Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Earworm: Feels Good

God, how I love '90s R&B now. That's kind of weird, since I pretty much hated it when it was new. That didn't apply to Tony! Toni! Toné! though. I wouldn't have changed a thing about them, even when they were new. Their brand of new-Jack swing ruled the airwaves.

Wow, Raphael Saadiq looks so young in the video for "Feels Good." I feel so, so old.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Earworm: Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody

Apparently after a long day of weeding through boxes and boxes of stuff, all I can think of is David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody." Seriously, no matter how hard I try, nothing is replacing this one in my head.

When I was growing up in Minneapolis, my best friend lived across the street. His older sister was my babysitter, and her walls were plastered with posters of David Lee Roth and Duran Duran. I still look back and remember her having Pogo-Ball parties with her boom box blasting Dave at top volume while my friend and I would play G.I. Joe in the back yard. Those were the days.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Earworm: Baby, It's Cold Outside


Holy crow, the season is upon us. I swear that I never got cold during Minnesota winters, but it's the end of November in Tennessee, and apparently I have become spoiled. It's currently 46 degrees outside, and I couldn't stop shivering.

Of course, that immediately got "Baby, It's Cold Outside" stuck in my head. This may be a sign of the times, but I automatically think of Zooey Deschanel's version from Elf whenever I hear that song. That's the last time I actually enjoyed her voice. Somehow I went from thinking that Ben Gibbard was the luckiest man in the universe to having my long-standing celebrity crush reach overexposure and finding myself annoyed by just about everything she touches. (500) Days of Summer? Bah. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the only good part of that movie. I can still handle Elf though, even with my low tolerance for both Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell. It has become a holiday classic that I can watch over and over again.

Hmm. Embedding has been disabled for every single clip that I can find of the song. Here's a link to a basic search. Enjoy it on YouTube.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Earworm: Ice Ice Baby

Who doesn't know this song? I begged. I pleaded. I talked my mom into buying me a copy of Vanilla Ice's To the Extreme when I was sick and she was picking up some cold medicines from the then-new Target Greatland. She brought it home, I pressed play and...



...the rest of the album sucked. The lyrics were so overly sexual and cartoonish that even my seventh-grade self made fun of them.

I love "Havin' a Roni" though. It's worth it just for Rob Van Winkel's Popeye-scat routine.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Earworm: Tryptophane

Yes, I'm aware of the correct spelling, but John Flansburgh's Monopuff spells it "Tryptophane" on the The Devil Went Down to Newport (Totally Rocking) EP. It's a tribute to the sleep-inducing drug found in turkey! I'll take it.

My Thanksgiving consisted of getting up, eating breakfast, hopping in my car, driving to work and sitting inside of a big building and answering the phone while wishing I could be spending the day outside in the gorgeous November weather.

Who am I kidding. My wife had to work early on Friday, so I would have gone home, turned on the television and vegged out for a few hours before turning in at the same time that she would be getting up. I'm better off with the holiday pay anyway.

So yeah. tryptophan, "Tryptophane" and today's earworm. That sounds like a winning team to me. Go team sleep.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Earworm: Toy Soldiers

In an effort to make room for the new furniture, I'm cleaning out 34 years of acquired toys and such. I was an only child and my parents never made me get rid of anything. The untrained eye would see me as a hoarder of sorts, but I'm really not. They took the opportunity to drop everything off at the house upon my return from our honeymoon, and it's all just been sitting in the attic. It's hard parting with all these toy...soldiers.

I don't care if the subject of today's earworm doesn't match what's going on here. Martika's "Toy Soldiers" popped into my head while I was making piles and piles of stuff to sell and/or donate. When I'm done, there will be ridiculous amounts of room. All that's sticking around are my old Star Wars and He-Man figures, as well as the occasional Transformer. That still takes up plenty of room, but not the insane amount of space that is currently filled. If I don't have this done by the time we move, I'm in for a nightmare of packing and repacking. I moved across the country three times with boxes and boxes filled with 3000 CDs. I don't want to go through that again. The music may be gone, handily ripped onto a hard drive the size of a book, but toys are harder to compress digitally. Hopefully there will be an ultra-rare item that can make us able to retire before we're 40. That would be cool.

