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Re: CHART ATTACK!: 2/1/86

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:09:49 -0000

#8 Did you know this was McCartney's last Top 10 hit in the U.S. until a couple of years ago, when he was given co-credit as a performer on "FourFIveSeconds"? At least now, if the Rhianna/Kanye song is McCartney's last Top 10 for all time, he went out on a much higher note than with "Spies Like Us".

#7 You actually posted the European version of this video, where it shows the actual sax player in the rear of the band playing the solo. For contrast, here's the banned video, where Danny DeVito is "playing" the solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
They kept the movie's stars as background singers in the Euro version, because specifically the ban is on non-instrument players pretending to play, but not on non-singers pretending to sing.

#5 I think the answer is d), as in "you and me", as in "say you and me will be together, 'cause that's the way it should be"

#3 I believe the 12" mix of "I'm Your Man" is not the Simulation Mix. It's the STIMULATION mix. All the more reason to beware f the "Wham! can(n)on"

Nice to have you (and Chart Attack!) back Jason!!




Re: Border Terrier dog names

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:48:48 -0000

My wife and I have had our Border Terrier for seven years. Such a wonderful dog.
Because of the specific area where BTs come from, we named him Hadrian, and he does act like a little emperor sometimes.




Re: The Twenty-First Day of Mellowmas: Keepin’ Mike’s Chirst in Chirstmas

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 12:39:12 -0000

I think he meant to write "the E-Steert Band".




Re: The Fourteenth Day of Mellowmas: Probably Not Ricky Martin

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:27:03 -0000

It sounds like someone caught him at the gym boxing and he was forced to sing his lead vocals while working on the punching bag.




Re: The Ninth Day of Mellowmas: Greatest Mellowmas Hits — Worst Kwanzaa Ever

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 13:32:48 -0000

I think everyone reading this in 2015 deserves a link to the original Mellowmas 2011 post's comments section, where the co-writer of the song actually arrives to defend it and Dr. Elmo as really making fun of the white couple, that Dr. Elmo is not racist. and that people they know of all ethnicities think it's funny , etc., etc., and promptly gets smacked down...... http://popdose.com/the-twen...




Re: The First Day of Mellowmas: Gone Pishin’

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 10:41:03 -0000

Oh well, as long as Mellowmas is going to come to an end, then that means in 2016 I can finally break out my long-delayed sequel to "All Wham! All Weekend", titled "All Wham! All Winter". Nothing but covers of "Last Christmas" between Black Friday and New Years, suckers!




Re: The Twenty-Fourth Day of Mellowmas: The Great “Last Christmas” Bonanza of 2014

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:28:42 -0000

It was only this week that I found out that part of the history of "Last Christmas" is that George Michael was sued by the publishers or Barry Manilow's hit "Can't Smile Without You" because the tunes were similar (the parties settled out of court, but Michael was officially cleared of "charges" in 2010).

Anyway, I looked to see if anyone chose to do a cover which mashed up both songs, and...BAM!: https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Enjoy, fuckers!




Re: The Twenty-Third Day of Mellowmas: Wilfredo and the Mellowmas Miracle

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:27:01 -0000

They banned the single from the BBC2 morning show where it was supposed to be promoted because they intentionally sing "peace" to sound like "piss", and the DJ thought the word piss would hurt the ears of his audience: https://twitter.com/wilfred...




Re: The Seventeenth Day of Mellowmas: Sheer Misery

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:04:57 -0000

Okay, this one was so bad, and so poorly written, that I literally had to take notes to remember all the lapses in logic in this song. Here we go:

(1) The clothes are on their backs were "all they ever owned". What? You just said the bank took their house! Even if you want to split hairs and say the bank were the house's owners until the mortgage was paid off, they certainly didn't own nothing else--there had to have been some stuff in the house! But he says "all they EVER owned", not "all that they still owned". WTF?

