Sunday, December 26, 2010

Remembering Some of the Celebs We Lost In 2010

Along with preparing to say hello to a new year, it's also time to pay tribute to those we lost in the world of entertainment this year. Below is a tribute assembled by TCM of film industry people who we said goodbye to in 2010. The montage is set to the tune "Headlights" by Sophie Hunger.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Top 10 Albums of 2010



For the first time in awhile, I've actually listened to enough new music to make a "best of" list for the year! Many of my colleagues are in agreement with me that 2010 was a very good year for music. Below is my top 10 for the year (in reverse order), along with commentary and a few of my fave tracks from each album.

10. Record Collection by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.












Musician/vocalist/producer Ronson has created an album that is both retro and contemporary. While many of the tunes are pure head-bopping fun (for instance, “The Bike Song” and “Bang Bang Bang”), the album has its serious moments. One such example is the mid-tempo “Somebody to Love Me”, which features co-lead vocals by Boy George (whose now weathered voice fits the tune nicely) and Andrew Wyatt. The eclectic guest roster of Record Collection also includes Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, D’Angelo, Rose Elinor Dougall (formerly of The Pipettes), and ex-A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip among others.

Check these out: The Bike Song, Somebody To Love Me, and The Night Last Night

9. Libra Scale by Ne-Yo













This is an album that I enjoyed more than I expected. Part of it plays as a quasi-tribute to Michael Jackson… which isn’t a bad thing. While Ne-Yo thankfully manages not to completely lose himself in sequined glove splendor, some of the tracks on Libra Scale sound like outtakes from the Off the Wall/Thriller era. Hee hee!

Check these out: One In A Million, Cause I Said So, and Genuine Only

8. Broken Bells by Broken Bells












The debut collaboration between musician/producer “Danger Mouse” (who isn’t British and doesn’t sport an eye patch) and The Shins’ guitarist/lead vocalist James Mercer is a melodic feast, featuring airy vocals and experimental musicianship. A former colleague often raved about this album. After listening to it in its entirety earlier this month, I can understand her enthusiasm.

Side note: For fans of Broken Bells, the duo has announced their intention to record a follow-up!

Check these out: The High Road, The Ghost Inside, and Mongrel Heart

7. The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae













Released in the aftermath of the death of her husband, Rae’s sophomore effort isn’t the gloom and doom affair one might expect. While there are songs like “Are You There” which deal with loss, the record also features such up-tempo numbers as “Paris Nights/New York Mornings” and “Paper Dolls”. The decision to use a live band on The Sea was a smart one, giving the album a “smoky, jazz club” vibe.

Check these out: The Blackest Lily, Closer, and Paris Nights/New York Mornings

6. Travelling Like the Light by V.V. Brown













On her debut album, V.V.’s brand of beehive soul grabs you by the collar and dares you not to get caught up in its infectious groove. If there was any justice, Brown would have received a Grammy nod for Best New Artist. The Grammy voters could have passed over a certain mop-topped upstart from Canada and nominated V.V. Brown instead.

Check these out: Game Over, Crying Blood, and Bottles

5. Congratulations by MGMT













For their 2nd release, MGMT takes us on a journey through the trippy world of psychedelia. The album’s highlight is the 12-minute plus track “Siberian Breaks”. I often don’t like long songs because they tend to drag on and on (dude, get that Chevy through the levee already!), but “Siberian Breaks” is like multiple songs in one!

Check these out: Someone’s Missing, Siberian Breaks, and Brian Eno

4. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz














Exotic, space-age, and soothing, Plastic Beach is like a soundtrack to a Ralph Bakshi film that hasn’t been made. Although a bulk of the vocals are handled by such guests as Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, and Yukimi Nagano, Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn steps out in front on songs such as Broken, Rhinestone Eyes, and the title track.

Check these out: White Flag, Stylo, and Broken

3. The Sound of Sunshine by Michael Franti & Spearhead













If you are feeling like “Debbie Downer” or “Gloomy Gus”, the aptly named The Sound of Sunshine is the perfect antidote. When you play this album, you can practically feel the sand beneath your feet and the tropical breeze in the air.

Check these out: The Sound of Sunshine, Hey Hey Hey, and The Thing That Helps Me Get Through

2. LOUD by Rihanna














Ms. Fenty offers up a potent mix of club jams and dancehall grooves on her 5th studio album. Lending solid support are Drake, Eminem, and the “Savoir-Faire Mouse of hip-hop” Nicki Minaj.

Check these out: What’s My Name, Cheers (Drink to That), and Man Down
1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West














Like a hip-hop Van Gogh, Kanye uses his musical palette to create the audio masterpiece of 2010. Clever, in-your-face, and daring are just a few of the adjectives to describe MBDTF. Because there is so much to digest, I find myself still discovering bits and pieces with each listen. Hate Kanye West if you want, but it’s hard to deny that he is one of the supreme talents in music.

Check these out: Dark Fantasy, Monster, and So Appalled

What are your favorite albums of 2010?

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 12/17/10


6 pm hour

Good Times- Chic
Christmas In Hollis- Run DMC
Around the Way Girl- LL Cool J
Love Changes Everything- Climie Fisher
The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth- Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Oh Very Young- Cat Stevens
The Wizard- Uriah Heep
Life In A Northern Town- Dream Academy

With or Without You segment:
Respectable- The Rolling Stones
Lonely At the Top- Mick Jagger

Up On the House Top- The Jackson Five
Want Ads- Honey Cone
Serve the Servants- Nirvana
Come Out and Play- The Offspring
Father Christmas- The Kinks
Jimmy Loves Mary Anne- Looking Glass

7 pm hour

Big Time- Peter Gabriel
Jealousy- Mary Jane Girls
Do They Know It’s Christmas- Band Aid
If You Want Me To Stay- Sly & the Family Stone
Genius of Love- The Tom Tom Club
Another Rock & Roll Christmas- Gary Glitter
Time For Me To Fly- REO Speedwagon
Little Willy- Sweet

Now & Then/Guestbook segment:
Magic- B.o.B. (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
In the Garage- Weezer (lead singer is Rivers Cuomo)

This Christmas- Donny Hathaway
Sumthin’ Sumthin’- Maxwell
No More Mr. Nice Guy- Alice Cooper
Hot Child In the City- Nick Gilder
2000 Miles- The Pretenders

8 pm hour

Now That We Found Love- Heavy D. & the Boyz
I Feel Sanctified- The Commodores
Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses
Hang Fire- The Rolling Stones
Lights- Journey
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus- John Mellencamp
Wannabe- The Spice Girls
The Fat Boys Are Back- The Fat Boys
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)- John Lennon
Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)- Paul McCartney
Suburbia- Pet Shop Boys
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- The Temptations
Rockin’ Chair- Gwen McCrae
City Song- Luscious Jackson
Peace of Mind- Boston

