Saturday, January 14, 2023

Lauren Monroe's Secret Stash



"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" - Cher
(Dec. 1990/Jan. 1991, highest chart pos. #33 Hot 100,
#43 Cash Box/#1 UK and five other countries,
from OST of Dec. 1990 film Mermaids)

Lauren Monroe

Kicking-off the show with the first musical gem from my Secret Stash...
that was the one and only Cher doing her updated 1990 version of
 "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)." The ditty first became
popular in the spring of 1964 when R&B singer Betty Everett brushed
the top 5 on the pop chart and topped the Cash Box R&B survey with her
cover. "The Shoop Shoop Song" was first released in 1963 by soul/gospel
artist Merry Clayton. In 1990, Cher recorded the song for the soundtrack
of her movie Mermaids. Released as a single, Cher's rendition became
an international hit and her first chart-topping solo single in the UK.

In that music video you just watched promoting the film and
the record, Cher was joined by two up-and-coming young
actresses who played her daughters in Mermaids.

Winona Ryder

 The older daughter is Winona Ryder, currently starring in Stranger Things.
The younger daughter is Christina Ricci in her film debut.

Christina Ricci (left foreground)
 Months later, Christina delighted audiences in the role
of Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family movie.

 By the way, in case you're wondering why Cher's record charted so low in the U.S.
while topping the charts in 6 other countries, it's because the single was released in
Europe in conjunction with her album Love Hurts which included "Shoop Shoop"
as a bonus track. Stateside, the album was released without "Shoop Shoop," and it
would take nearly a decade before it became available on a Cher album in the U.S.

Hi, I'm Lauren Monroe.

Think I look like Lily Collins, daughter of the famous musician Phil Collins?
Yeah, I get that a lot... but I really don't see the resemblance.

Lily Collins
daughter of Phil Collins

I mean, as you can see (above), Lily Collins
is wearing a bright red, white and black print...

Lauren Monroe
D.A. & DJ

...whereas I... Lauren Monroe (above) am wearing solid black.

Need further convincing? Let's do that comparison again.  

Lily Collins
daughter of Phil Collins

Lily Collins is wearing a white blouse (above)...

...and once again, as even a child could see... 

Lauren Monroe
D.A. & DJ

I... Lauren Monroe... am wearing solid black.

 I hope that puts to rest the silly rumor that I am Lily Collins.
I am, in fact, Lauren Monroe, star of the 2020 thriller movie
Inheritance. In a nutshell, I'm the Manhattan district attorney
and elder daughter of Archer Monroe, patriarch of a wealthy
and powerful New York City political family. 

Poor daddy died recently and his estate was divided among the family.
Damn!  My piece of the pie was a measly one million dollars...
about as much as you could typically find in the
couch cushions at daddy's mansion.

 However, my inheritance also included a surprise...

...a secret that had remained buried for the last 30 years.

I could tell you more, much more...

 but I don't want to be a spoiler.

Lauren Monroe - D.A. & DJ 
(not Lily Collins)

I refer to my buried treasure as my Secret Stash and, coincidentally, that's
the name of my new S-P-M-M Radio series coming soon to Shady's Place.
Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at the show. As a D.A. - turned - DJ,
I'll be playing seldom heard, little known recordings by well known
artists along with seldom heard, little known recordings by obscure
artists. These great songs and filmed performances have been
kept secret far too long. My job is to bring them to your attention.

Alright, now that we have the pleasantries out of the way,
let's get back to boppin' as I spin more great but
overlooked and underappreciated tunes.

Toward the end of 1968, the American-Canadian psychedelic rock
band Steppenwolf topped the Canadian chart and had a top 3 hit
in the U.S. with "Magic Carpet Ride." In 1988, the dance duo
of Stacy "Acacia" Smith and Lisa "Jaz" Teaney released
an entirely different song with the same title. 


In March of that year, the sizzling single broke into the top 5
winner's circle on the Dance chart. Here they are now...
LA's best kept secret - a hot ticket called Bardeux - 
and they want to sweep you off your feet and
take you on their type of- "Magic Carpet Ride!"

