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Friday, November 24, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Nu Shooz - 'Point Of No Return'

You guys remember Nu Shooz, don't you? Husband-and-wife team John Smith and Valerie Day fronted the pop group, which dropped four pretty popular albums back in the 80's. 1986's Poolside brought us such singles as "I Can't Wait" and "Point of No Return", both of which are probably burned into the memory of most of us that were teens in the 80's.

In case you somehow were unfamiliar with Nu Shooz, Target  latched on to "I Can't Wait", using it as part of the retail giants 2015 holiday campaign. That is helping to bring Nu Shooz to a younger audience and the timing really couldn't be better, because Valerie and John just realeased a new album, BagTown, a few months ago.

Currently Booming: New Jody Watley - 'Like A Holiday'

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Klymaxx - 'The Men All Pause'

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Daily Boom 70's Throwback: WKRP in Cincinnati - 'Turkeys Away' (Full Episode)

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: 'Planes, Trains, & Automobiles'

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today. Today is the official start of the 2017 holiday season and that means that a lot of you will be cranking out some classic holiday films. In our house, Thanksgiving ends with a family viewing of Planes, Trains & AutomobilesSteve Martin and John Candy equal comedy magic onscreen and this is one of those 80's films that never, ever gets old.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that include classic snippets of pop culture?

Currently Booming Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Make This: Apple Pie Margarita

Apple Pie Margarita
Though the exact origin and inventor of the Margarita is unknown, it has become the most popular Tequila based cocktail in the United States.  Most believe it originated somewhere in Mexico, but there are others who would beg to differ.  In any case, someone did come up with a tasty variation on the traditional Margarita by giving it an "American as Apple Pie" twist.  So simple and delicious, we hope that you enjoy our featured cocktail... Apple Pie Margarita.  Cheers!
1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Apple Rum
.5 oz. Apple Pucker
3 oz. Apple Cider
2 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Coarse Salt & Granulated Sugar
Apple Slice to garnish
Wet the rim of your Margarita glass, and tap in a mix of the Salt & Sugar.  For the cocktail, combine all of the ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker, cover, shake well, and pour into your glass.  Garnish with a slice of Apple (or Lime wedge), and try not to gulp, as you enjoy our featured cocktail... Apple Pie Margarita.  Bottoms up!

Currently Booming: 'Alice's Restaurant'

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Dokken - 'Alone Again'

"I'd like to see you in the morning light
I like to feel you baby when it comes to the night
Now I'm here and I'm all alone
Still I know how it feels, I'm alone again

Tried so hard to make you see
But I couldn't find the words
Now the tears they fall like rain
I'm alone again without you
I'm alone again without you, I'm alone again without you."

I'm not even going to pretend that there is anything profound about Dokken's "Alone Again" because there isn't. It is simply a solid power ballad that came before many of the standards of the late 80's. In a way, Don Dokken threw down the gauntlet on how to write and perform one with his 1984 release of "Alone Again".

The melody is good, the lyrics are tight and the song is performed well. What that means is that if this song should come on when you are having a bad relationship day, it might be exactly what you need to hear to feel less alone. Check out the video below,. Pretty awesome song, isn't it?

Daily Boom 80's Power Ballad Playlist

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Make This: Pumpkin Pie-tini

  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 3 Tbls. pumpkin puree
  • 1 oz. half & half
  • ½ oz. Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup (or more, to taste)
  • couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • For the rim:
  • 1 graham cracker, crushed
  • 1 Tbls. sugar
  • 2 shakes pumpkin pie spice
  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and pumpkin pie spice to make glass rimmer.
  2. Dip rim of martini glass in water, then in rimmer mixture.
  3. Combie vodka, pumpkin puree, half & half, Torani syrup and pumpkin pie spice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass.

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Boy Meets Girl - 'Waiting for a Star to Fall'

"I hear your name whispered on the wind
It's a sound that makes me cry
I hear a song blow again and again
Through my mind and I don't know why

I wish I didn't feel so strong about you
Like happiness and love revolve around you
Trying to catch your heart
Is like trying to catch a star

So many people love you baby
That must be what you are"

The video to Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting For a Star to Fall" was on tv this morning and while it's not a song that I often think of, it's one that drags me back to a point in time. This was one of those songs that you couldn't escape during the summer of 1988. It was on in the car. On in the grocery store. On in the mall. And, that was a good thing because it just made your life a bit better whenever you heard it. Great melody, great lyrics written and performed by a then-happily married couple. It was all good and whenever I heard the song I wanted a little piece of that "all good-ness".

The story behind "Waiting For a Star to Fall" is interesting because Shannon Rubicam and George Merrill originally wrote it and submitted it to Whitney Houston's people. They passed on it but Belinda Carlisle's people grabbed it up and literally made her record it. She hated the song and fought hard to keep it off of her album.

At that point, Rubicam and Merrill decided to record it themselves and then added it to their second Boy Meets Girl album. The result? A smash hit and the group's ONLY hit so in the end, they must have been glad that no one else ended up using their song.

Check out the video below. The little blonde girl is actually Rubicam and Merrill's daughter!

Daily Boom Lost Hit: Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'

Monday, November 20, 2017

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Pet Shop Boys - 'West End Girls'

Sometimes you’re better off dead
There’s a gun in your hand and it’s pointing at your head
You think you’re mad, too unstable
kicking in chairs and knocking down tables
in a restaurant in a West End town
Call the police! There’s a madman around
Running down underground
to a dive bar in a West End town

"West End Girls" was one of the first songs by the Pet Shop Boys to do really well on the charts and to this day, more than 30 years later it's still considered one of their best. It's also timeless. The first time that you hear it you're really not sure if it's old or brand new. The fact is, "West End Girls" debuted back in 1985 at a time when Brit pop and synth music was exploding. Thompson Twins, Bananarama, The Human League... were all sitting at the top of the charts and there was plenty of room for Pet Shop Boys to join the party.Check out "West End Girls" below. Is it one of your favorites by the duo?

Currently Booming: 1986- The Playlist