Programming note: This will be the last show of the year. I'll be back on the air Friday, January 14th.  On that show, I'll pay tribute to some of the artists we lost in 2010.  The Retro Mix airs from 6-9 pm EST on WKUF-LP 94.3 FM. If you live outside the Flint area, you can hear the show by visiting the following URL and clicking on the "Listen" link at the top of the page:


The Retro Mix Video of the Week: The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth by Bing Crosby & David Bowie

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 12/10/10


Show Theme- "Real Oldies" and holiday tunes from the 50s and 60s

6 pm hour

Nowhere To Run- Martha & the Vandellas
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)- Elvis Presley
Speedo- The Cadillacs
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher- Jackie Wilson
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow- Dean Martin
Do I Love You- The Ronettes
Splish Splash- Bobby Darin
Merry Christmas- Otis Redding
I Can’t Stop Dancing- Archie Bell & the Drells
Lady Willpower- Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town- The Miracles

On the Flip Side segment:

ABC Boogie- Bill Haley & his Comets (B-side to Shake, Rattle, & Roll)

Break It To Me Gently- Brenda Lee
A Holly Jolly Christmas- Burl Ives
Crosstown Traffic- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
She Said Yeah- The Animals
Sock It To Me Santa- Bob Seger & the Last Heard
Tutti Frutti- Little Richard
Short Fat Fannie- Larry Williams
Ain’t That A Shame- Fats Domino
Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry
Open My Eyes- Nazz
Greasy Heart- Jefferson Airplane

7 pm hour

She’s About A Mover- The Sir Douglas Quintet
Feliz Navidad- Jose Feliciano
The House That Jack Built- Aretha Franklin
Close Your Eyes- The Five Keys
The Christmas Song- Nat “King” Cole
Lovers Who Wander- Dion
Baby Please Don’t Go- The Amboy Dukes
Him or Me (What’s It Gonna Be)- Paul Revere & the Raiders
Little Saint Nick- The Beach Boys
It Hurts Me To My Heart- Faye Adams
Come Go With Me- The Del Vikings
Jingle Bell Rock- Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell
Peggy Sue- Buddy Holly
Lover Please- Clyde McPhatter
Christmas Time All Over the World- Sammy Davis Jr.
Love’s Made A Fool of You- The Bobby Fuller Four
Silver Bells- The Supremes
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind- The Lovin’ Spoonful
Magic Carpet Ride- Steppenwolf
I Feel Good- Shirley & Lee

8 pm hour

Subterranean Homesick Blues- Bob Dylan
At the River’s Edge- The New Colony Six
I’m A Man- The Spencer Davis Group
Mistletoe & Holly- Frank Sinatra
A Change Is Gonna Come- Sam Cooke
Milkcow Blues Boogie- Elvis Presley
The Peppermint Twist- Joey Dee & the Starlighters
The Chipmunk Song- Alvin & the Chipmunks
The Mountain’s High- Dick & Dee Dee
Foot Stompin’- The Flares
(I Know) I’m Losing You- The Temptations
People Got To Be Free- The Rascals
Someday At Christmas- Stevie Wonder
Teen Angel- Mark Dinning
How About That- Dee Clark
Happy Together- The Turtles
I Met Her In Church- The Box Tops
Johnny B. Goode- Chuck Berry
Chantilly Lace- The Big Bopper
New Orleans- Gary “U.S.” Bonds
Peaches ‘N’ Cream- The Ikettes
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night- The Electric Prunes

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: She's About A Mover by The Sir Douglas Quintet (clip from an episode of Shindig!)

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 12/03/10



6 pm hour

Venus- Shocking Blue
Ghetto Life- Rick James
Every Time I Turn Around (Back In Love Again)- L.T.D.
Secret Separation- The Fixx
Alcohol- Barenaked Ladies
Cut Your Hair- Pavement
The Hustle- Van McCoy
Lettin’ It Loose- Heatwave


Now & Then segment’s featured artist: Heart
There You Go (from their 2010 album Red Velvet Car)
Stranded (1990)

I Melt with You- Modern English
Johnny Come Home- Fine Young Cannibals
Without You- Nilsson
Holding Back the Years- Simply Red
Take A Girl Like You- The Foundations

7 pm hour

Father of Mine- Everclear
Time’s Up- Living Colour
Pain- The Ohio Players
Don’t You Want Me- Human League
Sugar Walls- Sheena Easton
Slam- Onyx
M.P.E.- Public Enemy

On the Flip Side segment:
Just Another Nervous Wreck- Supertramp (B-side to The Logical Song)

Time For Me To Fly- REO Speedwagon
I’m Alright- Kenny Loggins
You Gotta Be- Des’ree
Ordinary World- Duran Duran
Sad Songs Say So Much- Elton John
Ain’t Good Enough For You- Bruce Springsteen

8 pm hour

Word Up- Cameo
If Anybody Gets Funked Up- George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars
Got To Give It Up- Marvin Gaye
Kinda I Want To- Nine Inch Nails
Rockit- Herbie Hancock
Hip Hop Hooray- Naughty By Nature

With or Without You segment:
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Talk To Me- Stevie Nicks

Souvenir- Rubber Rodeo
Some Guys Have All the Luck- Rod Stewart
More Than A Woman- Tavares
Memory Lane- Minnie Riperton
Fool In Love with You- Jim Photoglo
Naughty Naughty- John Parr

Side note: The Kettering University students who are running WKUF this term have been working diligently to get the webstream up again.  I spoke to one of them and he said the webstream should be up in a couple of days.  Once I hear anything new, I will provide an update ASAP.

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Slam by Onyx

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Final Results of the Recent Beatles Album Poll


With almost twice as many votes as the 2nd place finisher, The Beatles' 1966 release Revolver was selected as the Beatle album most would choose if they were introducing the uninitiated to the sounds of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.  If I had it, I would have introduced my niece to The Beatles by loaning her 1962-1966. My reasons are the same that Ivan stated in the comments section of the poll post: because it covers the "Fab Four" era and the start of the psychedelic years.

Instead, I loaned her their greatest hits compilation 1.  Because it focuses strictly on their #1 hits, it doesn't cover the full range of what The Beatles accomplished in the studio.  However, it does span their time as a recording unit and makes for a good introduction to their work.  Depending on if she likes "1", I will next loan my niece Another Beatles Story.  It's a 3-disc Japanese import that covers the years 1962-1967.

Here are the final results:

Revolver: 26%
Rubber Soul- 14%
The Beatles (aka The White Album), 1962-1966, 1967-1970, and Sgt. Pepper- 11% each
Abbey Road- 8%
1- 2%

Thanks to everyone who voted and a special thanks to those who shared their thoughts in the comments section. 

