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 10

Music Monday: Gender Bending Covers

by Sean Adams

 

Happy Music Monday, everyone. Scott is enjoying a little nap in the soundproof prison that I have constructed for him, which means I get to take over for a week. Pretty cool for me, huh, Scott? What's that? I can't hear you. Hahahahahahaha. That joke gets me every time. Anyway, I've decided to devote this post to one of my favorite things in music: gender bending covers! Guys redoing a girls' songs and girls redoing guys' songs. (DISCLAIMER: this isn't about gender roles or about making a statement. I just like fun covers.)

Cake covering Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (one NSFW lyric)

 

What we have here is the greatest woman-done-wrong-but-she-ain't-gonna-take-it song ever written, re-rendered in monotone semi-singing and laid over a funky, trumpety beat. Say what you will about Cake, they always know what they're trying to do, and goshnamit, they do it darn well. A word of warning: one swear word has been inserted into this version, so if the quick utterance of an f-bomb is enough to put you on the s-bomb list, move along.

See you after the jump for some more!

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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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Monday, January 27

Music Monday: Fuzzy Pop

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! When you're in the mood for a fuzzy guitar, there's nothing else that will do. And today, people, Scott's in the mood for some fuzzy guitar. So here are five buzzy songs that showcase the beauty of rock fuzz. And we don't mean that time when David Bowie grew a beard.

Amboy Dukes - Journey To The Center Of The Mind

 

It doesn't matter if you love Ted Nugent's politics, hate Ted Nugent's politics, or are terrified that Ted Nugent's out there in the woods with a bow. When you hear the fuzzy freak-out that pours out from this Amboy Dukes hit, you can be make those rock horns and be happy.

It's only getting fuzzier after this. See you beyond the jump!

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Monday, January 20

Music Monday: Kissing Songs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Everybody always saves the love song for February 14th. But by then it's too late to make your own mix for the one you love. So THIS year, we're gonna do it right and make a kissing mix now. Then it'll be ready for V-Day! Got it? Good. Let's get started.

George Michael - Kissing A Fool

 

Nobody would have expected pretty-boy George Michael to go for the jazzy nightclub sound, but that's exactly what he did in 1988, allegedly in a single take. And now, this simple, slightly insecure blast of feeling is pretty much a vocal standard. Sorry for all those things I said about you when I was in high school, George. I was just jealous the girls liked you more than me.

Much more smooching after the jump. See you there!

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Monday, January 13

Music Monday: gniksamkcaB

by Scott Lydon

!yadnoM cisuM yppaH or, in forward terms, Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's turning things around and taking a good, hard look at the most scaaaaary of musical options… the dreaded backmasking. In the wrong hands, it's an annoying little game, but in the right hands, it can be kinda neat. For example...

Steve Vai - Whookham

 

It says something about the talent of Steve Vai that he put together an almost Queen-like song simply by reversing one of his pieces. Of course, playing it normally gives you a rather boring little prayer, which could be why nobody ever condemns this one publicly.

It's catchy, but there's more to come, including Scott's favorite backmasked song. !pumj eht retfa ouy eeS

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Wednesday, January 08

There Can Be Only Pun: 80s Band

by Sean Adams

You guys, I have an addiction. I'm addicted to puns. I need them. I can't get enough of them. I HUNGER FOR THEM. That's why I've set up this weekly blog feature: so you guys can feed my addiction. Every week, I'll name the topic, give you some examples, and then you'll pun away in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter. I'll choose the best ones and post them here next week. Sound good? Good! Let's do it!

THIS WEEK'S EPISODE: 80s band basketball players!

We're looking for 80s music basketball player mash-ups. The players can be from any era. Check out these examples:

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