memories of the ’70s – It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown

200px-FirstKissCBnHeatherOur underdog hero, Charlie Brown, was the star of many TV specials, including one that featured him and the Little Red-Haired Girl in It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown.

Airing in October 1977, the animated special was the 16th for the Charles Schultz creation and directed by Phil Roman.

The CBS TV 30 minute special focused on Charlie’s adoration of the Little Red-Haired Girl and the tradition of Homecoming.

Charlie finds out that he and Linus will be the escorts for the Homecoming Queen and her court at the dance, and then finds out he will escort the Queen, who is the Little Red-Haired Girl. Charlie is stressed out as he is always been enamored of the Little Red-Haired Girl.

After being blamed on the football field for losing the game  by Coach Peppermint Patty (when it was really Lucy who once again took the football from Charlie when he was supposed to make the final kick), he is stressed about attending the Homecoming dance, but to everyone’s surprise he does.

Charlie escorts the Little Red-Haired Girl, and as is tradition, summons the courage to kiss her on the cheek. After that, Charlie remembers nothing.

The next day Linus tells him he was a dancing machine, dancing with the Little Red-Haired Girl and her court and was the life of the Homecoming Dance.

The special was received well by viewers, but the audience still was upset about one fact: why Schultz never revealed the name of the Little Red-Haired Girl (which many said was Heather) and why she was never included in the comic strips.

The CBS special was also the first special that aired after the death of Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the iconic Peanuts theme.

Although released on VHS, Laser disc and in compilations, the special has been rarely re-aired on television.

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Two heads

are better than one on a Monday:

Two heads

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Which way to Weta?

Star Wars duo in Dunedin NZ:

star wars

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memories of the ’80s – With or Without You by U2

With_or_Without_You_vinyl_singleThe sounds of the late 1980s was dominated by U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, and by its lead single: With or Without You.

Released on March 16, 1987, the troubled love song was developed by the band from a demo first written in 1985 during The Unforgettable Fire tour, and was part of the sessions with producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.

The song reflects lead singer’s Bono’s views of being a public persona versus a private person with his relationships. The band first convened at Larry Mullen Jr.’s home to work on songs before going into the studio.

Starting their recording sessions at Danesmoate House in Dublin, the band experimented with many ideas for the song, but weren’t happy with arrangements and thought about ditching the track from album consideration.

Wanting to give it a last try, Bono worked with his friend/musician Gavin Friday to work on the song, using influences from Scott Walker’s album Climate of Hunter.

Once the album was completed in studio, the band decided on With or Without You as their first lead single, which band manager Paul McGuinness disagreed that it should be the pick.

Released in March, the single debuted at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in May became the band’s first number one single, and is credited as being the breakthrough song to America.

The song hit number one in the USA, Canada and Ireland and consequently has become of the band’s most beloved songs of all time.





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King of Toronto

Locals know who is king:


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memories of the ’70s – Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Go_Your_Own_Way_singleFor the late 1970s, this band’s album Rumours became one of the most-played, and was kicked off with the single Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac.

Getting together in 1976 to work on their album, the band convened in a rented house in south Florida, to focus on the creativity process.

Lindsay Buckingham wrote the song Go Your Own Way in response to his fractious relationship with Stevie Nicks. Little did the rest of the band know that they were both writing songs in response to their emotional states.

When the band went into the studio, Buckingham was influenced by the sounds from The Rolling Stones song “Street Fighting Man” and encouraged drummer Mick Fleetwood to channel the similar beat for Go Your Own Way.

Wanting to release a single before Christmas 1976 to preview the album coming in Spring 1977, the band released Go Your Own Way  in December 1976.

The single climbed the charts, as well as encouraged by the 800,000 in advance orders for the album from Warner Bros., the largest advance sale to date for the record label, which had scheduled the album for February 1977.

The single didn’t hit number one but did hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1977 and became the band’s first hit single for the album as well as their first hit single with a male vocal.

The band’s success, as well as the album’s next single, Dreams, led Warner Bros into the black with Rumours as the band’s best-selling album to date.


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Look out for the…

dodgy steps. As seen in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand:

dodgy steps

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