Below is a track from the winning album, enjoy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 11/26/10



6 pm hour

The Breaks- Kurtis Blow
Head Over Heels- The Go Gos
Plowed- Sponge
Dream Police- Cheap Trick
Baby Let Me Kiss You- King Floyd
I Wanna Be Your Man- Roger
Walking On Sunshine- Rockets Revenge
Down with the King- Run DMC
Chicago- Graham Nash
The Stroke- Billy Squier
Now They’ll Sleep- Belly
Keep On Smiling- Wet Willie
Bust A Move- Young MC
Criticize- Alexander O’Neal
Only A Fool Would Say That- Steely Dan

7 pm hour

‘65 Love Affair- Paul Davis
Bring It Back- The Stray Cats
The Pleasure Principle- Janet Jackson
Warm It Up- Kriss Kross
Alone Again, Naturally- Gilbert O’Sullivan
Clair- Gilbert O’Sullivan
I’ve Got To Use My Imagination- Gladys Knight & the Pips
Modern Love- David Bowie
Panama- Van Halen
Monkey Wrench- The Foo Fighters
Take Me Home Tonight- Eddie Money w/ Ronnie Spector
Happy- Brick
Hearts- Marty Balin
I Just Want To Be Your Everything- Andy Gibb
Radio Activity- Royal Cash

8 pm hour

Losing My Religion- R.E.M.
Hong Kong Garden- Siouxsie & the Banshees
Wouldn’t It Be Good- Nik Kershaw
I Wanna Get Next To You- Rose Royce
Oh Sheila- Ready For the World
This Is the Right Time- Lisa Stansfield
The Love I Lost- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Afternoons & Coffeespoons- Crash Test Dummies
Shake It Up- The Cars
Virtual Insanity- Jamiroquai
Oh Girl- The Chi Lites
Hyperactive- Thomas Dolby
Little Red Book- Toni Basil
Talk Talk- Talk Talk
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap- AC/DC


The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Little Red Book by Toni Basil

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pop Culture Trivia # 109: The Holiday Edition


Since it's that time of year, every question is holiday-related.
If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin about to be touched for the very first time, please read the remaining rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Frosty the Snowman, it's The Little Drummer Boy", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title).

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 3 bonus points.

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to ultfan@gmail.com no later than Friday, December 31st at 11:59 PM EST. To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question.


I will no longer be posting the answers here. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

Have fun, good luck and season's greetings!

1. Telling the story of a despondent Bedford Falls man who runs a Building and Loan, what 1946 film topped the AFI's 2006 list of the most inspiring American movies ever made? 3 pts

2. Narrated by Jimmy Durante (who also appears in animated form) what perennial Christmas special features a lead character who comes to life after a girl named Karen places a magical top hat on its head? 3 pts

3. The following opening lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

Hang all the mistletoe
I'm gonna get to know you better

4. In the 2008 episode of Psych titled "Christmas Joy", what pseudonym does Shawn (James Roday) make up for Gus (Dulé Hill) when the two of them meet a young girl who wants to hire them? 6 pts

a. Scrooge Jones
b. Grinch McCoo
c. Gussie "The Heat Miser" Jackson
d. Blitzen Biletnikoff

5. The photo below features the stars of what TV series? 3 pts





















6. What are the complete titles of the three films made from 1994-2006 that star Tim Allen as Scott Calvin? 3 pts each

7. In the 1988 TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, which one of the Brady kids is portrayed by a replacement performer? 5 pts

8. In the first two Home Alone films, what are the first names of Kevin McCallister's four siblings? 3 pts each

9. The photo montage below was used on the DVD cover box for what movie? 5 pts














10. What are the names of the 3 one-named singers who appear on the 1984 charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? 3 pts each

Just to be clear, when I say "one-named singers", I mean they use one name as their professional one (Cher, Madonna, Usher, etc.)

11. Below are 5 "make the connection" puzzlers. Each one will consist of two parts. The way they connect is that the last word of the first part will be the same as the first word of the second part.

Because of the time of year, one half of each Make the Connection puzzler below will be holiday-related.

For example: Christmas song popularized by the Harry Simeone Chorale- Sitcom that starred Fred Savage's younger brother= The Little Drummer Boy Meets World

Note: For each entry, it's all or nothing. For example, if you can only come up with the name of the former SNL regular who is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton, but not the name of Santa's helper known for their distinctive snout in the 1st one below, you don't get any points for that one.

Each of these are worth 3 pts

a. Former SNL regular who is the daughter of singer Minnie Riperton- One of Santa's helpers known for their distinctive snout

b. Crime comedy film starring Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey, and Jon Lovitz- 1977 Meat Loaf song that includes play-by-play by Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto

c. Blended family sitcom that was a part of ABC's "TGIF" lineup from 1991-1997- Yuletide Elton John tune that was released in 1973

d. 2000 TV movie starring Ving Rhames as a gay drag queen- 1965 top 10 hit by The Yardbirds

e. Vince Guaraldi instrumental that is named after two of the Van Pelt siblings of Peanuts fame- Beatles track inspired by Julian Lennon's drawing of one of his schoolmates


12. The cropped photo below is from the cover of the first Christmas album by what recording artist? 3 pts














13. During the Christmas party scene in the 1953 WW II POW comedy-drama Stalag 17, a drunken Animal (Robert Strauss) mistakes his pal Harry Shapiro (Harvey Lembeck) for which one of the following actresses? 6 pts

a. Rita Hayworth
b. Greta Garbo
c. Betty Grable
d. Lauren Bacall

14. With lyrics that mention such Jewish celebrities as David Lee Roth, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Newman, what Adam Sandler tune was covered my Neil Diamond on his 2009 album A Cherry Cherry Christmas? 3 pts

15. The screen cap below is from what music video? 15 pts

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bristol Palin's Success On DWTS: The Politics of Dancing?


Over the past few weeks, a conspiracy theory has been swelling during season 11 of the ABC reality competition series Dancing with the Stars.  Despite being considered by many (including the DWTS judges) as one of the worst dancers this season, Bristol Palin (daughter of Tea Party darling Sarah Palin) has managed to make it to the finals. The conspiracy whispers grew to a roar in some circles during week 9 of the competition when Bristol & her partner Mark advanced, while singer/actress Brandy her partner Maksim were sent packing. Since I quit watching DWTS a couple of seasons ago, I went to You Tube to see  if Bristol's dance skills did pale in comparison to Brandy's.







To me, it's no question... Brandy blew Bristol off the stage!

According to the comments section of a post on the website Conservatives4Palin, it's clear that some of Bristol's supporters are voting as many as 50 times to ensure that she wins!  However, what isn't clear is whether or not all of the multiple votes are being counted. In an interview with EW.com, Conrad Green (exec. producer of DWTS) states that the voting system has security checks in place which will negate any excessive votes (even though they will appear to the voter that they are being counted).  Hmm... I'm viewing that with a bit of skepticism.  If voters have found a way to get around the system and submit more than the allowed number of votes, does anyone expect the exec. producer to admit this in an interview?  I wonder if Michael Palin will sign on for season 12 of DWTS thinking he might be able to get some of the Palinbots to vote for him by virtue of his last name. 