(2) The lyric "He hopes like Baby Jesus/ That somewhere there's a star/ To guide Santa..." Wait, what? I had to go back and re-listen to that, it was so convoluted. Regardless of the songwriter's intentions, the wording could be taken to mean (a) the boy hopes that, like baby Jesus IS (or brings) a star, a star will bring Santa to find him; (b) the boy hopes, like baby Jesus hoped, that there's a star to guide someone (three Kings/Santa) to him; or (c) Baby Jesus literally was hoping that there was a star to being Santa Claus to him!

(3) And speaking of he/him, the writer doesn't give either of the main characters names. Yes, he probably wanted to make them anonymous for the purposes of making it universal in tone and having you think about all the homeless, blah, blah, blah. But he keeps switching between the father and son and calls them both "He", so you can hardly tell at times who's saying what.

(4) The father tells his son to make a wish list for Christmas, and then spends the money he got from pawning his watch on....a hotel room and a tree? What was the point of telling the kid to make the list when his "present" ended up being a night in a hotel? And we know that's not what the kid wanted, because he writes ANOTHER note to Santa saying he just wants his dad's watch back.

(5) They're homeless. They're obviously hungry. And yet the dad bought milk and cookies to leave for Santa? Dad: the room is a nice idea. But save on the tree and the traditional nosh for Santa and FEED YOUR DAMN KID!

ARRGH!!!




Re: The Fourteenth Day of Mellowmas: Shopping for Jason’s Wife, Part Two

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:41:33 -0000

Yeah, Hadrian was not a fan of this song:




Re: The Fourth Day of Mellowmas: Carol of the Gimp Bells

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:02:01 -0000

Why did you not mention the best part of "My Christmas Card To You", where he sticks in an ADVERTISEMENT asking you to download this song for your loved one IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG!!! (1:22-1:35).




Re: The Third Day of Mellowmas: Inappropriate Apostrophe’s

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:33:48 -0000

Nobody tops Van Morrison in that category. He has at least two songs more than four minutes long ("Beautiful Obsession" and "You Know What They're Writing About") which are nothing more than the outro vamping of the previous songs.




Re: The Third Day of Mellowmas: Inappropriate Apostrophe’s

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:31:33 -0000

It sounds like Mr. Hunter's is singing "Kreitz", not Christ; and, the top Google return has Kreitz as a manufacturer of supplies for racing vehicles, specially midget and funny cars. Maybe he actually wants us to keep nitro-burning dragsters in our Chistmas, as well as every Sunday, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!!




Re: 9 Things You Won't See on Display at the American Museum of Natural History

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:10:37 -0000

Correct. It is dirty or wet/sweaty hands that you have to eliminate, not the presence of bare hands themselves. The guide the National Archive has on the appropriate handing of documents and other paper materials states that clean, dry hands are perfectly acceptable: http://1.usa.gov/1laraOK

It's just that most people don't pre-prep their hands to that condition, which is why gloves have become an assumed standard for looking at rare books.




Re: 9 Things You Won't See on Display at the American Museum of Natural History

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:07:33 -0000

Not true. It is from dirt and moisture on the hands that any damage would occur. The guide from the National Archives on proper handing of documents states that clean, dry hands are fine for papers, even old & rare ones: http://1.usa.gov/1laraOK




Re: 9 Things You Won't See on Display at the American Museum of Natural History

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:04:21 -0000

A partial list of the rare books was published 2012, with an essay and illustrations from each one: http://amzn.to/P90xyd

A second volume came out last year on materials just related to ornithology: http://amzn.to/1hDXPYA




Re: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:28:56 -0000

Animated films ARE eligible for Best Picture. They're just usually overlooked because most voters think animation = kids film and kids film = not serious enough for the Academy. That attitude is a good reason which the Academy created the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2001--to at least throw animation a bone. Yet, since the Award was created, both Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) have been nominated for Best Picture, not just Best Animated Feature.




