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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bob Marley

Bob Marley's birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica, and we'll celebrate his life and music this Friday on 105.5 Triple M.

Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, would have been 71 years old on February 6th.

Here are some things you may not have known about Robert Nesta Marley:

1. His album 'Exodus' was chosen by Time magazine as the greatest album of the 20th century.

2. For a long time Bob drove a BMW. He said the letters stood for "Bob Marley and the Wailers."

3. When Bob was twenty-one, he lived in Delaware for seven months. He worked the night shift at a Chrysler plant, drove a forklift in a factory, and worked as a lab assistant for DuPont Chemical.

4. Bob Marley is buried in a crypt at Nine Miles, Jamaica, near his birthplace. He was buried with his Gibson Les Paul Guitar, a soccer ball, a cannabis bud, and a Bible.

5. Bob Marley will be the face of "Marley's Naturals," the world's first globally available marijuana brand. Apparently the company's not up and running yet. When you go to its website, it says "Soon Come."

(Above picture by Ueli Frey, Zurich Switzerland, 1980. Public domain via wikimedia Commons)

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"I Never Cry" Alice Cooper--World's Worst iPod

When the band Alice Cooper was formed, they made some pretty great rock and roll albums. But as the 1970s progressed, something happened to the former Vincent Furnier.

He started showing his softer, more vulnerable side. His early fans would say that was to his detriment. (Note: the band Alice Cooper is in the Rock Hall, the solo Alice is not.)

In 1976, Cooper released an album called "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell", and that's where you will find the song "I Never Cry." The song was on the charts in 1976 and 1977 and made it all the way up to #12.

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"We Don't Have to Take our Clothes Off" World's Worst iPod

Weren't the 1980s great?

The song "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart made it up to #5 on the US charts in 1986, and was also a dance hit.

The song also was featured on the best police show about cops who didn't wear socks, Miami Vice.

Added thought--who would want to take their clothes off when their fashion sense is so amazing? (But you want to be careful not to spill any cherrry wine on that white suit.)

 
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Randy Van Warmer--World's Worst iPod

What could make you feel warmer on a cold winter day than a guy who's named Randy Van Warmer?

This sad little song, "Jus When I Needed You Most", made it to #4 on the singles chart in 1979, and despite its gloomy tone was a popular song for slow dances. Alas, it was a one-hit wonder for Van Warmer, but he did write some songs for country artists that did quite well.


"You left in the rain without closing the door, I didn't stand in your way."

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey was just 67 when he died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was one of the founding members of the Eagles and had a successful solo career in the 1980s.

Here are a few more things you may not have known about him.

1. In 1975, Frey told Rolling Stone that he thought the Eagles would have broken up after the first album.

2. Frey, who's originally from Michigan, was friends with Bob Seger. Frey sings backup on Seger's song "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," and Seger helped write "Heartache Tonight."

3. Frey and the Eagles were big Steely Dan fans. The line "and they stabbed it with their steely knives but they just can't kill the beast" was a reference to them.

4. Frey came up with the title of Life in the Fast Lane, while riding shotgun in a Corvette with a drug dealer. The driver got the speed up to 90mph which freaked him out.He told Frey "That's life in the fast lane," and he thought hey that's a song title!

5. Frey did quite a bit of acting throughout the years. He showed up on MIami Vice, Nash Bridges, and was even in the movie Jerry Maguire. He had his own show as well, called South of Sunset. It was canceled after one episode.
 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about R.E.M.

R.E.M., the Athens Georgia college rock band that hit it big, is our Friday feature this week--and I dug up a few fun facts about the band that you might enjoy.

1. Their debut album, Murmur, was named the best an album of 1983 by Rolling Stone Magazine. That's pretty awesome when you consider Thriller came out that same year.

2. Michael Stipe's first name is actually John.

3. ‘Losing My Religion’ was the first video in which Michael Stipe lip-synched. Before that, Stipe refused to  lip-synch in the band's music videos. Showing off Stipe's cinematic side, most of them were artsy black-and-white clips that rarely featured the band.

