Monday, April 25, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 4/22/11

Featured artist: R.E.M.

6 pm hour

Radio Free Europe- R.E.M.
Love’s Got A Line on You- Scandal
Gardening at Night- R.E.M.
Two Princes- Spin Doctors
Finest Worksong- R.E.M.
Thank You- Dido
Fear- Lenny Kravitz

Now and Then segment:
Uberlin- R.E.M. (from their 2011 album Collapse Into Now)
Fall on Me- R.E.M. (1986)

Hard to Handle- The Black Crowes
Can’t Get There from Here- R.E.M.
Night in My Veins- The Pretenders
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)- R.E.M.
He Could Be the One- Josie Cotton

7 pm hour

The One I Love- R.E.M.
Mystery Man- The Outfield
Exhuming McCarthy- R.E.M.
Rapture- Blondie
Maps and Legends- R.E.M.
There She Goes- The Las
Disturbance at the Heron House- R.E.M.
Cruel to Be Kind- Nick Lowe

In concert segment:

Drive- R.E.M. (recorded live in Athens, GA in Nov. 1992)

(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman- The Kinks
Kohoutek- R.E.M.
Linger- The Cranberries
Stand- R.E.M.
Party at Ground Zero- Fishbone

8 pm hour (all songs by R.E.M.)

Losing My Religion
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Near Wild Heaven
Half A World Away
I Don’t Sleep, I Dream
Shiny Happy People
Welcome to the Occupation
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
Orange Crush
Radio Song
At My Most Beautiful
Man on the Moon
What’s the Frequency Kenneth?

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Can’t Get There from Here by R.E.M.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 4/15/11

Show theme: 70s and 80s R&B

For this show, one of my brothers (Bobby) co-hosted with me and he did a helluva job!  In addition to sounding natural, he did his homework by providing interesting background info on some of the artists he picked to feature on the show. Along with the old school R&B tunes selected by me and Bobby, the listeners also contributed with their requests. Coincidentally, two of the listeners (a friend of the family and an old friend of mine) requested songs that were already going to be part of the playlist (Misty Blue and Single Life, respectively).

Bobby also shared some personal stories throughout the show:
  • While in Memphis once, he was able to watch AWB tuning up/jamming in an alley before their concert (which he also attended).
  • His previous radio experience: While attending Williams Elementary, he was part of a program sponsored by WAMM-AM 1420 (Flint's premier soul station for several years) where students came to the station and worked the equipment, did sound checks, etc. Later on as a student at Lowell Junior High, he was part of a similar program at WFBE (the public radio station which was located in Central High School).  I had no idea about Bobby's prior experience at WAMM or WFBE so it was fascinating for me to hear!
Bobby and I are looking forward to the next time he joins me in the studio as co-host. At the end of the show, we discussed on the air the them for our next show together: an all 70s show!   

6 pm hour

You and I- Rick James
Party Train- The Gap Band
Express- B.T. Express
Mr. Melody- Natalie Cole
Riding High- Faze O
Harry Hippie- Bobby Womack
The Way You Make Me Feel- Michael Jackson

On Flip Side segment:
The Lady Wants Your Money- Wild Cherry (B-side to "Play That Funky Music")

Boogie Oogie Oogie-A Taste of Honey
Who’s That Lady- The Isley Brothers
Misty Blue- Dorothy Moore
Summer Madness- Kool & the Gang
Superstition- Stevie Wonder
L-O-V-E: Al Green

7 pm hour

Shining Star- Earth, Wind & Fire
That’s the Way of the World- Earth, Wind & Fire
I’ll Be Good- Rene & Angela
Funky Worm- The Ohio Players
Family Affair- Sly & the Family Stone
Right on Time- The Brothers Johnson
Oh, Sheila- Ready for the World

With or Without You segment:
It’s A Shame- The Spinners
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday- G.C. Cameron

Single Life- Cameo
Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)- Parliament
Mr. Big Stuff- Jean Knight
Gangsters of the Groove- Heatwave

8 pm hour

The Cisco Kid- War
Do Me Right- The Detroit Emeralds
Freakshow on the Dancefloor- The Bar Kays
Do Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)- Zapp
Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh La, La, La)- Kool & the Gang
Pick Up the Pieces- AWB
Confunkshunizeya- Con Funk Shun
That’s the Way I Like It- K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Yes I Am- The Emotions
Wake Up Everybody- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Just to Be Close to You- The Commodores
Suavecito- Malo
Movin’- Brass Construction

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Results of the Recent RRHOF Trivia Quiz

 Although I am late as hell, I still wanted to post the names of those who made it to the podium for the recent RRHOF edition of Pop Culture Trivia. After all, these folks deserve to see their names in bright lights after all the blood, sweat, and tears they shed in the name of trivia!

1st place: Pjazzy- 101 pts
2nd place: Teresa- 96 pts
3rd place (tie): Aaron (a first time player!) and
BeckEye 67 pts each

Congratulations to the four of you!

