Question of the Day 8.17.12

•August 17, 2012 • 2 Comments

Name the music video!

Answer to yesterday’s QOTD: Moonlighting. Congrats to Jay Fingers, Jeffrey Scott, Carey, and @MrsSweatheifer for guessing correctly.

Underoos

•August 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“It’s underwear that’s fun to wear!”

Not that there’s any reason to pity Hanes, but, dude… how do you pass up Underoos?

The underwear mega-brand was first approached by Underoos pioneer Larry Weiss in 1977, but they turned him down.

Hanes’ loss, Fruit of the Loom’s gain.

In the late 70s, Underoos first hit the market, giving kids the world over one of the coolest secrets ever: “Psst! Hey Billy! Guess what? I got my Shazam Underoos on, man!”

From superheroes to G.I. Joe to Star Wars, pretty much any cool character you could think of was suddenly emblazoned across our undershirts and tightie-whities (or blueies, reddies, or greenies).

Princess Leia, Tarzan, the Joker, Daisy Duke… heck, even the Monchhichis had their own Underoos.

(Um… Tonto? Really? What’s THAT all about?)

Obviously, Underoos were a HUGE hit (we imagine a few folks at Hanes took the fall for THAT little whoopsie), and they still exist today, though they’re generally limited to Batman, Spider-Man, and the like.

Yes, the 80s were the glory days of so many things (John Hughes movies, Madonna, cassette singles) but in the little kid fashion world, nothing shone brighter than our beloved Underoos.

We ♥ Underoos.

Question of the Day 8.16.12

•August 16, 2012 • 2 Comments

Name the TV show!

Answer to yesterday’s QOTD: License to Drive. Congrats to Taps and Carey for guessing correctly.

Murder, She Wrote

•August 16, 2012 • 1 Comment

Whatever you do, never (EVER!) go to Cabot Cove, Maine.

Seriously, that place must have the highest per capita murder rate of anywhere in America (or at least it DID… between 1984 and 1996).

People dropped like flies in Cabot Cove, and it was never from natural causes. They were hung, shot, stabbed, trampled, squished, beaten, run over, and poisoned.

It’s a small consolation for the victims and their families, but… at least novelist Jessica Fletcher was there to figure out whodunit.

When Murder, She Wrote debuted on CBS in the fall of 1984, our parents (and grandparents) had a field day. Here was THE Angela Lansbury bringing her top-shelf acting abilities to the small screen. And the fact that she was playing (essentially) Miss Marple? Even better. Agatha Christie would have been proud.

Even with the murder storylines, the show actually played well to families, too. There was never a bathtub full of blood or dismembered body parts. Nope. Just good ol’ nice, clean murders. And you couldn’t find a nicer, more polite (and Sherlock-ian) crime-solver than J.B. Fletcher.

With the trusty Sheriff Amos (Tom Bosley) by her side (at least for the first four seasons), there wasn’t a crime in Cabot Cove that went unsolved. But it wasn’t just Maine, either–– when Fletcher had to gallivant across the country on her book tours, she’d always trip on murders in those towns, too.

Jeez, did she break a mirror once when she was young? Or open an umbrella indoors?

In all, Murder, She Wrote would last for 12 seasons (plus several TV movie one-offs after that), and Lansbury would be nominated for a total of 12 Emmy awards for her work on the show (that’s a nomination every year of the series), but she wouldn’t win a single one. And we’re STILL scratching our heads over THAT little tidbit.

Not for nothing, but we always thought that the season finale should have had Ms. Fletcher commit a murder herself. She certainly had the experience… and not a single person would ever suspect her. How awesome would it have been if the last shot was her sitting down to her typewriter one last time with a mischievous grin on her face, calmly wiping blood off her hands?

Oh well–– guess we’re just stuck with pleasant, warm memories of the kindly old lady who could solve crimes like no one’s business.

We ♥ Murder, She Wrote.

Question of the Day 8.15.12

•August 15, 2012 • 1 Comment

Name the movie!

Answer to yesterday’s QOTD: Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”. No one guessed correctly.

Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86

•August 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

“Young teacher, the subject of schoolgirl fantasy…”

When The Police got back together in June 1986 to play a trio of shows for Amnesty International, all of us (yes, ALL of us) had a secret hope that the band was finally reuniting for good.

Then we heard rumors that they were heading back in the studio to record new songs.

And then… well, then drummer Stewart Copeland broke his collarbone when he fell off a horse.

The plan all along, it turned out, was to re-record old Police songs, giving them a new twist. The first one? “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, the 1980 hit from Zenyatta Mondatta, about an inappropriate teacher-student relationship.

With Stewart’s broken neck, though, the drums would have to be programmed with a drum machine; Sting had one idea, Stewart had another, and all the old animosity came roaring back. The guys did manage to finish recording it, but there was no way they were going to hang out in the studio for another bunch of weeks arguing with each other.

So the reunion ended as quickly as it began, and only “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” got their re-do versions.

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86” did okay on the charts (though not nearly as stellar as the original), peaking at #46 on the Billboard chart in the waning months of 1986.

The Police never recorded any other new music (even to this day… but we’re still hopeful!), and even though the reunited (again) for a 2009 tour, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86” serves as the final musical chapter in the history of one of the 80s’ best bands.

(Note: No, we don’t count the fact that “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” finally saw the light of day on the DTS-CD release of the Every Breath You Take: The Classics. We’ll warrant that only 158 people in the world ever heard it.)

Turns out, we’re okay with “Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86” being the last thing we ever heard from The Police. And we’ll actually go a step further and profess that the ’86 version is even better than the original. The slower tempo’s a little more appropriate (given the subject matter), and not for nothing, but Sting, Andy, and Stewart sounded pretty darn tight after three years off.

Man, who knows what could have been if they could only have gotten along.

We ♥ Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86.

Question of the Day 8.14.12

•August 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Name the music video!

Answer to yesterday’s QOTD: Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Congrats to Carey, Jay Fingers, and @MrsSweatheifer for guessing correctly.

 
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