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Bottom 3: Clothing Fads

I am not a fashion expert, but these in my opinion are the three worst clothing fads in my lifetime.

#3. High Waters – I think we have Michael Jackson to thank for these. I am not sure what was so appealing about pants that only reached to the low part of the shin, except for the functionality of being able to walk in a deep puddle without getting your pants wet.

#2. Spandex Pants – Fueled by the hair bands of the 80’s, this embarrassing fad should have been reserved for undergarments and snorkeling rash guards only.

#1. Oversized everything (including the subgroups of baggies and underwear exposure) – The tight jeans fad lasted a decade, the straight legs lasted about a decade, bell bottoms came and went and came back again for a while, high waters lasted maybe 5 years, and the dance-inspired leg warmers, head bands/wrist bands and sweats were only around for a few years, but somehow this ridiculous baggy look has filtered from the streets to suburbia and has stuck around for well over 10 years now. I see kids that cannot walk because their pants are falling down, XXXL shirts on skinny kids, and shorts so big, they look like bell bottom pants. I would also like to add that this fad includes the sub-group of boxer exposed drooping pants which is far more ridiculous than the oversized shirts and baggy shorts. I do get a good laugh when I see some punk criminal trying to run from the “Po-Po’s” while doing everything he can to keep his pants from falling down. This madness must stop.

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Saturday Top 5: Songs named after a woman

Many Rock songs are written to or about girls. Many times, the artist is recalling someone they loved, or someone they want be with. This week’s top 5 is all about songs named after a woman.  They are not necessarily the best songs that are named after a woman, but songs that are notorious for the name of the song.

Honorable Mention:

Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett

Jessica – Allman Brothers

Rosanna – Toto

Roxanne – The Police

#5 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson. If Billie Jean was about a little boy, then we may be more suspicious about the lyrics. But who knows? Poor Michael can’t catch a break here, can he? We know that Billie Jean is not your lover.

#4 Layla – Eric Clapton (Derek and the Dominoes). This song is about Clapton’s love for George Harrison’s wife Pattie. Eventually, Pattie left George for Clapton, and Clapton and George Harrison remained very close friends even after the event. George actually played at Eric and Pattie’s wedding reception. That is totally wild, and not in a good way. I guess all you need is love. LOL

#3 My Sharona – The Knack. I don’t know any Sharona’s, and I don’t even think I have ever met a Sharona. But if I did, I would have to sing this song to her. This one always gets people’s feet tapping. The word is that the success of this song ruined the band that wrote it. It was actually a punk band, and success for punk artists in the late 70’s and early 80’s made them “sell outs”. People were actually wearing shirts that said “Nuke the Knack”. Also, this tune pinned them in a corner, and it’s success was never approached again. This is also a great Karaoke tune!

#2 Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass. This classic tune is always on the tip of everyone’s tongue when a girl named Brandy comes in the room. Ask any girl named Brandy if anyone has ever sung this song to them, and they will certainly answer in the affirmative.

#1 Michelle – The Beatles. Without a doubt, this song is the best tune named for a woman. Who was Michelle? Paul apparently would try to act French (why?) to impress the girls. He wrote an instrumental, and both Paul and John collaborated on the lyrics of Paul’s catchy tune.
Have any others? I know some more great tunes, but I didn’t include them because they were not quite there!

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Saturday Top 5: 80’s Music

The 80’s were a time of excess, a time of American renewal, and a time of really cheesy music and parachute pants. Here it is. The blog entry that I expect and hope to be critiqued by one of my favorite bloggers. He’s an expert on pop/rock music and the 80’s would be in his wheelhouse. I thought about breaking it down to Rock or Pop, bands or solo, but let’s just throw them all together.

5. Tears for Fears. When I hear a song by these guys, it just makes me feel like I have been transported through space and time right to the 80’s. The music has become a little better over time, and I even get in the mood to pop in “Shout” or “Everybody Wants to Rule the World“.

4. Billy Idol. A little more edgy than Tears, but so 80’s you’ll feel like you should be paying 90 cents for a gallon of gas. I think he really wanted to be a punk rock Elvis. Fortunately for us, although he may have been a punk his music was not really. Look at that lip curl! He sang some pretty cool tunes that are currently in my home and car rotation. “White Wedding“, “Rebel Yell“, and of course “Mony Mony“.

3. 38 Special. Rockin’ in the south! These guys made music that still stands the test. They were classics, and they didn’t have that cheesy 80’s sound. You can’t help but feel happy when you listen to tunes like “Caught Up in You” and “Hold on Loosely“, that is unless they bring back some really messed up memories. OK, if you want to feel a little broken, listen to “Second Chance” or “If I’d Have Been the One“.

2. Van Halen. How could I leave out the best rock group of the 80’s? I guess they will always be remembered most for their time with DLR as the front man. What other grown man could do a split or 15 roundhouse kicks in 10 seconds? Eddie was the best guitarist of the 80’s and he even added to the aura of the #1 on my list with one of his classic solos. Most of their best tunes were covers from previous greats. But that’s ok. Some of my favorites were: their cover of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” (and I already know it was 1978 Chris!), their cover of the Motown hit “Dancing in the Streets“, their cover of Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman“, “Jump“, and **WARNING** “Hot for Teacher“.

1. Michael Jackson. Even though Michael had hits in the 60’s with his brothers, and the 70’s solo, he was essentially the music of the 80’s. No, you could not resist the evil of the Thriller. This guy was so BAD, even though he’s a little confused. Turns out that he wasn’t such a Smooth Criminal. I still dig his music, even though he’s fruitier than a cake at Christmas and he probably sees a different Man in the Mirror every time he looks. Explain to me why you think I’m wrong if you don’t agree with me, but you don’t have to pack up and Beat It (see Eddie Van Halen perform a killer solo!). But of all his 1980’s hits, “Billy Jean” was my favorite.

Now I dare you to tell me why I am wrong. Tell me that I should have put the Boss in my list. Go ahead and ask me how I could have left out INXS, Duran Duran, Prince, or Loverboy. I dare you! Or you can just do the right thing and agree with me.

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