Saturday, May 26, 2007

Spin City Playlist For 5/26/07

4 pm hour

Roll With It- Steve Winwood
Sweet Love- The Commodores
Sugar Pie Guy- The Joneses
Borderline- Madonna
Rise Above- Black Flag
MPE- Public Enemy
Driver's Seat- Sniff & the Tears

Now & Then featured artist: Carly Simon
Blackbird (from her 2007 CD "Into White")

Survival- The O'jays
Let's Get Serious- Jermaine Jackson
Disco Nights- GQ
Sanctify Yourself- Simple Minds
Hello Hello (I'm Back Again)- Gary Glitter

5 pm hour

Best of My Love- The Emotions
Original Sin- INXS
Make A Circuit With Me- The Polecats
Groove Me- King Floyd
Devil Gate Drive- Suzi Quatro
You Can Still Rock In America- Night Ranger
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man- Prince
I Gotcha- Joe Tex

The Guilty Pleasure of the Week:
Rhinestone Cowboy- Glen Campbell

Could It Be Magic- Donna Summer
Swoop- The Dazz Band
Life In A Northern Town- The Dream Academy
Too Much Information- The Police
Some Guys Have All the Luck- Rod Stewart
Hearsay- The Soul Children

6 pm hour

Lady Marmalade- Labelle
Sweat (Til You Get Wet)- Brick
Any Way You Want It- Whodini
Dancing In the Moonlight- King Harvest
I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips- Eric Carmen
Just Can't Get Enough- Depeche Mode
Going Up In Smoke- Eddie Kendricks
Jungle Boogie- Kool & the Gang
New York Groove- Ace Frehley
There's the Girl- Heart
Good Thing- Fine Young Cannibals
Shakin'- Eddie Money
Groove Line- Heatwave
Boy Oh Boy- Racey
Back On the Chain Gang- The Pretenders

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Is Greed Still Good?

I recently read that there are plans for Michael Douglas to revive Gordon Gekko, his Oscar-winning character from the 1987 film Wall Street. Tentatively titled "Money Never Sleeps", the sequel will be without the services of the original film's director (Oliver Stone) and Charlie Sheen (Gekko's protege Bud Fox in the first movie).

Early this morning, I caught "Wall Street" on the Fox Movie Channel. It had been years since I had seen it, so I forgot that Terence "Kneel Before Zod" Stamp, Catwoman wannabe Sean Young, and John C. McGinley (Perry Cox on the vastly underrated Scrubs) had supporting roles. Come to think of it, John C. was practically an Oliver Stone regular, because he also appeared in "Platoon", "Talk Radio", and "Any Given Sunday". I don't know if the public is exactly clamoring for a sequel, but it might be interesting to see what became of Gordo... because the ending of Wall Street did leave things open in regards to his fate.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Spin City Playlist For 5/19/07

4 pm hour

Thank You Faletinme Be Mice Elf Agin- Sly & the Family Stone
Private Idaho- B 52s
When Love Breaks Down- Prefab Sprout
P.Y.T.- Michael Jackson
The Best Disco In Town- The Ritchie Family
You Are My Starship- Norman Connors
Another Lover- Giant Steps

Common Thread segment: 62nd birthday tribute to Pete Townshend
Let My Love Open the Door- Pete Townshend
5:15- The Who
Rough Boys- Pete Townshend
Squeeze Box- The Who

Encore- Cheryl Lynn
That's the Way I Like It- K.C. & the Sunshine Band
It's A Miracle- Culture Club
Shackles- R.J.'s Latest Arrival

5 pm hour

Shining Star- Earth, Wind, & Fire
That's the Way of the World- Earth, Wind, & Fire
Behind the Groove- Teena Marie
Steppin' Out- Steel Pulse
Take It Away- Paul McCartney
Rock the Boat- Hues Corporation

Now & Then featured artist: Colin Hay
Lose To Win (from his 2007 CD Are You Lookin' At Me?)
Who Can It Be Now?- Men At Work

Bad Love- Eric Clapton
Dance Wit' Me- Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
I'll Be Around- Spinners
Your Imagination- Hall & Oates
Ooh Baby- West Street Mob