Wasn't there some sort of rumor that Martika was Casey Kasem's daughter? I don't think that's true, but I'll keep my feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars anyway.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Earworm: Tell It to My Heart

I had another song picked out for today's earworm, but YouTube was displaying the most incredible still from Taylor Dayne's "Tell It to My Heart" on the side of the screen. I didn't care about the song, I just knew that I wanted that picture on my blog.



I had never seen the video before, although I am well-versed in the song itself. This was one that was popular around the time that I still didn't have MTV but was starting to get into music. My mother came home with the cassingle one day and I played it like crazy.

Okay, after watching it, this video might just be my new favorite thing ever. I think I'm going to have to try talking the Mrs. into a new hairstyle as well.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Earworm: Du Hast

Sometimes things just sound better in German.

I woke up with "Du Hast" by Rammstein running through my head this morning. That would be all well and good, but I also woke up with a splitting headache. Listening to angry German music isn't the greatest thing under those circumstances.

Still, sometimes things just sound better in German. I had forgotten all about the English version of the song. The lyrics are terrible. Hopefully this headache will allow me to repress them with a quickness.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Earworm: Do the Mario!

Yesterday my wife and I made our first major purchase as a married couple. It was furniture. Soon we shall be sleeping on a brand new, comfortable bed. Yay! That might be the end of this blog, but somehow I doubt it. I don't think that the quality of the mattress will have any effect on the songs that run through my head. I'm pretty sure I'm stuck with this blessing and/or curse forever more.

While we were perusing the store's selection, there was a never-ending loop on the television of the children's section that was playing Transformers and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! It was a little weird, given that we are currently in 2010, but whatever. The animation has changed, but brightly-colored, fast-moving shapes are pretty universal, right? I figure that cartoons are always new to kids.

I always loved the end credits of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Captain Lou Albano did "The Mario" like no one could. It made me think that I could dance. I can't. Ask my wife. I step on her feet when walking behind her, so dancing is pretty much out of the question. I think she would appreciate the continued ability of self-propelled, forward motion.

Captain Lou died just over a year ago. I can't see a rubber band* without feeling a little empty inside anymore.



*For the kids too young to remember when wrestling was entertaining, Captain Lou Albano wore rubber bands in his beard. Now you know.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Earworm: Misery

Remember a couple days ago when I was talking about hating a song until something snapped and suddenly I could not only tolerate, but actually started enjoying it? Maroon 5 is one of those bands. I have absolutely hated each one of their songs until I reach that breaking point. This new one though? I still hate "Misery." It's just obnoxious. Whatshisface is in rare form, sounding like a baby seal sucking on helium while being clubbed by the members of the Getalong Gang. I don't even know what that means. It's that bad. Someone do something and get this thing out of my head. Almost anything else is preferable.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Earworm: Tempted

Who from my generation doesn't know the movie Reality Bites like the back of their hand? I saw it in the theater on a date when I was a junior in high school, and loved every minute. Years later I watched it again upon graduating from college and it finally hit home. Reality Bites is a very depressing movie. I had to watch Pump Up the Volume to offset the devastation. I still watch Pump Up the Volume whenever anything is going bad in my life.

Oh yeah, earworm. "Tempted" by Squeeze was one of the reasons that I wore out at least one copy of the accompanying soundtrack album. I love that song, as well as most of Squeeze's back catalog.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Earworm: Kind and Generous

Repetition is the name of the game in popular songwriting, but that's not always a good thing. Case in point: "Kind and Generous" by Natalie Merchant. I enjoyed 10,000 Maniacs back in their heyday, but her solo stuff makes me want to hear a cat receiving a bath on top of a chalk board instead. Ugh. Thank you, thank you. Thank you, thank you. Shoot me, shoot me. Thank you, thank you. Every time I hear it, it deceptively sucks me in only to come back with 12 minutes of the stupidest lyrics known to man. Na na na na na na na na. Na. Blech.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Earworm: Just a Dream

As much as I make fun of pop music, sometimes I end up with an extremely guilty pleasure. This usually occurs after I have already heard a song countless times until I hate it so much that I actually start liking it. When I found out that there was a new Nelly single, I fully expected it to be one of those, but the opposite is happening with "Just a Dream." I heard it in passing while driving to work and immediately liked it. The world then promptly came to an end. This stuff isn't supposed to be instantly accepted by my ears. I guess that my defenses have been worn down.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Earworm: Forest Fire

