My Life In Birthday Songs (part II)

If you read my last blog you learned that I was not too happy with the song list that topped the charts on my birthday each year. So, I thought I’d make a list of what I would have been listening to on my birthday…Going back though, I would in most cases have to guess…because, well…I can’t remember what I listened to 44 years ago, but I like to think I was a cool baby so my best guess is what you get.

Here you go;

My top 44 of my life

1967 Light My Fire – Doors

1968 Hey Jude – Beatles

1969 These Eyes – The Guess Who

1970 Lola – The Kinks

1971 Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters

1972 American Pie – Don McLean

1973 We’re An American Band – Grand Funk Railroad

1974 Bennie and The Jets – Elton John

1975 Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John

1976 Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

1977 Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band

1978 We Are The Champions / WE Will Rock You – Queen

1979 My Sharona – The Knack

1980 Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

1981 Take It On The Run – REO Speedwagon

1982 Centerfold – J. Geils Band

1983 Photograph – Def Leppard

1984 Sister Christian – Night Ranger

1985 I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

1986 West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

1987  Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi

1988 Need You Tonight – INXS

1989 Love Song – The Cure

1990 Cradle of Love – Billy Idol

1991 Unbelievable – EMF

1992 Smell Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

1993 Ordinary World – Duran Duran

1994 Loser – Beck

1995 Misery – Soul Asylum

1996 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins

1997 Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

1998 How’s It Going To Be – Third Eye Blind

1999 Slide – Goo Goo Dolls

2000 Kryptonite

2001 Drops of Jupiter – Train

2002 S8ter Boy – Avril Lavigne

2003 She Hates Me – Puddle Of Mudd

2004 Numb – Linkin Park

2005 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day

2006 Move Along – All American Rejects

2007 Hey There Delilah – Plain White T ‘s

2008 Crushcrushcrush – Paramore / Check Yes Juliet – We The Kings

2009 Second Chance – Shinedown

2010 Snuf – Slipknot

2011 Diamond Eyes – Shinedown / The Catalyst – Linkin Park

That was hard…this list could have gone a lot of ways…I have some of the widest range in music taste of anyone you’ll know. At any given time I could be listening to Rock, Alternative, Country or Punk. I’ve listened to music throughout my life from Van Halen to Kenny Rodgers, Led Zeplin to The Sex Pistols and from AC/DC to Depeche Mode. I’ve seen Madonna in concert and attended the Vans Warped Tour. The past few years I’ve listened to Taylor Swift, Five Finger Death Punch and Death Cab For Cutie and all on one CD currently in my SUV’s player, you find Splipknot, Shinedown, Rise Against, Saving Abel and Miley Cyrus. I’m thinking I could have been a music critic for Rolling Stone 🙂

Who knows what I’ll be listening to come this April 8th….What do you listen to?


My Life In Birthday Songs

Since I love music so much, I thought I’d blog about my birthday songs…the songs that topped the chart on my birthday April 8th each year….so here you go;

The Top 44 of my life

1967 Happy Together – The Turtles

1968 Sitting on the dock of the bay – Ottis Redding

1969 Dizzy – Tommy Roe

1970 Bridge over troubled water – Simon and Garfunkel

1971 Just my imagination (Running away with myself) – The Temptations

1972 A  horse with no name – America

1973 The night the lights went out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

1974 Hooked on a feeling – Blue Swede

1975 Philadelphia freedom – Elton John

1976 Disco Lady – Johnnie  Taylor

1977 Dancing Queen – Abba

1978 Night Fever – Bee Gees

1979 What a Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers

1980 Another Brick in the Wall (part 2) – Pink Floyd

1981 Kiss on My List – Hall and Oats

1982 I Love Rock ‘n Roll – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

1983 Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

1984 Footloose – Kenny Loggins

1985 We Are The World – USA For Africa

1986 Rock Me Amadeus

1987 Nothings Going to Stop us Now – Starship

1988 Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car – Billy Ocean

1989 The Look – Roxette

1990 I’ll Be Your Everything – Tommy Page

1991 I’ve Been Thinking About You – Londonbeat

1992 Save the Best for Last – Vanessa Williams

1993 Informer – Snow

1994 Bump N’ Grind – R Kelly

1995 Take A Bow – Madonna

1996 Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion

1997 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down – Puff Daddy feat. Mase

1998 All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

1999 No Scrubs – TLC

2000 Maria Maria – Santana feat. The Product G&B

2001 All For You – Janet

2002 Ain’t it Funny Jennifer Lopez feat Ja Rule

2003 In Da Club – 50 Cent

2004 Yeah! Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris

2005 Candy Shop – 50 Cent – feat Olivia

2006 Bad Day – Daniel Powter

2007 Don’t Matter – Akon

2008 Touch My Body Mariah Carey

2009 Poker Face – Lady Gaga

2010 Rude Boy – Rihanna

2011 E.T. – Katie Perry -feat Kanye West

Wow!!!! That didn’t go the way I wanted it to. I only like about 14 of those songs…I think I’ll have to continue this topic…with a slight change…stay tuned for What I was Listening to on My Birthday


Chris Dodd of the MPAA Can Kiss My Ass

That’s right…another political statement from a blog that I said would not be political! Well when it’s something that effect me…hell yes I’m gonna Bitch! MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is the lobbyist group for the film industry. Former senator Chris Dodd is Chairman and CEO. Who goes from one cushy job to the next…and is still trying to screw  us. He is the major reason that Wikipedia, Craigslist, Mozilla and 1,00o’s of other sites are blacked out today. They are protesting the proposed SOPA/PIPA  bills ahead of congress today. Just don’t try clicking this link today 🙂

This is the nutshell; the film industry is pissed because they are going broke because everybody is pirating their movies…myself…I don’t see them going broke…my kids are still spending money at the movie theaters….the Wal-Mart movie bin is still selling movies like crazy…Harry Potter and Transformers still grossed over 350 million domestically  in fact, if you add up the top three grossing movies of 2011 they brought in over 1 billion dollars.

