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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gettin' Jiggy Wit Guest MC Big Tasty!

Yo! What's Crackalackin'?

I'm Barry Goldberg

but soon the whole world will know
me by my rap name, Big Tasty.

I'm the king of karate, success coach too
In fact I don't believe there's a thing that I can't do
Today, I'm here to say, Del's invited me to play
Some righteous awesome records as his guest D-J

My mother likes ta smother and it always upsets me
My homeboy Flavor Flav's the only one who gets me

Life at home is lame and such a drag you see
Mommy's always spyin' and bustin' in on me
She freaked the time she caught me havin' a lil fun
jonesin' for the lady cop on Reno 9-1-1!

So eat my shorts and barf me out
It's time for us to scream and shout.

 "Addicted To Love" - Robert Palmer 
 (April 1986, highest chart position #1) 

My dream is to become a famous roundball star.
The next Wilt the Stilt, that's who I think I are.
To make the NBA, well it takes a lot of struggle.
But I'm stoked and oh so sure that I'm on the double bubble.
While I sit by the phone and wait to be recruited
I'm a rapper, lookin' dapper, and fresh-uh-oh-lee suited.

 "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell 
 (Mar. 1984, highest chart pos. #2 Hot 100/#1 R&B) 

Lampin wit my homeboys, hittin' on fly girls
Gimme all your lovin', I'll give you string of pearls
Take some time I know it but I'll change my evil ways
I'll be your Davie Addison, you'll be my Maddie Hayes.

 "Sharp Dressed Man" - ZZ Top 
 (October 1983, highest chart position 
 #56 Hot 100/#22 UK/#2 Mainstream Rock

Bye bye Beatles, yo Beast-E-Boyz!
We are gettin' down and makin' lotsa noise.
The boom box is blastin' and we're part-tay-ee-un hearty
With rad outrageous soundz that are tot-ta-tah-lee gnarly.

 "Touch Me ( I Want Your Body)" - Samantha Fox 
 (Released March 1986-UK, November 1986-U.S. 
 highest pos. #4 Hot 100/#3 UK/#1 Canada & Australia) 

If you want the foxy ladies to be all sprung on you
Listen to Big Tasty, here's what you gotta do
Get out on the floor, no couch potato thing
Bust a move, Rubik's Cube, it's bet-tah-ter than bling.

 "Let's Dance" - David Bowie 
 (April 1983, highest chart position 
 #1 Hot 100/#1 UK/#1 Canada) 

Disco's done and breakin's gettin' jiggy.
Pic up some road pizza on duh way to Piggly Wiggly
The platters that I'm servin' are major-oh-lee phat
"Afternoon Delight"? No! Homey don't play dat!

 "Tell It To My Heart" - Taylor Dane 
 (January 1988, highest chart pos. #7/#3 UK) 

I'm the Capricorn king, the rappin' ranger
A def M-C, ladies sense the danger
Got the bitchinest jams in his-to-ree
Certified bad and bombdigity.

 "Party All The Time" - Eddie Murphy 
 (July 1985, highest chart position #2) 

My DJ stint has ended and I'm sayin' later, dude.
I hope you dug my rappin and my rad new attitude.
It's time for me to bounce and get myself a-bookin'
At my weekly TV show you need to start a-lookin'
Me and my posse gotta Run-D.M.C.
But I'll see ya every Tuesday on The Goldbergs-ABC.

Now that all is said and done...

Click this link for the real Number One:

Have a Real Slim Shady day, yo!


  1. Now you have the rhymes, my friend! This had me smiling all the way through. Totally fierce! I loved all the music and I know it will still be in my ears for a long time. You are such a day brightener!

    1. Hello hello hello, dear Shelly! Thanks so much for coming. I hope you watch The Goldbergs family sitcom because, if you don't, this post won't make much sense to you. Since you were a "child" of the 80s, I figured some of these hits would resonate with you. I'm glad you enjoyed them and had a few laughs.

      You have brightened my day with your kind visit and comments, dear friend Shelly. Thanks again and enjoy your upcoming weekend!