I still love the Dead Kennedys, although my patience for their music has waned over the years. Still, "Forest Fire" is and will forever be one of my favorite songs. It was one of the songs that seemed extra exciting and mysterious due to it being a dub of a dub of a dub on one of my old mix tapes. My sixth-grade self was officially introduced to punk with that tape. I never quite recovered.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Earworm: The Whole Shebang

I spent a good chunk of yesterday listening to the new Girl Talk album, and fully expected the next earworm to be something based on one of Gregg Gillis's samples. Instead, all I can think of is Grant Lee Buffalo's "The Whole Shebang" from the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack. There's nothing wrong with that. Not only is it one of the best fake-Bowie songs that I have ever heard, but it is also one of my favorite songs ever. I didn't hear it buried in the Girl Talk mix at all. Who knows.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Girl Talk!

New, free Girl Talk album! Now if only the server would start responding.

Finally, I managed to download the new album.

Upon first listen, this new Girl Talk isn't nearly as good as Night Ripper or Feed the Animals. It seems like a much more straightforward mash-up album. I'm pretty sure it will grow on me with many more plays. Lil Jon over Simon and Garfunkel is brilliant. I never thought I would say this about a Girl Talk album, but it's almost as if there is too little going on in the mix.



 
















Earworm: Return to Sender

I have already written about Elvis once before, and I'm feeling pretty lazy right about now, so today's earworm will be..."Return to Sender."

The following is the nicest, most awesome scam email that I have ever received. The formatting is intact and nothing has been changed.

Attention:

TRANSFER OF US$6,800,000.00 TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

Payment Notification:

We are writhing to know if it's true that you are DEAD? Because we received a notification from one MR. GERSHON SHAPIRO of USA stating that you are DEAD and that you have giving him the right to claim your funds. He stated you died on a CAR accident.


He has been calling us regarding this issue, but we cannot proceed with him until we confirm this by not hearing from you after 7days. Be advised that we have made all arrangements for you to receive and confirm your funds without anymore stress, and without any further delays.


All we need to confirm now is your been DEAD Or still Alive. Because this MAN'S message brought shock to our minds. And we just can't proceed with him until we confirm if this is a reality OR not.


But if it happened we did not hear from you after 7days, then we say: MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE" YOUR JOY AND SUCCESS REMAINS OUR GOAL.


May the peace of the Lord be with you wherever you may be now.


Your Faitfully,
Mr. Alex Pule
Director Of Operations
Access ZENITH BANK PLC

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Earworm: Working for the Weekend

Gasp! My weekend is currently comprised of Sundays and Mondays, so I'm totally working for the weekend right now. Whoops, I mean last night. Was. Was last night. I'm not writing this the night before it posts at all. No siree Bob. Is "Bob" supposed to be capitalized under these circumstances? I don't know, nor do I care to actually find out. That said, Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend." Earworm. Totally rad.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Earworm: One Headlight/Mine

Last night the music at work started playing the new single by Taylor Swift. It took me a while to figure out why I am so drawn to it, but it finally dawned on me. It's also "One Headlight" by the Wallflowers.

I was talking to a guy at work the other day who didn't know who the Wallflowers were. It makes me wonder if he is aware of Bob Dylan's progeny at all. I feel old.



Friday, November 12, 2010

Earworm: Moskau

Dammit. Sometimes I really love Germany.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Earworm: Ball and Chain

Tuesday night I went to see Social Distortion in concert. Frank Turner and Lucero opened, and they were awesome. I wish that I could say the same about Social D. Mike Ness still sounds fine, but there is nothing to distinguish an album cut from a live version. Well, nothing to distinguish until songs like "Ball and Chain," when Ness destroyed one of my favorite songs by performing vocal tricks. It was all downhill from there. He just seemed really bored throughout.

While the headliner was dull live, both Frank Turner and Lucero were well worth the price of admission. Still, the new songs that Social Distortion have me pretty excited to hear the new album in January. I just won't be seeing them in concert again. Sadly, the vitality that made Mike Ness great 20 years ago is all but gone now.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Earworm: Mr. Roboto

I have never been a particularly big Styx fan, but "Mr. Roboto" is so ingrained into my musical upbringing that I can't ignore its impact on my life. It certainly may well be the entire reason that I started studying Japanese in elementary school.
 