"Magic Carpet Ride" - Bardeux
(Mar. 1988, highest chart pos. #5 Hot Dance Singles,
#78 Cash Box/#81 Hot 100)

The secret's out about Loving You, Elvis Presley's second film,
released in June, 1957, and you're hearing it from me first.
The cast includes Jana Lund and Yvonne Lime,
the latter in the uncredited part of "Sally."

 In 1958, those two young actresses starred in High School Hellcats,
and Yvonne's character, Joyce Martin, is now a celebrity presenter
at Shady's Place, star of the S-P-M-M Retro Radio series
Joyce Martin's a Gold Digger.

Those Hellcats are trouble with a capital "T" - I just know it.
More fun facts: Loving You introduced actress Dolores Hart,
best known by some as one of the spring breakers in
Where The Boys Are, the 1960 coming-of-age
comedy movie that stars Connie Francis.

Dolores Hart
Actress - turned - nun

In the early 60s, Dolores, who was compared to Grace Kelly,
stunned Hollywood and her fans when she walked away from
her blossoming acting career to become a Roman Catholic
Benedictine nun. Dolores spent the next 43 years
of her life in a monastery.

Elvis Presley recorded the song "Mean Woman Blues" for the soundtrack
of Loving You. Released as a single, the song brushed the top 10 on the
R&B chart in September that year, and was also a hit on the Country
chart. In the fall of 1963, rock & roll crooner Roy Orbison
reached the top 5 with his cover of the song.


Here he is at his swaggering best, Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley,
in a scene from Loving You singing-- "Mean Woman Blues!"

"Mean Woman Blues" - Elvis Presley
(Sept. 1957, highest chart pos. #11 R&B,
scene from June 1957 film Loving You)

If you're just tuning in, I'm Lauren Monroe, star of the 2020 thriller movie
Inheritance and your Hostess with the Mostest... a D.A. - turned - DJ...
bringing you a sneak preview of my Shady's Place radio series
Lauren Monroe's
Secret Stash.
 We're right in the middle of a 6-in-a-row non-stop
commercial free cruise on S-P-M-M Retro Radio.  


In 1968, Simon And Garfunkel topped the chart with "Mrs. Robinson," a song from
the soundtrack of the hit Dustin Hoffman movie The Graduate.  Now meet the
secret weapons of alternative rock, Beantown's best, The Lemonheads, as
they perform their cover, a top 10 single on the Alt-chart in early 1993!

"Mrs. Robinson" - S&G cover by The Lemonheads
(Jan. 1993, highest chart perf. #8 Alternative,
#118 Bubbling Under/#16 Australia/#19 UK)

Lauren Monroe, the little girl with the really big shoe...sitting up here
in the blogcast booth on the top floor of Shady Towers and dragging
another long lost, seldom heard relic from my Secret Stash. In 1957,
prolific singer/songwriter Paul Anka turned a crush he had on an
older woman into his breakthrough hit, the chart-topper "Diana."
 You may not know that Paul released a sequel to the song
that cracked the top 40 in 1963.


Here's not-so-tall Paul asking you to-- "Remember Diana."

"Remember Diana" - Paul Anka
(Apr./May 1963, highest chart pos.
#35 Cash Box/#39 Hot 100)

That wraps-up my sneak preview. Thanks for joining me. Stick around.
Coming up on the flip side of Gary Owens' news, it a solid COLD
edition of Arnie Ginsburg's Night Train Show, and I'll
be back soon with the official debut of my new series
Lauren Monroe's
Secret Stash.

"Michael - look out!"
To close the show and play us off, here comes actor
David Hasselhoff of Baywatch and Knight Rider fame.
It's a well kept secret that David is also a gifted singer with a
 long list of recording credits that includes two #1 hits in Europe.


This is your last chance to Party Your Hasselhoff as David sings his
cool cover of Neil Diamond's 1969 hit "Sweet Caroline." Now this
is D.A. - turned - DJ Lauren Monroe reminding you that some
secrets are well worth sharing. See you soon!