  2. So, Shady, you're a "Goldberg" watcher , too! I loved the 80's specially the songs, fashion and the DANCING!!! In fact , after listening to some of these songs, I started doing the "Carlton dance"! (Oh! yeah, google that!)
    My favorite songs on this post were the rocker/pop divas especially , Taylor Dayne! I
    Just how do you remember those silly 80's terms and sayings,(not Slim) Shady or should I ask "Big Tasty"! Funny Stuff!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni, and thank you for partaking of rapper's delight with Big Tasty aka Barry Goldberg aka Troy Gentile, the talented actor whose character is becoming the "Fonzie" of this TV series. Actually the entire Goldbergs cast is superb and I'm happy to see that it's at least a moderate hit.

      My post prompted you to do the Carlton dance? I watched that first clip from Fresh Prince. Question: does the Carlton dance require you to jump up on furniture the way he did? (LOL)

      I hope everyone takes time to click the link at the end of the post and watch the video that inspired it - Big Tasty's international mega hit "Ferris Wheel" which includes brilliant rap lyrics like these:

      Stopped at the top
      Is it just our luck?
      Or did I tip that carny
      An extra 14 bucks?

      Yeah, Taylor Dane's song/video is one of my favorites and was played heavily on the MTV style station where I worked at the time.

      I'm glad you picked up on my Real Slim Shady reference, too.

      Thank you very much for joining the fun, dear friend Toni. Enjoy your day and your weekend!

  3. Hey there!
    Just wanted to let you know that this post was lots of fun!
    I loved all the rhymes, did you write all those?
    Again, lots of fun music. I actually recognize some of it because my mom grew up in the 80s and will still listen to some of this stuff.
    I'll send this post to her and i'm sure she'll enjoy it, too.
    Thanks again and have a great day :)

    1. Hi, dear Abigail! Thank you for coming to my Barry Goldberg/Big Tasty rap party. I hope you and your mother watch The Goldbergs or will give it a try because it's a great family friendly sitcom set in the 80s.

      For this piece I used as a reference various sites that list slang words and phrases of the 80s. I also used actual Barry Goldberg quotes and "bio" info about his character. With the help of those sources and my own memory of the decade I constructed these rap verses. It was fun and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I am honored that you are sending this post to your mother and I hope you or I will get some feedback from her.

      Every one of these videos was popular in the 80s and was played frequently by the VJs at the MTV style television station where I worked. They became favorites of mine during that time and I still love them today. (The Rockwell song features backing vocals by Michael Jackson.)

      Thanks again for going back to the 80s with me and Barry G today, dear friend Abigail. Happy Thursday to you and to dear little Daisy and have a wonderful weekend, too!

  4. Hi there Shadykins! I've never seen or heard of The Goldbergs I'm afraid. My loss I'm sure, so this post rather passed me by :(. It all sounded like great fun though!

    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! I'm surprised you never heard of the three English artists I included here for your listening pleasure: Robert Palmer, Samantha Fox and David Bowie. They were all stars in your country, I assure you. I suppose you were raising a family at the time and that's why they passed you by.

      I hope the hit TV series The Goldbergs becomes available where you live because it offers a fun filled education about the values in 1980s America.

      Wasn't it nice of our friend Belle to leave a comment on your latest post? Did you see it?

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment dear friend Thisisme. Take care of yourself and have a safe trip back home from France. God bless!

  5. I loved the David Bowie. I don't know if you knew that Samantha Fox used to be a very famous topless model over here with loads of men lusting after her. Which is funny, as it turns out that she is Gay.

    1. Hallo again, dear Thisisme!

      Wasn't Samantha Fox one of those so-called "Page 3 girls" over there? Did you notice in her video the closeups of a female groupie making goo goo eyes at her? That was my first clue that she had a gay following.

      Thank you for expanding on your comment, dear friend. I'm glad you found something to like and to which you could relate in the post.

      Hugs, smooches and good night to you!

    2. Again! I was going to say famous page 3 model, but I didn't think you would know what I was talking about! I should have known that Shady was on the case!!! Goo goo eyes. Love that. I shall make goo goo eyes at you in future, so look out!! Yes, it was lovely to see Belle again. What a surprise. Take care dear Shadykins.

