The Final Countdown by Europe
I couldn’t be happier that Arrested Development returns with new episodes on Sunday (on Netflix streaming) - so i decided to dedicate this week’s Flashback Friday to my beloved Bluth Family.
DOUBLE Flashback Friday!
Solid by Ashford & Simpson
Stay by Shakespear’s Sister
What all of Sacramento was praying that the Kings would do…
Jump by Kris Kross
Drive by Incubus
This Calabasas alt/rock band’s name literally means “a demon in male form who, according to a number of mythological and legendary traditions, lies upon sleepers, especially women, in order to have sexual intercourse with them.” Meryl Streep famously uses the same word in The Devil Wears Prada - but I honestly had no idea THIS was what she alluding to. (Bonus points if you know the line in the movie i’m referring to).
Dancing On The Ceiling by Lionel Richie
Okay, the title of this song is just silly.
Heaven Is A Place On Earth by Belinda Carlisle
WARNING: Total god awful cheezy 80’s song that you likely know every word to… coming up!
This former lead singer of an all girl rock band is one of the few musical acts that have had both a #1 song AND a #1 album…not only as a solo artist…but with their old band as well. Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, and Phil Collins are the others to achieve this feat so she (and that terrible, terrible vibrato of hers is in good company).
Here is her #1 song that defies most religious teachings…
To Be With You by Mr. Big
Ahhhh, another song from the “One-hit wonder” vault. This stripped down rock ballad, with its infectious harmonies soared all the way to #1 back in 1992.
And although it would premeire on tv six years later, one has to wonder if Sex And The City borrowed this band’s name for one of its “larger than life” characters.
This 90’s R&B girl group (whose name is a reference to Las Vegas, NV) never got out of the shadow of the much more popular girl groups like Destiny’s Child or TLC. Missy Elliott promoted them all she could, but they never could reach the level of popularity as those other groups. They did however manage to hit the Top 5 once - with this “question” song. If only their “girls” had been lojacked…then there never would have been this hit!
All I Need Is A Miracle by Mike & The Mechanics
As March Madness arrives, what better song to symbolize last second shots and unbelievable comebacks than this gem from a little side project from one of the members of the supergroup, Genesis (no not the one you’re thinking of). No he and his band aren’t going to fix your car, but they may provide a little inspiration during the NCAA Tournament. ENJOY!
Before the days of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud - the thought of a musical act hitting the charts WITHOUT a record contract was unheard of. But that’s exactly what happened back in 1994. Not only did this unsigned singer (and her band) hit the charts that year…but her debut sigle went all the way to #1. The lyrical cuteness of the song itself…along with her image (riddled with her signature cat-eye glasses) propelled her to a modest career throughout the mid 90’s. Needless to say, after this song broke…record companies were lined up begging for her to sign with them.
By the turn of the millenium though, her popularity faded and she returned to “reality”. I guess you could say that, for her…it really “bites”.
Sadeness: Part i by Enigma
Sung entirely in Latin and French, this sultry worldwide smash hit is actually an homage to the iconic and extremely controversial, Marquis de Sade (of Sado-Masochism and Quills fame). It’s also one of the last foreign language songs to hit the top 5 on the Billboard Charts.
It’s Oscar weekend! So, what better way to celebrate than to feature an Academy Award nominated song for Flashback Friday. This #1 song was featured in the sequel of a successful “western” movie franchise which co-starred the lead singer of one of the most popular rock bands of the 80’s. Not coincidentally, he wrote and sang the Oscar nominated tune featured today.