Scarlett Johansson covers album of Tom Waits songs

I can’t believe Scarlett Johansson recorded an album’s worth of Tom Waits covers. Remember the ‘Ya gotta get yourself a chandelier!’ skit from Saturday Night Live? Anyway, here’s a video to ScarJo’s new song, Falling Down. I was prepared not to like it, but alright… I’ll admit it…. I think it’s okay.

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Give a little bit of your chips to me

I’m a poker player, so I watch a lot of poker on TV. Especially old World Series of Poker reruns and The World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. There’s more songspeak than one would expect in poker, and I always love it when it happens. At the 2004 World Series of Poker main event,…

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Wesley Snipes is Bad with paying taxes

Actor Wesley Snipes should pay taxes, just like everybody else. Instead, he’s going to jail for 3 years. Way to go, guy from Blade and White Men Can’t Jump. But you know what? “He ain’t bad, he ain’t nuthin… He ain’t nuthin!”. What, am I the only one who remembers him being the rival gang…

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Trapped in the closet

Jamie and I have been making Songspeak Greatest Hits mixes for years now, and while we’ve tried to make them reasonably listenable, we can never deny a truly awful song’s inclusion if it falls under the category of (what we consider to be) songspeak. That said, even some of these types of songs are just…

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Songs in the FreeCreditReport.com tv commercials

For awhile now, FreeCreditReport.com has been running some clever commercials featuring Eric Violette singing clever songs about how he should have gone to FreeCreditReport.com instead of that tool on the stool saying, “I’m THINKING of a number…”. These commercials feature clever songs sung in English, even though Eric Violette is French-Canadian whose primary language is…

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Paradise by the GoPhone Light

Yet another recent example of songspeak in advertising.  I can’t help it, but I love this GoPhone commercial featuring Meat Loaf and Tiffany. My wife’s (and now my) favorite part is when the kid starts rockin’ hard right after Meat Loaf sings, “You ask about that cell phone every night and day”. Truly phenomenal.

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Presidential candidates lay the smack down

Perhaps this falls under the banner of wrestlespeak more than songspeak, but last night on WWE RAW, the three main presidential candidates (Clinton, Obama, and McCain) made pre-recorded comments to air during the show. Yes, I enjoy wrestling, and yes, most wrestling fans get a bad rap and are stereotyped into the “unintelligent trailer trash”…

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Six Flags old guy dancing commercial

It has come to my attention that the new ads for Six Flags feature a younger dude saying “Six Flags. More Flags. More Fun.” These are kinda creepy, but not as creepy as the campaigns a few years ago featuring Mr. Six dancing to We Like To Party by Vengaboys. The actual actor who danced…

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It was the heat of the moment

Among the many bands named after geographical locations (Kansas, Boston, Europe, Chicago), the band Asia scored big points with their catchy song, Heat Of The Moment. The creators of South Park noticed this, and paid tribute in their episode about Cartman attempting to get stem cell research legalized in order to save his friend Kenny….

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Once Upon a Box is Hot

Sitting in my office listening to the radio (mix 93.1 to be exact) with Runaround by Blues Traveler playing, I’m reminded of one of the most ridiculous songspeaks I’ve ever been a part of. When Matt and I both worked at Silver Screen together, we’d carpool most days. We’d always sing along with the radio…

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My name is Jamie, and I like to Yo Gabba Gabba

Songspeak can start at a very early age. This is proof. Having a 2 year old will open your eyes to all sorts of new television entertainment. So when Yo Gabba Gabba premiered last year on Nick, Jr., it didn’t take long for Quinn (and moreso, her parents) to become obsessed with it. There are…

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What you want, bucky done gun?

My fiance Kristen and I regularly jam out to Bucky Done Gun from M.I.A.. Kristen was intrigued by M.I.A. in 2005 while covering music in a podcast (her first) for MassLive.com. This songspeak tends to come up when we’re trying to decide on dinner and one of us says, “What you want, Bucky Done Gun?”……

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