    3. Hallo again and good morning, dear friend Thisisme! All of the videos presented in this post were played heavily on the MTV station where I worked in the 80s and 90s. I promise that tidbit of information about Samantha Fox having been a Page 3 Girl was pulled off the top of my head. I don't know when or how I learned that fact along the way. Perhaps one of our vee-jays received a bio sheet on Samantha from her record company and revealed her Page 3 background when he introduced this video of hers on the air. At any rate, I just now looked up her bio on Wiki to confirm it. I noticed the list of Page 3 Girls includes Geri Halliwell - Ginger Spice of the famous Spice Girls.

      Thank you, dear Thisisme, for demonstrating that interesting discussion threads can be found on related topics even when the primary theme of a post is completely foreign to you. Teaching and learning is the foundation of SDMM and I always appreciate your participation.

      I'm glad you noticed Belle's comment on your blog. She is a sweet lady who genuinely cares about people as do you and as do I.

      Happy Friday to you, dear friend Thisisme, and have a fine weekend!

  6. I've never seen The Goldbergs, but I enjoyed your post even if I didn't get all the subtle nuances. I am addicted to love.


    1. Hi, Janie Junebug! Shucks, there are millions of Goldbergs viewers out there somewhere but I can't seem to find any. May I assume you haven't watched Reno 9-1-1 either? Even though you didn't get all the subtle nuances of Big Tasty's rap I'm sure you got the gist. You're addicted to love? I can think of worse things to be hooked on.

      I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and I thank you for coming, dear friend!

    2. Never watched Reno 9-1-1. Know nothing about it. Usually I don't try out a TV show unless The Hurricane tells me I will like it. She's shocked when I discover a good show before she does. I found Downton Abbey first, and Call the Midwife.

    3. Well, since you never saw either series I will reveal the gag. Wendi McLendon-Covey (remember her in Bridesmaids?) plays Barry Goldberg's mother. She also played that "lady cop" Barry was jonesin' after, Deputy Clementine Johnson, on Reno 911. Get it?

      You're the undisputed queen on follow-up comments, dear Janie, and I thank you!

  7. Ah, Robert Palmer and David Bowie... be still my heart! Such a fun little post, Shady!

    1. Hi, dear karen! I'm glad you likey. As I'm sure you recall, that Robert Palmer video was one of the most iconic MTV vids of all time. The David Bowie recording, "Lets Dance," is married in my mind to the Prince hit "Little Red Corvette" because both records climbed the chart during April and May of 1983 and had a tremendous impact on me.

      I'm glad you had some fun during your visit, dear friend karen, and I hope this post sparks interest in The Goldbergs, an excellent family sitcom set in the 80s. Have a safe and happy weekend, karen!

  8. I've never seen "The Goldbergs" but I just might have to check it out. Oh the 80's..the hair..the leg warmers....the fact that I was up to my eyeballs in raising and having kiddos at that point in time! I can't believe in a few weeks my youngest will be 30! Anyway, I loved Robert Palmer and was very sad when he passed away at age 54..too young. You featured one of Jack's favs...ZZ Top! I always thought David Bowie was a tad creepy looking...sorry! But I did like his music and frankly what I really liked was when he sang a duet with Bing Crosby on a Christmas special. It's still one of my favorite ones of the season! Ha! Maybe that makes me a bit creepy too! I thought your rap was pretty clever but don't give up your day job...or I should say your blogging job! Fun post and I hope you have a good weekend!

    1. Hi, YaYa! Thanks for coming to my 80s rap party, dear friend! Yessum, it was very sad when Palmer passed away recently. It's frightening when somebody younger than yourself dies of a heart attack. It makes you think and reminds you of your priorities in life.

      I agree that Bowie is a bit creepy. He seems to have embraced his creepiness over the years and built quite a successful career as a result. Yes indeed, I do remember that epic duet with Bing Crosby, a great moment in music history.

      This was not really my rap, the way I would write one if I was serious about it. It was Big Tasty's. In keeping with his character, I needed to deliberately made it goofy and corny and cumbersome as he would.

      I'm so glad you came over and had some fun, dear friend YaYa. I hope your weather continues to improve and that you have a safe and happy weekend!

