The more time passes, the more appreciation I get for the boybands of the late '90s and their innovative music videos.Â
I especially have respect for a group who, after having only one big hit in the US, put up their own money to have a video made because their record company wouldn't approve the big budget.Â It would have been a shame if this video had never been made, because it's gorgeous!Â The costumes, the make-up, the set, the choreography are all stunning.Â And unlike Michael Jackson's Halloween classic "Thriller,"Â it had NOTHING to do with the lyrics of the song!Â Absolutely brilliant!Â I take back everything I ever said about these guys when I was trying to act too cool to like them back in the day.
Been awhile since I posted one of these.Â But I found it hard to give a clue for this one-hit wonder without refrencing the visual of this group.Â It was so '60s psychadelic lollipop fantasy, I don't know how else to put it!Â
They looked like throwbacks, and their music track was made up entirely of samples from old songs -- really old songs, includingÂ the theme songÂ from Green Acres.Â Â But they wereÂ innovators, putting DJ skills out in front of the bandÂ when David Guetta was still in diapers.Â And they were recycling before green was trendy, turning real old school music from the likes of Bill Withers and Herbie Hancock into danceable grooves.Â Sure everyone's doing it now, but in 1990 it was still underground, mostly happening in the hip hop clubs and city parks in the Bronx.Â And this is just a super-fun video!Â Click here to watch:Â Â
Lady Gaga made her appearance on the 2011 MTV VMA's as her male model alter-ego, Jo Calderone.Â The dude looked familiar!Â Check out the pictures below.Â One is Gaga, one is Prince.Â Can you tell which is which?
I guess she got tired of the Madonna comparisons and moved on to the next '80s icon.Â What will Gaga do next?Â My prediction:Â she will clone herself 4 times and they will all come out on the 2012 VMAsÂ as the spittin' image of Duran Duran!
Maybe he got sick of getting carded everytime he went to the Wine & Spirits store?Â Maybe he got sick of shaving?Â Constantly having to replace the blade in his Schick to prevent nicks?Â Not sure the reason, but I'm ambivalent about Matt Nathanson's new look.Â Just seems kinda '70s.
Clockwise from top left: Kevin Houston, age 35, W. Hyannisport, MA; Brian Bill, age 31, Stamford, CT ; Patrick Hamburger, age 30, Lincoln, NE; John W. Brown, age 33, Talahassee, FL; Michael Strange, age 25, Philadelphia, PA; Chris Campbell, age 36, Jacksonville, NC.Â
Photos courtesy of their families, published in People.com
The U.S. Defense Department yesterday released the names of the 30Â U.S. military personnel killed in Saturday's downing ofÂ the ChinookÂ helicopter in Afghanistan.Â Â 22 were Navy personnel, the other 7 were Air Force Special Ops.Â Â Of the 17 SEALS lost in theÂ blast,Â 15 were members ofÂ SEAL Team Six, the eliteÂ force that took out Osama Bin Laden.Â CNN.com has published a beautiful tribute to these men and their families who remember them.Â They were real people, men mostly in their early 30s -- the prime of their lives.Â Some were fathers of young children.Â Many leave behind grieving young widows or fiancees.Â Many were fondly recalled by their high school football and wrestling coaches, their friends and their parents.Â All were heroes.Â All are gone too soon.
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The Spears women have a penchant for making babies under dubious circumstances.Â Say what you want about them, the kids are gorgeous!Â Jamie Lynn's daughter, little Maddie Brianna Aldridge, is just 3 years old and already a YouTube sensation thanks to Aunt Britney, who posted this video of Maddie covering one of her songs.Â This is beyond adorable, click here to watch:Â Â
Does this kid look like anyone you know?Â He immerses himself in hip-hop culture, not because he loves it or even understands it, but because it's trendy, makes him feel tough andÂ irresistable to the laideez... In 1998 a pop-punk band from California dedicated a song and this music video to the "Wangsta" (wannabe gangsta) culture in the middle-class suburbs all across America.Â Click here to see:Â Â
He's lucky all that happened to him was that he got thrown in the pool!
Identify the song artist and title when I play it on the radio around 11:20 this morning and I'll hook you and your crew up with free lunch from Wendy's, plus you'll get Arthur starring Russell Brand onÂ DVD & Blue Ray.Â Â Watch this video and you will know the artist and title, so youÂ just have to try to be caller 9.Â 1-800-222-0985.