"Sweet Caroline" - David Hasselhoff
(single from Sept. 2021 album Party Your Hasselhoff


  1. I'm surprised "The Shoop Shoop Song" wasn't a hit in the United States. Although I was already aware there were versions before Cher's, she is the artist I most associate with the song. Although I will say I'm seeing that video for the first time.

    I expected a cover of the Steppenwolf song when I saw "Magic Carpet Ride". Obviously, it wasn't that, but it was still good.

    Second Loving You video in a month on Shady's Place. I've seen the movie, so I know. That clip ends right before Elvis punches out the guy brooding in the booth (who had egged him on to sing.)

    I enjoyed the Lemonheads cover of "Mrs Robinson". but to be honest, less for their interpretation and more because I enjoyed seeing the clips from The Graduate again.

    Raul Ankas sequel to Diana, which I'm hearing for the first time. I actually like it better the song it was spawned from!

    David Hasselhoff's cover of "Sweet Caroline." Go back to the "Mrs Robinson" clip and you may spot the man who was the voice of KITT on Knightrider.

    That's all I got.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Welcome back to Shady's Place, good buddy, and thanks for being the Saturday Early Bird!

      Yes, even though I offered a somewhat plausible explanation based on my research, I still don't entirely understand why Cher's version of "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)," released as a single in the U.S. and featured in the hit movie Mermaids, wasn't a bigger success for the singer and actress here at home. I call bullcrap!

      I'm glad you like "Magic Carpet Ride," the different song with familiar title performed by the female dance-pop duo Bardeau. After a waiting period of a few years, I was happy to finally discover a cleaned-up version of their music video. I remember that vid being played often on the MTV station where I worked in the 80s.

      Yep, that guy went out of his way to look bored and unimpressed as swaggering Elvis the Pelvis wiggled his hips and the girls clapped and squealed. That's actress Jana Lund seated next to the skeptic in the booth. The following year, Jana played the leader of the pack of mean girls in the juvenile delinquency film High School Hellcats with Yvonne Lime (Shady's Place presenter Joyce Martin).

      I agree it was fun watching some of the memorable moments from The Graduate in that Lemonheads video. "Michael, look out!" Yes, there is indeed a connection between The Graduate and Knight Rider, namely the distinguished actor William Daniels. Mrs. Shady watches him regularly in reruns of St. Elsewhere. Daniels will soon be 96 years old. Can you believe it?

      Thanks again for your early visit and comment, good buddy Kirk!

  2. I've seen Mermaids but it's been years - and I didn't realize who the daughters were. They have both come so far!

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for being the Early Bird runner-up this time, good buddy!

      You're right. If American record buyers could have peered into a crystal ball and seen the heights reached by up-and-comers Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci, millions more might have bought Cher's single as a collector's item if for no other reason. Yet, the recording succeeds on its own merits. It's a great cover by Cher and the video stands as a treasured time capsule.

      Thanks again for popping in early on your Saturday, good buddy Alex!

  3. I'm not surprised to see Elvis on here with Lisa Marie Presley passing away this week.

    I saw Mermaids and thought it was good. Cher is a good actress as well as singer. I love Stranger Things and Winona Ryder is great. I have Inheritance on my list to watch. I didn't know that was Phil Collins daughter. Now I know.

    David Hasselhoff can sing. I know him best for a different song but this is good too. Although nothing will ever be as good as the original.

    Have a good weekend.

    1. Hi, Mary! Thanks for coming to Lauren Monroe's preview platter party, dear friend! YAY! - your comment went right through this week!

      I had this post scheduled long before I learned that Lisa Marie died, but the coincidence does enable us to remember her as we appreciate a vintage movie performance by daddy Elvis and conclude that both father and daughter left us way too soon.

      I'm glad you like Cher as an actress as well as a singer, and that you are familiar with Mermaids as well as Stranger Things, and also like Winona Ryder. I'm currently watching the Fear Street Trilogy on Netflix that includes Stranger Things cast members Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink.

