Saturday, July 30, 2011

Answer To Friday Funday Trivia: Common Bond

The common bond the trio in the montage above share is that they all played Templeton Peck (aka "Face") on various versions of The A-Team. No one was able to come up with the correct answer.

Photo 1: Tim Dunigan originated the role in the pilot for the TV series The A-Team. Because Dunigan was "too tall and too young", he was replaced.

Photo 2: Dirk Benedict took over the role of Face for the remainder of the series's run

Photo 3: Bradley Cooper played Face in the 2010 film version.

Thanks for playing! I hope to see you back for next week's game. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Funday Trivia: Common Bond

Here is this week's question:  What do the following trio have in common that no one else does?

Please do not post your answer in the comments section. Instead, send it to no later than tonight (7/29) at 11:59 PM EST. The answer will be posted on Saturday, July 30th.

Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist for 07/22/11

Featured artist: The Cars

6 pm hour

Just What I Needed- The Cars
In a Different Light- The Bangles
Let the Good Times Roll- The Cars
Alligator Woman- Cameo
My Best Friend’s Girl- The Cars
Young Love- Air Supply
It’s All I Can Do- The Cars
Mickey- Toni Basil

Now & Then segment:
Keep a Knocking- The Cars (from their 2011 CD “Move Like This”)
Let’s Go- The Cars

Hot Child in the City- Nick Gilder
I Refuse- The Cars
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore- Rose Royce
Since You’re Gone- The Cars
Baggy Trousers- Madness

7 pm hour

Touch and Go- The Cars
Heat of the Moment- Asia
Show Some Respect- Tina Turner
Shake It Up- The Cars
Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime- The Korgis
Moving in Stereo- The Cars
How Soon Is Now?- The Smiths

On the Flip Side segment:
Heartbeat City- The Cars (B-side to “You Might Think”)

Our Lips Are Sealed- The Go Gos
Dangerous Type- The Cars
Drive- The Cars
Looking for Love- The Cars
Baby Let Me Kiss You- King Floyd

8 pm hour

You Might Think- The Cars
The Beat(en) Generation- The The
Magic- The Cars
(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear- Blondie
Bye Bye Love- The Cars
State of the Heart- Rick Springfield
Tonight She Comes- The Cars
Swoop- The Dazz Band

With or Without You segment:
Hello Again- The Cars
Something to Grab For- Ric Ocasek

I Don’t Like Mondays- The Boomtown Rats
I’m Not the One- The Cars
You Are the Girl- The Cars
You’re All I Got Tonight- The Cars

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Tonight She Comes by The Cars

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011

Sadly, The 27 Club has a new member. When I found out the news of Amy's death, I literally said "Wow!" Even though I (along with many) could see this coming, for me it's still a shock. You can read more on the life and death of Amy Winehouse here.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 7/15/11

6 pm hour

Boogie Wonderland- Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
Prime Time- The Alan Parsons Project
To Be A Lover- Billy Idol
I Wanna Sex You Up- Color Me Badd
To Be Invisible- Gladys Knight & the Pips
Love Rollercoaster- The Ohio Players
Get a Leg Up- John Mellencamp

Tribute to Clarence Clemons:
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
You’re a Friend of Mine- Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
Freeway of Love-Aretha Franklin (Clarence plays sax on the track)

Always- Erasure
Rock the Boat- The Hues Corporation
Change of the Guard- Steely Dan

7 pm hour

People Are People- Depeche Mode
Excuse Me Mr.- No Doubt
Funky Cold Medina- Tone Loc
Tell the World How I Feel About ‘cha Baby- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Wide Open Space- The Dixie Chicks
Walk A Mile in My Shoes- Joe South
Call Me Up- Rick James
Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg- TLC

Tribute to the late Rob Grill of The Grass Roots
Two Divided by Love- The Grass Roots
Sooner or Later- The Grass Roots
Temptation Eye- The Grass Roots

You’re the Best Thing- The Style Council
Say My Name- Destiny's Child
I Gotcha- Joe Tex
The Attitude Song- Steve Vai

8 pm hour

Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana
Turn the Page- Bob Seger
Up for the Down Stroke- Parliament
Missionary Man- Eurythmics
All Day Music- War
Islands in the Stream- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Getting’ Jiggy wit It- Will Smith

Family Ties segment:

Hey St. Peter- Flash & the Pan (duo includes George Young)
Given the Dog a Bone- AC/DC (features George’s younger brothers Malcolm and Angus)

One Week- Barenaked Ladies
Strawberry Letter 23- The Brothers Johnson
Don’t You Want Me (‘95 remix)- Human League
Bad Connection- Yaz
Panama- Van Halen

