Sunday, May 1, 2016

Battle of the Bands - Talking In Your Sleep

Well, the A to Z blogging has been completed for April 2016. Were you involved? Were you able to complete the challenge? The big joke going around, now that it is over, is we can all start getting more sleep. I don't know about anyone else, but I woke myself up two or three hours early every day to check out the blogs I was following. Every evening I tried (usually in vain) to catch up on my emails, and reply to comments left on my postings. Now that we have another year under our belt, I know I will bet getting some much needed sleep. After this week, I may even go blog-lite for the month of May.

But for now, it's time for the battle of the bands. And what better song to focus on this week than the Romantics, Talking In Your Sleep.

For reference only: Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep


BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The two musical contenders for this Battle of the Bands are below.
Please listen to both and tell me who you like best.

Dimension X / Tasos Fotiadis


Bucks Fizz


Those are the two contenders. Ignoring the actual videos, who do you think performs the song best? I collected the two bands to battle it out, now it's your job to vote on your favourite. Please list your preferred song choice in the comments. Additionally, let me know why you feel the way you do. Voting ends on the 15th when I'll cast my vote (if needed) and announce the winner in a separate posting.

Additional Questions:
Were you part of the A to Z month? How did you do?
Do you personally, or do you know anyone who talks in their sleep?
 Are you a fan of the romantics? Or are you a romantic at heart?

For anyone who missed the results of my last battle - New York State of Mind
You can find the results posted: HERE

If you enjoyed this Battle of the Bands feature, don't forget to visit the other participants in the Battle of the Band to see what sort of music they are featuring. You will certainly be entertained, so click on their links below.

FAR AWAY SERIES
STMcC PRESENTS 'BATTLE OF THE BANDS'
TOSSING IT OUT
JANIE JUNEBUG RIGHTING AND EDITING
YOUR DAILY DOSE
MIKE'S RAMBLINGS
CURIOUS AS A CATHY
DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS
THE DOGLADY'S DEN
CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE
ANGELS BARK
QUIET LAUGHTER
BE_REINVINTAGED
THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING
JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE
eViL pOp TaRt
HOLLI'S HOOTS AND HOLLERS

Are you currently in the BOTB and don't see your name in the list above? Let me know in comments and I'll include it.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nostalgia TV - Z

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.



1957-1959 / Zorro featuring: Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, Henry Calvin & George J. Lewis
Much before my time. This is the first of three TV shows presented here today, I never really cared for. I'd almost watch nothing at all than these shows. Because I hadn't been born at the hight of the popularity of Zorro, I never saw it on TV, much less 'got into it'.



1972 - 1978 / Zoom featuring: rotating cast
Even as a youth, I considered this a second-rate show. For whatever reason, there was no interest for me. Which is odd because I thoroughly enjoyed the Electric Company and 3-2-1 Contact. No matter, it's still fun to remember all those PBS education shows I grew up with.




1986 - 1987 / Zoobilee Zoo featuring: Ben Vereen
This one outright creeped me out, and never remember willingly watching. Though for whatever reason, a few scenes have been etched into my head. Perhaps I was bored or was to lazy to get up and change the channel. Or perhaps one of my younger siblings was watching.





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1970s - Zest



1994 - Zima



2006 - Zune

Friday, April 29, 2016

Nostalgia TV - Y

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.


1950 - 1961 / You Bet Your Life featuring Groucho Marx
I was not familiar with this show, but I was familiar with Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers. For me, they were rivals of the Three Stooges. Once in my teen years, I decided to host a Doctor Who themed party but most of us ended up looking like the Marx Brothers for whatever reason.




1958 / Yogi Bear featuring: Daws Butler, Greg Burson, Jeff Bergman
I was never much of a Yogi Bear fan, but if it was one when I was a child, I would watch it. Because, a cartoon is much better than morning news. Well, for a six year old child anyway. He would later be on one of my favourite cartoons, the Laff-O-Lympics.



1979-1990 / You Can't Do That On Television featuring: Les Lye, Abby Hagyard,
How many times have I actually seen this one? I don't know. But I never really saw it till cable became a big thing. For one of my classmates, I think this was his favourite show because he was always quoting from it. Eventually, he went on to be an inspiration for one of the characters in my Writer's Block series.




