Michael’s Mixtape: The Star Wars One

I don’t know about you, but I am just basking in the glory that is Star Wars Week worldwide. I’ll be seeing Episode VII: The Force Awakens on Thursday and drinking galactic themed drinks at a bar that’s turning itself into the Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. Yep, I have no shame in my Star Wars geekdom.

Even Spotify is getting in on the game, matching users with Star Wars characters by their taste in music. I’m not totally thrilled being Anakin, but I do love me plenty of punk rock.

Anakin playlist

I dig the lightsaber on the bottom, not so much the new Fall Out Boy they included.

Since it all finally set in that this movie is happening and I’m actually going to see it (so since Saturday night), I’ve been surfing Spotify for Star Wars appropriate music. Not just the epic John Williams masterpieces, but songs about space and intergalactic awesomeness. So why not put it all into one easily accessible playlist that my friends and likeminded individuals to enjoy?

1. “Star Wars Theme” – John Williams


2. “Starman” – David Bowie

Album: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, 1972

3. “Space” – Something Corporate

Album: North, 2003


4. “Return to the Moon” – EL VY

Album: Return to the Moon, 2015


5. “Spaceship” – Kanye w/ GLC


Album: The College Dropout, 2004


6. “Stormtrooper” – Pepper

Album: Kona Town, 2003


7. “Cantina Band” – John Williams


8. “A New Hope” – blink-182

Album: Dude Ranch, 1997


9. “Future People” – Alabama Shakes

Album: Sound and Color, 2015


10. “Chewbacca” – Supernova Chile

Album: Clerks Original Soundtrack, 1994


11. “Empire Strikes First” – Bad Religion

Album: Empire Strikes First, 2004


12. “You Satellite” – Wilco

Album: Star Wars, 2015


13. “Space Truckin'” – Deep Purple

Album: Machine Head, 1972


14. “Both Sides of the Gun” – Ben Harper

Album: Both Sides of the Gun, 2006


15. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z & Alicia Keys

Album: The Blueprint 3, 2009


16. “People of the Sun” – Rage Against of the Machine

Album: Evil Empire, 1996


17. “Imperial Death March” – John Williams


18. “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys

Album: Hello Nasty, 1998


19. “Man on the Moon” – R.E.M.

Album: Automatic For The People, 1992


20. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Time) – Elton John

Album: Honky Chateau, 1972


21. “Major Tom (Coming Home)” – Shiny Toy Guns

Album: Girls Le Disko, 2009


22. “Rebellion (Lies)” – Arcade Fire

Album: Funeral, 2004


23. “Spaceman” – The Killers

Album: Day & Age, 2008


24. “The Throne Room” – John Williams


The Full Spotify Playlist

Anymore songs that come to mind, send them to me on Facebook or Twitter to be added to the playlist!

#TBT Year in Review: 1989

Yes, I know…

It’s the year Taylor Swift was born, but also happening in 1989…

  • George H.W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States.
  • MGM Studios at Disney World opened to the public.
  • The world’s first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan
  • Nintendo released Game Boy portable gaming system to North America.
  • Pete Rose received his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball.

And here’s what we saw from the world’s of Movies, Music and Sports. 



National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Back to the Future Part II, Ghostbusters II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Parenthood, When Harry Met Sally…, Seen No Evil, Hear No Evil, Say Anything…, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Look Who’s Talking, The Burbs, Uncle Buck, Weekend at Bernie’s, Driving Miss Daisy, Turner & Hooch, Fletch Lives, Harlem Nights, Going Overboard, The War of the Roses, UHF, New York Stories, The Big Picture, Gross Anatomy, Crimes and Misdemeanors, We’re No Angels, AND…

Major League


Lethal Weapon II, Black Rain, License to Kill, The Abyss, Dead Calm, Next of Kin, Lock Up, The Punisher, Leviathan, Pet Sematary, Kickboxer, DeepStar Six, The Killer, The Package, Samurai Cop, The January Man, Cutting Class, Johnny Handsome, Halloween 5, Sea of Love, Blue Steel, Far From Home, Shotgun, Ministry of Vengeance, An Innocent Man, The Mighty Quinn, AND…

Road House


Dead Poets Society, Do The Right Thing, Glory, Steel Magnolias, My Left Foot, Casualties of War, Sex Lies and Videotape, Always, Rooftops, Born on the Fourth of July, Driving Miss Daisy, Sea of Love, Small Sacrifices, Lean On Me, Gleaming the Cube, True Believer, Scandal, Look Back in Anger, The Ryan White Story, Drugstore Cowboy, The Karen Carpenter Story, Immediate Family, Listen To Me, Dad, Music Box, AND…

Field of Dreams

The 62nd Academy Awards

Best Actor

  • Kenneth Branagh, Henry V
  • Tom Cruise, Born on the Fourth of July
  • Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy
  • Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society
  • Daniel Day Lewis, My Left Foot – Winner

