please hammer, don't hurt em
With the increasing popularity of satellite radio, podcasts, and easy-to-access digital music, it’s becoming more and more apparent that FM radio is a dying medium. I’m ashamed to say that I still listen to the radio on occasion in my car, and usually the radio is on in the background in my office all day every day. So there must still be people that listen to it. But just because it’s dying doesn’t mean the DJ’s should be so ignorant and ill-informed. Call me old-fashioned, but a professional DJ should be at least a little familiar with the topics that they’re broadcasting about. I am no professional DJ, but sometimes I feel like I know about a million times more than they do about the most simple pop culture topics.
My disdain for DJ’s started about 10 years ago when I called in and won free passes to an advance screening of Meet the Parents. Dan and Kim from the 93.1 morning show were at the screening and played a little trivia game with the crowd before the movie. This is a pop music station, and not once, but TWICE, Dan said, “George Michaels”. He wasn’t saying it in the possessive form, he just thought that was his name. Most people know his name is George Michael, singular. Most people also know he’s a sketchy driver and enjoys the occasional men’s restroom rendezvous, but that’s neither here nor there. Dan and Kim have been on the radio for what seems like forever, you should know the names of the artists that are played heavily on your playlist.
My disdain grew by leaps and bounds recently when two separate DJ’s on two different radio stations (on the same day!) made ridiculous statements that prove they have no point being on the air.
The first was Leslie on Lazer 99.3. Diamond Eyes by Shinedown played, and when the song finished, Leslie started talking about the video. She talked about how it featured scenes from Rambo with all kinds of explosions, etc., etc. I thought it was random to have scenes from such an old movie, but whatever. But upon further inspection, it’s actually a song from The Expendables soundtrack, featuring scenes from THAT movie interspersed with the band performing in concert. It may have been a simple slip of the tongue, but seriously, Leslie, get your head out of your ass. Here’s the video, for those interested:
The second was courtesy of Rachel Marisay on mix 93.1. She was talking about the Black Eyed Peas halftime show during the Super Bowl the night before. First of all, she’s so oblivious, she thought they did a good job. Second of all, she then introduced I Gotta Feeling as the song “that started it all”. Really, Rachel? You’re sure they didn’t have any hits before that? Or an entire album of hits? Or artists within the group that have released solo albums since the first Black Eyed Peas album? For Christ’s sake…the station plays Let’s Get it Started on a regular basis, and that song is from YEARS ago. Song that started it all my ass. And as far as their halftime show goes, let’s see what ESPN’s online poll showed:
Looks like you’re right on the money there, too, Rachel.
God, DJ’s are the worst.
Tags: 00s music, 10s music, 80s music, black eyed peas, dan and kim, diamond eyes, DJ, dying medium, espn, FM radio, george michael, halftime show, i gotta feeling, lazer 99.3, leslie, leslie in the morning, let's get it started, meet the parents, mix 93.1, morning show, podcasts, rachel marisay, satellite radio, shinedown, super bowl, sylvester stallone, the expendables
Here at Songspeak, we strive to keep our massive fanbase updated with the most current pop culture news and happenings. So it’s no coincidence that this post is about a movie that came out over a month ago referencing a group that existed mainly in the 90′s.
Last night, I found myself with the opportunity to see a movie, so I chose to see The Other Guys. I’m always up for a good Will Ferrell yarn. Now, I won’t give any spoilers about the plot here, but there was one running joke that tickled my funny bone, and it was songspeak related. Michael Keaton played Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s characters’ police captain, and throughout the movie, he would reference TLC songs, including:
“Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls”
“I don’t want no scrubs”
“I ain’t too proud to beg”
Will Ferrell’s character calls him out on the TLC references from the start, and the gag is that Michael Keaton’s character continues to insist he has no idea who or what they are. This is never explained, but it continues throughout the movie.
And I think I thought it was funnier than any of the other 7 people in the theater.
