Some popular Halloween theme songs include the theme to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, theme for the movie “Jaws,” theme from “Halloween” the movie, but on top of the list is the 1962 smash – “Monster Mash” by the late Bobby “Boris” Pickett. Just in case you didn’t know, that’s Bobby doing his best to imitate movie macabre favorite Boris Karloff.
Video games are the latest craze to expose new groups and their music – and even older bands.
Now music from the Beatles will be featured in an upcoming video game…
For the first time, the legendary group’s music will be featured in the lucrative video game market in a deal with MTV Games and Harmonix, creators of the “Rock Band” series. The game is scheduled to debut sometime next year.
Beatle Paul McCartney said: “The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out.”
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From Jack B – Mr. Pop, what in the world is the story with “Bruce Springstone?” All I know is that it was a record parodying Bruce Springsteen.
Mr. Pop History - The man behind this unique record is Baltimore’s Tom Chalkley: journalist, editorial cartoonist and satirist. Mr. Chalkney not only sings lead on “Meet The Flintstones/Take Me Out to the Ballgame; he created the back of the sleeve. Drummer John Ebersberger, another terrific cartoonist, created the front – complete with Clarence Clemmons dinosaur likeness.
According to Chalkley, the Bruce Springstone idea came from a party, during which he was singing a song in the style of Bruce. Convinced he should cut a record, he originally wanted to sing “New York, New York” the Bruce way. The two tunes on the 45rpm disc: “Bedrock Rap/Meet The Flinstones” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” were chosen by way of free association. Nothing particular.
The single was released in September of 1982. Many rock stations played the record to fool their audiences. And it did fool a lot of people.
Many who listened to the songs wondered if Springsteen had a problem with Bruce Springstone. Not so. Chalkley received a postcard from Bruce Springsteen saying: “Heard your record. Cute.”
Cartoon makers Hanna-Barbara had a problem. “Meet The Flintstones” was OK and they approved its use. They didn’t like the sleeve artwork. After selling some 35,000 copies – Hanna-Barbara pulled the plug with a cease-and-desist order. Tom Chalkley wrote three other songs for Bruce Springstone – “Cave Girl,” “I’m On Ice,” and “Ugga Bugga.” While none of these made it to record under Bruce Springstone, “Ugga Bugga” was recorded by actor Billy Mumy (Lost in Space) and is available on the Jurassic album. By way of tape dub, Dr. Demento played several of these other tunes on his syndicated radio show.
Good Ole Marshal Mathers, aka Shady, aka Eminem is back.
Eminem made his first public appearance in two years at the release party for his memoir “The Way I Am” – and his friend 50 Cent tells In Touch Weekly in a report that this is only the beginning of the (once again slim) Slim Shady’s comeback.
“He’s going to push the restart button,” the rapper says of Eminem’s upcoming album, Relapse. “While he was missing to the public, he wasn’t missing to me. When I go to Detroit, I stay at his house. The songs I’ve heard from him are incredible. He is letting Dr. Dre produce pretty much the whole album.
The 36-year-old superstar’s re-emergence comes four years after his last studio album, three years after he was treated for a sleep medication dependency and two years since the violent death of his best friend and the collapse of a second marriage to his childhood sweetheart.
His new track, “I’m Having a Relapse,” has caused a stir on the Web and is fueling talk of a new record and maybe even a tour.
But before Eminem moves forward musically, he first is taking a step back with a memoir out Tuesday that shares quite a few revelations about a man whose autobiographical lyrics have tantalized fans for years.
In “The Way I Am,” the man born Marshall Bruce Mathers III takes readers into his painful childhood and adolescence and inside the studio and beyond as the former Detroit, Michigan, factory floor sweeper and short-order cook enters the rap game and becomes a worldwide hip-hop sensation.
The book is 200-plus pages worth of text, behind-the-scenes photographs and reproductions of Eminem’s original lyric sheets — hotel stationery and other scraps of paper he used to scratch out partial verses of the songs that would make him famous: From “My Name Is” and “Stan” to “Lose Yourself” and “Without Me.”
The live show’s parody news anchor was missing from her spot alongside Seth Myers on “Weekend Update” because she gave birth earlier Saturday.
On behalf of Poehler and her husband, Will Arnett, “I can confirm that Amy gave birth to Archie Arnett on Saturday,” read a statement from Poehler’s spokeswoman, Kay Lewis.
Poehler, who has been on “SNL” since 2001, will not return to the show as a regular cast memeber, Lewis said in the statement.
The baby was born early Saturday evening in New York, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce.
Mother and child were “healthy and resting comfortably,” according to the statement.
Poehler, who performed on Thursday night’s special edition of “SNL” and is known for playing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was rehearsing the show until Friday. She also starred opposite Tina Fey in this year’s “Baby Mama” as a working class girl who agrees to be a surrogate mother for a single businesswoman.