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World's Worst iPod: Martika "Toy Soldiers"

For some reason, the song "Toy Soldiers" by Martika just made Jonathan & Kitty feel really, really old.

The song was #1 for two weeks in 1989 for Martika, who started out in show business as a child actor. She had an uncredited role as an orphan in the 1982 movie musical "Annie" and was a regular on the TV show "Kids Incorporated."

Even though this song appeared to be well-loved by listeners who were 8 years old when the song came out, it did not get enough support to be played on the air. But here it is for you now, in all its glory.

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Discover & Download: Saint Motel

This Week's Discover & Download is 'My Type' by Saint Motel!
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Dylan Noir

A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn.

The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more innocuous.

The video was directed by Nash Edgerton, an Australian director and stunt man. He's the same guy who directed creepy Dylan videos for "Must Be Christmas" and "Duquesne Whistle," which fascinated me in the past.



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In Search of...Spock

The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family.

Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the rest of the crew on the Starship Enterprise.

I didn't really watch the show in prime time, but in syndication I'm pretty sure Star Trek was on the Dunn TV a few times a week for many years in the 70s.

I remember fondly lying on the floor, next to my brother who was eating Cocoa Puffs, and watching the original Star Trek series. Some of my favorite episodes--of course Trouble With Tribbles, the one where they went to a planet inhabited by children, and the ones with Harcourt Mudd. (For some reason I think his middle name was Quentin). Spock was my favorite character. I loved the fact that he thought he was so logical and emotionless, but his human side always showed through.

And if the afternoon re-runs weren't enough, there was also a Saturday morning Star Trek cartoon, featuring the voices of the original actors! I think most of the stories were just edited down versions of the TV show.


I also remember Nimoy fondly as the host of "In Search Of.." which explored topics of paranormal nature.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison

Who else still misses George? 

George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and almost felt like they were my big brothers.

Here are some things you may or may not know about the Quiet Beatle.

1. He played lead guitar on the Cheech and Chong song "Basketball Jones."

2. He visited the United States before any of the other Beatles, visiting his sister Louise in Benton, Illinois, in September of 1963. Since the Beatles weren't known in America yet, George was able to  jam with local musicians, visit record stores and even camp in the Shawnee National Forest without being hassled by fans.

3. After he lost the "My Sweet Lord"/"He's So Fine" lawsuit, he refused to allow the radio to be played in his house, so he wouldn't accidentally copy any one else's music.

4. George loved gardening and planting trees. He dedicated his memoir I Me Mine to "all gardeners everywhere." 

5. Since it wasn't featured in the televised ceremony, you may have missed the fact that George was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this year, accepted on his behalf by his son Dhani. (See part of Dhani's speech here).

 
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World's Worst iPod: The Sylvers "Hotline"

"Hotline, hotline, calling on the hotline for your love!"  The hook is so contagious you will probably be hearing it in your head all day.

Sorry about that.

"Hotline" was a number 5 single for the family band the Sylvers in early 1977. (Yes, Sylver was actually their last name!)

"Hotline" was the group's second biggest single, following "Boogie Fever" which went all the way to Number One.



 
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World's Worst iPod: Kool & The Gang "Cherish"

There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts.

This song is not to be confused with "Cherish," a song which was a big hit for the Association, and for David Cassidy, in the early 1970s. We'll have to check to see if either of those are on the iPod!

 
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World's Worst iPod: Donna Fargo "Funny Face"

Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop chart..which means a whole lot of top 40 radio stations were playing it, and a whole lot of non-country fans were buying it.

Triple M listeners certainly weren't buying this song, with an overwhelming number of no votes. The clincher was Rob, who said her last name Fargo was appropriate, because he wanted to put he song in the wood chipper.

We're sad we can't find a video of Ms. Fargo singing all of the 16 verses she wrote, but here she is lip-synching the hit (with two verses) on some random TV show.


 
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Discover & Download : Zella Day

 


























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Grammy flashback: most awkward moment ever?

The Grammys always have their share of awkward moments and unusual pairings. But this one from the early 1970s is so awkward, it's amazing. 

It's obvious John can't really believe he's being forced to read such cheesy lines!

Watch to the end to see who accepted the award for the non-present Olivia Newton John.

 
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5 Great Bob Marley quotes

Bob Marley would have been 70 years old today!  He was taken from us much too soon, but in his 36 years on this planet he shared with us some great music, and some great wisdom as well.

Here are five Bob Marley quotes that I think are his best.

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

“The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race.”

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

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World's Worst iPod: Slade "Run, Runaway"

The hard rock band Slade had a lot of hits in England, but this was their only appearance in the Top 40 in the United States.

