I grew up watching this show. It helped shape my musical tastes into what they are today. A few of my favourite performances from The Word
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence (1992)
Pulp - Lipgloss (1993)
Primal Scream - Movin’ On Up (1991)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (1993)
Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin’ (1993)
Pixies - Allison (1990)
Ride - Leave Them All Behind (1992)
Aries: Doris Day, Clyde Barrow, Johann Bach, William Wordsworth, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Lucrezia Borgia, Vincent Van Gogh, Rene Descartes, Harry Houdini, Thomas Hobbes, Marlon Brando, Francis Ford Coppola, Wilbur Wright, Billie Holiday, Charlie Chaplin, Giovanni Casanova, The Iceman Killer
Taurus: Queen Elizabeth II, Immanuel Kant, William Shakespeare, Malcolm X, John Muir, Vladimir Lenin, Hirohito, Karl Marx, James Buchanan, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Pierre Curie, James Monroe, Salvador Dalí, Maria Theresa, Jack Ruby, Napoleon III, Orson Welles, Harry Truman, Florence Nightingale, Saddam Hussein, Charlotte Brontë
Gemini: Jeffrey Dahmer, Wild Bill Hickok, Marquis de Sade, Pauline Cushman, Alexandra Feodorovna, Walt Whitman, Dante, Anne Frank, Clint Eastwood, Igor Sikorsky, Blaise Pascal, Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman, John Ringling, Paul McCartney, Lord Scott Disick, Lana del Rey, David Berkowitz, Pancho Villa, Judy Garland, Arthur Conan Doyle, Morrissey, Helen Bonham Carter
Cancer: Princess Diana, Gustav Klimt, Harrison Ford, Malala Yousfzai, Nikola Tesla, Gregor Mendel, Bob Marley, George Orwell, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Solange Knowles, Robin Williams, Frida Kahlo, Alan Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ron Kovic, Helen Keller, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Mandela, Anne Lindbergh, John Quincy Adams, Elizabeth Borden
Leo: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Andy Warhol, Barack Obama, Louis Armstrong, Virginia Dare, Jackie Kennedy, Amelia Earhart, Patrick Swayze, Francis Scott Key, Bill Clinton, Coco Chanel, Mick Jagger, Henry Ford, Lucille Ball, Orville Wright, Benito Mussolini, Clara Bow, Napoleon, Alfred Hitchcock, Fidel Castro, J.K. Rowling, Elizabeth Bathóry, Black Dahlia, Caylee Anthony
Virgo: Greta Garbo, Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Van Morrison, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jesse Owens, Beyoncé Knowles, Tim Burton, Ivan the Terrible, Louis XVI, Rita Dove, Ed Gein, Sophia Loren, Andrea Bocelli, Leo Tolstoy, Freddie Mercury, Pippa Middleton, Paul Walker, Dale Chihuly, Mother Teresa, Gene Simmons, Milton Hershey, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Roald Dahl, Jesse James, Agatha Christie, Amy Winehouse
Libra: Ben E. King, John Krasinski, Bonnie Parker, Scott Fitzgerald, Sting, Ray Charles, William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Etan Patz, Kubali Khan, Alfred Nobel, Molly Pitcher, Jimmy Carter, Daryl Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Dwight Eisenhower, Johnny Appleseed, Kim Kardashian, Oscar Wilde, Margaret Thatcher, Ed Sullivan, Vladimir Putin, Niel Bohr, Bruce Springsteen, Anne Rice, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesse Jackson, Chuck Berry, Confucius
Scorpio: Lorde, Christopher Columbus, Hillary Clinton, Bruce Jenner, Theodore Roosevelt, Erasmus, Edith Head, Joni Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Bill Gates, John Adams, Carl Sagan, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Charles Manson, Abigail Adams, Leon Trotsky, Jonas Salk
Sagittarius: Jim Morrison, Walt Disney, Mark Twain, Nero, Judd Nelson, Ludwig van Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Jane Fonda, Wassily Kandinsky, Louisa May Alcott, Pope Francis, Bill Nye, Emily Dickinson, Steven Spielberg, Joseph Stalin, Mary Todd Lincoln, C.S. Lincoln, Mary Walker, Jane Austen, Tyra Banks, Ted Bundy, Charles Ringling, Ada Lovelace
Capricorn: Kate Middleton, Paul Revere, Al Capone, Louis Pasteur, Muhammad Ali, J.D. Salinger, Elvis Presley, Alice Paul, Odetta, Richard Nixon, Edgar Allen Poe, Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Isaac Newton, Paul Cezanne, Cary Grant, Betty White, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Mao Tse-tung, Marilyn Manson
Aquarius: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Maria von Trapp, Nicolas Sarkozy, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wolfgang Mozart, Rosa Parks, Jackson Pollock, Bessie Coleman, Francis Bacon, Billie Joe Armstrong, Charles Dickens, Thomas Paine, Thomas More, Buzz Aldrin, Eddie Van Halen, Ronald Reagan, Bono, Ellen Degeneres, Paul Newman, Galileo, James Dean
Pisces: Mikhail Gorbachev, Jenna Fischer, Linus Pauling, Dr. Seuss, Chief Joseph, Neville Chamberlain, George Washington, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Marjorie Merriweather, Levi Strauss, Alexander McQueen, Steve Jobs, Jon Bon Jovi, Kurt Cobain, Nicolaus Copernicus, Elizabeth Taylor, Pierre Auguste-Renoir
Here’s something exciting, we’ll soon get a new location and a new game to explore. And of course, a new soundtrack.
