Red Rox

Red Rox

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Unless I'm mistaken, Donna Summer still owns the record for the most consecutive double albums to hit #1 (three in a row). That's getting into deep trivia territory for bar nights!
I know it probably better than I'd like to admit, Jaimie. Since I know this is a mostly judgment-free zone: I had the SAW "Greatest Hits" album on CD. I can sing even the stuttery, scratched parts of "Respectable" (alone in my car), without missing a syllable.
I'm excited this is the day work let up enough to let me check out TNOCS early. Kylie. Donna. MT. Thanks for doing this - what a laugh (in the good way)!
"...not everything has to be filled with meaning or offer serious intellectual content. A three minute pop song that brightens up the listeners day is all that it needs to be." Thanks for this, JJ! I'm one of those geeks who can find charm in just about any of these #1s - even just for three minutes.
Romy and Michelle and Harold and Kumar in the space of 12 seconds - what a way to start the day. And, I love this song. And, I love Belinda Carlisle's work as a musician and her years as an LGBTQ advocate.
It’s still a couple of years away but Billy Idol’s “Cradle of Love” is about to be one of those huge soundtrack singles – from the movie “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.” It’s a cheesy detective movie and Ford Fairlane was played by Andrew Dice Clay. The movie and soundtrack were full of late 80s/early 90s names: Sheila E., Tone-Loc, Kurt Loder, Robert Englund, Wayne Newton, Morris Day, Priscilla Presley and Ed O’Neill. As a young publicist for 20th Century Fox, I was put to work on the set while filming in Colorado. Part of the job was finding enough bodies to fill Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the opening scene where the lead singer of the The Black Plague is killed onstage. It’s harder than it sounds because it was a stop-and-start, wait an hour for one take type of shoot and the crowd had to get fake fired up on cue. It was cold and they kept trying to leave. And, no one was supposed to know band to entertain them was being played by Queensryche – even if onscreen the band is played by guys from Ozzy’s band and Quiet Riot. Enough people showed up at Red Rocks to make it look good and when it’s time to shoot the scene when Black Plague lead singer, Bobby Black, gets killed, I walked backstage expecting to find all kind of debauchery. Instead, after I timidly knock on the door and ask if Mr. (Vince) Neil is ready, he’s just sitting there talking to some lady. He looked like the guy from Motley Crue, but I’d expected more of something. Instead, he was totally professional. The following day, the job required hanging out waiting for media interviews with various cast. The “Ford Fairlane” producer is a guy named Joel Silver. He was a big guy and he’s a yeller. His notorious temper had me worried and as I answered a phone in his suite, he started yelling at an assistant. The voice on the other line said she wanted to talk to Joel and I suggested it might not be a good time. The woman asked if it was Joel yelling just then and I told her it was. She called me by name and said, “I’ll handle him. Tell him Priscilla Presley wants a word.” The guy’s mood changed in a split second and she handled him. Priscilla was so nice and, like Vince Neil, also totally professional. When it was all over and the crew left town, you think to yourself that it was wild, but you’re glad that little work experience is behind you. The film was pretty bad. The soundtrack was not. The comic books that came out in support of the film are fun. Like most movies, “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” is a snapshot of a really unique period of in pop culture history. One of the best parts of it might be “Cradle of Love.”
Damn right! I'm surprised by the lack of chart success for these songs considering most of them have seemed omnipresent over time and still hold up well. I don't know how it happened, but I love me some Billy and love the whole set.
OK - although I may never hear or sing the song the same way again, props to "It's a! It's a! It's a! It's a 10!"
No doubt. And then throws down the Drag Race clip for the BAM! effect
There's no such thing as useless chart trivia. This is awesome.
MJ and Prince in the same room. Voo doo in the box. Monkeys and snakes. And, Janet walks by. That's a lot for this early on a Monday. This review is glorious - and why this column is so much fun. Thanks, Tom.
Nice way to both take IrishBearAZ's bait AND acquit yourself admirably with the review!
That is great trivia about the same bass line for "Tears of a Clown"/"When Smokey Sings." MJ would have had more #1 AC hits if the rest of his stuff wasn't so Bad.
It might be minor league, but it's going to be her 47th Number One on the Billboard dance chart.
I'm excited for Tom's Number Ones book. I need another way to procrastinate. Get busy, Tom - chop chop.
This is lovely, Rollerboogie and this may speak to a lot of us this way. It is like a hymn and I'm one of the guys that this does move, as Tom notes. If there's a faith, for me it's the faith that music can bring healing and collective emotion. I'm not much of a cryer, but I saw U2 not after 9/11 and I'll be damned if Bono's reverse jacket display of the American flag didn't reduce me to a sobbing mess. And, I wasn't crying alone.
I'm glad I came back late in the day and am now offered this chance to defend "Licence to Kill" - (I'm a grammar nerd and it's the British spelling of "licence" - all c's). When "The Living Daylights" hit Number One, I made a case for the the most underrated Bond themes and "Licence to Kill" was my choice. I love Gladys's shimmery voice and its meld into the song. And, it's the only song that actually has has a direct reference to the Bond series. The other songs are fine - except "All Time High" is flaccid and has nothing to do with the movie. I'd go "A View to a Kill," "Licence to Kill" (so much killing), "For Your Eyes Only," "Living Daylights" and totally toss "All Time High."
I love this list. I did not think Deney Terrio was going to be any part of my Monday, but here we are.
Anmen - yes, THIS is a power ballad – maybe my favorite of all time and aren't they all going to have some shmoopy baggage. I love me some Heart – raging on one song and soft and soothing on another. “Barracuda” is the first rock record my pre-teen self remembers and it’s the first song that ever made me feel something weird deep down inside. “Alone” gives me different kind of feelings – that “holy cow” amazement when Ann summons the elements and hits that glass-shattering high. And, then the “I’m just going to lay here and think about what just happened” moment while the keys feather kiss us all to the outro. Whew!
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