Flashback: “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran

Had to play this one this week in memory of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, one of the few actors to have played James Bond in the movies…

Duran Duran took this to the top of the Billboard charts in the summer of 1985, making this the first song from a Bond film to go to #1. It was also probably the peak point of their popularity in the 1980’s, and was the last film where Moore played the role of Bond, James Bond.

Roger, Over And Out

It’s funny how you sometimes remember the smallest details in your life, like where you were when you first discovered something.

I remember where I was when I saw Fox News for the first time. It was on July 25, 1999 in Westchester County, New York, where I was for a relative’s wedding. (Actually, the wedding itself was in a church in The Bronx, but everything else took place in Westchester.) Then, when I came back to the Tampa Bay area from living in Charlotte, North Carolina for a year, FNC was on the cable system I had.

As many know now, Roger Ailes passed on Thursday at age 77. Not only did he have a hand in the creation of Fox News, but also was involved in the formation of MSNBC and the discovery of Rush Limbaugh for his national syndication run. 

Certainly I get why a lot of people hated Roger professionally and personally. However, I think the true test of the value of somebody’s life is to see if their field of expertise could be recreated if they hadn’t existed, or perhaps better put, if their accomplishments had changed anything.

I guess the argument could be made that TV and the political realm would have existed without Ailes, but it most definitely the face of each field changed under him. Again, some would say not for the better, bit it did change none the less.

Flashback: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Modern music and I don’t get along all that well.

I’ve always felt pop/rock music peaked in the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. But that’s just me. In the 90’s I started listening to the Heavy Metal side more. Pearl Jam. Alice In Chains. Nirvana and the genius Kurt Cobain, and the tragic waste of his life and talents due to his suicide. Metallica and “Enter Sandman” which the New York Yankees would use for Mariano Rivera when he came into scores of baseball games. Seemed at the time that’s where culture was going.

But I did know who Chris Cornell was, a member in a band called Soundgarden being among his contributions. Always liked this song in particular, along with another hit of theirs called “Spoonman” that I always thought had a good beat to it.

Cornell passed away a few days back at age 52, reportedly by suicide. RIP, and thanks for the memories.

Flashback: “My Ding-A-Ling” by Chuck Berry

As many of you know, Chuck Berry passed this past Saturday at the age of 90. Any words I could use to eulogize him wouldn’t do him justice, but I’ll give it a shot. He fused R&B and rock and roll together, becoming the catalyst of many artists and groups who came into the business after him.

Berry’s biggest hit was this chart-topper novelty hit from the fall of 1972, recorded in a concert from Coventry, England.

Terror On The Thames

Another alarming day for the free world.

There was another terror incident in Europe, this time in London, not too far from British parliament, then at the building itself. 

Details changed over the course of the day, and might still be sketchy as you see this today. The asailant was shot, eventually dying of his injuries, but not before he took the lives of a few others.

It is a chilling reminder for some that the threat of terrorism still, sadly, exists. But as they say over there, we shouldn’t be afraid of them.  At some point in the future, no matter how hard our governments try, we will again be reminded of it.