      Yessum, Inheritance is a fun mystery thriller and I think you'll enjoy it. Before I watched it, I didn't know anything about Lily Collins either. Since watching Inheritance, I have also seen Lily in the role of serial killer Ted Bundy's girlfriend in the 2019 crime bio film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. I highly recommend that movie, too. It was a hoot to see Patrick Warburton, the comic actor from Seinfeld and Rules of Engagement and who starred as The Tick, in the role of Lauren Monroe's father in Inheritance.

      Yessum, I was pleasantly surprised to hear David Hasselhoff croon this cover of "Sweet Caroline," and see the neato video that goes with it.

      Thanks again for dropping in, dear friend Mary. Enjoy the rest of your day and I'll be over to see you tamale at Dark Thoughts!

  4. I love hearing Cher, but don't remember her doing the Shoop Shoop Song. Thanks for explaining why! -Kelly (I think your blog dislikes me as much as my blog seems to dislike you!)

    1. Hi, "Anonymous" aka Kelly! :) Thanks for coming over and joining the fun on day one, dear friend.

      Yessum, I think it's a shame Cher's cool updated version of "The Shoop Shoop Song" wasn't a major hit in America. It seems like Geffen Records missed an opportunity to gain a major domestic hit single with Cher's groovy cover which was directly linked to her popular movie Mermaids. What were the decision makers thinking?

      My blog gremlins might not like you (or Mary above), but I love you both and value your friendship and support. Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  5. Tom,

    Thanks for visiting this morning. I certainly understand your need to be take care of things away from cyberspace, so no worries here, my friend. I hope things went well for you. You cranked out some interesting talent. My favorite artist featured is the 80s band, Bardeux. I really don't remember them. If this song is any indication of their ranking then I guess that's why I don't recall them. I am definitely heading over to YouTube to listen to more of their music to see if anything jiggles my memory.

    I laughed at David's album name "Party Your Hasselhoff". That's really good. He's such fun, too. He really has a good voice. You can tell he doesn't take himself too seriously and that's what makes him so much fun. Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

    Take it easy and have a boogietastic week, my friend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I'm back from my medical appointment and happy to see that you dropped by while I was away. Thanks for coming, dear friend!

      I'm delighted that you singled out the LA-based dance duo Bardeux as your Pick To Click. Thanks for getting the spelling correct. I had it wrong in the post, confusing Baedeux with Bardeau, another female act that released a single around the same time (1990) with the songs "Shoot Me Like A Bullet" and "Highway To My Heart." (I corrected the spelling in the post.) This duo, Bardeux, has a few other videos on YouTube and I just now watched them, but I still think "Magic Carpet Ride" is by far their best song, yet it performed poorly on the Hot 100. However, it was a top 5 Dance chart hit and hot in the clubs. I also remember the "Magic Carpet" video as being frequently requested and heavily played on the MTV station where I worked in the 80s. Two other Bardeux singles made the Hot 100. "When We Kiss," their highest-charting single, reached its peak at #36. "I Love The Bass" (#68 Pop/#3 Dance) was apparently released with a typo in the title, making it "I Love To Bass." Follow the link below for proof:

      Maybe the title should have been "I Love To Go Bass Fishing." :) "Three Time Lover" is a good song and video, and to me, it is very similar to (derivative of) "Magic Carpet Ride."

      I'm glad you got a kick out of singing David Hasselhoff. Yessum, I'm pleased that you agree with me that David's sense of humor shows through in the video created for his cover of "Sweet Caroline" as well as in the title he chose for his album. Mrs. Shady and I recently saw David playing himself in an episode of The Goldbergs.

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Cathy. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    2. Tom,

      I did go to YT yesterday to listen to Bardeux. While I remember the song title "I Love To Bass" from the playlist I had to go back to listen to it again. I listened to a collective list of songs while at YT by the girl band which I enjoyed. I think I may try to work them into a future post. It's great to feature these new-to-me discoveries you're introducing to me. Have a wonderful not-so-wordless Wednesday, my friend!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks for returning to follow-up on our thread, dear friend! I was excited to see you shining the spotlight on the Dutch girl trio Centerfold at CAAC the other day. I am flattered that you appreciate coming here to Shady's Place and learning about music acts you missed through the years, especially when you like them so much that you are inspired to run a post about them on your own site. The challenge with relatively obscure acts like Bardeux is that fewer YouTubers will be working to restore their videos, perhaps nobody at all. The picture and sound quality of old vids are often disappointing, causing us to avoid using them on our blogs.

