Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn 30 Years Later

Those lyrics, "Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn" can again be heard in the hit song "Hotel Room Service" from the NEW Pitbull album. "Rebelution" will be released on Monday, August 31, 2009. If you listened to any radio lately, then you've surely heard the song "Hotel Room Service." At least two other songs from this cd have already been released too, including "Krazy" and "I Know You Want Me."

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It was 30 years ago when we first heard the lyrics "Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn." If you were around back then, do you remember which song had those lyrics? If you are too young to remember, then you can hear those lyrics in the second video below. For those who of you into music trivia, I will try and have a bit of space between the videos. That way you can guess first and then scroll down to see if you were correct.

Here's the music trivia question: What 1979 hit song mentioned the lyrics, "Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn, and who sang it?"

And here is a little filler text to separate the two videos. Hopefully, you cannot see the answer (which is the video below) until you scroll down. Make your guess now!

A bit of information from about Pitbull's Rebelution:

The 2009 album from the Latin Hip Hopper. Pitbull is a Miami rapper who has been an independent artist and now signed to a major label. His 2004 debut album M.I.A.M.I. (Money Is A Major Issue) featured the hit single 'Culo' and became the biggest selling bilingual debut since Cypress Hill's self titled debut in 1991. With five subsequent chart-topping albums and a multitude of hit singles, including 'The Anthem' and 'Krazy', Pitbull continues to blaze trails and maintain his status as the #1 Latin artist on Myspace and beyond.

So, do you think you know the correct answer to the music trivia question?

Here's some clues. It was a 1979 hit single by an American hip hop trio. While it was not the first hip hop single, it is generally considered to be the song that first popularized hip hop in the United States and around the world!

The song is ranked #248 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In late 1979, Debbie Harry suggested that Nile Rodgers join her and Chris Stein at a hip hop event, which at the time was a communal space taken over by young kids and teenagers with boom box stereos, which would play various pieces of music that performers would break dance to.

The main piece of music they would use was the break section of Chic's "Good Times," which Harry wanted Rodgers to appreciate. Rodgers experienced this even the first time himself at a high school in the Bronx. (Wikipedia) Click to read the full story, but not before you guess!

Scroll down slowly as you think about the trivia question.



think you know?

Come on,

surely you know the answer!

And here is the answer to the trivia question "What 1979 hit song mentioned the lyrics, "Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn, and who sang it?"

If you guessed The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight," then you are correct!

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Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Dude, I soooooo knew that answer before you gave it to me. Well okay, I thought I did. You got me.

therealbobthought said...

man i had absoloootley no guess nada. zip, zilch, but santana was cool. tnx for the follow too.

John said...

@Dr. Monkey, I thought you would have known that answer too! This was my first trivia challenge, so thanks for guessing.

@therealbobthought, you're welcome and thanks for guessing and commenting about it. If you guys ever go on Jeopardy or Millionaire game show, maybe this question will come up!

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Jo said...

I would never have guessed that. In 1979 I was still in -- *gasp* -- disco. Well, it was fun to dance to. *heh*

John said...

@Jo, You weren't alone! I took disco dance lessons during my high school years! My partner Donna and I had a blast and went dancing at least once a week even in 1979. I was 17 in 1979...what a great year that was.

I realize now, that was a difficult trivia question!

themom said...

I definitely failed the test. A definite sign of age...either I forgot or was too old at the time - what a dilemma. Have a great day!

Jo said...

Hi, John--Jo here ("Diary Of A Sad Housewife"). Just stopping by to show you some blog lovin'--I appreciate you becoming a new follower of mine!

Stay groovy!

Peace, love and happiness,
"Diary OF A Sad Housewife"

Mary Ellen said...

I couldn't remember that song until I watched your video and the first thing I thought about was this....

I think she did it better. ;-)

(I e-mailed you today..sorry for the delay)

John said...

Jo from Diary of a Sad Housewife, you are welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting. BTW, your pic does not look like one of a Sad Housewife :)

@Mary Ellen, OMG that youTube link you put in is hilarious...from the Wedding Singer! Now I really want to see that movie again. The clip is so short--only about 30 seconds!

I knew a lot of bands had used those lyrics and the music from Chic's "Good Times," but I had completely forgotten about her.

Did you ever get the Rapping Easter Bunny viral video emailed to you? I think it is on jibjab ...hilarious!

Mary Ellen said...

John- No, I must have missed the Rapping Easter Bunny thing. I did notice that the last e-mail you sent me was in my spam box for some reason. I think I have to start checking that more often because I think I've been losing a few e-mails that way. A few of my friends said they e-mailed me but hadn't heard back from me and I always try to respond.

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