Classic Hits of the '70s, '80s and More!

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Today's Classic: Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"

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"Free Fallin'" is the opening track from Tom Petty's 1989 solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne (and also features Lynne on backing vocals). The duo wrote and recorded the single in two days, making it the first song completed for Full Moon Fever. MORE

Today's Classic: REO Speedwagon "Keep on Loving You"

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"Keep On Loving You" is a hard rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath. It was the first REO Speedwagon single to break the top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981 and becoming the 500th song to do so in the process. The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over 2 million copies. It peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. MORE

Today's Classic: Greg Kihn Band "The Breakup Son (They Don't Write 'Em)"

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"The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" is a single by The Greg Kihn Band released in 1981 from their album, Rockihnroll. The song reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. It has been featured in several films, including Let Me In (2010) and The House of the Devil(2009) as well as the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V (2013). It was sampled in "Gone" by Yelawolf on his Arena Rap EP. MORE

Today's Classic: Pat Benatar "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

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"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" was the second single from Pat Benatar's second album Crimes of Passion and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming her first Top 10 hit. The single sold one million copies, achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable. It can be heard at many baseball and soccer games, and is featured on many of Benatar's greatest hits compilations. MORE

Today's Classic: Foreigner "Hot Blooded"

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"Hot Blooded" was released on Foreigner's second album Double Vision in 1978. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that September and was later certified platinum. This was a big hit for Foreigner, but their biggest came in 1984 with the transatlantic #1 "I Want to Know What Love Is," which found the singer taking a much more sensitive tone. MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 9/8/14

Ron Burgundy returns, Connecticut tops another list, New York’s birthday, and lots of football! All that and more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Today's Classic: Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer"

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"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping 45 from their 12x platinum Slippery When Wet album. The single also became Bon Jovi's second consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit and has become the band's signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release.  MORE

Today's Classic: Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Takin' Care of Business"

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"Takin' Care of Business" was released on Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) for their 1973 albumBachman–Turner Overdrive II. The song is widely considered to be one of the driving anthems of rock, and features one of the most well known riffs in rock and roll. MORE

Today's Classic: Def Leppard "Photograph"

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"Photograph"was the lead single off Def Leppard's 1983 album Pyromania. Singer Joe Elliott described the song as generally about "something you can't ever get your hands on". When released as a single it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart and No. 12 on the Pop Singles chart. In 2006 the song was used in promotional ads for the DVD release of Blades of Glory. In 2009 it was named the 13th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also listed as the No. 17 greatest song of the past 25 years by VH1. MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/29/14

President Clinton comes to New Haven next week, plus we say goodbye to 860 area codes, ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen, Weezer, Jack “The Snake” Roberts, and filming for “Star Wars Episode VII” is back on! All that and more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/28/14

The first gubernatorial debate, the NHL expansion won’t include Hartford, Labor Day gas prices, the Martin Scorsese Ramones movie, Tony Soprano, and an infamous athlete is joining “Survivor” – all that and more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/27/14

The store in New London that had melting merchandise, a return of both “Vacation” and “Full House,” Neil Young, plus a retiring soccer star will have his final game Hartford – all that and much more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Today's Classic: Steve Miller Band "Rock'n Me"

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"Rock'n Me" was Steve Miller Band's second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after it's release off the 1976 Fly Like an Eagle album.  MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/26/14

A New Haven landmark is no more, Emmy recaps, pumpkin beverages are back today, and everyone panic because someone saw a great white in Massachusetts! All that and more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Today's Classic: Heart "Magic Man"

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Heart's single "Magic Man" was released off their 1976 album Dreamboat Annie. The song was written by Ann and Nancy Wilson about a young girl seduced by an older man. Ann Wilson revealed the "Magic Man" was her then boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher, and part of the song was an autobiographical tale of the beginnings of their relationship. MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/25/14

A surprise Saturday night in Hartford at the Oddball Comedy Fest, the Emmys are tonight, the perfect “Simpsons” ending, no one went to “Sin City,” Superman, “Schoolhouse Rock,” plus it’s back to school! All that and much, much more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Today's Classic: AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long"

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"You Shook Me All Night Long" is one of AC/DC's signature songs from their most successful album, Back in Black. It's also the first single to feature Brian Johnson as the band's lead singer. The song became one of the band's Top 40 singles in the US, reaching #35 on the Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1980. MORE

Gear Up: Polaroid Cube

Name: Polaroid Cube
What Does It Do: HD, waterproof, shockproof, mountable – and about a quarter the size of GoPro
How Much: $TBD
Fun Fact: Who knew Polaroid was still around? MORE

Today's Classic: Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"

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Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" was released on their platinum Fire of Unknown Origin album, released in 1981. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was aided by a popular early MTV music video. The song, like Blue Oyster Cult's other hit songs "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was sung by guitarist Buck Dharma, who also co-wrote the song.


Gear Up: Jar Pies

Name: Jar Pies
What Does It Do: Apple, Pecan, Lemon Lust, and more pies in a jar
How Much: $6
Fun Fact: I’ve waited my entire life for a way to get pie faster MORE

Today's Classic: Bryan Adams "Summer of '69"

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"Summer of '69" was released on Bryan Adams' fourth album, Reckless in 1984. Although now it's one of his biggest songs, Adams and writing partner Jim Vallance put the song through a number of changes because they weren't convinced it was strong enough to be featured on the album. MORE

Gear Up: Strike Cam Underwater Fishing Camera

Name: Strike Cam Underwater Fishing Camera
What Does It Do: Attaches to your line, with a 30 foot depth, so you can record every nibble MORE

Stuff You Should Know - 8/20/14

The Vice President is in Connecticut today, the NFL has changed their policy on Super Bowl halftime shows, what the R.E.M. guys are up to now, the Foo Fighters ice bucket challenge video, plus Pierce Brosnan plays an iconic James Bond video game with Jimmy Fallon. All that and much more in today’s Stuff You Should Know! MORE

Today's Classic: ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man"

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"Sharp Dressed Man" was released on ZZ Top's 1983 album Eliminator. The song has gone on to be one of their signature hits and has been covered by everyone from Nickelback to Debby Harry to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The music video is part of ZZ Top's trilogy of music videos that continues the "male fantasy come to life". Each one has an attractive man who is experiencing frustration in his menial job who is then assisted in gaining social stature and prowess by a triad of very attractive and somewhat mysterious women traveling in ZZ Top's signature red car. ZZ Top themselves play a role in the narrative, both by playing themselves as performing band members and as rather ethereal spirits who encourage and assist the young man by providing him with the car keys that enable him to go for a very long drive with the women.


Gear Up: Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueld Motorcycle

Name: Hormel Black Label Bacon-Fueld Motorcycle
What Does It Do: Well…it’s a motorcycle that runs on 100% biodiesel aka bacon grease
How Much: $TBD
Fun Fact: It. Runs. On. BACON! MORE