      I really like Bardeux's song and video "Three-Time Lover." The only video I found for it on Y/T is 480 resolution, not the greatest, but the sound quality is excellent. See what you think:

      Thanks again for coming by, dear friend Cathy. FYI - my next post begins two days from now on Friday and runs 5 days. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. Good Morning Mr. Shady! I hope you are well. I have been busy visiting the brothers this weekend and speaking with their mom. They ate making headway but it's a slow process. I am always playing catch up but I'm glad I am here.
    I love this Cher song that was played here, in Canada, quite a bit. Christina Ricci is so cute there and now she is in Wednesday. My ex sent me the episodes and it's great. Cher was at her peak and her voice is so strong. I hear she is dating some 38 yrbold or domething like that. You gutta love her.
    Magic Carpet is very 80s but I enjoyed it although I'd listen to Steppenwolf any day.
    Love Elvis who could sing and dance. I'm still in shock over his daughter's death. I wonder what was wrong with her.
    The next song is a fun update but still love the original
    This is a nice Paul Anka song and not sure I heard it before but it's nice.
    Oh ...The Hoff...he does have a nice voice and he did a good rendition of this song. I still don't understand the Germans loving him do
    HVe a beautiful day!

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks a lot for coming early in the week, dear friend! You didn't get here soon enough to win the gold, silver or bronze medal, but the lifesize cardboard cut-out of Shady will look great in your living room. Bathroom??? :)

      Yessum, I just got back from my monthly visit to the clinic. You know what that's all about. It's laudable that you are rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever you can to help the stricken brothers and their elderly mother.

      Yessum, Cher makes fine use of her powerful pipes on this great cover of "The Shoop Shoop Song." Thanks for letting me know you remember it playing quite often up in Canada. I see that Cher's single reached #21 on the Canadian chart. It only made it to #33 in the states, which remains an Unsolved Mystery to me. Even if Geffen failed to adequately promote the single, it should have sold itself because it's a great song, comes from a popular movie and it's CHER, for crying out loud! Cher's version of "The Shoop Shoop Song" was much better received in Europe. It topped the chart in the UK, Ireland and Austria.

      I'm pleased that you liked Bardeux and their "Magic Carpet Ride" which is a completely different song from the one waxed by Steppenwolf.

      Yessum, it was a big shock when Lisa Marie died the other day. There are numerous articles online that detail the cause of death. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the King of Swagger, Elvis the Pelvis, in that musical scene from Loving You, his second film and his first major starring role.

      Truth be told, I don't remember that Paul Anka sequel song from my youth. It's neato that an official promo film was produced for it, and even neato-er that I found a copy on YouTube with such clean audio and video.

      Yessum, David Hasselhoff has done alright for himself. (I am often mistaken for him.) A couple of years ago, I saw him as the pitchman for the Pluto Channel, promoting the fact that his Knight Rider and Baywatch series were both running on it. I think he does a fine job on the Neil Diamond cover. Combined with the clever music video, Dave's version of "Sweet Caroline" amounts to as a classic in its own right.

      Thanks again for joining the fun on your Monday morning, dear friend BB. Take care of yourself and my bow-wow buddy Harley and have a good week!