Although I'm not outraged by Bristol/Sarah fans who are stuffing the proverbial ballot box (or at least trying to), I'm just wondering what they hope to gain by doing so. If their efforts are successful, is this supposed to demonstrate the power of The Tea Party?  My answer is an emphatic no!  If the Tea Party was as powerful as some people believe it is, the excessive voting wouldn't be necessary. What the excessive voting shows me is that there are Sarah Palin supporters who will go to great lengths to ensure that a member of the Palin family emerges victorious, even if it's only on a reality competition series.  If it's really that important to them for the daughter of one of their political heroines to dance away with a mirror ball trophy (not to mention the cash prize), I say "whatever".

To what do you attribute Bristol Palin's success on DWTS?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

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


The idea for this poll was partly inspired by a recent event.  A few weeks ago at my sister's birthday celebration, I was talking to her daughter (who recently turned 23). I asked her if she knew much about The Beatles.  Since she didn't, I told her I was going to educate her on the sounds of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.   I knew she'd be receptive to checking The Beatles out because she does have an appreciation of music, regardless of when it was made.  The next time I see her, I'll be loaning her one of my Beatles CDs (along with the latest albums by Maroon 5 and John Legend & The Roots).

I was going to let voters select more than one Beatles album, but that would be too easy. Most people would select every album and be done with it. Narrowing it down to one makes it harder, but more fun too.

After you vote in the poll, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section (which Beatles album did you choose, why you chose it, etc.).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 11/12/10

6 pm hour

When Doves Cry- Prince & the Revolution
Cross-Eyed Mary- Jethro Tull
Little Green Bag- The George Baker Selection
Change of Heart- Cyndi Lauper
Drive- R.E.M.
Let Love Rule- Lenny Kravitz
Space Race- Billy Preston

Neil Young 65th birthday tribute:
This Note’s For You
Wonderin’
Heart of Gold
Ohio- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Rockin’ In the Free World

I Try- Macy Gray
The Joker- The Steve Miller Band
Southern Part of Texas- War

 7 pm hour

Bad Case of Loving You- Robert Palmer
Find Another Fool- Quarterflash
Semi- Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
Hard Times- Run DMC
Song 2- Blur
Half A Boy and Half A Man- Nick Lowe
Minute By Minute- The Doobie Brothers
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)- The Delfonics

Now & Then segment:
Ironside- Quincy Jones feat. Talib Kwela (From Quincy Jones’ 2010 album “Soul Bossa Nostra”)
Stuff Like That- Quincy Jones feat. Ashford & Simpson and Chaka Khan (recorded in 1978)

Nothing But A Good Time- Poison
Wish I Had A Girl- Henry Lee Summer
Living For You- Al Green
Respect Yourself- The Staple Singers
Friends In Low Places- Garth Brooks
High Wire- Men At Work

8 pm hour

I Just Died In Your Arms- Cutting Crew
Cry Wolf- A ha
Bad Girls- Donna Summer
No Regrets- Robbie Williams
Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
What Are You Doin’ In My Life- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Tramp- Salt n Pepa
Walkin’ Away- Information Society
Born To Be Alive- Patrick Hernandez
Trapped In A Box- No Doubt
Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley
Island of Lost Souls- Blondie
Rock You Like A Hurricane- The Scorpions

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Song 2 by Blur

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 11/05/10


Show theme: The 1960s

6 pm hour

Incense and Peppermints- The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Love Man- Otis Redding
Agent Double O-Soul- Edwin Starr
Run Baby Run- The Newbeats
Strange Brew- Cream
Orange Juice Blues- The Band
Batman Theme- Neal Hefti
My Love- Petula Clark
Sad Souvenirs- The Four Tops
To Love Somebody- The Bee Gees

Double Retro segment:

Summertime- Billy Stewart
Summertime- Big Brother & the Holding Company

Can’t You See That She’s Mine- The Dave Clark Five
Action- Freddy Cannon
Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun)- Del Shannon
It Tears Me Up- Percy Sledge
I Put A Spell On You- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Respectable- The Outsiders
Sound Asleep- The Turtles

7 pm hour

Hello Goodbye- The Beatles
My Little Red Book- Love
Dear Mr. Fantasy- Traffic
Theme from The Fugitive
Back In My Arms Again- The Supremes
Tell It To the Rain- The Four Seasons
I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)- Otis Redding
Hey Joe- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Itchycoo Park- The Small Faces

The Greatest Miss of the Week:
Don’t Forget About Me- Dusty Springfield (only peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969)

Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
Jump Back- Rufus Thomas
Treat Her Right- Roy Head
Ring Dang Doo- Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
A Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum
Do Right Man, Do Right Woman- Aretha Franklin
Workout Stevie Workout- Stevie Wonder
It's All Over Now- The Rolling Stones
Help Yourself- Tom Jones

8 pm hour

It’s Your Thing- The Isley Brothers
(I Wanna) Testify- The Parliaments
Suspicious Minds- Elvis Presley
Theme from Green Acres
Yeh Yeh- Georgie Fame
My Boyfriend’s Back- The Angels
1,23 Red Light- The 1910 Fruitgum Company
A Change Is Gonna Come- Sam Cooke
Am I the Same Girl- Barbara Acklin
Could I- Gary Puckett & the Union Gap

With or Without You segment:
It’s Growing- The Temptations
My Whole World Ended the Moment You Left Me- David Ruffin

Mr. Spaceman- The Byrds
You’re the One- The Vogues
How Does That Grab You, Darlin’- Nancy Sinatra
Who’s Loving You-  The Jackson Five
On This Side of Goodbye- The Righteous Brothers
I Can See For Miles- The Who

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Ring Dang Doo by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Final Results of the Recent RRHOF Poll


With almost half the vote, one of the original shock rockers (Alice Cooper) is the 2011 RRHOF nominee you think most deserves to be inducted.

Here are the final results:

Alice Cooper- 47%
Neil Diamond- 32%
Bon Jovi, Darlene Love, and Donna Summer- 23% each
Tom Waits- 20%
Donovan and LL Cool J- 17% each
The Beastie Boys and J. Geils Band- 14% each
Dr. John- 11%
Chic- 8%
Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, and Chuck Willis- 5% each

The inductees for 2011 will likely be announced during December so stay tuned.

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Results of the 2nd Spooky Edition of Pop Culture Trivia


Here are the names of the top 3 players in the 2nd Spooky Edition of PCT:

3rd place: - Pjazzy- 73 pts
2nd place: Rich - 90 pts
1st place: BeckEye- 91 pts

As you can see, the difference between 1st and 2nd place couldn't get any narrower.  It all came down to BeckEye being the only player to get question 15 correct.  

Congratulations to the top 3 and thanks to everyone who played! Stay tuned for the next themed edition of Pop Culture Trivia, which will be posted in late November. 

