Sunday, February 27, 2011

Final Results of the Recent Oscar Poll

With just over 1/3 of the vote, "The King's Speech" was selected as the movie most people think will walk away with the Academy Award for Best Picture.  That's the movie I picked too.  On the other end of the spectrum is the autobiographical adventure film "127 Hours", which didn't receive any votes.  Had he not been so busy with the 7 films he's shooting, the 3 novels he's writing, the scouting work he does for the L.A. Lakers, and the numerous hours he's spending in the lab working on a cure for the common cold, "127 Hours" star James Franco would have put in his vote to prevent it from tossing up a goose egg in the poll.

Here are the final results:

The King's Speech- 34 %
Black Swan- 22%
Inception- 13%
The Social Network- 9%
Toy Story 3- 6%
The Kids Are Alright and True Grit-4% each
The Fighter and Winter's Bone- 2% each
127 Hours- 0%

Thanks for participating... stay tuned for the next poll, which will be up in the near future.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pop Culture Trivia #111: The RRHOF Edition 2

Since the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 16, 2011, the following 15 questions are all related to inductees of the RROHF.

For the PCT vets, please note there is a new way to earn bonus points!  Please read the text highlighted in bold red for more details. 

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 The Supremes, it's Martha and the Vandellas", 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:

CCR is acceptable for Creedence Clearwater Revival

* 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. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 2 bonus points.  Also, the person who recruits the most new players earns 2 bonus points!  In order for you to earn credit for recruiting the player, just make sure they include your name in their email to me.

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, March 18, 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, good luck, and remember what the dormouse said!

1.  Written partially by its singer while he was on a houseboat in Sausalito, CA and featuring the sound of  waves and whistling during its fade-out, what R&B song became the first posthumous number-one single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100? 2 pts

2.  Decked out in the group's trademark black fedora and black leather jacket, Eminem inducted what rap group into the RRHOF in 2009? 2 pts

3. Although rumored to be named after rolling papers, what trio actually derived its name from posters of two popular blues musicians that one of the band members had on a wall in his apartment? 3 pts

4. When his group was inducted into the RRHOF, which one of the following performers barred his former surviving bandmates from the stage (choosing instead to play with an all-star band that included Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson)? 6 pts

a. Brian Wilson
b. John Fogerty
c. Steve Winwood
d. Lou Reed

5. The screen cap below is from what music video? 6 pts

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

Play your, play your piano now
All right
Ah . . . do it . . . do it
Come on now
Play on it, play on it      

7. What are the titles of the six top 10 singles (5 solo and 1 collaboration) on the Billboard Hot 100 that David Bowie has had during his career? 2 pts each

8. Which one of the following performers was the first ever to be inducted into the RRHOF twice? 6 pts

a. Jimmy Page
b. Clyde McPhatter
c. John Lennon
d. Eric Clapton

9. The photo below is the logo for what band, who were inducted into the RRHOF by Pete Townsend of The Who? 2 pts

10. In the "Performers" category, who are the six duos who've been inducted into the RRHOF? 2 pts each


If you can put the duos in the correct chronological order (by year of induction), you earn 5 bonus pts!

11. Below are the names of five performers who have portrayed RRHOF inductees in movies (with the year of the movie's release in parentheses). You have to correctly provide the name of the RRHOF inductee. 2 pts each

a. Diana Ross (1972)
b. Chuck Berry (1978)
c. Lou Diamond Phillips (1987)
d. Beyoncé (2008)
e. Val Kilmer (1991)

12. When inducted into the RRHOF, the surviving members of which one of the following groups refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum a "piss stain."? 6 pts

a.The Clash
b.The Sex Pistols
c.The Ramones
d. AC/DC

13. The photo below was used for the cover of what album, which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide? 3 pts

14. What are the names of the five RRHOF-inducted groups that have a number in their name? 2 pts each

Update: I went back to the list of RRHOF inductees and discovered that I miscounted; there are actually six RRHOF-inducted groups that have a number in their name.  You only have to name 5 of the 6. However, if you can name all six, you earn two bonus points.

