Thursday, May 19, 2011

Earworm: My Way

Well, it's been fun. One year ago today I started this earworm thing, and I think it's run its course for the time being. I thought long and hard about what song with which to wrap this up. For a long time, it looked like it was going to be "Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle, but there isn't really any impact to that. Somebody at work suggested some Sinatra, but while I appreciate the music, I have never really identified with the man. Still, there's something comforting about going out with "My Way." I'll choose the Sid Vicious version, however, which I first became aware of while watching Sid and Nancy on VHS in the early 1990s. That was really my first taste of punk rock, and I have never really strayed too far from that constant. No matter what I'm listening to, I can always go back home again. So I throw my fist in the air one last time.

Oh, and to my follower, this isn't actually the end. It is for the daily stuff, but I'm sure that some new songs and stories will pop into my head. Keep an eye out too, because the next stage of my blog should debut soon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Earworm: Blue Christmas

Well, I'm pretty sure things are winding down here. The only thing running through my head right now? "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley. I've written about Elvis several times before, I think. Oh well.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Earworm: Hurdy Gurdy Man

I remember a time when the Butthole Surfers seemed like the greatest band in the world. I had never heard the original version of "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan before their cover was released. Hell, I was in the eighth grade when it came out. Leave me alone. It made its way onto many a mix tape.

I stopped caring about the Butthole Surfers when "Pepper" came out. It was just a Jim Carroll rehash, and seemed awfully boring once it started playing radio play.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Earworm: Jar of Hearts

Ugh. I really, really don't like "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri. I have managed to largely ignore it until last week's prom episode of Glee. The music is fine, but it's another case of juvenile lyrics creeping under my skin. I'm assuming that the same people who loved Evanescence at the beginning of the century like this now. It's just not for me.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Earworm: Let the Drummer Kick

I love, love, love the instrumental version of "Let the Drummer Kick" by Citizen Cope. The full version has some of the shittiest lyrics ever written, however. Blech.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Earworm: I-76

I used to love G. Love and Special Sauce. In the 1990s, they were a force to be reckoned with, always being played on my favorite radio stations. Now he appeals to the Jack Johnson crowd, but back then the music was fresh. I remember seeing them live at Cedarfest in Minneapolis with Spearhead and Soul Coughing. I'm not particularly into any of those bands (or their offshoots) now, but back then it made up a pretty big chunk of my music collection.

While the first G. Love album is still a classic, I can really only think of one song that came later. That's "I-76." I may not like his stuff any more, but  this one still holds up as a welcome reminder of the music of my past.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Earworm: Tubular Bells

It's Friday the 13th, and that means that I'm going to try to trick my wife into watching Freddy vs. Jason or something. Given that it's the only one in the series that I own for some reason, it just might work. I don't think she minds Robert Englund very much.
Huh. Thinking of watching Jason Voorhees tear through some good, old-fashioned murder of teenagers got "Tubular Bells" running through my head. I know it's the theme from The Exorcist, but that doesn't stop it from currently living inside of my brain. I'm talking about the remixed version by Book of Love too, specifically the one that is mashed up with "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls." I think I had that one on one of those old Just Say Yes compilations. I remember it had Morrissey and James on it too. Good stuff.

Earworm: Bamboo Bones, part 2

Damn. The site was down yesterday and I couldn't see that I had already written about "Bamboo Bones" last year. I would change today's to another Against Me! song, but that would betray the something something something. Here's what should have posted yesterday.

I'm getting older, and will be hitting 35 this year. That's a little to long in the tooth for the middle of the mosh pit unless I want to be unable to move the morning after a concert. I may break a hip, for God's sake.
Last year the Mrs. and I got to see Against Me! in Knoxville. Good concerts are few and far between here, which is a big reason why I miss Minneapolis. Against Me! was definitely one of the best ones that I have seen in my ten years in this city. They played a small place called the Cider House, which is the only time that I have been there. That's because no one else of note has come to town at all. If they do, they play the Valarium, which is next door. Lately it's been nothing but the typical cover bands and cock-rock explosions, and I don't have any desire to see any of those at all.
Against Me! had a dedicated following in the pit, but 20 feet back was wide open. The Mrs. and I appreciated that. They were trying out new material from White Crosses before the album was realeased, and it was a great time. I don't recall if they played "Bamboo Bones" or not, but it's one of my favorite songs on the album. I'm assuming that they'll never come back to Knoxville, so I'll hold onto that memory as long as I can.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Earworm: Unwritten

Building...building...building...building...Dammit! Now I'm in a shampoo commercial. I don't think I will ever hear "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield any other way.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Earworm: I Believe I Can Fly

What was R Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" from? Space Jam? Batman Forever? Some inspirational-sports movie? I don't remember, and it's more entertaining if I don't actually look it up. All I know is that someone said the title and it immediately bored its way into my skull. The Me First and the Gimme Gimmes version is pretty rad, but blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Earworm: Download This Song

I keep wanting to write about one song in particular, but can't find a video link at all. The album is out of print, so there isn't anything to which I can link. I'll keep searching, but in the mean time, I think I'll pick..."Download This Song" by MC Lars. I don't know much of the nerdcore scene, and can handle a little bit in small amounts, but this kid seems to be somewhat decent. Surprisingly, I'm actually okay with the Iggy Pop sample too.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Earworm: Anniversary

Somehow I tricked my wife into marrying me two years ago today. Here's to...another two years?

