Her Name is Rio

Yes, the 1980s were a great decade. I know the same thing can be said of any previous decade, the 60s and 70s. The 90s…bah. Spellbinder always brings be back to my youth and the  radio show I used to run on the Internet called Just Push Play. It was  everything to do with the 1980s from music and movies to toys and events  from the decade of decadence. While I never did video on JPP, the 80s also introduced us to music videos on MTV. Of course that was WHEN they played videos, and not that shit they have on there now. So in honor of Spellbinder and all those supports of JPP or anyone who still lives in  the 80s I present Duran Duran and RIO.

While I doubt I will ever have time to produce another Just Push Play show, many sites still have some of those classic 1980s music videos. Thanks Spell for bringing this music video to us. Who knows what will happen in the future, but JPP was great fun!

How Gay Am I?

Weekends are the worst to drive home from work at 5:30am in the morning, Sunday especially. So surfing though the dial yesterday I find the local co-op station, Live 105.3 playing some 80’s song, you know one of those catchy synth type tunes. The station does a quick stinger with it’s call sign, which I mistook for “K.” Uh, okay. Well listening a bit longer the station is ‘K GAY’ that I guess bought the airtime for this weekend due to a Gay Pride gathering in the San Francisco area.

Regardless of an event where people need to celebrate their sexuality, the station was actually playing some great, classic 80s music. Stuff I don’t even hear on some of the all 80’s stations. The word refreshing came to mind. Gay, but refreshing. The commercials were also gay oriented and pretty damn hilarious. So with that in mind, just how gay am I?

It doesn’t matter how gay I am, I will still tune into K GAY on the way home this morning for some 80’s music. My last thought, “only in San Francisco would this happen.” I guess this station goes hand in hand with the ‘Are you Gay?’ billboard located off I-80E just before you get on the Bay Bridge. Again, only in San Francisco.

Just Push Play #10: Rewind

Last Wednesday, I was lucky enough to have time set aside to present Just Push Play #10. It had been since January that JPP was last on the air and I was able to flashback and revisit the decade I remember so well, the 1980s. I had pre-produced about four shows with the intentions of playing them early in the year, but as things so often happen, time was just not on my side.

Just Push Play #10 can be downloaded now over at Filecloud. This was one of the better shows in recent play, with our Flick Pick, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, we get up close and personal with Dave and Matty from Moonlighting, while we rewind with The Clash and Combat Rock. Our new Button Bashers segment featured Berzerk. We also debuted a new segment called Finish the Lyrics, where you the listener gets to participate. Congrats to illogical for winning the segment with 2.5 points!

JPP #11 is all ready to go as I am just revising some of the material, now a few month old. Time permitting, we would be pushing play this coming week. Stay tuned for more information over on Inside the Game.

Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra

So as part of the holiday ritual, I need to view the classic 80’s movie, A Christmas Story. If you have never seen, then what the hell is wrong with you man?!? While this is not in the same vein as some of those “so called” classics like It’s A Wonderful Life or Miracle On 34th Street.While this is a movie about the 1940’s it’s themes can still be seen today! I can remember watching A Christmas Story through out the 80’s (released 1983), and reminisce about similar experiences. Thankfully I was not tortured to wear a pink bunny suit (I head Chad might have?), but I did yearn to have my parents buy me a BB gun. And for your information, I did get a BB gun, although I don’t quite remember how old I was.

Tonight one of the cable channels is running this movie 24 hours straight…over and over. This year is special too because it is the 20th anniversary edition of the DVD and includes some crazy special features. Extras include a documentary about the movie, the history of the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun and how it became part history and part nostalgia, would you believe there is a making of the leg lamp? Hahah. Finally a trivia quiz with all the classic one-liners this film has and the “Tripe Dog Dare” interactive trivia challenge.

Lastly, I ran across this, “12 reasons that A Christmas Story is a modern Classic!”

#12: “Fa-Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra
#11: “Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine”
#10: “Nadafinga!!”
#9: Ralphie’s pink bunny outfit
#8: Scut Farkus’ yellow eyes
#7: “Fuuuuuuuudddggee”
#6: “Randy…how do the little piggies eat?”
#5: “Fra-Gi-Le…it must be Italian”
#4: “Where’s the glue?” “We’re out of glue!” “You used up all the glue on purpose!!”
#3: “I triple-dog dare ya!”
#2: “Alright, I’ll get that kid to eat. Where’s my screw driver and my plumber’s helper? I’ll open up his mouth and I’ll shove it in.”
…and, of course, the #1 reason: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”

Let’s Welcome the 80′s Back

It was with much anticipation I  started a show entitled, Just Push Play on Inside The Game back in January. The show was a continuation of sorts from an all  request 80’s show I did on Friday nights some years back. So earlier  this year there were some programming changes at the station and I was  able to revive the 80’s!

It has been since May…damn nearly 7  months since I last hosted Just Push Play. With life priorities being  what they are, something has to give and this was one of a number of  things I did that had to be shelved until a later date. That date is rapidly approaching.Starting on Wednesday,  December 14 beginning at 13PST/16EST/21GMT I will be going back to the 80’s with Just Push Play. The show does  have a standard format, but if I get a wild hair, I will deviate from it  and go with what I know (sometimes that isn’t much).

This week’s  feature have us checking out the future on the Boob Tube as we review Buck  Rogers in the 25th Century. Erin Grey was so hot in that spandex suit! Our Flick Pick of the week is a classic from 1986. I think we all wanted to be Bueller…Bueller. That’s right, Ferris  Bueller’s Day Off. The Album Rewind will take a look at Rio from Duran  Duran. All that and music you forgot to remember.