Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday 9

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This song refers to the merengue and the cha-cha. Are you a good dancer? No. I suck. Completely uncoordinated.

2) Dances like the merengue and cha-cha are featured on Dancing with the Stars. Are you a loyal DWTS viewer? No. Every week, my mom and her best friend Shirley used to go to KFC for lunch to discuss it, so in my mind it's established as an old lady show.

3) The Copa girl in the song, Lola, wears yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there. If we were going to the clubs tonight, what would you wear? Jeans and a blouse of some sort. I don't have any cool club clothes anymore. Which is all for the best because I don't have a cool club body anymore.

4) The real Copacabana nightclub was on East 60th Street in New York. It was used as a setting for the movie Goodfellas. Do you have a favorite mobster movie? The Godfather, of course. And the one where Cagney plays a cold-blooded killer who is just way too devoted to his mother. White Heat! It's not Mafia but I think it should still count. I've only seen it once but it was a very memorable, wild ride.

5) Our featured artist, Barry Manilow, has unfortunately spent a great deal of this young century in the hospital -- broken nose, face lift, chest pains and two hip surgeries. Tell us about your most recent trip to the doctor, ER, or dentist. Last summer I had a pair of moles removed. It doesn't sound like a big deal but it was because I was worried about skin cancer. Gratefully, they were benign.

6) Manilow told US Magazine that he enjoys nude sunbathing. Have you ever skinny dipped or sunbathed au naturel? I'm sorry. I was distracted by the creepy thought of a naked Manilow. What was the question?

7) Before he became famous as a performer, Manilow was a very successful jingle writer. "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there …" and "You deserve a break today at McDonald's …" were his. Tell us about a TV commercial you saw recently. Febreeze and Gain have teamed up for Air Effects, an aerosol that eliminates the tough odors. (So I'd be spraying a laundry detergent into the air? I'm a little confused.)

8) The Manilow faithful are known as Fanilows and proudly wear Barry hoodies, wristwatches and even dog tags. Do you have any clothes that feature a recording artist? I have many Beatle and Bruce Springsteen t-shirts.

9) In 2005, Manilow refused to respond when Larry King inquired about his sexuality. Do you think it's rude for interviewers to ask personal questions? Or is it something a performer should expect because it goes with the job? Great. Now I'm distracted by the creepy thought of Manilow having sex. On the one hand, of course everyone has a right to privacy. On the other hand, nobody made Manilow become a singer or appear on the show, and by not answering the question he's sending the message that his sexuality is something to be ashamed of. So I guess I'm firmly on both sides of this issue.


  1. Manilow Naked....creeps me out too.

  2. I cannot stand the smell of Gain so I guess I won't be hunting out that air freshener!

  3. Post-face lift Mannilow gives me the heebie jeebies!

  4. Ohhhh, good answer to number 9. It's crazy to think that question even needs to be asked, but yes him refusing to answer does make it seem shameful...which IS a shame.

  5. Anonymous2:06 PM

    I didn't think of it as refusing to answer making it seem shameful. I guess you're right, it does. I looked at it more like they know they will get hate for it so they shouldn't have to answer. But I can see now how that may just perpetuate this shame and hate. Hmm.

  6. uuggghh...I was getting your Manilow image processed in my mind and we had a power surge that knocked out my electricity. You think you had a bad experience with that image. It took me 5 minutes to get back here to comment :)

    Was not a great image either.....

  7. I remember when "cool club clothes" meant polyester disco clothes.

    At a dance I went to a couple of weeks ago, everyone wore jeans and sneakers.

  8. Everyone has such cool shirts! Dang! I certainly missed out there. Does a Chargers t shirt count?

    And about #9. I would have refused and I'm straight. It's none of King's business to be trying to ambush anyone on personal issues,since it had nothing to do with Manilow's career. I think King is a creep so maybe my umbrage is too wide. Anyway, my view is that Manilow was within his rights for being shocked and affronted into not answering such a rude question.


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