4. Led Zeppelin’s bass player, John Paul Jones, arranged the orchestral strings on Automatic for the People.The songs "Drive", "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite", "Everybody Hurts", and "Nightswimming" feature Jones' artistry.
 
5. R.E.M appeared on Sesame Street. Click here to read an adorable story about the muppeteer who got to sing the Kate Pierson part in the"Furry Happy Monsters" video.


 
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Feeling Hot Hot Hot (World's Worst iPod)

We're in the midst of a cold snap here in Wisconsin, so some wise guy chose the 1987 Buster Poindexter song "Hot Hot Hot" to feature for the World's Worst iPod.

Although a lot of people desperately wanted NOT to hear it, we played it. And you know what?  The temperature outside didn't go up a single degree.

Buster Poindexter is a pseudonym for David Johansen, the singer and songwriter of the early punk band the New York Dolls. But most people know him for this song, which he has called "the band of my existence."

 
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7 Great David Bowie quotes

The world was shocked Monday morning when we learned of the passing of David Bowie. According to his publicist, Bowie died Sunday after an 18 month battle with cancer.

Bowie was a master of reinventing himself, and his music. And he also had a way with words.

Here are some Bowie quotes that are pretty great.

"I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir."

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring."

"The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time."

"Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.”

“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”

"I don't know how many times someone has come up to me and said, 'Hey, Lets dance!'. I hate dancing. God, it's stupid."

“Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.”

 
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5 Things You Didn't Know about David Bowie

You never really know what to expect from David Bowie. He's constantly reinventing himself, when it comes to his music, art and even his persona. As he turns 69 this week, enjoy these tidbits about the former David Jones that you might not have heard before.

1. He was not born with different colored eyes. It appears they are differently colored because one of his eyes became permanently dilated after a childhood fight with a friend (over a girl).  One other eye-releated issue-- in 2004 he was hit in the eye with a lollipop tossed at him while he was onstage. It was stuck there until a road crew memeber removed it.

2. Bowie voiced the character of Lord Royal Highness on an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. The character appeared to have eyes of two different colors.

3. He convinced Stevie Ray Vaughan to play guitar on his "Let's Dance" album after seeing Double Trouble perform at the Montreaux Jazz Festival.

4.  At age 17, he was interviewed by the BBC as founder of an organization called "The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men."  (You can watch the video here.)

5. David Bowie has a new album, "Blackstar" that's coming out on his birthday. Rolling Stone gives it four stars and calls it "aggressively experimental." 

 

Pictured: Bowie on the Duth TV show TopPop in 1974. Standard wikimedia commons license.
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Culture Club "Miss Me Blind" World's Worst iPod

You couldn't turn on the radio in the mid-1980s without hearing the voice of Boy George and Culture Club. The group's 5th top 10 hit was the repetitive "Miss Me Blind." It made it to number 5 on the pop charts in the United States, but didn't bring up any real strong emotions on our show today.

There is a pretty great guitar solo in this song to break things up a bit! (But as some say, a good guitar solo does not necessarily make a good song.")

 
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Musicians Who Died While On Stage!


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Hi all!! My friend Jacob Trowbridge at What Culture recently wrote this interesting article about these musicians who died while on stage.

