I hope you all had a great time ringing in 2017! I did watch the ball drop in New York, but it really hasn’t had the same attraction without Dick Clark.
Enjoy this prime number of a year.
Have some music to rock out the old year and ring in the new!
See you in 2017!
2016 has managed to make the last couple of batdip-crazy-years looks positively sane.
Hope you all have a great new year!
In Current Year, Russia criticizes you for being Godless.
I grew up in the 80s, when things were quite the opposite. A short and not-really-exaggerated summary –
Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Christmastime with family and friends.
I just read over at Vox Popoli that George Michael of Wham! died today, Christmas Day.
I liked some of their music back in the 80s, and this has been a perennial radio staple this time of year ever since it was released –
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 –
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.
I pull my shirt off and pray
We’re sacred and bound to suffer this heatwave
– Arcadia, “Election Day”
Vote for Trump.
The Clintons cannot be allowed anywhere near the White House ever again.
If you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump, vote for one of the third party candidates. Vote for a write-in. Stay home and don’t vote. But DO NOT give Clinton any votes.
If these seem to stretch credulity, Vox linked to this post on Reddit. Fair warning, it might make you sick.
Jim has written a piece here, where he states “The Clinton circle ritually and collectively perform degenerate acts as a sacrament (Podesta’s Spirit Cooking). ” It only gets much worse from there.
Vote Trump and pray.
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!”