here is this week’s actor. Growing up – and even today – I LOVE EDDIE MURPHY! Way back when my best friends and I were allowed to watch his stand up Delirious and quickly moved through 48 Hours and all of his other films, I have diligently studied his work. Oh, ok, you got me – no studying, just laughing my butt off. Yes, it was very strange for him to record a music album – and Rick James’ presence may be even stranger, but this catchy song absolutely deserves a place in the all time great One Hit Wonder of the ‘80s. The song reached #2 on the AT 40 and finished at #7 for the entire year of 1986. This song, written by Rick James, was kept out of the top spot on the charts by Lionel Richie’s “Say You Say Me” – so close, but a worthy song denied the peak spot. Lyrically, this song is the ultimate in simplicity. A guy is ga-ga over a girl and is trying to give things that she likes:
Girl, I can’t understand it why you want to hurt me
After all the things I’ve done for you.
I buy you champagne and roses and diamonds on your finger –
Diamonds on your finger –
Still you hang out all night
What am I to do?
The source of his frustration lies in the catchy-as-hell chorus, “My girl wants to party all the time.” She does not seem to be taking his efforts seriously. By song’s end, it does not seem that the situation will come to a satisfying conclusion for him, “You never come home at night because you’re out romancing / I wish you bring some of your love home to me.” The song is light, but I love it! Murphy’s ‘80s musical career did not last long, although he will release another album So Happy, in 1989 but he would have no more hit singles.
Axel Foley: Did you see that shit? I can describe all of em. Beverly Hills Cop #1: Please move to the side of the car, and put your hands on the hood!
Axel Foley: Why, what’s with you guys? Beverly Hills Cop #2: You heard what he said, sir. Do it right now, please! Axel Foley: What kind of shit is this, man? Hold up, wait a second! You guys are arresting me for getting thrown out of a fucking window? I got thrown out of a window, man!
Beverly Hills Cop #1: Gun, partner! Beverly Hills Cop #1: Sir, you are under arrest; you are to remain silent, anything you say CAN and will be against you in a court of law! You have a right to have an attorney present during questioning… Axel Foley: Yeah, I understand, I understand the rights! I know this is bullshit, man… I got thrown out of a fucking window! Beverly Hills Cop #2: Please get in the car, sir! Axel Foley: Tell me, sir, what’s the charge? Beverly Hills Cop #2: Possession of concealed weapons, and disturbing the peace! Axel Foley: Disturbing the peace? I got thrown out of a window! What’s the fucking charge for getting pushed out of a moving car, huh? Jaywalking? This is bullshit!
This is my favorite part of Beverly Hills Cop. Just them mention of this movie instantly reminds me of Glenn Frey’s “The Heat is On”. R.I.P. Glenn Frey
Serge: I see you look at this piece. Axel Foley: Yeah. I was wondering how much something like this went for. Serge: One hundred and thirty thousand dollar. Axel Foley: Get the fuck out of here!
Serge: No, I cannot! It’s serious! Because it’s very important piece. Axel Foley: Have you ever sold one of these? Serge: Sell it yesterday to a collector. Axel Foley: Get the fuck out of here! Serge: No! I’m serious! I sell it myself!
Madonna the Diva (Well I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising)
First, Madonna embarrassed herself last week, by accidentally announcing to the world, her feelings about hydrangeas. Right before a press event for her new film W.E. at the Venice Film Festival, a fan presented Madonna with a branch of blossoming purple hydrangea.
Madonna thanked the fan, but didn’t realize she was being taped when she quickly put the thing under the table, leaned over to some unknown person and said:
“I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.”
Well, we all know it now! I hope she has learned to love them, because I’m sure she will be getting them delivered by the truckload now.
Here is what happened in case you missed it:
Well, it wasn’t as bad as Christina Aguilera
Poor Cyndi Lauper. She flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem at tennis’ U.S. Open this past Sunday. She messed up on the same line that Christina Aguilera screwed up at this year’s Super Bowl. Aguilera’s error involved a reference to “the twilight’s last reaming”. Cyndi was suppose to sing “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming,” instead of “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming.” Of course, it didn’t help that this occurred on the remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. And by the way, the U.S. Open takes place in New York. So Cyndi is taking a lot of heat. Here is the performance. It is actually pretty good except for that one part:
At least there is some hope
Not all ’80s stars had a bad week. The Academy has announced that Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars. Could this be the beginning of a comeback? I sure hope so. It would be great to see him in a stand-up routine in front of a huge audience. It will have to be cleaner than Delirious and Raw, but hopefully he will be as funny as he was back then.