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“Word Up”: 37 years ago this week, Cameo peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 – December 6, 1986
December 4, 2023

I thought for many years that Cameo lead singer Larry Blackmon was wearing a red jock strap or nut cup when I first saw this video on Night Tracks in late 1986. But years later I learned it was called a “codpiece.” Not even going there. “Word Up” is just a great song. Hard to get more 80s than this.

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Rita Coolidge: 44 years ago today, “I’d Rather Leave When I’m in Love” debuted at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100
November 17, 2023

I was too young to remember this song when it first came out. The first memory of it was circa 1981. My family was hanging out with another family out in Conrad, Iowa. I believe our dads worked together at the pork packing plant. These family friends were VERY country! But it was always so fun going to their house and vice versa.

Our parents were all drunk that night. We (the kids) were either outside playing with the chickens, hogs, etc.; or inside taking sips of beer we stole from the adults. At some point, our parents and a few other people were dancing to a slow song that never left my head. It was Rita Coolidge. read more

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32 years ago today, “Step by Step” debuted as part of the TGIF Friday lineup on ABC – September 20, 1991
September 20, 2023

Here are all seven seasons of the show’s intros here.

“A second time around.” Love that so much. Here is Season 4 (getting harder and harder to broadcast it. Leave comment if you can’t see the video).

Step by Step was basically the Gen X version of The Brady Bunch. It had the exact same premise.

I didn’t get to watch much of the first two seasons of Step by Step in September and October 1991-92. My high school football games were on Friday nights. But the replays and subsequent seasons ingrained this show in my heart. It was one of the last television programs I watched regularly. read more

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Olivia Newton-John: (September 1948 to August 8, 2022). RIP.
August 8, 2022

I’m so sad right now.

My top five Olivia Newton-John songs.


Summer Nights


42 years ago this week, August 16, 1980, Xanadu was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You’re the one that I want

Such an 80’s icon. R.I.P.

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The Angry Nigger – by Brian A. Wilkins
April 29, 2020

I have been manipulated, I’ve been caged,
None of the bullshit improved with age,
I expose dirty cops, I help those in need,
I hate evil people who do dastardly deeds,

You sound too white, your speech too lucid,
We need more ghetto, we need more stupid,
Come be a liberal, join the GOP,
But you ain’t doing shit without one of us indeed,

A black man is chattel, a black man’s a slave,
He cannot be himself, just an insect in the cave,
Don’t love the white girl cause her dad hates your guts,
The black girl thinks you’re lame, a totally useless putz, read more

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Billy Ocean: 32 years ago (April 16, 1988) “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100
April 14, 2020

Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Heather Graham starred in the 1988 classic movie “License to Drive.” Billy Ocean anchored the soundtrack.

Corey Haim passed away on March 10, 2010 – my 35th birthday. He was 38. Feldman just released a pay-per-view exposé of Hollywood pedophiles within the last few weeks. There’s a bunch of drama going on with it though now. Corey Haim’s mom and sister are apparently not happy about the documentary. Feldman exposed Charlie Sheen as the pedo who raped Haim. But that was apparently already known and/or not altogether true. Judge for yourself. read more

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Ruth Williams (May 31, 1927 – February 3, 2020): My grandma was awesome

Brian A. Wilkins
February 10, 2020

Me, Ruth and my little sister Tonya at my high school graduation.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

I was angry and sad for about an hour. Then the photos came out of the box. And I couldn’t help but smile.

Ruth was always smiling and laughing. That’s not embellishment. I was 10 when she and I watched Beverly Hills Cop on HBO together. The scene when Rosewood tried boosting Taggart over the wall made Ruth cry-laugh for like 2-3 minutes.

She cracked up for several minutes at me slipping and falling on ice while wearing those stupid cowboy boots my mom bought me when I was six. But that’s ok. I got back by saying the okra she ate looked gross. read more

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