This is Howie do it

This past weekend, I saw some commercials on NBC for a rather disturbing new series. It’s called Howie Do It, and involves Howie Mandel (of A Fine Mess, Walk Like a Man, and more recently, Deal or No Deal fame) playing practical jokes on everyday average people. I liked it the first time when it…

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The Prince of F*cking Darkness since 1979

Has anyone seen the new World of Warcraft commercial with Ozzy Osbourne? It’s riddled with songspeaks. Most notably when he shouts, “All aboard! Ha ha ha ha!”, and then when he suggests the director has been riding a crazy train. Who knew an octegenarian rocker like Ozzy played a MMORPG? One thing this commercial does…

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Piece of crap!

The very first Songspeak mixtape, Songspeak’s Greatest Hits: Volume One, contained many gems, but Jamie and I decided to include Piece of Crap by Neil Young because we really enjoy Neil’s bandmates yelling “piece of crap” in the background. I wound up bringing my TEAC dual cassette deck over to Jamie’s dad’s condo, so we…

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This feels so unnatural, Peter Gabriel too

Peter Gabriel and Hot Chip recently covered Vampire Weekend’s Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa. All the cool kids have been loving on Vampire Weekend throughout 2008, and the song actually mentions Peter Gabriel by name in its lyrics. It feels so unnatural to sing your own name, doesn’t it Peter? Here’s Vampire Weekend with the original…

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Americans idle

Today on MassLive, there is a story about a proposed bill to limit idling engines near Massachusetts schools. There’s also a rather clever reference. Props to Jeff.

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‘Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia cheesesteak

Ah, the holidays. It’s that special time of year where we travel around to holiday parties and spent time with parents, relatives, etc. My wife Kristen and I have family all over the place: Pennsylvania, Long Island, Eastern Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Florida… all this involves long road trips in the car and many family functions….

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Lost finds The Fray

I never thought I’d find myself remotely interested in The Fray, but then they had to go and release a Lost music video. As a fervent Lostaholic, I’m counting down the days until the season 5 premiere on January 21st. In preparation for the premiere, ABC has been running promos constantly and building anticipation. One…

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Set an open course full of urgency

About ten years ago, South Park brought the song Come Sail Away by Styx to the forefront with Cartman’s apparent problem of not being able to hear the beginning of the song without finishing it. For years, Matt and I would bring this up and/or sing it randomly. Then one day I noticed Matt sang…

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Macy’s Rickrolls us all on Thanksgiving

You may have noticed we took a break for the holiday last week here at Songspeak. You know who didn’t take a break? Rick Astley. I thought I was safe. You know, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC while we’re getting ready for the day. Waiting for Matt Lauer, Al Roker, or Meredith…

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She’s a Sheena Glover

Within the first year of Matt and I working together at Silver Screen Design, we discovered the joy of odd and unfortunately hilarious customer names. It’s bound to happen when you deal with as many people on a daily basis as we do. Anyway, one of Matt’s customers was named Sheena Glover, who at the…

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