Schlock And Roll

Playing the sax does not require inhaling…

Not in the mood for anything nice and rough?  Well don’t worry, we’ve got something nice and easy for you today!  That’s the way we do Mondays at The Nest.  So let’s sift through the easy listening collection and pull out another magnificently mellow masterpiece from that elevator full of jazzy muzak we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy’s totally into long walks on the beach (but not in the rain), while the Sponkies get a crash course on classic FM soft rock.  This yacht’s sailing for Hawaii…

At the tender age of 16, while you were probably still popping pimples before your big date at the junior prom… a lad from Hawaii by the name of Glenn Medeiros was winning local talent competitions in 1986 singing his version of a George Benson song.  Through a rather fascinating series of events, by the summer of the following year, radios around the world were playing his song for everyone to hear, making Medeiros a pop music star before he was even old enough to vote…

“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” was a smash hit for the teen from our 50th state, reaching #12 on the charts (going to #1 in several other countries, including Canada)… and betraying the fact that 35 years later, barely a soul alive remembers this guy or that song ever existed.  Yeah this song’s a piece of cheese, but it’s fine cheese that should have aged gracefully rather than grow mold!  Medeiros is anonymous even for an 80’s one hit wonder (though he had a duet with Bobby Brown go to #1 in 1990 that I have utterly no knowledge of)… but to prove how big he once was, he did get a rather interesting claim to fame….

The compilation album from hell…

As I noted in my Retro TV Ad post from 2017, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” was one of a small handful of songs popular in the late 80’s that got included on the legendarily awful album Smurfin’… which is, you guessed it, pop songs sung in the voices of the Smurfs, who all have tiny blue larynxes full of helium.  If you secure all the fine crystal in your house and put on a pair of earmuffs, you can even listen to Glenn Medeiros’ piece of super-schlock turned into an eardrum shattering wreck right here…

Oy… from easy listening to aural torture!  Glenn didn’t deserve that anymore than he deserved to completely fade from our collective memories.  That’s OK, once his music career dried up, he got into education and is now the principal of a Catholic school back home in Hawaii.  I’ll bet you didn’t go to a school where your principal once had a hit song so big that even The Smurfs took notice…

Who’s the slacker now, Principal Strickland?

More great lost hits that won’t give your dog an earache next Monday!

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Toothpick, Please

Flossing for squirrels…

Because sometimes you get those pesky chunks of acorns stuck between your teeth and there isn’t a possum penis lying around to use….

This week’s Saturday Squirrel, taking care of the pearly whites the all natural way.  Or maybe a flashback to my school days when I’d chew on my pencils….

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 193

Mitzi re-enacting the original wardrobe malfunction.

One of the very most iconic moments in movie history was shot at the ungodly hour of 1:00 AM on September 15, 1954.  Marilyn Monroe, in the moment that would define her image, walked over a sidewalk grate and had her dress blown up by the moving air of a subway train passing underneath in a scene for The Seven Year Itch.  The Billy Wilder directed film would be released the following summer and become a commercial success… though its lasting legacy will always be the risque showing of the legs of America’s favorite blonde bombshell…

And help some people beat the rain…

And now we’ll un-crane our necks and focus on the business at hand…. answering this week’s Share Your World questions courtesy of Di from Pensitivity!

This pussy looks to be getting a great view of…… tuna! Yes, tuna…

If you were to go to a desert island and could only take five things with you, what would they be?

Well, I don’t think anybody would willingly go to a desert island…. let alone be given the chance to pack a limited number of essentials they’d want to have.  Not that there are many good choices to bring.  Electronics won’t work.  Books only have so much re-reading value.  Pets would be nice companions…. until the food runs out.  A pretty girl?  Sure, but you’ll just end up with more mouths to feel coconuts to.  How about I just get a better travel agent who wouldn’t offer me cheap deals on vacations to desert islands?

Mama Squirrel probably knows what five things she’d like to send to a desert island…

What popular song (any era) best describes you?

This was fittingly an overnight Mecca earworm for a while about 15-20 years ago….

We daysleepers don’t get a whole lot of respect from the 9 to 5 world…

If you could only use three basic ingredients to make a meal, what would they be?

All these cooking questions!  If there was one thing to be learned from my Millionaire Journey, food knowledge is one of my weaknesses!  It’s why I relied for so many years on fast food…

Here’s three ingredients you can’t go wrong with. Minus the cheese, of course. Blech!

Do you allow your pet on the furniture?

Yeah, I guess I do….

GRATITUDE:

It’s the start of a new week. What are you most looking forward to?

It’s Halloween candy season!

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Fibbin’ Monday

Beware of killer noses…

Has another week failed to live up to its promise?  Well, fear not, because it’s Friday!  And that means…… OK, that isn’t true.  It’s really just Monday.  But that’s OK, because that means it’s time to root out another little white lie from our past out of that giant bottle full of truth serum we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy can not tell a lie, nor will she will not be playing “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree.”  While the Sponkies do a little sitting in time out for not being honest about why they came in past curfew.  This week’s earworm is awesome, scout’s honor!

There may be laws about truth in advertising, but those don’t apply to the names of music bands.  The group Asia contains absolutely no Asians in their lineup.  Twisted Sister is just a band full of dudes who like to wear makeup.  There isn’t a feline to be found in the Stray Cats.  And you can count the number of members in the group 10,000 Maniacs on one hand…

And this is NOT Barenaked Ladies.

Perhaps one of the most misleading band names of all time belongs to the British group who got some time in the sun during the mid 80, Thompson Twins.  First of all, none of them has Thompson for their first or last name.  Second of all, none of them were twins.  And third, there are three members of the group…. at least during their well-known heyday.

And they sure got a lot of bang for the buck in the demographically diverse department.

In the US, they will always be best remembered for their 1984 hit “Hold Me Now,” which reached #3 and paved the way for several follow-up hits over the next couple years.  But before they let loving start, they first cracked the Hot 100 with a quirky little number with an even quirkier music video.  From early 1983, here’s the fake twins’ ode to untruthfulness…

“Lies” still has that electronic new wave sound that the band was known for prior to moving into the mainstream with “Hold Me Now.”  And that’s what makes it sound so good to me… especially that electronic bassline.

Uh oh, it’s time for the rectal thermometer. I better get out of here!

I’ll have another lost hit for you next Monday….. and that’s the truth! (pbbtttbt!!!!)

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Up Close And Personal

How you doin’?

Go ahead and get a little closer to this week’s Saturday Squirrel!  Don’t be shy…

Have a great weekend everyone!

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