So new mommy P!nk is finally giving the public a glimpse of her little one, outside of the pages of People magazine. To be fair, little Willow Sage is only about 8 weeks old. It's not like her Pinkness kept the baby hidden from us out of spite! Especially if she's breastfeeding, between that and the baby's nap schedule she's probably not getting out that much. Also, Pink had a C-Section, and medically it takes about 8 weeks to recover from that, even if she is tough! Pink's been rocking Twitter, though -- with posts like, "My life was once whiskey, tears & cigarettes. Now it's snot tears & the color of poop. I do miss the whiskey though."
I hear you, Pink! I, too, regaled my family, friends and coworkers with the details of my baby girl's poop habits -- a little prune juice in the baby bottle cut with water will get things moving if they're not! And although whiskey was never my drink, I did miss my Chardonnay. I had to time my wine consumption with Savannah's feeding schedule so as not to get her inadvertantly drunk. But it does get easier, honey. In a few months when she starts holding her head up on her own you'll be able to breathe again.
Willow Sage Hart. What a cutie! Hope to see more of her.
That's a whole new brand of Creepy!Â And that's exactly what happens to singer-songwriter Andy Grammer in the music video for "Keep Your Head Up."Â I liked the song the first time I heard it because the lyrics are awesome.Â Then I found out Rainn Wilson was in the video and immediately called it up on YouTube.Â It's hilarious!Â It'll make you like the song even more.Â Check it out here:Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmrOB_q3tjo
Up until recently, Andy Grammer was a "busker" -- a street musician who played his guitar on Santa Monica's famous Third Street Promenade (if you're ever out in LA, you gotta go!Â It's the famous pier with the ferris wheel, the inline skaters and surfer dudes you always see in the movies.)Â He used to sell his self-produced CDs to pay his rent.Â Now he's on tour with Natasha Bedingfield with his debut album out on S-Curve records this week.Â "I have a thing," he says, "I will always put money in for any street musician anywhere in the country, anywhere in the world. Itâs like giving back the money I got."
They're English.Â They spell color with a "u."Â And there's a whole lot of "colour" in the video forÂ Coldplay's new track "Every Teardrop IsÂ A Waterfall," just released this morning.Â Are you old enough to remember Day-glo paints under blacklights?Â (I am, just barely though!)Â Check it out here:Â Â
This band seems to reinvent itself every decade, and in the '90s they were the cool rockers who made videos with hot '90s actress Alicia Silverstone.Â Her best friend in the car is the teenage daughter of the band's lead singer.Â The director cast her after seeing her in a Pantene commercial -- he had no idea who her Dad was.Â Apparently, niether did she for the longest time.Â Her Mom had always told her it was Ted Nugent!Â I guess when you're living in the moment it's easy to get those rock stars mixed up lol...
Identify the song, artist and title when I play it (around 11:25am) Â and youâll score FREE LUNCH from Friendlyâs with a $25 gift card you can use anytime!Â Get a FREE Happy Ending Sundae With The Purchase OF Any SuperMelt Sandwich, like the Vemont Cheddar Supermelt.Â AWESOME!
Today's Retro Track Rewind was suggested by Samantha in East Stroudsburg.Â She said it would make her day if I played it.Â It's a hit from the '70s that became an even bigger hit in the '90s when it was used in a classic scene in Wayne's World, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen!Â The movie's producers didn't think the song fit, but Mike Myers insisted.Â To promote the soundtrack, Reprise Records cut a new video, intercutting excerpts from the movie with the original artist's video.Â Myers was horrified!Â His exact quote was "They've just whizzed on a Picasso."Â He asked the record label to tell the band this video was not his idea, and to apologize for him.Â The band replied with, "Thank you for using our song."Â Myers was quoted as saying, "Thank you for even letting me touch the hem of your garments!"Â The videoÂ won the band an MTV VMA for "Best VideoÂ From A Film"Â in 1992, one year after their lead singer had passed away.Â Click here to watch:Â Â
And wait for me to play the song on the radio around 11:25am.Â If you're caller 9 and can identify the song artist and title, you win free lunch for your crew with a $25 gift card for Dominos!Â Â Â Try their new boneless chicken --Â 100% breast meat with a savory breading.Â Dip them in ranch, blue cheese, BBQ, kicker hot sauce or spicy, sweet mango habanero.Â Available in 8, 14, & 40 pieces.
This Jamaican-American rapper caught a break when he recorded this song for the surprise hit movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back in 1998 with a pop superstar singing the hook.Â He later went on to say that working with her was "the worst experience" and that she "didn't want to be in the video or do any promotion."Â In fairness, it was probably her record label who made that decision, as they wouldn't even give him the rights to use her on his album -- he had to rerecord the song with a different female singer.Â The stars of Stella -- Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs -- were all in the video, however.Â If you think Taye is yummy in Private Practice, you GOTTA see how tasty he looked 13 years ago.Â Mmm mmm mmm.Â Watch the video by clicking here:Â Â
And wait for me to play the song on the radio around 11:25am.Â If you're caller 9 and can identify the song artist and title, you win free lunch for your crew with a $25 gift card for Dominos!Â Â Â Try their new boneless chicken --Â 100% breast meat with a savory breading.Â Dip them in ranch, blue cheese, BBQ, kicker hot sauce or spicy, sweet mango habanero.Â Available in 8, 14, & 40 pieces.Â Mmm mmm mmm.
