Friday, December 6, 2013

Last Five Songs I Heard in the Supermarket



As I said in this blog post,  I can't help but notice the music played in supermarkets.  Here are the last five songs I'm heard in them.  It's an eclectic but very supermarket mix.

1.  Samantha Mumba - Gotta Tell You

It's classic supermarket music because it fits into the genre of forgotten 2000s pop songs.  The only place this song gets played is in the supermarket and on YouTube.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Sesame Street: The Hunger Games Parody (Hungry Games - Catching Fur)



With Hunger Games: Catching Fire out today, what's more appropriate than a Sesame Street parody of the movie called Hungry Games - Catching Fur?

Not to mention, I can never resist these clever Sesame Street parodies.

This one features Cookie Monster as Hungry Games participant Cookieness Evereat who volunteers because there are cookies.

It even has some fun with Evereat by breaking the fourth wall and acknowledging that being the strong female heroine of a successful film franchise is hard work.

Evereat's companions in the games are Finicky, a picky eater and Pita, who is literally a piece of pita bread.

Is it me or does that piece of bread actually kind of look like Josh Hutcherson?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ballin' Oates: Hip Hop and Hall and Oates Together at Last


There's something so right about this mashup of Hall and Oates and hip-hop songs called Ballin' Oats from the DJ Scott Melkin and his Melkin Project.  The title is just great by itself.

It doesn't seem obvious that mixing "Maneater" with Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M" would result in such a great song but it does.  Maybe it's because Hall and Oates were always funk soul brothers.

There are four other tracks with hip hop artists such as T.I. and Kanye West that aren't quite as good although interesting enough.

This weird but successful combination can be summed up with this fake Simpsons product.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Sesame Street Homeland Parody: Homelamb



Sesame Street keeps cranking out quality parodies of hit shows with their Homeland parody Homelamb.

I have to imagine these things go way over children's heads, but they're still great.  In fact, it functions as a pretty accurate depiction of season one of Homeland.

Lamb puns and things such as Baaah-rody and Caaah-rie shouldn't be this amusing although they are.  It even nails Carrie's weird sexual obsession Brody without getting inappropriate.

This Muppet version of Homeland might even be able make the Dana character tolerable, which would be doing the impossible.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Saxophone Riff of the Week: Whitney Houston "How Will I Know"



Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" is already a great song that doesn't need a saxophone riff, but it has one because it's a product of the 80s.

At the very least, it has a different kind of saxophone riff that I've named the prancing saxophone.

It's not everyday you see a guy high leg kicking and ballet dancing with a saxophone, but the saxophone player in this video goes all in.

Prance on saxophone guy, prance on.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Music Played in Supermarkets



I can't help but notice the random music played in supermarkets.  For the most part, supermarkets love their pop songs and seem to be stuck in some 90s to early 2000s time warp.

I'd love to know how they pick their music because it's certainly an odd arrangement.  Here's a list of the songs I've heard the last three times I've gone to the supermarket.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Key and Peele: East/West Bowl Rap



Remember Key and Peele's hilarious East/West bowl sketch last year?  Well, they've followed that up by using the same characters to make a parody of the Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle video.

All your favorite players such as L'Carpetron Dookmarriet, T'Variusness King, and Hingle Mcringleberry are back.  Not to mention, there's a great and totally necessary saxophone interlude.

But once again, Dan Smith steals the show.  You just have to see him in action for yourself as words don't really do him justice.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What does Pitbull Actually Do?


Recording artist Pitbull seems to be very successful, but what does he actually do?  I use the term recording artist loosely because at the very least we know he records something.

Nobody seems to know the answer to this question.  It's an existential question like, "If a tree falls in the forrest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Friday, September 6, 2013

Soul for Real "Every Little Thing I Do"



"Everything Little Thing I Do" was one of the two hit songs by 90s R&B group Soul for Real.  The other one being "Candy Rain."

The rest of their album wasn't good at all, although those two songs almost made up for it.

It doesn't matter that Soul for Real looks like they're performing in their father's suits or that one guy looks about 45 years old in the video.

"Every Little Thing I Do" still holds up.  Also, there's just something cool about the video's concept of Soul for Real performing while people roller skate around them.

Friday, August 30, 2013

That Song: Sneaker Pimps "6 Underground"



The Sneaker Pimps "6 Underground" is that song you hear and recognize every so often, but probably have no idea who sings it or what it's called.

Released in 1996, "6 Underground" helped British trip hop group The Sneaker Pimps become one hit wonders when it gained notoriety after being used in the 1997 movie "The Saint."

