Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)- The Gap Band What A Life- Juliana Hatfield Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana Instant Karma- John Lennon Be Thankful For What You Got- William DeVaughn Let's Get Down- Tony! Toni! Toné! Uptown- Prince
With or Without You segment's feat. artist: Morrissey This Charming Man- The Smiths Boxers- Morrissey
The One I Love- R.E.M. Everybody Is A Star- Sly & the Family Stone Freddie's Dead- Curtis Mayfield Pop Goes the Weasel- 3rd Bass Little Jackie Wants To Be A Star- Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
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Talk Dirty To Me- Poison White Lies, Blue Eyes- Bullet Slam- Onyx Sun Is Here- Sun Hard Lesson- Suddenly, Tammy! Only the Lonely- The Motels And Love Goes On- Earth, Wind and Fire
The Guilty Pleasure of the Week: ... Baby One More Time- Britney Spears
Swoop- The Dazz Band You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)- Sylvester Tattooed Love Boys- The Pretenders Who Wears These Shoes?- Elton John Lookin' For A Love- Bobby Womack Zip Gun Boogie- T. Rex Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
Do you have any memories to share about songs featured on this week's playlist?
The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Who Wears These Shoes? by Elton John
Actor Pernell Roberts, who became a household name as eldest son Adam Cartwright on the classic western series Bonanza and who made a comeback several years later as the title character on the hospital drama Trapper John, M.D., has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 81. Over the last few years, Bonanza has become one of my favorite shows and Roberts' portrayal of Adam was a primary reason. Although he was definitely a Cartwright, Adam wasn't your typical cowboy. Urbane and more serious than his younger brothers Hoss and Little Joe, Adam was equally comfortable reading a good book as he was working on the Cartwright's sprawling Ponderosa ranch.
In addition to my enjoying his work as an actor, I've long admired Pernell Roberts for being his own man. In what some felt was career hari kiri, he left Bonanza in 1965 after 6 seasons. At the time of his departure, Bonanza was the #1 show on television and would remain so for an additional 2 seasons. Pernell's motives for bolting from the hit show weren't because he had a Carusoesque desire to make movies or more money. He left because he wasn't happy with the quality of the scripts and felt that his role wasn't challenging. In an interview after his stint with Bonanza had ended, Pernell said the following:
"I had six seasons of playing the eldest son on that show. Six seasons of feeling like a damned idiot, going around like a middle-aged teenager saying, 'Yes, Pa' 'No, Pa' on cue. It was downright disgusting – such dialogue for a grown man. I felt I wasn't being taken seriously as an actor, and that's like death to one's talent. Stuck as Adam Cartwright, I was only able to use about one-tenth of my ability."
Although I respect Pernell's reasons for leaving Bonanza, I wish that he and the producers were able to work out their differences so that he could have stayed on the show. Even though Bonanza remained successful after Pernell departed (it finally ended its run in 1973), his presence was missed. Watching the opening credits and seeing only 3 Cartwrights ride on horseback toward the camera just wasn't the same.
Last year, I was doing some research on Bonanza/Pernell Roberts and learned some details that made my respect for him grow even more. It turns out Pernell was an outspoken supporter of civil rights and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, AL. He was also active in pressuring NBC (the network that aired Bonanza) to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.
Pernell is survived by his fourth wife, Eleanor Criswell. He was preceded in death by a son from his first marriage, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at age 38.
Below is a clip from the 1963 episode of Bonanza titled "My Brother's Keeper". In it, Adam considers leaving the untamed west and heading east after accidentally shooting Little Joe.
