TBT: Liza Minnelli ‘Don’t Drop Bombs’

Liza Minnelli in 'Don't Drop Bombs'
Liza Minnelli in 'Don't Drop Bombs'
Liza Minnelli in ‘Don’t Drop Bombs’

For a little #ThrowBackThursday action, I was reminded of this music video from EGOT legend Liza Minnelli.

Jumping into some new wave pop synth vibes with the oh-so-awesome Pet Shop Boys in 1989, Liza totally landed the new sound.

‘Don’t Drop Bombs’ was the second single from her album, Results.

Plus, Liza pulled off the new stylish look, which shocked some longtime Liza fans.

The musical collaborations with PSB hit the bulls-eye with unerring ease. I love this.

p.s. the legendary Liza turns 75 tomorrow. HB, Miss Minnelli.

News Round-Up: January 23, 2020

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Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: When you look like Brazilian tourism expert Kiko Riaze (above), I’ll FIND something in my house that needs to be painted. Follow Riaze on Instagram here.

HuffPost: L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin said he’s proud of his role in the groundbreaking 1982 gay flick Making Love but believes the film was ahead of its time. “It was like 10 years too early and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash.”

The Advocate: A month after the Hallmark Channel’s dust-up with LGBTQ people over removing an ad for Zola wedding planning that featured a lesbian wedding, the company’s president and CEO, Bill Abbott, has stepped down.

Out Music: The Pet Shop Boys new album Hotspot drops tomorrow, January 24, and in advance of that release we get to step behind the velvet rope for their new single “Monkey Business.“

Set in a sexy nightclub and featuring a wild bunch of characters who eventually end up in a champagne fight, the tribe bust their best moves on a dance floor straight out of Saturday Night Fever.

New York Times: Despite their fiery history on the debate stage, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is considering endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nominee for president. Great – then he can pick her for veep duties and they’ll win.

BroadwayWorld: In a tribute to longtime GRAMMY executive producer Ken Ehrlich, and to acknowledge the importance of music education in schools to the Recording Academy, GRAMMY Museum® and Ehrlich, artists associated with Ehrlich’s 40-year career will gather to perform “I Sing The Body Electric” from the film Fame. The performance will feature current nominees Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr. and John Legend joined by Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, and The War And Treaty.

People: Did Prince Charles diss Vice President Mike Pence as he made his way down an assembly line of world leaders at the World Holocaust Forum?

Out Music: Pet Shop Boys “Monkey Business”

The Pet Shop Boys dropped their latest track, “Monkey Business,” from the forthcoming studio album Hotspot.

The new collection from the pop music icons is available January 24.

PSB previously dropped two other tracks from the forthcoming LP, “Burning the Heather” and “Dreamland” featuring Years & Years.

Pride Music: Pet Shop Boys “Go West”

A “must-have” when it comes to Pride Month music, the Pet Shop Boys cover of “Go West."

A “must-have” when it comes to Pride Month music, the Pet Shop Boys cover of “Go West.”

Of course, it’s on my pool playlist all summer long. But, especially during Pride Month.

The track is a 3-time gay-gay-gay play.

Originally recorded by The Village People (do I even have to elaborate here?), the song was covered by the Pet Shop Boys in 1993 and nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Music Video.”

 Plus, the tune was featured in the Broadway musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

See? Gay 1, 2, 3. What’s not to love?

On top of the muscular melody, the lyrics offer a positive message totally born for Pride:

(Go West) Life is peaceful there

(Go West) In the open air

(Go West) Baby you and me

(Go West) This is our destiny

(Go West) Sun in wintertime

(Go West) We will do just fine

(Go West) Where the skies are blue

(Go West) This is what we’re gonna do

New Music: Pet Shop Boys Poke Fun At Online Habits “On Social Media’

The Pet Shop Boys

UK pop legends the Pet Shop Boys are giving this frigid February a blast of musical sunshine by releasing a digital four-track ‘in-the-moment’ EP called Agenda this week.

