Category Archives: Fun Stuff

4/20

It’s dangerous work, but somebody has to do it.

Caturday Night Studio

Cats.

H/T Ace of Spades HQ

“More cowbell!” bonus – Rock Cats!

The Local Rock Group In Japan Is Trying Hard To Learn These Songs

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
Because girl
You know that it’s best
With a little bit East
And a little bit West

“My Trumps”

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.

Saturday Night Studio – Four Winds

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.

Speaking of… I’m not sure if that’s Grace in Nuclassica or not, but they have a number of covers on their site here and here.

Heard any excellent cover songs lately? Post ’em in a comment.

Dave Barry’s Year In Review

Dave Barry reviews the past year.

SPOILER: It’s for 2016.

In the future, Americans — assuming there are any left — will look back at 2016 and remark: “What the HELL?”

They will have a point. Over the past few decades, we here at the Year in Review have reviewed some pretty disturbing years….But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years.

Read it all here.

Saturday Night Studio – New Year’s Eve

Have some music to rock out the old year and ring in the new!

See you in 2017!

Black Friday 2016

It’s that time of year again…. load up your machine guns and storm the stores for those Black Friday sales!

Stores should be required to play nothing but Steely Dan songs today. Maybe it would chill some of the more… frenetic… shoppers out. Well, at least until they got to “Don’t Take Me Alive!

Some Steely Dan for your shopper-survivalist weekend –

Trump Elected World President in Japan!

Swiped this, title and all, from John C. Wright, who notes –

It is not clear to me whether this charming weirdness is meant to mock Trump or applaud him, or just a neutral bit of fun that means nothing. For myself, I like Trump better, seeing this.

Saturday Night Stolen

This one’s heavy on video, yo. But it’s smooth.

In 1978, the Doobie Brothers released their album Minute By Minute, containing the song “What A Fool Believes”….

…and, of course, it became a hit. So smooth.

Comare and contrast with Robbie Dupree’s 1980 single titled “Steal Away”…

…which seems to be exactly what happened here. Very suspiciously similar.

According to this site, Dupree’s song also was, uh, inspired by Eddie Money’s 1977 song “Baby Hold On.” I can kind of hear it.

Doobie Bro Michael McDonald had this happen with another song, 1982’s “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” –

The song was sampled in 1994 by Warren G and Nate Dogg in “Regulate” [mildly NSFW]-

A completely and totally 100% absolutely true and smooth account of how this came about was related on the internet series Yacht Rock [also a bit NSFW]. And “Hollywood Steve,” the host of the show, is a real life music critic.

 

However, “I Keep Forgettin'” itself is heavily inspired by Chuck Jackson’s 1963 song titled, amazingly, “I Keep Forgettin'” –

 

McDonald’s version is sometimes listed as a cover of Jackson’s song, but there are differences. Although sharing credit with the writers of Jackson’s song, McDonald does get a songwriting credit on his version.

Michael’s old friends in Steely Dan had their own run-in with this sort of thing. From 1977, their song “Black Cow” –

 

…which got sampled in 1997 by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz for their single “Uptown Baby” [you know it’s NSFW]-

The opening of the song features another sample, Amores Como El Nuestro by Jerry Rivera.

Turns out The Dan weren’t happy with Tariq and Gunz sampling the song and causing Walter and Donald some difficulties. Peter Gunz discusses it here (a little NSFW language in there).

Not long after that, Tatyana Ali released her 1998 single “Daydreamin'” (lots of apostrophes in music, apparently), where Tariq and Gunz sampled themselves sampling “Black Cow” in some kind of recursive loop and rapped on it –

“I heard Steely Dan “Black Cow” and went wild!”