The Retro Mix Playlist For 4/8/11

Show Theme: Novelty Tunes

6 pm hour

Surfin’ Bird- The Trashmen
Dinner with Drac Pt. 1- John Zacherle
Time Warp- From The Rocky Horror Picture Show
I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson- DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?- Lonnie Donegan
Alley Oop- The Hollywood Argyles
Mr. Bass Man- Johnny Cymbal
Pac-Man Fever- Buckner & Garcia
Chick A Boom (Don’t Ya Jes Love It)- Daddy Dewdrop

The Guestbook segment:

She’s Fallen In Love with the Monster Man- Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages (lead guitar by Jimmy Page)

I Like ‘Em Big and Stupid- Julie Brown
Eat It- “Weird” Al Yankovic
Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)- Joe Tex
The Auctioneer- Leroy Van Dyke
The Class- Chubby Checker
The Thing- Phil Harris
Witch Doctor- David Seville
Batman- Jan & Dean

7 pm hour

The Purple People Eater- Sheb Wooley
Beep Beep- The Playmates
Disco Duck- Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots
General Hospi-Tale- The Afternoon Delights
The Humpty Dance- Digital Underground
Wild Thing- Senator Bobby
Gitarzan- Ray Stevens
Rubber Biscuit- The Chips
Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)- Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens

In Concert segment:
A Boy Named Sue- Johnny Cash (rec. live at San Quentin State Prison on 2/24/69)

The Curly Shuffle- Jump in the Saddle
Ain’t Got No Home- Clarence “Frogman” Henry
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot- Jerry Reed
The Flying Saucer Pts. 1 and 2- Buchanan & Goodman
Martian Hop- The Ran-Dells
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron- The Royal Guardsmen
Rappin’ Rodney- Rodney Dangerfield

8 pm hour

Barbie Girl- Aqua
Energy Crisis ‘74- Dickie Goodman
Gimme Dat Ding- The Pipkins
The All-American Boy- Bill Parsons (Bobby Bare)
The Cover of Rolling Stone- Dr. Hook
You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd- Roger Miller
 Rockin’ in the Jungle- The Eternals
The Name Game- Shirley Ellis
El Pizza- Dudley
Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)- Reunion

The Greatest Miss of the Week:
Egyptian Shumba- The Tammys (single did not chart)

Convoy- C.W. McCall
Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead- The Fifth Estate
Charlie Brown- The Coasters
Mr. Custer- Larry Verne
Oh That’s Good, No That’s Bad- Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
King Tut- Steve Martin
Koko Joe- Don & Dewey
Baby Got Back- Sir Mix A Lot

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Rappin' Rodney by Rodney Dangerfield

Friday, April 1, 2011

Pop Culture Trivia: The "Please Stand By" Edition

The next 15 questions deal with commercials of the past and present.  If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin and are 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 McDonald's, it's Burger King", 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). For example:

Coke is acceptable for Coca-Cola

* 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 2 bonus points. 

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, April 15th, 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. 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, bonne chance and don't let the smooth taste fool you!

1. While sitting down for breakfast, two siblings engage in a back and forth over which one of them will sample a nutritional cereal before getting their younger brother (who hates everything) to try it in an iconic early 1970s spot for what brand name product? 2 pts

2.  81-year old Clara Peller became a star during the 1980s after appearing in a series of commercials for Wendy's in which she asked what 3-word question?  2 pts

3. Originally created for a 1986 commercial on behalf of CALRAB, what highly successful marketing campaign spawned two TV specials, a Saturday morning cartoon series, four studio albums, and a Billboard Hot 100 single (a remake of a Motown standard)? 2 pts

4. In 2010, which one of the following Oscar-nominated actors became the voice for "Mr. Peanut" in commercials for Planters? 6 pts

a. Jude Law
b. Will Smith
c. James Franco
d. Robert Downey, Jr.

5. The woman in the photo is best known as the spokesperson for what line of household cleaning products? 5 pts

6. What are the names of the three monster-themed cereals which General Mills introduced in the early 1970s and are still produced to this day? 2 pts each

7. The screenshot below is from a State Farm commercial which features an appearance by what former game show host? 6 pts (the multiple choice options are below the screenshot)

a. Bob Barker
b. Wink Martindale
c. Monty Hall
d. Richard Dawson

8. What are the names of the six celebrities who appeared in the three "You're Not You When You're Hungry" commercials for Snickers (which first aired in 2010 and 2011)? 3 pts each

Just to be clear, the six celebs do not appear in all three commercials. The three commercials feature 2 celebs each. 

9. For 3 pts each:

a. What is the name of the advertising character in the photo below?
b. He was the advertising character for what product?

10. In 1987, "Revolution 1" became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for a television commercial when it was used by what company? 6 pts

a. Nike
b. Apple
c. Sony
d. Adidas

11. Below are sample lyrics from 5 popular advertising jingles.  You have to correctly identify the brand name product associated with them.  2 pts each

a. Plop, plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is
b. Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that...
c. What walks downstairs, alone or in pairs...
d. If you think it's butter, but it's not...
e. I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...

12. Correctly solve the "Wheel of Fortune" puzzle below. 6 pts


13. The screenshot below is from a commercial for what product? 6 pts (the multiple choice options are below the screenshot).  For 1 pt each, what are the names of the two actresses in the screenshot?

a. Head & Shoulders
b. Pepsodent
c. Nice 'n Easy
d. Noxzema

14. "Piff! Paff! Poff!", "Knap! Knaetter! Knak!" and "Pim! Pum! Pam!" are the names used in various international markets for what trio of cereal mascots, who were originally designed as elderly gnomes with large noses and ears? 2 pts

15. The actors below are three of the men who've appeared in a long-running series of commercials for what company? 15 pts

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