Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive (Men at Work song)
"Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" is a song by the Australian musical group Men at Work; the song was written by Men at Work singer/guitarist Colin Hay, the recording was produced by Peter McIan. It was released in October 1982, in Australia, as the lead single from their second album Cargo, recorded during 1982 but remained unreleased until late April 1983; the song is about a mad scientist named Dr. Heckyll who creates a potion that turns him into a smooth and talkative man; the title is a parody of The Strange Case of Mr Hyde. The story is very similar to the premise of the film The Nutty Professor. In Australia, it reached # 16 in New Zealand. After "Overkill" and "It's a Mistake", the second and third singles released from Cargo, "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" was the band's last major top 40 hit in the US, entering the charts at #67 on 17 September 1983 a year after its initial Australian release and peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November; the single reached #26 in Canada in October 1983. The song was performed live on Saturday Night Live on October 22, 1983.
The music video shows a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective who investigates the case of Dr. Heckyll, a quirky mad scientist. One night, Heckyll goes out to a party at a house in the neighborhood and takes a swig of the potion he has been working on most recently. Two girls walk in on him, harass him and take swigs of the drink, they turn into palm trees as a result. Heckyll notices this effect, transforms into Mr. Jive, a handsome, talkative man who entertains people by playing the piano; the detective, under disguise as a Boy Scouts leader, but before he can investigate further, Heckyll reverts back to normal form and, with his hunchbacked assistant leaves satisfied and happy into the sunrise. The video was shot in Los Angeles, California, in 1982; the band members appear as boy scouts and party guests. "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12 "Shintaro" – 2:51 "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12 "No Restrictions" – 4:29 "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:12 "I Like To" – 4:23 "Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive" – 4:36 "No Restrictions" – 4:29 "Down Under" – 4:30 "Be Good Johnny" – 4:32
"Pink Houses" is a song written and performed by John Cougar Mellencamp. It was released on the 1983 album Uh-Huh on Riva Records, it reached No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in No. 15 in Canada. "Pink Houses" was ranked No. 439 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Recorded in a farmhouse in Brownstown, the song was inspired when Mellencamp was driving along an overpass on the way home to Bloomington, Indiana from the Indianapolis airport. There was an old black man sitting outside his little pink shotgun house with his cat in his arms unperturbed by the traffic speeding along the highway in his front yard. "He waved, I waved back," Mellencamp said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "That's how'Pink Houses' started."Mellencamp has stated many times since the release of "Pink Houses" that he's unhappy with the song's final verse. At an October 2014 press conference, he stated: "A long time ago, I wrote a song called'Pink Houses.' Now when I hear that song, all I can think is:'Why didn't I do a better job on the last verse?'
If I had written it today, the last verse would've had more meaning." In 2004, the song was played at events for Senator John Edwards' presidential campaign. The song was used at events for Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign."Pink Houses" along with "Our Country" was played by Senator John McCain at political events for his 2008 presidential campaign. Mellencamp contacted the McCain campaign pointing out Mellencamp's support for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and questioning McCain's use of his music. In January 2009, Mellencamp played "Pink Houses" at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. In 2010, "Pink Houses" was used by the National Organization for Marriage at events opposing same-sex marriage. At Mellencamp's instruction, his publicist sent a cease and desist letter to NOM stating "that Mr. Mellencamp's views on same sex marriage and equal rights for people of all sexual orientations are at odds with NOM's stated agenda" and requesting that NOM "find music from a source more in harmony with your views than Mr. Mellencamp in the future."
Producers: Don Gehman, Little Bastard. Director: Chris Gabrin. First aired: December 1983. Shot in Southern Indiana locations such as Seymour and Bloomington in August 1983; the house appearing near the beginning is located at 530 York Road in Indiana. The white, two-story gas station, bedecked in patriotic buntings and an American flag, was located on the SE corner at the intersection of Indiana State Road 250 and U. S. Highway 31 in Uniontown, Indiana; the man with no shirt on and a straw hat who dances near the end of the video was Harvey Goodin, the mayor of Austin, Indiana in 1983 when the video was shot. Uh-Huh "Rock for Amnesty" The Best That I Could Do Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits In the TV series Glee, glee club member Kurt Hummel discusses the meaning of the song with his father, covers it at the glee club; the 2009 book Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict uses Mellencamp's phrase to describe a "historic battle against eminent domain" from a right-libertarian perspective.
Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
In a Big Country
"In a Big Country" is a song by Scottish rock band Big Country. It was released in May 1983 as the third single from their debut studio album The Crossing; the song reached No. 17 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1983. It was released in the US in the fall of 1983 and peaked at No. 3 on the Top Rock Tracks chart and No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of that year. It reached No. 3 on the RPM Top Singles Chart in Canada on 26 November 1983. The music video for the song received heavy airplay on MTV, it follows the four band members as they track down an unspecified treasure, while being pursued and bested by a woman who appears to be a rival treasure-hunter. The first half of the video follows the band as they ride through lush green fields on sports three-wheelers and a motorbike while the woman watches them through binoculars; the group soon locates a black box emblazoned with a map. What is inside the box is never shown; the opening scenes are filmed at the then-derelict Corfe Castle railway station including the'down' platform shelter and show the ruins of Corfe Castle in the background.
The station is now part of the restored Swanage Railway. The woman lures them to her by starting a fire in a barn, the smoke drawing the band members' attention, she defeats all four with a single punch. They consult their map and head off again; the second half of the video takes place at sea in Swanage Bay. The band head towards Swanage Pier where they don wet suits and scuba gear and set out on a motorized inflatable raft; the woman, who has followed them, overtakes them on a jet ski. The band reach their destination at sea, but have no luck in locating the treasure after attempting some underwater diving; the video concludes with the woman trapped on a small island surrounded by a cliff with a rescue fire burning. The band appears lead singer Stuart Adamson tosses a rope down the cliff edge, he and drummer Mark descend. Stuart and the woman embrace while Mark discovers the black box floating amongst the seaweed in the inlet. Interspersed throughout the video, in between the action, the band is shown in flannel shirts and blazers performing the song onstage.
The video ends with Stuart dancing and the rest of the band playing. "In a Big Country" was covered by American alternative rock band American Authors. The song was recorded by the band for the 2014 single "In a Big Country / You Make My Dreams Come True", with American alternative rock band The Mowgli's; the single was released by Island Def Jam on vinyl on 19 April 2014 as a Record Store Day release. The track appeared as the A-side of the single, it charted on Billboard in 2014–2015. American AuthorsZac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, banjo Dave Rublin – bass Matt Sanchez – drums Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Men at Work
Men at Work were an Australian rock band formed in 1979 and best known for their 1981 hit "Down Under". Their founding mainstay was Colin Hay on lead vocals and guitar. After playing as an acoustic duo with Ron Strykert during 1978-79, he formed the group with Ron Strykert playing bass guitar, Jerry Speiser on drums, they were soon joined by Greg Ham on flute and keyboards and John Rees on bass guitar, with Ron switching to lead guitar. The group was managed by a friend of Colin Hay, whom he met at Latrobe University; this line-up achieved international success in the early 1980s. In January 1983, they were the first Australian artists to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States Billboard charts: Business as Usual and "Down Under", respectively. With the same works, they achieved the distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single on the Australian, New Zealand, United Kingdom charts. Their second album Cargo was No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in New Zealand, No. 3 in the US, No. 8 in the UK.
Their third album Two Hearts reached the top 20 in Australia and top 50 in the US. They won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1983, they were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1994, they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. In May 2001, "Down Under" was listed at No. 4 on the APRA Top 30 Australian songs and Business as Usual appeared in the book 100 Best Australian Albums. In February 2010, Larrikin Records won a case against Hay and Strykert, their record label, their music publishing company arising from the uncredited appropriation of "Kookaburra" for the flute line in "Down Under"; the original band line up split in two in 1984, with Jerry Speiser and John Rees being asked to leave the group. This left Greg Ham and Ron Strykert. During the recording of the Two Hearts album, Ron decided to leave. Soon after the release of Two Hearts, Greg left leaving Colin Hay as the sole remaining member. Colin Hay and Greg Ham toured the world as Men At Work from 1996, until 2002. On 19 April 2012, Greg Ham was found dead at his home from an apparent heart attack.