"Run, Runaway" went to #20 in the spring of 1984 in the U.S. and got a lot of airplay on MTV.

(Random fact: Quiet Riot's hit "Cum on Feel The Noize" was written by the guys in Slade and was a number one hit in England in the early 70's, long before hair bands became a thing.)

Enjoy this song. I dare you to get up and dance a jig.

 
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Discover & Download: The Ting Tings

This week's Discover & Download is...The Ting Tings 'Wrong Club'! 
Super Critical - Album out now!!
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Did Tom Petty Steal This Song?

There was quiote a bit of hub-bub last week after it was revealed that Sam Smith will share royalties for the song "Stay With Me" with Tom Petty, because the song sounded similar to "I Won't Back Down."

Well Mr. Petty isn't Mr. Innocent when it comes to creating songs that sound like other ones, intentional or otherwise.

In 1992, the Minneapolis-based band the Jayhawks put out a pretty great album called "Hollywood Town Hall," which included a song called "Waiting for the Sun." The next year, Tom Petty released a song called "Mary Jane's Last Dance." They sound like the EXACT SAME SONG (with different words.)  I'm not alleging that Petty stole the Jayhawks song, but even if the similarities were unintentional, I think the Jayhawks ought to get some royalties. What do you think?

 

 
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World's Worst iPod: Patrick Hernandez "Born to be Alive"

A lot of disco lovers must have been tuning in, because Wednesday's World's Worst iPod song seemed to get more yes votes than just about any other song we've ever featured.

The song made it up to #16 in the United States,and was the only hit for Patrick Hernandez, a French singer who was born (to be alive) in Spain.

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World's Worst iPod: Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"

For some reason, both Jonathan and Kitty had a special place in their hearts for this 1988 hit by Eric Carmen.

"Make Me Lose Control" was a follow-up to "Hungry Eyes," which was on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It never appeared on an Eric Carmen album until it showed up on some greatest hits compilations.

The listeners did not share our enthusiasm for this '80s rock anthem, so it didn't play on the air. But lucky you, you can click below and be transported back to days of big hair and stonewashed jeans.  If you get really adventurous, you can tool around youtube and find his 1970's hit "All By Myself," another World's Worst iPod selection.

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Five Things You Didn't Know About Elvis

Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old today.  He's a rock and roll icon, but there are some facts about him that may have slipped by you over the years.

1. When he met with members of Led Zeppelin in 1973, he traded watches with John Paul Jones. He gave Jones a $5000 gold and diamond watch. Elvis got Jones' $10 Mickey Mouse watch.

2. He was allegedly offered roles in several movies that would have beeen much different had he been picked. They included True Grit, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Grease.

3. Other than the Lifetime Achievement Award, Elvis only won two Grammies, both for gospel records.

4. This is stuff of Madison legend, but according to many witness accounts, Elvis once broke up a fight outside a Madison gas station. There is a plaque commemorating that fact inside the car dealership now located at the corner of East Washington and Stoughton Roads.

5. There has been an eternal flame burning in honor of Elvis (pictured below) in the Triple M Studio since we signed on the air in 1991.*

*unverified report
 
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World's Worst iPod: M. McCoo and Billy Davis Jr " You Don't Have to be a Star...

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were already big stars in 1976 when they released the song "You Don't Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show). The husband and wife team were former members of the hit group The 5th Dimension.

This song was on the charts in 1976-77 and went all the way to Number One on the Pop and Soul Charts.

While Kitty has memories of singing this song with her previous co-host John Urban, he of course has no member of that. Thanks for calling in and sharing that with us Mr. Urban!


 
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Kellie the Digital Director's Top Albums from 2014