For next week's show, the featured artist will be The Cars. Along with the hits, I'll be playing some of The Cars' lesser known tunes from their heyday as well as a track from their new album Move Like This. I'll also be mixing in songs by other artists from the 70s and 80s too.  If you live outside the Flint, MI area, you can hear The Retro Mix via the WKUF webstream by visiting the following link:

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Farewell To A Grass Root and Gilligan's Creator

On successive days this week, we lost two people who played a role in shaping the world of pop culture of the 60s and the 70s: Rob Grill of The Grass Roots and TV producer Sherwood Schwartz. Rob died on Monday in an Orlando, FL hospital at the age of 67. He had been in a coma since sustaining a head injury several weeks earlier when he fell after suffering a stroke in California. On Tuesday, Sherwood passed away in his sleep due to natural causes. He was 94.

As the lead singer and bassist of The Grass Roots, Rob appeared on a string of hits through the late 60s and early 70s. Although they never had a #1 hit and only reached the top 10 on three occasions (Let's Live for Today, Midnight Confessions, and Sooner or Later), The Grass Roots were consistent. In fact, they set a Billboard record by remaining on the Hot 100 singles chart for over 300 consecutive weeks between 1967 and ’72. Even though I wasn't around during the Grass Roots' heyday, I've become a fan of their music thanks to oldies radio and the Internet.

After the Grass Roots split in the mid 70s, Rob released the 1979 solo album Uprooted (which featured contributions from several members of Fleetwood Mac). However, during the 60s nostalgia boom of the 80s, Rob reformed The Grass Roots and toured extensively up until recently. Rob is survived by his wife Nancy. Below is a The Grass Roots TV appearance from the early 70s in which they perform a medley of some of their biggest hits:

Depending on whom you ask, the name Sherwood Schwartz might cause someone to either smile or roll their eyes. It’s no secret that Gilligan’s Island or The Brady Bunch weren’t critical favorites. Hell, if you were to poll the average viewer and ask them to list their favorite sitcoms, neither show would likely get many mentions. However, there is something about both Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch which has caused them to live on in the memories of millions long after they went to rerun heaven and for that, much of the credit has to go to Sherwood Schwartz. Although neither show is currently running on the cable channels I get, I’d still watch them from time to time if they were.

The player below contains the opening and closing credits sequence to one of Sherwood Schwartz's lesser known productions, the sitcom It's About Time (which ran on CBS from 1966-1967). Just like his two most famous TV creations, this show also has a memorable theme song.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Answers To PCT: The Beatles Edition

Before getting to the answers of the Beatles trivia quiz, here are the names of the three who made it to the podium:

3rd place- Sheri- 68 pts
2nd place- Janet: 71 pts

With her extensive knowledge of things related to the Fab Four, Teresa joined Rich in the exclusive club of players who have gotten a perfect score...

1st place- Teresa: 115 pts!

Props to Teresa for an outstanding job! Congratulations to Janet and Sheri as well and thanks to everyone who played.

1. Opening to the sound of a chattering audience and an orchestra tuning up and ending with a final piano chord that lasts over 40 seconds, what landmark LP was ranked #1 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time? 2 pts

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

2. On February 9th 1964, The Beatles drew an estimated 73 million viewers during their first appearance on what prime time variety show? 2 pts

The Ed Sullivan Show

3. The cropped photo below is part of the cover of what Beatles compilation, which won Grammys for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album? 3 pts


4. Before settling on "The Beatles", which one of the following names was not used by The Beatles during their formative years? 6 pts

a. The Quarrymen
b. Johnny and the Moondogs
c.The Liverpool Lads
d. The Silver Beatles

5. The following lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

I don't know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Bonus: Which Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee played lead guitar on this song? 2 pts

Eric Clapton

6. Correctly match the women in the photo with the Beatle that they married. 2 pts each

1. George
2. Paul
3. John
4. Ringo

7. Of the following Beatles albums, which is the only one that contains the word “Beatles” on its front cover? 6 pts

a. Magical Mystery Tour
b. Abbey Road
c. Let It Be
d. Rubber Soul

8. What are the titles of the six #1 hits the Beatles had on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964? 2 pts each

I Wanna Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Can't Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, A Hard Day's Night, and I Feel Fine

Teresa was the only player to correctly name all six #1 songs

For 10 bonus points, how many total weeks did these six songs spend at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? If nobody guesses the exact number of weeks, the one who comes closest gets 5 bonus pts.

20 weeks (Jon came the closest with his guess of 21 weeks)

9. The photo below is of what performer, one of only two non-Beatles to receive billing as an artist alongside the Beatles on an official Beatles record release? 5 pts

Billy Preston, who received billing on Get Back and Don't Let Me Down

For 3 bonus points, who is the other non-Beatle to receive billing as an artist alongside the Beatles on an official Beatles record release?