The nucleus of Men at Work formed in Melbourne around June 1979 with Colin Hay on lead vocals and guitar, Ron Strykert on bass guitar, Jerry Speiser on drums. They were soon joined by Greg Ham on flute and keyboards, John Rees on bass guitar, with Ron switching to lead guitar. Hay had emigrated to Australia in 1967 from Scotland with his family. In 1978, he had formed an acoustic duo with Strykert, which expanded by mid-1979 with the addition of Speiser. Around this time as a side project, keyboardist Greg Sneddon. A former band mate of Jerry Speiser, together with Speiser and Strykert performed and recorded the music to'Riff Raff", a low budget stage musical, upon which Sneddon had worked. Hay had asked Greg Ham to join the group, but Greg had hesitated, as he was finishing his music degree, he decided to join the band in October 1979. John Rees, a friend of Jerry, joined soon after; the name Men At Work was thrown into the hat by Colin Hay, was seconded by Ron Strykert, when a name was required to put on the blackboard outside The Cricketer's Arms Hotel, Richmond.
The band built a "grass roots" reputation as a pub rock band. In 1980, the group issued their debut single, "Keypunch Operator" backed by "Down Under", with both tracks co-written by Hay and Strykert, it was "self-financed" and appeared on their own independent, M. A. W. label. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt the A-side was "a fast-paced country-styled rocker with a clean sound and quirky rhythm". Despite not appearing in the top 100 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart, by the end of that year the group had "grown in stature to become the most in-demand and paid, unsigned band of the year". Early in 1981 Men at Work signed with CBS Records, the Australian branch of CBS Records International, on the recommendation of Peter Karpin, the label's A&R person; the group's first single with CBS Records in Australia "Who Can It Be Now?", was released in June 1981 which reached No. 2 and remained in the chart for 24 weeks. It had been produced by United States-based Peter McIan, working on their debut album, Business as Usual.
McIan, together with the band worked on the arrangements for all the songs that appeared on Business As Usual. Their next single was a re-arranged and "popified" version of "Down Under", it reached No. 1 in November, where it remained for six weeks. Business as Usual was released in October and went to No. 1 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart, spending a total of nine weeks at the top spot. The Canberra Times' Garry Raffaele opined that it "generally stays at a high level and jerky... There is a delicacy about this music — and, not a thing you can say about too many rock groups; the flute and reeds of Greg Ham do much to further that". McFarlane noted that "side from the strength of the music, part of the album's appeal was its economy; the production sound was clean and uncluttered. Indeed, the songs stood by themselves with little embellishment save for a bright, singalong quality". By February the following year both "Down Under" and Business as Usual had reached No. 1 on the respective Official New Zealand Music Charts – the latter was the first Australian album to reach that peak in New Zealand.
Despite its strong Australian and New Zealand showing, having an American producer, Business as Usual was twice rejected by Columbia's US parent company. Thanks to the persiste
A cameo role or cameo appearance is a brief appearance or voice part of a known person in a work of the performing arts. These roles are small, many of them non-speaking ones, are either appearances in a work in which they hold some special significance or renowned people making uncredited appearances. Short appearances by celebrities, film directors, athletes or musicians are common. A crew member of the movie or show playing a minor role can be referred to as a cameo as well, such as Alfred Hitchcock's performed cameos. "cameo role" meant "a small character part that stands out from the other minor parts". The Oxford English Dictionary connects this with the meaning "a short literary sketch or portrait", based on the literal meaning of "cameo", a miniature carving on a gemstone. More "cameo" has come to refer to any short appearances, as a character, such as the examples below. Cameos are not credited because of their brevity, or a perceived mismatch between the celebrity's stature and the film or television series in which they are appearing.
Many are publicity stunts. Others are acknowledgments of an actor's contribution to an earlier work, as in the case of many film adaptations of television series, or of remakes of earlier films. Others honour celebrities known for work in a particular field; the best-known series of cameos was by Alfred Hitchcock, who made brief appearances in most of his films. Cameos occur in novels and other literary works. "Literary cameos" involve an established character from another work who makes a brief appearance to establish a shared universe setting, to make a point, or to offer homage. Balzac employed this practice, as in his Comédie humaine. Sometimes a cameo features a historical person who "drops in" on fictional characters in a historical novel, as when Benjamin Franklin shares a beer with Phillipe Charboneau in The Bastard by John Jakes. A cameo appearance can be made by the author of a work to put a sort of personal "signature" on a story. Vladimir Nabokov put himself in his novels, for instance as the minor character Vivian Darkbloom in Lolita.
