Comic and journalist Louis Virtel (Hitfix.com) joins Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com, Watch What Crappens podcast) to tell us everything about his recent appearance on “Jeopardy,” which subsequently went viral. From the application process to life atop Reddit, Louis shares the whole experience.
After that, it’s just an avalanche of banter, most of it pertaining to Madonna, Whitney Houston, Garbage, Annie Lennox, and many more. It’s a fun episode, and perhaps the longest one yet. Enjoy!
Hola everyone. This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, we analyze Madonna’s new video for “Give Me Your Luvin'” in real time on the podcast and share our candid opinions on the Material Girl’s latest offering. Plus, we stroll down memory lane with the Spice Girls and talk about a variety of celebrities, including Rihanna, Lara Flynn Boyle, Willow Smith, Michael Cera, Celine Dion, and Star Jones.
Everyone loves a comeback story, and I have to admit that lately I’ve been ready for my ’80s icons to make a splash again. Whitney Houston, Prince, Phil Collins, Pebbles — I’m pulling for them all. Chief among the stars I’d like to see resurrect themselves is Madonna, and let’s face it, of all the names I just mentioned, she seems the most likely to launch a successful comeback (after Pebbles, of course).
Some might argue that Madonna hasn’t really gone away, which is true, but she hasn’t had a mega-hit since her Music album eleven years ago. Since then Madonna’s had moderate success with tracks like “Hung Up” and “4 Minutes,” but nothing that’s left a major impression on pop culture. Now comes a leaked demo of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Love.” It’s peppy, that’s to say the least, and it certainly is catchy, but will it be a hit? And is there room for Madonna in today’s Lady Gaga / Katy Perry / Rihanna pop scene? Take a listen and then weigh in.
It’s that time of year again when people put up their Christmas lights and garlands and, in the case of Los Angeles, fake snow (it’s 75 degrees as of press time). One of the most beloved traditions of this time of year is the rash of Holiday music that takes over the radio. For four weeks, radio formats go out the window, and we get a nice smattering of oldies and cheesiness instead. Many people adore the traditional carols and the classic standards, but I’m partial to the modern holiday tunes. In fact, sometimes I think they don’t get the recognition they deserve. That’s why I’ve decided to rank the thirty best modern holiday songs. I’m sure the choices and order will ruffle many feathers, but hey, that’s the fun of the blogosphere, right?
If you’re looking to kill about nine minutes, check out this long lost footage from the 1984 American Music Awards. Back then, the award show sensitively featured categories like “Favorite Black Single” and “Favorite Black Album.” Things have changed a touch since then. Some things, however, are very much the same. Take, for example, Prince, who is a near parody of himself as he accepts his awards.
Ultimately though, while it’s campy fun to revisit this award show from twenty-six years ago (!), I’m really left with only one over-arching thought: damn, 1984 had some good music.
Bonus points for whoever thought to pair Madonna and Huey Lewis.