Start Me Up- The Rolling Stones Rockin' Soul- The Hues Corporation Bad Girls- Donna Summer Star- Erasure The Reflex- Duran Duran Let's Work- Prince Two of Us- The Beatles
Double Retro segment: Dust In the Wind- Kansas Dust In the Wind- Eric Benet
Real Love- Mary J. Blige Romanticide- Combo Audio Doll Parts- Hole Love My Way- Psychedelic Furs Our House- Madness Thank God It's Friday- Love and Kisses
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Dirty Diana- Michael Jackson Just A Touch- Keith Sweat We're An American Band- Grand Funk Mighty Mighty- Earth, Wind and Fire Funkdafied- Da Brat Goin' Back To Cali- LL Cool J Flying High- The Commodores
Steve Perry 61st birthday tribute Oh Sherrie- Steve Perry Don't Fight It- Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry I'll Be Alright Without You- Journey Wheel In the Sky- Journey
Circles- Atlantic Starr Jeremy- Pearl Jam
The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Funkdafied by Da Brat
In a poll that wasn't even close, Avatar smoked the competition in the recent poll where I asked readers which movie did they think would receive the most Oscar nominations. Although Avatar dominated the poll, there were a couple of voters (Richard and Jenna) who didn't have much love for the James Cameron blockbuster. Other than the visuals, they weren't all that impressed. I like it when people shoot down critical darlings and Richard & Jenna were locked and loaded.
The nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd 2010 starting at 8:30 am EST.
Here are the final poll results:
Avatar- 57% Precious- 14% Inglorious Basterds- 10% Up In the Air- 8% The Hurt Locker- 7% Other- 1% (Damn it! I forgot to ask voters who chose this option to leave the movie title in the comments section)
Young Turks- Rod Stewart She's Gone- Tavares Tell Me Something Good- Rufus Age of Panic- Senser Blister In the Sun- The Violent Femmes Start!- The Jam Two Princes- Spin Doctors
Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass, who died on January 13th, 2010 Satisfaction Guaranteed- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes You Can't Hide From Yourself- Teddy Pendergrass The Love I Lost- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Love T.K.O.- Teddy Pendergrass
Voices Carry- 'Til Tuesday Angry Johnny- Poe Peg- Steely Dan Too Late- Junior
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Paranoid- Black Sabbath Glamour Boys- Living Colour Black Cat- Janet Jackson Dolphin- Shed Seven Beth- Kiss Living Eyes- The Bee Gees Knockin' Boots- Candyman Beats to the Rhyme- Run DMC
On the Flip Side segment: Beatnik Beach- The Go Gos (the B-side to Vacation)
Love Is Alright Tonite- Rick Springfield Psycho Killer- Talking Heads Sweet Rhode Island Red- Ike & Tina Turner Cars- Gary Numan Johnny and Mary- Robert Palmer Welcome to the Jungle- Guns N' Roses
The Retro Mix Video of the Week- Johnny and Mary by Robert Palmer
Top 5 band members that are neither the lead singer or the lead guitarist. (feel free to tell us why you chose them too!)
1. Keith Moon of The Who- A great combination of skill and showmanship.
2. Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band- In addition to his wailing sax, Clarence is arguably the heart and soul of the E Streeters.
3. Michael Steele of The Bangles- Along with her musicianship and songwriting skills, I also like Michael's wry sense of humor (which she displayed in the Behind the Music episode on The Bangles)
4. Jerome Benton of The Time- The best mirror holder in the biz!
5. Valerie Smith of Josie & the Pussycats- She played the meanest tambourine this side of Davy Jones!
If you'd like to participate, please visit the Music Memoirs site. Be sure to leave the link to your blog in the comments section so that others can check out your list. If you don't have a blog/don't want to post on your own blog, but still would like to participate, you can leave your list in the comments section of this post.
Teddy Pendergrass, who was one of the biggest stars in music before a car accident temporarily derailed his career, has died after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59.
As lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy's powerful vocals fronted such Philly Soul classics as If You Don't Know Me By Now, Bad Luck, Where Are All My Friends, and Wake Up Everybody.
Due to the fact that some people weren't aware that Teddy was the lead singer, friction developed between him and Harold Melvin, causing Teddy to go solo in 1976. Out on his own, Teddy didn't miss a beat, scoring such hits as I Don't Love You Anymore, Close the Door, Turn Off the Lights, and Love T.K.O. Teddy's budding reputation as a sex symbol reached new heights and led to him having several "ladies only" concerts starting in 1978.
