Sunday, April 27, 2008

Heart On A&E's Private Sessions

Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart

Earlier this morning, I was watching a repeat of the A&E live music/interview program "Private Sessions". If you haven't checked it out, you should give it a try. It's an excellent way to get your Sunday off to a good start. This morning they reaired an episode from 2007 featuring Heart. Along with Heart classics such as "Barracuda" and "Crazy On You", they also performed the Led Zeppelin standard "Immigrant Song" and the John Lennon tune "Isolation". These latter two selections were from Ann Wilson's 2007 solo CD (her first) "Hope & Glory".

Interspersed with the music performances were Ann & Nancy Wilson's informal interview with host Lynn Hoffman. The two sisters talked about their musical influences (Led Zeppelin, Aretha, etc.), their upbringing as military brats, and some of the crazy things that have happened to them over the course of their long career. Ann & Nancy also mentioned that they are working on a new Heart album. When this episode was taped last year, they said that the album may be released in 2008 or 2009.

Below is a clip of Heart performing the song that opened up the episode of "Private Sessions", their 1976 hit "Crazy On You". Ann's voice has lost none of its power and I have always loved to watch Nancy do her kicks and spins when she plays guitar. If Nancy had a penis, I think that she would get the credit she deserves for being a first-rate guitar player.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes For My Radio Show

Effective May 2nd, my radio show will air every Friday night from 7-9 PM EST on WKUF-LP 94.3 FM. I think the timeslot change will be good for the show, giving it more exposure. Not only that, but doing the show on Friday nights will free up my weekends. Since the only evening slot open was for 2 hours, my show will now be an hour shorter. Although I loved doing 3 hours, it was sometimes a struggle prepping a show of that length. Having said that, if a suitable 3 hour slot opens up at some point down the line, I'll probably take it.

Along with the timeslot change, my show will also have a new name. Spin City is going in the trash heap. Going forward, my show will be known as The Retro Mix. Even before I thought about moving to a new timeslot, I had been pondering a change to the show's name. When I first started on WKUF in January 2005, the genres of music I played varied from show-to-show (I'd play neo-soul one week, 80s alternative the next week, oldies from the 50s and 60s after that, etc.). When I switched to a 70s and 80s format in January 2006, I should have changed the name of the show then... but that's neither here nor there. The Retro Mix better reflects what my show is about and has been for the last 2-plus years.

Anyway, I hope you can check out The Retro Mix every Friday night from 7-9 PM EST. For those of you who don't already know, WKUF has a webstream so you can listen anywhere in the world. To launch the stream, please visit and click the "Listen to the WKUF webstream" link in the blue box on the right side of the page. To listen, you will need Real Player, Winamp, or iTunes.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spin City Playlist For 4/26/08

4 pm hour

Photograph- Def Leppard
I'm Doin' Fine Now- New York City
Full of Fire- Al Green
Venus- Bananarama
Fake- Alexander O'Neal
Say No Go- De La Soul
Keep It Coming Love- KC & the Sunshine Band

Now & Then segment's feat. artist: R.E.M.
Supernatural Superserious (from their new CD "Accelerate")
Radio Free Europe (1981)

Cars- Gary Numan
Mr. Welfare Man- Gladys Knight & the Pips
Keep On Truckin'- Eddie Kendricks
Dancing In the Key of Life- Steve Arrington

5 pm hour

Hit Me With Your Best Shot- Pat Benatar
Whirly Girl- Oxo
Let's All Chant- Michael Zager Band
One Nation Under A Groove- Funkadelic
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road- Elton John
Back To Life- Soul II Soul
Love Is the Key- Maze feat. Frankie Beverly
Lowdown- Boz Scaggs

Double Retro segment's feat. artist: Diana Ross
Nothing But Heartaches (w/ the Supremes)- 1965
Chain Reaction (solo)- 1985

New Moon On Monday- Duran Duran
Right- David Bowie
Love Or Let Me Be Lonely- The Friends of Distinction
Theme From S.W.A.T.- Rhythm Heritage
Everything I Wanted- The Bangles

6 pm hour

The Love I Lost- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
I Gotta Try- Michael McDonald
Monkey- George Michael
Could It Be Magic- Donna Summer
Back In the Saddle- Aerosmith
Shout It Out Loud- Kiss
Too Much Posse- Public Enemy
Bustin' Loose- Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers
These Dreams- Heart
Suspicious Minds- Fine Young Cannibals
Dancing Machine- The Jackson Five
Don't Knock My Love- Wilson Pickett
Pleasure and Pain- Divinyls
Are We Ourselves- The Fixx
Groove Line- Heatwave

Which faves of yours made this week's playlist?