6 pm hour

Turn To Stone- ELO
Where Is the Love- Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Freddie's Dead- Curtis Mayfield
I Love Rock & Roll- The Arrows
Sucker MCs- Run DMC
Ffun- Con Funk Shun

The Guilty Pleasure of the Week:
Make A Move On Me- Olivia Newton- John

The More You Live, the More You Love- A Flock of Seagulls
Don't Answer Me- Alan Parsons Project
Living For the City- Stevie Wonder
Happy People- Temptations
Nights On Broadway- Bee Gees
Call Me Up- Rick James
I'll Set You Free- Bangles

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Spin City Playlist For 5/12/07

4 pm hour

Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)- Parliament
Hot Number- Foxy
Kiss & Tell- Bryan Ferry
The Way It Is- Bruce Hornsby & the Range
The Hustle- Van McCoy
Rappin' Rodney- Rodney Dangerfield

Common Thread: soundtrack songs written by Curtis Mayfield
Let's Do It Again- Staple Singers (from the soundtrack of the same name)
Look Into Your Heart- Aretha Franklin (from the Sparkle soundtrack)
On & On- Gladys Knight & the Pips (from the soundtrack to Claudine)

Now I'm Here- Queen
I Missed Again- Phil Collins
What It Comes Down To- Isley Bros.

5 pm hour

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car- Billy Ocean
Invisible- Alison Moyet
Tell the World How I Feel About 'cha Baby- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Have You Ever Seen the Rain- CCR
Free- Chicago
Buffalo Stance- Neneh Cherry
Keep On Dancing- Gary's Gang

On the Flip Side:
(Gimme Some) Good Soul Music- The Dramatics (B-side to In the Rain)

Play At Your Own Risk- Planet Patrol
She Bop- Cyndi Lauper
Talk It Over- Grayson Hugh
No Way Back- The Dells
Why Can't We Be Friends?- War
Tell Me- Fabulous Thunderbirds

6 pm hour

Hit Me With Your Best Shot- Pat Benatar
Too Much Posse- Public Enemy
Pass the Peas- Fred Wesley & the JBs
Don't Stop- Fleetwood Mac
Who'd She Coo- Ohio Players
Hurts So Good- Millie Jackson
What Have I Done To Deserve This?- Pet Shop Boys feat. Dusty Springfield
I'm Going Down- Bruce Springsteen
Don't Be Cruel- Bobby Brown
Dance the Kung Fu- Carl Douglas
The Boys Are Back In Town- Thin Lizzy
Who's That Girl?- Eurythmics
Just Be Yourself- Cameo
Lido Shuffle- Boz Scaggs
Angela (Theme from Taxi)- Bob James

Recap of The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Trivia Show

As some of you may know, I didn't do Spin City on May 5th because I was in Bay City taking part in the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Trivia Show. Although it wasn't easy, the team that I play on (The Groove Masters) made it 5 victories in a row (one of my teammates referred to us as the New York Yankees of music trivia). I will say that two key differences are that:

1. We don't have an overbearing owner throwing insane amounts of cash at players past their prime.
2. We didn't get exposed in the 2006 playoffs by a team that has a man with a fondness for Marlboro Reds as its skipper.

For various reasons, some members who played on our team in previous years were unable to compete this time. However, we gained some new members who were able to chip in and help lead us to victory.

Gary (Dr. J) Johnson and Wayne (Priz) Przybylski do an excellent job of putting together the contest. The contest is made up of song segments, performance video, still pictures, lyric handouts, etc. This most recent contest also featured portions of rounds devoted to Wilson Pickett, The Dave Clark Five, and Marty Robbins. In the past, the questions covered the 1950s through the 1980s. However, this last time there was a dramatic drop in questions related to the 1970s and 1980s. Since a majority of the players grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, I think the change in focus is a good move. Some of the sample questions in the most recent contest were:

1. What two non-Beatle rock stars appear on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
2. What was Bo Diddley's 1st single to hit the Billboard pop chart?
3. What group originally recorded "Black Magic Woman"?
4. Who wrote the song "Do Wah Diddy"?
5. In terms of Billboard chart performance, what were the top 10 most succuessful albums of the 1970s?

For information on the trivia contest and Michigan Rock and Roll, please check out the following link:
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