  7. Hi Shady! I'm late as I was with my sis all weekend and part of last week. I drove her back half way to Chicago today where her son met us and took her and Hope back home. Too sad! But tonight I was happy to stop by and be entertained by really fun clips and songs. Wasn't Cher just so pretty back before all the plastic surgery? I know she looks good now too but seeing her young was refreshing. I love her movies..she's really a good actress. I recognized Winona Ryder in the Cher clip and I always enjoy her too. She's also a really good actress! Watching the Elvis clip was great but I just watched the movie Elvis (which I hated) and seeing him makes me think of how he was used and abused by his managers, his drug problems, and the push to entertain no matter what. So sad and then to lose his daughter Lisa Marie last week was so sad too. Perhaps they are together and are happier in heaven than here. When the Graduate came out I was a freshman in high school and my parents wouldn't let me see it! I did see it eventually of course and loved it. The song with the Lemonheads was done really good and I sure enjoyed the clips of the movie along with it! Now, what can I say about 'ol David H....for some reason I just can't take him seriously. He makes me laugh just watching him but even he couldn't ruin that song! I love Neil Diamond and he was the best concert I ever went too back when I was 16. So many memories tonight and good fun. Thanks again for always making me smile or learn something new about music in all ages! Have a good week Shady!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      It's great to see you, dear friend! Welcome to the fun as Shady Bunch new recruit Lauren Monroe hosts a sneak preview of her SPMM radio show Secret Stash, a name inspired by the 2020 thriller movie Inheritance starring Lily Collins.

      Thanks for updating me about Midge's visit to The Pines. I'm happy to know she and Hope dog are safely back home in Chicago. I'll bet my sweetie pie Annabelle is missing Hope already. Tell Midge it was so cold in my part of Florida this morning (around 30 degrees) that the windshield of my car had a rather thick coating of ice on it. Before I was able to leave for my medical treatment, I needed to let the car warm up for ten minutes and defrost the front and rear windows. i don't remember ever needing to do that in the nearly 40 years since I moved to Florida.

      I'm happy that you and others enjoyed Lauren's show opener with Cher belting a cover of "The Shoop Shoop Song," creating a classic version of her own that rivals the 1960s original. it deserved to be a top 10 hit in the U.S... not merely a top 40 hit. Yessum, it was nice to see Cher looking young, natural and vibrant in that vid. It was mind boggling to see Winona Ryder as a teenager and Christina Ricci as a wee tike. My favorite Christina Ricci performance is not playing the role of Wednesday in The Addams Family Movie. It is her starring role in the period TV series Pan Am playing an airline stewardess in 1963, a time when "flight attendants" were still routinely called stewardesses and nobody objected.

      There are many singing Elvis imitators, and a few I've seen are really good, but I have never seen anyone capture the essence of Elvis in a scripted movie. I have to conclude that, when all is said and done (and sung) , Elvis Presley was inimitable. Yessum, I often think of the final weeks and months in the life of the man they called The King. How sad and pathetic that such a symbol of male strength and virility died in that manner. Equally sad that his daughter did not live very long either.

      I'm excited that you appreciated The Lemonheads' cover of "Mrs. Robinson. As I have explained several times before, but maybe not to you, I studied The Graduate in a college mass media course. As an assignment, the professor instructed everyone in the class to watch the film individually and write an essay dissecting it. I took a notepad and went to the theater as soon as it opened for the first showing of the day. I remained in that dark theater the entire day and well into the evening, watching the movie over and over again and taking copious notes. I got an A on the essay. I was so influenced by The Graduate that I started talking and acting like Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin character. A girl I met at a party thought my voice and mannerisms were so much like Dustin's that she nicknamed me "Dusty."

      Clearly David Hasselhoff was having a great time singing that song and making that video. He doesn't take himself too seriously and doesn't expect you, the viewer/listener, to take him too seriously either. It must have been a thrill for you to attend that Neil Diamond concert as a teenager. I suspect Mr. Diamond was equally thrilled to see an Elizabeth Taylor lookalike in the audience. As I'm sure you know, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida died today at age 95. Looking at early pictures of her, and having seen pictures of you from way back when, I insist that you, at that same age, could have passed for her prettier sister:

      I'm always elated to make you smile and entertain you with good music. Thanks again for swinging by, dear friend YaYa, and have a wonderful week!

  8. Hi Shady! Hope you had a safe, long weekend! I had Scootie home sick for several days with strep. He's back in school today, YAY!

    I remember seeing "Mermaids", and the "Shoop Shoop" song stood out and is about all I remember! It was the cutest video with Cher and the girls who are now grown women. I always liked Wynona Ryder in films...she was great as Jerry Lee Lewis' cousin/wife!