Quentin Tarantino provides small roles in at least 10 of his movies. Peter Jackson has made brief cameos in all of his movies, except for his first feature-length film Bad Taste in which he plays a main character, as well as The Battle of the Five Armies, though a portrait of him appears in the film. For example, he plays a peasant eating a carrot in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Desolation of Smaug. All four were non-speaking "blink and you miss him" appearances, although in the Extended Release of The Return of the King, his character was given more screen time and his reprise of the carrot eating peasant in The Desolation of Smaug was featured in the foreground in reference to The Fellowship of the Ring - last seen twelve years earlier. Director Martin Scorsese appears in the background of his films as a bystander or an unseen character. In Who's That Knocking at My Door, he appears as one of the gangsters, he opens up his film The Color of Money with a monologue on the art of playing pool.
In addition, he appears with his wife and daughter as wealthy New Yorkers in Gangs of New York, he appears as a theatre-goer and is heard as a movie projectionist in The Aviator. In a same way, Roman Polanski appears as a hired hoodlum in his film Chinatown, slitting Jack Nicholson's nose with the blade of his clasp knife. Directors sometimes cast well-known lead actors with whom they have worked in the past in other films. Mike Todd's film Around the World in 80 Days was filled with cameo roles: John Gielgud as an English butler, Frank Sinatra playing piano in a saloon, others; the stars in cameo roles were pictured in oval insets in posters for the film, gave the term wide circulation outside the theatrical profession. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, an "epic comedy" features cameos from nearly every popular American comedian alive at the time, including The Three Stooges, Jerry Lewis, a silent appearance by Buster Keaton and a voice-only cameo by Selma Diamond. Aaron Sorkin had cameos in some works he wrote: as a bar customer speaking about law in his debut film screenplay A Few Good Men, as an advertising executive in The Social Network and as a guest at the inauguration of President Matt Santos in the final episode of The West Wing.
Franco Nero, the actor who portrayed the Django character in the original 1966 film appears in a bar scene of the Tarantino film Django Unchained. Many cameos featured in Maverick, directed by Richard Donner. Among them, Danny Glover – Mel Gibson's co-star in the Lethal Weapon franchise directed by Donner – appears as the lead bank robber, he and Maverick share a scene where they look as if they knew each other, but shake it off. As Glover makes his escape with the money, he mutters "I'm too old for this shit", his character's catchphrase in the Lethal Weapon films. In addition, a strain of the main theme from Lethal Weapon plays in the score when Glover is revealed. Actress Margot Kidder made a cameo appearance in the same film as a robbed villager: she had starred as Lois Lane in Donner's Superman. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson and
Stray Cats are an American rockabilly band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, drummer Slim Jim Phantom in the Long Island town of Massapequa, New York. The group had numerous hit singles in the UK, Australia and the U. S. including "Stray Cat Strut", " Sexy + 17", "Look at That Cadillac," "I Won't Stand in Your Way", "Bring it Back Again", "Rock This Town", which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listed as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll. The group, whose style was based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists and other artists from the 1950s, were influenced by Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and Bill Haley & His Comets; the Stray Cats developed a large following in the New York music scene playing at CBGB and Max's Kansas City as well as venues on Long Island. When the Cats heard a rumor that there was a revival of the 1950s Teddy Boy youth subculture in England, the band moved to the UK, they spearheaded the nascent rockabilly revival, by blending the 1950s Sun Studio sound with modern punk musical elements.
In terms of visual style, the Stray Cats blended elements of 1950 rockabilly clothes, such as wearing drape jackets, brothel creepers and western shirts with punk clothes, such as tight black zipper trousers and modern versions of 1950s hair styles. The band first appeared in the middle of 1979 performing under a number of names including the Tomcats, the Teds, Bryan and the Tom Cats. Since 1983 they have used only "Stray Cats" as their name; the band name "Stray Cats" had earlier appeared in the 1973 rock'n' roll film That'll Be the Day and its 1974 sequel Stardust. In the middle of 1980 the Cats found themselves being courted by record labels including Virgin Records, Stiff Records and Arista Records. Word spread and soon members of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin were at their shows. After a gig in London, Stray Cats met producer Dave Edmunds, well known as a roots rock enthusiast for his work with Rockpile and as a solo artist. Edmunds offered to work with the group, they entered the studio to record their self-titled debut album, Stray Cats, released in Britain in 1981 on Arista Records.
