Saturday, April 30, 2011

Earworm: Sing Your Life

Wow, I can't believe that "Sing Your Life" is 20 years old. Kill Uncle may not be the most popular of Morrissey's albums, but I love it. It was the first one that was brand new for me. I dragged my dad to the record store and plunked down my hard-earned allowance for the cassette. I know that it made up the soundtrack to my chicken-pox misery, relying on Mozz to distract me from the itchiness that was ravaging my pubescent body. I never thought that I would write a sentence like that. It'll work though.

The end of that year was when I got that first CD player, and Kill Uncle was soon forgotten until I got a disc copy years later. I now agree that it's one of Morrissey's weakest albums, but I will always carry songs like "Sing Your Life" with me, just like I carried my copy of the cassette to Great Clips in hopes that my hair could replicate his.

Dammit, the song plays automatically every time my blog opens if I embed the video. Here's a link instead.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Earworm: Time After Time

I'm not a fan of American Idol or its imitators or contemporaries. I watched one season. It was the one that David Cook won. It's not that I don't like the people's voices, but normally I hate the music that they perform.

The other day I got sucked into watching The Voice, the latest in a long line of talent-show competitions. Normally I would have turned it off immediately, but Cee-Lo Green was a judge/coach, so I watched the whole thing. It's just like Idol without the trainwreck auditions, and definitely suffers because of it. Based on that first episode, I don't want to watch any more, but I'm really intrigued by Javier Colon. His performance of "Time After Time" made the stubble on top of my head stand up in goosebumps. I hate to admit that, since he sounds like a cross between Brian McKnight and Richard Marx, but somehow it works. I may live to eat those words, but for now, I may have to stick with the show.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Earworm: Let's Get It Started

There was a story to go with today's earworm of "Let's Get It Started" by the Black-Eyed Peas. I just can't remember what it is now. Oh well.

Yes, I'm choosing the censored version. "Let's Get Retarded" didn't work for me, and for once I prefer mild censorship. The opening verse about context makes no sense in the radio-friendly, um, context, however.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Earworm: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

Well, it's day two of not being able to think of a single song. I just returned from my last break at work and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by the Backstreet Boys was playing on the Muzak in the rest room. I have never really understood the use of parentheses in song titles. At some point I'm just going to have to use a mnemonic device to remember the name anyway, and that's just too much work.

Phew, for a second I thought that there actually weren't any parentheses in the title after all and that I would have to slave over writing the previous paragraph all over again. I may have won the battle, but the earworm war rages on.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Earworm: Unskinny Bop

My mind is blank. Today was my first day back to work after vacation and I can't think of a single song. Anything I hear is back out of my head immediately. Let's see. I'm looking at a rack of video games next to my computer. There's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. I haven't finished that game yet, but, um, un...un..."Unskinny Bop" by Poison. I don't really feel like writing anything about that song. It's not very good. Great, now it's actually stuck in my head.

I want a grilled-cheese sandwich.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Earworm: Freaks and Geeks

I'm not a big rap guy, but once in a while something latches onto my brain and won't give up. Usually it's due to a sample, but occasionally it's a lyric that draws me into the music. That's what happened with "Freaks and Geeks" by Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover of Derrick Comedy and Community fame.

The lyric in question?

"I am running this bitch; you are just a dog walker."

The song is full of gems like that.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Earworm: I'm Yours

Well, I'm back from Puerto Rico, slightly sunned and surprisingly not burned. The sun is normally not my friend. I have avoided beaches in the past, but the ocean called to me this time. It's power was undeniable, and I bobbed in and out of the surf for hours on end. Alas, the real world calls. I have one more day tomorrow before my work week begins, and I'm just not ready to go back. Summer music it is.

Today's earworm is "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. I normally hate this guy, and should despise the song with every fiber of my being for several reasons. Mainly the fact that it's by Jason Mraz, a guy who is so integrated in the type of college scene that bugs me the most that I normally won't even give anything that sounds like him a chance. It uses the same chord progression as Pachelbel's Canon, which is currently a guaranteed deal-breaker for me, no matter who the musician is. The use of the word "chill" to describe a current state of being. Somehow "I'm Yours" combines these three inexcusable atrocities and I still like the song. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I'll totally float around a pool while it plays in the background. I'll be sure to counterbalance it with something like the soundtrack to The Crow though.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earworm: Little Wonder

Sophomore year of college ended with me writing a whole lot of record reviews for the campus paper. One of my favorite albums that I got to write about was Earthling by David Bowie. I think it was my second album of his that was actually new at the time that I got it, and it provided a perfect soundtrack to everything that I was listening to at the time. "Little Wonder" got a lot of spins in my dorm-room CD player.