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 10/29/10


Show Theme: The 1960s

6 pm hour

Shotgun- Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
Dedicated Follower of Fashion- The Kinks
Season of the Witch- Donovan
Sugar On Sunday- Tommy James & the Shondells
Theme from The Wild, Wild West
Goldfinger- Shirley Bassey
I Got You (I Feel Good)- James Brown
The Hucklebuck- Chubby Checker
Help Me Rhonda- The Beach Boys

On the Flip Side segment:
The Crystal Ship- The Doors (The B-side to "Light My Fire")

Look Through My Window- The Mamas & the Papas
Happy Jack- The Who
I Want You- Bob Dylan
Love Power- The Sandpebbles
In the Basement- Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto
Rock Me- Steppenwolf
Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March- The Box Tops
The Monkey Time- Major Lance
Heavy Music- Bob Seger & the Last Heard

7 pm hour

Windy- The Association
Another Day, Another Heartache- The Fifth Dimension
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do- Neil Sedaka
Holy Cow- Lee Dorsey
A Knight In Rusty Armor- Peter & Gordon
What Is the Reason- The Rascals
Theme from the Addams Family
The Monster Mash- Bobby "Boris" Pickett
The Wah- Watusi- The Orlons
19th Nervous Breakdown- The Rolling Stones

Double Retro segment:
Needles and Pins- The Searchers (recorded in 1964)
Needles and Pins- Jackie DeShannon (orig. version, recorded in 1963)

I Thank You- Sam & Dave
Special Occasion- Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
In the Midnight Hour- Wilson Pickett
If I Needed Someone- The Beatles
Somebody To Love- The Jefferson Airplane
Monterey- Eric Burdon & the Animals
I Got You Babe- Sonny & Cher
T.C.B. or T.Y.A.- Bobby Patterson
When I Think of You- Twiggy

8 pm hour

Cloud Nine- The Temptations
Memphis Soul Stew- King Curtis
Can't Find My Way Home- Blind Faith
Here They Come (From All Over the World)- Jan & Dean
Everybody- Tommy Roe
We're A Winner- The Impressions
Puff the Magic Dragon- Peter, Paul, & Mary
The Dangling Conversation- Simon & Garfunkel
You Didn't Have To Be So Nice- The Lovin' Spoonful

The Greatest Miss of the Week:
The Sweet Sounds of Summer- The Shangri Las (the song "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #123)

Only the Strong Survive- Jerry Butler
She Drives Me Out of My Mind- The Swingin' Medallions
Hungry- Paul Revere & the Raiders
Poor Fool- Ike & Tina Turner
The Horse- Cliff Nobles & Co.
Hide and Seek- Bunker Hill
Eli's Coming- Three Dog Night
Pretty Flamingo- Manfred Mann
All Along the Watchtower- The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: If I Needed Someone by The Beatles

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 10/22/10



Show theme: Classic alternative

On this week's show, I was once again joined by my friend Denise as we spun some of our favorite classic alternative songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  In between tunes, Denise and I had some fun exchanges and told stories as they related to the music we played.   Some of the stories/topics included:
  • Our feeling that the early to mid 90s era of alternative music was the last great period in rock. 
  • One of the all-time great comedies, "Clerks" and the scene where Dante learns of his girlfriend's extensive experience providing oral pleasure. 
  • How it's been fun for both of us exposing each other to our respective selections during both shows. 
  • The lack of prominent female rockers in the late 80s and how the alternative rock genre is more receptive to ladies who rock. 
It was a blast having Denise on the show.  Like Pjazzy said on my Facebook page, Denise is a natural.  In addition to the awesome tunes she selected, Denise brought a wealth of knowledge and energy to the show.  Although we don't have a firm date, I will be having Denise back on the show again.  She's even open to doing a show featuring oldies of the 50s and 60s!


6 pm hour

Mandinka- Sinead O'Connor
Feel the Pain- Dinosaur Jr.
Christine- Siouxsie & the Banshees
Race for the Prize- The Flaming Lips
Don't Follow- Alice In Chains
Down In It- Nine Inch Nails
Everything Counts- Depeche Mode

Common Thread segment: Soundtrack songs (the names of the films are in parentheses)
Overblown- Mudhoney ("Singles")
Clerks- Love Among Freaks ("Clerks")
Can I Stay- Pretty Mary Sunshine ("S.F.W.")
If You Leave- OMD ("Pretty In Pink")

Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
Take the Skinheads Bowling- Camper Van Beethoven

7 pm hour

What's Up?- 4 Non Blondes
Don't Change- INXS
Hunger Strike- Temple of the Dog
Sunday Girl- Blondie
Flag Pole Sitta- Harvey Danger
Pass the Mic- The Beastie Boys
Love Will Tear Us Apart- Joy Division


With or Without You segment:
Birthday- The Sugarcubes
Human Behaviour- Bjork

River of Deceit- Mad Season
Silent All These Years- Tori Amos
Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
I Can't Stand Losing You- The Police
Take Me I'm Yours- Squeeze

8 pm hour

Mother Mother- Tracy Bonham
I Want To Help You Ann- Lyres
In the Meantime- Spacehog
Life During Wartime- Talking Heads
Never Is A Promise- Fiona Apple
Exquisite Dead Guy- They Might Be Giants
Me and My Friends- Red Hot Chili Peppers
When It Began- The Replacements

The Guestbook segment:
A Campfire Song- 10,000 Maniacs (guest vocals by Michael Stipe)

Bound For the Floor- Local H
Up All Night- The Boomtown Rats
Change- Tears for Fears
Seether- Veruca Salt
Shimmer- Throwing Muses
Rise Above- Black Flag

The Retro Mix Videos of the Week: Human Behaviour by Bjork and Bound for the Floor by Local H






For the 10/29 show, I hope you can join me on a magic carpet ride as I take a trip back in time for a show featuring all sixties music. The Retro Mix airs Fridays from 6-9 pm EST on WKUF LP, 94.3 FM. If you live outside the WKUF listening area, you can hear the station online by visiting the URL below and clicking on the "Listen" link at the top of the page:


http://216.66.69.140:6232/

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 10/15/10


Show theme: Classic Alternative

On this week's show, I was joined by my friend Denise who shared some of her favorite classic alternative songs as well.  In between tunes, Denise and I had some fun exchanges and told stories as they related to the music we played.   Some of the stories/topics included:

How the front and rear cover art for the Tripping Daisy album I Am an Elastic Firecracker scared the hell out of me. Click (if you dare) on the link and see if it has the same effect on you. 

The story of the trouble I experienced getting tickets for the R.E.M. "Monster tour and how the rear stage seats me and my friends had to settle for weren't as bad as I thought they would be.

Denise shared a story of how she wound up with a cartoon-sized lump on her head after being kicked by a crowd surfer at a Jane's Addiction concert in 1997

I mentioned that John Doe (lead singer/bassist for the band X) went on to have a movie career, appearing in such films as "Great Balls of Fire" and " Road House".  I also presented my theory that if you turn your TV to the cable channel AMC at any given time, you have a 33.6% chance of catching "Road House".

We talked how alternative music is such a wide-ranging genre that it's sometimes hard to define.

Denise explained how the Pearl Jam song "Footsteps" and the Temple of the Dog tune "Times of Trouble" are essentially the same track.



