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Daily Trivia – 3/26/12

Let’s see who read the One-Hit Wonder articles last week. 🙂

Question: What was the name of Madonna’s first band, for whom she sang and played drums?


Last Question: Who sang the theme for Pee-wee’s Playhouse?

Answer: Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper sang the theme song, and was credited as “Ellen Shaw”. Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens, also had a cameo on Cyndi’s song “911” from her True Colors album. You can hear him as an operator at the end of the song:

And here is the Pee-wee’s Playhouse theme song:

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Daily Trivia: 2/15/12

Question: What television detective had several fake passports in the names of characters played by Humphrey Bogart?


Last Question: In Desperately Seeking Susan, who played the film projectionist Dez?

Answer: Aidan Quinn

Not only was Desperately Seeking Susan the first movie where we saw Madonna in a big acting role, but it was also a breakthrough for Aidan Quinn. Quinn played “Dez”, the love interest of Roberta, who was played by Rosanna Arquette. Here is the movie trailer:

Remember That Song – 2/10/12

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Non-stop talker, what a rocker
Blue-eyed murder in a size five dress
______, _______ _____ ___ ____


Last Song: “Cherish” by Madonna:

Romeo and Juliet, they never felt this way I bet
So don’t underestimate my point of view

Remember That Song? – 11/28/11

Can you name the artist, song, and complete the lyrics:

I’ll get over you.. I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
’cause ___ ___ ____ __ _______ ________


Last Song: “Holiday” by Madonna:

Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice

Madonna To Perform At Upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show

According to SBNation.com, Madonna will perform during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5. The site lists the acts from the past 10 years:

2002 – U2
2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004 – Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake
2005 – Paul McCartney
2006 – The Rolling Stones
2007 – Prince
2008 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010 – The Who
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash

So, in the past decade, there has been at least one artist performing during Halftime that had released at least one album during the ’80s.

This isn’t the first time Madonna’s been approached about performing at the Super Bowl. In 1998, it was heavily rumored that Madonna would perform at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, only to have the plans fall apart before a deal could be reached. Likewise, Madonna was reportedly to headline the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV, two years later, but backed out at the last minute.

So, is this a good idea? Does being a mother now make her more responsible? Or will she continue to be controversial, and have a freaky scary “wardrobe malfunction”? The world may soon find out.

’80s Stars Have a Tough Week

Madonna the Diva (Well I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising)

First, Madonna embarrassed herself last week, by accidentally announcing to the world, her feelings about hydrangeas. Right before a press event for her new film W.E. at the Venice Film Festival, a fan presented Madonna with a branch of blossoming purple hydrangea.

Madonna thanked the fan, but didn’t realize she was being taped when she quickly put the thing under the table, leaned over to some unknown person and said:

“I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.”

Well, we all know it now! I hope she has learned to love them, because I’m sure she will be getting them delivered by the truckload now.

Here is what happened in case you missed it:

Well, it wasn’t as bad as Christina Aguilera

Poor Cyndi Lauper. She flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem at tennis’ U.S. Open this past Sunday. She messed up on the same line that Christina Aguilera screwed up at this year’s Super Bowl. Aguilera’s error involved a reference to “the twilight’s last reaming”. Cyndi was suppose to sing “O’er the ramparts, we watched as our flag was still streaming,” instead of “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming.” Of course, it didn’t help that this occurred on the remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. And by the way, the U.S. Open takes place in New York. So Cyndi is taking a lot of heat. Here is the performance. It is actually pretty good except for that one part:

At least there is some hope

Not all ’80s stars had a bad week. The Academy has announced that Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars. Could this be the beginning of a comeback? I sure hope so. It would be great to see him in a stand-up routine in front of a huge audience. It will have to be cleaner than Delirious and Raw, but hopefully he will be as funny as he was back then.

Remember That Song? – 8/17/11

Can you name the song that these lyrics are from:

Listen up everybody if you wanna take a chance
just get on the floor and do the new kids’ dance
Don’t worry ’bout nothing ’cause it won’t take long
we’re gonna put you in a trance with a funky song


Yesterday’s: “Borderline” by Madonna who celbrated her 53rd birthday yesterday:

Stop playin’ with my heart
Finish what you start
When you make my love come down

Hits of 1989 – Horrible and Great

Well, here is the final Hits of the Decade – Horrible and Great.
I hope you all enjoyed the articles as much as I enjoyed compiling them. In case you missed any, here are the links to each of the years. Feel free to comment on them, and leave your own lists:

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988

On 8/6/10, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1989 podcast. Here is their list:

10. Hangin’ Tough – New Kids On The Block
9. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
8. If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
7. Girl You Know Its True – Milli Vanilli
6. Toy Solider – Martika
5. Stand – R.E.M.
4. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red
3. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird – Will To Power
2. I’ll Be There for You, Bon Jovi
1. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my list of Horrible Hits:

10. The End of the Innocence – Don Henley

This song sounds too much like a Bruce Hornsby song, which I am not fond of. “The Heart of the Matter” was a way better song off of this album.

9. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses

Much like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, this is the type of song that should be in my wheelhouse. But I just didn’t like it at all. It just gives me a headache.

8. Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler

This is a little too sappy for me – and I didn’t even see “Beaches” (the movie from which this is from). Sheena Easton did a way better version of this song.

7. Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry

This song did nothing for me. I don’t know why it was a hit.

6. Real Love – Jody Watley

Ditto. Real Blah

5. Stand – R.E.M.

Although the last couple of songs were “blah”, I would prefer “blah” to annoying!
It’s like a whiney “Hokey Pokey”. The only song I liked by R.E.M. was “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, and then they disappeared.

4. Girl You Know Its True/Blame It On The Rain – Milli Vanilli

These poor saps. If they came on the scene more recently, instead of 20+ years ago, all they would have needed was autotune. Then they would have been just as successful. Which is not a good thing.

3. Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird – Will To Power

I don’t even like the Peter Frampton version, let alone this one!

2. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red

Boring! “If you don’t know me byzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

1. Two Hearts – Phil Collins

I love Phil Collins, but this was probably the most overplayed among his overplayed songs.


There were also some great hits that year:

10. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses

Now we’re talking! One of my all-time favorite Guns ‘N’ Roses songs. This was the perfect song for them. Axl sounds like this song belongs to him, Slash is awesome. And now that I’ve been watching Celebrity Rehab, I am very impressed with Steven Adler’s drumming in this song.

9. The Look – Roxette

Roxette burst on to the scene with this song. This was a fun and unique song. Roxette’s first 2 albums were great.

8. Eternal Flame – The Bangles

A great ballad by this awesome band. Susanna Hoffs sounds great.

7. After All – Cher and Peter Cetera

These two unique voices sound great together. Cetera was still going strong post-Chicago, and Cher was in the middle of one of her several comebacks. One of my favorite duets of the decade.

6. Look Away – Chicago

I had the cassingle of this song, and played it over and over. I kind of ruined the song for myself, but I could not get enough of it. “Look Away” was my favorite Chicago song for a while.

5. Surrender To Me – Ann Wilson and Robin Zander

Another great duet from this year. Ann Wilson has such an incredible voice. And Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander sounds really good with her.

4. Poison – Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper was great in the ’70s. But he had a pretty good revival in the late ’80s. This is probably my favorite song by him.

3. Like a Prayer – Madonna

This was Madonna at the peak of her career. This is my favorite song by her.

2. Lost In Your Eyes – Debbie Gibson

My favorite Debbie Gibson song. Even people who weren’t into the teen music, at the time, liked this song. It is still great today.

1. The Living Years – Mike and the Mechanics

Not only was this my favorite song of the year, but it may be one of my favorite songs of the entire decade. A really emotional song that packs quite a punch. Paul Carrack sounds great. The music and message are just awesome.

Remember That Song? – 8/11/11

Can you name the artist and song:

I’ve been meaning to tell you
I’ve got this feelin’ that won’t subside
I look at you and I fantasize
You are mine tonight
Now I’ve got you in my sights


Yesterday’s: “Into the Groove” by Madonna. This song was from the film “Desperately Seeking Susan”, which starred Rosanna Arquette who celebrated her 52nd birthday yesterday:

Music can be such a revelation
Dancing around you feel the sweet sensation
We might be lovers if the rhythm’s right
I hope this feeling never ends tonight

Hits of 1985 – Horrible and Great

On September 6, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 178). Here is their list:

10. Walking on Sunshine – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
9. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters (vetoed by Steve)
8. All I Need – Jack Wagner (vetoed by Cathy)
7. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
6. Wild Boys – Duran Duran
5. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head
4. Some Like It Hot – Power Station (vetoed by Cathy and Steve)
3. Sea of Love – The Honeydrippers
2. We Built This City – Starship
1. We Are the World – U.S.A. For Africa

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was a tough one for me. There were so many horrible songs from 1985, and there were so many great ones. But, I was finally able to compile my list, so here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year:

5. Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

This is one of the most overrated songs of the ’80s. Sure, the video was different from anything else at the time. And MTV is mentioned in the song. This was the perfect storm for the video to play in a seemingly endless loop for a long time on MTV. This would have been my #1 for most horrible song, if not for the awesome guitar lick at the beginning of the song. Once that guitar part is done, I go off in a daze, and forget that it’s on.

