Lyric Quiz Friday – Number 397 Friday, Oct 29 2010 

Happy Halloween, All Saints’ Day, etc. etc.  Today’s quiz is a potpourri.

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Friday Lyric Quiz – #397

1.    “Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day” (early 70s)

2.    “Behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout, a pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray” (late 60s)

3.    “It’s okay, had a bad day, hands are bruised from breaking rocks all day” (mid-90s) (more…)

The Tuesday Twelve: TV Shows That Do (and Don’t) Deserve an Afterlife Tuesday, Oct 26 2010 

Life isn’t fair, bubs.  So say Al Gore, Cooper Manning, and anyone who’s ever played second banana to Charlie Sheen. No one knows this universal truth better than the fine people involved in television, from the producers to the writers to the actors. Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug.  Sometimes you’re on Friends, sometimes you’re on Studio 60.

Nice guys don’t always finish first, and in the world of scripted television, sometimes According to Jim will stick around, unfathomably, for years, while the genius of Arrested Development gets curb-kicked. At least Jason Bateman gained post-Hogan-family visibility out of that Emmy-winning 53-episode run, and the world got introduced to Michael Cera.

But unfairness sometimes continues into the afterlife. The magic of DVDs (soon to be the magic of streaming video) means that we don’t need to bid adieu to our favorite shows just because the network yanks them or they run their natural course. Insult is added to injury, however, when a program dies before its time and doesn’t even make the DVD-cut.  Today’s Tuesday Twelve is a work in two parts: six “remember me?” shows that aren’t on DVD yet (and likely never will be) flanked by six shows that quite literally aren’t worth the pressed plastic they are burned to.

Please Come to DVD! (Or, Cliffhanging By a Moment):

1. Miss Match.

Who doesn’t love Alicia Silverstone?  She was dirty-hot in the Aerosmith videos, charming as Cher Horowitz, and inspiring as a crusader for animal rights.  In this dramedy, she was a plucky divorce attorney by day who falls into a side business of matchmaking.  Antics ensue. Ryan O’Neal is involved.  Only eight episodes aired in the U.S. but 18 were reportedly filmed.  18!  Ten more hours of Miss Match I could enjoy for $29 or so!  Sob.

Miss Match

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Lyric Quiz Friday – Number 396 Friday, Oct 22 2010 

Halloween is right around the corner, so get your Jersey Shore/Glee/Coal Miner costumes pressed and ready!  For our holiday lyric quiz, I’ve selected snippets of songs including the word “scared” (or a synonym thereof).  Enjoy, and remember you can never have too much candy corn.

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Friday Lyric Quiz – #396

1. “I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become” (early 80s)

2. “Well, I can`t help but be scared of it all sometimes, says the rain’s gonna wash away, I believe it” (late 90s)

3. “In the dark, I’d like to read his mind; but I’m frightened of the things I might find” (mid-80s) (more…)

The Tuesday Twelve: Worst “Sexy” Halloween Costumes Tuesday, Oct 19 2010 

When did Halloween become the night when every bar and house party turns into a PG-13-rated sex romp? When I was in college, even in my early 20s, costuming oneself was about humor. Creativity. Sometimes comfort.  (The winning costume achieved all three). And then, thankfully once I was way too old to consider such nonsense, the tide turned and the costumes became severely lacking in substance. Both figuratively and literally.

The thing is, as Gawker pointed out last week, there are plenty of ways to dress sexy for those gals who wish to do so.  Daisy Duke … Elvira … Genies … old-school Britney … and etc. But this fascination with taking non-sexy characters and sexing them up?  Is at best disturbing and at worst a sign of the imminent decline of civilization as we know it.

Thanks to @cheapsuits for his help researching today’s topic.  I’m providing this list in just enough time for any of y’all to order your favorite before next weekend.  All run between $50 and $80, which is another terror entirely.

12. The Tin Man. No heart, no sex organs, needs lubing up to function. Hot.
Tin Man

11. Mary Poppins. A spoonful of sugar … oh, never mind.

Mary Poppins

10. Transformers. As sexy as Megan Fox, minus the toe-thumb.

Lady Transformers

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Lyric Quiz Friday – Number 395 Friday, Oct 15 2010 

Here’s a potpourri for your ides-of-October Friday morning.  Got answers? Send them my way.

Friday Lyric Quiz – #395

1. “By order of the prophet We ban that boogie sound” (early 80s)

2. “You’re thinking up your white lies, you’re putting on your bedroom eyes, you say you’re coming home but you won’t say when” (early 80s)

3. “Will you help him change the world, can you dig it, yes, I can” (early 1970s) (more…)

The Tuesday Twelve: Worst Alcoholic Drinks Tuesday, Oct 12 2010 

So as I mentioned, we had a big family wedding over the weekend.  Weather was perfect, location was grand, and the bridesmaids’ dresses were actually flattering and fashionable (woo hoo!)  I’ve rarely seen a bigger party.  Part of this was due to the guests (service industry folks, the Glib family in general) but part of this was due to the alcohol that flowed.

Specifically, the shots that started hitting the fan in rapid succession after dinner was complete (per the sensible request of the happy couple).  Everyone’s shot of choice is the Grape Bomb – Red Bull mixed with grape-flavored vodka.  I am not a fan of this taste.  I feel it tastes slightly worse than Triaminic. But I’m a good sport, so I take a few a year as I’m forced.  Peer pressure is so cool!

