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If I may, I'd like to submit the Line of the Day, Comments Edition: "I say that when I walk into my favorite dive bars."
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
I think Boz conveys it so much better, but that's just me.
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
Or everything Bob Zemeckis did from 88-94.
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
Blechhh. Boz's original version is great, but this cover is just an aural sleeping pill.
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
(Or should I say "old padawan", which doesn't really sound right...)
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
At least John Williams got his name in the songwriting credits of a #1... (See also Dylan, Springsteen, Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield, Randy Newman)
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones might have the two best scores in the franchise though. Heresy, I know, but listen to "Duel of the Dates" and "Across the Stars" again.
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
It also kept KC and the Sunshine Band's masterpiece "Keep It Comin' Love" stuck at #2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mABuS9eSWnQ
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
If you listen to any John Williams Star Wars song on Spotify, the "now playing" bar will look like a lightsaber. If you listen to any Meco Star Wars song, it will not. I would say "unfortunately" if his music didn't suck.
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
This is also better Star Wars disco, which is quite a feat given that I can't stand the original song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7bmXywWus8
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
This is better Star Wars disco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKtJobLOVYQ
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November 20, 2019 on The Number Ones: Meco’s “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”
What was your "Music existed before the Beatles???" moment, I wonder?
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November 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Shaun Cassidy’s “Da Doo Ron Ron”
I've been waiting for this moment since the Grand Funk "Loco-Motion" post.
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November 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Shaun Cassidy’s “Da Doo Ron Ron”
In three of the cases ("Go Away Little Girl", "The Loco-Motion", "Please Mr. Postman") the originals went to #1 as well.
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November 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Shaun Cassidy’s “Da Doo Ron Ron”
Here it is. The last of the six songs that went top 10 in the 60s before the British Invasion and then spawned covers which went to #1 in the 70s. For the record, here's Tom's ratings of each (both the original AND the remake): "Go Away Little Girl" (Steve Lawrence: 1, Donny Osmond: 1) "You're Sixteen" (Johnny Burnette: 4, Ringo Starr: 2) "The Loco-Motion" (Little Eva: 7, Grand Funk: 6) "Please Mr. Postman" (Marvelettes: only a 7 for some reason, Carpenters: 2) "He Don't Love You Like I Love You" (Jerry Butler: 8, Tony Orlando: 2) "Da Doo Ron Ron" (Crystals: 9, Shaun Cassidy: 2)
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November 11, 2019 on The Number Ones: Shaun Cassidy’s “Da Doo Ron Ron”
Am I the only one who preferred Leonard Maltin to Roger Ebert?
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November 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
The film covered in Popcorn Champs for '84 will be Beverly Hills Cop. "The Heat Is On" only reached #2.
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November 7, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
The Popcorn Champs focuses on top grossers in the U.S. only, not worldwide. The film I am referring to will be covered.
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
Just listened to the Maynard version for the first time and while lightening up the pace benefits the song, it unfortunately misses my favorite part of the Conti version. At 1:27 in the Conti version, the horns play the opening bars while the violins play the "verse" riff and it just works so well. It evokes a brilliant gimmick common in musical theater (and shown recently in this column during the final minute of "Blinded by the Light") where one singer sings one verse while another singer sings a completely different verse at the same time.
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
Yes, all first-run gross is counted when calculating the highest-grossing films of each year on sites like Box Office Mojo (which went through a godawful redesign a week or so ago...thanks Bezos!), no matter what year the movie closed in.
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
Have you seen Bill Simmons's column where he pitted the first four movies against each other? It's amazingly good. https://proxy.espn.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/011207
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
I agree with you so much about Chicago's horns.
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
I've largely left the internet as a whole, but I wanted to share this trivia fact. There are ten movies that will be covered both in The Number Ones and The Popcorn Champs. Rocky is the third, being the highest-grossing film of 1976. The first two were The Graduate (through "Mrs. Robinson") and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (through "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"). The other three are the highest-grossing films of: - 1977 (through a bad disco cover of its main theme) - 1978 (through its okay title song and a tremendously good duet) - 1985 (through a decent band's one truly great song) - 1986 (through a really fantastic love theme) - 1989 (through a bizarre track that either indicative of the artist's offbeat genius or one of the artist's rare misfires) - 1992 (through a pretty soulless cover of an excellent kids tune) - 1997 (through an earworm possibly about sausage sandwiches)
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November 6, 2019 on The Number Ones: Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
Late due to work, but what a fucking amazing writeup. I don't exactly agree with you (it's a 7, one of the weaker tracks on Part 3), but your structural analysis of the song is insanely good and the way you start with the idea of the "boogeyman" is galaxy brain levels of creative. This has to be my favorite post of yours in this column.
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October 30, 2019 on The Number Ones: KC & The Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man”
Amazing writeup as usual, but "Sir Duke" not getting a 10 means that it's possible that the radio skit where a guy gets murdered by a demonic Furby in a phone prank call could get a higher rating from Tom than "Sir Duke," which is unacceptable.
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October 28, 2019 on The Number Ones: Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”
I burst out laughing at that last sentence.
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October 23, 2019 on The Number Ones: Eagles’ “Hotel California”