Lisa Loeb’s plaintive, but enduring break-up/no break-up song “Stay” caught lightning in a bottle in the spring of 1994, becoming one of the most indelible recordings of the year and sitting atop the Billboard singles chart for three weeks. Anytime somebody says her name, the image of Loeb stalking the interior of her New York City apartment of the time pops to mind, along with those gently percussive acoustic guitar notes. It is an iconic moment in mid-90s pop culture. So simple and honest that it becomes totally engrossing, standing up to repeated viewings and listens. Speaking as a nerdy boy who was in his 20s at the time, her charming cat eye glasses and tiny dress with tights look sure didn’t hurt. Kind of like if Agent 99 from Get Smart became a librarian instead. How the hell could the idiot in the song think of allowing a split?
“Stay” was so huge that it is hard to remember that it wasn’t the only Loeb song to hit the charts. Well it wasn’t.
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Hey everybody, I’ve been away for a while. Life has been very busy, and may continue to be that way for a bit. I’ve tried to start work on a few WTHH articles, but haven’t had the time to put into them. Perhaps this next week I’ll be able to churn one out, because I feel awful that I was invited to this blog (not to mention I enjoy it) and I’m bummed I haven’t been pulling my weight.
The good news is I have something very cool that I’ve been working on. I shared my experience working on EQUUS as a producer/actor with my production company Yellow Lab Productions. Well, we’ve moved onto our next show to build on that success.
Today is National Batman Day in celebration of the character’s 75th anniversary. People around here know that I am a pretty big Superman fan. But I’m a Batman fan from way back. As a kid, all of my friends were into Superman. He was more powerful. He had a movie and he was the leader of the Superfriends. When we played super heroes, all the other kids argued over who got to be the Man of Steel. But not me. I wanted to be Batman.
Hollywood is in a tizzy over the weak box office this summer. Grosses this past weekend were down 25% over last year. And overall, the summer is down about 20% over last summer. While there haven’t been a lot of huge bombs, there also haven’t been many break-out hits.
Thirty years ago, it was a different story. In 1984, Hollywood was enjoying one of the best summer movie seasons of all times. Several movies from that summer are still remembered fondly today. (Many consider 1984 to be a banner year overall – not just the summer movie season.) What’s your favorite movie from the summer of ’84?
Chicago is a fun place to visit any time of year, or at least, 3 seasons out of the year for most people. This year the RB clan decided on the spur of the moment on a midsummer visit to the Windy City to see the fireworks display off Navy Pier. While I don’t mind at all going there even in the dead of winter, there’s something really liberating about not being encumbered with winter coats, and all that warm clothing. A casual summer weekend in Chicago can easily be accomplished with what you can fit into a backpack.
Lea Thompson is best known for playing Michael J. Fox’s mom in the Back to the Future trilogy. For most of the 80′s, she seemed like an actress poised for stardom. But when the decade ended, Thompson’s movie career dried up. From there, she transitioned into television. First as the star of her own sitcom and then in frequent made-for-TV-movies. Despite having worked steadily for more than three decades, Thompson never achieved A-list status.
What the hell happened?
When a movie is a hit, a sequel is inevitable. We all know, the sequel is almost never as good as the original. But sometimes, a sequel comes around that is so inferior that it actually tarnishes the original. A truly terrible sequel (or multiple terrible sequels) can make audiences forget what the loved about the movie that started it all. There are plenty of bad sequels that we just forget about. For example, recently actor Steve Guttenberg insisted that Ghostbuster 2 didn’t exist. And then there are sequels that you wish had never been made!
I’m not going to comment on this except to say she still sounds better than me. Enjoy the video while it’s up. I expect it will be taken down soon.