9 Musicians Who Died While Performing
(Jacob Trowbridge's complete What Culture list is available at: http://whatculture.com/music/9-musicians-who-died-while-performing.php)

“Well, at least they died doing what they loved.” That’s an oft-used line that’s supposed to bring comfort to the idea of someone’s untimely death. For musicians, it’s really the second best finish they can hope for. (The first is gently slipping away during a mid-afternoon nap in a sunbeam, as is the case with literally everyone on the planet.) To die during a performance is not just a way to cement their legacy–or create one, if they weren’t that famous beforehand–it’s the most appropriate way to say goodbye.
In that regard, a rare handful of musicians can count themselves lucky–however inappropriate that may sound–for having gasped their last breath in the spotlight, in front of an adoring audience. Some of them died at a tragically young age, as happens all too often with musicians. And although Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison have secured much larger legacies than the performers on this list, Jimi died in a hotel and Jim died in his bathtub. Neither had particular “showy” fatalities, the type that would have fit their boisterous personalities. 
And although it is much more important to remember how someone lived, there is certain deranged curiosity in exploring how they died. Especially if how they died involved being electrocuted by a microphone. 
With that in mind, let’s examine some of the most fascinating on-stage deaths to occur in the world of music.
 
Jacob's complete list is available at: http://whatculture.com/music/9-musicians-who-died-while-performing.php
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Man steals from his neighbor's fridge on New Year's Eve!

A Florida man faces burglary and theft charges are raiding his neighbor's fridge on New Year's Eve. Forty-eight-year-old Kent Carr was arrested after homeowners spotted him sleeping in their guest bedroom. Deputies found an egg, a stick of butter, a pickle jar, and a gallon of milk at the scene of the crime. The homeowners later identified Carr as their neighbor.
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5 Last Minute Gifts That Show You Don't Really Give a Rip

Every year about this time you see articles online with what they say are great last minute gift ideas that show you really care.

Since that field is covered, I decided to go in the other direction--with gifts that show "thougthful gift-giver" is not on your resume.

1. Big cannister of popcorn. This gift says "Hey get something stuck in your teeth! Enjoy into the New Year!)

2. Tiny magic gloves. Not only do these gloves NOT keep your hands warm, they are NOT MAGIC! If you wave your magic gloved hand over that big popcorn tin, it won't turn into a keg of beer. No matter how many times you try!!

3. Poinsettia plant. Bonus if the store you bought it from never watered it. Ho ho ho!

4. Dollar Tree gift card. Nothing says "I love you" like "Everything's a dollar!"

5. Gift certificate for a free hug.  Shouldn't hugs always be free?
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Keith RIchards

It's been said the only things that will survive a nuclear war are cockroaches and Keith Richards. Sounds about right.

Keith, who turns 72 December 18th, continues to confound a lot of folks every time he's alive to see another day.

Here are 5 things you may not have known about the Rolling Stones' guitar player.

1. Keith Richards says that on average, he slept only two nights a week for many years of the Stones’ glory years.  According to his calculations in his autobiography Life,“This means that I have been conscious for at least three lifetimes."

2. Keith Richards was a Boy Scout. He said it was mainly a chance to "swagger around" with a knife on his belt.

3. Keith has a softer side, and requests flowers on his tour riders. In 20015, the rider asked for “a medium white Casablanca lily arrangement with weeping eucalyptus.”

4. Keith was a big fan of the old Chicago blues legends, and had the opportunity to party with them. Keith says Willie Dixon took him to a house party at Muddy Water's house. It must have been quite the celebration, because when he woke up he was at Howlin' Wolf's house.

5. He's not known for his singing, but that's Keith doing the lead vocals on the hit "Happy." It reached #22 on the U.S. Charts.

 
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Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road: World's Worst iPod

Whether it was an ode to roadkill or a commentary on pollution in Chicago, "Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)" had a lot of fans this morning.

The song by Loudon Wainwright III made it to number 16 on the charts in 1973 (although in this clip Loudon says #12).

How great was it that TWO people called in this morning to say their parents tried to pass that song off as something they wrote on the fly when passing some eau de roadkill.

 
Meanwhile, remember when Loudon Wainwright was a regular on M*A*S*H?
 
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Frank Sinatra at 100: 5 Things That Might Surprise You About Old Blue Eyes

We' have been hearing quite a bit about Frank Sinatra the past week or so, as a lead-in to what would have been his 100th birthday December 12th.
You probably know he was part of the Rat Pack, was a singing superstar who also excelled at acting. You've probably heard about his alleged mob connections and his not-so-mellow temper. But did you know these tidbits?