  9. One thing about the '80s music; it makes your feet move even when you are sitting on a recliner! I thoroughly enjoyed these songs. I knew a few of them, especially 'Addicted to Love'. I had never seen the rest of these videos and it was entertaining. I had forgotten Eddie Murphy once sang and I loved the song and his voice was pretty good.

    I got such a kick out of 'Someone's Watching Me'. I remember feeling like that after I had seen Psycho! I would say I like Robert Palmer the best for his voice and his handsome face. He was a cutie. I remember the first time I saw a video of his I thought, "He looks like a businees man, not a rock star. Why do the kids like him?" Ha. Of course, the first time I ever saw Elton John I was shocked. I guess I expected rock stars to all look like Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney. Lots of fun, Shady. Now you've got me going I'm off to listen to 'Simply Irresistible'.

    by the way, you are an excellent rapper :)

    1. Hello, dear Belle! It's so good to have you over for a visit. Thank you! I will assume you never saw The Goldbergs but I'm glad you enjoyed these 80s MTV classics, all of which were played heavily at the TV station where I worked as a production manager.

      I vividly recall the day I bought the 12" single of "Party All The Time" by Eddie Murphy. I was playing it loudly in my apartment when I heard pounding on my door. It was the Goliath size neighbor who lived directly below me and he had an angry expression on his face. He told me the music was too loud and the booming beat was coming through the ceiling and driving him crazy. I apologized and told him that I was actually doing "homework" because I needed to audition the record for a TV commercial I was working on (which was actually true). That seemed to appease him somewhat but I quickly turned the volume way down to avoid getting popped in the snoot. It was typical, though. The music I love excites and energizes me and to this day I bother others by blasting it.

      "Somebody's Watching Me" features the famous voice of Michael Jackson on the chorus and his brother Jermaine Jackson on backing vocals. You're right, the conceptual video references the Hitchcock suspense thriller Psycho.

      That "Addicted To Love" video is one of the most memorable and imitated clips to come out of the golden era of MTV. Thanks for remembering Robert Palmer's other solo hit "Simply Irresistible." I loved his work with the Power Station that included "Some Like It Hot" and the cover of the T-Rex classic "Get It On (Bang a Gong)." Palmer and I were born the same year and it's very sad that he died in his mid 50s.

      Thank you very much for taking time to listen to my songs and write such an excellent comment, dear friend Belle. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead!

  10. Hi Mr Knight! If you were trying to send us back to some of the really greats, you certainly got my vote! From ZZ Top to Eddie Murphy! And, all of them were on top. I don't understand tho, why 'Sharp Dressed Man' didn't climb up higher on the charts . Oh, I know, they had quite a following and some great hits...I think everyone shakes and jumps around when one of their songs is played! I'll always enjoy them!

    How about that Robert Palmer? What a class act! I was saddened when he passed away so young. His presence was spellbinding to me! And, as for Taylor Dane, I loved the hair-she was striking in appearance, and electrifying in performance and talent!

    These were all so good...I do love David Bowie, who, could change his style on a whim, a mere suggestion! Love his video with Mick Jagger 'Dancin in the Street'! What a pair. I do, however, prefer Bowie when he's wearing men's clothing, lol!

    So, you had to really get us going with Eddie Murphy! I danced to that song a lot before I ever knew he sang it. What a treat, and, I did I see Rick James in that video with him? Just an all around great upbeat dance song-my favorite of your offerings...oops, I mean Barry's offerings. Good Job Barry! Thanks for a hip-swinging time!

    Thanks to you Shady for bringing Barry by...sorry I'm late AGAIN!!! Hope you have a great Sunday! ♫

    1. Hello, dear Suzanne (same year Sadie :) and thank you for coming to my rip roaring rowdy rap reunion rave-up! (Say THAT 5 times fast!) I'm so glad you remembered and enjoyed these songs and vids.

