Monday, May 21, 2007
Plumbers battle for hit song phone number
Associated Press May. 19, 2007 03:06 PM
LINCOLN, R.I. - One-hit wonder Tommy Tutone made the phone number 867-5309 famous in the band's 1982 hit single, which uses the digits over and over in its catchy refrain.
Now, a Rhode Island company and a national firm are battling over the right to use the number, which doesn't reach the "Jenny" that Tutone sings about, but could find callers a decent plumber.
Two years ago, Gem Plumbing & Heating of Lincoln, R.I., trademarked the phone number in the early 1980s hit, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Gem acquired the number in Rhode Island when its original owner, Brown University, gave up 867-5309 after growing weary of the constant prank calls.
Posted by C at 1:47 PM
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Socialite, world class flirt and wanna be Rock Star, Paris Hilton, has been sentenced to jail for 45 days for violating the terms of her probation. Many "Parisites" (Paris Hilton fans and groupies) are aghast that their darling may have to actually do hard time. They have even created a petition to be presented to "The Governator" of California, demanding that their darling Paris be pardoned.
Not to be outdone, comedian and talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel is promoting a competing petition on his website- An Urgent Appeal to Governor Schwarzenegger: We implore you to officially proclaim Tuesday, June 5,
"PARIS HILTON IS GOING TO JAIL DAY."
Go here to add your name:
PARIS HILTON IS GOING TO JAIL DAY
Sunday, May 06, 2007
1. You can't live in the past ALL the time. As great as those songs were, if I have to hear the original version of some of them again, I'm going to puke.
2. Tribute value- when someone takes the time to resurrect the spirit of a twenty or thirty year old song, it means that the song still has value and is still culturally relevant- at least to someone other than an old, New Wave addict like me.
3. A great cover is an opportunity for a new generation to enjoy the song and increases the chance that they may discover the original.
4. Done well, it is a chance for a great song to be exposed to a larger audience and get the recognition it deserves. Many Punk and New Wave songs didn't get the advantage of mainstream airplay and people missed out on them.
5. Once in a great while a cover song actually surpasses the original.
Take Green Day & U2's cover of "The Saints Are Coming" at The Superbowl, for instance. I know a bit about music but probably would have never known about that song had they not dusted it off, performed it with such energy and put it in such a bright spotlight. That was a transcendent experience that lifted the song, the performers, the listeners.. and probably the band that originally wrote and performed it.
Click here for a list of great 80's cover songs: DJ Craig's Best 80's Covers
-Los Angeles DJ