RIP, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
This morning on the way to work, I passed a billboard that I’ve probably passed countless times before. For some reason, I never really noticed it like I did today. It was for Basketville in Putney, Vermont. And all I could think of is that right out front, Justin Timberlake is dressed up in a giant ridiculous basket costume, pressing play on a boombox, singing basket-related lyrics to some kind of current pop hit like Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, and then shouting, “Bring it on down to Basketville!” All thanks to the Omeletteville skit from years ago, and then the follow-up, Homelessville:
Yes, these are the things that go through my head on the drive to work…
Imagine my joy when SNL featured a Digital Short this past weekend of my favorite track off the Lonely Island CD, Boombox. Julian Casablancas from the Strokes appears, as he provided vocals for the song. The video pretty much tells the story I envisioned in my head, and any song and/or video that references the 1990 hit Do the Bartman is aces in my book.
The Jennifer Lopez classic Love Don’t Cost a Thing was on Mix 93.1 earlier today while I was working, and it reminded me of when the song first came out. I’ve always thought she says, “think I work at CVS, I don’t” at one point. I know those aren’t the actual lyrics, though. In fact, I don’t think I know what the actual lyrics are. After a quick google search, I’ve determine they must be, “think you gotta keep me iced, you don’t”.
This happened quite some time ago at a poker night at the VFW, but it merits mention nonetheless. It was final table with a few of us left, the blinds were high, and while I wasn’t involved in either of these hands, I was still playing and watching. Two guys got involved in a pot two hands in a row. In the first one, one of them lost about 60,000 in chips to the other. The next hand, he pretty much ended up winning them back. I told him, “you got your sixty back!” and the other guy said, “you other fuckers don’t know how to act”, clearly referencing SexyBack by Justin Timberlake. We all had a good chuckle over that one.
Thanks to Bill for sending me this link earlier today. It seems that the soundtrack for Iron Man 2 will consist of solely AC/DC songs, and the soundtrack, available April 19, 2010, will be called AC/DC: Iron Man 2. One would think that AC/DC recorded a new track or two for the soundtrack, like Big Gun from Last Action Hero or Who Made Who for Maximum Overdrive, but nope, no new songs…just old stuff. So really, it’s kind of a “greatest hits” package of sorts. Which is fine, I’m sure the music in the movie will be rockin’, but would it have killed them to record a new song for the movie? (As I mentioned to Bill earlier, given their age, it just might). And didn’t Black Sabbath have a song titled Iron Man? Maybe it was in the first movie, who knows…I still haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. It appears as though Jon Favreau is a big AC/DC fan, and that was one of the factors that contributed to this whole scenario. Very reminiscent of how Stephen King wanted AC/DC exclusively for the soundtrack of Maximum Overdrive (based on his short story Trucks) because he’s a fan. Oh, Maximum Overdrive. Emilio Estevez. And remember when that other dude got clobbered by that truck that came to life? That was awesome. Anyway, enough reminiscing.
It looks like the soundtrack does a good job encompassing AC/DC’s whole career with some classic old Bon Scott songs right up to a song off their most recent CD Black Ice. You can see the track listing at the link above, but here it is anyway:
1. Shoot to Thrill
2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
3. Guns for Hire
4. Cold Hearted Man
5. Back in Black
7. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
8. Evil Walks
10. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
11. Have a Drink on Me
12. The Razor’s Edge
13. Let There Be Rock
14. War Machine
15. Highway to Hell
And here’s the first video for Shoot to Thrill from the movie:
Keep your eyes on Brian Johnson. There’s something about a 62 year old grinding his hips that isn’t disturbing at all.
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On the nights my wife works, it’s up to me to make dinner for myself and Quinn. One of my go-to meals, mainly because it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t take much time, is Hamburger Helper. There are enough varieties that having it once a week doesn’t really get too old, and it’s just easier than cooking a big complicated meal for two after working all day (this sounds like a commercial). Anywho, a few weeks ago the one that I was making was a Sloppy Joe flavor. When I told Quinn that’s what we were having, I started singing all loud and crazy, “Sloppy Joe, slop Sloppy Joe!” from Adam Sandler’s Lunchlady Land. She looked at me like I was crazy, but I assured her it was a song. I’m not sure she quite believed me, so I put that very song on one of the CD mixes we made for the big Lancaster trip a couple weeks ago. When it got to that part, she said, “I didn’t think it was a real song, dad!”. She now requests the song on occasion and laughs at how silly it is (even though she’s only in preschool, doesn’t know what a lunchlady is, and has never been subject to public school lunches). When I hear the song, I think of the old Saturday Night Live when Adam Sandler performs it as Chris Farley dances around, playing the part of the lunchlady. And since there seems to be a trend of Chris Farley posts here lately, I figured why not post the video. It’s really poor quality, but I’m surprised I was able to find it at all. I had completely forgotten that Kevin Nealon played the part of Sloppy Joe. And how inappropriate it is that they have Ellen Cleghorne playing the chocolate pudding.