Making it the only thing people wanted to remember from that terrible movie.

The song was used in multiple movies during the late 90s including "Cruel Intentions," although I think most people remember as the soundtrack to the entrance of Amanda Beckett in "Can't Hardly Wait."

Friday, August 23, 2013

How Orange is the New Black is Like Lost


Like some people I was initially skeptical of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black," but I was pleasantly surprised with how good it was.

Over the course of watching it, I realized that it reminded me of another show: "Lost" minus the sci-fi element.

I know it sounds kind of crazy at first, but hear me out.  The shows have similar DNA upon closer inspection.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Greatest Proposal Ever with Saxophone



Video Thumbnail: ”Amores Verdaderos” Gets SubtitledThe Soup Blog transforms a romantic telenovela proposal into a perverted luncheon--just by adding subtitles! Take a look.


To anybody who ever thought, "know what would make this marriage proposal better, a random saxophone player," your dreams have come true.

The Soup Blog found this great clip of a proposal from the telenovela "Amores Verdaderos" that features a picnic, a random women playing saxophone, and an owl.

In case it's hard to follow, the Soup Blog provided some subtitles.  

I assume this is every woman's ideal proposal.  There's absolutely nothing creepy about a saxophone woman randomly appearing in a field and having no concept of personal space.

The woman must have some repressed rage about the proposal that she's trying to make the couple go deaf by playing the saxophone in their ears.  

Either that or she's been waiting in the field so long that she's gone feral.

This clip also scientifically proves that owls loves saxophones.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Jimmy Fallon, Robin Thicke & The Roots Perform "Blurred Lines" With Classroom Instruments



Jimmy Fallon and the Roots convinced Robin Thicke to do one of their fun song covers with classroom instruments for his song "Blurred Lines" with great results.

As usual, the Roots prove how talented they are by making "Blurred Lines" just as catchy with these simple instruments.

In addition, the rap that replaces T.I.'s verse is better than the original and even in a cramped space, Thicke can hit that falsetto.

Surprisingly, the xylophone fills in quite well for the bass line.  Then again, the xylophone is like the saxophone of classroom instruments as it always delivers.

Although, it is a little weird to have grown men singing a sex-charged song with lyrics like "I know you want it" set to children's instruments.

But let's just ignore that fact for now and enjoy.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The 90s Button


Sue Fransten and David Aldalberth Anderson created a way to enjoy 90s nostalgia with one click on David Hasselhoff's face.

The 90s button complete with dancing MC Hammer gifs allows you to view the greatness of random 90s music videos such as Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" and get "good vibrations" from Marky Marky and the Funky Bunch.

There are not many places where you can get this song to randomly play either.

The 90s button is the button we deserve, but also the one we need. [via avclub]

Friday, July 19, 2013

Inspired by Iceland: Best Tourism Video Ever



This tourism video for Iceland is three years old but it's still as great as ever.

Maybe it's all the random dancing or the fact it's Icelandic people dancing, but it just works.

I wasn't aware Iceland's population was so diverse either.

Although it's entirely possible they just got every minority in the country and put them in the video, like a college brochure touting diversity.

By far the best part of the video is the breaking dancing fisherman.  You just don't see that everyday.  In fact, that should definitely be the plot of the next "Step Up" movie: Step Up 6: Take it to the Wharf.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Influence of 70s Funk/Disco Music in Today's Pop Music



It's hard not to notice the strong influence of 70s funk and disco in today's pop music.

Three 70s influenced songs are in the top eight in Billboard's Hot 100 chart.  Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is number one, followed by Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and Bruno Mars's "Treasure" sits at number eight.

Even Justin Timberlake's new single "Take Back the Night" from his upcoming album 20/20 Experience- 2 of 2 embraces the disco sound.

I mean the fact you can just seamlessly set old "Soul Train" clips of people dancing to "Get Lucky" just proves how similar the sound is.

Then "Treasure," not only sounds like Michael Jackson's "Rock With You," but basically recreates the video.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Saxophone Riff of the Week: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Lost in Emotion



I kind of slacked on the whole saxophone riff of the week thing until now.  I give you Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's "Lost in Emotion."

At the 3:00 minute mark there is a classic 80s saxophone solo.  It's a bonus one because it also involves a jheri curl and suspenders.

Like a solar eclipse, it's not everyday these three things come together in perfect harmony so enjoy it.

Que sera, sera saxophone.

