Thursday, October 21, 2021

Rockin' Funnies: Funky Gibbon (1975)

 The British comedy trio, The Goodies, initially released "Funky Gibbon", a spirited novelty track, during season 5 (or, as the British call it, series 5) in 1975, where it went all the way to #4 on the UK chart.

This clip comes from the episode, "Almost Live", which closed season 6 a year later.

As their show's theme song says, "goodie goodie yum yum".

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Spook Rock: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (1977)

 The Carpenters didn't just record their own hits. They also did covers, with remakes of hits by the Beatles, Herman's Hermits, and a relatively unknown Canadian bank, Klaatu, on their discography.

Klaatu? Who?

Klaatu had recorded "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" in 1976. That caught the Carpenters' attention, and Richard followed the necessary protocols to obtain the rights to record a cover a year later.

Guitarist Tony Peluso plays the DJ at the start of the video. I guess the Carpenters couldn't convince Casey Kasem to take the gig.

A few months later, the Carpenters included "Craft" in a primetime special for ABC that also featured Suzanne Somers (Three's Company), Charlie Callas (Switch), and John Davidson (ex-The Girl With Something Extra). We'll see if we can find that down the line.

Weasel of The Week: Madison Cawthorn

 "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys."---Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson.

Today, North Carolina Misrepresentative Madison "Foghorn" Cawthorn is selling people a bill of goods, encouraging parents to let their kids grow up to be monsters, and we don't mean as fans of Lady Gaga.

Farron Cousins explains:

Apparently, Cawthorn learned his life lessons from this guy:

Unless he's employing reverse psychology, and I don't think he even understands what that is, he's earned himself a set of Weasel ears, which probably doesn't sit well with his idol.......

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Only a scared, desperate man would seek to hide the truth about January 6. Most scared men wouldn't sue.

 Indeed, Donald Trump is a scared, desperate man.

His image, carefully cultivated through more than 4 decades of public life, has been irretrievably destroyed through his term as president. However, Trump doesn't want the truth to be revealed about the January 6 riot at the Capitol, and is suing the National Archives & the 1/6 Select Committee to block the release, despite the fact that President Biden has said that executive privilege does not apply to Trump now that he's out of office.

Jesse Dollemore explains why this lawsuit is a bad idea:

Trump does not realize that he doesn't have the perks of his former occupation, and that, obviously, bothers him even more. He got drunk on power in Washington, and is doing anything he can to get it back.

However, it's not going to work, and we know how he'll react once this pathetic suit is dropped:

Monday, October 18, 2021

Of Recent Vintage: NewsRadio (1996)

 In a way, it's a spiritual successor to WKRP in Cincinnati, except the radio station at the center of NewsRadio is a fictional AM news station in New York. NewsRadio, a spring replacement when it debuted in 1996, ran for five seasons total.

Dave Foley (ex-Kids in The Hall) played Dave Nelson, a Canadian emigre who grew up in Wisconsin before relocating to New York to take the job of news director at WNYX. Like Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) on WKRP, Nelson has a motley crew to work with, particularly anchorman Bill McNeal (Phil Hartman, The Simpsons, ex-Saturday Night Live), whose persona hews closer to Ted Knight's award winning role of Ted Baxter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1970-7), though more arrogant than pompous. The rest of the supporting cast included Andy Dick, who was coming off the failed revival of Get Smart, Maura Tierney, Khandi Alexander, Stephen Root, and Joe Rogan.

After Hartman's passing, his good friend and fellow SNL graduate, Jon Lovitz, came aboard as a friend of Bill's who took his place as an anchorman.

From season 3, the staff has to work their way into a Halloween party.

Tierney & Alexander moved on to ER. Rogan's resume is well known by now, having transitioned from NewsRadio to Fear Factor, The Man Show (he & Doug Stanhope had the dubious task of succeeding Adam Carolla & Jimmy Kimmel), and currently, as a color analyst for UFC, plus making a fool of himself as a podcaster.

Rating: A-.

Sports this 'n' that

 College football, and, more specifically, the biggest league in the sport, the SouthEastern Conference (SEC), caught a colossal black eye Saturday night.