I’m making dinner tonight for Quinn and myself, and looking in the cupboard, noticed that we again have Sloppy Joe Hamburger Helper in stock. Maybe I’ll songspeak it again tonight if I make it, and perhaps Quinn will join me. Thanks to Sloppy Joe, slop Sloppy Joe.
So, another trip to Lancaster for me and and my family for work, and more mix CD’s made for the 6 hour roadtrip. When making CD’s for the trip, my wife and I strive for a good variety of music that we enjoy, as well as some kid’s songs to keep Quinn happy in the backseat. It seems every year there’s a song or two that catches on with her that we end up listening to incessantly. Last year, it was the theme songs to iCarly and Drake & Josh. This year, it was the Hoedown Throwdown off the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack. The Hannah Montana Movie is the first movie Quinn saw in a real theater. And we netflixed the DVD so she’d have something to watch on the portable DVD player on the trip and in the hotel room. I hadn’t seen the movie, and hearing the song on one of my wife’s two mixes was my first experience with it. Then, we arrived in Lancaster, PA, and stopped at the Olive Garden for dinner. And while sitting at the table, Quinn kept singing, “Boom boom clap, boom dee clap dee clap”. It took me awhile to realize she was singing this song, but when watching the DVD with her in the room, it all became clear. Miley travels home to Tennessee with her dad and brother to visit her grandmother, and during a party, spices it up by adding some hip hop to their hoedown. And from then on, Quinn insisted on listening to the “Miley Montana” song (don’t worry, she’s very clear on the Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana double-life situation). And we must have listened to that song about a million times whenever we were in the car. Quinn wants to learn how to do the dance, but thinks she’s still a bit young, and then realized that Miley sings that, “if you’re 5 or 82, this is something you can do”, and since she’s only 4, she’s not quite old enough to do it. Now, Hannah Montana has grown on me in the past year or so, and I must say, this song is damn catchy. I didn’t really mind listening to it over and over. See for yourself:
Tags: 00s movies, 00s music, 00s tv, billy ray cyrus, boom boom clap, boom dee clap dee clap, double-life, drake & josh, hannah montana, hip-hop, hoedown, hoedown throwdown, iCarly, lancaster, miley cyrus, miley stewart, olive garden, pennsylvania, roadtrip, Tennessee, the hannah montana movie
Last night marked the biggest television wedding since Monica and Chandler or Luke and Laura when Jim and Pam got married on The Office. The episode actually surpassed my expectations, and the entire cast got some really funny moments. The episode was chock-full of great moments; Dwight hooking up with Pam’s best friend, Andy tearing his scrotum, Michael hooking up with Pam’s mom, Kevin losing his shoes, Oscar getting offended by Pam’s sister thinking Kevin was his boyfriend, Jim’s slip-up during his toast, and Michael’s awkward attempt at a save. And then, of course, there was the wedding party dancing down the aisle to Forever by (Rihanna-beater) Chris Brown, based on a real-life wedding youtube sensation hit. Let’s suspend disbelief for a moment and not question why all of Jim and Pam’s co-workers would, for some reason, be allowed to walk/dance down the aisle in addition to the wedding party, because, well, the show IS called The Office and a moment like this without the cast of the show wouldn’t feel right. Here is it for those who missed it:
And, the original, as performed at Jill and Kevin Heinz’s wedding (and how awesome is it for them that not only did it become such a huge viral hit, but is now also referenced in one of the most iconic moments on one of the best shows on television?):
All in all, the episode wasn’t nearly as sappy as it could have been, and I thought they did a good job balancing the schmaltzy Jim & Pam stuff with the crazy hijinks that the show does so well.
Tags: 00s music, 00s tv, andy bernard, chris brown, crazy hijinks, dwight shrute, forever, Friends, general hospital, jill and kevin heinz, jim and pam, jim and pam wedding, jim halpert, kevin, luke and laura, monica and chandler, nbc, oscar, pam beesly, rihanna, schmaltzy, season 6, the office, torn scrotum, wedding dance