!. Sinatra said the Beatles "Something" was one of his favorite songs. In fact, he said it was his favorite Lennon-McCartney song, when it was actually written by George Harrison.

2. He recorded the song "Something Stupid" with his daughter Nancy, and It was the first and only instance of a father-daughter number-one song in America.

3. He wasn't a big fan of some of the songs that made him famous. He thought "My Way" was too egotistical and af first he didn't want to record it. And he said "Strangers in the Night" was “the worst f**king song I’ve ever heard.”

4. When horror movie star Bela Lugosi died penniless, SInatra paid for his funeral.

5. His final non-cameo acting role was on an episode of Magnum PI. Sinatra eportedly told Tom Selleck he wouldn't have to be paid, and just wanted his expenses reimbursed. Frank's expenses included the costs for his personal jet and his full entourage. The final expenses tally was $300,000.

 
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"Loverboy" or "Lovergirl" World's Worst iPod

A bit of a switch-up to the World's Worst iPod today. We called it the "Rock or a Hard Place" edition, as you had to choose which of two songs we should play in their entirety "Loverboy" by Billy Ocean, or "Lovergirl" by Teena Marie. Both songs were hits in 1985--Ocean's went to #2 and Teena's made it to #4 on the charts.

Kitty wanted to hear "Turn Me Loose" by Loverboy, but apparently that would have violated the rules. (Darn sticklers!)

There was much more support for the Billy Ocean song, so that was the one that got played. Do you agree with the choice?

There's some really lame dancing around 3 minutes in on this one:

 

This song might be better than you remember. Or not.
 

And here's Kitty's pick. She went thru a lot of quarters plugging the jukebox for this one. (Seriously).
 
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Jim Morrison

What would Jim Morrison be like if he had survived beyond the age of 27?  Would he still be hanging out with the Doors, or would he have moved on to a career writing existential poetry?

Sadly, we can only speculate about the man who would have turned 72 this week.. But here are some facts about "The Lizard King" that you may have not known before.

1. Jim Morrison and the Doors played the Dane County Coliseum, on the Waiting for the Sun tour, on November 8, 1968. The opening act was a band called The Midwest Hydraulic Company. (Click here to see a review from the Wisconsin State Journal).

2. Morrison's grave in Paris, France, is reportedly the city's 4th most popular attraction after the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre.

3. He wanted to use the stage name "James Phoenix" but reconsidered when Ray Manzarek disapproved.

4. Jim had a Ford Mustang nicknamed the ‘Blue Lady’. He enjoyed freaking out fellow passengers, especially the one in what he called “the death seat”, by driving the wrong way down alleyways at top speed.

5. Jim Morrison got the Doors banned from the Ed Sullivan Show. Ed wanted him to leave out the line "couldn't get much higher" from "Light My Fire." In rehearsal, Morrison sang "couldn't get much better," but sang the real lyrics on the show. Ed refused to shake his hand afterward, and they were never invited back.


 
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Rubber Soul at 50

For a lot of Beatle fans, either Rubber Soul, or the follow-up Revolver, is their favorite. (Some people called Revolver "Rubber Soul Part 2.")  According to many critics, this is the album where the Beatles took over the creative process--from getting into the recording studio and turning the knobs (along with George Martin), to deciding what should be used for the cover art.

The Beatles were also smoking a lot of marijuana, which added a new layer to their music. Americans got ripped off with their version of the album, with four great songs left off and saved up for the next United States release "Yesterday and Today."

I'm most familiar with the version we got on CD--the British version, and, in my opinion, there is not a clunker on there. Some Beatlefans say that "Michelle" was too sappy, but it was still more substantial than some Paul McCartney Beatles tunes, and definitely a million times better than much of his post-Beatle work. Also John didn't like "Run for Your Life," saying it was a throwaway and that in retrospect he didn't like its misogynistic abusive tone.