15. Due to problems with the embedded player (which included the audio file for question 15), I had to take it down.  To receive the audio file for the 15 pt question, please email me at Along with the audio file, I will include the question in the email as well.

Results of Pop Culture Trivia # 110: The Academy Awards Edition Pt. II

Here are the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in the 2nd Academy Awards Edition of PCT:

3rd place- Celina 64 pts
2nd place- Russ: 92 pts
1st place- Rich: 102 pts

Congratulations to the trio who made it to the podium and thanks to everyone who played! Stay tuned for the next themed edition of Pop Culture Trivia, which will be posted no later than 3/5.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 2/25/11

Show Theme: George Harrison tribute

6 pm hour

Taxman- The Beatles
Not Guilty- The Beatles
Crackerbox Palace- George Harrison
Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
Don’t Bother Me- The Beatles
All Things Must Pass- George Harrison
Long Long Long- The Beatles
Blood From A Clone- George Harrison

On the Flip Side:
For You Blue- The Beatles (The B-side to “The Long and Winding Road”)

Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)- George Harrison
Roll Over Beethoven- The Beatles
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You- The Beatles
Marwa Blues- George Harrison
I Me Mine- The Beatles
Think for Yourself- The Beatles
Blow Away- George Harrison
Only A Northern Song- The Beatles

7 pm hour

My Sweet Lord- George Harrison
Apple Scruffs- George Harrison
Do You Want to Know A Secret- The Beatles
Love You To- The Beatles
The Light That Has Lighted the World- George Harrison
Something- The Beatles
Cheer Down- George Harrison
If I Needed Someone- The Beatles
I Want to Tell You- The Beatles

In Concert segment:
While My Guitar Gently Weeps- George Harrison (from the 1971 benefit “Concert for Bangladesh”)

Savoy Truffle- The Beatles
I Don’t Want to Do It- George Harrison
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)- George Harrison
Deep Blue- George Harrison
Handle With Care- The Traveling Wilburys
Any Road- George Harrison

8 pm hour

Got My Mind Set On You- George Harrison
Devil’s Radio- George Harrison
It’s All Too Much- The Beatles
Within You Without You- The Beatles
When We Was Fab- George Harrison
I Need You- The Beatles
Miss O’Dell- George Harrison

The Guestbook segment:
All Those Years Ago- George Harrison (the song features Ringo Starr on drums and Paul & Linda McCartney and Denny Laine on backup vocals)

This Song- George Harrison
This Is Love- George Harrison
End of the Line- The Traveling Wilburys
Rising Sun- George Harrison
What Is Life- George Harrison

Show theme for Friday, 3/4/11: A Totally Awesome 80s Show!

The Retro Mix airs from 6-9 pm EST on WKUF-LP 94.3 FM. If you live outside the Flint area, you can hear the show by visiting the following SHOUTcast URL and clicking on the "Listen" link at the top of the page:

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: When We Was Fab by George Harrison

Please Take A Moment To Vote In the Current Oscar Poll... Thank You

In addition to the poll, please feel free to take part in the Academy Awards quiz two posts down.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 2/18/11

Featured artist: David Bowie

6 pm hour

Changes- David Bowie
Zip Gun Boogie- T. Rex
Rebel Rebel- David Bowie
Do You Want Crying- Katrina & the Waves
Letter to Hermione- David Bowie
Lady Jane- The Rolling Stones
Moonage Daydream- David Bowie
All the Young Dudes- Mott the Hoople

Common Thread: Songs featuring the character "Major Tom"
Space Oddity- David Bowie
Ashes to Ashes- David Bowie
Major Tom (Coming Home)- Peter Schilling

Sweet Thing- Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
Soul Love- David Bowie
I Didn't Know I Loved You ('Till I Saw You Rock & Roll)- Gary Glitter

7 pm hour

Suffragette City- David Bowie
Can the Can- Suzi Quatro
Star- David Bowie
Cars- Gary Numan
Lady Stardust- David Bowie
Twilight- ELO
Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie
Destination Unknown- Missing Persons

On the Flip Side segment:
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud- David Bowie (B-side to Space Oddity)

Old Fashioned Love- The Commodores
Fame- David Bowie
What Can I Do For You- Labelle
Golden Years- David Bowie
Sign of Fire- The Fixx

8 pm hour

All David Bowie the rest of the way...

