Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earworm: Gang Fight!

Everybody has heard that embarrassingly-bad Rebecca Black "Friday" song by now, right? I finally made it through the whole thing, after avoiding the internet-based hilarity for about a week. What got me to watch the original video? "Gang Fight!" by Bad Lip Reading. The new version is nothing short of incredible. I can't wait to see more from these guys.

Chicken for us to no eat, yeah.



Oh, what the hell. I'll post "Friday" too.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Earworm: When I Come Around

I make no secret of my current hatred of Green Day. What they're doing now? Bad Religion and countless other bands have been doing it for years.

That's all well and good though, as I stopped caring about Green Day right around 1995. Before then? I was a big fan. The peak of their greatness came in 1994, when they played Woodstock. I didn't get to go, although I was in New York at the time. I remember the time well. There was a baseball strike and I was missing a concert full of bands that I absolutely loved at the time. My dad took me to see the Who's Tommy on Broadway. I watched The Crow on pay-per-view in the hotel room.

It wasn't long after that that I started hating mainstream-alternative music, and Green Day was one of the first to go. No big loss. I really can't stand them now.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Earworm: Without You

I was checking out the new releases at an electronics store today and stumbled upon the Blu-ray edition of The Rules of Attraction. God, how I love that movie. Even though it is being marketed as an uncut version, I held off on picking it up due to already having the US-theatrical DVD, and I can't find many details explaining what the uncut edition amounts to. If it's just the bathtub scene restored, I can hold off for a while. If it's Roger Avery's original Director's cut, then I'm all over it.

That one scene is the inspiration for today's earworm. Upon seeing the film on the shelf, all I could think of was "Without You" by Harry Nilsson. It is by far one of the most powerful songs ever recorded.

Wow, I had no clue "Without You" was originally by Badfinger. I don't like their version at all.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Earworm: Some Guys Have All the Luck

I can take or leave Rod Stewart in a love/hate capacity. I love a lot of his stuff, but quite a bit of it is just adult-contemporary drivel. That's not the case with "Some Guys Have All the Luck" though. I absolutely love that one.

Years ago I was obsessed with finding a cover version of the song that was used in a Pepsi ad. In this day and age of lightning-fast internet searches, most signs point to it not actually existing outside of the commercial. That's fine. I'm not into that kind of music much anymore.



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Earworm: The Other Side

It's time to go for something a little more modern today. Paul and the Patients are best known for "Blogspot," which was used in a Target ad and is one of my favorite songs of 2010. The rest of their debut EP is a little lacking in comparison, but "The Other Side" has grown on me quite a bit. It sounds like a healthy mash-up of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Blondie and the Ramones. I like it a lot.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earworm: Thunder

Ah, a cold, rainy, spring evening. The dogs were just scared senseless by a loud crack of thunder, so what better soundtrack than "Thunder" by Prince?

Ooh, "Thunder" was on Diamonds and Pearls? That was one of the first three CDs that I ever got for Christmas along with my very first CD player. I may need to dust that album off tonight.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Earworm: Pee-Pee

Dammit viral video, I try to avoid you often and with a passion. Sometimes I just can't win though. I follow Ben Folds on Twitter, and he posted a link to this gem of a video last night. It's something called "Pee-Pee" by the Kelly Family. I am now choosing to not search out any information about them, as I am afraid that I will find a new, terrible obsession. Instead, I will stay intentionally speechless.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Earworm: Princes of the Universe

Aside from the first movie, I'm not much of a Highlander fan. The concept is decent enough, but the whole swords/sci-fi thing doesn't really do it for me. I love Queen's "Princes of the Universe" though, which was used as the theme song for the television show.

Rumor has it that there is a Highlander reboot in the works. Apparently it is being written by the Twilight screenwriter. That makes sense, and I probably won't see it at all. Ever.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Earworm: How Many Licks

I haven't heard "How Many Licks" by Lil' Kim and Sisqo in ages. It's one of the most hilariously-censored songs ever released. The second verse is filthy.

Damn, Atlantic. You'll never allow embedding of your own videos, will you. Oh well, here's a link.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Earworm: Rhythm Section Want Ad

I have written about They Might Be Giants before, but they will have many a place in the earworm universe. My musical upbringing can be pretty much split evenly between They Might Be Giants and the Cure. Wait, I haven't written about the Cure yet? Yikes.

I first got into TMBG after their first two albums had already been released, and found myself listening to nothing but the first two albums and the b-sides compilation, Miscellaneous T. I still know They Might Be Giants and Lincoln like the back of my hand.

I would be hard pressed to pick one song off of the first album as my favorite, but I think "Rhythm Section Want Ad" is definitely one of the best songs on the album, and is also one of my favorite songs ever recorded.

There is no video, unfortunately, so here's a clip of some puppet dancing around while "Rhythm Section Want Ad" plays in the background.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Earworm: Going Bananas

If anyone can find me a clip of today's earworm, I would greatly appreciate it.