But wait…“Those who steal movies and TV shows, or who knowingly support those who do, don’t see the faces of the camera assistant, seamstresses, electricians, construction workers, drivers, and small business owners and their employees who are among the thousands essential to moviemaking,” he said. “They don’t see the teenager working their first job taking tickets at the local theater, or the video rental store employees working hard to support their families.” Says Chris Dodd. Really Chris Dodd since when do you care about the teenager who working their first job? I think the only thing you care about is lining your pockets with as much green as you can…and anyone willing to put more in your pocket is your friend. Chris Dodd = Dick Punch!!!

Now I’m not for pirating movies, but I don’t think the film industry is going broke over this either. If anything, I think it’s profiting somewhat from it….The small group of people who actually have the knowledge and willingness to illegally download movies or television shows share this stuff with their friends who don’t do this. They in-turn like the TV show, then subscribe to HBO or Showtime to watch the whole season. The person who illegally downloads a full season of  “Glee” because they liked it isn’t the same person who would pay $85 for the same season at the store…just don’t see it happening. They download it because it’s there…they don’t spend the money because it’s for-sale. Take me…I loved the HBO Series Band of Brothers. I didn’t run out and buy it when it came out on DVD….but when it comes on Spike, AMC or TMC etc I watch it again.

The people downloading these new release movies are doing it for another reason…because they don’t go to the theaters!!! Because they want to show their technical deficient friends they can get new run movies they can’t. I think the film industry needs to find away to get movies into our hands faster, like the music industry years ago…

Faced with Napster and other file sharing sites, the music industry worked with Itunes. No one wanted to pay $17 for a CD and get 1 good song…that’s why they started downloading them illegally. Itunes changed the way music is distributed. It revolutionized the music industry. That’s what the fill industry needs to do…find away to get it into our hands quicker and easier!

There are already piracy laws in place…if they are not strong enough…shore them up….follow the money…go after them. Don’t put undo burden on the web-sites to police themselves. Don’t censor us. The internet is free…and freedom of speech is our right. Once you give government the right to censor something, they will censor anything they don’t like.

Just think…they would censor this blog!


To Whiz Or Not To Whiz On Your Steak Sandwich

That’s right…I like Whiz on my sandwich! Let make that clear…I like Cheese Whiz on my Philly Cheese Steak! Last night I was wondering what to do with my left over prime rib that we cooked for New Years….on my way home it hit me…Philly Cheese Steak!!!!! Not the imitation crap you find around here….some cheep beef shredded with onions peppers and provolone or even worse…mozzarella cheese. I’m talking the real Philly Cheese Steak. 

So my craving this delectable treat sparked a debate last night on Facebook…to Whiz or not to Whiz. I thought I’d give you my take on the Philly Cheese Steak.

When I got home last night I took the left over prime rib out of the fridge got out my meat slicer…yes I have a meat slicer (well my brother-in-law has one that I haven’t returned)…(yet). I placed the setting at shave and began slicing the prime rib into thin shavings…a little more than a pound or so left. I threw it in the crock to heat it up while i left for the store for some Italian Rolls and “The Whiz”. When I returned home I could smell the seasonings used to cook the prime rib filling my house…oh man!!!! I broke out the skillet, warmed the rolls, heated up the Whiz… that’s when the Huge Cheese Whiz accident happened…don’t microwave the Whiz…just saying! Almost had to buy more Whiz 🙂 After the clean up…over course I had to sample the Whiz…I pulled the the shavings from the crock and placed them on the skillet and with my two turners…(you call then spatulas) I proceed to chop and slice at the steak until its perfect for the sandwich. I then place a generous amount on the Italian roll  and you guessed it mounds of Whiz!!! and I add the mustard for my liking. I ate so much it made me sick…just like the first time I ever had one of these Philadelphia famous treats.

So the debate is this…to Whiz or not! For my part I give you this. I was first introduced to the Philly Cheese Steak by my ex wife’s friend…a Philadelphia native and while I was visiting in Philadelphia…She made one…ah…two for me, and in the way I did above. So just like most people…the first way you are introduced to something…its the only way! In my defense I give you the following;

First a little history…from Wikipedia;

cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteakPhilly cheesesteakcheese steak, or steak and cheese, is asandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. A popular regional fast food, it has its roots in the city of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania.[1]

Now to support my claim….again from Wikipedia;

Cheez Whiz, first marketed in 1952, was not yet available for the original 1930 version, but has spread in popularity.[17] A 1986 New York Times article called Cheez Whiz “the sine qua non of cheesesteak connoisseurs.”[18] In a 1985 interview, Pat Olivieri’s nephew Frank Olivieri said that he uses “the processed cheese spread familiar to millions of parents who prize speed and ease in fixing the children’s lunch for the same reason, because it is fast.”[19] Cheez Whiz is “overwhelmingly the favorite” at Pat’s, outselling runner-up American by a ratio of eight or ten to one, while Geno’s claims to go through eight to ten cases of Cheez Whiz a day.[16]

I will also support my claim with this link to Pat’s King of Steaks the original Cheese Steak King!!! note the picture on the home page of the Cheese Steak…Yes! That is Whiz!!! The first time I ate at Pat’s was awesome…we were clubbing in Philly then were going to to Shore after..but we stopped by Pat’s on the way to get a late night snack…it’s pretty hard to eat one of those things and drive to Jersey…just saying!

So now that I’ve supported my claim with a little history and incite…try one for yourself!!! or come to my house and let me Whiz on your Cheese Steak!