Tony Sheridan, who received billing on such releases as My Bonnie and Ain't She Sweet

Note: This is distinct from receiving credit as a session musician on album packaging (which was the case with Eric Clapton)

10. In the 1965 film Help, there is a scene in which John is reading which one of the following books? 6 pts

a. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
b. A Spaniard In the Works by John Lennon
c. 1984 by George Orwell
d. The James Bond Dossier by Kingsley Amis

11. Below are the names of people (real or fictional) mentioned in the lyrics of songs by The Beatles. You have to correctly identify the song. 3 pts each

a. Vera, Chuck, and Dave- When I'm Sixty-Four
b. Semolina Pilchard and Edgar Allan Poe- I Am the Walrus
c. Flat Top- Come Together
d. Peter Brown- The Ballad of John & Yoko
e. Desmond and Molly Jones- Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

12. What is this movie character's family relationship to the fictional Paul McCartney? 3 pts

Grandfather- Wilfrid Brambell played this role in the film A Hard Day's Night. Brambell also played the role of Albert Steptoe in the British sitcom Steptoe and Son. Redd Foxx played the American counterpart to Albert Steptoe in the classic sitcom Sanford & Son.

13. Which one of the following Ringo Starr-led Beatle tunes was actually written by Ringo? 6 pts

a. Yellow Submarine
b. With A Little Help From My Friends
c. Octopus's Garden
d. Act Naturally

14. What are the names of the four songs on the album The Beatles (aka "The White Album") that contain a female's name in their title? 2 pts each

Dear Prudence, Martha My Dear, Julia, and Sexy Sadie

15. The screen cap below is from what Beatles promo clip? 15 pts

Paperback Writer- Teresa was the only player to get this one correct

Thursday, July 7, 2011 Lists the 50 Greatest American Rock Bands of All-Time recently compiled their list of the Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time. As some of you may know, I am a bit of a listoholic. Because the lists reflect the tastes of the people compiling them, I normally don't get too upset about inclusions/omissions. However, there are exceptions. Below is's top 50, followed by some of my thoughts on the the list. After that is the top 25 selected by readers. For more info on the artists who made the top 50, please visit  

01. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
02. Aerosmith
03. Nirvana
04. The Ramones
05. Metallica
06. Van Halen
07. The Byrds
08. R.E.M.
09. The Beach Boys
10. The Allman Brothers Band
11. Guns N' Roses
12. The Doors
13. Eagles
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival
15. The Stooges
16. Lynyrd Skynyrd
17. The Velvet Underground
18. Pearl Jam
19. Wilco
20. Buddy Holly and The Crickets
21. The Grateful Dead
22. The White Stripes
23. Sly and The Family Stone
24. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
25. The Replacements
26. KISS
27. Big Star
28. Red Hot Chili Peppers
29. Foo Fighters
30. ZZ Top
31. Sonic Youth
32. Los Lobos
33. X
34. Pixies
35. Talking Heads
36. Booker T. and The MG's
37. The Flaming Lips
38. Mountain
39. The J. Geils Band
40. Buffalo Springfield
41. NRBQ
42. Cheap Trick
43. The Strokes
44. Alice Cooper
45. The Lovin' Spoonful
46. Kings of Leon
47. Elvis Presley and The Blue Moon Boys
48. Yo La Tengo
49. Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention
50. Green Day

  • Although I may have gone with Aerosmith or VH for my choice of numero uno, Gibson's #1 selection gets no argument from me.
  • I liked the fact that record sales didn't play a part in who Gibson decided to put on their list.
  • The list could have used a bit more estrogen and not just for diversity's sake. Heart, Fanny, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are among the all-female or female-led bands who I feel were worthy of making the list.
  • I was pleasantly surprised to see The Lovin' Spoonful (one of my favorite bands) get some much deserved love.
  • Where is Living Colour?! Readers Poll – Top 25 American Rock Bands

01. Van Halen
02. Guns N' Roses
03. Allman Brothers Band
04. Creedence Clearwater Revival
05. Aerosmith
06. Wilco
07. Mountain
08. Poco
09. The Replacements
10. The Byrds
11. ZZ Top
12. Grateful Dead
13. KISS
14. The Ramones
15. The Doors
16. The White Stripes
17. Metallica
18. Nirvana
19. Steppenwolf
20. Talking Heads
21. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
22. Buffalo Springfield
23. Alice In Chains
24. Cracker
25. Foo Fighters

What changes would you make to's top 50 list?
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