10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
  • I have to admit something. After reading all my fellow coworkers lists, I saw First Aid Kit appearing multiple times, and I had no idea who they were. I've only listened to this album once while writing my list, but I instantly loved it!
9. Broods - Evergreen
  • If you like Lorde, chances are you might like Broods. They both hail from New Zealand and have similar voices. I think that Broods will be making it big in 2015.
  • Favorite Song: "Bridges"
8. Ed Sheeran - X
  • I thought it would be tough for him to top his previous album + but he really hit it out of the park. Sophomore albums are always a make-it-or-break-it situation, and I think Ed Sheeran proved he'll be around for awhile with this album. I love the risks he took and am excited to see what else he'll be bringing in the future.
  • Favorite song: "Shirtsleeves"
7. Hozier - Hozier
  • When I first heard "Take Me To Church" my initial thought was "Wow, I've never heard a song like this before!" Because of his originality, I now wouldn't trust any "top albums of 2014" list that doesn't include Hozier. He has such a unique, recognizable voice. I love that he's bringing a bluesy sound to main stream.
  • Favorite: "Jackie & Wilson"
6. Andrew McMahon - In The Wilderness
  • I've been a fan of Andrew McMahon since his time in Something Corprate & Jack's Mannequin. I wasn't really a fan post Everything in Transit in 2005, but with this new album, I'm back on board!
  • Favorite song: "High Dive"
5. Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away
  • Ever since seeing him in a Live From Studio M session, I've loved Vance Joy! He has a very unique voice. With his upcoming tour with Taylor Swift, I'm thinking he'll be a household name sooner rather than later.
  • Favorite song: "First Time"
4. Bleachers - Strange Desire
  • This group is a side project of Jack Antonoff of fun.. Their sound reminds me of the 80s throughout the album, and who didn't love the 80s?
  • Favorite song: "Shadow"
3. Johnnyswim - Diamonds
  • If you haven't heard of Johnnyswim, you are missing out on a great duo made up of Donna Summer's daughter and her husband. These two can belt out a tune with an amount of passion I haven't seen before. Great stage presence.
  • Favorite song: "You and I"
2. Walk the Moon - TALKING IS HARD
  • This album makes me want to shut up and dance. I can't help but tap my foot to the every song, as there are practically no slow songs. I can't wait to see them live in March.
  • Favorite song: "Work This Body"
1. Taylor Swift - 1989
  • This album may not get much airtime on Triple M, but it's still one of my favorites of the year. I love that she was bold enough to switch genres and still make it work! I rarely, love a whole album, but I can honestly say I love every song on this one.
  • Favorite song besides "Blank Space" or "Shake It Off": "I Wish You Would"
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Nick the Web Guy's Top 10 Albums of 2014

10) Little Feat – Live in Holland 1976
  • Can you ever get enough Little Feat? Newly released set from the band in its prime.
9) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • A psychedelic walk down a country road.
8) Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
  • Collection of outtakes with a sprinkling of Tom Morello.  Nice stuff here.
7) Beck – Morning Phase
  • In addition to a laid back vibe, this record just SOUNDS killer.  Great production.
6) Tweedy – Sukierae
  • Always love everything Jeff Tweedy touches.
5) Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
  • May be my surprise album of the year, as I wasn’t expecting much.  Robert Plant does it again with a killer backing band.
4) Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread
  • There is just something about this record.  Well worth a listen.
3) Prince – Art Official Age
  • Nobody does Funk better than Prince.  Nobody.
2) Drive By Truckers – English Oceans
  • Another under-the-radar classic from the most underrated band out there.
1) Old 97s – Most Messed Up
  • The Old 97s grew up.  And made a killer record about it.  Love to see this band back in top form.
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World's Worst iPod: Martika "Toy Soldiers"
For some reason, the song "Toy Soldiers" by Martika just made Jonathan & Kitty feel really, really old. The song was #1 for two weeks in 1989 for Martika, who started out in show business as a child actor. She had an uncredited role as an orphan in...
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Discover & Download: Saint Motel
This Week's Discover & Download is 'My Type' by Saint Motel!
Dylan Noir
A new Bob Dylan video takes a violent turn. The video for the song "The Night We Called it a Day" from his Sinatra cover album "Shadows in the Night" gets a little bloody. But luckily it's in black and white so it seems somehow more...
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In Search of...Spock
The passing of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 makes me feel like I've lost a member of my extended family. Growing up with three brothers, two older and one younger, it would have been impossible to not be over-exposed to Nimoy's Spock and the...
Read More
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about George Harrison
Who else still misses George?  George Harrison was born on today's date in 1943, and was only 58 when he died in 2001. I was interviewed by Channel 3 after he died, and I said it was truly sad for me, because I grew up with the Beatles and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: The Sylvers "Hotline"
"Hotline, hotline, calling on the hotline for your love!"  The hook is so contagious you will probably be hearing it in your head all day. Sorry about that. "Hotline" was a number 5 single for the family band the Sylvers in...
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World's Worst iPod: Kool & The Gang "Cherish"
There was not a lot of love today for the song "Cherish" by Kool & The Gang. It was a huge hit for the band in 1985--getting all the way up to #2 on the pop charts. This song is not to be confused with "Cherish," a song which...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donna Fargo "Funny Face"
Copuntry singer-songwriter Donna Fargo had two big crossover pop hits. One was "The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A., and the other was the one we featured from the World's Worst iPod. "Funny Face" made it to number 5 on the pop...
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