Best Supporting Actor

  • Dan Aykroyd, Driving Miss Daisy
  • Marlon Brando, A Drive White Season
  • Martin Landeau, Crimes and Misdemeanors 
  • Danny Aiello, Do the Right Thing
  • Denzel Washington, Glory – Winner

Best Actress

  • Isabelle Adjani, Camille Claudel
  • Pauline Collins, Shirley Valentine
  • Jessica Lange, Music Box
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy – Winner

Best Supporting Actress

  • Anjelica Huston, Enemies, A Love Story
  • Lena Olin, Enemies, A Love Story
  • Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias
  • Dianne Wiest, Parenthood
  • Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot – Winner

Best Picture

  • Born on the Fourth of July
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Field of Dreams
  • My Left Foot
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Winner


Rock Albums

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Hip Hop Albums

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Pop Albums

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Billboard Year-End Top 25

1. “Look Away” – Chicago 

2. “My Prerogative” – Bobby Brown

3. “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” – Poison

4. “Straight Up” – Paula Abdul

5. “Miss You Much” – Janet Jackson

6. “Cold Hearted” – Paula Abdul

7. “Wind Beneath My Wings” – Bette Midler

8. “Girl You Know It’s True” – Milli Vanilli

9. “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley” – Will to Power

10. “Give You The Best That I Got” – Anita Baker

11. “Right Here Waiting” – Richard Marx

12. “Waiting for a Star to Fall” – Boy Meets Girl

13. “Lost In Your Eyes” – Debbie Gibson

14. “Don’t Wanna Lose You” – Gloria Estafan

15. “Heaven” – Warrant

16. “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” – Milli Vanilli

17. “The Look” – Roxette

18. “She Drives Me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals

19. “On Our Own” – Bobby Brown

20. “Two Hearts” – Phil Collins

21. “Blame It On The Rain” – Milli Vanilli

22. “Listen To Your Heart” – Roxette

23. “I’ll Be There For You” – Bon Jovi

24. “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” – Simply Red

25. “Like A Prayer” – Madonna



League Leaders


Average: Kirby Puckett (MIN) – .344

Hits: Kirby Puckett (MIN) – 215

Home Runs: Kevin Mitchell (SF) – 47

RBI: Kevin Mitchell (SF) – 125

OPS: Kevin Mitchell (SF) – 1.023

Stolen Bases: Rickey Henderson (NYY & OAK) – 77


Wins: Bret Saberhagen (KC) – 23

ERA: Bret Saberhagen (KC) – 2.16

Strikeouts: Nolan Ryan (TEX) – 301

Complete Games: Bret Saberhagen (KC) – 12

Shutouts: Tim Belcher (LAD) – 8

Saves: Mark Davis (SD) – 44


AL – Robin Yount (MIL)

NL – Kevin Mitchell (SF)

CY Young

AL – Bret Saberhagen (KC)

NL – Mark Davis (SD)

Rookie of the Year

AL – Gregg Olson (BAL)

NL – Jerome Walton (CHC)

World Series: Oakland Athletics def. San Francisco Giants (4-0)



Final Four:

(1) Illinois, (3) Michigan, (3) Seton Hall and (2) Duke

National Championship:

Michigan over Seton Hall in overtime 80-79


League Leaders

Points Per Game: Michael Jordan (CHI) – 32.5

Rebounds Per Game: Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU) – 13.5

Assists Per Game: John Stockton (UTAH) – 13.6 

All-NBA Team

Charles Barkley (PHI)

Magic Johnson (LAL)

Michael Jordan (CHI)

Karl Malone (UTAH)

Hakeem Olajuwon (HOU)

MVP: Magic Johnson (LAL)

Rookie of the Year: Mitch Richmond (GSW)

NBA Finals: Detroit Pistons over Los Angeles Lakers (4-0)



Heisman Trophy

Andrew Ware, University of Houston 

National Champion

(2) Miami over (7) Alabama 33-27 Sugar Bowl, (1) Colorado lost to (4) Notre Dame 6-21 Orange Bowl


League Leaders

Passing Yards: Don Majkowski (GB) – 4,318

Passing Touchdowns: Jim Everett (LA) – 29

Passer Rating: Joe Montana (SF) – 112.4

Rushing Yards: Christian Okoye (KC) – 1,480

Rushing Touchdowns: Greg Ball (LA) – 15

Receiving Yards: Jerry Rice (SF) – 1,483

Receiving Touchdowns: Jerry Rice (SF) – 17

Receptions: Sterling Sharpe (GB) – 90

AP MVP: Joe Montana (SF)

Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers over Denver Broncos 55-10

Super Bowl 29


League Leaders

Goals: Mario Lemieux (PIT) – 85

Assists: Wayne Gretzky (LA) & Mario Lemieux (PIT) – 114

Points: Mario Lemieux (PIT) – 199

Hart Memorial Trophy

Wayne Gretzky (LA)

Stanley Cup

Calgary Flames over Montreal Canadiens (4-2)

Did I miss anything? Let me know on Twitter @Mike_PiFF03.

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