Intro Vid Change

For this week’s intro vid, we are honoring Chris Squire and we are having “Love Will Find a Way” by Yes.

Happy Birthday to the late Chris Squire

Chris Squire
From http://www.losanjealous.com

Unlike, being a day late with U2’s Pop 20 Year Anniversary, we also want to say happy birthday to late Chris Squire who is sadly no longer with us. Chris Squire was the bassist of Yes and played on every album (21 of them from 1969-2014) with the band. Chris Squire sadly passed away due to leukemia on June 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He would be 69 years old today.

For tomorrow, we will have Yes’ “Love Will Find a Way” for next week’s intro vid.

Chris Squire’s website

Yes’ website

 

U2’s Pop released 20 years ago

u2’s Pop

Yes, again, we are a day late (and a dollar short) with saying a day after, U2 released Pop. The release date was March 3, 1997.  Pop followed U2’s successful 1993 release Zooropa. U2 decided to experiment with synthesizers on this one, along with alternative rock. One of the main reasons why the band used samples and even drum machines was due to drummer Larry Mullen’s back problems and his absence throughout some of the album’s production.

Pop did well among critics, the song “Discotheque” reached #1 in the band’s native Ireland, Canada and the UK. It reached the top 10 in the US. The follow up single “Staring at the Sun” also saw great success in Europe, but did not do as well in the United States.

However, Pop was not popular among fans. U2’s experimentation did not bold very well among fans and the general public as a whole. The video of “Discotheque” was not loved by MTV viewers. I do recall an issue of Guitar World magazine in 1997, where someone sent them a letter claiming that he is holding The Edge hostage due to U2’s release of Pop. I can’t recall what the writer of that letter wanted Guitar World to do. But he (or she) was certainly upset about giving The Edge the publicity and an interview.

The folks at Guitar World also had a drawing of a masked man holding The Edge hostage while wearing the same outfit he wears while dancing in “Discotheque.”

U2 Pop
The Edge on Guitar World, 1997.

 

Wow.

This issue of Guitar World is on sale, click here.

Duck Hunt on VR

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, most likely you ran into Duck Hunt. When you got your NES for Christmas or your birthday, it likely came with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt, and course, the NES Zapper! When Super Mario frustrated you, you would go to Duck Hunt and give that a try. And after you couldn’t get the duck for the 7th time, the dog would laugh at you.

Duck Hunt on VR
Augh boy! From Wikipedia
thirty years later, duck hunt on vr

And after 30 years later, Duck Hunt is now on Virtual Reality!

If you got the Oculus Rift, you can get yourself Duck Hunt VR on Android. This was made by Joesph Delgado in February 2016. At the time, he was a student and at the age of 21. So, if your interested in playing Duck Hunt on VR and you have the Oculus Rift, get yourself the app.

More on Duck Hunt VR from CNet

Besides, if your a child of the 80s and you have kids, it’s probably better that they try the VR version first. Otherwise:

 

Another video from VRScout:

Pantera releases Vulgar Display of Power 25 years ago.

Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

Pantera!!

Yes, we are a day late and a dollar short: Pantera released Vulgar Display of Power 25 years ago. Phil, Rex, Vinnie and Darrell of Pantera was one of the well known metal bands in the 90s, with albums such as Cowboys From Hell, Far Beyond Driven, the more progressive sounding The Great Southern Trendkill and of course, Vulgar Display of Power. 

A little minor note for the site, we are having Pantera’s “Walk” as our intro vid for a week. We had STP’s “Plush” for two weeks, one week too many. Robbee’s making mistakes. So, instead of a separate post telling you about the Intro Vid, here it is: “Walk” is the Intro Vid for the week.

Pantera would not see much Top 40 hits as one would suggest that their music surely wasn’t Top 40 friendly, heh-heh. Despite not having that benefit, Pantera would see success.  They also had the grace of Beavis & Butthead with their video, “I’m Broken.” Also, Vulgar Display of Power’s “This Love” would also be critiqued by the duo.

Pantera formed in 1981 and started as a glam metal band with four releases in the 80s with Terry Glaze at vocals on three of them. The last 80s release called Power Metal was the first to feature Phil Anselmo at vocals.