Back in the early 1980s, there was a short-lived show called Going Bananas. It starred a orangutan and was the single-greatest thing that I had ever seen up to that point. I remember nothing about it, aside from a snippet of the theme song, or at least what I think is the theme song. Posting a clip right now would involve me finding a microphone and singing into the computer, and I really don't feel like doing that, so if anyone can find me a video of the song, I would greatly appreciate it.

Oh, what I do remember is my parents dragging me to a store to purchase our family's very first microwave, which made me miss the show. I was pissed, and I'm pretty sure that I never saw it again after that.

A quick Amazon search has me finding a bunch of kids shows, a Dom Deluise movie and what I'm assuming is a series of Latin-American porn in the style of Girls Gone Wild. No, no and no, thank you.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Earworm: Bullets

I've been on a kick of bands that sound like other bands lately, since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Today's example is "Bullets" by Tunng, which is the best fake-Peter-Gabriel-song ever. I have a couple of their albums, but nothing has topped this song yet, which I discovered through the ending credits of an episode of Weeds. Actually, I discovered a lot of bands from that show. Now I can't wait for the seventh season.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Earworm: In the Shadows

Ever wondered what it might look like if Bj√∂rk and the dude from Cutting Crew got together and had a baby while mixing their DNA with a bird and a troll doll? I'm pretty sure the lead singer of the Rasmus is the product of that equation. "In the Shadows" is the only song that I like by them, and if I remember correctly they didn't speak English at all when it was released. Interviews on FUSE were awkward at best, and were strangely endearing.  They will never replicate the sheer awesomeness of that one single, at least to my ears. That's okay by me.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Earworm: Dunkie Butt

I'm not sure which one she hates more, but I'm pretty sure that my wife's two least-favorite songs in the universe are "Freaxxx" by Brokencyde and "Dunkie Butt" by 12 Gauge. I can't blame her. It's a terrile, terrible song, and one that I had to play on a very regular basis in my DJ days.
Wow, 12 Gauge released three albums on two record labels. I don't know any other of his songs, and am pretty sure that 99% of the general public doesn't either. I'm pretty sure no one is shedding a tear over that one. Well, maybe 12 Gauge himself, but no one else.

Hmm. I wonder if Lil Jon was affiliated with "Dunkie Butt" at all. It was originally released in 1993, which fits in with the time when he was with So So Def records, and there's a little sample that sounds an awful lot like his trademark "Yeeaaah!" The Atlanta connection may be too close to ignore.

Hmm. Apparently two videos were made, but only one of them can be embedded. Oh well.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Earworm: Do You Like Waffles?

Parry Gripp! I do love me some Nerf Herder, and my two nieces absolutely love this song, or at least they did about three years ago. I'm not sure about their musical sensibilities these days, what with the onslaught of...um...I can't think of a single thing that plays on the radio right now. Kid Rock? Do the kids listen to Kid Rock? I'm losing my touch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Earworm: Sweet Caroline

I found someone today who didn't know "Sweet Caroline." The music may live forever, but these kids have some pretty fucked-up priorities if they don't know who Neil Diamond is. This doesn't make me feel old, just sad.

I totally feel like watching The Jazz Singer.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Earworm: Freaxxx

I was going to hold onto this for a special occasion, but there's no fighting it anymore. Have you heard "Freaxxx" by Brokencyde? It's the worst song ever recorded, and I absolutely love it. A rerecorded version was included on the I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It! album, but it's the original that is notable for one reason.

"They pulled their panties down, they took their pants off."

Not only is it the most romantic piece of poetry ever committed to music, but they actually switched the lyrics around on the rerecorded version to a much more logical progression of pants first, then panties off.

The kid singing with through autotune looks an awful lot like Atreyu from The NeverEnding Story. As amazing as it would be if they were one and the same, they aren't. Oh well. A boy can dream.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Earworm: Afternoon Delight

Damn, two songs from Glee make it on here? I was watching this week's episode when suddenly they started performing "Afternoon Delight" by the Starland Vocal Band. I couldn't stop laughing. It's put to even better use on Arrested Development, the single-greatest show ever.

YouTube isn't helping with my search for an Arrested Development clip, so a weird reverse-video version from Glee will have to do.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earworm: What's My Age Again

I have a friend who got a puppy recently. Unfortunately, she's very sick. I went through that with my own dog and know that it's hard to wrap your head around anything else.

The puppy is named after a blink-182 song, so today's earworm goes out to her. It's not the one she's named after, but "What's My Age Again" will totally work. It's catchy, it's well-made and it's totally fun. That meets all the criteria for a good earworm, so there we go. Get well soon, puppy.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Earworm: Guns and the Young

Wow, my eyes hurt. I have had a headache for days. I know, let's enhance the experience with a really loud Bosstones song. I had no idea that the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "Guns and the Young" had a music video. Now I know. I love this song, but my head is hating me right now. I'm just a glutton for punishment.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Earworm: On Broadway

In a further effort to have something besides Bayside sticking in my head, I'm grasping for straws here. Today's earworm is "On Broadway" by George Benson. I'm not sure when the last time I heard it was, but it has apparently stuck with me over the years. That's cool.