Friday, June 7, 2013

O-Town "Liquid Dreams" Video Breakdown


O-Town - Liquid Dreams by hubsi4u

I don't even know where to begin with  O-Town's "Liquid Dreams" video.  It's ridiculous on so many levels.

If you don't recall, O-Town was a boy band created in 2000 by the ABC reality show "Making the Band."

Clearly it was a natural progression for them to make a pop song with the suitable subject of wet dreams.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Waka Flocka Background Vocals are Great



Say what you may about Waka Flocka, but he certainly doesn't mess around when he records background vocals.

A friend brought this video to my attention, and it's well worth your time.  I could watch Waka Flocka saying "BOW, BOW, BOW, BOW, BOW" for days.

He really sells the "bows" with his conviction despite how ridiculous it is.  Not to mention, it's great that he has to do that thing with arms every time he says, "Waka-Flocka."

The moral of the story is BOW BOW BOW BOW BOW.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ken Cosgrove Gets Down to Daft Punk



"Mad Men" character Ken Cosgrove seemingly does it all.  He's a solid advertising man, writes short stories, married to Alex Mack, and now he's shown impressive dance skills.

Cosgrove does a nice little tap dancing routine after receiving a special "vitamin shot" from the doctor in last week's episode.

It wasn't originally set to Daft Punk's "Doin' It Right" but somehow it just feels so right.

Although, I still don't think it's as good as Pete and Trudy Campbell breaking it down with the Charleston dance.  They're like the 60's Kid N' Play.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Games of Thrones and Savage Garden "Truly, Madly, Deeply"



I really hate the Savage Garden song "Truly, Madly, Deeply" because it's whiney and the lyrics are stupid.

But I noticed it has a weird connection with Jon Snow and Ygritte's relationship on the last two episodes of "Game of Thrones."

Friday, April 26, 2013

Domino "Sweet Potato Pie"


DOMINO "SWEET POTATO PIE" by fonkeeman

I had kind of forgotten about Domino's "Sweet Potato Pie" until I heard it on the radio this morning.  Back in the day, I thought this was the jam, but it doesn't sound quite as good as I recall.

I was under the impression that there was some subtley and cleverness to this song although that's definitely not the case.  It's pretty blunt about what sweet potato pie is meant to be.

Not to mention, Domino would be laughed out of the building by rappers now.  His wardrobe just makes him look like some sketchy homeless guy who happens to be rapping.

Dressing like that would not allow him to get a piece of anybody's sweet potato pie.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thirty Stupid Justin Bieber Quotes


By now you've probably heard about Justin Bieber's infamous visit to the Anne Frank House.

Bieber signed the Anne Frank guest book with the message:  "Truly inspiring to be able to come here.  Anne was a great girl.  Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

 It would be easy to chalk this up to a mental lapse by a young kid but it isn't.

Thought Catalog gathered what they considered to be the 30 best quotes from Bieber, and it's not pretty. Bieber seems to have a history of not really thinking before saying stuff.

Some of his gems include:
"I don't really believe in abortion.  It's like killing a baby."
"I'm not sure about parties.  But whatever they have in Korea, that's bad."
"Sunday comes after Saturday.  Weird?"
"A girl could be sitting on her computer, trying to get noticed by me, and not knowing she's the future Mrs. Bieber"
"As hard as I've tried, I don't know how not to be adorable."
 

Friday, March 29, 2013

March Madness 2013: Pop Culture Thoughts



For some reason this year's March Madness doesn't seem as pop culture friendly as last year's but there are still some trends:

1. That's Stupid Bud Light Blind Date Commercial

Like every year, there is one commercial they play over and over again until it inspires murderous rage. This year it's the Bud Light blind date commercial.  Everything about it is annoying.

That guy probably can't go back to Cleveland because he was stupid enough to order a Bud Light and tell women he's glad they're not ugly.  Also, what place has waiters pour Bud Light bottles into a glass for you?

And if that's the case then clearly there's much better beer on tap than Bud Light.  Let's laugh about his friends sexually harassing her friends.  Haha, that's so funny.   Okay, now I'm angry again.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Better Version of "Come on Eileen": Dexy's Midnight Runners or Save Ferris



The best version of the song "Come on Eileen" is a pop culture issue that needs to be answered.

British pop group Dexy's Midnight Runners recorded the original song in 1982 and it became a number  one hit.

Theoretically that should make it the best version since it's kind of blasphemous to claim a cover of a song is better than the original, but it's not that simple.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Story Behind James Taylor's Appearance on The Simpsons



One of the best "The Simpsons" episodes is season 5's "Deep Space Homer" when Homer becomes an astronaut and goes on a space mission.

