I Believe There’s Nothing Stronger Than Paul Anka’s Love


It seems so foreign of a concept to not have every minor detail of a celebrity’s life monitored. I read TMZ, Hollywood Life, FishWrapper, Buzzfeed, etc. every day to keep up on all the celebrity gossip. At times I feel guilty, like what would happen if I were in their position? I’d flip the fuck out on paparazzi or dumb interviewers all the time. I really don’t have the patience for that. I guess that’s why I didn’t find it that surprising an incident from the ’80s managed to follow Paul Anka up into the true digital age (I consider that like mid ’90s to today personally).

In the mid-1980s, Anka was secretly recorded while launching a tirade against his crew and band members, berating them for behavior that he considered unprofessional. When asked about it on the interview program Fresh Air, he referred to the person who did the recording as a “snake we later fired”. The recording became widely known after being uploaded to the Internet and a number of quotes from it have since become famous, including “The guys get shirts!”; “Don’t make a maniac out of me!“; and “Slice like a fucking hammer!“. Some of the quotes were reproduced verbatim by Al Pacino’s character in the 2007 film Ocean’s Thirteen.

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Side One

(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love

Side Two

Today I Became a Fool

Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted By The Partridge Family


“Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted” was recorded by The Partridge Family for their 1971 album, Up to Date. The song went to #6 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 and was on the charts for 12 weeks. The song was certified as a gold disc in March 1971.

David Cassidy hated the song. He didn’t think it was a good song at all and hated the idea he had to talk in the middle of it so much so he refused to do it. Shooting of The Partridge Family was stopped so his manager and agent could talk to him over the issue. One of the things they were saying was about how many more copies of the record would be sold if he spoke on it. They put pressure on him until he caved in and did the record as requested.

When it was finished, he begged them not to release it. “It was horrible, I was embarrassed by it. I still can’t listen to that record“.

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Side One

Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted

Side Two

You are Always on My Mind

Hold Me ‘Til The Mornin’ Sickness Comes Because You’re Having My Baby


This has absolutely nothing to do with babies really, I just couldn’t help myself from keeping these two singles together to make the post title.

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Side One

(You’re) Having My Baby

Side Two

Papa

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Side One

Hold Me ’til the Mornin’ Comes

Side Two

This is the First Time

I’m Sleeping And Right In The Middle Of A Good Dream


Like all at once I wake up from something that keeps
Knocking at my brain
Before I go insane I hold my pillow to my head
And spring up in my bed screaming out the words I dread

I think I love you
(I think I love you)

This morning, I woke up with this feeling
I didn’t know how to deal with and so I just decided to myself
I’d hide it to myself and never talk about it
And didn’t I go and shout it when you walked into my room

I think I love you
(I think I love you)

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Side One

I Think I Love You

Side Two

Somebody Wants to Love You

If Only You Knew Patti LaBelle


Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards (born May 24, 1944), better known under the stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry.

LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade”. Labelle are also noted for being the first African American group to play at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and the first African American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Her solo career began shortly after the group disbanded in 1977 with the release of her self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album. In 1984 she achieved her first number one R&B hit with “If Only You Knew”, while later in the year, she crossed over to pop music with singles such as “New Attitude” and “Stir It Up”, both becoming pop radio staples.

The singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards presented her with the coveted Legend Award. She possesses the vocal range of a soprano. Patti LaBelle is also commonly identified as the “Godmother of Soul”, the “High Priestess of Good Vibrations”, and the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Soul”.

LaBelle is also a noted actress having a supporting role in the Oscar nominated drama A Soldier’s Story as well as being a recurring character in the acclaimed sitcom A Different World. She guest-starred in the fourth season of the Emmy Award winning American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show. She also competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

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Side One

If Only You Knew

Side Two

I’ll Never, Never Give Up

Paula Abdul Is Attracted To Opposites


Obviously, it’s no secret that Paula Abdul’s background is in dance but I haven’t really focused on the whole story in my posts yet. I was waiting to get into it until I reached this specific single because it’s one of her most memorable because if its choreography.

Abdul was discovered by The Jacksons, after a few of the band members had watched her while attending a Los Angeles Lakers game. She was signed to do the choreography for the video to their single “Torture”. “My only problem was how to tell the Jacksons how to dance,” Abdul later recalled. “Imagine me telling them what routines to do. I was young, I was scared. I’m not quite sure how I got through that“. The success of the choreography in the video led Paula being chosen to be the choreographer for the Jacksons’ Victory tour and her career of choreographer in music videos.

Abdul choreographed videos for several singers throughout the 1980s, including many videos for Janet Jackson during her Control era. In the 1990s and early 2000s she also released a number of fitness videos.

In film, Abdul choreographed sequences for the giant keyboard scene involving Tom Hanks’s character in Big. Other credits include appearances in Coming to America, Action Jackson, Jerry Maguire, The Running Man, American Beauty, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Oliver Stone’s The Doors. Her television appearances include The Tracey Ullman Show, American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, and several commercials.

“Opposites Attract” was featured on her debut album, Forever Your Girl. Vocals on the song, in addition to Abdul, were provided by Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn, also known as The Wild Pair. “Opposites Attract” was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries. The lyrics are about a couple who love each other despite being different in just about every way possible.

The song’s music video is directed by Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson, in which Abdul dances with cartoon character MC Skat Kat, voiced by The Wild Pair. The idea of MC Skat Kat came from the Gene Kelly film Anchors Aweigh, where Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse from the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. Paula even choreographed the animated character’s moves to match her live-action dance moves in the video.

MC Skat Kat was animated by members of the Disney animation team, working outside the studio between major projects, under the direction of Chris Bailey. Also shown in the video are Micetro, Taboo, and Fatz, yet their names weren’t revealed until the release of The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob.

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Side One

Opposites Attract feat. The Wild Pair

Side Two

One or the Other

Sir Mix-A-Lot


Hold on, this is my first single from Sir Mix-A-Lot? That’s rather disappointing. Obviously, I need his classic, Baby Got Back, but the B side of this maxi single includes Sprung on the Cat which is quite a hilarious song looking back at it now.

Anthony Ray (born August 12, 1963), better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is an American MC and producer based in Seattle, Washington.

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One Time’s Got No Case

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Side One

One Time’s Got No Case – Album Version
One Time’s Got No Case – Bass Mix
One Time’s Got No Case – Instrumental

Side Two

Lockjaw – Album Version
Sprung on the Cat – Album Version

I’d Have To Share Diana With Young Lovers Paul Anka Said Hello To


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Side One

I’d Have to Share

Side Two

Summer’s Gone

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Side One

Hello Young Lovers

Side Two

I Love You in the Same Old Way

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Side One

Diana

Side Two

Don’t Gamble with Love


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