I used to want to be a Broadway sensation once upon a time, but got tired on being on stage during my senior year of high school. I decided that working backstage would be more rewarding, but haven't done a single thing with that since. Hmm.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Earworm: What the Hell

Avril Lavigne's new single "What the Hell" has done its best to drill its way into my head. That's fine, as I can almost handle her in small doses, but the video make me want to punch myself in the eye. Seriously. The last time I saw this much awkward mugging and purposeful posing was, well, I guess it was the last time I saw an Avril Lavigne video.

I'm a sucker for pipe organs in songs though, but for some reason I can't think of a single other song that features one right now. Did you know that the phrase "pulling out the stops" refers to a pipe organ? Yeah. I thought it had to do with removing blocks of wood from behind a vehicle's wheels while on a hill. I can admit when I'm wrong. What can you do?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Earworm: I Still Believe

There's some great music coming out this year, with one that I'm particularly excited about. Frank Turner used to head up a punk band called Million Dead that I didn't like at all, but his solo stuff is absolutely amazing. I saw him open for Social Distortion in November, and had never heard him before. It's rare that I'm that impressed with a band after seeing them live once and having nothing else on which to base my opinion, but I'm pretty sure that the rest of the crowd was as into it as I was by the end of his set. He's a showman, and definitely knows how to work a room.

"I Still Believe" is as good a place to start as any, as it's the opening track from Frank Turner's latest EP, and it is one of the many that made me sit up and take notice.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Earworm: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

Breaking through the Bayside wall. That's all I'm going for today. Don't get me wrong, it's my favorite album of the year so far, but I've listened to it so much that I'm on the verge of getting sick of it. That can't happen, so let's open up some web radio.

I'm sitting here, listening to the Gaslight Anthem channel on last.fm while a repair man is working on our HVAC unit. Nothing major, just some routine maintenance. Why I chose to have the appointment at 8:00 on a Monday morning is beyond me, but hey, I used to get by on four hours of sleep on a regular basis. Of course, these days I'm working with my liver, and I can no longer use hazy memories of ages 21-25 as an excuse for not acting like an adult.

Ooh, the HVAC is purring like a kitten. Nice.

Anyway, I'm listening to the Gaslight station, and a Tim Barry song comes on. Good stuff. For some reason, it reminds me of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" by Elvis Costello. I mean Nick Lowe. I mean, well yeah. I'm pretty sure that Elvis Costello's version trumps 99% of any song ever recorded.

A few years back the Mrs. and I saw Elvis Costello in concert at the Tennessee Theatre. That was one of the loudest concerts that I had ever attended. I never used to wear earplugs at concerts. Now it's a necessity, but my ears still rang for days.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Earworm: Mona Lisa

Well, that didn't take long. Bayside is back. It's a different song this time though, so that's good, right?

It's "Mona Lisa" this time. I don't see this trend ending any time soon.

Damn, I love this new album.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Earworm: Crazy Train

Okay, so I was walking around the strip last night, which is the University of Tennessee's destination for drunken debauchery. I'm far too old to be there now, as I have at least ten years on most of the kids that are running around and yelling. A friend dragged me into an absolutely packed, popular establishment in hopes that he would be able to grab a quick drink. That didn't happen, as the fake IDs were flying just as fast as the beer was flowing.

We gave up and headed to a little hole in the wall filled with classic-arcade games called the Fort Sanders Yacht Club. That's my kind of place it's quiet and isn't overrun by grog-swilling frat boys. I played a metric shit-ton of the original Super Mario Bros. Good times were had by all.

Upon leaving the bar, a douchetastic cover band was playing Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" on a neighboring patio. It drove Bayside right out of my head, although they're fighting to reclaim the top spot.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Earworm: Sick, Sick, Sick part two

Okay, so I'm at a loss. I still can't get Bayside's "Sick, Sick, Sick" out of my head, and I'm listening to other music right now.

So yeah, there's that then.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Earworm: The Kids Aren't Alright/Gone Away/Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Yesterday's Bayside post got me thinking. There are a whole lot of songs with similar chord structures that I absolutely love. The first band that popped into my head was the Offspring. I'm not a big fan, but there are a few singles that I have to blast every time my iPod comes across them. Usually my time is split between "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "Gone Away." They both sound a whole lot like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song by Nerf Herder, and I'll take Nerf Herder any way that I can.



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Earworm: Sick, Sick, Sick

It's not often that the earworm is actually something current these days, but here's some brand new music for your ears.

I haven't really been impressed with Bayside since Sirens and Condolences. Anthony Raneri's vocals are strong on each album, but the music just wasn't interesting to me. That changed today when I picked up Killing Time today. The first track was a lot of fun, but the second one, "Sick, Sick, Sick," is what got me. I want Alkaline Trio to cover it so bad that my teeth hurt.

Okay, that's a bad analogy, but the comparison between the two bands has never been stronger. The two bands really do need to put out a split EP though.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Earworm: Peaches and Cream

The Mrs. is currently researching the whole Charlie Sheen debacle of which I don't care about at all. Since the laptop is in use, I'm sitting here on my phone, trying to will the tiny keyboard to cooperate with my gigantic fingers. That's not working.

So, who remembers "Peaches and Cream" by Beck? That was the best fake-Prince song ever recorded. I love it.