4. Everytime You Go Away – Paul Young

I never cared much for this song at all. It was too boring for me. This song might not be on too many peoples’ lists of horrible songs, but I have a personal grudge against this song. As some longtime Return to the ’80s readers may know, I served in the military. The day I left, the recruiter picked me up at home to send me off to boot camp. I got in the car, and as we were pulling away, this song came on. Since this song mocked me, it is now on my Horrible list.

3. Solid – Ashford and Simpson

Typical song that lands on my Horrible list – boring and overplayed. I would have to turn off the radio whenever this song came on. I may be in the minority here, but I don’t like too many of this songwriting duo’s songs, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, and “I’m Every Woman”.

2. Smooth Operator – Sade

The Stuck in the 80s guys were told to keep this song off their Horrible list. It did sound like they wanted it on there though. So, I will place it on my list. Is this even a song? It is more like slow torture! Slow, slow torture.

1. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Ecchhhh. Wham! ranks right up there with Culture Club as one of my least favorite groups. The only song I don’t mind by them is “Freedom”, so at least there’s that. I wasn’t sure if “Wake Me Up..” or “Careless Whisper” would be my #1 Horrible song. Since this song is played the most on the 80s on 8 radio station, and on all radio stations that play 80s songs, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” wins. Once you hear this crappy song, it sticks with you, whether you like it or not.

Here is my top songs from that year:

10. Loverboy – Billy Ocean:

I love Billy Ocean’s voice. This is a fun song.

9. Nightshift – Commodores:

This is a really good Commodore’s song without Lionel Richie. It’s a nice tribute about music legends.

8. St. Elmos Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr:

This song is just as good as the movie. Great rockin’s song with a Joe Cocker feel to it.

7. What About Love – Heart:

Heart was at the beginning of their resurgence with this song. Great song, and Ann Wilson has one of the best female rock voices of all time.

6. Misled – Kool and The Gang:

Kool and the Gang may be best known for their party anthem – “Celebration”. But, their Emergency album is incredible, and “Misled” is perhaps the best of the bunch. Great rockin’ song.

5. Neutron Dance – Pointer Sisters

You can’t help but want to move to this song. “Neutron Dance” was the Pointer Sisters’ fourth top ten single in a row, which was on their album Break Out. It was also featured in Beverly Hills Cop. I love the Pointer Sisters, and this song is right up there among my favorites.

4.Crazy for You – Madonna

This was Madonna’s first ballad, which came off of the great Vision Quest soundtrack. This song was surrounded with controversy at the time. The Vision Quest soundtrack was on Geffen Records, and Warner Brothers had just released Madonna’s Like a Virgin album. Warner Brothers did not want “Crazy For You” released as a single, as it would take attention away from Like a Virgin. But Geffen producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber were able to convince Warner to greenlight the single. As a result, Madonna was able to prove that she had more talent than your typical attention-getting pop star. I believe that due to the fact that she could sing different styles of music, this song went a long way in making her an 80s icon.

3. I Can’t Hold Back – Survivor

This is one of my favorite songs by Survivor. This came off the great Vital Signs album, which was their first with lead singer Jimi Jamison. They had other hit songs from this album, such as “High On You” and “The Search Is Over”, but “I Can’t Hold Back” is my favorite. It was featured prominently in the recent movie “Paul Blart: Mall Cop“, which made it the best part of the movie.

2. Summer of ’69/Heaven – Bryan Adams

I had a hard time deciding which Bryan Adams song to throw on here, so why not add both? Summer of ’69 is a great rocker. I’m sure we can all relate to looking back at the “good ole days”, or you wouldn’t be reading this. And “Heaven” is a great ballad. It is a nice slow-dance song.

Summer of ’69
Heaven

1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

The ultimate ’80s song from the ultimate ’80s movie. You can’t think of one without the other. It even has staying power as this song is played while the losing American Idols are being booted. This song does gte played alot, but somehow I cannot get sick of it.