Here's the UK track listing:
Side one
1.     "Drive My Car"       
2.     "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"       
3.     "You Won't See Me"       
4.     "Nowhere Man"       
5.     "Think for Yourself"
6.     "The Word"       
7.     "Michelle"       
Side two
1.     "What Goes On"
2.     "Girl"       
3.     "I'm Looking Through You"       
4.     "In My Life"       
5.     "Wait"       
6.     "If I Needed Someone"   
7.     "Run for Your Life" 

As I look at that list, I struggle to pick my favorite song. I think I may have to listen to it a few more hundred times to help me make up my mind. What's your favorite Rubber Soul song?

 
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5 Things You Didn't Know About Jimi Hendrix

Our Friday feature this week is Jimi Hendrix--who would have turned 73 years old in November. Think you know a lot about this phenomenal guitar player?  Here are a few things that might have slipped past you.

1. Jimi Hendrix played Madison twice. The first show was at the Factory, February 27, 1968, and then he played the city again on May 2, 1970, at the Dane County Coliseum. Check out the setlist for the Coliseum show here.

2. When Hendrix opened for the Monkees on their summer 1968 tour, the teeny bopper crowd was not very receptive, reportedly screaming "We want Davy," while he tried to wow them with elaborate solos. At his final concert as the Monkees opener, there are reports he flipped the crowd the bird as he left the stage.

3. Jimi Hendrix left half the master tapes of their second album ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ in a taxi. They were never found again and the entire A-side of the album had to be re-recorded.

4. When Hendrix received the acetates for his third album "Electric Ladyland," the label said "Electric Landlady." Hendrix reportedly did not appreciate the humor.

5. Hendrix did not conclude his set at Woodstock with his now famous rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner." The national anthem was part of a 30 minute jam in the second half of the concert. Jimi didn't usually play encores, but he ended this performance with one. As the sun was coming up he played his first hit, "Hey Joe."  See Jimi's Woodstock setlist here.


 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bob Marley
Bob Marley's birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica, and we'll celebrate his life and music this Friday on 105.5 Triple M. Marley, who died of cancer in 1981, would have been 71 years old on February 6th. Here are some things you may not...
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"I Never Cry" Alice Cooper--World's Worst iPod
When the band Alice Cooper was formed, they made some pretty great rock and roll albums. But as the 1970s progressed, something happened to the former Vincent Furnier. He started showing his softer, more vulnerable side. His early fans would say that...
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"We Don't Have to Take our Clothes Off" World's Worst iPod
Weren't the 1980s great? The song "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart made it up to #5 on the US charts in 1986, and was also a dance hit. The song also was featured on the best police show about cops who...
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Randy Van Warmer--World's Worst iPod
What could make you feel warmer on a cold winter day than a guy who's named Randy Van Warmer? This sad little song, "Jus When I Needed You Most", made it to #4 on the singles chart in 1979, and despite its gloomy tone was a popular song...
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Glenn Frey
Glenn Frey was just 67 when he died Monday of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was one of the founding members of the Eagles and had a successful solo career in the 1980s. Here are a few more things...
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about R.E.M.
R.E.M., the Athens Georgia college rock band that hit it big, is our Friday feature this week--and I dug up a few fun facts about the band that you might enjoy. 1. Their debut album, Murmur, was named the best an album of 1983 by Rolling Stone...
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Feeling Hot Hot Hot (World's Worst iPod)
We're in the midst of a cold snap here in Wisconsin, so some wise guy chose the 1987 Buster Poindexter song "Hot Hot Hot" to feature for the World's Worst iPod. Although a lot of people desperately wanted NOT to hear it, we played...
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7 Great David Bowie quotes
The world was shocked Monday morning when we learned of the passing of David Bowie. According to his publicist, Bowie died Sunday after an 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie was a master of reinventing himself, and his music. And he also had a way...
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