Friday, September 23, 2016

Promo posters as seen on "WKRP in Cincinnati" #18

Albums: Linda Ronstadt - Mad Love (Asylum, 1980)
Episode:  Season 3, Episode 3, "Real Families"
Original air date: Saturday, November 15, 1980

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MFD Random Five #13

In which I click the shuffle icon on the increasingly frustrating iTunes app (no, Apple, I don't want to stream, I want to listen to my files) and listen to the first five songs that pop up from the years 1976-85.

  1. "Mickey" by Toni Basil (1982, Chrysalis)
    Well, this is fine slap-yo-face wake-up tune first thing in the morning; guess I don't need coffee after that bombastic drum intro. But I have to admit, the thing's still catchy as hell more than 30 years after the fact, even though I did go through a period when I couldn't stand to hear it. I've written about this song before: "Not bad for a choreographer in her late 30s. Surprisingly, I never heard any controversy related to the lyrics, 'So come on and give it to me anyway you can. Anyway you want to do it, I'll take it like a man.' Maybe I'm reading too much into that?" Basil was always a dancer first, and she's still got what it takes, apparently:

  2. "Lookin' Good" by Doc Severinsen (1976, Epic)
    Below average instrumental disco tune. Even though Doc wrote the thing, it doesn't feature as much trumpet as I'd have thought, but the drum and string parts sure are overly busy.

  3. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson (1979, Epic)
    And then Michael shows us how to really disco. "The force has got a lot of power." If you're not moving to this thing, check your pulse. Just when you think it can't get any better, an instrumental bridge kicks in at 2:40 (on the album version) with a guitar solo over horns and there's so much going on I don't know what to listen to and it doesn't really matter.

  4. "Down for the Third Time" by Bobby Caldwell (1978, Clouds)
    The final track on Caldwell's debut album, this song gives us everything we would come to expect from Caldwell: tasteful blend of smooth r&b, jazz, and adult contemporary. With tasty guitar work from Alfons Kettner and Steve Mealy, this (like most Caldwell music) is a welcome addition to any shuffle.

  5. "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees (1978, RSO)
    Not the Gibbs' best ballad, but good enough to hit #1 in the US. Legend has it that the boys wrote this track on an afternoon off from the making the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie. I can take it or leave it and most retro program directors just leave it - this is one of those former number ones that you never hear on the radio anymore. When you hear a Bee Gees ballad, it's almost always "How Deep Is Your Love" isn't it?

Monday, September 19, 2016

CD Longbox #14

Club Epic (A Collection Of Classic Dance Mixes) Vol. 2 (1992)

Exclusive photo courtesy of the Hambonian Archives.

For more information on the brief life of the CD longbox, go visit The Legend of the Longbox.

Track listing:
Title Artist Length Year
It's A Disco Night (Parts 1 & 2) The Isley Brothers 5:15 1979
I Love Music The O'Jays 6:05 1975
Uptown Festival Shalamar 8:05 1977
Dance With You Carrie Lucas 5:35 1979
Conga Miami Sound Machine 5:58 1985
I Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself) Dynasty 7:22 1979
Ain't No Stopping Us Now McFadden & Whitehead 7:00 1979
Vertigo/Relight My Fire Dan Hartman & Loleatta Holloway 9:00 1980
Don't You Want My Love Nicole 4:57 1985
You Stepped Into My Life Melba Moore 5:05 1978
Family Affair Sly & The Family Stone 3:48 1971
Give Me Just A Little More Time Angela Clemmons 7:40 1982

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bracketology: Novelty Songs of My Favorite Decade, Champion

It's not very suspenseful when a #1 seed wins the bracket, but that's what has happened here. I couldn't make up my mind on this match-up, so I turned to my 10-year-old self and asked him who should win. And then I danced like I was 10 again, but that only lasted about 45 seconds before 50-year-old me needed a break to catch my breath.

Billboard Hot 100, October 16, 1976