Tom Daley Has A New (Diving) Partner, Pet Shop Boys Remember “The Pop Kids”: BRIEFS

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Birthday shoutouts! Christopher Eccleston (above) is 52, John Tartaglia is 38, John McEnroe is 57, Steve Kmetko is 63, and James Ingram is 64.

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Lady Gaga delivers epic Grammy tribute to David Bowie.

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Ian Thorpe spent Valentine’s Day with his rumored boyfriend, underwear model Ryan Channing.


Boxing star Manny Pacquiao: People in gay relationships are “worse than animals.”


Vanity, Prince protege and “Nasty Girl,” passes away at 57. This will always be my favorite Vanity moment (besides the entirety of The Last Dragon), singing the filthy “Pretty Mess” on Solid Gold for all of mainstream America.
 


IN OTHER NEWS

Pet Shop Boys have just released the nostalgia-dripping “The Pop Kids,” from their forthcoming album Super. Hearing Neil Tennant automatically sends waves of retro warmth through my body.
 


Breaking news! Fox & Friends has replaced one blonde white woman for another.


Here’s the latest teaser for Game Of Thrones, with Jon Snow among the Hall Of Faces. Like that means anything.
 


The New Yorker profiles out TMZ founder Harvey Levin. To me he’ll always be “Reporter” from Volcano.


Tom Daley is in Rio preparing for the World Cup and Olympic qualifying competition with diving partner Dan Goodbody … I mean Goodfellow.
 



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And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 153rd ShoutOUT™ is to … Xavier Dolan

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Xavier followed up I Killed My Mother with another festival hit, 2010’s Heartbeats, about a young gay man and his BFF competing for the affections of a cute boy with Michael Stipe hair.

 

 


Three years ago I presented my personal favorite Briefs list, The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s, and because if there’s one thing Hollywood has taught us, it’s that sequels and reboots and remakes are ALWAYS better then the original, we’re going to the well again with The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten

We’ll be spotlighting 100 more of the greatest minor hits of the decade, the songs you don’t hear on any 80’s nostalgia show. Songs that missed the top ten, or top twenty … or top forty. Hopefully these forgotten gems may ring a long dormant bell, or for younger readers, provide a pop music history lesson.

AND NOW THE TOP TEN LOST HITS OF THE 80’s (VERSION 2)! At #5 is “Tenderness” by General Public

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When I was compiling this second Lost Hits list, there was a list of songs I knew I couldn’t use, no matter how badly they fared on the chart. It includes such songs as The Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” (#49 on the Hot 100), Modern English’s “I Melt With You” (#78) and Yello’s “Oh Yeah” (#51). They were all chart failures, but they’ve all become such iconic, well known ’80s songs, I couldn’t include them in a “Lost” list. Hey, maybe a possible future list?

“Tenderness” was almost on that list, but not quite, so I decided it deserved a spotlight. Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger hit the top 40 just once in the ’80s, taking “Tenderness” to #27 in February 1985. They would hit the top 40 once more a decade later with a remake of ’I’ll Take You There.”

 

 


Congrats to stormymac, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Parks and Recreation.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Since it’s a new year, let’s switch things up again. Here is a scene from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Michael Dignan

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And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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After “Aladdin Sane”, Bowie released Pinups, an album full of covers of songs that shaped him in the 60s. It was just as successful as the previous one and included hit single Sorrow. Many complained, however, for the lack of new original material.

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He did make it up in his next release, 1974’s Diamond Dogs. It was a concept album, loosely based on George Orwell’s “ 984″. The title song was introduced with the phrase “This ain’t Rock’n’Roll, this is genocide” and contains a line that was so typical of the spirit of the times: “As they pulled you out of the oxygen tent you asked for the latest party.”

But it’s the song that closes the A-side of the LP that will be the last in our Bowie presentation. His last Glam Rock single, it was a fitting farewell to a movement that was already fading out, to be soon replaced by Punk. Bowie would re-invent himself as a soul man, before he moved to Berlin for his Brian Eno-produced, Krautrock-inspired trilogy.

The song in question, “Rebel, Rebel”, was based on a fabulous riff and lyrics such as “You’ve got your mother in a whirl, she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl” and “You like me and I like it all, we like dancing and we look divine”. It rightly became the last glam anthem. It was one of the 4 songs that David would perform at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
 

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