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
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

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