doin' the mess around
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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That’s right, The Golden Girls‘ own Rose Nylund… the incomparable Betty White, is slated to host the May 8th “Mother’s Day episode” of SNL! That this didn’t happen sooner is perhaps life’s biggest mystery.
Betty’s self-deprecating humor and quick wit is sure to be a great match for Saturday Night Live, and we’re excited to see what is likely going to be one of the more memorable SNL episodes.
According to People, “…the special Mother’s Day episode will also reunite six former female SNL cast members, most of whom happen to be moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.” While the 88 year old Betty White is not actually a mom herself, she is perhaps “a mother of great comedy”. That’s good enough for us.
How did this happen? A Facebook fan page titled “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” creeped up soon after a Snickers commercial featuring Betty White getting tackled in a muddy football game aired during the 2010 Super Bowl. A groundswell of support and petitioning of Lorne Michaels made it all happen!
I’m a fan of the Old Spice commercials in general, but this one is just absolutely superb. The Portland, Oregon based Wieden + Kennedy created this ad featuring former NFL wide receiver, Isaiah Mustafa.
Amazingly, this commercial uses very little computer-generated effects. They constructed a set which consisted of a bathroom set, rest upon a half of a boat. They used a 50ft crane to position everything correctly.
They even used the motherflipping crane to position Isaiah Mustafa ONTO THE HORSE AS HE’S ACTING TOWARDS THE CAMERA. The only computer graphics involved are the diamonds and Old Spice body wash popping out of his hand.
Here’s an interview with the creative minds at Wieden + Kennedy for the Old Spice ads, Eric Kallman and Craig Allen where they spill the beans about everything that went into this commercial.
The Snickers commercial featuring the incomparable Betty White and the adorable Abe Vigoda was probably one of the best commercials shown during the 2010 Super Bowl. It really looked like they got tackled pretty hard! Featuring their new tagline, “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry“, I can only hope this is a sign of more commercials featuring Betty White.
Betty White has always been hilarious, from her days on Golden Girls to her various appearances on talk shows and small roles on tv shows. Betty White fans have recently created a Facebook fan page called Betty White to Host SNL (Please?)! which has over 70,000 fans and counting. We at Songspeak agree. She’d be a perfect SNL host.
There have been some great moments during the performances of the half-time show by various musicians, but Bruce Springsteen really had me LOLing when he told me to “get away from the guacamole dip”, and then really sealed the deal when he ever so gracefully slid on his knees towards the camera man, crashing into him.
Thankfully, here’s the moment I’m talking about here for your viewing pleasure…
As a childhood MacGyver fan, the McGruber sketches that have been airing on SNL for quite awhile now are amusing to me. This past weekend, the following aired during the Steve Martin hosted episode of Saturday Night Live:
I was amused by Pepsi’s “Refresh Everything” endorsement, though a little confused when I saw this same sketch aired during Super Bowl XLIII. Are Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, and Richard Dean Anderson (who looks like he’s showing his age) that hard up for cash?
It was gold, Jerry. Gold!