“It contains three satirical songs and one rather sad song,” says band member Neil Tennant of the EP. “I think it’s because of the times we’re living through.”

The first song,“Give Stupidity A Chance,” I featured yesterday in my News Round-Up.

The second, “On Social Media,” dropped today.

The third, “What Are We Going To Do About The Rich?” is set for Thursday, and then on Friday, “The Forgotten Child,” (figure that for the sad song) will drop as the complete EP will be available to purchase.

Over an infectious house beat, “On Social Media” skewers our everyday habits as we post, scroll, tweet, selfie, hashtag and pontificate via our smart phones.

From “On Social Media:”

Likes are in the thousands / My tweets are being retweeted
My family pics or holiday snaps / With total love are greeted
It’s so nice when people like you / You’re feeling hashtag blessed
You pop out of the conversation / It’s like you passed the test

This isn’t the duo’s first entre in political satire. You may recall PSB’s 2006 track, “I’m With Stupid,” which offered comedic slaps at then-President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Agenda, the first new music from the iconic duo since 2016’s Super, drops this Friday, February 8.

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News Round-Up: February 5, 2019

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Some news items you might have missed:

• I love Wrangler jeans. And the outdoors. And cowboy hats.. And, hold on, something else, it’s coming to me… 🙂

• The movie Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s real-life journey through so-called ‘conversion therapy’ will not be released in Brazil. Universal Pictures says the film won’t be released due to ‘financial reasons.’ The South American country recently elected openly-homophobic Jair Bolsonaro as president.

• If you ever wondered EXACTLY what it’s like to be bullied at school as a young boy, before he’s even figured out who he is, please read this by my talented friend, David Toussaint. Definitely worth the read.

ABC News: An investigation by a government watchdog organization shows President Donald Trump’s four trips to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida over four weeks in March and February 2017, including his summit with the Japanese prime minister, cost the government nearly $14 million.

• Opera singer David Daniels and his husband Scott Walters, were arrested Tuesday over allegations of rape by baritone Samuel Schultz in 2010. Schultz, who told police he was drugged and raped in 2010, came forward with the allegation in August.

• Texas political phenom Beto O’Rourke gave Oprah “a strong signal” he is seriously considering a 2020 run for the White House.

• A seven year-old boy in Wisconsin was beaten, tortured and buried in the snow until he died of hypothermia for not knowing his Bible verses.

• Pet Shop Boys drop their first single, “Give Stupidity a Chance”, from their upcoming EP Agenda (release date April 12).

Neil Tennant describes the track as “a satirical song about the poor quality of political leadership in the modern world.”

“Chicks are always up for it / You’ve got to grab whatever you can / We need a leader who knows money means class / With an eye for a peach-perfect piece of ass”

Check out the lyric video below.

FlashBackFriday: Liza Minnelli “Losing My Mind”

A little #FlashBackFriday as I remember this awesome performance by Liza Minnelli in 1989 at the “Grammy Living Legends” Awards.

The song she performs here, “Losing My Mind,” from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies, was another reinvention for the EGOT winner.

I remember watching the show live, and was knocked out by the completely captivating movement and “new look” for Minnelli.

The track is from Minnelli’s 1989 masterpiece Results, produced by the Pet Shop Boys, and will be reissued as a 3CD+DVD deluxe set this August in the UK.

Super Deluxe Edition reports the edition will have 21 remixes, and a DVD featuring music videos and television appearances.

New Music: Pet Shop Boys “Burn”

From The Pet Shop Boys new album, Super, “Burn.”

In reviewing the latest from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the iTunes store says the album “highlights middle-age’s continued failure to blunt their edge.” I would say I strongly agree with that.

The tracks sound current and relevant, and easily on par with any other new synth-pop out there today.

Definitely sounds perfect for a Saturday by the pool.

You can check out all of the tracks from the album at the duo’s YouTube channel here.

The new album is available everywhere – check it out on iTunes here.