All posts tagged: Cyndi Lauper

30 Years Ago: ‘We Are The World’

30 years ago Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and producers Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian all got together to write a song for Supergroup USA for Africa that would sell over 20 million copies. That song? Are you kidding me? It’s right there in the title. It’s ‘We Are The World’. Released March 7th, 1985, USA for Africa featured some of America’s biggest pop stars including: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan as well as many, many others. Between merchandice and record sales, it is believed that ‘We Are The World’ raised between $45 and $47 million in relief for Africa. Since I haven’t read the news since 1985, I’m gonna assume this solved everything and Africa is now a powerhouse both socially and economically U-S-A! U-S-A! But, to be sure I’ll just check Google and…oh dear god…I was WAY off… Enjoy the video and if you got a few bucks, maybe send them to Africa. Advertisements

MTV’s The War To Settle The Score

In 1984/85 the popularity of professional wrestling, in particular the WWF, was booming. The WWF was the first promotion to recognize that what they did was entertainment and not 100% sport. Visionary Vince McMahon (WWF’s CEO) knew that he needed to reach a younger demographic and thus was born the Rock n’ Wrestling connection, a partnership between the WWF and MTV. This partnership saw rock stars like Cyndi Lauper and pop culture celebrities like Mr. T get involved in the wrestling action. To kick off the Rock n’ Wrestling connection, MTV aired a one-hour special entitled The War To Settle The Score. This special featured a championship match between Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper – Live from Madison Square Garden. The War To Settle The Score put the WWF into pop culture status and made Hulk Hogan a household name (if he wasn’t already). The special also was the precursor to the WWF’s premiere event known as WrestleMania. Definitely worth a watch to see all of the celebrity appearances including Danny DeVito, Joe Piscopo, …

Super Mario Super Show with Captain Lou

He was one of wrestling’s greatest managers turned pop culture icon, the one and only Captain Lou Albano…or as you may know him, Super Mario. Albano had a 42 year career in professional wrestling and managed 15 different tag teams to championship glory. But his biggest contributions to the wacky world of pro wrestling might have been his appearances in crossover media. Captain Lou was instrumental in making the WWF a household item in the 1980’s by tag teaming with mega superstar Cyndi Lauper. He appeared on MTV with Lauper, trained her to become a wrestling manager and even appeared in her music videos. Maybe you weren’t a MTV fan or even a WWF fan. But if you were a Saturday morning cartoon fan, then you would have still been entertained by Captain Lou…that’s because he was the live-action Super Mario. In 1989 The Super Mario Super Show began its 89 episode run. The show was a cartoon series with live-action segments anchoring each segment. Hey, remember when Mario told Luigi to fuck off. Okay, …

I Want My MTV

Oh man, back in the 80s everyone wanted their MTV. They still do, but it’s not the same. It’s like when you get your first “friend with benefits”. At first you are like “this is the greatest!” but eventually you want to branch out, but she has gotten comfortable with you, so she’s put on a few pounds and now you are arguing all the time, so you are all “this was just supposed to be a casual thing, why are you letting feelings get in the way?!” and she’s all “I will get pregnant on you! So help me god!” Sorry, I can’t really remember where I was going with all this…oh yeah. Remember when MTV played music videos?