It's a Songs You're Sick Of Halloween spooktacular when we sink our fangs into "Thriller"! Every year Michael Jackson's 1983 hit crawls out of its crypt to play. And play and play and play. How did it become such a perennial holiday classic? Joe Dator and Susan Kruglinski dig up the answers, exhume some of Vincent Price's many , many commercials, and cut into the connective tissue between "Thriller" and "Stranger Things". Along the way they howl about other Halloween songs, wine coolers, Count Floyd, and ask if the thing with forty eyes had too many or too few. It's a creepy SYSO that goes bump in the night (if you play it at night, and bump into something).
runtime: 50 mins
Styx had one of their most enduring hits in 1983 with the conceptual "Mr Roboto". In it the band introduced audiences to Kilroy, who, according to the album, Was Here, and apparently stayed just long enough to tell an inadequate fragment of a science fiction story and teach America two words in Japanese. Those words were "Domo Arigato" and, after a concept album, a film, a live stage show, and 33 years to ponder, it's still unclear why Styx wanted us to say 'thank you" to a robot. Guest Tim Young dials in direct from Tokyo, Japan to make sense out of racist robot masks, music censorship and the other Japanese words in the song that no Americans ever bothered to learn.
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1985 was a big year for all-star charity singles and "We Are The World" was the first. Actually, no it was the second, but compared to "Do They Know It's Christmas" it had the most Huey Lewis in it, and the least Duran Duran. It also had Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles and about 3,000 other stars all singing their hearts out. How did this happen? Was that really Dan Aykroyd in the back? And would they have raised more money if Bob Dylan had stayed home? Returning guests Frank Santopadre and Susan Kruglinski came to the studio in separate limos to heed a certain call.
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