A lot of crazy stuff has happened in our holiday bunker so far this season! While everyone upstairs in the living quarters is busy doing...well, doing this, we're going to sneak around the bunker's storage rooms and see if we can find any cool stuff down there. Oh yeah, and everything we find down there is going home with some lucky Wooters. Want to get in on the bunker booty? Keep reading!
Happy Music Monday! It's sorta weird just how much music has been given the Randy Newman touch over the years. Sure, we all know the big hits but do we all know the hits he's written? If we do, Scott's birthday tribute to Mr. Newman will just be a fun walk down memory lane. But if we don't, well, we might be about to learn a thing or two.
Depressing? Sure. Sardonic? Of course? Is this song right up there with MacArthur Park on the list of things Scott wants to forget? Damn straight! But there's a real chance you didn't know that a young Randy Newman was doing the orchestral arrangement. Which, as you can hear, is quite nice overall. Especially when compared to the lyrics.
Even more deep cuts comin' up. Then it'll be your turn!
This is how the Woot writers spent our Monday meeting this week:
When most Americans think about American Indians in November, it's probably as part of Thanksgiving pageantry: the Wampanoags who gave the hapless Pilgrims food during their first winter at Plymouth and taught them how to grow corn the following spring, the ninety Indians who attended the "first Thanksgiving" feast in 1621. You may not know that, ever since 1990, November has officially been "Native American Heritage Month" in the United States, a time to recognize "the rich ancestry and traditions" of the nation's first inhabitants. But Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings has some reservations about the accuracy of our Native American knowledge. It's never too late to set the record straight!
The Debunker: Did All of Custer's Men Die at Little Bighorn?
It's hard to say anything about the 1876 U.S. cavalry defeat at Little Bighorn without running afoul of history. General Custer (bzzz!) with his trademark flowing blond hair (bzzz!) led his troops into battle with Sitting Bull's Sioux, only to have his entire 7th Cavalry wiped out (bzzz!) by a Sioux ambush (bzzz!). That's four strikes already.
Happy Music Monday! 1987 was a very special year in music. A lot of cool things had started, but nobody would learn about those things for another five years. A lot of cool things had ended, but nobody had yet noticed they had gone. The world was so different compared to now, and yet, the seeds of now were being planted. Scott's picked five of his favorite pop hits. See if you agree or disagree!
In 1987 only the coolest people knew that T'Pau was a Star Trek reference. Today, in the rebooted continuity, it might not even be a reference at all! That jerkface Romulan time traveller really hurt us all, didn't he?
More of Scott's favorite 1987 hits to come. And then, it's your turn to get all 1987 about things.