Quoted from whisper:
... so I was hoping someone out there can actually tell me how I got there ,and what I need to get there again...
You started Crank It Up. The first time you start CIU, you have a choice of four different songs (modes). There are lots of points in these modes, especially if you can complete one and collect the jackpot before the song ends.
You got there by collecting crosses, electric switches, snakes, and coffins. Coffins you actually have to hit the captive ball every time. Crosses, electric switches, and snakes can be collected by either hitting the actual toys or the inserts that are lit for those items. Once you've collected enough for a certain item, the big inserts between the slings will light. When all four are lit, CIU will be ready to start at the Mystery hole.
I've seen a lot of guys talk about "bashing" over and over to get to CIU, and Sparky being a dangerous, unpredictable shot, but if you get some inserts lit on orbits, ramps, or drop targets, you can focus on those shots to progress toward CIU instead of bashing the toys. It's also a good strategy to purposefully not start Seek and Destroy (completing the inserts for all five lanes) because that will make it more difficult to start your next CIU because you'll need to relight the inserts.
When I progress toward CIU, I try to light all the drop inserts, and all or most of the inserts on either the left orbit or left ramp, but not both. I also try to light all the inserts on either the right ramp or right orbit, but not both. To do this, I only need to hit Sparky and the snake on purpose three or four times each. I then focus on those lanes/ramps to progress toward CIU instead of the toys. Once I collect enough crosses, snakes, and electric chairs for CIU, I focus on bashing the captive ball. At this point in the game, I've probably already hit the captive ball a few times, so it usually only takes a few more hits. If the ball passes over the inlanes, and then you hit the captive ball, it will award two coffin hits toward CIU, so it doesn't take long to light the coffin insert for CIU.
If you complete a CIU mode, and then collect the jackpot at the Mystery scoop, you can rack up big, big points! My highest score for a single mode is over 200mil on For Whom the Bell Tolls (hit each of the five lanes three times, and hit Sparky, captive ball, and snake at least once before collecting the jackpot at the Mystery scoop (you'll automatically qualify the cross when you complete that lane during the mode).
Hope that helps!