      Houston, Texas band ZZ Top made some of the most iconic videos of the classic MTV years promoting songs that came off their albums Eliminator and Afterburner. I agree with you that "Sharp Dressed Man" should have charted higher. Another great one of theirs that didn't perform well was "Got Me Under Pressure" which was used as the jingle in a Pennzoil commercial. Of course, rapper Big Tasty made reference to two other ZZ Top recordings, "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Pearl Necklace." Did you catch his reference to hit 80s TV series Moonlighting?

      It was an astute observation for you to point out that Rick James was shown at the soundboard in Eddie Murphy's video. Along with his talents as a recording artist, Rick James was a gifted songwriter and producer and Eddie Murphy's hit "Party All The Time" was recorded at James' home studio in Buffalo.

      I'm thrilled that you got so much out of this post, dear friend Suzanne. Thank you very much for your visit and comments and have a great week ahead!

  11. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMarch 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Well, I take the prize for lateness, don't I? Better late than never I guess to check in.

    Rap has mostly eluded me as a genre, but it works for you in this post. I knew many of these songs, and I always liked Robert Palmer. I also love "Simply Irresistible". Like "Addicted to Love", both the melody and beat are contagious!

    I was introduced to David Bowie years ago as the Goblin King in "Labyrinth", one of my kids' favorite movies. His character and voice, along with Jim Henson's creativity, were a fascinating combination. You have to admire his style - other-worldly and strange, but uniquely his own.

    Bob loves ZZ Top songs. "Legs" is his favorite, but "Sharp Dressed Man" comes close. I'm learning to like them.

    I'm a television dropout I'm afraid, so I'm not familiar with the Goldbergs. It sounds like a fun show though.

    And as for you, Shady: You're a poet and don't know it!

    1. Hi, Kathleen! What's crackalackin'? :)

      I'm very happy to see you, dear friend, although a bit surprised to find you hanging around the punch bowl at my wild rap party. I find it amazing that I have posted spoofs of two new hit television series - The Blacklist and The Goldbergs - both shows watched by millions of people - and yet none of my friends watch them. I suppose I need to remember that the universe contains billions of stars but if I shot a dart skyward and it had the ability to keep traveling through space in a straight line, chances are it would never hit anything. One of these days I will use a TV show that everybody knows and loves, like Meet The Press. :)

      How about the charismatic Robert Palmer passing away in his mid 50s? I hope you'll check out his Power Station hits "Some Like It Hot" and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" because I consider them equally contagious.

      Labyrinth is a favorite among many bloggers I have known and the story behind the casting is interesting. Actresses who auditioned for the lead role of Sarah included Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and The City) Jane Krakowski (Nat'l Lampoon's Vacation/30 Rock) Laura Dern (Jurassic Park), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) and Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club). At the last minute, Jennifer Connelly (Phenomena) wowed Muppetmeister and director Jim Henson and Jennifer got the part because she "could act that kind of dawn-twilight time between childhood and womanhood." Henson cast David Bowie opposite her in the fantasy film because Bowie "embodies a certain maturity, with his sexuality, his disturbing aspect, all sorts of things that characterize the adult world."

      I'm delighted to know that ZZ Top resonates with Bob and I hope you will give The Goldbergs a try. It's one of the very best shows on television.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comments, dear friend Kathleen. Say hello to Mother for me. I hope she's doing better now and eating her Wheaties. God bless!

  12. One of your more creative posts. It was great!

    1. Why, thank you very much Kathryn! May I call you Mrs. Shady? :) I happen to know for a fact that you watch The Goldbergs regularly and love the show, so that makes two of us.

      Thank you for taking a look at the post and for your generous comment, Kathryn!

  13. Love it Tom! Did I ever tell you that I dressed up as a Robert Palmer girl for Halloween one year? My dad had a video tape of music videos he had recorded from tv and Addicted to Love and Sharp Dressed Man were both on it. Both amazing songs and videos. Still love them now!

    Emma x

    1. Hi, dear Emma! I'm glad I noticed your comment on this post because I always appreciate your thoughtful words. I wish you could find a picture or video of yourself dressed as a Palmer girl so that you could post it on your blog. I'm sure you made a great one. It's cool that my taste in music and MTV videos matches your dad's. Thanks for letting me know and again, thank you very much for checking out this post. You are a dear friend, Emma!

  14. There's a small photo of it in this post: :)


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