Suffice it to say, I had a lot of fun having Denise on the show.  Because 3 hours is not even close to enough time to fit in all the great classic alternative tunes we wanted to, Denise will be joining me again on 10/22. The Retro Mix airs Fridays from 6-9 pm EST on WKUF LP, 94.3 FM.  If you live outside the WKUF listening area, you can hear us online by visiting the URL below and clicking on the "Listen" link at the top of the page:

http://216.66.69.140:6232/


6 pm hour

New Year’s Day- U2
Rusty Cage- Soundgarden
What A Life- Juliana Hatfield
The Killing Moon- Echo & the Bunnymen
End of A Century- Blur
Shoplifters of the World Unite- The Smiths
Rocketpop- Tripping Daisy

The Guestbook segment:
Left of Center- Suzanne Vega (features Joe Jackson on piano)

She- Green Day
Blitzkrieg Bop- The Ramones
I Burn- The Toadies
Message of Love- The Pretenders
Blister In the Sun- Violent Femmes
Why Bother?- Weezer
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding- Elvis Costello
Making Plans for Nigel- XTC

7 pm hour

Been Caught Stealing- Jane’s Addiction
Uncertain Smile- The The
Pictures of You- The Cure
Cannonball- The Breeders
Complete Control- The Clash
Laid- James
When Love Breaks Down- Prefab Sprout

Common Thread segment: Covers
Higher Ground- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Top of the World- Shonen Knife
Ring of Fire- Wall of Voodoo
Mrs. Robinson- The Lemonheads

Strange Currencies- R.E.M.
Monkey Gone to Heaven- The Pixies
Gravity Talks- Green On Red

8 pm hour

Lump- The Presidents of the United States of America
Johnny Hit and Run Paulene- X
Violet- Hole
She's A Beauty- The Tubes
Drive- Blind Melon
Loser- Beck
Going Underground- The Jam
A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)- Romeo Void

On the Flip Side segment:
Footsteps- Pearl Jam (B-side to "Jeremy")

Love Is the Drug- Roxy Music
She Bangs On the Drums- The Stone Roses
Pretend We're Dead- L7
Mirror In the Bathroom- The English Beat
Pennyroyal Tea- Nirvana

The Retro Mix Videos of the Week: Cannonball by The Breeders and When Love Breaks Down by Prefab Sprout

 



Monday, October 11, 2010

Pop Culture Trivia #108: The Spooky Edition 2: I Have Nothing In Regards To A Clever Subtitle


For this sequel to a quiz I posted last year, it's once again all about ghosts, witches, mass murderers, etc. as all the questions have ties to the horror/thriller/fantasy/supernatural genres.

For those who have played Pop Culture Trivia in the past, there are two new rules:

1. The first person to submit their answers to me will earn 3 bonus pts. 

2. I will no longer be posting the answers (along with the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers) here.  Instead, I will email the answers (along with the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers) only to those who take the quiz.

If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin about to be touched for the very first time, please read the remaining rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't The Stepfather, it's Mother's Day", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title).

* Billboard-related questions will always refer to the U.S. charts.

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to ultfan@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 29th at 11:59 PM EST.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question.

Have fun, good luck, and don't look behind you!

1. Presented as a documentary pieced together from amateur footage, what 1999 horror movie tells the story of three young student filmmakers who hike into the Black Hills to produce a documentary about a local legend (the spirit of a sorceress killed in the 18th century)? 2 pts

2. Mass murderer/voodooist Charles Lee Ray, who transferred his soul into a Good Guy doll, was introduced in what 1988 film? 2 pts

3. What are the names of the two characters in the photo below? 3 pts each





4.  Robert Gray, the primary disguise assumed by the shapeshifting creature in Stephen King's novel It, is better known by what name? 5 pts

a. Punchinello
b.Sweet Tooth
c. Jack Attack
d.Pennywise the Dancing Clown

5. The following lyrics are from what song? 5 pts

When I come home at night
I bolt the door real tight
People call me on the phone
I'm trying to avoid
But can the people on TV see me
Or am I just paranoid

6.  The screen cap below is from what movie? 3 pts






7. In the movie Scream 2, Derek (Jerry O'Connell) sings what song to Sidney (Neve Campbell) during a scene set in a college cafeteria? 6 pts

a. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart
b. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone
c. I Think I Love You by The Partridge Family
d. Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe by Barry White

8. What are the complete titles of the 6 films which star Warwick Davis as a character who can choose a bride every 1000 years and whose main weakness is a four-leaf clover? 2 pts each

9. The TV characters in the photo below reside in what fictional U.S. city? 6 pts

 



10. According to the lyrics of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's hit The Monster Mash, which one of the party guests came with his son? 8 pts

a. Dracula
b. The Wolfman
c. The Mummy
d. Frankenstein

11. Below are sets of subtitles of five horror movie franchises. You have to correctly name the movie franchise. 3 pts each

a. Season of the Witch, 20 Years Later, and The Return of Michael Myers

b. Apocalypse, Extinction, and Afterlife

c. Urban Harvest, Fields of Terror, and Isaac's Return
 
d. Stirba – Werewolf Bitch, The Freaks, and New Moon Rising

e. A New Beginning, The Final Chapter, and Jason Takes Manhattan

12. The cropped movie poster below is from what film? 6 pts



















13. In the 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone titled, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?", the character who is revealed as the Martian is distinguished from humans by what physical trait? 6 pts

a. six fingers on each hand
b. a third arm
c. two heads
d.an eye in the middle of their forehead

14. Say Cheese and Die!, Bad Hare Day, and It Came from Beneath the Sink! are all titles in what series of children's horror fiction novels by R.L. Stine? 3 pts

15.  The following screen cap is from what music video? 15 pts

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 10/08/10: 70th Birthday Tribute To John Lennon

Show theme:  John Lennon 70th birthday tribute (born on October 9, 1940)

6 pm hour

Give Peace A Chance- John Lennon
Thank You Girl- The Beatles
From Me To You- The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever- The Beatles
Instant Karma!- John Lennon
The Word- The Beatles
Ticket to Ride- The Beatles
#9 Dream- John Lennon
Rain- The Beatles
Glass Onion- The Beatles
Watching the Wheels- John Lennon
Dig A Pony- The Beatles
Run For Your Life- The Beatles
Jealous Guy- John Lennon
Happiness Is A Warm Gun- The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows- The Beatles
Hey Bulldog- The Beatles

7 pm hour

Whatever Gets You Through the Night- John Lennon
The Ballad of John and Yoko- The Beatles
Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite- The Beatles
Mother- John Lennon
Tell Me Why- The Beatles
Nowhere Man- The Beatles
Because- The Beatles
Mind Games- John Lennon
And Your Bird Can Sing- The Beatles
Anytime At All- The Beatles
Move Over Ms. L- John Lennon
Imagine- John Lennon
How- John Lennon
I Am the Walrus- The Beatles
Baby’s In Black- The Beatles
She Said She Said- The Beatles
Dr. Robert- The Beatles
I’m Stepping Out- John Lennon