Interestingly, this song doesn’t seem to have made much of a dent in the music charts. It appears only as “Up and Coming” among the Decca Records catalog in the February 14, 1948 issue of Billboard.
The composer himself, Russ Morgan, also recorded his composition with Bob Eberly in 1946 with “Matinee” as the B-side. The record was released in 1948 with the Billboard review “Shallow schmaltzy orking [orchestra] may please some Morgan fans.“ and an overall rating of 63 (aka Satisfactory) on March 6, 1948.
The Ink Spots largely have the song to themselves.
Other songs do share the same title, but do not have the same lyrics. The Four Aces recorded an identically titled Brooks Arthur and Alan Lorber composition as the B-side to “Lonely Hill” in 1962. Hank Williams Jr. (not to be confused with his famous father) wrote and recorded another identically titled song for the MGM film A Time to Sing in 1968.
Left to right: Billy “Butterball” Bowen, Harold Francis (seated at piano), Bill Kenny, Herb Kenny, and Charlie Fuqua (with guitar)
The song itself is tinged with a bit of sadness, much like the lyrics. The group’s lineup had changed drastically through the years, but none so much as after Orville “Hoppy” Jones’ death.
Hoppy Jones was the “talking bass” who often repeated the lyrics in a lower voice on many of the songs. The lead tenor, either Bill Kenny or Ivory “Deek” Watson would continue the song until the end to complete the famous “Top & Bottom” format that defined many of their songs.
Jones had suffered from cerebral hemorrhages since June 1944 and collapsed onstage in October. His bass position would be replaced by Cliff Givens and permanently by Bill Kenny’s twin brother, Herb Kenny.
However, in-fighting in the group led to Kenny buying out Deek Watson’s share and kicking him out in 1944. Billy “Butterball” Bowen would become his replacement. Watson would form his own group as The Brown Dots. Only Fuqua remained from the original 1934 group. He too would leave in 1952.
Perhaps as an indication of the decline of traditional pop in favor for rock ‘n roll, the Ink Spots had their last No. 1 hits in 1946, eventually dipping down to Top 25. They would lose ground to doo-wop, a genre they inspired, and rockabilly.
This lineup would last until 1951 and be the last Ink Spots quartet to perform for Decca Records.
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First appearance: Captain Britain vol. 1 #8 (1976)
Writers: Chris Claremont (creator), Gary Friedrich, Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Alan Davis, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab, Joe Kelly, Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, Rick Remender, Kieron Gillen, Victor Gischler, Sam Humphries, Brian Wood, Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, G. Willow Wilson, Cullen Bunn & more.
Artists: Herb Trimpe (creator), Alan Davis, Marc Silvestri, Rick Leonardi, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Roger Cruz, Joe Madureira, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, German Garcia, Leinil Francis Yu, Billy Tan, Paul Pelletier, Clayton Henry, Tom Grummet, Tim Seeley, Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Harvey Tolibao, Clay Mann, Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic, Mark Brooks, Will Conrad, Greg Tocchini, Jorge Molina, Phil Noto, David Lopez, Ron Garney, Adrian Alphona, Olivier Coipel, Phil Briones, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim, Daniel Acuña, Todd Nauck, Roland Boschi, Ken Lashley & more.
Costume designers: Alan Davis, Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Leinil Francis Yu, Salvador Larroca, Tom Grummet, Jerome Opeña, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim & Greg Land.
Live action/animated adaptations: Kay Tremblay (X-Men: The Animated Series), Mei Melançon (X-Men: The Last Stand), Grey DeLisle (Wolverine and the X-Men) & Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse).
Current books: Uncanny X-Men (vol. 4) by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land/Ken Lashley; Civil War II: X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Andrea Broccardo.
My submission for @aggressivelyarospec AggressivelyArospecWeek. I wrote about Joel Robinson from Mystery Science Theater 3000, who I headcanon as aro/ace and also as someone who, at one point in his life, wanted children of his own.
Please note that this is entirely a headcanon and that you are more than welcome to have a different headcanon from mine. Draw a picture, write a song, compose an awesome play, make a goofy post, whatever it is that helps you express your important headcanons! I’d honestly love to see more headcanons about these wonderful characters!
And for context: this takes place a few days after Women of the Prehistoric Planet, so this would be very early in the show’s run and only a few months into Joel’s captivity. The only thing you need to know is that they had a couch briefly on the bridge.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game… right?
But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this “game” – nor Brooks – are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had… or game over.
Directed by: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein
Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Lamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Jesse Plemons, Danny Huston, Michael C. Hall
Horror/Comedy Movie about a Janitor with those stereotypically big headphones that just goes around mopping stuff while all this horror shit occurs. He just never really looks up or notices people getting chucked across the room or disemboweled, he’s just so into his job.
And at the end when he’s punching out for the evening, the monsters are also punching out and he’s like ‘see you tomarrow night G'Byolbvie, Evicerator, Evil Billy.’