It's a brand new year, so what better time to look to the past, right? Well anyway, I'm going to do it and I hope you'll join me for yet another pop culture capsule. To start off this year's capsules, I'm taking us back 30 years and putting us knee-deep in the 1980s. By this point in American popular culture, the last vestiges of the '70s have been shed and we're smack dab in the middle of the Reagan Era. For those of you on Spotify, a lot of the tunes listed here are included on some of my Ultimate '80s Hit Collection playlists. Specifically, the ones for 1983 and 1984. Top 10 Movies 1. Terms of Endearment ($11.5 million) 2. Sudden Impact ($9.6 million) 3. Scarface ($5.6 million) 4. Yentl ($5.5 million) 5. Uncommon Valor ($5.2 million) 6. Two of a Kind ($5 million) 7. Th...
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Very cool Super 8 footage of Elton John performing at Madison Square Garden, Thanksgiving 1974. Special guest appearance by John Lennon! (YouTube) Are you getting tired of Charlie Sheen too? Well read this great op-ed about his troubling history with women, anyway. (New York Times) For no particular reason, let's look at a state-by-state breakdown of U.S. passport ownership. (Grey's Blog) Ever wonder how long many different kinds of animals live? Wonder no more. (Clusterflock) For vinyl nerds like myself, this is cool. A random stacking of stereo label logos. (Stereo Stack) One of these days I'll have a use for that stack of Susan B. Anthony dollar coins. (Consumerist) Today is Na
OK kids, I'll be pretty busy this week so to pass the time I'm going to throw out more lyrics for you. It's simple: name the song and the band, and win nothing! And no cheating please, there's enough dishonesty in the world today. 1. "In the thirteen months I've spent here / with my manuscript and rhymes / I've paid in case for foolish pleasures / mother dear you'd call them crimes" 2. "Like a gangster / on the run / you will stagger homeward / to your precious one" 3. "Don't give us none of your aggravation / We had it with your discipline" - Elton John, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" (via Facebook comment) 4. "Fifteen years in the academy / he was like no cadet they'd ever seen" - Anthrax, "I Am the Law" (Raiden2332) 5. "Don't be afraid / I didn't mean to scar
SI.com published a photo gallery of Wayne Gretzky today. Most of it is pretty unremarkable unless you're already a big fan of the Great One. But there is one exception, this little nugget of concentrated awesome. Oh yeah, Wayne Gretzky spinning Styx on the bangin' hi-fi system, complete with record player and 8-track deck. And you just know he loves all those cheesy Dennis DeYoung ballads. I mean, check out that Elton John poster.