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Friday, April 25, 2008

New Blog Alert: Extensive Music Trivia

After visiting Layla's Classic Rock Faves the other day, I found a new blog called Extensive Music Trivia. This should be alot of fun for all of us music trivia buffs. The following text explains the games/rules and is taken directly from the blog author's first post:

Questions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Answers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

All questions will be based on artists or songs that have been on the Billboard charts. The artist will have had to place on the charts at one time in their career in some capacity to qualify.

All questions and answers have been thoroughly researched and will originate from 1951 to present, with the majority originating between 1956 – 1986. Questions will vary in degree of difficulty and will come from the following genres: pop, rock, soul, smooth jazz, R&B, country, disco, soundtracks and instrumentals.

All trivia quizzes are worth 100 points with the point allocations per question given under each question.

You cannot consult the Internet for the answers (the Honor System). If you consult the Internet, that defeats the purpose. With the Internet as a resource, there is no trivia of any kind, which is why it is banned.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Megan Fox Tops FHM's Sexiest Women List

Actress Megan Fox ("Transformers", "Hope & Faith") tops FHM magazine's list of the sexiest women in the world. Fox is moving up in the eyes of FHM readers; she debuted on the annual list in 2006 at No. 68 and came in at No. 65 the following year. Some of the other women on the Hot 100 include:

Jessica Biel (#2)

Rihanna (#14)

Beyonce' (#20)

Natalie Portman (#25)

Former "American Idol" contestant Katherine McPhee (#38)

Kate Hudson (#54)

Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger (#62)

Actress Kelly Hu (#74)

Actress Mila Kunis (#81)

Britney Spears (#100)

For the complete list, please click the following link:

FHM 100 Sexiest Women

Who do you think should or shouldn't be on the list?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Final Results of the Recent Catwoman Poll

Proving that an indelible performance stands the test of time, Eartha Kitt was the easy winner in the recent favorite Catwoman poll. Eartha definitely chose an apt surname because even when she wasn't playing Catwoman she had that "feline thing" about her.

Starting slowly but picking up steam as the poll progressed was the support for Michelle Pfeiffer. I didn't see all of "Batman Returns" so I can't judge her performance. However, if the one scene I remember of her kicking ass in an alley is any indication, I would say she did just fine.

The actress who I thought was going to come in 1st or 2nd (Julie Newmar) finished respectably in 3rd place. My reasoning behind thinking Julie would finish higher is because she was the first actress to portray Catwoman onscreen and because she appeared in the role more than anyone else.

Although the movie tanked at the box office, Halle Berry's portrayal of Catwoman had her share of fans and made a decent showing in 4th place. Even though I don't like watching feature films on commercial TV, I might make an effort to check out "Catwoman" because the Oxygen Channel has been showing it lately.

I was glad to see Lee Meriwether get at least one vote in the poll. Her 5th place finish in the poll didn't surprise me given that her one appearance as "Catwoman" (in the 1966 film "Batman") isn't as well known today as the other actresses' portrayals.

Here are the final results:

Eartha Kitt- 39%
Michelle Pfeiffer- 23%
Julie Newmar- 18%
Halle Berry- 15%
Lee Meriwether- 2%

Below is a clip from the series "Batman" featuring Eartha Kitt as Catwoman:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spin City Playlist For 4/19/08

4 pm hour

When I Think of You- Janet Jackson
Bad Company- Bad Company
Where Was You At- War
Breakout- Swing Out Sister
My Kinda Lover- Billy Squier
Mighty Mighty- Earth, Wind and Fire
Hollywood Swinging- Kool & the Gang

Now & Then segment's feat. artist: Madonna
4 Minutes (from her upcoming CD "Hard Candy")
Who's That Girl (1987)

Just Can't Get Enough- Depeche Mode
Dance (Disco Heat)- Sylvester
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine)- James Brown
What Can I Do For You- Labelle

5 pm hour

Panama- Van Halen
Rumble Seat- John Cougar Mellencamp
Acid Queen- Tina Turner
You Sexy Thing- Hot Chocolate
Just Be Yourself- Cameo
Peter Gunn- The Art of Noise feat. Duane Eddy
Lights- Journey
I Wish- Stevie Wonder
Lessons In Love- Level 42

On the Flip Side segment:
You Stepped Into My Life- The Bee Gees (the B-side to their 1976 hit "Love So Right")

In My House- Mary Jane Girls
Mystery Man- The Outfield
Peg- Steely Dan
No Way Back- The Dells
Brick House- The Commodores
(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear- Tracey Ullman

6 pm hour

Dancing In the Dark- Bruce Springsteen
Popcorn Love- New Edition
Stick Up- Honey Cone
Grease- Frankie Valli
Shot In the Dark- Ozzy Osbourne
Super Freak- Rick James
Free- Chicago
Sweet Thing- Rufus

With or Without You segment's feat. artist: George Harrison
For You Blue (with The Beatles)
This Is Love (solo)

So Emotional- Whitney Houston
Time To Get Down- The Ojays
Urgent- Foreigner
Street Life- The Crusaders
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic- The Police

Did any of your faves make this week's playlist?

