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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I would have been proud to have known any of them.Â Please consider making a donation to the Navy SEAL Foundation by clicking on the NEPA Perks banner on the homepage of 985krz.com.Â We're extending the fundraiser through the weekend.Â Every penny benefits the families of these fallen heroes.Â Thank you.
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."