They had three hits that year with "Runaway Boys", "Rock This Town", "Stray Cat Strut". The UK follow-up to Stray Cats, Gonna Ball, was not as well-received, providing no hits, yet the combined sales of their first two albums were enough to convince EMI America to compile the best tracks from the two UK albums and issue an album in the U. S. in 1982. The record went on to sell a million copies in the US and Canada and was the No. 2 record on the Billboard album charts for 26 weeks. In 1983, the Stray Cats began recording their third studio album Rant N' Rave with the Stray Cats. Unlike their previous studio albums, half the album was recorded in London with the rest recorded in New York. Released in August 1983, critics viewed Rant N' Rave favorably, citing the band's tributes to 1950s rock'n' roll legends such as Gene Vincent and Bo Diddley. Commercially, Rant N' Rave failed to achieve the success of "Built for Speed", though it produced the top-ten hit " Sexy + 17", top-forty "I Won't Stand in Your Way" featuring the doo-wop group 14 Karat Soul.
Musical and personal conflicts began to emerge in the ways that the individual members handled their new-found success. In late 1984, the band added former BMT's guitarist and Long Island native Tommy Byrnes on second guitar and harmony vocals, after a European and US tour which ended at the New Orleans World's Fair, parted ways. Reflecting in 2012, Setzer said "it was silly to break up the Stray Cats at the peak of our success". Rocker and Phantom formed a trio called Phantom, Rocker & Slick whose debut album contained the single "Men Without Shame". Setzer went on to a solo career, retaining Byrnes and exchanging his rockabilly focus for a more wide-ranging roots rock/Americana sound on albums such as 1986's The Knife Feels Like Justice. In 1986, the Stray Cats reunited in Los Angeles, recorded the covers-heavy Rock Therapy. In 1989, they reunited once again for the album Blast Off!, accompanied by a tour with US blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. No longer with EMI America, they entered the studio with Nile Rodgers for the record titled Let's Go Faster, issued by Liberation in 1990.
After 1992's Dave Edmunds-produced Choo Choo Hot Fish, the cover album Original Cool, the group called it quits again. In 2004, the Stray Cats reunited for a month-long tour of Europe. A live album culled from those concerts, Rumble in Brixton, included one new studio track, "Mystery Train Kept A Rollin'." In 2007, they reunited once again for a successful and long-awaited US tour with ZZ Top and The Pretenders. This was their first North American tour in over 15 years. In the 2000s, the band toured Europe as part of their Farewell Tour. In 2008, for the first time in 18 years, the Stray Cats visited Australia and New Zealand which included several consecutive sold out shows of their Farewell Tour. In April 2009 the band reunited for a single show to celebrate Brian's 50th birthday at the Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, MN. On January 2. 2018 Brian Setzer announced via his Facebook page that the band would reunite for a show in Las Vegas on April 21, 2018. The Stray Cats performed two shows at The Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA on August
Joseph Charles John Piscopo is an American comedian, musician, writer and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s where he played a variety of recurring characters. Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Piscopo grew up in North Caldwell and attended West Essex High School and was a member of the drama club "the Masquers", he developed a reputation for never playing a part the way. After graduating from high school in 1969, Piscopo attended Jones College in Jacksonville, where he received a degree in broadcast management. In the summer of 1980, Piscopo was hired as a contract player for Saturday Night Live; the show had gone through major upheaval when all the writers, major producers, cast members left that spring. The all-new cast bombed with the exception of Piscopo and Eddie Murphy. With the success of SNL, Piscopo moved to the wealthy borough of New Jersey. Piscopo was best known for his impressions of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra.
Piscopo rewrote the lyrics for a Sinatra sketch with the help of Sinatra lyricist Sammy Cahn, recalled that "by the grace of God, the old man loved it." Piscopo left Saturday Night Live at the end of the 1983–1984 season. In 1984, he starred in a special for HBO and released a book for Pocket Books called The Piscopo Tapes. An album, New Jersey, for Columbia Records followed in 1985 and an ABC special called The Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special in May 1986. In 1987, Piscopo was name-checked in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' #1 rock single "Jammin' Me". Since January 2014 he has hosted Piscopo in the Morning with Al Gattullo, Frank Morano, Debbie DuHaime from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday on AM 970 The Answer in New York City. By February 2017, Piscopo, a supporter of U. S. President Donald Trump, was considering running as an independent for Governor of New Jersey in the 2017 gubernatorial election. However, in April he decided not to do so. Piscopo married former Wheel of Fortune producer Nancy Jones in 1973.
They had one child and divorced in 1988. In 1997, he married his son's nanny when Piscopo had been married to Jones, they had three children and divorced in 2006. Piscopo is a resident of Lebanon Township, New Jersey and has lived in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. Joe Piscopo on IMDb