Early on in her career, Diana Ross was dubbed “The First Lady of Motown,” starting her success with the Supremes, and continuing in the ’70s on a solo tear. But by the end of the ’70s, her string of hits had slowed; she had shown signs that she wasn’t as cutting edge as newer artists like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and the like.
Alas, Diana asked for a reboot – and she got it.
Enter Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, the leaders of Chic. Coming off a successful run of songs like “Good Times” and “Le Freak,” they thought they had exactly what it took to bring Diana’s career back to the forefront. They were right; at least half right.
Rick Astley isn’t backing down – and in our opinion, he probably shouldn’t.
The ’80s icon filed suit against rapper Yung Gravy for impersonating his voice without credit in Gravy’s hit song “Betty (Get Money)” which climbed the charts last year.
At first blush, we thought Gravy would play ball given the nature of the copying of Astley’s voice, but apparently he did not. Legal precedent falls directly into Astley’s favor, and that’s not a rick roll. Hopefully for Yung Gravy’s sake, his team is willing to negotiate a settlement, or Rick will be rolling to the bank on this one.
Including the nine dates this Spring and Summer she will hang with the king of the 88 keys, Stevie Nicks added 14 more dates of her own between now and the end of June. It’s undoubtedly been an emotional time for Stevie, still shaken by the sudden loss of friend and Fleetwood Mac colleague Christine McVie. I’ll be interested to see how Stevie acknowledges Christine – because you know she will – and you know it will be GOOD.
“It’s the end of everything simple, and the beginning of everything else.”
There may be no better quote to describe the transitions into adulthood that Dawson’s Creek embodied, and this tag line that was used in the show’s debut 25 years ago TODAY, STILL rings true. The iconic moments, the iconic love triangles, and the iconic meme (#dawsoncry) have stood the test of time, becoming JUST AS MUCH a part of the pop culture lexicon for ’90s kids as “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty In Pink” are for the ’80s generation.
The concept of the show started a few years BEFORE it actually debuted, as creator Kevin Williamson filmed the first “Scream” movie in 1995. Kevin described the concept of “Dawson’s Creek” as semi-autobiographical of his time growing up near the water in North Carolina, and the rest, as they say, was history. The brand new WB network loved the concept, greenlit the show, and it debuted with THIS song as the theme on January 20, 1998.
Instant hit. Instant classic. Instant connection. WHY? Simply put, as someone who was a couple years older than the characters in the show at the time, we could see ourselves in these people. We understood their feelings; they weren’t trite, dumbed-down, or overdramatic. Dawson’s Creek is probably the REAL-est of the teen dramas of the ’90s with the feelings that so many of us experienced at the time. (Without having a creek right in our backyard.)
Six years later, a HUGE success, this defining show of the WB Network wrapped up its run in 2003 with continued fanfare. In 2018, the cast reunited for “People,” and explained WHY the show has been so iconic for them. And yes, this is an hour, but if you love this show as much as I did – you’ll watch the whole darn thing and love it.
So today, on the 25th anniversary, take just a minute and soak in some Dawson-y nostalgia. Whether it’s looking longingly at a body of water near your home, popping in a Steven Spielberg movie, or doing THE UGLY DAWSON CRY, celebrate the friendships of “Dawson’s Creek” today. And celebrate the friendships of YOUR childhood too.
Tonight, a longtime voice of the progressive era of the ’60s is silenced, as David Crosby passed away at age 81. Crosby is responsible for writing and performing songs that became anthems as a member of both The Byrds, and later Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSNY). Songs like “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Teach Your Children,” “Wooden Ships,” and dozens more, helped shape a unique acoustic sound of the late ’60s and early ’70s. The lyrics questioned authority and brought a new era of musicians standing up for social causes – and making positive change for the world.
In the ’80s, Crosby dealt with substance abuse issues, but cleaned up his act after stints in rehab. In the early 2000s, it was revealed that Crosby donated his sperm to Melissa Etheridge and her partner to father their children. He was one of the first high-profile celebrities to publicly announce sperm donation.
In recent years, he continued to tour with CSNY members Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, last performing as a threesome in 2015.
As performers, the trio – or quartet – had some of the tightest harmonies ever. Their messages of change helped inspire a generation. And David’s signature look helped him stand out from the crowd for years to come.
