Sunday, August 28, 2016

'80s Summer Songs: "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A."

Here's a great '80s song which would be suitable at any time of year, but it sounds like a great song to blast from your car radio on a good summer roadtrip.  Back in the '80s, nostalgia for the '60s was all over the place and this 1985 song highlights that.  Just as Mellencamp says that he was glad to have grown up in such a unique era as the '60s, I too am glad to have grown up in the awesome '80s.  Here's two in one: a fun '80s song about the '60s.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Boy George, Jack Black and Robbie Krieger: "Hello, I Love You"

Check this out.  Its Boy George and Jack Black on the Conan show doing the classic Doors song, "Hello, I Love You," with Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger.

This is such a great combo. I love all these guys, and what a great classic song.

Since were on the topic of Boy George, here's a flashback from him.  Culture Club with their classic song and video, "Karma Chameleon."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Still Spreading Joy

Its wonderful to see that Dick Van Dyke is still out there spreading wonder and joy. Here he is regaling breakfast customers at a Santa Monica Denny's with a rendition of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," from his 1968 movie of the same name. He posted on facebook that "Breakfast at Denny's with a side of grits makes me want to sing!!"

Van Dyke has become well known for the '60s era Dick Van Dyke Show, for his performances in such family fantasy fare as Mary Poppins (1964) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and is more recently known for his '90s stint on Diagnosis Murder and in Night at the Museum (2006).  Now he's in an a cappella singing group called Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastics, who join him in the impromptu surprise performance shown above.  Its great to see him going strong and having fun at 90. 

Here they are on Conan's show.

Heres their site:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

'80s Summer Song: "Walking on Sunshine"

Here's a summery type of song, although the video doesnt look very summery.  I guess the video shows that the sun can be shining in your own world, even if the world around you looks cold and dreary.   Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" always sounded to me like a wonderful song to play poolside during the summer heat, with the smell of chlorine and the sound of pool water splashing in the air, and people slathered in sun lotion lounging around catching some rays or drinking a cool tropical drink.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Eighties Reloaded

An artist nmed Tom Ward has an art project called Eighties Reloaded which updated classic '80s characters in an illustrated form, and shares them through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The resulting artwork can be quite witty.

In their updated version, for example, Eliot and E.T. ride a segway, and He-Man pumps iron at the gym. Check out the A.V. Club article on this artist and his project.

Characters from Back to the Future, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, and Short Circuit get a makeover.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

An Alternative "Average Joe" for President

In this political season, maybe you've gotten tired of the mainstream candidates and are looking for some alternative.  How about just an average Joe. Not Joe the Plumber, but "Joe the Painter."  Meet Joe Schriner.

Joe Schriner describes himself as "an average guy from Ohio" and he has been running for President of the United States on a shoestring campaign.  He's run before in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, and now he's on the campaign trail again for 2016.  His wife and kids are along with him on the campaign, traveling accross America in their '70s era family van, getting attention wherever they can.  Above is a video clip from the Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

And here's a short documentary about Joe and his campaign.

I don't usually post about politics on this blog, and intend to go right back to staying away from that topic. But I figure Joe represents a unique figure in American politics. An "every person" running as an independent (you'd have to write him in). Maybe an alternative if youre looking for one, and tired of "politics as usual." 

Friday, July 22, 2016

AC/DC "Who Made Who"

Check out this video: a little mix of sci-fi and heavy metal. I remember seeing this on our local music video station back when I was in High School during the '80s.  AC-DC's "Who Made Who," a 1986 metal rocker that was on the soundtrack to the Stephen King movie, "Maximum Overdrive."