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“GOD SAVE IRELAND” FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In lieu of Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead, Balladeer’s Blog will call this “That Song Many People Associate With That Clive Revill Episode Of Columbo.” 

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MEN AT WORK: OVERKILL

Balladeer’s Blog’s recurring feature Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead returns with this look at Men at Work’s song Overkill. (Not Colin Hay’s solo version.) 

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SQUEEZE: PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL)

Balladeer’s Blog’s Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead feature returns with this look at Squeeze and their song Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)

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SMASH MOUTH: I’M A BELIEVER

Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead is back and the shoutout this time goes to Smash Mouth with their cover of I’m A Believer.

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THE NEW MONKEES (1987): PETER TORK IS DEAD

Peter TorkMonkees member Peter Tork is dead. Not since the infamous Day The Music Died has the rock world suffered such a loss. I’m kidding! Still, though, here’s a Balladeer’s Blog goodbye to the one and only member of the Monkees whose name always puts me in mind of the measure of a force’s tendency to produce torsion equal to the product of the force vector and the radius vector from the axis of rotation to the point of application of the force.

I think you’ll agree.

Anyway, I considered reviewing the Monkees’ movie Head or maybe even the motorcycle flick Torque but instead I’m going with this look at the NEW Monkees show from 1987. 

New MonkeesThe New Monkees are remembered as the most pointless re-launch of a band in history AND as one of the worst television shows in history. I’ve never listened to their one and only album so I can’t say if they make it a Hat Trick with one of the worst albums in history, too. 

The premise sounds like a comedy sketch from the glory days of SCTV but unfortunately this thoroughly bizarre attempt to recapture the flukish charm of the original Monkees was 100% real.

Let’s look at the debut episode of The New Monkees‘ 13 episode run in 1987. Everything you’ve heard is true: We get Rocky Horror Picture Show lips voiced by a black lady, a weird sci-fi mansion home for the title foursome, a built-in diner and their annoying butler, Manford.

The laugh track does NOT go off during the few things that seemed funny, like a couple of apparently ad-libbed jokes by the New Monkees during their screen test footage, but instead goes off during lame, obvious jokes that not even small children would laugh at. Continue reading

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JIMMY BUFFETT: FINS

We’re going way back for this latest edition of Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead. It’s Jimmy Buffett with Fins

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RICK SPRINGFIELD: I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU

It’s another round of Balladeer’s Blog’s Give Them A Shoutout Before They’re Dead! The easy choice for Rick Springfield would have been to go with Jesse’s Girl but since my whole theme is the more out of the way stuff I’m going with I’ve Done Everything For You:

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