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Cartoon Trivia Tie-breaker

Since Julie and Sarah both got 12 out of 15 correct in the recent cartoon trivia game, it all comes down to a tie-breaker to determine which one is the queen of cartoon trivia. The first one of them to contact me at with the name of the cartoon character below will be the winner. Good luck to both of you.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Please Take A Moment To Vote In the Current Catwoman Poll... Thank You!

Top 5 On Friday - Week 171

From Music Memoirs, Top 5 On Friday - Week 171: Top 5 break up songs

1. Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles

2. So Long Baby- Del Shannon

3. This Diamond Ring- Gary Lewis & the Playboys

4. I Don't Love You Anymore- Teddy Pendergrass

5. Goodbye To You- Scandal

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #41: The Full Names of TV Duos

The Full Names of Thirteen TV Duos

Over the years, many TV series have been named after their lead characters. Because we allow these characters into our living rooms everyday/week, it is easy for us to get on a one-name basis with them. Below is a chronological list compiling the full names of 13 duos throughout TV history. At the end of each entry are the years that the series was in production.

1. Amos Jones and Andrew Hogg Brown ("Andy") of "Amos and Andy"- (1951-1953)

2. Nanny & the Professor (Phoebe Figalilly and Harold Everett)- (1970-1971)

3. Chico and the Man (Chico Rodriguez and Ed Brown)- (1974-1978)

4. Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson ("Hutch")- (1975-1979)

5. Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney- (1976-1983)

6. Tenspeed (E.L. "Early Leroy" Turner, played by Ben Vereen) and Brown Shoe (Lionel Whitney, played by Jeff Goldblum) of "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe"- (1980)

7. Rick Simon and Andrew Jackson (A.J.) Simon of "Simon and Simon"- (1981-1988)

8. Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey of "Cagney and Lacey"- (1982-1988)

9. Kate McArdle and Allie Lowell of "Kate and Allie"- (1984-1989)

10. Kenan Rockmore and Kel Kimble- (1996-1999)

11. Malcolm McGee and Eddie Sherman- (1996-2000)

12. Dharma Finkelstein and Greg Montgomery of "Dharma and Greg"- (1997-2002)

13. Will Truman and Grace Adler- (1998-2006)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuesday Tunes: Week 29

From Music Memoirs, Word Association Week! Name the first band/artist/song/album/instrument etc. that comes to mind when you see these words.

Drum: Different Drum by The Stone Poneys feat. Linda Ronstadt

River: River of Dreams by Billy Joel

Sea of Love by Phil Phillips

Remember (Walkin' In the Sand) by the Shangri-Las

Around the World by Lisa Stansfield

Time In a Bottle by Jim Croce

Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry

One by Three Dog Night

(Theme from) The Monkees

Magic by Olivia Newton- John

Monday, April 14, 2008

Final Results of the Recent Upcoming Movie Poll

In yet another landslide, "Sex and the City: the Movie" was voted the most likely to be the biggest hit out of the summer 2008 films based on TV series. Because of all the buzz that it's received, I am inclined to agree. However, I also wonder if this might be one of those TV adaptations that loses something in the jump to the big screen and that fans might wait until it hits DVD to play catch up with Carrie Bradshaw and the rest of the gang.

Coming in 2nd is the big screen version of "Speed Racer". This is one that has been in development for years. To give you an idea of how long, at one time Johnny Depp was rumored to be under consideration for the title role. I did see the trailer for "Speed Racer" a few weeks ago and it looked pretty good. Since it opens on May 9th (a week after "Iron Man"), it remains to be seen whether or not it can lure any of that film's potential ticket buyers away. It better hope that it can make a sizable dent because two weeks after "Speed Racer" opens, a little film called "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hits theaters.

The Untitled X-Files sequel came in 3rd place in the poll. There is an overwhelming feeling among X-Philes that the series went on at least 2 seasons too long. It will be interesting to see if this feeling has any effect on the box-office turnout.

Rounding out the list is the theatrical version of "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. Because I am a huge fan of the original series, I am skeptical about the movie adaptation. There are some aspects that I've heard have been changed that I didn't think were necessary. However, I do like the casting so maybe they will do Don Adams and Co. proud.