    I remember Dolores Hart in a couple of Elvis movies, and the speculation about she and Elvis possibly having romantic connections! She has been a nun all of these years now! I always enjoyed the scene of "Mean Woman Blues" with Elvis in the diner and love the way his hair falls in his face when he performs.

    Your DJ's are doing a great job Shady, but I believe I got a little lost between Lauren Monroe and Lily Collins! The two ladies do look very much alike, so I gave up and went along for the ride! Speaking of ride..."Magic Carpet Ride" is a pretty good upbeat song and I like the video. I was waiting for Steppenwolf to jump in with their two cents. Thank goodness they didn't!

    One of my favorite all time songs is "Mrs. Robinson", and the Lemonheads burst right through the folk barrier and up the drama! Great guitar playing by the way. Although I love Paul Anka, I don't remember his "Remember Diana". "Diana" was so popular and I remember it well. It was good to see him in the "Remember Diana" video.

    Good ole David "Knight"! I didn't know he sings, and he does a fantastic job on "Sweet Caroline". The video is so the classic car!

    Shady, I hope you are doing well. I enjoyed this post and seeing your new DJ! It has been springtime here in Fort Worth, but there's always paybacks from father winter when you least expect it. Is it 'father winter', or 'sister winter'? Anyway, great memories and great tunes! Take care, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I'm thrilled to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming to Shady Buncher Lauren Monroe's "Secret Stash" platter party!

      Oh NO! I'm very sorry to learn that Scootie was "poorly," as they say on Downton Abbey. I'm glad he bounced back and returned to school. Apparently, you, his caregiver, made it through the ordeal without getting sick yourself, and that's a real blessing. After all that, you deserve a break, a mental health day, and that's a great reason for you to drop in at Shady's Place for some good music, relaxation, fun and friendship.

      I'm pleased that you join others in liking Lauren's show-opener, a nicely restored video with Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci performing "The Shoop Shoop Song" from the OST of their hit movie Mermaids. Yessum, I remember Winona playing a child bride opposite leading man Dennis Quaid in the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls of Fire! I found a very interesting tidbit just now that shows what kind of heart Winona has. Wiki reports: << In 1993, Ryder offered a reward in the hope that it would lead to the return of kidnapped child Polly Klaas. Klaas lived in Petaluma, the town where Ryder grew up. Ryder offered a $200,000 reward for the 12-year-old kidnap victim's safe return. After the girl's death, Ryder dedicated her performance as Jo in the 1994 film adaptation of Little Women, one of Klaas's favorite novels, to Klaas's memory. >> Very touching, isn't it, Suzanne? I also loved Winona in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

      Yessum, it was a "jarring juxtaposition" for Grace Kelly look-alike and rising "it girl" movie starlet Dolores Hart to walk away from her acting career and become a nun. She was Elvis Presley's love interest in Loving You and in King Creole, but denied ever having a romantic relationship with The Pelvis off-screen.

      Yessum, if they wore the same outfits, Lily Collins and Lauren Monroe would look identical. :) I didn't even know about Lily Collins until I watched this movie, Inheritance, but soon after that I saw her again in the role of Ted Bundy's longtime live-in girlfriend in the 2019 movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The film is highly disturbing but, at the same time, I highly recommend it.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the different "Magic Carpet Ride" song performed by the LA dance duo Bardeux. it was a biggie on the MTV station where I worked, heavily requested and frequently played by our veejays. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the refreshingly different alternative rock sound on that Lemonheads cover of S&G's "Mrs Robinson." I don't remember the 1963 single "Remember Diana" either, and it wasn't a major hit for Paul, barely making the top 40, reflecting the old school crooner's declining popularity as the world geared up for rock bands like The Beatles.

      Yessum, i love that David Hasselhoff cover and video, and I'm very happy that you got a kick out of it as well. David injects lots of humor into the vid, almost making you forget that the song itself is a very capable cover of the Neil Diamond hit.

      It's been very cold here in Central Florida. The jet stream must have missed your area and dipped down into ours. Yesterday morning, I needed to melt a layer of ice off my windshield before I was able to drive across town to the clinic for my monthly infusion.