So many people have asked me this that I felt I had to post a blog.Â I'll give you my top 5, and what's more I'll tell you why I like 'em.Â
#5:Â Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull "On The Floor"Â What's not to like?Â It's such an infectous dance jam!Â Pitbull made the song for me -- I heard a version without him and it just wasn't as energetic.Â The guy's raps are HILARIOUS.Â C'mon, "7 Tray Donk-A-Donk?"Â That's outstanding!Â "Say no more, get on the floor."Â It's no doubt "American Idol" brought J-Lo's music career back from the brink.Â Â When she sings "It's a new generation of party people" she means it -- she hasn't had a real hit song since 2002!Â As KRZ's Music Director I've watched her struggle, releasing song after song trying to climb back on her throne.Â Sony Music finally dropped her.Â Then came "Idol" and a contract with the premier hip hop label Def Jam, and we're all dancing with J-Lo again.Â I can only wish her well!Â Plus I love her because she has a big backside,Â proving you don't have to be aÂ Barbie Doll to topÂ the Most Beautiful People list.Â And she's OLDER than me, yay!Â
#4:Â The Band Perry "If I Die Young"Â IÂ flat out bawledÂ the first time I heard this song.Â Â Went through a whole box ofÂ Kleenex.Â "Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother, she'll know I'm safe with you when she stands beneath my colors."Â Probably NOT something a relatively new Mommy should be listening to!Â Â (Oh geez I'm tearing up nowÂ just writing this.)Â Â But because the song made me so emotional, I had to listen to it again and again. Â It's so well written, from the point of view of a young teenage girl (singer/songwriter Kimberly Perry is 28 years old) who's passed on and is accepting of it ("what I never did is done/I've had just enough time") and wants nothing more than to comfort her loved ones.Â She does get one dig in -- "Funny when you're deadÂ how people start listening."Â Â And the metaphor "the sharp knife of a short life" would have made my AP English teacher proud!Â The Band Perry, consisting of Kimberly and her two brothers Reid and Neil, is musically very talented.Â They transcend their country music genre much like Lady Antebellum, and I expect them to be around for a long time.
#3- Rihanna "S&M"Â I like it like it come on!Â Judging by the requests I get, so does everyone else.Â Another infectous dance jam, about a naughty subject.Â I waited and waited for the complaint calls from the Moral Majority, but they never came.Â So that either means we all live in glass houses or we're just dancing to the beat and not worrying about what she's talking about.Â One day my little Savannah is going to be old enough to ask me tough questions like,Â "Mommy, what does S&M mean?"Â I'm already preparing my answer.Â It's not easy.Â IÂ can't be a hypocrit, I love music andÂ its free expression.Â SO how do I balance that as a mother, the keeper of my young daughter's innocence?Â Â This will be the subject of my nextÂ blog, stay tuned...Â BTW, the Britney Spears remix?Â I thought it was "OK."Â Not sure it was the best thing for Britney -- you can really hear what a weak singer she is compared to Rihanna.Â She does those sexy little "ow"s very well, however.
#2- The Black Eyed Peas "Just Can't Get Enough"Â I love how this is two songs in one.Â It starts off with a very nice vocal from Fergie,Â followed by aÂ sweet lovesick rap from Will-I-Am.Â Â The instrumentation isÂ electronic, chilled beats.Â Then comes the "Switch Up" --Â when the tempo picks up and gets downrightÂ SINISTER.Â One gets the feeling that something terrible has happened that separated this star-crossed couple.Â "Afflicted/I need it/I'm missing you/I want your lovin right next to me and I can't erase you outta my memory."Â The feeling is so desperate -- something other than heartache has happened here.Â Something dark, catastrophic... Hey I need to call up Lee Abrams and Steven Spielberg and talk about the possibilities here!
#1 Adele "Rolling In The Deep" I'm the crazy person you're next to at the red light, belting out this song with my hands banging on the steering wheel.Â "We could've had it aaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll!"Â Thank God my windows are up with the AC running so you don't have to hear that!Â But I can't help it, this song makes me want to cry the blues.Â It's the best thing I've heard in a long, long time.Â I don't have her CD yet, but I've heard Adele "21" has many great songs on it.Â BTW, her CD is called "21" because that is how old she was when she made it!Â (She's all of 22 now.)Â She must be the reincarnation of some long gone Mississippi blueswoman from the 1930's.Â I haveÂ beenÂ this angry at a man before:Â "Go ahead and sell me out and I'll lay your sh** bare/see how I'll leave with every piece of you/don't underestimate the things that I will do."Â Â Hell hath no fury...Â
Well that was fun!Â I'm going to do this once a month.Â Next Kelly K Top 5 on this space coming in July!