Pantera would pull the plug in 2003 and a spin-off band called Damageplan would come from it with both the Abbott brother’s Darrell and Vinnie at guitar and drums respectively. Sadly, the band was short-lived due to Darrell being murdered on stage by a psychotic fan at a show in Columbus, OH.

RIP Dimebag Darrell

Loudwire’s article of Vulgar Display of Power

 

Killing The Fox: a strange tale of flipping formats

From 1984 to 1992, 99.5 on your FM Dial in Detroit would play your favorite Top 40 hits: 99.5 The Fox Detroit. The logo showed a fox in sunglasses playing a keytar.

The Fox Detroit 99.5 FM
The Fox Detroit 99.5 FM
KILLING THE FOX

All that would change on Xmas Eve 1992 where listeners of The Fox (WDFX) would hear Cowboy Hugh Chardon (heh heh) taking calls from “listeners” with their suggestions on killing the Fox. This pre-recorded show lasted from the morning all the way to midnight with no commercials. For breaks, Hugh Chardon would play the big Garth Brooks hit “Friends in Low Places.” The DJ who provided the voice to Cowboy Hugh Chardon was Dr. Don Carpenter who has been in the Detroit radio world for decades.

Just a little after midnight, Cowboy Hugh Chardon put an end to his Kill The Fox marathon and told the listeners that the program director had something to say. The male program director had made a statement about a change in the station and a countdown will start. After the PM was done, the listeners would hear a robotic voice saying the number 63,752. From Xmas Day until December 28, all one would hear is a computer voice counting down.

WOW-FM

Once the countdown was over, a continuous 6-hour loop of “Goofy Loops” played all the way until Monday on January 3rd, 1993. The death of the Fox brought in Wow-FM, a FM talk station. One of the talk show hosts was conservative Ed Tyll. Dr. Don Carpenter, the man who played Cowboy Hugh Chardon, also hosted a show on Wow-FM.

99.5’s walk into talk radio went on for a short few months and once again, the station flipped formats to country, whereas of February 2017, the station continues to play your favorite country hits. The flip from Talk to County was not a slow and dramatic flip, it happened with little announcement.

99.5, now under the call letters WYCD, still has Dr. Don Carpenter on the payroll. He had been a DJ for the station until 2015. Details on his exit (as a DJ at least) here. FM Talk Radio would return to Detroit in 1999 after 97.1 WKRK left the hard rock format for Talk. Ed Tyll came back to Detroit to host a show on WKRK for a while. Another notable show on WKRK was Deminski & Doyle (from 99-07, now in New Jersey) and Parker and The Man.

97.1 Detroit would later be part of CBS’s Free FM and get broadcasting contracts with four major Detroit sports franchises, Tigers, Red Wings, Lions & Pistons. In October 2007, 97.1 flipped to Sports Talk and got rid of the Free FM name altogether. Most Detroit sports games are still broadcasted on 97.1 as of February 2017.

Another interesting format flip was the end of K-Rock in New York. Opie and Anthony did their last FM show on March 9, 2009.

YOU GOT IT?

Sadly, when it comes to having the actual broadcast of the Killing The Fox, as or this post, it is currently not found on YouTube. Somebody had uploaded the final moment of Cowboy Hugh Chardon’s show, the PM’s statement and the beginning of the countdown, but as of now, it’s not on there. Damn…

If anyone knows of a online source or re-uploads this broadcast on YouTube on Vimeo, please let me know. Hit me up on Twitter or comment below.

Here’s a clip of The Fox in 1990 promoting a upcoming Milli Vanilli concert:

Spice Girls at the BRIT Awards 1997

Yes, on February 24, 1997, The Spice Girls performed at the Brit Awards. Love em or hate em, The Spice Girls were a big group in the late 90s and also matched chart topping numbers similar to The Beatles, their debut album Spice made #1 in many countries.

Spice Girls at BRIT Awards 1997

What made the headlines the next day was Geri Halliwell with her Union Jack dress. Anyways, I’m a guy and all I can say is that’s hot. If you want some extra info on that day and the fashion sense, take a look here.

Spice Girls as a trio?

Recently, The Spice Girls have reformed after their third breakup, but as a trio. Geri, Mel B and Emma are going as GEM but keeping the name. If your interested in the 60% version of SP, visit their site here. Also, there is a Broadway show in the works based on the group on the original site.

One thing that’s kinda hot about the GEM site, it does show the three of them in bed as a still in the video.