Saturday, June 7, 2008

The Retro Mix Playlist For 6/6/08

7 pm hour

Staying Alive- The Bee Gees
Lucky Charm- The Boys
Just Be Good To Me- The S.O.S. Band
You're My Best Friend- Queen
Albert Flasher- The Guess Who
Tell Me Something Good- Rufus
Nights (Feel Like Getting Down)- Billy Ocean

Common Thread segment: In honor of the late Bo Diddley, songs feat. "The Bo Diddley Beat"
Bo Diddley- Bo Diddley
Love Is A Battlefield- Pat Benatar
Faith- George Michael
Shame Shame Shame- Shirley and Company
New York Groove- Ace Frehley

Hard Times- Run DMC
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)- Dead or Alive
Stick Up- Honey Cone

8 pm hour

My Sharona- The Knack
Caravan of Love- The Housemartins
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)- Michael Jackson
Bad Weather- The Supremes
Domino- Van Morrison
Masterpiece- The Temptations
Funkytown- Lipps, Inc.

With or Without You segment's feat. artist: David Lee Roth
Everybody Wants Some- Van Halen
Just Like Paradise- solo

I Can Understand It- Bobby Womack
Don't Leave Me This Way- Thelma Houston
My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet)- New Edition
Armageddon It- Def Leppard

The Retro Mix video of the week: My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet) by New Edition

From the summer of 1985, the video for My Secret (Didja Gitit Yet) shows the quintet having fun with neighborhood locals, one of which is played by Tyra Ferrell (Boyz In the Hood, White Men Can't Jump, Poetic Justice, etc.). They then head off to the Forum to watch the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Portland Trailblazers. Making cameo appearances are Laker legend Magic Johnson and then-coach Pat Riley (back when that slicked back 'do actually was kinda cool). The Laker Girls even show up briefly (sorry, no sign of Paula Abdul). New Edition member Ralph Tresvant even gets asked to suit up as a Laker for some last second heroics!

It's ironic that New Edition (a group from Boston) are shown supporting the Lakers instead of the Celtics. Especially since the Celtics/Lakers rivalry was extremely heated at the time. My guess is that it was deemed cooler for NE to be seen hanging with Magic than Larry Bird; or maybe Larry was asked to appear in the video, but turned them down.


pjazzypar said...

I use to love New Edition! You have some gems on the playlist. I see you got in the tribute to Bo Diddley. I love "Don't Leave Me This Way", which is arguably my favorite disco song. I hate "Funkytown" though, it's right up there with "Fly Robin Fly", but that's just me. I never heard of that song by the Supremes. It must have been from their post, post Diana Ross days.

pjazzypar said...

Oh yeah, Probably the reason why New Edition chose the Lakers over the Celtics is because Magic was probably a fan of their musis. I really can't see Bird getting down with New Edition. Can you?

Malcolm said...

Pjazzy: It seems like you have missed every show where I've played "Don't Leave Me This Way", lol.

I didn't realize you hated "Funkytown". Although I can see it being a song that one either loves or hates. "Bad Weather" was released in 1973 and was written, produced, and arranged by Stevie Wonder. I'll send you a copy of it (I think it has an Al Green groove to it).

In the video for "My Secret", Magic's only interaction w/ New Edition was when he high-fived Ralph Tresvant (something that Bird could've handled). I think that NE was a fan of Magic's and vice versa. However, I also feel that the choice of having Magic in the video had something to do with who NE and a majority of their fanbase (young Blacks) identified with more (the Lakers over the Celtics).

Holly Smith said...

Staying Alive is such a fun pick-me-up song. If it doesn't make you dance, it will at least get your head bobbing.

Growing up I didn't realize that Faith has the "Bo Diddley" beat - but I certainly appreciate Bo Diddley's influence on "my boy".

Domino is a song we used to play in high school band. Goon one.

Malcolm said...

Holly: Staying Alive is a great show opener. It's the second time that I have used it in that capacity.

Until I did that T13 about the Bo Diddley Beat, it never occurred to me that "Faith" had "the beat".

"Domino" is one of my favorite Van Morrison tunes. When I was putting the playlist together, I had planned on playing "Wild Night" by Van. Since I had problems locating it on my mix CDs, I went with option 2.

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