Million Miles Away – A to Z Challenge

Letter M of A to Z challenge

The only “M” word that immediately popped into my head, was this 80’s tune that I just loved!  A Million Miles away, by The Plimsouls, was featured in one of my favorite 80’s flicks, Valley Girl. (1983)  It had Nicholas Cage before he was “known.”  And I was just 12 years old.

Anyway, KROQ (Southern California radio station, known for alternative/new wave music) blasted them all the time.  I think they were one of my first tape cassettes I bought, yeah, if you remember those.  (Before CDs and the internet.)  I immediately liked other songs of theirs.  MTV provides a great biography, how Rodney Bingenheimer (KROQ DJ on late at night called “Rodney on the Roq”) was known for playing unknown bands and having them discovered.  I believe he was the first to play the Plimsouls.  In 2007, he got a Hollywood Star and is almost 70 years old.  Rodney is still on between 12AM – 3AM

Actually, this video held up well over the years.  It’s funny to watch and immediately see things from the 80’s – they are on a bus and there’s a Flash Dance movie poster on the marquee.  The crazy hair dos at the party.  It makes me miss that time, and I wish I had been a little older when all these bands were really coming on the scene, as I would have loved to have gone to their concerts.  The Plimsouls were getting their start in the late 70’s, from Paramount, California.  I believe they formed in 1978.  By 1980, people already knew who they were.  1983, they were all over the radio.

 

Lucky Charms, Cat food, and green poop – A to Z Challenge

Letter L of A to Z challenge

Lucky Charms.  Are you certain it’s cereal?  Because the non-marshmallow pieces certainly look like cat food, with a sugar coating?  Just sayin’.

Here Kitty, Kitty. Meow-liciious

Normally, we don’t buy this cereal, but I thought it would be fun.  The thought about the cat food only hit as I was picking up pieces off the floor as my 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter polished off an entire box within a day and 1/2.

Well, except a tiny, itty bitty amount left that I ate… my son came strolling out of his room 30 minutes later, after his first bowl, and had a complete hissy-fit because the remaining tiny portion was gone.  Immediately, he charged his sister’s room to go yell at her.

Just before stopping him to admit my guilt,  the tiny Lucky Charms Leprechaun popped on my shoulder and in his Irish accent said,

What?

 “Oh, my stars!  Quick!  Blame it on the Trix Rabbit!”

But I fessed-up anyway:

“Dude, I ate it.  It was a tiny amount left and I wanted to throw out the box.”

OMG – MOMMMMMMMMM!  He marched into his room and slammed the door.

That was how I was able to compare my day to my husband’s.  Just to put it ALL into perspective for him.  At least, he didn’t have to deal with a Charms war.  Oh, and if you eat too much, it turns your poop GREEN.  Don’t ask me how I know that, not from experience or anything.

Kiddles – A to Z Challenge

Letter K of A to Z challenge

I was completely void of K words/phrases in my mind for the A to Z challenge.  I googled, “words that start with K,” and I’m so glad I did!  I have spent a good 15 minutes on this site that allows people to submit funny words and definitions.

From the site Bored at Uni

If you and your friends/family use words or phrases that only you know the meaning of, STOP BEING SO SELFISH!! Let everyone share your wisdom here and soon people from the other side of the world will be using it, if slightly mispronounced.

I scrolled through just the K letter alone and cracked up several times.  The other day, my 12 year old son told me (while I was dropping him off at school)

“No kiss, mom.  I’m going to give you a side- hug and that’s it, okay?” 

(meaning no full-body hug / kind of lean to the side and bump shoulders/pat each other on the back)  Pretty soon I’ll be lucky to even get a “fist-bump.”

I HAD NO CLUE, there’s a word for this:

Kiddles – That unwanted affection from parents to kids at un-cool times

 

Idol – A to Z Challenge

I grew up as a 70’s/80’s kid. I graduated high school in 1990.  So the  80’s music heavily influenced me in my teen years.  It was one where everyone was experimenting with mixing sounds and creating videos for the newly launched MTV.  Music television all the time.  I was a fan of it all, some of the genres I wasn’t certain how they differed, such as  new wave/pop, mod/ Sqa or is it Sqaw?  As some bands seem to fall in multiple categories.  Anyway, I liked anything in those categories, as well as, Punk/post punk, alternative, classic rock/arena rock, hip hop/Rap/reggae.  Everyone was mixing it up and having fun and I loved it all.  I was an avid KROQ and POWER 106 listener, with KLOS and Pirate Radio rolled in, along with KIIS.  (anyone growing up in Southern CA during this time would know those radio stations)

MTV was playing videos by Run-D-MC who had mixed it up and created their version of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way, featuring Steven Tyler screaming out “walk this way!”  You had the Beastie Boys kind of falling in multiple genres.  Then you had the synthesizer music.