In March of 1982, the brakes on Teddy's Rolls Royce failed, causing it to first hit a guard rail and then two trees. Teddy and Tenika Watson, a transsexual performer who was a casual acquaintance of Teddy's, were trapped in the wreck for almost an hour. While Tenika had only minor injuries, Teddy suffered a spinal cord injury which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
After completing physical therapy, Teddy resumed his recording career in 1984. His comeback album (Love Language) included the hit Hold Me, a duet with a pre-stardom Whitney Houston. One of my favorite memories of Teddy was his emotional appearance in front of his hometown of Philly at Live Aid in 1985 with Ashford & Simpson. It was Teddy's first live performance since his 1982 car accident. The three of them performed Reach Out & Touch (Somebody's Hand).
Teddy had his 3rd and final #1 R&B hit in 1991 with It Should've Been You. Although he kept a lower profile during the latter part of his career, Teddy did star in the stage production of the gospel musical Your Arms Too Short To Box with God in 1996 and two years later released his autobiography Truly Blessed. After retiring in 2006, Teddy made his final appearance the following year to take part in Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities, a 25th anniversary awards ceremony. He is survived by his wife, his son, two daughters, his mother and nine grandchildren.
Tonight as part of their cult movie series "TCM Underground", the channel airs the 1969 film The Big Cube. Until a couple of weeks ago, I didn't even know this movie existed. I don't know where TCM digs these movies up, but I'm glad they do. The Big Cube stars Lana Turner as a former actress named Adriana who marries a wealthy tycoon, who later dies in an accident. The tycoon's daughter, who despises Adriana, hatches a plot to drive Adriana insane with drugs so she and her drug-addict boyfriend can marry and inherit all the money for themselves.
Whenever a movie marries old Hollywood with 60s psychedelia, unintentional hilarity is inevitable. If you wanna join in on the campy fun, you can catch The Big Cube late Friday/early Saturday at 2 am EST on Turner Classic Movies.
In honor of the 35th anniversary of the debut of Wheel of Fortune (which premiered on January 6, 1975), this week's T13 pays tribute to TV's iconic version of Hangman. Below are 13 unsolved puzzles, all with a pop culture angle. You can go here if you'd like to make your own puzzles.
How many of these do you know? Feel free to put your answers in the comments section (which is where I will post the solved puzzles on Friday, January 8th).
Hootin' Anni brought up an excellent point about the "spoiler" aspect of putting the answers in the comments section. You can still put them there, but I've changed my blog settings so that the comment form is now a pop-up window. If you just scroll down to the comment box without peaking at the answers, you will be fine.
Also, don't forget to make your Oscar prediction in the current poll located in the upper left corner of the page... thanks!
By just a slim margin, former reality star and all around good guy Jon Gosselin was chosen as the celeb people would most want to wish into the cornfield... never to be heard from again. No argument from me. One of my favorite TV moments from 2009 was when Nancy Grace opened up a can on Jon during an installment of the infotainment series The Insider. What would have made this dressing down even better is if Kate Gosselin had been on hand to take her share of Nancy's well aimed jabs.
The criteria I used to come up with the 6 celebs wasn't necessarily based on personal preference. Although I find Carrie Prejean to be a self-righteous hypocrite, I wouldn't banish her to the cornfield. My reasons are purely selfish for not going all "Anthony Fremont" on Ms. Prejean... she's fine as hell! And yes it's true, I will be replacing Jack Black in the upcoming sequel Shallow Hal 2.
I also wouldn't send Kanye West-bound to the cornfield either. As cringe-inducing as Kanye can be, he is talented. Many, including me, would say this sets him apart from the other 5 celebs I selected. Although he was wrong for coming onstage during Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, that incident got blown WAY out of proportion. I have a suspicion that Taylor is glad the incident happened because Kanye's bum rush turned her into America's Sweetheart overnight.
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