8 pm hour

A Day In the Life- The Beatles
I’m So Tired- The Beatles
Borrowed Time- John Lennon
A Hard Day’s Night- The Beatles
(Just Like) Starting Over- John Lennon
Baby You’re A Rich Man- The Beatles
Norwegian Wood- The Beatles
Dear Yoko- John Lennon
Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds- The Beatles
Crippled Inside- John Lennon
Come Together- The Beatles
Revolution- The Beatles
Nobody Told Me- John Lennon
All You Need Is Love- The Beatles
Cold Turkey- John Lennon

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Instant Karma! by John Lennon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 10/01/10


6 pm hour

Only Time Will Tell- Asia
Feed Yourself- Sweetwater
Shock the Monkey- Peter Gabriel
Ooh Boy- Rose Royce
Higher Ground- Stevie Wonder
Make That Move- Shalamar
All Around the World- Lisa Stansfield

Now & Then segment’s feat. Artist: Robert Plant
Angel Dance (from his 2010 album Band of Joy)
In the Mood (1983)

Until It Sleeps- Metallica
Tumbling Dice- The Rolling Stones
Turn to Stone- ELO
Kiss You All Over- Exile
Never Give Up On A Good Thing- George Benson

7 pm hour

Livin’ La Vida Loca- Ricky Martin
Express- B.T. Express
Sunglasses At Night- Corey Hart
Time Is Time- Andy Gibb
Our House- Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Ode To My Family- The Cranberries
Heard It In A Love Song- The Marshall Tucker Band
Together Forever- Rick Astley

With or Without You segment:
All the Young Dudes- Mott the Hoople
Once Bitten, Twice Shy- Ian Hunter

Alligator Woman- Cameo
Jack and Jill- Raydio
The Letter- Eva Cassidy
Temptation Eyes- The Grass Roots
Down by the Lazy River- The Osmonds

8 pm hour

We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off- Jermaine Stewart
Waterfall- Wendy & Lisa
To Be A Lover- Billy Idol
Keeper of the Castle- The Four Tops
Jungle Boogie- Kool & the Gang
The Stand- The Alarm
Dyslexic Heart- Paul Westerberg
(Fallin’ Like) Dominoes- Donald Byrd
Tell It To My Heart- Taylor Dayne
Round and Round- Ratt
You Wear It Well- Rod Stewart
Hey You, Get Off My Mountain- The Dramatics
Fantasy- Earth, Wind and Fire
Horny Toad- Prince
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)- The Beastie Boys

The Retro Mix Video of the Week- Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pop Culture Trivia # 107: The One-Hit Wonder Edition


Since Sept. 25th is National One-Hit Wonder Day, this themed quiz is about the artists whose chart success expired once they reached the 15-minute mark.  As many of you know, there is no concrete definition of what constitutes a one-hit wonder.  For this quiz, the criteria I used is any performer who recorded only one song that reached the U.S. Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is best known for that one song.

If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin about to be touched for the very first time, please read all the rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Haircut 100, it's Timbuk 3", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* It's best to provide the full name/title of an answer if you know it. However, for TV series, movies, people, etc. that are often referred to by a shortened name/abbreviation, that shortened name/abbreviation is acceptable (unless I specifically ask for the complete name/title).

* Billboard-related questions will always refer to the U.S. charts.

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to ultfan@gmail.com no later than Friday, October 8th at 11:59 PM EST.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question. The answers (along with the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers) will be posted on Saturday October 9th.

1. With an opening that includes a sound simulating a breaking surfboard, a maniacal cackle, and an exclamation of the song's title, what 1963 instrumental hit has been featured in such films as Dirty Dancing and Meet the Parents? 2 pts

2. Buckner & Garcia were a one-hit wonder in 1982 with a song that detailed their fever for what video game, which made it into The Guinness Book of World Records as "Most Successful Coin-Operated Game"? 2 pts

3. The following lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

I see de dance people had a ball
'Coz she really want to skip town
Get back, Gruffy, back, Scruffy
Get back you flea infested mongrel

4. Which one of the following one-hit wonders is not a female? 6 pts

a. Charlie Dore (Pilot of the Airwaves)
b. Robin Ward (Wonderful Summer)
c. Jann Arden (Insensitive)
d. Kris Jensen (Torture)

5. The screen cap below is from what music video? 6 pts













6. What are the first names of Biz Markie's four female friends that he mentions in the lyrics to his hit "Just A Friend"? 3 pts each

7. In the music video for "Pop Goes the Weasel" by 3rd Bass, which one of the following performers portrays Vanilla Ice? 6 pts

a. Brian Austin Green
b. Henry Rollins
c. Crispin Glover
d. Anthony Kiedis

8. Born on September 22 1943, Antonia Christina Basilotta is better known by what stage name? 2 pts


9. What is the title of this recording artist's only top 40 hit? 5 pts













10. Which one of the following future legends was a member of The Teddy Bears, who reached #1 in 1958 with their only hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him"? 6 pts

a. Berry Gordy
b. Carole King
c. Clive Davis
d. Phil Spector

11. Name Droppings- Below are famous people mentioned in the lyrics of 5 "one-hit wonder" songs. You have to correctly identify the song. The year the song hit its peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 is in parentheses after the famous name(s). Each of these are worth 3 pts

a.  Johnny Ray- (1983)
b. Cypress Hill- (1995)
c. Sid and Nancy- (2001)
d. Smokey Robinson- (1967)
e. Bogie and Bacall- (1982)

12. The photo below is of what band? 5 pts
















13.  The lyrics of the 1973 Clint Holmes song "Playground in My Mind" mention which type of "shiny and new" coin? 5 pts

a. nickel
b. penny
c. dime
d. quarter

14. What 5 musical instruments are mentioned in the lyrics of the Vicki Sue Robinson tune "Turn the Beat Around"? 2 pts each

Note: Percussion is not an acceptable answer

15. The screen cap below is from what music video? 15 pts


Friday, September 24, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 9/24/10


Show theme: One-hit wonders of the 70s, 80s, and 90s

6 pm hour

The Night Chicago Died- Paper Lace
Mary's Prayer- Danny Wilson
Just Got Lucky- Jo Boxers
Stumblin' In- Suzy Quatro & Chris Norman
Breakfast At Tiffany's- Deep Blue Something
Good- Better Than Ezra
Bustin' Loose- Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers

With or Without You segment:
Too Shy- Kajagoogoo
Neverending Story- Limahl (former lead singer of Kajagoogoo)

Knockin' Boots- Candyman
Why Can't We Live Together- Timmy Thomas
Dancing In the Moonlight- King Harvest
Call to Your Heart- Giuffria
Joey- Concrete Blonde

7 pm hour

Kung Fu Fighting- Carl Douglas
As the Years Go By- Mashmakhan
The Captain of Her Heart- Double
Lovefool- The Cardigans
Vehicle- The Ides of March
Somebody's Been Sleeping- One Hundred Proof Aged In Soul
How Bizarre- OMC
Tomorrow People- Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers

Guestbook segment:
Emotion- Samantha Sang (backup vocals by Barry Gibb)

Hanging On A Heart Attack- Device
You Get What You Give- New Radicals
One Tin Soldier- Coven
Ooh Child- The Five Stairsteps
Tarzan Boy- Baltimora
Ways To Be Wicked- Lone Justice
Someday, Someway- Marshall Crenshaw

8 pm hour

Tubthumping- Chumbawumba
Heart & Soul- T'Pau
Gonna Fly Now- Bill Conti
Beautiful Sunday- Daniel Boone
Funky Town- Lipps Inc.
Another Lover- Giant Steps
Tuff Enuff- The Fabulous Thunderbirds
I Don't Mind At All- BourgeoisTagg

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)- Edison Lighthouse
Supersonic- J.J. Fad
Just A Friend- Biz Markie
Motorcycle Mama- Sailcat
Hot Rod Lincoln- Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
You Don't Know- Scarlett & Black
Hold On- Ian Gomm
Far Behind- Candlebox

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Ooh Child by The Five Stairsteps

Monday, September 20, 2010

Final Results of the Recent DWTS Poll


In a surprising landslide, Brandy was selected as the celebrity most likely to walk away with the mirror ball trophy for season 11 of Dancing with the Stars. 

Here are the final results:

Brandy- 66%
Jennifer Grey- 14%
David Hasselhoff, Kyle Massey, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and Kurt Warner- 4% each
Michael Bolton, Margaret Cho, Rick Fox, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, and Audrina Patridge- 0% each

Thanks to all of you who participated.  Season 11 of DWTS kicks off on Monday, September 20th at 8 pm EST.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 9/17/10


Show Theme: One-hit wonders of the 50s and 60s

6 pm hour

Cool Jerk- The Capitols
School Is In- Gary "U.S." Bonds
Sea Cruise- Frankie Ford
The Martian Hop- The Ran Dells
Love Is Strange- Mickey & Sylvia
So Fine- The Fiestas
The Birds and the Bees- Jewel Akens
Mockingbird- Inez & Charlie Foxx
Hallelujah, I Love Her So- Ray Charles
Girl Watcher- The O'Kaysions
Baby Come Back- The Equals

Double Retro segment:
Nobody But Me- The Human Beinz (recorded in 1967)
Nobody But Me- The Isley Brothers (orig. version recorded in 1962)

Born Too Late- The Poni Tails
Earth Angel- The Penguins
My Babe- The Righteous Brothers
Come On Down To My Boat- Every Mother's Son
Sunshine Girl- Parade
Tell Him- The Exciters
Willie and the Hand Jive- The Johnny Otis Show
My Lover's Prayer- Otis Redding

7 pm hour

Black Is Black- Los Bravos
Killer Joe- The Rocky Fellers
Shake- Sam Cooke
High School U.S.A.- Tommy Facenda
Mr. Lee- The Bobbettes
Doggin' Around- Jackie Wilson
Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead- The Fifth Estate
I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman- Whistling Jack Smith
Friday On My Mind- The Easybeats
Bongo Rock- Preston Epps
Mother-In-Law- Ernie K-Doe

The Guestbook segment::
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away- The Silkie (produced by John Lennon and featuring Paul McCartney on guitar and George Harrison on tambourine)

Next Plane To London- The Rose Garden
Yakety Yak- The Coasters
Talk Talk- The Music Machine
Hey Joe- The Leaves
Summer In the City- The Lovin' Spoonful
Love Makes the World Go 'Round- Deon Jackson
I Wanna Love Him So Bad- The Jelly Beans
Pretty Little Angel Eyes- Curtis Lee
I Like It Like That- Chris Kenner
Rock Around with Ollie Vee- Buddy Holly

All one-hit wonders the rest of the way...
8 pm hour-

California Sun- The Rivieras
Good Old Rock & Roll- Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys
Don't You Just Know It- Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby- The Tune Weavers
Smoky Places- The Corsairs
Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)- The Hombres
She's the One- The Chartbusters
Pipeline- The Chantays
Heart and Soul- The Cleftones
Baby It's You- Smith
Green Tambourine- The Lemon Pipers
Silhouettes- The Rays
Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)- Barry Man
Farmer John- The Premiers
Shape of Things To Come- Max Frost & the Troopers
Keep On Dancing- The Gentrys
Sally Go 'Round the Roses- The Jaynettes
One Summer Night- The Danleers
Ooh Poo Pah Doo- Jessie Hill
Little Girl- The Syndicate of Sound
Foot Stompin'- The Flares
(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet- The Blues Magoos

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Baby It's You by Smith (from The Leslie Uggams Show)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Valerie Brown of Josie & the Pussycats Makes Saturday Morning Cartoon History


On September 12, 1970, Josie & the Pussycats made its transition from comic book to CBS Saturday morning cartoon.  One of the characters making the transition (Valerie) is significant because she became the first female African-American cast member on a regular Saturday-morning cartoon.

Valerie almost didn't make her historic appearance on Josie & the Pussycats.  In preparation for the cartoon, Hanna-Barbera Productions decided to assemble a real-life Josie & the Pussycats group, who would provide the singing voices of the girls in the cartoons and also record an album (other actresses provided the speaking voices for the characters on the series). The company who would be in charge of the recordings (La La Productions)  held a talent search to find three females who would match Josie & the Pussycats in the comic book in both looks  and singing ability.  The trio chosen to be "Josie & the Pussycats" were: Cathy Douglas (Josie), Patrice Holloway (Valerie) and Cherie Moor (Melody).  Side note: after Josie & the Pussycats disbanded, Moor got married, took her husband's surname and gained fame as Cheryl Ladd.

When one member of La La Productions (Danny Janssen) presented the newly formed trio to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, he learned that they wanted to recast Patrice Holloway because they had decided to portray Josie & the Pussycats as all-white (even though Valerie was an African-American in the comic book).  Janssen refused to recast Holloway and threatened to walk away from the project.  After a nearly month-long stalemate between Janssen and Hanna-Barbera, Hanna-Barbera conceded and allowed Janssen to keep Holloway, and changed Valerie back to being African-American.  Ironically, Holloway became the most prominent voice of the trio.  In addition to singing lead on many of the tracks on their self-titled album, Holloway also provided lead vocals to the cartoon's iconic theme song.

Although it often gets overlooked, I think it's important to recognize the significance of the appearance of Valerie on the cartoon version of Josie & the Pussycats.  Her inclusion on the series opened the doors to black female cartoon characters on TV and helped lead to others such as Dee Dee (Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels), Susie Carmichael (Rugrats and All Grown Up), and Vixen (Justice League Unlimited).  

Below is the first single (Every Beat of My Heart) from the only album Patrice Holloway, Cherie Moor, and Cathy Douglas recorded as Josie & the Pussycats. Although the player below doesn't contain any performance footage, there  are stills from the cartoon series and of Holloway, Moor, and Douglas  recording in the studio.

 
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