Music, TV

Thank You For Being A Friend.

Flashback Friday Music Video.

MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold.

Thank You For Being A Friend was the first of four music videos from Andrew Gold that aired on that first day on MTV. The other three videos were Go Back Home Again, Never Let Her Slip Away, and his biggest American chart hit, Lonely Boy, which hit the top 10 in 1977.

In 1978 Thank You For Being A Friend hit #25 on the Billboard singles chart and #11 on Cash Box. Seven years later in 1985, the tune was used as the theme song for The Golden Girls. It was re-recorded for the show and featured vocals by Cynthia Fee. That version has become one of the best-known TV theme songs of all time.

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Music, TV


Flashback Friday Music Video.

MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is I’m Gonna Follow You by Pat Benatar.

The second video ever played on MTV was You Better Run, which was the lead single off of Benatar’s 4 x platinum album, Crimes of Passion. Later in the day, I’m Gonna Follow You, another song from the same album made it’s MTV debut. What’s interesting is that the album’s highest-charting song, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, never had a music video released for it, but one was made for I’m Gonna Follow You, which was not a single.

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More Than I Can Say

Flashback Friday Music Video.

MTV debuted at 12:01 am on Aug 1, 1981. To celebrate the channel’s 38th birthday, every Flashback Friday music video in August will be a song that appeared on the first day of MTV. Today’s video is More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer.

The song spent five weeks at #2 on the singles chart in December of 1980 and January of 1981. It also went to #2 on the British singles charts. The song hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The song was written by Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison. Both were members of The Crickets. Allison played drums in the band before and after Buddy Holly’s death. Curtis performed with Holly before the Crickets formed and then joined the band as lead singer after Holly died in 1959.

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Film, TV

Gen X Westerns

The Western had been a major genre for film and television from the earliest days of both their industries up until the first half of the seventies. In fact, by that time, there had already been over one hundred Western TV shows on the airwaves. In 1959 alone, there were 30 Westerns that you could watch during the week. By the late seventies, successful Westerns were few and far between. Hollywood had worn out the genre.

Older Gen Xers might remember when Gunsmoke was still on the air. That classic show ran on CBS from 1955 to 1975. Another show that might have caught the eye of eary Xers was Kung Fu, the legendary Western with a martial arts twist that aired on ABC from 1972 to 1975. While there were still some big Western films made in the first half of the seventies, it could be argued that only The Outlaw Josey Wales and The Shootist, which was John Wayne’s final film, were the only significant classic westerns released in the second half of the seventies.

The eighties kicked off the genre with some major box office bombs such as Heaven’s Gate and The Legend of the Lone Ranger. There were some hits scattered across the decade such as Silverado, Young Guns, The Man from Snowy River and of course the biggest Western of the decade, Pale Rider. The genre really shined on the small screen during the decade in the form of Made for Television Movies and Mini-Series. Some of note are the Kenny Rogers Gambler films on CBS, The five Desperado films on NBC and several CBS films featuring Country music legends such as Wilie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. The biggest hit on TV was the massively successful Mini-Series, Lonesome Dove in 1989.

The success of Lonesome Dove kicked off a bit of a Western resurgence in the first half of the nineties. The decade started off in 1990 with a huge hit in Dances with Wolves. The film earned Kevin Costner an Oscar for best director and it also won the award for best picture. Young Guns 2 was also big at the box office that year. Unforgiven starring Clint Eastwood was a huge hit in 1992 and won the Oscar for best picture. Tombstone became a classic in 1993 and possibly only second to My Darling Clementine from 1946 as the definitive film version of the famous gun battle at the O.K. Corral. Kevin Costner returned to the genre in 1994 with Wyatt Earp, but this version of the O.K. Corral story was not as successful as Tombstone.

TV Westerns continued with a series of Gunsmoke movies and Kenny Rogers returned to play the Gambler two more times. Lonesome Dove had a sequel called Return to Lonesome Dove air in 1993 and that was followed by two syndicated series: Lonesome Dove: The Series and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years.

What was your favorite Gen X era Western?


Meeting In The Ladies Room

Flashback Friday Music Video

Today’s video is Meeting in the Ladies Room by Klymaxx. The song hit #4 on the R&B chart in 1985 as well as #22 on the Hot Dance Club chart. The music video was a hit on MTV and BET but that surprisingly was not able to help the song crack the top 40 charts. Meeting in the Ladies Room was the title track from the band’s platinum fourth album that also contained the hits, The Men All Pause and I Miss You.

