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Thom Yorke turns 49 today. He was attending Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, England, when he and four schoolmates, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, and Colin and Jonny Greenwood, formed a band they called On a Friday. After a hiatus or two in the late 1980s, the band signed a recording contract in 1991 and took a new name—Radiohead. Yorke is their lead vocalist—rated as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone—and plays guitar and keyboards.
Radiohead has become one of the most important voices in alternative rock. They released their first studio album, Pablo Honey, in 1993, and gradually built an audience. Between 1997 and 2007 they had five consecutive albums reach #1 in the UK, and they’ve had two #1 albums in the US. They have received over twenty Grammy nominations, with four wins, mostly in Alternative music categories.
Elisabeth Shue, who celebrates her 53rd birthday today, is no stranger here at le Blog. She has a WTHH article, a gallery, and an special birthday page from last fall. After all that coverage, her career is probably familiar to many of our readers, but I will give a quick summing up.
Shue made her acting debut in the early 1980s, and for much of that decade, and the first part of the next, she was a familiar face in the movies; usually her face was that of an ingenue of some kind. She appeared in The Karate Kid, Cocktail, the two Back to the Future sequels, Heart and Souls, and several other films. But for those who were around back then, this was probably the most indelible image we had of Elisabeth Shue:
It’s Elisabeth Shue’s 52nd birthday! For most WTHH subjects, that would mean posting a gallery here, but Shue already has one. So we’re going to celebrate another way.
If you’ve read the WTHH article on Shue, you know that one of her early gigs was selling hamburgers for Burger King. She appeared in a number of Burger King commercials in the early 80’s including a famous Christmas commercial that paired her with her future Back to the Future Part II co-star Lea Thompson and future vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar. But that one was included in the original article. So today, we’re looking at another classic BK commercial that I’ve never shown here before.
This one features a flirty Shue making a special announcement with a young Andrew McCarthy. She’s wearing her very fetching BK visor and he’s got his Pepsi ball cap on. Are they getting engaged? Oh no! Is she pregnant? No, nothing like that. The adorable couple is here to announce that BK is switching to Pepsi soft drinks.
I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season. I know I did.
This is just a quick entry to let everyone know what I am up to blog-wise. My output has slowed down as of late. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on Le Blog. As those following Le Blog on Facebook are aware, I have gone back to the beginning of the popular “What the Hell Happened” series to update all of the 32 existing articles.
Elisabeth Shue was the girl friend to the Karate Kid and Marty McFly. She had babysitting adventures and cocktails with Tom Cruise. In the 90s, she was an Academy Award nominee for Leaving Las Vegas, but then she disappeared from the spotlight until recently.
What the hell happened?