Sunday, February 5, 2023

Celebrity Rock: Sweet Home Chicago (1995)

 We've previously documented that John Goodman had made what was his singing debut in David Byrne's "True Stories" in 1986. Nine years later, in an episode of Roseanne, John warms up for a later gig with the Blues Brothers.

Blues Traveler are the guest stars in the episode, "Of Mice & Dan". Lead singer/harmonica player John Popper plays an old friend of Dan Conner (Goodman), and invites Dan on stage during a concert. The result? Goodman knocks it out of the park again with a rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago".

As someone on YouTube opined, it's a shame Goodman never released a CD. We've seen him do country & blues. What next?

Musical Interlude: Grease (1978)

 Up until now, we all assumed that the only visual for the theme from "Grease", written by Barry Gibb, and sung by Frankie Valli, was in the animated opening credits to the movie (we have that over at Saturday Morning Archives). And, then, along comes this little piece of lost music history........

"Grease" would be Valli's final solo hit on the Hot 100, ending a brief comeback in the 70's.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

On The Shelf: Green Hornet returns, and Ric Flair becomes a secret agent?

 Shannon Eric Denton isn't known as a writer, but, rather, an artist who has worked in both comics and in television (i.e. Cartoon Network). His first real foray into comics writing has him entrusted with a Green Hornet 1-off for Dynamite.

In "One Night in Bangkok", the Hornet, working alone, tries to solve a mystery of revenge that involves some previously undocumented backstory regarding his father. Denton's script is just fine, and so is the artwork.

Three different covers were issued. The one I have, by Dan Panosian, seems to confuse the Hornet with the Spirit because of the style of mask depicted on said cover. That seems to be the only quibble.

Rating: B.
The deconstruction of the MLJ heroes published well before the company changed its name to Archie Comics continues with a Bob Phantom 1-shot.

Walter Whitney used to be a credible reporter, now working for a small time tabloid in New York. With Valerie (Josie & The Pussycats) in town to act & sing in a production of "Phantom of The Opera", Walt is assigned to cover the show, and his attempt to save Valerie from a would-be attacker fail miserably.

So where does Bob Phantom fit? How about as a figment of Whitney's imagination?

What they've done here is reboot the character as a Walter Mitty fantasy of Whitney's. With predictable results. Seems Archie's editors commissioned this story to retain the copyright, nothing more, with references to other Archie characters.

A better writer references the original source material, and works from there, instead of taking a tangent to the twilight zone.

Rating: C.
When it was announced that Scout Comics had signed Hall of Fame wrestler Ric Flair to star in his own comic book, I figured, this just won't work unless it's set in the past.

Well, it is.

The Flair book debuts in April from Scout, and purports that the "Nature Boy" moonlighted as a secret agent early in his career, dating back to the mid-70's at the least. Ok, so Flair's being presented as an American James Bond.

To borrow from Shania Twain, that don't impress me much.

The whole concept sounds like it was lifted from the late Chuck Barris' memoir, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was later adapted into a movie. I may be a wrestling fan, but I'm more of the discriminating type. Pass.

Video Valentine: Keep on Loving You (1980)

 I was a senior in high school when REO Speedwagon released what would be their signature album, 'Hi-Infidelity", at the end of 1980. The first single, "Keep on Loving You", raced all the way to #1 on the Hot 100 as the calendar shifted to 1981.

The following video debuted on MTV's opening day in August of '81, but subsequently, the network began using a concert clip instead when the channel arrived in the home town in February 1982.

Friday, February 3, 2023

A test film for You Bet Your Life (1949)

 What you're about to see is not a pilot episode in the traditional sense.

At the end of 1949, the producers of You Bet Your Life decided to record a radio episode on film in order to make a deal for a TV version of the series. As we know the TV version launched in October 1950, and ran for 11 seasons, ending in 1961. The radio version aired on ABC, CBS, & NBC radio for 13 years (1947-60).

Not included is a commercial with a voiceover by Myron Wallace, aka Mike Wallace.

Ah, the unpredictability of a live broadcast.

Rating: A.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Remember Ivory Liquid? (1968)

 Ivory Liquid dish detergent was promoted for other things, too, in the 60's and early 70's.

Like its namesake bar soap, Ivory Liquid could smooth your hands while you wash dishes.

Take this commercial for example. A reporter (William Boyett, Adam-12) is with a trio of stewardesses (we call them flight attendants today), and challenges the viewer to guess which one has given herself younger hands thanks to Ivory Liquid.

Back in those days, Procter & Gamble also had a television division which produced soap operas, and this ad most certainly ran during those soaps (i.e. Search For Tomorrow, As The World Turns). To be honest, I'm not even sure P & G still makes Ivory Liquid. The bar soap is still around, of course, but the company has scaled back its soap and detergent lines in recent years.

Weasel of The Week: Rochelle Richardson

 It's been a couple of weeks since the passing of Lynette Hathaway, aka Diamond, 1/2 of Diamond & Silk. Her sister, Silk (Rochelle Richardson), returned to the air Wednesday, and promptly threw cold water on the grave, if you will.

How, you might ask.

Instead of taking the time to count the memories, if you will, Richardson opted to use her first solo show to do another anti-vaccine rant, claiming her sister died because of a "bioweapon". As usual with these right wing talking heads, Richardson has no evidence to support her claims.

Photo courtesy of Yahoo! via Lindell TV via Rumble.

Yes, her show is on Mike Whinedell's channel, because of course. Instead of having what would be an epiphany after her sister's passing (she did admit Hathaway's death was "God's will"), it was business as usual for Richardson, who also said she doesn't want any co-hosts at the moment, and that actually might be the best thing.

Given the fact that her main patron, Citizen Pampers, had a senior moment at Hathaway's memorial service, claiming he didn't know Richardson when he certainly did, Richardson would rather stay the course, and follow the orange brick road to professional oblivion.

Rochelle Richardson figured the time for mourning is over, which is true. However, she doesn't realize she crapped all over her sister and broadcast partner with her nonsense. You said it was God's will that Hathaway was called home. Then, you turn around and diss God by going back to being a fool because that is your brand. Only a Weasel would take that road, and Silk, that's definitely you.