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Lost in the '80s, Music

"pilot of the airwaves / here is my request…"

Ah, Charlie Dore’s ode to calling the DJ request line. Every ‘80s child has been there, hanging on the phone, waiting for that...

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Music

better hurry up, ladies

If you’re a smart, funny woman who is free on May 12, a man in Los Angeles wants to take...

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Music

show biz kids

Even Chewbacca is confused by all this retarded merchandising. I sat in on a couple of history classes in Tracy this morning, at West High,...

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Music

thanks, stereogum

Michael Ian Black is funny....

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Music

if an icon falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it…

There are few things more interesting, in my opinion, than a bloated, washed-up old rock star. And if the rock star in question has a blog,...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"always someone left out in the rain / it’s always the same"

Turn on any local “Hits of the ‘80s, ‘90s and Today!” radio station, and within an hour, I guarantee you will hear...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Mr. Smarty Pants Music Knowlege Guy

The final part of my Rock & Roll Jeopardy experience has been posted over at my other blog, Johnny Is a Man. If you haven’t been...

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Music, Television

attention videots!

CAPTAIN VIDEO! has returned from the 1980th dimension!...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

“distant lands I love so far away / I don’t know why we don’t go”

Another Lost in the ‘80s oddity…there’s not much biographical info or background floating around about The Other Ones, a...

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Music

the complete idiot’s guide to john hiatt

For the first decade or so of his career, John Hiatt was a case of mostly unfulfilled potential. Everyone knew he was a good...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

say “honey smacks” again. I dare you.

How’s a kid supposed to eat breakfast with this staring him in the face?...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Boys Do Fall In Love

Mirage Records, a tiny little label with major distribution, was on fire in 1984. The label scored a few high-profile dance chart hits, but...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

the üncheese

Some time ago, in a fit of starved desperation, I unwrapped a Slim Jimâ„¢ Chili n’ Cheese stick, and could not...

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Music

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Harry Nilsson, part 2

Pussy Cats (1974) Since receiving unsolicited public praise for his work from Lennon and McCartney, Nilsson had maintained a friendship...

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Music

adorable mini-post

More later, but for right now, here’s the new Coldplay single to brighten up your Tuesday morning: Coldplay – Speed of Sound...

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Music

five guys walk into a bar…

My Faces box set came! Love me some Faces, man. Love. For anyone unfamiliar with the Faces, imagine the world’s best bar band,...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"…you don’t know, you better hang with me!"

I love remembering songs that are perfect for “Lost in the ’80s”, and Nolan Thomas’ “Yo Little Brother”...

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Current Events, Meta, Music

songs for jefitoman

Yes, I know. It’s Monday morning and it hurts. But fear not—the Monday Morning mp3 Megabonanza is here to soothe your aching...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

please don’t include the ham

Every week, it’s something new and exciting at the grocery store. This morning, I spied with my little eye two words I never want to...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

"Yesterday’s shattered / Tomorrows don’t matter…"

Hiccupy. Chipry. Helium-powered. Chipmunk. All those descriptors have been applied to the singing voice of Altered Images’ Clare...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

the great cereal gross-off, part II! (sort of.)

Okay, so, originally this was going to be another GREAT CEREAL GROSS-OFF! between Malt-O-Meal’s new Blueberry Muffin Tops (“The...

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Music

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Harry Nilsson, part 1

Ladies and gentlemen, in the center ring, presenting NILSSON, and his Shandemanium Shadow Poe! Ha ha ha! And his Shande…ha!...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Not the Greg Kihn song

Visit my other blog today for Part One of my Rock & Roll Jeopardy experience. It’s 80s-riffic. More Lost in the ’80s...

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Meta, Music

as you were

‘Twas a dark and stormy afternoon:! Seriously, you guys. It was almost sunny when I left the house this morning—something...

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Meta

meet the bean

It’s twelve weeks tomorrow, so I guess now’s when we’re supposed to start making general announcements. I’m not...

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Meta

WorstChoiceDigital

So we’ve been shopping for a camcorder. Having never owned one (unless that bulky VHS thing my parents owned counts), it’s been...

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Meta, Music

spring forward

What a weekend. I spent a lot of it with a shovel in my hands—determined to remake our bad-mojo-infested house back into a cozy...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

“Came a long way from the Valley / Aim so high / Shot so true…”

When it comes to spectacular pop flame-outs, it’s still tough to match the Knack, even 25 years after the phenomenal success of...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

Why, Mott’s? Why?

So, as some of you may remember, during a recent trip to the grocery store, I discovered a terrible new development in applesauce...

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Consumerism, Junk Food

winning the war on consumers

“These are dire times, men,” said the CEO of Sunshine Foods to the members of the board. “Profits are up, sure, but what...