With that lengthy introduction, I bring you the 12 worst alcoholic drinks. Correction: 12 worst drinks that I have personally tried (some on my 21st birthday).

12. Gorilla (a/k/a Gorilla Fart):  151 rum plus Jagermeister.  Equal parts.   Two wrongs don’t make a right.  If you mix two of the most disgusting products out there, guess what?  Still disgusting.

Gorilla

11. Candy Cane. Decent in concept, bad in execution.  4 oz Godiva liquor (white or dark), 4 oz Peppermint Schnapps, 4 oz vanilla vodka.  Problem: the Pepeprmint Schanpps is overpowering.  Additional powering: there is no mixer here, and one winds up drinking 12 ounces of alcohol.  If one has also eaten sushi that night, they will be revisiting little strips of sushi in the toilet later. Hypothetically speaking.  This one has promise but needs tweaking. 

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Lyric Quiz Friday, Number 394 (The “Love” Below) Friday, Oct 8 2010 

 

Cheers!

 

Usually I space themes out, every other week.  And usually I save this particular theme for Valentine’s Day. But this weekend, my sister-in-law, Mr. Glib’s baby sis, is taking the plunge into matrimony.  We’re very proud of her. We’ve watched her over her 20s as she’s blossomed from a goofy, occasionally reckless post-teen into a responsible, generous, and extremely capable woman. The man lucky enough to be taking her hand this weekend adores her unconditionally, has a good head on his (broad) shoulders, and fits into the family like a missing puzzle piece. It’s sort of hard to imagine the family breakfasts and dinners without him at this point.

So congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Baby-Girl Glib. Best wishes for decades of happiness, love, affection, and amazing memories.  Here are ten of my personal favorite songs with “love” in the title.”  Clearly you won’t have time to do this quiz this weekend, so I’ll print it out for you later.

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Friday Lyric Quiz – #394

1. “The beating of my heart is a drum and it’s lost, and it’s looking for a rhythm like you” (early 80s)

2. “So without love and a promised land, we’re fools to the rules of a government plan, kick out the style, bring back the jam” (late 80s)

3. “When everybody else is getting out of bed, I’m usually getting in it.” (early 2010s)

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The Tuesday Twelve: Hot and Hairless Tuesday, Oct 5 2010 

I used to work for a blog called megasizzle.com, but unfortunately my blogging partner and I quickly lost interest.  Even more unfortunately, the blog was pulled out of cyberspace unceremoniously before I could archive it. I kept a column there called “The Tuesday Twelve,” which was just a silly list of whatever was on my mind that particular week. Since those lists are nowhere to be found, maybe I’ll try and create some of them here.

Today’s list is not a rerun. I recently finished Open by Andre Agassi.  I’ve always been a fan since mono kept me inside watching Wimbledon in 1992 while my family was out hiking and white-water rafting in the Smoky Mountains (I was actually okay with the break). This book took my appreciation to new levels.  While I know it wasn’t actually Andre sitting alone with a laptop pouring out his deepest secrets and desires (he had writing “help” from The Tender Bar’s JR Moehringer), he opted to narrate said secrets.  He opted to be, as the title implies, completely open.

One anecdote that is equal parts hysterical and tragic is one particular tennis tournament where Andre was less worried about losing than he was about his fans and the press finding out he was losing his hair.  For years, his trademark mane hadn’t been his at all … the devil-may-care rebel had been wearing a synthetic piece. As is obvious by his current appearance, Agassi eventually got over it and adopted an equally if not more attractive shaved-head look. So in honor of his decision against vanity, here’s the first Tuesday Twelve – Twelve guys who are notably attractive despite being follicly challenged.  Where’s Vin Diesel, you ask? Not a fan. Who needs him.

12. Anthony Edwards.

Anthony Edwards

He played a likable nerd, a tragedy-stricken fighter pilot (spoiler alert!), a tragedy-stricken ER doc, and for one brief shining moment, one of the In Cold Blood killers. He’s beginning to emerge from a slow period these days and here’s hoping he still has nice bone structure.

11.Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Who knew cute, aw-shucks little Woody Boyd would grow up to be a multiple Oscar nominee and an environmental spokesperson, allthewhile maintaining a set of kick-ass guns? Me. Okay, maybe not me. My heart was always for Norm.

10. Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Whoa!  Okay, so he looked better with hair. And he’s really almost TOO bald – no five o’clock shadow potential there, buddy?  But I’d rather look at a bald Joey than a coiffed Ian Ziering any day.  Am I right, people?

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Friday Lyric Quiz, Number 393 Friday, Oct 1 2010 

I consider the rebirth of these quizzes just that – a clean slate. Mostly because I can’t bear the thought of opening my years-old, thousands-row deep spreadsheet that detailed and documented all the songs and artists and themes of years past. For those of you around since the beginning, thank you and I hope unoriginal themes aren’t too familiar to be challenging or fun.

That said, without further ado, I re-introduce our lyrical trip through the alphabet. All of today’s song titles begin with an “A.”  For example, “Angel Eyes” or “Another Brick in the Wall.”  Not for example “A Reason to Believe” or “An Innocent Man.” Good luck and as always, happy Friday.

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Friday Lyric Quiz – #393

1.     “I can’t escape this Hell, so many times I’ve tried. But I’m still caged inside” (mid-00s)

2.     “Well, our fathers fought the Second World War, spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore” (early 80s)

3.     “And it won’t matter now, whatever happens will be.” (early 90s) (more…)