When it comes to one-hit wonders of the ’80s, you can keep your Kajagoogoos and your Dexy’s Midnight Runners (mostly because I’m too much of a music geek to resist mentioning the fact that they did, in fact, have relatively successful follow-ups, like “Hang On Now” and “The Celtic Soul Brothers,” respectively).
Personally, my all-time favorite is this one: Steel Breeze’s “You Don’t Want Me Anymore.”
And to be fair, they actually had a follow-up hit, too: “Dreamin’ Is Easy,” which made it to #30 on the charts. But that one I don’t remember, whereas this one I do. Plus, it’s a perfect encapsulation of just about every early ’80s video cliche in just under three minutes.
Lastly, you have to give Steel Breeze credit: they had the foresight to entitle one of their songs “Lost in the ’80s,” which is indeed where they remain to this day…
Bon Jovi will headline Tiger Woods’ Tiger Jam X at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on May 26, which will raise funs for the Tiger Woods Foundation. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak will kick off a tour together on May 17 in Concord, California. Nicks is supporting her new greatest hits album, Crystal Visions. The tour will also stop in, among 19 confirmed cities, Denver, Dallas, Chicago and Boston.
Evanescence will take the Family Values tour on the road again along with powerhouse rock bands Korn, Flyleaf and HellYeah. While the lineup has been announced, the tour dates have not, but will be soon.
Gwen Stefani has added more tour dates to her Great Escape tour—in Santa Barbara on June 26 and 27, Reno on June 29 and Honolulu on August 24. The Milwaukee show on June 7 has been canceled. The tour is a worldwide run that will go through October 14 in Denmark.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul 2007 tour is such a high-demand ticket that the couple has added ten shows including stops in Omaha, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, Vancouver, and Las Vegas.
Pop mega-star Justin Timberlake has added a second leg to his Futuresex/Loveshow World Tour. The leg kicks off in Timberlake’s hometown of Memphis on August 6. No word yet on whether there will be any wardrobe malfunctions (I bet you’re all sick of hearing that). Read the rest of this entry »
…So I’m putting my daughter to bed last night, and as I’m picking out a CD to use as the soundtrack, my eye happens upon Billy Ocean’s greatest hits. Okay, he wasn’t the most soulful black man of the ’80s, but, damn, he had some fine pop songs. And this song is…wait for it…simply awesome. (And if you don’t get that joke, you need to listen to the intro to the song again.)
Well, I can’t say I didn’t warn you. Yes, we’re going to have another week of Sanjaya on “American Idol.” And I’m fearful that we may have 7 or 8 more weeks of this idiot. No, seriously, I’m really afraid of that. Aren’t you?
The show started with Ryan Seacrest wearing a Sanjaya faux-hawk wig, and he predictably looked ridiculous. Then after the recap of the previous night, it was right to business. Blake and Lakisha were safe, and Phil was sent to the bottom 3. This surprised me because Phil kicked ass on Tuesday, but that’s America for you. Melinda, Chris Richardson and Sanjaya were then declared safe, while Haley was sent to the bottom 3 (deservedly). Jordin was safe, which meant the last member of the basement would be either Gina or Chris Sligh.
I knew what was coming, but first a performance by Gwen Stefani and hip-hop artist Akon, who she will be touring with. Did anyone notice that all Akon did was hoot and holler a couple of times, prance around the stage with his Fruit of the Looms in full view, and just kind of get in the way? But hey, it was a nice performance by Gwen, who is always entertaining.
Back to business. Phil Stacey was sent back to the pack, leaving Haley and Sligh. The judges were asked who they thought would go home, and while Randy and Paula typically backpedaled, Simon was blunt and said “I think it’s bye bye Curly.” Naturally, he, and I, were right. Whew. I was starting to think I didn’t understand the American voters. But I do know that one lousy performance at this stage is poison, and it was for Chris. For Haley, her day is coming soon, legs or not. And for Sanjaya, well, I’m going to use a Simon phrase again: “If people like you, good luck.”
So we’re down to 9….I’m nervously envisioning a finale of Melinda and Sanjaya. People, we have to start banding together on this, because too many wiseguys and crying teenagers are keeping Sanjaya going. He’s not just on life support, he is thriving.
We still have a long way to go, so hang on….Farley, OUT
Rapper Snoop Dogg has been denied a British visa, which in turn has wreaked havoc upon his plans for a European tour. According to a representative for Snoop, the rapper is “mystified at the decision” and hopes the British government will reconsider.
Hmmm: mystified, huh? Let us help clear things up for you, Snoop. Remember that time you were arrested at John Wayne Airport for trying to carry a collapsible baton on board a plane? Not smart. Oh, and also? That time you were arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on suspicion of carrying marijuana AND a handgun? Yeah, the British tend to frown on that, too. I know, they’re hopelessly uptight, but what can you do? It’s their country, and you have to respect their cultural differences. Racist bastards.