The music video was directed by Gerald Casale, the bassist, and co-founder of Devo. SNL recently parodied the song in a skit that featured Emma Stone.

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Here’s the SNL skit.


Never Say Never

Flashback Friday Music Video

Our video today is Never Say Never by the San Francisco new wave band Romeo Void. The song first appeared on the band’s EP which was also called Never Say Never and was released as a single in 1982.

Although the song did not hit the top 40, it did become a popular video during the early years of MTV. The song’s success led to the band being signed by Columbia. Their major-label debut, Benefactor also featured Never Say Never but it was a shorter and “cleaner” version.

The band had a top forty hit in 1984 with A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing), however, many would argue that Never Say Never is actually the band’s best-known song. Also in 1984, Never Say Never was part of the soundtrack of the movie Reckless starring Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah.

Film, Music

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Gen X Flashback Friday Music Video

Our flashback video this week is I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Scottish duo The Proclaimers. The song hit #03 on the American top 40 charts in 1993.

The duo, which is comprised of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, released the song in 1988 as the lead single off their album Sunshine on Leith. The single hit #11 on the British charts. Five years later the song appeared in the movie Benny and Joon and was re-released all across the world.

In 2007, the Reid Brothers teamed with British comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas and re-recorded the song as a charity single for Comic Relief. This version went to #1 in the UK and to #7 in Ireland. It also landed at #8 on the UK year-end charts.


Family Feud

One of the most popular game shows in TV history debuted on this day 43 years ago. Family Feud premiered on ABC on July 12, 1976. The show was hosted by Richard Dawson and created by Mark Goodson.

Dawson was best known for his role on the World War 2 POW sitcom, Hogan’s Heroes. He was also a popular panelist on Match Game, which was another very successful game show of the seventies. Goodson, along with his partner Bill Todman, produced some of the biggest game shows on TV. Besides Family Feud and Match Game, they also produced Password, The Price is Right, Card Sharks, and Tattletales.

Although it got off to a slow climb as far as ratings go, it eventually became so popular that the following year saw a syndicated nighttime version premier on stations all across the country. The show surpassed Match Game as the most viewed game show on TV and kept that title until Wheel of Fortune took the crown in 1984. The daytime and nighttime shows were canceled in 1985.

CBS revived the show in 1988 and another syndicated version premiered that year as well. Both shows were hosted by Ray Combs. The CBS show stayed on the air until 1993. By this time, Goodson and Todman had passed away and Mark’s son, Johnathan was running the company that owned the show. Ratings were down on the syndicated show and Richard Dawson was hired to once again host the show. His return briefly brought the ratings back up, but that didn’t last long and the show was canceled in 1995.

In 1999 a new syndicated version hit the airwaves and was hosted by comedian Louie Anderson. After Anderson left the show, Richard Karn of Home Improvement fame took over for four years. John O’Hurley who played Peterman on Seinfeld also did a four-year stint as host. In 2010, Steve Harvey took over as host and the ratings shot up, In 2015, the show leaped ahead of Wheel of Fortune as the most watched syndicated game show on TV. Family Feud celebrates it’s 43rd anniversary this week as the #1 syndicated show in America.

Here’s the first Family Feud show from July 12, 1976.


Summertime Girls

Gen X Flashback Friday Music Video.

Today’s video is Summertime Girls from 1985 by the band Y&T. The song was released as a single from the band’s seventh album, Down for the Count. It was also a studio track that appeared on the band’s live album, Open Fire that came out in early 1985.

Summertime Girls was the band’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 peaking at #55. The song got airplay on rock radio and went as high as #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The video was in heavy rotation on MTV and the song still gets played on classic rock radio.

Y&T was formed in 1974 in California and was originally called Yesterday and Today. The band has sold over four million albums and is still touring the world.

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Love Gun by Kiss

Love Gun, by Kiss, was released on this day, June 30, back in 1977. The album contained such Kiss classics as Love Gun, Christine Sixteen, Shock Me, and I Stole Your Love. The album was released at the height of the band’s popularity and went on to sell over a million copies. The somewhat controversial single, Christine Sixteen hit #25 on the top forty charts.

The album is noted for being the band’s first album to feature each member on lead vocals. It was also the last studio album to have Peter Criss play drums on every song. Love Gun was produced by Eddie Kramer as were four other albums by the band. He was also the producer for three solo albums by Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley.

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