Weekend Open Thread   8 comments

Stick a fork in this week, because it’s over! Welcome to another weekend open thread, where you can discuss whatever you like.

Continuing my theme of the summer of one-hit wonders, today I offer you one of the few one-hit wonders to actually chart twice with the same song: Benny Mardones, with Into the Night.

The song originally reached #11 on the U.S. charts in 1980, followed by a return visit in 1989 to #20. The second trip up the charts was kind of a fluke. From Wikipedia:

In 1989, KZZP, a radio station in Arizona, ran a segment titled “Where Are They Now?” The most popular question was “Whatever happened to the guy who sang ‘Into the Night’?” Scott Shannon, then program director for Pirate Radio in Los Angeles, added “Into the Night” to its playlist. Radio stations across the country followed suit and “Into the Night” was once again a hit.

Sadly, there aren’t many covers of Into the Night, a song which begs for a great voice to cover it. The only decent cover I could find was by reggae singer Tifa:

That is all for me. Enjoy your weekend folks!


Posted July 18, 2014 by edmcgon in Music, Open Thread

8 responses to “Weekend Open Thread

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  1. Maybe we should prepare for a (bigger) war between Russia and the west in some way. For long Washington has tried to enter the Ukranian conflict it supported from the very beginning (without Washington’s help the government probably wouldn’t be overthrown). It is for a long time playing a dangerous chessplay with Putin (see Syria), with Putin being the better player.
    Now for the downed plane. Qui bono? In my opinion the separatists and Russia have no advantage. It also seems unlikely they did it (separatists don’t have the equipment working and lack the knowledge to operate – Russia would certainly see the difference between a civilian plane and a military one). While I don’t rule out completely they may have done it, that is even a smaller question for me. The big question is who allowed a civilian plane in restricted area where they knew it could be shot down – that’s Kiev. The plane just shouldn’t have been there.
    Before there was no legal possibility to enter the war for the west (USA), but now the “separatists” have attacked NATO-citizens, there could be legal basis. I can not think of a logical reason.
    Maybe I’m a bit a doomsayer, but I think we should prepare portfolio for the possibility of war. Thoughts?

    • No. A war between the U.S. and Russia would be too terrible to contemplate. Hypothetical: Would there even be markets left after such a war?

      • You seem pretty sure about this one. I am not. While I don’t think there will be a full confrontation between the two countries (I don’t rule it out either), there might be an intervention. Media in the Netherlands are calling for a NATO-operation in Ukraïne – the media here already knows who did it and why. You think USA will keep out? Every country that has threatened the dominance of the petro-dollar has been attacked in some way. Seems like Russia will be no different – actually it already is with the sanctions. USA has always supported the new fascist government in Kiev (in this country a democratic chosen government is not good). Maybe we will get an NATO-operation even before the investigation is done.

  2. With all the high tech spy satelites, tapping of communications that go on I am pretty sure they already know that it was the seperatists with limited training who shot the plane down. Because it was flying lower than most commercial jets they assumed it was a transport plane and got trigger happy.They have the equipment as they had boasted a week before that they had taken one away from the Ukraine army. Also you have many Russians actually in eastern Ukraine who are former military personal there to stir up the revolt. I am sure some have had training at some point in their military career and with the help of Russian advisors could operate it.

    I do not think that this President is one to get involved in a European war….he really doesn’t care for most European countries and their colonial past so why would he care if Russia wanted the eastern Ukraine? I think popular culture now automatically assumes everything is a large conspiracy.

    Also I think that Putin pushes like any bully until they think they can’t get away with it. He has pushed Europe around with the threat of oil being cut off, which would throw his economy into the tank first, while Europe doesn’t do anything to try to diversify their energy. Germany stops nuclear, thinking of putting a 20 year ban on shale production ect…Well than if they want to have to kiss Putins boots for a little energy than thats what they will do. Then like usual when it gets to the breaking point they will turn to the US to spend our money and resources to protect them because they can’t do it themselves. Just like we have for the last 70 years.

  3. Manny,
    You said something I found interesting: “I think popular culture now automatically assumes everything is a large conspiracy.” How many times do we have to hear our governments lie to us before we begin to lose all trust in them? As the saying goes, “If their lips are moving, they be a-lying!” Modern politics has become the art of telling convincing lies. Tell us what we WANT to hear, not what we NEED to hear. And the politicians oblige…

    • That has always been the case that politicians lie, going back as far as you want. My point is there is probably a third or more of the population that believes everything is a cover up. Landed on the moon, nope done in a film studio, 9-11 all done by the government for big oil, plane in Ukraine being brought down by rebels, no it was done by the CIA to start a war in Europe. It does get a little old after awhile.

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