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Fun things to do today while at home for Friday, April 17, 2020

Your new favorite movies, music, cars, and whatever Blah Blah Blah Day is are just some of the highlights from this day. Enjoy your celebrations!

Friday, April 17: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Victoria Beckham, 46
– Put on some Spice Girls and have a virtual dance party! Today is Posh Spice’s birthday.

Jennifer Garner, 48
– Choose from a variety of movies the actress has starred in including, “13 Going On 30,” “Daredevil,” “Elektra,” “Juno,” “Love, Simon,” or “Peppermint.” Those are just a few suggestions.

Redman, 50
– Christina Aguilera approached hip hop producer Rockwilder and suggested using rapper Redman’s 2001 song “Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get in da Club)” as a guide for the next single. The final result, “Dirrty”, is a hip pop song that also features rapping verses from Redman. It went to No.1 in four countries! Compare the two songs, Christina Aguilera featuring Redman “Dirrty,” and Redman “Let’s Get Dirty (I Can’t Get in da Club).”

Liz Phair, 53
– Hear her 1993 debut studio album, “Exile in Guyville,” which was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Sean Bean, 61
– Binge watch the actor’s role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” for FREE!

Afrika Bambaataa, 63
– Experience the classic track, “Planet Rock.” It was voted the third greatest hip hop song by Rolling Stone. Additionally, the song was listed as one of the best singles of 1982 by NME (New Music Express). Definitely a song you would hear on Neon 90.7!

Michael Sembello, 66
– Check out the Grammy award winning singer’s 1983 US No.1 single, “Maniac,” or watch the iconic scene in the film, “Flashdance,” on Amazon Prime or Vudu.

Jan Hammer, 72
– Listen to the keyboard player’s 1985 US No.1 hit, “Miami Vice Theme,” or stream the show FREE on nbc.com

Friday, April 17: ON THIS DAY
2006 – Blah Blah Blah Day
A day to do all the things everyone’s been nagging you about, or whatever. As a result, quit smoking, get a real job. Lose weight, gain weight, and take out the trash! Empty the cat litter, pick up your clothes, or clean dirty dishes.

1387 – Canterbury Tales
– Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars) Here is a funny Academy Award nominated Animated Short Film to entertain you.

1961 – The Apartment
– View the classic award-winning film! At the 33rd Academy Awards, The Apartment was nominated for ten awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

1964 – International Ford Mustang Day
– The classic car makes it’s debut and was the automaker’s most successful launch since the Model A. The base model cost $2,368. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current sixth generation. Have you ever test driven a Mustang?

1971 – Three Dog Night
– Was Jeremiah really a bullfrog? Enjoy their smash single, ‘Joy to the World,’ which started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart today. It was the group’s second US No.1.

1982 – Vangelis
– Find “Chariots of Fire,” on Amazon Prime or Vudu and stream the iconic scene that gave Vangelis a No.1 US album. He went on to win an Oscar for the soundtrack for best original score.

2011 – Game of Thrones
– Not only is it actor Sean Bean’s birthday, but the HBO series, based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, he stars in premiered today.

2019 – Beyoncé
– The prolific artist released her live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary, “Homecoming.”

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.