30 Day Song Challenge: Day 15 – A Song That Describes You

“Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo

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Daily Trivia – 7/29/11

Question: What Cyndi Lauper chart-topper was later adopted by Kodak for an ad campaign?


Last Question: What Not Necessarily the News regular coined the word “sniglet” for “a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn’t”?

Answer: Rich Hall

Here is the first 9 minutes of a Not Necessarily the News episode:

Here are some examples of Sniglets:

Toastaphobia: The fear of sticking a fork in a toaster even when it’s unplugged.

Adam 69: Two police cars, parked next to each other, facing opposite directions, in such a way that the drivers’ side doors are only inches from each other, allowing the officers to chat with each other while waiting for a traffic violation to happen.

Sark: The marks left on one’s ankle after wearing tube socks all day.

Ancinemation: The curious act of waiting in line to see a movie and watching exiting movie goers’ reactions to see if they liked the movie or not.

Downpause: The split second interruption of rain as you drive your car under a bridge.

Remember That Song? – 7/29/11

Do you know the artist and song, and can you complete the lyrics:

Me and some guys from school
Had a band and we tried real hard
Jimmy quit and Jody got married
should known ____ _____ ___ ___


Yesterday’s: “California Girls” by The Beach Boys David Lee Roth (Great job, Jim!):

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on a wild island coast
By a palm tree in the sand

or do you prefer this:

Not quite the same song:

Daily Trivia – 7/28/11

Question: What Not Necessarily the News regular coined the word “sniglet” for “a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn’t”?


Last Question: What chewy candies were hyped in ads where folks were conked by giant falling fruits?

Answer: Bonkers!

“Bonkers! Bonks you out!” Bonkers! were made by Nabisco in the mid-80s. They have discontinued the Bonkers line of candies. But we were left with these memorable commercials:

They even had chocolate:

Remember That Song? – 7/28/11

Do you know the artist and song:

The West coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned
I dig a french bikini on a wild island coast
By a palm tree in the sand


Last Song: “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

It’s too close for comfort, this heat has got
Right out of hand

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 14 – A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love

“Master of the House” from Les Miserables

On this blog, I have mentioned a lot of music that I love – everything from rap, to pop, to rock, to heavy metal. So, I’ll throw a little twist in here. My wife and I have season tickets to the local Performing Art Center, and Les Miserables is one of our favorites. I like some musicals a lot, but there are others that are extremely horrible. I don’t like any of the old ones like Oklahoma or The Music Man.
And there’s another ’80s musical that was the worst torture that I ever experienced in my life – Cats. How that stayed on Broadway so long, I’ll never know.
Les Miserables, on the other hand, was great. The music was powerful. There were actually action scenes too! Jean Valjean was on the run from the law. This takes place during the French Revolution, so there were battle scenes also. Of course there was a love story. The story could be pretty dark, but it also had comedy. Here is an example of that, with one of the most memorable songs of the show.

The actual song starts at around 56 seconds:

Daily Trivia – 7/27/11

Question: What chewy candies were hyped in ads where folks were conked by giant falling fruits?


Last Question: What TV show’s theme was the first instrumental number-one hit since Chariots of Fire?

Answer: Miami Vice‘s

The “Miami Vice Theme” was written and performed by Jan Hammer. It was first played as part of the show’s opener in 1984. In 91985, it was released as a single, and peaked at #1 in the U.S., and #5 on the U.K. charts. This song, along with Glenn Frey’s number-two hit “You Belong to the City”, put the Miami Vice soundtrack on the top of the U.S. album chart for eleven weeks in 1985, making it the most successful TV soundtrack of all time until 2006 when Disney Channel’s High School Musical beat its record.

Here is the show opener:

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 13 – A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure

“That Sensation” by Samantha Fox

I always go on and on about Debbie Gibson, so I decided to go with somebody else as the Guilty Pleasure today.

She came around the same time that I started going to dances/mixers. My friends and I really got into it when Samantha Fox came on. It didn’t hurt that she was extremely easy to look at. I used to have the poster that you see here. I was never into posters, so that was about the only one I ever had.

I don’t think “That Sensation” was played on the radio, but it was my favorite song off of her self titled album.

Daily Trivia – 7/26/11

Question: What TV show’s theme was the first instrumental number-one hit since Chariots of Fire?


Last Question: What film had Robin Williams’ character telling his long-lost father, “We got the same squinky eye”?

Answer: Popeye

I remember having a Robin Williams Popeye t-shirt that said “I Yam What I Yam”. I also remember being excited to see the movie when it came out. I think it was around Christmas-time. And I also remember being bored out of mind when I saw it. Robin Williams did a perfect impersonation, though. The only good part was the end when Popeye finally ate his spinach, and fought a squid:

The movie did really well in the theater, but not well enough to make any sequels.