There's too much to do today. Aww yeah, girl. Enjoy some Tony! Toni! Toné!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Earworm: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

I'm a total nerd for the 1980s, having absorbed everything throughout that formative decade. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a huge part of my childhood, to the point that I still actively collect the toys now, well into adulthood. There are modern updates to the original figures issued each month on MattyCollector, and I buy every single one. Sometimes multiples if they have alternate heads or weapons. It drives my wife nuts, but I have given up most of my other childhood obsessions, so she lets the collection continue to grow.

The He-Man theme song was something that I sang a lot of in elementary school. It was simple yet epic, and the other kids at school and I made up our own lyrics. From what I remember, they involved He-Man watching She-Ra in the shower. We didn't think anything of it, since none of the boys actually watched She-Ra at all, but for the love of God, she was his sister. Childhood innocence. Gotta love it.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Earworm: Five Years

Okay, so something possessed me to move from AFT to a My Chemical Romance kick. I loaded up my iPod with their second, third and fourth albums and threw it all on shuffle. As I was getting ready for work this morning, "The End" from The Black Parade came on. It's pretty much "Five Years" by David Bowie with different lyrics and immediately got Bowie stuck in my head. That's fine, since MCR wouldn't exist without David Bowie's theatricality and showmanship.

"Five Years" is the opening track to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It is the perfect introduction to an absolutely-perfect album, one from which I knew certain songs but did not know as a cohesive whole until my mid-twenties. I consider that time wasted. Ziggy Stardust is a desert-island album, one that I'm pretty sure I could listen to forever until I died and still be happy with it.



Thursday, May 5, 2011

Earworm: In the Air Tonight

Someone at work today suggested that I write about "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins for today's earworm. I swore up and down that I had written about it before. I mean, it's a slow burner that reaches its peak with the greatest use of drums that I have ever heard. Surely in the past year I had to have mentioned it at least once.

Nope.

There isn't much to say outside of that first paragraph. It's one of my favorite songs ever, and has a great urban legend surrounding the subject matter. From what I remember, Phil Collins supposedly wrote it after watching a childhood friend let another friend drown when his life could have been easily saved. Rumor has it that Collins invited his former friend to a concert and shone a spotlight on him while performing the song, singling him out for his tainted past. Apparently the story has no basis in fact at all, but it only escalates the power of the song.

I can normally take or leave both solo Phil Collins and his work with the post-Peter-Gabriel Genesis, but "In the Air Tonight" will get me every time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Earworm: Loser

"Things are gonna change, I can feel it!"

That's the line that I'm focusing on from Beck's "Loser" tonight. I'm strangely optimistic, which doesn't happen often. I have no idea where the sample comes from though.

I just looked it up. It comes from a movie that I have never heard of. I'm fine with ending that sentence with a preposition tonight.

Oh, I watched Repo Man last night. Emilio Estevez's crowning achievement has somehow held up incredibly well. I love that movie.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Earworm: End Transmission

I know, I know. I wrote about AFI for about a week straight last summer, but I'm back on a Crash Love kick. I really didn't like the album when it first came out in September of 2009. It had no redeeming qualities for me whatsoever. Misplacing my iPod for six months and then not removing anything off of it allowed me to unintentionally give it another shot on shuffle, and I absolutely loved it the second time around. Seeing them live made the songs even better as well. It's now close to a year later, and the impact on me hasn't been diminished at all.

Today's earworm is "End Transmission," one of the strongest songs on the album. It somehow sounds like a cohesive mix of everything I love and would make a perfect theme song to a Repo Man remake.

Wow, I really, really want to make a triple feature tonight of Repo Man, Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Comet. It's a summertime 1980s explosion. I can't think of a better way to spend my time.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Earworm: I Found Away

I'm taking time off from yardwork to charge the electric lawnmower and write today's earworm. That sounds like a good use of time.

I was a late bloomer when it came to Alkaline Trio, not discovering them until 2003's Good Mourning. It was a case of love at first listen, however, and I quickly dove into their back catalog. The earlier stuff is great, and the diehard fans seem to hate the more recent stuff, but I think they keep getting better with each release.

"I Found Away" from the 2008 album Agony and Irony was immediately one of my favorite songs off of that album. Apparently it was supposed to be released as a single, with a remix contest to accompany it, but that never happened. The winner did the unthinkable, somehow successfully turning the song into reggae. I love it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Earworm: Billionaire

Okay, so this Travie McCoy kid? I was cool with him in Gym Class Heroes. They were fun. Bruno Mars kicks all kinds of ass as a new pop-music maestro, so I can tolerate "Billionaire." I don't understand why he needs to call himself "Travie" now anyway. It's a terrible choice and is not endearing in any way, shape or form. Also, the rest of what I have heard off McCoy's solo album makes me wish want to pour venomous snakes into my ears and make them listen to his emo-rapping until they bite through my eardrums. That makes no sense, much like why this guy has a career anymore. "Billionaire" isn't so bad though.