Unfortunately, all I can do now is spout off random phrases that I remember, as well as swear up a storm.  I really need to get back into studying the language.
 
Getting back to Styx, my single-favorite memory involving "Mr. Roboto" is the Volkswagen commercial that used the song while Tony Hale (Buster Bluth from Arrested Development) did the robot inside of his car. My dance skills are just about as advanced as his.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Earworm: More Than Words

No one actually expected the sample/source trend to continue, right? Good.

I remember eighth grade like it was yesterday. Well, maybe not yesterday, but certainly like it was something that happened 20 years ago, as if I were looking through a fogged-up, warped piece of glass.

What I do remember is that I had a wicked crush on one girl for all of my eighth-grade year. She wouldn't give me the time of day, but I finally got her to talk to me at the end-of-year dance. Not only that, but she actually danced with me. I'll never forget it, because we stood about a mile apart, she with her hands on my shoulders and me with my hands on her waist. "More Than Words" by Extreme was our song, and it would stay with me for the rest of the school year and beyond.

I wish that I could say that the story had a happy ending, but it didn't. We went our separate ways, and she managed to infect me with her little brother's chicken pox. That was the second time I had them too. Ah, puberty. Gotta love it. At least I got to take all of my final exams at home.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Earworm: Tainted Love/Where Did Out Love Go?

This week is looking like it will turn into a call and response of samples and parent tracks. Let's see if I can keep this up.

I'm a sucker for 12" mixes, and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?" is a doozy. I've listened to it so much that whenever the regular version of "Tainted Love" leaves me high and dry, wanting nothing more than for it to continue on for another five minutes. Those last few seconds before it keeps going are some of the most anxious moments in my musical upbringing.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Earworm: SOS

I'm a nerd for general grammar. Unless I'm in a big hurry and don't feel like editing, the common misuse of your/you're (and there/they're/their, for that matter) really, really bugs me.

That's why I blame Rihanna for the mass-stupefying of western civilization. The chorus of "SOS," which features the lyric "Y-O-U are making this hard?" I'm perfectly aware that it is technically correct, but it sure sounds like she is spelling out "Your making this hard." Downfall of the masses, right there.

That said, I absolutely love "SOS" otherwise. It is a wonderful pop song that utilizes a sample of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" perfectly.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Earworm: Pink Triangle

Okay, so I picked up the new reissue of Weezer's 1997 album Pinkerton earlier in the week. It is one of my favorite albums ever made, but the five(!) different versions of "Pink Triangle" is just too much to handle in one sitting. It got to the point where I thought that if I ever heard the song again that I would absolutely lose my mind.

I think that this is a testament to the power of the first two Weezer albums, but all it took was 12 hours and I was already okay with hearing it again. "We are All on Drugs" from 2005's Make Believe? That is definitely one that I can go my entire life without ever hearing again. I don't think that Rivers Cuomo can ever make up the ground he lost after that train wreck. Blech.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Earworm: At Least It was Here

If there is anyone out there that hasn't seen the NBC's Community yet, you're missing what has been the single-best sitcom on television right now. "At Least It was Here" by the 88 is the theme song, and while it hasn't motivated me enough to learn the words or actually look up the band yet, the 30-second version of the theme song gets stuck in my head each and every Thursday and carries me all through the weekend.

Seriously, do yourself a favor. Watch it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Earworm: Big Red

I miss jingles. They come back from time to time, but very few will ever top the old Big Red commercials.

Hey, that's Peter Billingsley in the video! It's almost time for A Christmas Story...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Earworm: The Quadratic Formula

In high school, I had a math teacher who taught his students the quadratic formula to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel."
I graduated from high school many, many moons ago and while I do not recall what the quadratic formula does, I will never forget it thanks to that song.

Music can make learning fun!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Earworm: In and Out of Love

I'm fully willing to accept that Bon Jovi can pop into my head at any time, but "In and Out of Love?" Where did that come from?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Earworm: Muppet Babies

Jim Henson is one of my heroes. Somebody make my voiceover dreams come true.

Wow, it's been almost 20 years since the last time I heard the Muppet Babies theme song, yet I still remember all the words. It's no wonder, as Wikipedia tells me that the show lasted for eight years and 107 episodes. That's almost too much cuteness to bear.