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Today's Song You Should Know: 'White Punks On Dope' By The Tubes

14 November, 2020

If you are familiar with the music of The Tubes, it's probably from one of their two big 1980s albums. Toto’s David Foster and Steve Lukather produced the album The Completion Backward Principle, which produced the hit "Talk To Ya Later." And 1983's album Outside In included the #1 hit "She's A Beauty," which still gets a lot of airplay on those "hits of the 80s & 90s" radio stations.

But in the mid-to-late 1970s, the San Francisco-based band was known as much for their insanely over-the-top theatrics as their music. Their shows were part rock, part performance art and while they didn't sell a lot of records in that early period, they had a reputation as a band you had to see live.

Their best album from that period was their self-titled debut, which included the songs "What Do You Want From Life?" and "White Punks On Dope." While both songs ended up being released as singles, the tracks received 99% of their airplay from college radio stations and FM stations that were still holding on to "freeform" format.

The video below is the full concert for a New Year's Eve 1975 show at Bill Graham's Winterland. It opens with lead singer Fee Waybill dressed in a white tux as he goes through a rambling albeit pretty straight-forward version of "What Do You Want From Life?" But fast-forward to about 90 minutes in when the band tackles "White Punks On Dope?" with the already tall Waybill sporting foot-high heels and an outfit best described as "space hooker."

Movies And Specials: 'My Lottery Dream Home: Holiday Extravaganza'

28 October, 2020

Synopsis: David Bromstad will show fans how to deck the halls like a lottery winner—but on a realistic budget. The popular HGTV designer will transform a living room into a lush Christmas tree forest, set a spectacular tablescape for a festive dinner party and adorn a home’s exterior with so much holiday razzle dazzle that the whole neighborhood will cheer. (Courtesy HGTV, 2020)

It premiered Friday, December 11th, 2020 on HGTV.

Movies And Specials: 'Holiday Crafters Gone Wild'

28 October, 2020

Synopsis: Jay Manuel, author and TV personality, will host a competition of epic decorative proportions. During the two-hour special, four teams of talented holiday craft aficionados will battle it out to win a $10,000 cash prize and the title of ultimate holiday craft champion. With challenges ranging from over-the-top tablescapes to one-of-a-kind tree toppers, Emmy award-winning designer Kim Myles and celebrity party planner and lifestyle expert Michael Russo will grade on creativity, complexity and craftsmanship. (Courtesy HGTV, 2020)

It premiered Friday, November 20th, 2020 on HGTV.

This Week In True Crime TV: 11/08/2020-11/14/2020

27 October, 2020

Here is a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

Killer In Question (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Girl In The Lake," viewers get a chance to examine evidence and decide if justice was served in a case where lingering questions remain.

Twisted Sisters (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Smokey Mountain Murder," a custody battle turns deadly as twin sisters craft a complicated, cross-country conspiracy to do-in the one personn standing iun their way as the children bear witness to the plan.

Till Death Do Us Part (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Behind Closed Doors," To most people, teenage sweethearts Steven and Michelle Gibson seem to be happily married. They have four children and live a fun and adventurous life together. But the couple is harboring a dark secret-one that will tear the family apart.

Homicide City (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode "The Last Party," a wild party ends in terror as a bright, young mom's cries for help fall on deaf ears. When detectives retrace her steps they find a trap with no way out.

Dead Silent (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Girl On The Billboard," After 15-year-old Jasmine Block mysteriously vanishes into thin air, her mother Sarah launches a crusade to find her before it's too late. But when the sickening truth behind Jasmine's disappearance surfaces, it leaves Sarah in shock.

Chaos In Court (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Hate Kills," it's clips of dramatic, unexpected and cathartic courtroom moments.

Crime Gone Viral (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Drunk Driver Terror," a drunken driver speeds the wrong way down a highway, a car is swerving, and a family intervenes to prevent tragedy.

Andrea Yates: The Crimes That Changed Us (Investigation Discovery)
Andrea Yates' postpartum mental illness leads her to believe that the only way to save her children from damnation is to methodically drown all five of them, one by one.


Suspicious Minds (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Whispers From The Woods," A Pennsylvania town is filled with suspicion after 19-year-old Erica Miller disappears without warning. Her mother posts flyers around town, prompting one resident to question the behavior of a family friend.

Evil Lives Here: Shadows Of Death (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "The Ride Along," a police officer in Manhattan Beach, California is shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in 1993, and the only witness is a boy too terrified to tell police what he saw.

48 Hours On ID (Investigation Discovery)
In the episode entitled "Reuschel Vs. Reuschel," a look in to what happened that night in February 2018 in Gainesville, Florida reveals unusual family dynamics amongst the Reuschels. It ultimately hinges on millions in marital assets a likely divorce and a high-end New York wedding.