Re: Bob Lefsetz May Be Reading This!

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:09:43 -0000

Dave, I love your deconstruction and criticism of Lefsetz because it exposes how oblivious he is to his own hypocrisy. In this case, he totally zooms over the fact that as music writers go, he is probably one of the biggest haters of them all. I don't even thing he likes music, with the exception of some country and country/mellow rock dudes because they give him free tickets and he admires how much tail they pull.

But, really, go through a cycle of his columns and you'll usually find the same things over and over again:

**A band who just signed to a major label: I haven't heard of you. You're going to bomb. You obviously didn't grow your fan base organically.

**A band who's trying to grow their fans organically: Where's the record? Why should I listen to you if you're not pushing units? Get off my lawn.

**A band with a decent amount of sales: You can't sustain your career with this model. If you're not pushing the # of units I say you should, you're only proof that the record industry is failing, man!

**A band with lots of sales: You've got to change up your sound. You're the flavor of the month and going to fall off unless you grow with the times. Get ready for total irrelevancy in a year or two!

**A band that changes with the times: You think anyone wants to listen to your new stuff? That's not what got you those fans. Great job alienating them. Just shut up and play the hits.

**Classic bands who have stood the test of time: Why do you even try? Your time has come and gone, and you don't even realize that. Just stop now....except for Jackson Browne: He still makes me moist.




Re: The Twenty-Fourth Day of Mellowmas: The Reason for the Season

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:16:40 -0000

Talking about "The Shining", I'd rather hear the guy who lives inside of Danny's mouth sing than the kids on this track....




Re: The Twenty-Third Day of Mellowmas: Taint Sweat for the Holidays

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:24:40 -0000

Well, since it's here, I guess this is the best time to break out my Kool and the Gang story again.....

In the mid-90s my best friend's girlfriend was spending a semester abroad in Indonesia. She and the other girls in the exchange program went out one night and ended up in the bar of this hotel. And in the bar....Kool & the Gang. And every member proceeded to successfully hit on all the girls there with the exception of my friend's girlfriend (at least, that's how she told it). One of the members (don't know if it was Kool or not), actually used the line "You know, you look like a natural kind of woman....I've got some brown rice and tahini up in my room".

Anyway, considering the results of that night, we refer to that Indonesian encounter as "Kool & the Gangbang"

Happy Holidays everybody!




Re: The Twentieth Day of Mellowmas: Turn Around, Bright Eyes

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:15:03 -0000

That's not how you do an intentionally bad guitar solo! THIS is how you do it! Go hard or go home!(Solo starts at 1:08): http://www.youtube.com/watc...




Re: The Nineteenth Day of Mellowmas: Elf on the Shanelf

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:33:02 -0000

One of the most famous legends in rock history is that when Captain Beefheart was laying down the vocals to the tracks from "Trout Mask Replica", he refused to listen to it through earphones in order to keep time with the lyrics, so not only is the music itself all over the place, but often his vocals don't match up quite right with how they "should" be placed against the music.

Listening to this, I get the same feeling, only instead of a studio, Shanelf is locked in his bathroom, trying to lay down the vocals before his wife knocks on the door and orders him to take out the garbage. And instead of Frank Zappa behind the boards, Shanelf has a 1989 model Sony boombox losing battery power, and belching out the programming he did earlier that day on his son's Casio keyboard.




Re: The Fifteenth Day of Mellowmas: Jagodensky All Over

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:40:56 -0000

It must have taken a lot of willpower to get through this and not take the easy opportunity for a jerking off joke about the song's title. You are both stronger men than I.




Re: The Tenth Day of Mellowmas: The Mellowmas Birds

Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:43:04 -0000

I....I don't want to live anymore.




Re: The Sixth Day of Mellowmas: Enemy Mathis

Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:04:55 -0000

Second from the left in that photo: What he hell did Donald Rumsfeld play during that session?