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A palindromic date after a week of palindromic dates, and still a couple days to go. Next year it will happen for ten days in August.
‘Tis a fine blue sky on a Monday here. Which is a hopeless segue into the song “Blue Monday” by New Order. If you don’t know the song (and unless you’re under the age of 20, how couldn’t you? Did your parents hate good music?), give it a listen.
It was redone a few years later, sounding a bit different and released at “Blue Monday 88” (another palindromic number, if only just barely),* which also garnered much airplay.
Taking it to an ultra-blue level, Orkestra Obsolete has covered the song in retro style using only 1930s instruments.
Jazzy, in an art-deco-on-acid kind of way.
- 1988, or “88,” is an unusual number, given that 1+9+8+8=26 and 2+6=8. And the 8s are sideways Infinity symbols. No, there’s no point to this information.
80s City Pop for long hot days on the beach, skating down the boulevard under a blue sky, and driving into the sunset on an infinite highway…
City Pop Summer Edition just dropped. It is most excellent.
Playlist posted by Van Paugam. He’s done a number of other City Pop collections, give them a listen.
♪ Track List (with associated anime clips):
♪OFF SHORE – 角松敏生Toshiki Kadomatsu (0:00) Waves gif from Neon Genesis Evangelion followed by Maron from Dragon Ball Z”
♪土曜の夜はパラダイス – エポEPO (5:11) “?”
♪RIDE ON TIME – 山下達郎Tatsuro Yamashita (9:18) “City Hunter”
♪HIGHWAY OF THE SUN – パイパーPiper (14:46) “Creamy Mami”
♪Dancing Tonight – 国分友里恵Yurie Kokubo (19:06) “Akira”
♪Streets Are Hot – 藤原美穂Miho Fujiwara (22:04) “Megazone 23”
♪Paradise Island – 中原めいこMeiko Nakahara (25:50) “Bubblegum Crisis”
♪Sky High – 松原正樹Masaki Matsubara (30:37) “Dragon Ball Z”
♪TRANSIT IN SUMMER – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (34:10) “?”
♪そよ風のエアメール – 石川秀美Hidemi Ishikawa (38:26)
♪DEAR BREEZE – 杉山清貴&オメガトライブKiyotaka Sugiyama & Omega Tribe (42:42) “?”
♪Summer Connection – 大貫妙子Taeko Onuki (46:35) “Cowboy Bebop”
♪あこがれのSundown – 桑名晴子Haruko Kuwana (51:00) “Sailor Moon”
So I saw a headline that said Joe Jackson is recovering from a car accident. Turns out it’s not the Joe Jackson I was thinking of, but rather, Michael Jackson’s dad.
Well, glad he’s ok and all that, but who cares? Of much greater interest is the pianist Joe Jackson.
He released his first single in 1978, titled “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” I’m sure every guy has been able to relate to that at least once in his life.
A fun live version from 1980 can be heard here.
When asked about the origins of the song, Jackson stated –
Now, that is just one of those songs that started with the title. I heard that phrase somewhere and I thought that could be a kind of funny song about gorgeous girls going out with monsters. It just started from there. It was just a funny song, or supposed to be funny. It was a great surprise to me when some people interpreted it as being angry.
The full interview is worth reading, and can be found here, which ranges from his tribute album to Duke Ellington to the pointlessness of restricting 16 oz. sodas.
Another well known Jackson song is “You Can’t Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want) –
Rumor has it that he recorded the song because record contracts at the time stipulated every artist must record at lease one song with Rock Parentheses in the title.
Jackson was touring as recently as last year. This isn’t the best sound quality, but it’s still pretty good.
The first song of his I ever recall hearing back in the early 80s – and one of the earliest music videos I ever saw – was “Steppin’ Out,” which is undisputably a timeless classic. It was on the radio constantly back then. You can’t listen to this song and not want to go out for a night on the town in style. The video is absolutely pitch perfect, allowing anyone to see their story reflected in it.
In this age of sampled, looped, AutoTuned empty beats, not only doesn’t anyone make music like that anymore, I’m not sure anyone even tries.
…I can’t even tell if this stuff is real anymore.
Now we just need a remixed Mickey Avalon song as the soundtrack. Yeah, that NSFW one.
The conceptual penis
Makes the Earth hot like Venus
It’s time we let the world know
Problematic economic capital
Patriarchial power dynamics
Beats tooling around in a Prius
H/T to New Real Peer Review
“Give it up for DJ Seahorse!” – Bill Nye
Bill Nye the self-described Science Guy teamed up with Rachel Bloom to make a pro-LGBT music video about sexuality being a spectrum, titled “My Sex Junk.”
If you have to ask if it’s NSFW or not, then welcome to planet Earth, stranger.
To borrow some Science Terms from giants such as Newton, Einstein, and Winkler, this thing has not only accelerated to momentary escape velocity on a perpendicular axis in relation to the Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, it’s looped around an 8-dimensional quantum Mobius Strip and inverted itself into a null version composed purely of hilaritons.
…it’s so bad its hilarious. I honestly cannot tell if this is for real or a joke.
Despite all of that, the most balls-out king hell maximoweird is seeing Bill Nye at a DJ booth getting jiggy with it. It’s like seeing a green-haired Lawrence Welk in a mosh pit.
I had no idea how shatteringly empty my life was without knowing Japan has its own Monkees tribute band…
They even have a Fifth Monkee sitting in with the band…
Is it awesome? Yes
You know that it’s best
With a little bit East
And a little bit West
So it started with this post by Heartiste, in which we see a proggie lose its mind…
That just begs for a song (in the style of “My Humps” by the Black Eyed Peas)…
What you gonna do with all that Trump?
All that Trump they couldn’t stump?
He drives these libtards crazy
He does it on the daily
He makes them really trigg’ry
‘Specially that Puff Triggly
My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs their lady lumps
You can cry but you can’t touch him
Can’t touch him, he’s-a start some MAGA
Some MAGA, you don’t want no MAGA?
They say he’s evil, bigly
They go and do a Triggly
All the manjaws and the low-Ts
Trigg’ring every zhir and xe
My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs them by their rumps
My Trumps, my Trumps
He grabs their lady lumps
Catchy, innit? Someone should record it.
Trump’s presidency is gonna be highly entertaining.
So a while back, Pharrel Williams teamed up with Daft Punk (and movie score composer Hans Zimmer!), among others, to record an album. One of the singles released was “Gust Of Wind,” which is a fun, upbeat tune with some real depth to it –
The song has become so popular that the internet is saturated with people doing their own covers of it. A few of them are surprisingly good… and sometimes surprisingly different.
Stephen Jerzak did a guitar based cover which sounds pretty good. But watch his buddy Joel in the background…
At around the 3:05 point, Joel is playing three instruments at once.
Morgane & Waxx do a more low-key version, but it still has its appeal –
Valter Kabas brings the funk in an instrumental version, with some heavy awesome bass –
He’s got quite a pile of videos, there’s some terrific stuff. Especially if you’re a Jamiroquai fan.
Finally, Grace Rodgers and her band take a spin. Her version take s a minute to get used to, but once they set their groove, it works very well.
I would love to hear this group do more covers.
Heard any excellent cover songs lately? Post ’em in a comment.