Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We See the World in a Different Light

Mike Reno (of Loverboy), Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young and Bryan Adams once sang on the same single -- "Tears are Not Enough," a charity single from the Canadian version of USA for Africa called Northern Lights. Dan Hill ("Sometimes When We Touch), Joni Mitchell, Corey Hart and a bunch of others are in there too.

We Were Doubly Blessed

That's really two women performing with Meat Loaf in the "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" video. You see Karla DeVito, who toured with Meat Loaf. Later, she married Robby Benson after the two met doing "The Pirates of Penzance" on Broadway.

But ... DeVito is lipsynching. You hear Ellen Foley, who is both the woman Mick Jones wrote about in "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" and the actress who played Billie on the first season of "Night Court." Here's an iffy recording of Foley on stage in 2006 with the Meat Loaf cover band, Anything for Loaf.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

It's a Wonderful World

Three of The Eagles (Timothy B. Schmidt, J.D. Souther and Glenn Frey) sing back-up vocals and the bridge on Randy Newman's "Short People."

Music Video Cameos #3

Bruno Tonioli from "Dancing with the Stars" shows up in at least two different costumes in Elton John's "I'm Still Standing" from 1983. At 11 seconds, Bruno's the dancer closest to the camera with the black shredded tunic and matching leg warmers.  At 20 seconds, he's the dancing cop/bellhop closest to the camera. He also found some orange pants for a few shots.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Music Video Cameos #2

Judge Reinhold and Bill Paxton (as a Nazi!) in Pat Benatar's "Strangers of the Night"

Music Video Cameos #1

Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich in Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass"

Honey Child, I've Got My Doubts

"Different Drum" was a hit for the Stone Poneys and lead singer Linda Ronstadt, but the song was actually written by Monkee (at the time) Mike Nesmith.

Here's Mike comically speeding through his composition on "The Monkees"...

... and the full tune a few years later. 

Today's Special

Aasif Mandvi (Comedy Central's "The Daily Show") was a Streetmosphere performer at Walt Disney World, including the cab driver on opening day of Disney-MGM Studios.

Aasif Mandvi also stars in the romcom "Today's Special," which is out on DVD in September 2011.

Bonus Clip:  The Goldspot music video from "Today's Special." It's "Ina Mina Dika."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Man Called Rummy

On at least one occasion ... perhaps more than one ... former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld rode a unicycle.

Out on Thunder Island

Jay Ferguson composed the theme for the American version of "The Office."

Jay Ferguson also wrote the 1970's AM radio classic, "Thunder Island" and had one hell of a good time performing it on "Don Kirchner's Rock Concert."