Young Americans
Panic In Detroit
It Ain't Easy
Let's Dance

The Greatest Miss of the Week:
Absolute Beginners (only reached #53 on the Billboard Hot 100)

China Girl
Modern Love
Under Pressure- Queen & David Bowie
Who Can I Be Now
Blue Jean

Show theme for Friday, 2/25/11: In honor of what would have been his 68th birthday, I will feature the music of George Harrison.  Along with George's songs he did with the Beatles and his solo career, I will also be playing tunes by other artists from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

The Retro Mix airs from 6-9 pm EST on WKUF-LP 94.3 FM. If you live outside the Flint area, you can hear the show by visiting the following SHOUTcast URL and clicking on the "Listen" link at the top of the page:

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Absolute Beginners by David Bowie

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Retro Mix Playlist For 2/11/11

Show Theme- Real oldies from the 50s and 60s

6 pm hour

Think- Aretha Franklin
Honey Hush- The Johnny Burnette Trio
Rockin' Robin- Bobby Day
That's Life (That's Tough)- Gabriel & the Angels
Time Won't Let Me- The Outsiders
May I- Bill Deal & the Rhondells
The Great Pretender- The Platters
Wonderful Wonderful- Johnny Mathis
Beggin'- The Four Seasons
Kansas City- Wilbert Harrison
I Adore Him- The Angels

With or Without You segment:
The Bristol Stomp- The Dovells (Len Barry lead singer)
Like A Baby- Len Barry

She's Not There- The Zombies
He's Got the Power- The Exciters
Cold Sweat- James Brown
Oh Julie- The Crescendos
Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite- The Spaniels
Tequila- The Champs
Sunday and Me- Jay & the Americans

7 pm hour

I Heard It Through the Grapevine- Gladys Knight & the Pips
See Saw- Don Covay & the Goodtimers
I Walk the Line- Johnny Cash
The Rains Came- The Sir Douglas Quintet
Good Thing- Paul Revere & the Raiders
Rinky Dink- Dave "Baby" Cortez
Bad Girl- The Miracles
There's A Moon Out Tonight- The Capris
Nothing But A Heartache- The Flirtations
Get A Job- The Silhouettes

Greatest Miss of the Week:
The One You Can't Have- The Honeys (single did not chart)

Everybody Knows- The Dave Clark Five
New York Mining Disaster 1941- The Bee Gees
Let the Good Times Roll- Shirley & Lee
Sweet Pea- Tommy Roe
First I Look At the Purse- The Contours
Show Me- Joe Tex
Blue Suede Shoes- Carl Perkins
Oh Lonesome Me- Don Gibson
Think- James Brown
I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)- Barbara George
Everybody Loves A Lover- The Shirelles

8 pm hour

Liar Liar- The Castaways
Oh Yeah- The Shadows of Knight
Finger Poppin' Time- Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Mutual Admiration Society- Teresa Brewer
Sukiyaki- Kyu Sakamoto
But It's Alright- J.J. Jackson
Wrong Number (I Am Sorry, Goodbye)- Aaron Neville
I'd Rather Go Blind- Etta James
Stormy- The Classics IV
Dance By the Light of the Moon- The Olympics
Bird Dog- The Everly Brothers
What A Woman In Love Won't Do- Sandy Posey
Pushin' Too Hard- The Seeds
Good Timin'- Jimmy Jones
Church Bells May Ring- The Willows
Five O'Clock World- The Vogues
Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To the Canyon)- The Mamas & the Papas
Mack the Knife- Bobby Darin
Mess Around- Ray Charles
Ride- Dee Dee Sharp
Happy Jack- The Who

The Retro Mix Video of the Week: Good Thing by Paul Revere & the Raiders

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