Last month, every Flashback Friday Music Video was from the late seventies or early eighties, so this month we will focus on the late eighties and early nineties. The video this week is Joyride by Roxette.
Roxette is a Swedish duo comprised of Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle. Joyride was the lead single and title track off their third album released in March of 1991. The album has sold more than 11 million copies.
Joyride was their fourth and final #1 hit in America. It was the duo’s first #1 hit in their home country of Sweden. The song also topped the charts in fourteen other countries. The Vancouver Canucks used the song as their intro music during the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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If you asked Gen X kids of the seventies and eighties to name their top five TV programs from the sixties that they grew up watching, it’s a good bet that Bewitched would be one of the top picks. The show debuted on ABC in 1964 and stayed on prime time until 1972. After the show left the network, it became a staple of afternoon syndicated TV on stations all across the country. It continues to live on cable and nostalgia channels to this day.
Bewitched featured a suburban couple comprised of a modern-day Witch and her mortal husband who worked in advertising. In the third season in 1966, a daughter Tabitha came along and was followed in 1969 by her brother Adam. Both kids had the same powers as their mom.
The show’s success in syndication was probably the reason why ABC aired a spinoff show, Tabitha, in 1977. A pilot was produced in 1976 but was not picked up by the network. Another pilot was produced the following year, this time with a new Tabitha and this version was picked up for the 1977-1978 season.
Tabitha from Bewitched would have been eleven in 1977, however, in the new show, she was a twenty-something production assistant at a TV station in Los Angeles. Another way the show strayed from the original was that Adam was older than his sister and he was a mortal. Tabitha also featured a character named Aunt Minerva, who was not a part of the original show.
Tabitha was portrayed by Erin Murphy on the originals show and by Lisa Hartman on the spinoff. Hartman went on to greater fame as a cast member of Knotts Landing in the eighties. She also had a #1 song on the Country chart in 1999 with When I Said I Do, a duet with her husband, Clint Black. The show also featured Robert Urich as Tabitha’s love interest. A year later he would have the leading role on Vega$, which was also on ABC.
The pilot aired in May of 1977. The series made it debut on Sept 10 but the second episode did not air until November. It was then regularly airing on Saturday nights and getting good ratings at first, but then started to go down and got even worse by the time the show moved to Friday nights. The show was canceled and reruns aired up until August of 78.
Last month, every Flashback Friday Music Video was from the late seventies or early eighties, so this month we will focus on the late eighties and early nineties. The video this week is Wild Thing by Tone Loc.
Wild Thing was a single off of Loc’s 1989 debut album, Lōc-ed After Dark. The song went to #2 on the hot 100 charts in America and hit #1 in New Zeland. The single went on to sell over two million copies.
The song contains a sample of Jamie’s Crying by Van Halen that was not approved by the band. This lead to a civil lawsuit that was settled out of court. The settlement was reportedly in the amount of $180,000.
The music video was rumored to have only cost $500 to make. It was directed by Tamra Davis who later went on to direct such films as BillyMadison and Half Baked. The video also featured actress Tracy Camilla Johns who is best known for being the leading lady in She’s Gotta Have It.
One of the co-writers on the song was Marvin Young. He’s better known as rapper Young MC who also had a massive hit in 1989 with Bust a Move.
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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 the first video ever played on MTV, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.
The song was recorded in 1979 for their debut album, The Age of Plastic. The single went to #1 in sixteen countries. The song only went to #40 in the United States.
The Buggles were a two-man group featuring keyboardist Geoffrey Downes and bassist and lead vocalist, Trevor Horn. After the release of The Age of Plastic, both members joined the legendary progressive rock band Yes. They performed on the album Drama. and performed on the promotional tour for the record as well. The group disbanded in 1981, and Downes joined fellow Yes member Steve Howe, John Wetton of King Crimson, and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to form the supergroup, Asia. Horn went on to produce such acts as ABC, Frankie Goes to Holywood and Seal. He was also a member of the group The Art of Noise.
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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 Love Stinks by The The J. Geils Band
Love Stinks hit #38 on the American singles charts and went up to #15 on the Canadian charts in 1980. The song was written by the band’s lead singer Peter Wolf and keyboardist Seth Justman. The lyrics have been rumored to be inspired by Wolf’s marriage to film star Faye Dunaway which ended in divorce in 1979.
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Dirty Dancing premiered in American theaters thirty-two years ago today on August 21, 1987. The film starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Swayze had been in a few hits like The Outsiders and Red Dawn, but this was this film that took him to superstardom. The film also featured Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes,and Wayne Knight, who later went on to play Newman on Seinfield.
The film was a huge hit earning 214 million dollars at the box office. In 1988, it was the number one video rental of the year. For home video, it was the first film to sell over a million copies.
The soundtrack to the movie was also a major success. It sold over 32 million copies and became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. It spent 18 weeks at #1. The film’s final dance featured the song, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, which hit #1 on the singles and Adult Contemporary chart. It won Best Original Song from The Academy Awards and The Golden Globes. The song also won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The soundtrack contained two other top ten hits, She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze and HungryEyes by Eric Carmen.
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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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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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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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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.
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