we built this city on rock and roll
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.
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So as we all know, LOST has its series finale this past Sunday. Like all series finales, a lot of people pissed and moaned that it was horrible and that the final few minutes really sucked, blah blah blah. But you know what other iconic show series finale people complained this much about? The Sopranos.
Even if you haven’t watched the whole series yet, you probably already know how it ends because someone told you (Basically no-one knows how it ends and they play “Don’t Stop Believin’” on a jukebox in a diner while they’re eating onion rings or something).
Here’s the original:
As much as people didn’t like the finale at the time, I think naysayers have come around a bit, realizing that in the context of the whole show, the writers did a respectable job. It’s certainly quite a memorable finale, which is why when Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse put together the “3 alternate endings for LOST” shown on Jimmy Kimmel, they of course spoofed The Sopranos finale.
(video will jump to the scene in question)
This isn’t the first time that The Sopranos series finale has been spoofed, though. Check out the final scene from Season 4 of the terribly terribly underrated “Everybody Hates Chris“.
My favorite part is when they all get really into Bon Jovi‘s “Living on a Prayer” and they start singing along with gusto. With gusto! (At least Terry Crews, who played the dad on Everybody Hates Chris is doing Old Spice deodorant commercials now.)
But you know who else did a Sopranos finale spoof? (more…)
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There’s a new commercial for Monday Night Football on ESPN with MC Hammer, and I sure do get a kick out of it. I’ve discussed in other posts the usage of MC Hammer’s songs in commercials, but this one’s different. For one thing, MC Hammer actually appears as himself. For another, well, I won’t ruin it, but just listen to what’s said just before the dude wakes up. I just think this commercial’s great because who hasn’t had a totally weird dream that gets weirder when their alarm goes off, and the sound of their alarm is incorporated into their dream? I know I have.
Anywho, I get a kick out of it. So here it is, for your viewing pleasure (there is a second commercial after it that’s also pretty amusing, but it doesn’t have MC Hammer in it, so nuts to them):
I mean, I don’t even care about sports and this commercial almost makes me want to watch Monday Night Football. Almost.
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