Christmas Movies: 'Christmas On The Menu'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: Josie Jennings (Kim Shaw) a celebrated, romantic, 35-year old chef in the city heads home to spend the holidays at the quaint, magical bed and breakfast where she grew up, and where her mother Shannon (Cynthia Gibb) has just opened a new restaurant. Famous food critic Tanner Rhodes (Clayton James), who has given Josie harsh reviews in the past, comes to town to review the new restaurant and Josie’s Christmas Cuisine.  As the holidays unfold, Josie and Tanner get to know each other better, and a romance soon begins to blossom but will Tanner find a way to right his wrongs, write a rave review for the bistro’s delicious cuisine, and win Josie’s heart by Christmas Eve?  (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Kim Shaw as Josie Jennings
Clayton James as Tanner Rhodes
Cynthia Gibb as Shannon Jennings
Jesse Kove
Michael Steger
Shanica Knowles

Production Credits:
Christmas on the Menu is produced by The Ninth House and Nicely Entertainment with Vanessa Shapiro executive producing. Jake Helgren serves as writer and director.

It premiered Friday, December 18th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Break'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: School teacher Addison Tate (Cindy Sampson) wants this Christmas to be special for her kids especially since the School Board has decided that it will be the last as the school will be closing. When Addison meets Danny, a Hollywood actor home to reconnect with his roots, on a Christmas tree lot, sparks fly, uniting the two to save the school from closing right before Christmas Eve. (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Cindy Sampson as Addison Tate

Production Credits:
A Christmas Break is produced by Reel One Entertainment. Tom Berry, Sebastian Battro, Louisa Cadywould, Breanne Hartley, Laurence Braun and Suzanne Chapman serve as executive producers. Graeme Campbell directs from a script by Jason Delaney. 

It premiered Sunday, December 20th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Crafty Christmas Romance'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: Mandy (Nicola Posener), the owner of a craft and hobby store, discovers an old copy of “A Christmas Carol” among donations for a book drive. In the book is a letter to Santa from 70 years ago along with a valuable coin. Mandy sets out to find the owner of the book, letter and coin with the help of Jonah (Bradford B. Johnson), a contractor who first came upon and donated the book. Along the way, they find clues that lead them closer to the author, and to each other, but can Mandy return everything to the book owner in time for Christmas and make her own Christmas wish come true? (Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Nicola Posener as Mandy
Bradford B. Johnson as Jonah

Production Credits:
A Crafty Christmas Romance is produced by Candlelight Media Group and executive produced by AJC Pennyworth and Elisa Jan. Brian Brough directs from a script by Brittany Wiscombe.

It premiered Friday, October 30th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'A Christmas Exchange'

25 October, 2020

Synopsis: The holiday season has started and Molly Cooper (Laura Vandervoort) is looking for joy. Finally living her childhood dream, Molly swaps her quaint farmhouse for London Financier Patrick Kingston's (Rainbow Sun Francks) posh apartment. Through the ups and downs of her new life in London and searching for romance, Molly begins to look forward to all communication with Patrick. Likewise, Patrick finds Molly's warm emails and texts charming and compelling. Sparks fly between them as they get to know each other as they live in each other's spaces.(Courtesy Lifetime, 2020)

The Cast:
Laura Vandervoot as Molly
Rainbow Sun Francks as Patrick

Production Credits:
A Christmas Exchange is produced by Brain Power Media with Beth Stevenson and Stan Hum executive producing. Justin G Dyck directs from a script by Neale Elizabeth Kimmel. 

It premiered Saturday, December 19th, 2020 on Lifetime.

Christmas Movies: 'Mingle All The Way'

24 October, 2020

Synopsis: A young entrepreneur is trying to win over investors for the dating app she has developed. To help bring investors on for expansion, she promises to take part in using it in the coming weeks before Christmas to find love and track her progress. (Courtesy Hallmark Channel, 2018)

The Cast:
Jen Lilley as Mary Hoffman
Brant Daugherty as Jeff Scanlon
Lindsay Wagner as Veronica Hoffman
Casey Manderson as Tyler Newman
Sandy Sidhu as Lisa Turner
April Telek as Erica Fielding
Jesse Arthur Carroll as Frank Fielding
Larissa Dias as Michelle Hoffman
Serge Houde as Reginald Hoffman
Rebecca Staab as Helen Lange
Malcom Stewart as Lloyd Grayson
Ava Grace Cooper as Riley Fielding
Preston Vanderslice as Brent
Adil Zaidi as Kevin
Jennifer Kitchen as Heather

Production Credits:
Written by: Samantha Herman
Directed by: Allan Harmon

It premiered Friday, December 7th, 2018 on Hallmark.

Christmas Movies: 'Christmas Made To Order'

24 October, 2020

Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what’s really important in life. (Courtesy Hallmark Channel, 2018)

The Cast:
Alexa Penavega as Gretchen
Jonathan Bennett as Steven
Jo Marie Payton as Rachel
Jacob Young as Jeff
Chelsea Gibson as Marie
Andrew Roach as Tom
Nathan Nonhof as Nolan
Bailee Michelle Johnson as Paige
April Matson as Kirsten
Tamari Dunbar as Lindsay
Rick Macy as Ben
Anne Sward as Ellen
Scott Christopher as Davis
Darya Gemmel as Leader
Greylin Rue as Samantha

Production Credits:
Written by: Matt Marx & Anna White
Directed by: Sam Irvin

It premiered Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 on Hallmark.