      I'm delighted that you got so much fun and enjoyment out of Lauren's sneak preview post. Maybe this is just the tonic you needed to forget your cares for a while. Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Suzanne. Take care of yourself in the week ahead. I invite you to join Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg for more old school tuneage coming up this Friday here at your home away from home - Shady's Place!

  9. Hi Shady!

    I'm a Lemonheads gal and their cover of Mrs. Robinson is one of my favourites. I think I like it better than the Simon and Garfunkle version, although I do like that version too.

    Inheritance sounds like a good show and I might have to add it to my list. I'll stop by back tomorrow... it's been a busy day and I'm tired.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Welcome back to Shady's Place, dear friend! My goodness, it's been so long since you visited, I thought you unfriended me. :)

      I'm happy to know you are already familiar with The Lemonheads and that you like their cover of "Mrs. Robinson."

      Inheritance is a fun mystery thriller movie and worth a look. I also highly recommend Lily Collins in the Ted Bundy movie I've mentioned above in other replies.

      You aren't the only one who's tired, dearie. My most productive hours are between 5 am and 11 am. After that, I start to fade, and by the time evening comes, I am worn out. Get some rest and come back when you're refreshed.

      Thanks again for dropping in, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. My dear friend, Shady, not only am I late to this party but I realize I missed the last post celebrating the Ettlines. A very nice tribute as usual. The Shoop Shoop songs is one of my favorites. I also really liked the cover of Magic Carpet Ride. Inheritance sounds like an interesting movie, something my husband might like too. Would you believe I don't remember ever watching a whole Elvis Presley movie? Sad about his daughter. Some families seem to have extraordinary difficulties don't they?

    I have been busy with MIL as you can imagine. We have finally gotten her settled in her own house. She's been there for about a week now and while I go over every day to check on her, she is really doing fine. We had a few doctors appointments and I'm still rearranging furniture as she lives in the space and decides what she wants where but we are very optimistic that this arrangement will work out well. She was cooking and accidentally burned the sausage which set off the smoke detector but because we have the baby monitor on all the time, we could hear it and ran over there. All is well and we showed her where the fan was - LOL. Have a most wonderful weekend buddy. I hope to finally be able to get some studio time in!

    1. Hi, Janet!

      I've been very worried about you, dear friend, because I keep reading about how California has been pummeled by strong storms for weeks now, with extensive flooding and loss of life and property. Seems like you, my buddy Benny and Bill and his mother are all AOK. I am greatly relieved to know that!

      Yessum, I know you have your hands full, not only dealing with the harsh weather in your region, but trying to get your MIL situated in her new house. You must be exhausted after rearranging the furniture and rushing over there when she set off the smoke alarm. As you well know, all kinds of bad things can happen to a person at that age. Preventing another fall is a major concern.

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at the post introducing new Shady Buncher Lauren Monroe, the star of Inheritance. It's a fun mystery movie, a pleasant diversion. I never knew that Phil Collins has a daughter or that she is an actress. I also recommend you watch Lily in the 2019 Ted Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile in which she plays the serial killer's girlfriend.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed Lauren's show-opener featuring Cher, Winona and Christina covering the 1960s hit "It's In His Kiss" aka "The Shoop Shoop Song." "Magic Carpet Ride" by Bardeux is not actually a cover. It is an entirely different song, an 80s electro-pop dance ditty. There is no copyright on song titles, explaining why there are so many cases of duplicate or multiple titles in popular music.

      As I probably told you, Mrs. Shady and I hosted her retarded brother who flew in from San Diego and stayed with us from before Christmas through January 11. He is a huge Elvis fan, and therefore we had Elvis movies running on the TV day and night for weeks. Like you, I doubt I ever sat through one in its entirety.

      Thanks again for making time for a visit with all you have going on in your life. I hope things continue to settle down so that you can get back into the studio and spend more time on things you love to do. I have a new post starting tomorrow for a 5-day run if you have time to check it out at some point. If not, I will surely understand. Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend, dear friend Janet!


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