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Story Songs September 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Personal, Pop Culture.
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Time for another cross blog post. This time the idea comes from Gedeon who wanted us to come up with songs that tell a story that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The rules for the group blog post are easy. Choose up to 5 of your favorite songs that weave a story and simply tell us why they made your list. You can be as detailed or generic as you would like, but be sure to keep your picks secret until the group post. Then, on Wednesday, September 3rd, publish your blog post along with with links to the other bloggers who are participating. We’ll get a peek inside your musical tastes and just might discover some new songs to fall in love with in the process.

My song picks involve a pilgrimage to a tourist trap, a retelling of Noah’s Ark, a duel with Lucifer, a pair of shoes, and a poker lesson. Can you guess what they are?

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“The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. This tells the story of one family’s journey to a lesser-known tourist attraction located in Minnesota. If you had two weeks of vacation, where’d you rather go ta? It would be the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota, of course. From the ’53 DeSoto to the diet chocolate soda, “Weird Al” tests the limits of what rhymes with Minnesota. My favorite line comes when he first sees the twineball and he says, “I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity that I had to pop myself a beer.”

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“Rock Steady” by Sting. Imagine a classified ad in the newspaper written by Noah that said, “Volunteers wanted for a very special trip to commune with Mother Nature on a very special trip.” Would you get on board with a crazy old guy with a beard and a boat load of animals for almost a month and a half? Sting weaves his magic in an updated version of Noah’s Ark that’s not so much in your face religiously.

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“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. Johnny totally kicks the Devil’s butt in a fiddle playing contest. How did that happen? It must have been the Devil’s hubris because I think he would have beaten Johnny in a stand-up fight, but Lucifer was way behind with his soul stealing. So, it sounds like he just got sloppy. Also, is it son of a gun or son of a bitch?

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“The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. The first time I heard this song, I think I cried my eyes out like I did this morning when I listened to it again. “Sir, I wanna buy these shoes for my Momma please.” Okay, but I’m in line ahead of you. “Daddy says there’s not much time.” Not much time for what? “You see, she’s been sick for quite a while.” That doesn’t sound good. “Want her to look beautiful if Momma meets Jesus tonight.” Oh no…time to open the flood gates.

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“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. I remember singing this song back in elementary school chorus along with the theme from The Duke of Hazzard. Here’s what it sounds like now:

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Here are the other “Story Song” bloggers:

Gedeon Maheux (@gedeon)
gedblog.com

David Schultz (@dvsjr)
The (mis)adventures of a macintosh administrator

Mike Schramm (@mikeschramm)
MikeSchramm.com

Dave Caolo (@panache)
Hardcore Geek

Von Glitschka (@vonster)
Glitschka Studios

Andy Rudkin (@mizaru)
mizaru.me.uk

Christina Warren (@film_girl)
ChristinaWarren.com

Austin Heller (@austinheller)
AustinHeller.com

Mason Sklar (@zargap)
masonsklar.com

Allen Emory
A. Emory

Alain Edouard (@alainedouard)
alainedouard.co.cc

Mark Goody (@marramgrass)
marramgrass

Jamie Parkins
The Sound of Silence

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Large Hadron Rap September 2, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Future, Music, Science, Technology.
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The first attempt to circulate a beam through the entire Large Hadron Collider is scheduled for next week on September 10, 2008.  While you’re waiting with bated breath, you can enjoy the Large Hadron Rap, which I discovered via the latest Science Friday.

“The LHC is super duper fly.  You know what I’m saying?  Check it.”

Get the funk up! June 13, 2008

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Another Twitter converstion leads to another cross blog post. This time, we were tasked to come up with a list of songs we couldn’t admit to loving without a great deal of embarrassment. Join us. It’s not too late for some self-induced online humiliation. What’s on your list?

Dave Caolo’s list at Hardcore Geek.
Lisa Hoover’s list at Sharp Corners.
Ged Maheux’s list at gedblog.

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“Batdance” by Prince from Batman soundtrack (1989) – Who wasn’t doing the “Batdance” during the summer of 1989? Prince’s music and Jack Nickolson as the Joker gave a sharp contrast to Tim Burton’s brooding visuals and Danny Elfman’s score. And hey, the soundtrack is not just for killing zombies anymore.

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“Theme from The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)” by Waylon Jennings (1980) – Now you know where I was on Friday nights in the early 80s. I tried to find the audio of me singing this from like 3rd grade, but I wasn’t successful or I *just* didn’t search hard enough. In the meantime, here’s a more recent rendition:

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“Reproduction” from Grease 2 soundtrack (1982) – Well, Grease 2 made it on my “Guilty Pleasures” list on the Movies for a deserted island post, so it’s appropriate that I’ve included an embarrassing song from the soundtrack. Just where does the pollen go?

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“Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot (1992) – A song about butts. What else can be said, but…”You can’t just sit here in the dark listening to classical music!” – the lovely Leela to Fry while he’s listening to this song during the first season of Futurama.

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“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown from Ghostsbusters II soundtrack (1989) – This song isn’t quite as memorable as “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., but some people apparently remember the lyrics.

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YouTube links to the “real” videos of the above songs:

“Batdance”
“Good Ol’ Boys”
“Reproduction”
“Baby Got Back”
“On Our Own”

Pork and Beans June 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Pop Culture, Star Wars, Technology.
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Weezer’s new music video “Pork and Beans” premiered on YouTube on May 23rd and had an astounding 5 million views in just 8 days!  Thanks in great part to its featuring of many YouTube stars and memes like the Numa Numa guy, Chris Crocker (the tearful Britney Spears defender), the Diet Coke and Mentos eruptions, Charlie the Unicorn, and the Star Wars kid.  If you haven’t seen it, then now’s your chance.

Their new album entitled The Red Album was released today in the US.

It’s Business Time! May 1, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Pop Culture, Television.
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About a month ago, Anna and I were introduced to a little band called Flight of the Conchords, who bill themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.”  We watched their clips over and over on YouTube and quickly jumped on the bandwagon by renting the first season of the Flight of the Conchords television show on HBO.

If you haven’t hear of them, then it’s time you did.  If you have, then you know it’s business time!

Mixed Up S.O.B. March 11, 2008

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March is apparently becoming the month of music videos for me.  The latest installment is “Mixed Up S.O.B.” by The Presidents of the United States of America and is directed by “Weird Al” Yankovic.  Yes, I subscribed to the “Weird Al” feed on YouTube, so I saw this video last week when it premiered.  I am a BIG nerd, thank you very much.

P.S. – “Mixed Up S.O.B.” is the first song on their new album These Are The Good Times People, which comes out today.

Sweep the Leg March 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Movies, Music, Pop Culture.
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Did anyone think that a quote from The Karate Kid would spawn its own song and music video over 20 years later?  “Sweep the Leg” (from the debut album of No More Kings) pays homage to the line at the end of the movie spoken by the cruel sensei of the Cobra Kai dojo.  The video features the entire original male cast members except for the late Pat Morita (aka Mr. Miyagi), and it offers a humorous alternative ending to the movie from the viewpoint of Johnny (the main antagonist).  Enjoy!