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The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough for the WWF!

In the 1980s many important acronyms were making headlines: the emergence of the AIDS epidemic, NASA and its riveting Space Shuttle Program, MLK Day became an officially observed federal holiday, and IBM introduced the first “personal computer,” to name a few. But for three pre-teen siblings growing up in Queens, New York, two other acronyms would enter into, and soon dominate, their household: the debut of cable network MTV and a few years later, the mainstream arrival of WWF.

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To this day, when I hear Animotion’s song “Obsession” my mind immediately flashes to the opening title sequence of Saturday Night’s Main Event.

WWF Wrestling was big in our house. HUGE. We watched the Saturday morning matches and the Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling cartoon, fought with our parents to let us stay up late enough to watch the Main Events, subscribed to the WWF magazine, ate the ice cream sandwich bars. In a word, yes, we WERE obsessed with wrestling, thank you very much, Animotion. The year 1985 was an important one for wrestling, too, since that was the year that many of these shows debuted. America was experiencing a tidal wave of Hulkamania! Also, thanks to a fateful meeting on a plane between Lauper and Captain Lou Albano, he was soon being cast as her dad in the “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video, and Lauper was later was cast on various WWF programs and matches as Wendy Richter’s manager, playing opposite a villainous Albano (then the manager of the Fabulous Moolah). The crossovers sparked a period that’s come to be known as the “Rock and Wrestling Connection.”

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Now, an unrelated, or SEEMINGLY unrelated event in 1985 was the arrival of The Goonies in movie theaters. Written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner (previously discussed on Retroist), we all know the story of a band of misfit kids trying to save their goon dock side of town from being torn down to make way for a ritzy country club. Any fan of the film will also remember the unofficial theme song to The Goonies, “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” performed by…that’s right, Cyndi Lauper! But does everyone also recall the amazing video (a two-parter!) that accompanied the single?

The video had it all! Most of the kids from the film showed up to reprise their roles, Cyndi’s mom of course makes an appearance, the Bangles play some lady pirates, and Steven Speilberg event makes a cameo, but the icing on the cake is that there are a TON OF WWF PERSONALITIES playing various characters in the video! The Iron Sheik, Roddy Piper, Nikolai Volkoff (who arrives on a pick-up truck, milking a plastic cow), Captain Lou, Wendy Richter, Fabulous Moolah, Classy Freddie Blassie, everyone playing their typical roles of “bad guys” vs. “good guys.” And of course, the, ahem, GIANT reveal at the end of the video.

wwf-magazineAgain, being the avid fans of both music videos and WWF matches, my brothers and I were in heaven when we discovered this video on MTV. But there was one problem: while we were always able to see the video when it was on MTV, the video had two parts, and we really never got to see the concluding video. And remember, this was in a time before the instant gratification of YouTube and Daily Motion, and websites like the mighty Retroist who would helpfully host both parts of the video.

(Here’s part 2)

Cyndi was actually appointed by Spielberg as the musical director for the movie’s soundtrack, and she enlisted the Bangles to record one song for the album (which, if you didn’t own the soundtrack, helps to explain their otherwise curious appearance in the video). Something interesting to note regarding the production of the video: it was also shot by the movie’s director, Richard Donner. According to a few websites (that lack citation), Lauper had a less than enjoyable working experience with Donner, suggesting that he was pushing too hard at times when she was exhausted from filming. Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage from filming of the music video, though, so you can judge for yourself. To my eyes, it looks like everyone’s getting along OK:

Another interesting bit of info: the original title of the song, as written by Lauper, was just “Good Enough,” but Warner Bros., who distributed the film, went ahead and modified it to “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” so that people would make the connection between the single and the movie, which helped the marketing of the film. None too pleased with this unapproved change of title (on an album that she musically directed), Lauper decided she would no longer perform the song live in concert, but in the past 10 years, due to popular demand from her fans, she has started to work it back into her set list.

So if you ever wondered why there were wrestlers, instead of Fratellis, chasing the kids in the video for “Goonies R Good Enough,” you now know why. And that should be good enough for you.

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Move over, laser Floyd

Talk about a Great Gig in the Sky

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Yes, Please: Bon Iver covers Donny Hathaway *and* Bonnie Raitt

(this is a very lo-fi video from Youtube):

If you dig what you hear, head to the Late Night site and check out the pristine version of this performance:

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Bon Iver: I Can’t Make You Love Me (5/23/11) – Video – NBC.com.

God. Damn.

(that is all)

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I L.O.V.E. this song

Have been hearing this song incessantly, since Hellman’s must have bought advertising slots during every show that I watch on TV. Initially I thought it was by the duo She & Him, since I mistakenly assumed that it was Zooey Deschanel’s voice I was hearing. Turns out it’s a tune by the British indie/pop neo-soul singer V.V. Brown ( think post-Winehouse/ pre-Adele attempt at commercial success; she’s probably best known for her song “Shark in the Water” which wound up on the VH1 top 20 video countdown for a couple of weeks last year).

In any event, “L.O.V.E.” is catchy as hell, and it’s one of the few times that I’m calling attention to a commercial that doesn’t suck.

 

Hellman’s commerical here:

Listen to the whole song here:

 

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Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom…

Summer breezes surely do make me feel fine. Why, it’s the perfect weather for kickin’ back and listening to this compilation I cobbled together for my friends and fellow music lovers!

Grab a cool drink, lay down in some tall grass, and take a listen, won’t you?

Download here: <a href=”http://www.sendspace.com/file/nt1cfm“>

Enjoy anywhere!

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Save the drama for my mama

Maureen’s thoughts on

Lady Gaga

As of Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, 7pm est (when asked if she watched Gaga on Saturday Night Live the previous night):

“Ugh, no. She’s disgusting. I told your brother I wouldn’t watch her performances”

As of Monday morning, May 24, 2011, 9:30am est (after learning that my mom had seen Gaga on The View on Monday):

“I watched Lady CaCa on The View yesterday. She really seems to be a very nice young lady :)”.

please note the incongruity of that second statement!

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When you’re done working on the night moves, maybe work on your widgets

It’s a gloomy day in New York City: the perfect excuse to disappear into my headphones, throw on some Seger, kick back, relax, watch the rain trail down the windowpane (all while sitting at my office computer, natch).

Discovered I don’t *have* any Bob Seger on my work computer! Head to Youtube, and thank GOD there is a YT mix for Bob Seger. Two things that caught my eye as I toggled between screens:

One: Bob Seger is helpful!

Two: you really DON’T want to piss off Seger fans. They tend to be NRA card-carrying bikers and such.

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