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:

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:

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 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 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

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