Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dead people that I didn't know were dead

In between numerous small chores, I'm halfheartedly watching VH1's countdown of the 100 Best Songs of the 80s. Not that interesting a list, but what is interesting is how they tell you what the artists are doing (or not doing) these days. For instance, the following people are dead and I didn't know they died:

1. Robert Palmer. Heart attack, age 54.
2. Falco. Car accident, age 40.
3. Rick James, bitch. How did I miss this pop culture headline???

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surely you've seen the episode of The Simpsons in which they have some sort of awards show, and Taco is doing a tribute to Falco.

More on Rick James at Brevity soon.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

You're going to kill me, but I haven't watched the Simpsons in ages. Not purposefully, it just hasn't happened.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nor have I. Falco died in 1998, so this episode first aired a long time ago.

Leave it to Wikipedia to provide further details.

My decision to stop watching The Simpsons may have been purposeful -- I think they lost me even before they killed off Maude Flanders.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how'd you miss rick james? teena marie was all on some BET special delivering poetry and slinging snot...

it was moving.

7:01 PM  
Blogger K-Lyn said...

I don't know how you missed those. See how well you do in the celebrity "dead or just forgotten" quiz:

11:39 PM  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

I was sad when Robert Palmer died. I'd seen him in concert back in high school.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

OMG, you watched that, too? Wasn't it awesome? I can't wait for the final 20 tonight.

Can I confess, I found myself strangely attracted to Axl Rose? Should I seek professional help?

(Also: young Mellencamp, young Billy Idol, young Sting, young Bono...yummm)

2:35 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

So I'm not the only one who gets easily addicted to these VH1 formula shows? Whew!

Bring on the top 20! Mmm... young Sting.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and now Lawrence Levine. I got that from H-Net

7:28 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Elle, THAT's gonna bum me out.

7:56 PM  
Blogger K-Lyn said...

How Will I Know by Whitney Houston beats out With Or Without You????

I'm never watching VH1 again!!!! (at least this hour)

11:50 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Me: "Yeah, With or Without You is an incredible song."

Spouse (as Whitney comes on): "This... is not."

But the one I really call BS on is Hall and Oates, "I Can't Go For That." It's not even their best-known song.

7:24 AM  
Blogger belledame222 said...

o yah, Robert Palmer. also whosis from INXS, ages ago. and one of the Milli Vanilli team.

andy: yes.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Some of the judging was, as they say in Germany, aufgefuckt.

"How Will I Know" is a pretty good song, but is it better than "One Moment in Time" or even "I Wanna Dance"? No. HELL no.

"Like a Virgin" -- yes, great song. But where the hell was "Material Girl"?

WHY WAS THERE NO CHER AT ALL?????? (Tapping into my inner angry gay man.)

And, while I personally rejoiced at the selection of "Livin' on a Prayer" as the #1 song of the 80s, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" -- which they described as "the strippers' national anthem" -- as #2? Maybe #92.

AND WHERE WAS CHER? If I could turn back time, I'd go back and vote for Cher.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Yeah, Spouse and I were predicting the top three during the commercial break and were WAY off. Both of us agreed Duran Duran (I said Hungry, he says Reflex. I win!), but then we both thought Material Girl would be in there. Neither of us came up with Def Leppard.

And another moment:

Me: The Bangles were really good.
Spouse: That's the Go-Gos.
Me: Like I said: the Bangles were really good.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

*grin* The video for Livin on a Prayer was filmed in Portland - a friend of mine went to that concert and wore a really bright orange t-shirt so we could spot her in the audience panning shots.

I LOVE VH-1 countdown shows, I could be falling asleep on the couch but if I scan the channels and find one on I'll stay up for hours just to see who's in the next grouping. "Just one more group of 20, then I'll go to bed. What? That's number 39? I have to stay up and see who wins..."

4:35 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Oh, dude, I am so totally down with The Spouse on "Reflex." "Hungry Like the Wolf" is a great song, but "Reflex" RULES! That voting was, like, totally bogus.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Andy, gag me with a ginsu! You can't possibly thing "Reflex" was as good as Hungry!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the one I really call BS on is Hall and Oates, "I Can't Go For That." It's not even their best-known song.

No can do.

6:00 PM  
Blogger K-Lyn said...

Let me chime in the Reflex. Wolf sucked!!!

Word to the Spouse.

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Rhea said...

I didn't know about Robert Palmer, either.

8:48 AM  
Blogger ChasingMoksha said...

I knew about 1 and 3. Very sad. Robert Palmer shocked me. I am not sure who 2 is.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous bestweekever said...

Dude, I saw your blog and I think you should check out the new movie Totally Awesome, which premieres Saturday, November 4 on VH1! It'll be radical! Check local listings.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous kr said...

OK, I know things change, and as I only briefly have ever had cable (a year or so ago), I am not perhaps qualified to comment, but let's take a deep breath and do a quick evaluation:

wasn't VH1 designed to make our parents feel like they were still "cool"?

(you know, back when there was still music on MTV ;) ? )

(I admit I also get completely sucked into those programs at my motherinlaw's house if she has one on.)

5:47 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Yes, exactly, who picked "I can't go for that"? What happened to Maneater? And, WHERE ARE THE MORMONS!?!?!?!? Ermm, I mean, Cher!?!?!?!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Quinn said...

Andy's kickin' it really old school!

1:04 PM  
Blogger bdure said...

Double coincidence -- not only did I just mention Falco, I also explained why The Simpsons is/are still worth seeing.

I need to watch more of that particular VH1 countdown. First one I know of that has featured a co-worker of mine.

8:50 AM  

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