Monday, April 07

Music Monday: Conspiracy Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! In today's weird, messed-up world, we're surrounded by conspiracy theories each and every day. So it should be no wonder that we've all heard songs about that very concept. Today Scott's spoken with some shadowy figures from the Illuminati and gotten permission to do a list of conspiracy songs. Check it out… before they make him take it down!

Soul Coughing - Unmarked Helicopters

 

A team of special helicopters with no markings that answer to no one? Pffft. Next you'll say that the Pentagon has a Black Ops budget nobody can account for! Face it, as conspiracies go, these spooky helicopters are pretty easy to accept. All it takes is a can of paint and a General saying "need-to-know" a few times!

The truth is after the jump. See you there, if you think you can handle it.

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Monday, March 31

Music Monday: Tools & Gardens

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If you didn't notice Woot Tools & Garden turns one today! Scott was feeling lazy thought it would be fun to pick out his favorite tool, garden and automotive songs. He encourages you to do the same to make it look like this was a good idea. HERE'S THE FIRST ONE NOW

Queen - Hammer To Fall

 

A hammer is the tool most people think of first. Queen is the band most people love. They're a natural fit, aren't they? Seems like it to me.

More T&G love coming up inside. See you after the jump!

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Happy Birthday, Woot Tools & Garden!

by Scott Lydon

Was it really just one year ago that we here over here announcing that Woot Tools & Garden had bloomed from the harsh cold ground? It's hard to believe, but it's true. Something like 52 Mondays hence, that little site came to life. And now it seems like it's always been here.

Anyway, in honor of this very special day, we're having a little celebration for the next fortnight*. Check out a special soundtrack, or the Woot Tools & Garden main page, or the various Woot Plus sales, or our Facebook, or maybe even our Twitter because in some or all of these places you'll see us giving away our presents to you! Sadly, we can't offer slices of cake. You'll have to buy that somewhere else.

*if you don't know what a fortnight is maybe look it up on this new thing called Google

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Monday, March 24

Music Monday: Lies

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Music has always been about the dark side of life, so one must expect that lies would be mentioned regularly. Today Scott's picked five songs about lies. Do you have any to add? It'll be your turn at the end! Honest!

Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

 

Lies can be weird, because sometimes they're what we WANT to hear. We know they're fake, but we still want 'em whispered at us. And, to be fair, sometimes the world is just better when wrapped in lies.

See you after the jump! Unless we're just making that up. You gotta ask yourself… can you trust this blog post?

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Monday, March 17

Music Monday: Bad Beatles Covers

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Remember when Scott asked for your favorite Beatles covers once upon a time? Well, now Scott's asking for the worst. He's picked five horrid Beatles covers and expects you to do the same. Don't cross him. He's nuts.

Telly Savalas - Something

 

Best known as a guy who played a tough detective, Telly's side career was hyping a gambler's credit card. His cover is sort of like hearing your cool uncle doing karaoke at your sister's wedding. It's not the worst thing ever, but you wouldn't expect someone to run in with a recording contract. AND YET

It's only gonna plummet from here. See you after the jump!

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Monday, March 10

Music Monday: Songs With Just Enough Plot

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Last week Scott covered songs with too much plot. This week, however, we're going in the opposite direction! Today we're gonna collect songs that have JUST ENOUGH plot. Like, say, this one:

Marty Robbins - El Paso

 

It takes one about two measures to have the tune down pat. After that, you're just along for the ride in this story of a man who loved and lost. Even before it was associated with Walter White, it was already a classic! And why? Because the story is just simple enough. You already know what's going to happen… but you can still hope you're wrong.

More stories to come. See you after the jump!

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Monday, March 03

Music Monday: Songs With Too Much Plot

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's jumping in to the huge mess that is story songs. Everyone knows at least one song with way, way, way too much plot. But are there five? Well, sadly… yes. And you're about to endure them. Let's start with a "classic" of the "genre"...

Kenny Rogers - Coward Of The County

 

Before he sold chicken, Kenny Rogers had this hit about a guy who was chicken. It's a simple story of a man who takes revenge on some bad guys who attacked his lady, and yet… it's just hideous. Maybe it's the weird way it turns sexual assault into a man's story of finding his courage, or maybe it's how they make turning the other cheek into "crawling" or maybe it's just the happy crackin' guitar in the background. Whatever it is, this song is like listening to a stranger's story when you only came in to the bar watch the game.

Well, not every song can be Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day." See you after the jump?

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Monday, February 24

Music Monday: RIP Bob Casale

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! DEVO is, today, much loved and well remembered. But there was a time when they were just some crazy band that looked weird. That was the band that Bob Casale played with, and the band that's mourning him right now. Bob Casale passed away last Tuesday. Today's Music Monday Scott's tribute to him, and DEVO.

DEVO Corporate Anthem

 

Were they serious? Were they ironic? How did they so impressively predict the impending de-evolution on humanity? DEVO might be a one-hit wonder to some, but whatever. They mattered. And Bob Casale mattered right along with them.

See you after the jump!

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Monday, February 17

Music Monday: Goofy Sexist Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! If we're being honest, be we men or be we women, we have laughed at something that's sexist before. Maybe it has no place in government or business, but it certainly can be hysterical when your gender is winning, right? Possibly this is why the music world keeps going back to the sexist well. Today Scott's put his career on the line to assemble five (or six) kinda funny sexist songs. Maybe you don't agree with the message, but the medium can be pretty darn funny. To wit...

KISS - Deuce

 

The truth is, you could close your eyes and point at any random Kiss song and probably it could make this list… including the instrumentals. But if you made a drinking game out of "Baby"'s and "Honey"'s, Deuce would probably leave you trashed before the first minute. And yet, you know, it's four guys in Halloween makeup and leather. Sexist it maybe, but serious? Not even a little bit.

Nothing will ever top KISS, but there's still more inside. See you after the jump!

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Monday, February 03

Music Monday: RIP Pete Seeger

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Pete Seeger always seemed like a pretty okay fella, and it was very nice of him to pass away early enough for me to write this Music Monday. If you don't know, Pete Seeger was a man who believed in his country, stood up for what he believed, and nearly anyone who plays a guitar and sings words pretty much owes Pete Seeger a thank you. So here we go.

Pete Seeger - What Did You Learn In School

 

In an age when protests tend to get messy and loud, it's odd to see a quiet man with a banjo making a clear statement. But this pretty song isn't saying ALL REPUBLICANS SUCK or LOL DEMOCRATS or anything, it's just saying that you shouldn't always believe what the powers-that-be tell you, which is something any one of us can get behind, right? Plus it's catchy and easy to sing the chorus and you can swap out the complex part for anything you want if you're singing it while drunk. Such is the power of folk.

See you after the jump for a little more Pete.

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