Letter I of A to Z challenge

According to Billy, he was intrigued with the various early sounds of synthesizer music, where he references Human League.  (Known for their hit Don’t you want me…baby) and Roxy Music (known for a few hits, mainly ‘more than this’) and Art of Noise (known for Peter Gunn and Paranoimia  with Max Headrom) – He aimed to incorporate different sounds than the typical punk sound.  I believe Art of Noise would later be responsible for the intro to Eyes Without a Face.  He references Iggy Pop, David Bowie, early influences to The Who.  He used to  hang out with one of my favorites Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie and the Banshees.  He almost joined her band.   Of course, they were following the Sex Pistols and at that time The Police were getting their start.

With that said, Billy Idol successfully combined sounds to appeal to a variety of people and has been played on radio stations across the board from KROQ to KIIS and MTV played him continually.  Loved by women and men alike, because he was HOT, cool, just had the IT factor for everyone.

If you grew up in the 80’s you couldn’t listen to radio without hearing Dancing with myself, or White Wedding or seeing the videos on T.V.  His songs have remained on stations years later, and he has been casted in small roles, in the films The Wedding Singer and The Doors.  My own children, recognize and sing along.  You haven’t seen anything cuter than a 3-year-old with curls, singing to Dancing with myself “oh…oh…oh-oh”

Billy Idol SneersIn 2014, he played a very small venue,  The Galaxy Theater, in Costa Mesa. (now called The Observatory)  My husband got us tickets, and it was a blast!  He’s still awesome.  Before we went, I had my kids attempt to do his signature “sneer.”

His book explains the many risks taken, combined with tenacity, mixed in with some luck of constant exposure on MTV (due to early lack of artists videos, it was all new) and radio stations being willing to pair his music with other songs that wouldn’t make things too “far out” strange to the listeners…it all worked!  BTW:  His iconic platinum hair, was an accident.

It’s a shame he has such an addictive nature.  He is very candid about his early drug usage, and how it spirals into full-blown addiction and the struggles, and the destruction of relationships (sex addiction/infidelity) and nearly killing himself with this damaging life style.  Overdosing, crashes on motorcycle, etc.

It’s very interesting, especially if you grew up during this time when it was all happening and we were hearing it on the radio.  He is very blunt and even apologizes to people, like Tom Petty, for some of his stupidity while being bombed at an event to benefit disabled children, that the kids were backstage and witnessed his drugged out mess.

If you like this time in music, it’s well worth the read as it discusses the start of Punk, and new wave, electronica music and his encounters with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sex Pistols (PIL), The Clash, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Human League, Art of  Noise, The Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett, and even the iconic band, KISS.   Artists we’ve grown to love, his version of how he saw it…albeit often through a purple haze.

Happy as a Hippo – A to Z Challenge

Letter H of the A to Z challenge, and all I can think of is the Hippo story on the movie Along Came Polly.  However, we can’t help but love Claude, the Frenchman. (played by Hank Azaria)  I was like Reuben, played by Ben Stiller, not familiar with that story.  Be like the hippo?  What the heck does that mean?

Oh, be like the hippo.  Happy to be who you are, yes I can agree with that. How it applied to Reuben’s situation could be argued.  But in general, Be like the Hippo is a great way to live your life.  Unless you  live in a condo/apartment above someone.  Then, no.  No hippos.  (see my F post)

Griswold – A to Z Challenge

I’m a huge fan of the National Lampoon Vacation movies, especially Christmas Vacation.  We put this on each holiday.  No one could have portrayed Clark Griswold better than Chevy Chase, and his wife, played by Beverly D’Angelo.  Sadly, they couldn’t keep their same kids in each movie and I was always confused because it seems their kids get younger.  (so if someone can please explain to me – is Christmas Vacation a prequel?)

Anyway, we are in the Letter G of the challenge, and all I could think of was how Clark’s boss can NEVER get his name right, calling him Mark, then Bill, and at some point attempts his last name, instead of Griswold, “GREASE BALL get in here.”  I don’t know why that boss makes me laugh, but he just does.  Once he’s done talking to Clark, he picks up the phone and yells at his assistant,

“Get me somebody.  Anybody.  Get their secretary then.”

So he doesn’t have to talk to Clark any more.

I wanted to find that movie clip.  Unfortunately, no one else found it as amusing, because I can only find the greeting.