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1950s - Yo-Yo Life-Saver



1970s - York Peppermint Pattie



1987 - Yummy Mummy Cereal

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nostalgia TV - X

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.


1993-2002 / X-Files featuring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Truth be told, I only watched a handful of these episodes. I loved the ones involving tracking down some odd alien encounter or other odd event, like the one with the cockroaches. During the episode they filmed a roach run across the screen. It freaked me out so bad. But afterwards, I realized it was the coolest thing they could have done.



1995 - 2001 / Xena featuring: Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Conner
Unlike Wonder Woman of years earlier, this was a female action hero I watched. True, I wasn't a diehard fan, there are many episodes I missed. But if I caught it when it was on, I was sure to watch it.





2001 / XFL 
Because the NFL wasn't big enough, Vince McMahon decided a rival franchise was long past due. He was the only one who felt that way. After the initial season, the XFL disappeared.





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1960s - Xerox Commercial



1978 - X-Wing Fighter & Tie Fighter



1980s - Xexyz Video Game

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nostalgia TV - W

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.


1968-1969 / Wacky Races featuring: Dawes Butler, Don Messick, Janet Waldo, Dave Wilock
Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce
Another cartoon I adored growing up. As I watched this in reruns, I was never sure when it was going to be on. But when it was, I had to watch it. Other cartoon rivals at the time were the Superfriends and the Laff-a-lympics.



1975 - 1979 / Wonder Woman featuring: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner,
If this were a cartoon I probably would have enjoyed it more. Wonder Woman was not a big draw for me at the time, especially whenever Lynda was out of Wonder Woman costume. Had this premiered ten years later, I'm sure I would have been more interested.





1975-1979 / Welcome Back Kotter featuring: Gabe Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, John Sylvester White, Ron Palilio, John Travolta
Another one of my favourites. I loved Gabe's wisecrack answers to everything. Sarcasm was something I developed well over the years, this show probably had a hand in that, to some degree.




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1961 - Winston (Featuring: The Flintstones)



1984 - Wendy's



1977 - Woodsy Owl

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nostalgia TV - V

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.


1982-1983 / Voyagers! featuring: Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce
I loved this show. A time traveller with a cool Omni device that could take him to different locations as well as different times. Unfortunately, this was also one of the first time when I became interested in a show, only to have it cancelled. And the series was just starting to get interesting.



1983 - 1984 / V: The miniseries featuring: Jane Badler, Faye Grant, Marc Singer, Robert Englund
This series was intense. A great cast of characters and a very interesting plot. When it was over, I couldn't wait for the planned mini-series to follow. The second one was almost as good but the ending was rather stupid. This was then followed by the regular series. Probably should have quit while they were ahead.




1984-1985 / Voltron
The older I got, the less cartoons appealed to me. This was one of the few that held my interest, along with Inspector Gadget. I was just starting High School when this was on, so my tastes in TV were beginning to mature.





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1974 - Volkswagen Beetle



1980s - Vic-20 Commodore (Featuring William Shatner)



1980s - Velveeta (Featuring Kirk Cameron)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nostalgia TV - U

Welcome to my A-Z list of 2016.
This year, I'll be recalling some of my favourite programs from television, via A-Z, of course.
How many of these do you remember?
Were these before your time?

This blog post has been written in front of a live studio audience.


1959 - 1963 / the Untouchables featuring: Robert Stack, Abel Fernandez, Nicholas Georglade
Much before my time. I never even saw it on reruns. But certainly something that would have interested me at the time.



1964-1973 / Underdog featuring: Wally Cox, Norma MacMillin, Allen Swift
Pretty much a spoof of the Superman tale. None-the-less, for a cartoon it was fairly decent to watch and was not overly ridiculous. I barely saw this on Saturday morning reruns, though it happened from time to time. I caught it more when cable TV became a big thing and vintage cartoons were more easily seen.



1987-2010 / Unsolved Mysteries featuring: Robert Stack
Mysteries are perplexing enough, but when they go unsolved, that annoys me. I suppose that's what makes them mysteries. This series took a look at all sorts of different mysteries. From conspiracy theories to reports of UFO's. With a great narrative from Robert Stack and recreations, this was an intriguing show. Even if it still did not solve the mysteries.




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1983 - Ultra Brite Toothpaste



1980's - U-Haul



1991 - Urkel O's