Wow, it's been over 14 years since Earthling was released, and David Bowie hasn't put out an album since 2003's Reality. That's far too long. Someone get on him to put out some new music. I don't have the connections, otherwise I would do it myself.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earworm: The Thong Song

There is something incredibly simple about Sisqo's "Thong Song," to the point where it seems ridiculously innocent. The song harks back from a time when the finer things in life were defined by a tiny piece of cloth women wore at the beach.

I didn't see a single thong while I was on vacation. There are still a few more hours to correct that, but it's raining right now and everyone is busy packing up. No more trips to the beach for me this week.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earworm: Non-Stop Violence

I'm sitting here, watching some really, really bad Spanish music videos. Every one seems to be about a soldier, girlfriend and/or wife dying. There's lots of crying en Español. That doesn't have much to do with today's earworm, which is "Non-Stop Violence" by Apoptygma Berzerk. Apparently Spanish sob-stories turn into angry EBM.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earworm: Mr. Moran

I think that I have written about the Mighty Mighty Bosstones before, but they'll end up getting several spots on this list if I make it past my one-year mark.

I saw a promo for the new Mafia Wives show that I will never, ever watch. One of the castmembers is the daughter or wife of Salvatore Gravano, and that got his theme song, which is one of the best Bosstones songs ever recorded stuck in my head. I can't complain about that at all.

Several years ago I spent a couple of Christmases on Marco Island, Florida. Christmas-eve-church service was something straight out of Goodfellas. It must be a hotspot for the witness-protection program. I now expect to wake up with a horse head in my bed for revealing that.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earworm: With Arms Wide Open

Dammit, Creed. They're second only to Nickelback in my hatred of chest-puffing cock-rock. "With Arms Wide Open" was one that I inexplicably got requests for in my DJ days. There was no remix that I could find, thank goodness, and my sanity was briefly saved.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Earworm: Deep in the Heart of Texas

The stars at night are big and bright (clapclapclapclap)...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Earworm: The Cup of Life

I'm on vacation this week, checking in live from San Juan, Puerto Rico. I don't know a thing about the local music, so I'll jump right in with "The Cup of Life" by Ricky Martin. Now I'm going to look at some scenery instead of my phone.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Earworm: All I Want

Last night was supposed to be a Toad the Wet Sprocket concert, but the Mrs. had to work instead. The tickets were totally wasted. Oh well. "All I Want" will work for an earworm. Bitterness prevails.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Earworm: Like a Friend

I love, love, love Jarvis Cocker. While many modern vocalists have to rely on production to differentiate themselves from other singers, some are instantly recognizable. Jarvis Cocker is one of those for me. Anything he touches is soulful but simple. If I had to pick one of his songs as my favorite, I'm pretty sure that I would choose "Like a Friend" from This is Hardcore. I used to have a preference between the album version and the mix that was on the Great Expectations soundtrack, but honestly I can't remember which one that is. It's a fantastic song either way.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Earworm: The Facts of Life

I sure have fond memories of The Facts of Life for not remembering anything about a single episode. That theme song sticks with you though.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Earworm: Learn to Fly

I'm not a big Foo Fighters fan, but I respect them to no end. They have to be one of the hardest-working bands in the business, and Dave Grohl comes across as being a genuinely good guy. I'm just not a big fan of straightforward rock, but if I had to listen to one band in the genre forever, I couldn't get much better than them.

My main thing is that I'm never particularly impressed with their albums as cohesive works, but individual songs are absolute classics. I don't get sick of the singles either (except "Everlong," but that may be my own damn fault), so a greatest-hits album is the perfect choice for me there.

"Learning to Fly" is one of their strongest offerings to date. It still had the excitement that was found on their first three albums, and cemented their legacy in rock-and-roll history. Oh, and Tenacious D is in the video too, back before Jack Black started representing everything that I hated about the school of ADHD acting.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Earworm: Man on a Mission

I love Hall & Oates. The blue-eyed soul is timeless. What once started as a guilty pleasure blossomed into full-fledged adoration.

Of their many classics, I think I'll pick 2003's "Man on a Mission" as an unheard gem. It played on the Musak when I waited tables at a popular Chinese-American restaurant, not long after I moved to Tennessee. It was always played back-to-back with Morrissey. That was strangely satisfying, much like the the salt-and-pepper prawns which smelled like wet dog but tasted amazing.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Earworm: Mambo No. 5

I think "Mambo No. 5" was one of the last songs of my douchey-DJ days. These were the times that I actually remember, instead of being tipped in greyhounds. Those were some dark times, and I don't need Lou Bega to remind me of that. Splitting my time between poppy-dance music and gothy, gothy nights created some internal storms that I'm not quite sure how I survived. That was an awkward sentence. I don't care. Earworm: Done.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Earworm: Enjoy the Silence

I love Depeche Mode. There is no hiding that fact. The majority of the stuff released in the 1980s and 1990s is classic. I remember picking up a copy of Violator on cassette while visiting my grandmother in New Mexico. It was that or the DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince album that had "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson" on it. My dad would only let me pick one. I think that I made the right choice.