Whether he was a part of your personal collection or not, the messages and inspiration he gave America during the tumultuous times of Woodstock will FOREVER live on in our history. And for that, we salute you, David. Thank you for being a voice of reason, a voice for change, and a voice for music. Godspeed, my friend.
There are still more questions than answers in the tragic death of Lisa Marie Presley late last week at 54. The singer suffered a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabassas, California, and was unable to be revived by her ex-husband who tended to her aid, or to paramedics once she arrived at the hospital.
While there are no apparent signs of foul play with her death, autopsy results are pending.
Presley leaves behind twin 14-year old daughters with her ex-husband, Michael Lockwood and her 33-year old daughter Riley Keough, along with her mother Priscilla. Her son Benjamin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2020, and friends and family say Lisa Marie never fully recovered from his death. Questions remain over whom will have custody of the 14-year olds, as well as her overall health after an appearance on the Golden Globes red carpet earlier in the week. Billy Bush of “Extra” said she seemed “unsteady,” but “coherent” in a red carpet interview (below).
As we continue to learn more, all of us at Throwback Nation Radio continue to send all of our condolences to Lisa Marie’s family and friends. May the light she shone for so many years be comfort to her family, her friends, her fans, and all of us at this time.
Tony Lorino joined us from Throwback HQ with the latest on the news as well.
She, along with former husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are among the longest running members of the group, having joined in 1970. They reached their peak of their fame with the infighting / inter-mingling relationship drama of the “Rumours” album in 1977. And, many credit Christine’s appearances on “Everywhere” and “Little Lies” from their 1987 release “Tango In The Night” as cementing them as one of the best of all time. She departed in the late ’90s, then returned in 2014 until the group disbanded over more (you guessed it)…infighting.
Approached by TMZ in 2019 about a reunion, she replied, “never say never.” Unfortunately, any reunion of that magnitude will be without Christine. But her voice, her songs, her talent – her FEELINGS – will live forever.
Of course, we had to play a special tribute to Christine too…
Have you ever made a friendly wager someone about a moment in pop culture and TOTALLY cashed in?
(That’s where my IRENE CARA story starts.)
It was 7th grade English; Mrs. Haber’s class, Shorewood Intermediate School. Though we had some great teachers (Mrs. Haber was one), the school always felt like a prison, and had just a depressing sense about it. That’s why when Mrs. Haber made a passing reference about 80s pop culture (which I was always studied up on at age 13)… “something, something… or singing ‘Flashdance’ like Donna Summer.”
“Um, Mrs. Haber,” I said, “I think Irene Cara did Flashdance.”
(She had that sort of hairstyle that would indicate she probably did a jazzercise class to the song once or twice back in the day.)
“Hmm, I’m pretty sure Donna Summer sang Flashdance,” she said.
“Mrs. Haber, I KNOW Irene Cara sang Flashdance.”
“Oh, well! You wanna wager a soda on it?”
“Heck yes I will!”
I got that Sprite from the teacher’s vending machine thanks to Irene. And sure, that was a small token of what she gave to the world with her talents.
Irene was born in The Bronx into a Puerto Rican family in 1959 and rose to fame as Coco Hernandez in the film version of “Fame.” With the song’s meteoric rise, she added more soundtrack songs to her belt, and took “Flashdance (What A Feeling)” right to #1 in 1983. She continued writing and recording throughout the ’80s, and went back to musical theater in the 1990s.
While her songs and performances through the generations kept fans yearning for more, it is “Flashdance” that stood the test of time with this iconic scene.
So, as the line goes in “Fame,” Irene; we’ll remember your name. You WILL live forever in song. And thank you for the Sprite.
He probably should have won this award before. But last night’s American Music Awards was TRULY Lionel Richie’s night.
The longtime singer-songwriter, who started his career with the Commodores, has most recently been serving as a judge on “American Idol,” continuing to show his prowess and coach the future of American pop stars.
With an honor bestowed upon him by longtime friend Smokey Robinson, they have one thing in common; watch and find out the thing that will always SEEMINGLY bring Lionel and Smokey together. (Or are they Lionel and Lionel? Or Smokey and Smokey?)
You be the judge.
Nevertheless, Lionel provides some great inspirational words that we can ALL learn from. Enjoy it!