Feel free to comment and add your own picks.Â PLEASE!
I wanted to pick just 12 to show the evolution of Savannah in her first year.Â It ended up being 13 pictures, including theÂ one taken at her first birthday party.Â These had toÂ be pictures I hadn't posted before.Â I wanted to show you what I've been up to while I've been completely slacking off on this blog over the past year!Â Â
It's hard to believe this tiny 2-week old who could sleep on Daddy's forearmÂ grew into the relative giant she is today!Â Â Â
Â She had bad baby acne forÂ about 4 weeks!Â IÂ was really concerned and was told not to worry, it was normal for a newborn to be a little pizza-face.Â And not to, under any cicumstances, put anything on it!Â It did clear up, just in time for her to get cradle cap.Â But that, thankfully, was onlyÂ for a week.Â Â Oatmeal shampoo and Aquaphor took care of that, in case you ever need to know.
She'd had facial expressions before that might have been smiles, or might have just been gas.Â This was, without a doubt, a real smile.Â This is still the picture that pops up in my phone when I get a call from her daycare.
Â She got her first teeth at 3 months.Â Here she is cutting them on her bunny rabbit, her first favorite toy.Â Notice also the cute little chrome dome -- my baby went bald, save for a little peach fuzz!
Her first solid food was rice cereal at 4 months.Â By then she already had her two front teeth!Â This little girl won't have a problem getting in her 3 squares -- what an appetite!Â Thank God she's tall!
Â The October picture was taken at Hillside Farms where we spent a perfect afternoon visiting the animals.Â The sling I'm carrying her in is called a Moby Wrap, and I highly recommend it.Â
My mother was taking care of Savannah that day, and changed her into the "Demon" onesie.Â Better her than me!Â The Demon was custom-painted on the onesieÂ by my high school friend Kris, who is slightly left of center.Â
Savannah's first Christmas was a social whirlwind, and she loved it -- all that attention!Â Her teenage cousin Nora wouldn't put her down.Â BTW the bib says, "I'm On The GOOD List."
We celebrated Daddy's birthday by taking off work and piling into the car for a trip out to Lake George, NY and a mini-vacation at the new Six Flags indoor waterpark.Â Savannah had so much fun, she loves the water!Â Daddy's been taking her to swim classes at the Y since she was 6 months old.
My little Snow Princess.Â She was completely fascinated by that late February 8-inch snowfall everybody else was complaining about!
I am REALLY in trouble when she gets old enough to know what those store credit cards are for --Â I can see it in those blue eyes!
I picked her up from daycare and one of the girls on the afternoon shift, Nadine, had put up her hair for me.Â I had dropped off a baby that morning and picked up a little girl in the afternoon!Â She's going through a phase now where she'll pull out anything you try to put in her hair, but this was fun while it lasted!
Â And there goes the first year.Â 1 down, 17 to go, Daddy!Â I can't believe it.Â She's crawling all over the place, pulling herself up and cruising, standing on her own, even taking a few steps with help.Â She climbs up -- and sometimes down -- stairs (one of us is always behind her.)Â She pets her kitty cats and gets excited when she sees them.Â She laughs and smiles -- a lot.Â She dances by bouncing her whole body to the beat.Â She says Daddy, Mama and "that!"Â (usually while pointing to whatever "that" is.)Â She uses a sippy cup and is starting to feed herself with a spoon.Â And she very much likes story time before bed.Â
Sometimes I feel like she's the only thing I did right.Â And if that's true, that would be OK with me.
HEY!Â Do you have a little one who'd look cute in one of these?Â The idea for these graphic onesies popped into my head when I first heard Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."Â (EVERYTHING reminds me of my baby girl!)Â SO I told my ideas to Gaga's promotion rep and her people LOVED the idea.Â Had a bunch printed up -- in sizes 6, 12, 18 & 24 months (they run big, Savannah's 11 months old and is wearing the 6 month size.)Â I want to distribute these onesies to the members of my daughter's generation -- Generation Gaga!
WANT ONE?Â Hit me up on my brand-new Facebook page and friend me with the message that you want one, and what size you prefer.Â I'll add 20 people a day till they're all gone.Â One thing,Â you gotta promise me you'll post a picture of your little one wearing it!