Throughout their multi-decade life as a band, there hasn't been a song that has spoken to me quite like "Enjoy the Silence." It was from the first one of their albums that was new to me when I bought it, which was right around the time that I was really discovering music. I think it came out roughly around the same time that Ghostbusters II disappointed me to no end. Those two things have nothing to do with one another, but my mind snapped to the association anyway. I don't care. Suck it.

Yesterday morning Nada Surf's cover of "Enjoy the Silence" came on. It's not often that I'm happy with cover versions of my favorite songs, but theirs is different enough to make it their own. That works for me.

Dammit, Warner Bros. has disabled embedding for the original video. Here's a link.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Earworm: Friday


Well, today is Friday. I posted Rebecca Black's version with the "Gang Fight" video last week, but it took Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to get the source material embedded in my brain forever. The accompanying video is my new favorite thing ever.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Earworm: All the Right Moves

I know today's earworm when I hear it, but had to go search for the name. It's "All the Right Moves." I did know that it was by OneRepublic, a band that I don't really care for. The singer is a pretty decent songwriter, but I always feel like his songs are meant to be sung for someone else. That makes sense, since he's quite prolific in the pop-music world, having written songs for Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and countless others. Normally I respect a musician more if they write their own stuff, but in this case, it just feels wrong. He just needs a muse.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Earworm: A Little Respect

Wheatus has led to good things. Apparently they covered "A Little Respect" by Erasure. It was pretty awful, but the original version has been stuck in my head for the past two days. I can't complain about that at all. It's one of my favorite songs, and Andy Bell has one of the best voices in pop-music history.

The cow jeans he wears in the On the Road to Nashville DVD? I may not have much fashion sense, but even I know where to draw the line.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Earworm: Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble

I used to think that DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were the greatest. The music is still a lot of fun, but he hasn't made music in ages. The days when he seemed to be contractually obligated to record a theme song to every one of his movies are long gone, and I kind of miss that. It was a simpler time. Maybe the beats will come out of retirement with Men in Black III.

I heard the I Dream of Jeannie theme song recently and it immediately got "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble" stuck in my head. It's a tale of love, misfortune and loss, much like the best of the duo's songs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Earworm: Teenage Dirtbag

The year 2000 was a weird time. A lot of music and movies that were released then seem incredibly dated now, but I guess that's what you get when everything starts changing really quickly.

"Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus is a prime example of time-capsule music from the turn of the century. I loved it in 2000 and still have fond memories, but the Weezer-light schtick wore thin quickly. It's really not a very good song, and the singer's voice makes me want to fill my ears with piping-hot wax now. I still find myself singing along whenever I hear it though. The love-hate relationship will never really die, I suppose.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Earworm: Bring It

Okay, so Sunday is my day to check out the latest albums while I'm doing yard work.

Now, I like the Sounds. They're fun, and the comparisons to Blondie are unavoidable. That's fine. Unfortunately, the new album is pure crap. Imagine the worst of Debbie Harry's solo career and turn up the suck to 11. That's the new Sounds album in a nutshell. halfway through and I already felt like I had been listening to it for two hours. I finally made it through the whole thing, but will probably never press play on it again. I just want that thing off of my iPod.

Oh, today's earworm. Maja Ivarsson, the lead singer of the Sounds had a supporting role in "Bring It", the lead single from Cobra Starship. I figured that they were a one-time thing, and I loved the song when it was released in conjunction with Snakes on a Plane. They have released three full-length albums and have since become one of my favorite guilty-pleasure bands. It's not often that I actually enjoy party music, but I'll make an exception for Cobra Starship every time.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Earworm: Lovesong

Okay, so Adele. I love her voice, but I'm really torn when it comes to her cover of "Lovesong" by the Cure. I think I like it, and may even grow to love it, but the Cure is my favorite band of all time. 311 nearly destroyed it a few years ago, so I'm very hesitant to put my trust in anyone else covering their stuff.

I'm pretty sure it's a winner though.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Earworm: Saturday Night

Crap, I have 21 minutes to post this. Um..."Saturday Night." The Ned's Atomic Dustbin cover of the Bay City Rollers' original. It was on the So I Married an Axe Murderer soundtrack. I remember nothing of that movie. The cover isn't as good as I remember either.