It features a scene stealing cameo by James Taylor including this great piece of dialogue:

" Listen Aldrin I'm not as laid back as people think.  Now here's the deal, I'm gonna play and you're gonna float there and like it."  

The writer of this episode, David Mirkin details working with his hero James Taylor, and worrying that Taylor might not like the script.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Adidas Makes Ugly Zubaz Inspired College Basketball Uniforms

Adidas

There are some ugly uniforms, but the new Adidas college basketball ones have to be among the worst of all time.

It's as if the designer got high and convinced himself that everybody missed Zubaz pants. This is truly a step back for mankind.

According to USA Today,  Adidas somehow convinced various teams to wear these things except for Michigan and N.C. State who were smart enough to decline.  

In case you forgot what Zubaz pants were, here's my breakdown of their history and awfulness.

The only positive in all this is that you can channel your inner Milhouse and say this about Zubaz.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Hi-Five - "She's Playing Hard to Get"



Hi-Five's "She's Playing Hard to Get" is often an overlooked classic in 90s R&B .  Hi-Five were kind of like a poor man's Boyz II Men.

But the song features almost everything you would want from a song from this era such as brightly colored dress shirts, vests, and sports coats along with choreographed dance moves.

In retrospect, the song and music video may also double as an instructional video for 90s sexual harassment.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ben Harper and Eagle Eye Cherry are not the Same Person

Ben Harper not Eagle Eye Cherry, two different people

I didn't think this was ever an issue for anyone but surprisingly it is. People have seriously thought they were the same person.

For instance, this person actually asked if Ben Harper was in the band Eagle Eye Cherry.  There's just so many things wrong with that besides the fact Eagle Eye Cherry is a person not a band.

Give more than one black guy a guitar and suddenly it's hard for people to tell them apart.  They're not even the same nationality as Cherry is Swedish and Harper is American.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Jesse Heiman Makes Out with Bar Refaeli in Go Daddy Super bowl Commercial



Things just keep getting better for Hollywood's go to background nerd Jesse Heiman as he gets to make out with Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli in Go Daddy's newest Super Bowl Ad.

He may never have dialogue, but who needs it when you get to make out with Refaeli.  According to Adweek, Heiman got to do it 45 times as it took that many takes to get it right.

That's unbelievable because it's uncomfortable enough to watch that one time never mind several more times.

Of course, the better question is why Refaeli agreed to make out with a nerd like Heiman for a commercial.

I doubt she needs the money so maybe Leonardo DiCaprio has just damaged her so much emotionally that lower tier guys now have a shot with her.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Songs with Baby in the Title



It's clear that the word "baby" must have some magical connotation in music circles.  Either that or when people run out of words to use "baby" is the default fallback.

It's crazy how many songs are titled "baby" or use the word in the song title.  Oh you like that song "Baby,"  which one?  That's kind of a loaded question.

Is it Brandy's "Baby,"  Justin Bieber's "Baby,"  Ashanti's "Baby,"  Amy Grant's  "Baby, Baby,"  or TLC's "Baby-Baby-Baby"?

Oh wait maybe you mean, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles "Ooo Baby, Baby," Shai's "Baby I'm Yours," Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight,"  The Supremes "Baby Love,"  or The Four Tops "Baby, I Need Your Loving."

Don't worry baby, we'll figure out which song it is.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Haim - "Don't Save Me"


I've highlighted the band Haim before.  And if you don't trust my humble opinion, Emma Watson likes them too. 

They still don't have a full album, but are back with a video for the song "Don't Save Me" off their new EP.

Haim shows their love for R&B with a video that uses the classic 90s R&B music video staple of a staged basketball game and gratuitous shots of people dunking.  

If the 90s taught us anything, it's that the majority of life's problems could be solved by a basketball game set to music.



Friday, January 11, 2013

The Thought Process Behind ZzzQuil



It's as if Vicks had a board meeting and was like "you know a lot of people just misuse NyQuil as a sleeping aid even when they're not sick."

Then one guy suggests, "We could just repackage the same product and name it ZzzQuil so people wouldn't feel as bad about abusing the product."

I predict a sharp decline in NyQuil sales as people no longer have to pretend they are buying it as a cold medication.  This about sums up its effectiveness on a cold.

The next evolution occurs when companies realize people use cold medicine to make meth so they cut out the middle man and do it themselves in a Gus Fring style lab.