Category Archives: Music

Weird Al wrote “Talk Soup” at the request of E! for their show Talk Soup

Holy crap, I never knew this before: Weird Al Yankovic wrote his 1993 song “Talk Soup” at the request of the E! television network to be used on their show Talk Soup. Well, to put it bluntly, they kind of … Continue reading

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Sad songs: “The Last Resort” by the Eagles

This is my personal saddest song that I know. It made me cry quite a few times when it was new to me, back in high school. It originally appeared as the last track on the Hotel California album, but … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Clearly the all-time greatest story-telling song is “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf, featuring Ellen Foley as the girl. It was from his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and was written by Jim Steinman, who wrote most … Continue reading

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Jimmy Fallon’s brilliant and hilarious impersonation of Neil Young

At some point on this public, personal web page, I suppose I should admit I’m not as big of a Jimmy Fallon detractor as most people. I got annoyed at his giggling and breaking of character on SNL in every … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Video by Ricardo Autobahn

John’s new favorite video of the month (possibly of the year, after some more contemplation) is this mashup of clips from dozens of TV shows and movies edited into a catchy electro-pop music video.

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Sad songs: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”

The Shirelles were, along with the Supremes, probably one of the two best girl groups of all time. Their song “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” is beautiful, sad, forlorn, and longing all at the same time. It seems to me … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: “Taxi” by Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin was a great storyteller, as he wrote many narrative-type songs, the most famous of which is “Cat’s In the Cradle.” Maybe I’ll do that one next time. It was raining hard in ‘Frisco. I needed one more fare … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: Sir Mix-a-Lot – Swap Meet Louie

This is so funny and corny that it’s cool. This is a great old-school rap song from Sir Mix-a-Lot’s album Mack Daddy, which contained “Baby Got Back.” I don’t know of any other albums he ever recorded, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Fathom Events at movie theaters

Have you seen commercials for Fathom Events at the movie theater before the previews start? I think they are a pretty good idea for affordable entertainment that’s a substitute for seeing the real show live and in person, but I … Continue reading

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Coldplay – Violet Hill

I’m not gay, but I do apparently like this Coldplay song. I heard it on Ann Arbor’s local pop/rock station, the same one where I first heard “Alive and Kicking” (twice, now) and “Dreaming” by OMD. The middle of “Violet … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: Escape (The Piña Colada Song)

I could promise you I’d start posting some narrative songs that aren’t totally corny, but we both know that would be just silly. Little did you know (possibly), the “Piña Colada Song” is actually a song that tells a story … Continue reading

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Late-’90s music is the worst thing ever

So says Steven Hyden of the Milwaukee Decider, and he’s totally right, isn’t he? I don’t just agree because I hate most music made after the ’80s; late-’90s music was incredibly obnoxious, soulless, talentless, and bland. Now, it’s true that … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: Tweeter and the Monkey Man

Everything surrounding Bob Dylan seems to have a good story behind it. I think the story of the Traveling Wilburys and their song “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” is pretty interesting. You can get most of what you need to … Continue reading

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Narrative songs: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

I like songs that tell stories. Songs that have an actual plot with characters and a beginning, middle, and end. I’ll write a series of posts about these narrative songs that I like, with a link to the audio/video of … Continue reading

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