Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in Hollis

This was a smart concept and the first holiday song made by a hip-hop artist.
It's a great video as well.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Feed The World

It is great to see big name artists get together to do something for a good cause.
Too bad artists do not collaborate to make songs like this anymore.

Band Aid-Feed the World

Thursday, December 18, 2008

LL Cool J or Run DMC - Who'd you like better?

With the emergence of Hip-Hop in the 80's, two entities really made a stamp in the music industry even to this day. LL Cool J and Run DMC. They are both pioneers not only in hip hop but even other media outlets, such as telvision and cinema. Each of them have achieved alot and really helped hip-hop become mainstream.

My question you all today is. Who did you like better?

LL Cool J


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wishing Well Banned

Terence Trent D'Arby is a talented artist that I feel did not get the respect that he should he deserved. He is a great musician was very confident about that in 80's. He was confident enough that he even compared his talent to the Beatles talent being in the just being in the tip of his pinky. After that comment, you never heard too much more of him in the limelight.

He now goes by the name of Sananda Maitreya. He resides in Italy and is still releasing music. His website is http://www.sanandamaitreya.com/

Monday, December 15, 2008

Don't Stop Believing and Spread Love

Today, I thought I would post a couple of motivational music videos. Recently I have been having conversations with people that broke up with someone, lost their job or have just been struggling with some matters in their lives. Well no matter how bad something may seem, there is always an upside. The key is believing that there is hope and having faith. Sometimes I know that may seem hard to do but if you focus on the positive,things will open up for you.

Also now matter what, keep continuing to spread love in the universe. Happiness come from love.

Have a great a day! Stay positive!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Han Solo or Indiana Jones....Which character did you like Better?

Harrison Ford is one of the handful of actors that starred in two Trilogies(I have a trivia question about trilogies that I will post in a future blog). He played Han Solo in the "Star Wars" trilogy and Indiana Jones in the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" trilogy. Both characters were heroic. My question to you all is which one role did you like better?

Han Solo

Indiana Jones

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Atari 2600

Before PSII and X Box there was the Atari 2600. That was the original video component system that was a phenomenon in the 80's. When you look at the graphics now in compared to what a play station game looks like, you can call It a case of video game leprosy. Back then it was heaven. There were many late nights staying up and playing until you turned the game over back to zero. It was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Who's Sexier Vanity or Janet Jackson?

There were a lot of sexy icon during the 80's era. There are some that are even still considered sexy today. So I want to know who's sexier Vanity or Janet Jackson? Do not look at it from a singing perspective, just sexiness.


Janet Jackson

Okay everyone, cast your votes!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Michael Jackson Featured Singing the Hook to a Song

I have to some research on this, but this may be a good music trivia question.
What is the only song that Michael Jackson was featured sing a hook on a song?


Rockwell-Some body's Watching Me

It's a great song and can be classified as a one hit wonder.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Who's Cooler Ferris Bueller or the Fonz?

Ferris Bueller and The Fonz are two names when mentioned the first word you think of is cool. They both have there own type of "coolness" to them . Ferris Bueller lived life to the fullest. He was not afraid to take any risks in order to have fun. The Fonz was smooth and had the the macho type of coolness to him.

So my question to you is: Who is cooler?

Ferris Bueller

The Fonz

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The $750 Dollar Music Video

As music videos evolved over the decades, the expense to make the has remarkably increased. There have been videos made for over 3 million dollars. That is a alot of money for a 4 minute promotion item that is not guaranteed airplay.

Keep it simple is always something that is preached when promoting or marketing something. Van Halen definitely kept it simple when creating the music video for "Jump". It was recorded in music studio and and edited. It cost them $750 approximately dollars to make this video. It was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Charts and received a bunch of airplay. It was pretty easy for them to recoup that expense from their record sales.

Here's the video

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar...Who did you like Better

Van Halen was one of the most prolific bands in the 80's. The original lead singer was David Lee Roth who brought a lot of pizazz and flamboyance to the group. Then you had Sammy Hagar who brought a more musical element to the group and is arguably a better singer. Here's a couple of clips to contrast the group with two lead singers.

Van Halen-Panama (David Lee Roth)

Van Halen-Right Now (Sammy Hagar)

Post a comment and tell me who's the better lead singer for Van Halen.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Who Shot J.R.?

"Dallas" is arguably the best night time soap opera that aired on national television. Larry Hagman played "JR"who was one of the main characters of the show. Probably the most famous episode of this series is when he got shot, and it was a mystery to whom committed the shooting. Here is a clip of the episode.

Those were the days when night time soaps were better than the daytime ones.

Politics in Music part I-Sun City

In the 80's it was very common the see musicians to make songs that stood on a political views. One of the biggest movements was Artists against Apartheid. Most of the big name artists of this era collaborated and made a song called "Sun City" which what to protest doing performances at South Africa resort

It showed great unity amongst artists.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

1984-The Apple Macintosh

When you think this year, most peoples thoughts go to the book that was written by George Orwell. Looking at now, this was a huge year for technology. The Apple Macintosh was introduced.Here is the commercial that introduced the computer.

24 Years later, look where we are at. Amazing!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bill Cosby-Himself

This stand up show is great becuase it was funny and it did not use any profanity.
I don't know anyone since then that has succeeded in doing that and be funny.

Bill Cosby was an entertainment mogul of the eighties.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Romper Room

This was a great children's television show. Doobee, who is the bee in the clip, was the face of the show. The title of this show was so hot that it inspired myself and a few of my friends, to throw big parties in New York City called "Romper Room"

Big Shout outs to Sekou-I, Steve Ice, Sam I Am name Algebra for creating historic moments in the club scene in New York. If I ever decide to do a 90's blog, I will show you pictures of the party.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Red Chewing Gum

This commercial was good because it made people by into the fact that the flavor of this gum lasted lasted longer than any other gum. Truth be told, it really did not (smile). You also kept a pack in the pocket because you never knew when you might "hook up" with someone.

The cinnamon flavor was strong when it first kicked in.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An Innovative Music Video

In this fine era I feel there was a was creative edge when it came to music videos. People were not spending a million dollars to make a video that had sets that were being used in multiple videos.This is one of my favorite videos made of all time. You can tell there that was a lot of thought put into it; and yet it was simplistic.

Peter Gabriel-Sledgehammer

The innovation is way before its time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The A-Team

This show used to come on Tuesday Evenings and was the a huge phenomenon

Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt

This was a very traumatic and eye-opening day in the United States.

I pray that that our president-elect Barack Obama will not have to endure anything of this magnitude.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

80's Addcit

I am doing this blog for one good reason.. I love the 80's!
I think this was a great decade. Some many trends have evolved from this era have become the fad in todays society. From the way people dress, music, ect.

I will encompass the whole eighties era in the blog, touching on all lifestyles. So no matter what color, race or gender. There will be something here for you.

If you are an 80's lover like me, welcome aboard! I will be taking you on a fun ride!
Even if you are not an eighties lover, I bet I will keep you tuned on here!

Buckle Up!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The First Video Aired on MTV

Since MTV played such a vital role in the emergence of 80's culture, I thout it would only be right to post the first video that was played on there. It's unfortunate that now you can barley see any videos on this network. Reality television shows have flooded this channel. Music videos are played at most 10 percent of the time.

I digress...The first music video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

This was the genesis of the revolution of music videos!