In the waning moments of Mississippi's win over Tennessee, inebriated, angry Volunteer fans, incensed that two replay reviews favored the visitors, began pelting the field and Rebels players & coaches, including Ole Miss coach "Primrose" Lane Kiffin, returning to one of his former employers as a visiting coach for the first time. Kiffin was clocked with a golf ball. Tennessee cheerleaders left the sidelines and went on the field during the delay for their own safety.

You know, they could've paid local homeless people to pick up the empty bottles & cans.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey wasn't thrilled in the least bit, and deemed the incident "unacceptable". Can ya blame him? He fined the University of Tennessee a quarter of a million dollars as a result of the drunks' actions. 

Now, we all know they treat football like it was religion down in the south, but there aren't enough confessionals in Tennessee to get these geeks to repent.

They're looking at the video to ID the perps. Ya gotta figure they're hoping they don't call the Mayor of Knox County, Glenn Jacobs, aka WWE's Kane. This close to Halloween, he might have a special kind of punishment in mind. Just sayin'.
Given how the Giants were throttled, 38-11, by the Rams on Sunday, ya wonder if they didn't give QB Daniel Jones a free pass through the concussion portal. Sure, three interceptions ain't new, but they couldn't be bothered to take a chance on letting backup Mike Glennon, who used most of his 15 minutes with Tampa Bay a few years ago, start in Jones' place. Not that it would've changed anything, maybe, but 2nd year coach Joe "There Goes The" Judge is on the hot seat. He was a special teams coordinator for New England before going to the Giants, which makes one think co-owner John Mara may be just as cheap as former Mets owner Fred Wilpon was. Just the same, Judge will follow Luis Rojas out of New York sooner rather than later.
It's been almost a week since Jon Gruden resigned as Las Vegas Raiders coach, but he keeps drawing support from the wrong kind of people.

After Newsnax's Greg Kelly's misguided whining about "white men are under attack", Dumb Donald II (Donald Trump, Jr.) hopped on the Gruden bandwagon like an unwanted guest looking for a free meal. The more right wingers show their support for Gruden, treating him like a martyr, which he isn't, the worse it's actually going to be, as he's likely not getting another coaching gig again any time soon, not to mention going back to television.

Would someone point out to Kelly, Trump, and the rest of these morons that the calendar reads 2021, not 1951?
The honeymoon is over for Sam Darnold in Carolina.

The Panthers have lost three in a row after starting 3-0. Seems Darnold may have reverted to the form that forced him off the Jests. 

And, uh, Cam Newton is available. Seattle coach Pete Carroll reached out to Newton after Russell Wilson went down with an injury, but while the Seahawks are going with ex-Jest Geno Smith at QB for now, I don't think this story's over yet. Panthers management might want to think about a mea culpa with Newton.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, aka "Matty Ice", is moonlighting these days.

Ryan has joined Procter & Gamble's Cold Call series of ads with WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Ice-T (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). I guess Vanilla Ice was not willing to commit to a long term gig. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

What Might've Been: Aloha Paradise (1981)

 Remember how Reese's peanut butter cups were marketed as "two great tastes that go great together"? Well, Aaron Spelling thought he could take elements of his two Saturday night series for ABC, The Love Boat & Fantasy Island, mix them up, subtract the darker elements from Fantasy, and the result was Aloha Paradise, which lasted two months as a mid-season replacement in 1981 for ABC.

The show was built around its island setting and its staff, fronted by Debbie Reynolds, who hadn't had her own series since a self-titled sitcom for NBC a dozen or so years earlier. The staff included Bill Daily (ex-The Bob Newhart Show, I Dream of Jeannie), Stephen Shortridge (ex-Welcome Back, Kotter), Pat Klous (ex-Flying High), and Charles Fleischer (ex-Welcome Back, Kotter, Wacko!).

The problem? NBC owned the 8 pm (ET) hour with Diff'rent Strokes & The Facts of Life. Thanks for coming. Reportedly, Reynolds was not a happy camper, as the network's promotion for the series didn't put enough emphasis on her. The network's idea was this was a beached version of Love Boat.

Gilmore Box offers the intro to the opener:

No rating. My folks were either into movies on the cable, or if there was a Bruins game on WSBK, my dad would be watching that instead.