If you had to pick one song that epitomizes the music of the 1980′s, you couldn’t do much better than Jump, by Van Halen. The first single from their 1984 album (appropriately titled) 1984, Jump nearly perfectly blends the two genres of music most associated with that decade: synth-driven pop and “arena”-style metal. And with their hair big and blow-dried and wearing their best brightly-colored, shiny costumes, could the band look and more 1980′s for the song’s video?
Beyond the hair and the costumes, the video was typical of those being put out by most hard rock bands at the time. The band simply plays their song in a straightforward manner on stage at a mock concert. Van Halen’s energetic performance (where they’re clearly enjoying themselves), however, makes the video a cut above most of its ilk. It was nominated for 3 MTV Video Awards, and won in the ‘best stage performance’ category.
Opening with a rolling synth line, Jump may well be Van Halen’s most instantly recognizable song. It is certainly the band’s most successful, their only single to top the Billboard Hot 100. It also comes in at #155 on the 1991 Firecracker 500 and #87 on the 1996 list. For all that, however, hard rock purists often have a bone to pick with the song, as it may have been a factor in splitting off frontman David Lee Roth from the group.
Jump’s heavy use of synthesizers (unusual for the usually more guitar-oriented Van Halen) signaled a stylistic change for the band, away from classic hard rock toward a more pop-rock, radio-oriented sound. Roth was unhappy with the change, and told Eddie Van Halen so. This only increased tensions between Roth and Van Halen, who had been taking a more and more active role in leading the band. The stylistic disagreement became emblematic of their power struggle that ultimately led to Roth’s departure in April of 1985. Nevertheless, Roth did contribute to the creation of Jump, providing the lyrics and directing the video, and years later it would be the encore performance at every Van Halen concert of Roth’s most recent reunion tour.
Seems like they are very nice young ladys and have the great attitude about playing sports. What’s not to like about them???
Prairie facility.Dillon Smith dusts the inside of the canopy of the Vought F4U Corsair, the famed World War II fighter, at Vought’s Grand Prairie facility.
After four years of painstaking labor, artisans of the Vought Aircraft Retirees Club have restored an icon of U.S. aviation history, a World War II-vintage F4U Corsair fighter plane.
Working with pieces and parts from several wrecked and scrapped aircraft and building many others themselves from drawings, the retirees have spent thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars re-creating a version of the distinctive, gull-winged plane that Japanese soldiers and sailors dubbed “Whistling Death.”
The Kansas City Chiefs waited until 5:00 PM to fire Herm Edwards yesterday, and if they are smart, will hire Mike Shanahan that was fired from the Denver Broncos. I’m pretty sure Kansas City would then have a pretty good advantage against a division rival if KC hired Shanahan. In fact, if Jerry Jones knew what he was doing, he’d hire Shanahan and get a coach in Dallas that could issue some discipline to a spoiled lot of players that are the Dallas Cowboys. But then that wouldn’t work because Jerry needs a coach that he can push around and lets Jerry have major coaching input for his team. The Cowboys could use something besides the status quo in terms of weak coaches. Probably Herm Edwards would be just a fit in Dallas.
I’m pretty sure everyone knows this story by now. Dallas Academy girls basketball team loses a game to Dallas Covenant 100-0. That in itself is a pretty amazing story considering how it got Christian parents from two different schools into a pretty heavy discussion about sportsmanship and what should have been done about it. It’s almost like a discussion on politics. And oh by the way, I kind of subscribe to my mom’s old idea of never discussing religion or politics in public, but then I wouldn’t be writing this article right now if I did (didn’t) do that now would I?
At any rate, the story got loads of attention, and the bottom line is now the Dallas Morning News is taking full credit that they are the publication responsible for this amazing story that was brought to light. That’s ok, I’m just a blogger and I’m not sure how all of the media hype works anyway. But in this day of crunching numbers and newspapers scratching to exist in today’s economy, I understand it when they need to pat themselves on their backs. But the truth of the matter is, the reason the story became so popular is because the story was on Deadspin.com . And let me just take a moment to thank Rick Chandler, the Associate Editor of Deadspin for his putting the story up at Deadspin to begin with. Deadspin is a great blog and was considerate enough to post this story from my blog and it also referenced the Dallas Morning News story which people clicked to read about anyway. That’s fine with me, my blog got a tremendous amount of hits and I guess everyone can come away happy, but I do think the story got publicity and national attention because of Deadspin.
The story unfolded on Jan. 13, when The Covenant School’s team overwhelmed Dallas Academy, 100-0, keeping the pressure on until it reached 100 points. The game was played in an old North Dallas gym with few fans other than parents as witnesses. No media were present. But the score appeared in The Dallas Morning News the following day. It wasn’t until a story about the game appeared in The News that the world took notice.
Well, I congratulate the Dallas Morning News, but I still contend the story got national attention because of Deadspin, but that’s ok, the story got national interest and it really got people to thinking about sports and what’s fair, even in a girls basketball league. I’ll go back to writing now and see if I can find another story to go national.
Dallas Academy Bulldogs, 100-0 Losers, Gain National Attention (Dallas Morning News)
Principal of School That Administered 100-0 Beating Offers to Forfeit the Win (Deadspin)