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 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.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 9/10/10

6 pm hour

Your Love- The Outfield
Help Yourself- The Undisputed Truth
A Love Bizarre- Sheila E.
Fox On the Run- Sweet
Here We Go- C&C Music Factory
Different People- No Doubt
If You Leave Me Now- Chicago

Now & Then segment’s feat. artist: Lita Ford
Scream for Me (from her 2009 CD Wicked Wonderland)
Kiss Me Deadly

How You’ve Grown- 10,000 Maniacs
Hold Me Now- The Thompson Twins
Shake and Dance with Me- Con Funk Shun
Theme from The Rockford Files- Mike Post
‘Taint What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It)- Fun Boy Three with Bananarama

7 pm hour

Good Vibrations- Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch feat. Loleatta Holloway
Say No Go- De La Soul
You’re the First, the Last, My Everything- Barry White
One Step Up- Bruce Springsteen
Into Your Arms- The Lemonheads
Butter Boy- Fanny
Back In the Saddle- Aerosmith

With or Without You segment’s feat. artist: Don Henley
Wasted Time- The Eagles
The Boys of Summer- Don Henley

It’s All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix)- Puff Daddy & Family
Lust for Life- Iggy Pop
Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble- DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Here’s Some Love- Tanya Tucker

8 pm hour

Under the Milky Way- The Church
Sad Tomorrow- The Muffs
Wishing Well- Terence Trent D’Arby
Every 1’s A Winner- Hot Chocolate
Stage Fright- The Band
Sirius/Eye in the Sky- The Alan Parsons Project
Stir It Up- Patti Labelle
Blood On the Dance Floor- Michael Jackson
Unconditional Love- Donna Summer
The Ghost in You- The Psychedelic Furs
Rhinestone Cowboy- Glen Campbell
Boogie Fever- The Sylvers
Knock On Wood- Amii Stewart
Symphony of Destruction- Megadeth

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Sad Tomorrow by The Muffs

The Muffs - Sad Tomorrow
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Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Retro Mix Playlist For 9/3/10

When I got to the studio on Friday evening, one of my worst fears when it comes to doing my show came true... I forgot my playlist at home!  What could have been a disaster turned into a fairly solid show.  Fortunately, I was able to recall parts of what I had planned to play.  Listener requests helped out too! Although I proved to myself I can do a show without a playlist, I don't plan on going through that again because having a safety net when doing live radio is always comforting.

6 pm hour

September- Earth, Wind and Fire
Could You Be the One- Husker Du
Lithium- Nirvana
Montana- Frank Zappa
Think It Over- Cheryl Ladd
I Love A Rainy Night- Eddie Rabbitt
Keep Pushin’- REO Speedwagon
Criticize- Alexander O’Neal
Live Forever- Oasis
Tell Me What- Fine Young Cannibals
Wheel In the Sky- Journey
Slippery When Wet- The Commodores
Mr. Telephone Man- New Edition
Virtual Insanity- Jamiroquai
Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)- ABBA

7 pm hour

Oh Yeah- Yello
New Song- Howard Jones
Stuck In the Middle with You- Stealer’s Wheel
Take Me to the Pilot- Elton John
Thank U- Alanis Morissette
Dangerous Type- The Cars
Obsession- Animotion
Slaughter- Billy Preston
Cut the Cake- AWB
Losing My Religion- R.E.M.
I Drove All Night- Cyndi Lauper
Natural High- Bloodstone
Share the Land- The Guess Who
Generals & Majors- XTC

8 pm hour

Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo- Rick Derringer
Truck On (Tyke)- T. Rex
Hazy Shade of Winter- The Bangles
The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
Weird- Hanson
So Very Hard To Go- Tower of Power
Tenderness- General Public
Change- John Waite
We Used to Be Friends- The Dandy Warhols
Seether- Veruca Salt
Love or Let Me Be Lonely- The Friends of Distinction
Steady- Jules Shear
True- Spandau Ballet
I Need A Lover- John Cougar

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: New Song by Howard Jones

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