November 20

Friday Song: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ by Dean Martin

dean-martin-baby-its-cold-outsideWell, well, well…Every year, the first significant snowfall of the year is bearing down on us here in Michigan, and with it the non-stop warnings to be prepared for the end of the world. We’re predicted to get a few inches of snow, which means in reality we might see two, but that’s not stopping the media from issuing one WINTER STORM WATCH warning after another. Every year, it’s headline news. And every year, it drives me kind of crazy.

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October 30

Friday Song: ‘Zombie Jamboree’ by King Flash & Calypso Carnival

zombie-jamboreeWhat’s the deal with our obsession with zombies? It’s not anything new, as this tune will attest. ‘Zombie Jamboree’ is a zombie-themed calypso tune from 1956. That’s really all I know about it. It’s all I, or you, need to know about it.

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September 18

1977 Time Capsule: The Donny & Marie Osmond Star Wars Mind Melter

star-wars-donny-marie-osmondAs the Disney-owned Star Wars marketing juggernaut starts ramping up ahead of December’s much anticipated release of ‘The Force Awakens,’ I think it’s worth taking a look back to the days when Star Wars was new. For those who weren’t lucky enough to live through it, I don’t think it’s possible to understand just what a huge deal this flick was back then. It was a time when there was no internet. There was no cable TV (at least not around here.) We had four or five TV channels with which to glean as much pop culture as possible; compared to today’s limitless access to literally everything that has ever existed, those were very lean years. But, we took what we could get. And what did we get? During 1977 and 1978, we got a lot of Star Wars popping up all over the TV. What sounds like something that would be awesome to kids at the time often resulted in some truly bizarre stuff.

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