Sunday, February 26, 2017

Song of the Week: "Fish Heads"

I was sorry to hear about Bill Paxton's untimely death. I always loved seeing him in movies and on TV shows, and as a weird tribute to the man who gave me so many hours of enjoyment, I decided to make my Song of the Week the first thing I ever saw him in: the music video for Barnes & Barnes' legendary song "Fish Heads." The song--described on its Wikipedia page as "the most honored song in [Dr.] Demento show history"--is from 1978, and this short aired on Saturday Night Live in 1980, but I remember seeing it all the time in the very early days of MTV. Back then I was five or six, so of course the song made a big impression on me then, but I've never not loved it. It's one of those weird things that I absolutely love. Back then, my friends and I would just leave MTV on all day in the background, and when this played--especially if it was the full version, where the song doesn't start for two minutes--I'd always stop and watch and sing along. And yeah, it was the first thing I ever saw Bill Paxton in. RIP, Bill. Thanks for so much great stuff, of which this is just one bit.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Song of the Week: "Susanne"

I'm not real big into Weezer, but I did have the Mallrats soundtrack and this was the best song on it. I still know all the words. God damn, how is it 20+ years since Mallrats came out! And yes, this is because I caught Mallrats on HBO real late the other night. You guys think I've said Mallrats enough for one post?

I Won't Give Up 'Til I Break High Score

Oh, man, was Pac-Man a big deal when I was a kid. This is a picture of my and my sister in the summer of 1982. Pac-Man, as I've said many times before, is the first video game I was really, really good at. I used to go to Showbiz Pizza Place all the time to play it, and their were crowds gathered around the machine because it was the big game and everyone wanted to play.

This week, "Weird Al" Yankovic officially released his song "Pac-Man" for the first time in 35 years. A parody of the Beatles song "Taxman," Dr. Demento played it on his show, but it was never released on any album. Instead it circulated, I think, mainly in one of several bootleg collections of songs played on Dr. Demento. It's my favorite of the "Weird Al" rarities; it was even my Song of the Week back in January 2009 (and the fan-made video is still there, which surprised me). The combination of two passions of mine, Weird Al and Pac-Man, in a song one hundred thousand times better than "Pac-Man Fever." I just never dug that song. Though I fully and proudly admit to never having cured my Pac-Man Fever. Hell, I play the classic game on my phone now when I'm waiting for appointments.

Here's the official release. Listen to it. Have some pizza. Get nostalgic, why not? I'd have it as Song of the Week except that I get all weird about repeating myself.

Also, this is wonderful confirmation that the upcoming Weird Al box set, Squeeze Box, is going to have these rarities on it. I don't know if people will consider "Baby Loves Burping" the lost gem that "Pac-Man" is. But I swear I will have this set.

Thanks especially to Roger for making sure that I saw that this was out there!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Song of the Week: "Million Reasons"

I don't have much of an opinion on Lady Gaga's whole country music experiment, but I do think this is a very pretty song. I keep hearing it on the radio out here and it's probably the song of hers I've liked the most since "Do What U Want." Nice Sunday morning stuff, too. Be nicer if I had my coffee, but you know.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Song of the Week: "Smoke Break"

Chance the Rapper featuring Future, from Chance's incredible Coloring Book album. Not a smoker myself, but I really need the psychological equivalent of whatever a smoke break is. But, like, for a month.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Song of the Week: "While the Earth Sleeps"

Feeling nostalgic, and I just had this song going through my head last night. This is an edit of the song, I think, by Peter Gabriel & Deep Forest, but this is the one I've always listened to because of its presence on the Strange Days soundtrack. This is another one that makes me think of Becca. That whole time was just nice. I mean, I still had all of these problems, but I didn't feel so defeated then.