Here are the final results:

Sex and the City: the Movie- 52%
Speed Racer- 19%
Untitled X-Files sequel- 16%
Get Smart- 11%

Below is the trailer to "Sex and the City: the Movie":

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spin City Playlist For 4/12/08

4 pm hour

Play That Funky Music- Wild Cherry
The Belle of St. Mark- Sheila E.
Mystery Lady- Billy Ocean
Turn To Stone- ELO
Sexy Eyes- Dr. Hook
Same Old Love- Anita Baker
What's Going On (live)- Marvin Gaye

Double Retro segment feat. artist: Gary "U.S." Bonds
Quarter To Three (1961)
This Little Girl (1981)

I Don't Care- The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Turning Point- Tyrone Davis
Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
Magic- The Cars
Silly Love Song- Enchantment

5 pm hour

New Sensation- INXS
Hyperactive- Thomas Dolby
Get Off- Foxy
Strawberry Letter 23- The Brothers Johnson
Zip Gun Boogie- T. Rex
Fake Friends- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Beat It- Michael Jackson

The Guilty Pleasure of the Week:
Waiting For A Star To Fall- Boy Meets Girl

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again- The Fortunes
Rockin' Soul- The Hues Corporation
Promises, Promises- Naked Eyes
Big Mouth- Whodini
Can You Rock It Like This- Run DMC
Rapture- Blondie
Are You Man Enough- The Four Tops

6 pm hour

Peace of Mind- Boston
Too Many People- Paul McCartney
Romancing the Stone- Eddy Grant
I Want Her- Keith Sweat
Point of No Return- Expose
Johnny Can't Read- Don Henley
I Want Your Love- Chic

#1 segment:
The Only Living Boy In New York- Simon & Garfunkel (from their album "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which was #1 on the Billboard chart this week in 1970)

Ghetto Child- The Spinners
I Really Don't Need No Light- Jeffrey Osborne
Hourglass- Squeeze
Party Out of Bounds- The B-52s
Up In A Puff of Smoke- Polly Brown
Little Red Corvette- Prince

Did any of your faves make this week's playlist?

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #40 "The Deluxe Edition": Toys/games That I Had As A Kid

Thirteen toys/games that I had as a kid

You know how movie studios release movies on DVD and then at some point in the future, rerelease them with bonus features? Well this week I've used the same concept for my T13. The only difference being is that unlike the movie studios, I'm not going to charge you anything.

Back in June of last year, I listed some of my favorite childhood toys/games for my first T13. Since I was new to the T13 game, I just provided the names of the toys/games. This week I decided to jazz up my T13 debut by adding a little commentary for each entry and photos as well. I hope you enjoy it.

1. Bank Shot- I was working on becoming a junior Willie Moscone when we had this electronic pool game in the late 70s/early 80s.

2. Connect Four- I could be "pretty sneaky" when playing this game.

3. Evel Kneivel action figure and motorcycle- I remember setting up mulitiple obstacles for Evel to jump over. Although his outfit was cheap, the motorcycle and the action figure were pretty durable.

4. Fonzie/Happy Days Pinball Machine- I believe that this was one of my Christmas gifts for 1979. I'm still kicking myself in the ass for ever getting rid of this one.

5. Girder and Panel Building Set- We used to spend hours constructing skyscrapers, bridges, and all other sorts of buildings and fixtures. You could even put a working elevator (controlled by a string/pulley) in the buildings!

6. Green Machine- I recall doing some wicked spinouts in my driveway that seemed so much bigger through my 8 year old eyes. Although the picture below isn't the exact model that I had, it's the same concept.

7. Merlin- Although it looks like a primitive cell phone, Merlin allowed you to play not one, but six games! They were: Tic Tac Toe, Music Machine, Echo (similar to Simon), Blackjack 13, Magic Square, and Mindbender (similar to Mastermind).

8. Mini Frogger- Considering it's size, I remember that the mini-version of Frogger was a pretty good simulation of the full-size arcade game. Although I was fairly good, my skills were not even close to those of George Costanza.

9. Play-Doh Fun Factory- Besides me, who else can still remember the unique taste of Play-Doh? Come on admit it, if you had Play-Doh or knew someone who did, you know you tried it at least once.

10. Quiz Wiz- This was a multiple choice quiz game that I had around 6th/7th grade. I remember that you could buy various cartridges for categories such as sports, history, entertainment, etc.

11. Six Million Dollar Man action figure- The SMDM (aka Steve Austin) action figure had a bionic eye, a bionic arm with pop out bionic modules and roll back elastic skin. Steve took the term "action figure" to a whole new level because he eventually started shacking up with my sister's Barbie doll.

12. Talking View Master- Since it was a talking model, this bad boy had volume control and an optional earphone jack. The two sets that I had were Pinocchio and Scooby-Doo in "That's Snow Ghost" (I recall that Mr. Greenway was the villain busted by those meddling kids). I remember that one of the discs for Pinocchio started to skip, so it would say "Dogfish dogfish sleeps with his mouth open. Come on Geppetto."

13. Tomytronic Tennis- Even though I couldn't play the real game worth a lick, I had a lot of fun playing this handheld version.

What were some of your favorite childhood toys/games?

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