Friday, December 5, 2014

Why is Michelle Pfeiffer Mentioned in Two Current Pop Songs?


Despite not starring in a movie at the moment, Michelle Pfeiffer is name checked in not one, but two current pop songs:  Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk" and Vance Joy's "Riptide."

At the 19 second mark of "Uptown Funk,"  Mars sings, "This hit, that ice cold Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold"  

On a side note can we all agree this song sounds like it should be on the 80s Ghostbusters soundtrack?

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Elmy Awards 2014


Sesame Street is back at it again with their parodies of TV shows such as True Detective, House of Cards, Scandal, and Sherlock.  In a video for Entertainment Weekly,  it pokes fun at the Emmys and various TV dramas.

According to Cookie Monster's Rust Cohle,  time is a round flat cookie that never completely satisfies your hunger.

The The House of Cards one is also great, but what really steals the show is the Scandal parody. Cookie Monster keeps coming back with plot turns that get more and more ridiculous yet true to the show.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Last Five Songs I Heard in the Supermarket



It's that time once again to see what songs they are randomly playing in supermarkets.

1. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

It's still strange to think this is actually a Green Day song, but perfect if you want to get sentimental about the food you're buying.  It's something unpredictable but in the end that fruit looks ripe, I hope it doesn't give me the food poisoning of my life.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Songs of the Billboard Top 10 in Their Simplest Meaning



Music is full of metaphors and florid language, but sometimes it's just nice to get straight to the point. In that spirit,  let's take a look at the current Billboard top 10 and break them down to their simplest meaning.

1.  Magic - Rude

Simplest Meaning: "I just want to bang your daughter so stop being a dick about it"

I can't stress how much I hate this song.  It's rude to my ears and I don't blame the father for wanting to keep this guy away from his daughter.  I wouldn't want a canadian playing reggae guy anywhere near my daughter either.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

U.S. Roster for 2014 World Cup: Pop Culture Breakdown


With the World Cup starting today,  it would be ideal to get to know the players on the U.S. World Cup roster.  If you want a serious breakdown, I suggest checking out this detailed Sports Illustrated roster run down.

But if you want to have a little more fun with the roster, here's a pop culture breakdown of the U.S. roster.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Last Five Songs I Heard in the Supermarket



It's that time again to recap musical selections of supermarkets.  Here are the last five songs that I've heard while shopping in the supermarket:

1. Mary J. Blige - Real Love

This song is almost too good to be played in the supermarket.  It was distracting enough that I actually forgot to buy some things on my list.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Terrifying New Mascots for Lemonheads and Mcdonald's Happy Meal


This has been a bad week to be a child as Lemonheads and Mcdonald's introduced creepy new mascots Lemonhead and Happy respectively.

Apparently market research determined that brand ambassadors who inspire fear are a good idea.

They both look like characters out of Goosebumps books,  but I think Lemonhead is the more disturbing mascot.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Disney Movie Character NFL Draft Profiles



If you haven't read Josh Levin's superhero draft profile over at Slate yet, then it is highly recommended that you do.  Inspired by Levin's article and the second day of the NFL draft, here are some NFL draft profiles on Disney movie characters.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Five Songs About Sunshine



For some reason, sunshine happens to be a fairly popular song topic.  It could be that sunshine is an effective metaphor for happiness and artists don't feel like coming up with new ones.

It's getting warmer so here are five songs about sunshine.

Len - Steal My Sunshine

Clearly the most ridiculous sunshine song on this list.  There's just so many strange things going on with this song and video:  nonsensical lyrics, a pseudo orange scooter gang, weird people.

I don't know what their sunshine is or who stole it, but I don't want any part of it.  They should have been more concerned about someone stealing their musical career as they were never heard from again.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Random Song of the Week: Tonic - "If You Could Only See"



Even though you're more likely to hear Tonic's "If You Could Only See" in a department store,  I randomly heard the song on the radio this week.

The band's status as a one hit wonder is not all that surprising. The song is straight up generic 90s rock that hasn't really aged well.

Not only is the video weird, but Tonic's lead singer says he wrote the song in response to his parents disapproving of him dating an older woman.

Maybe that accounts for the song's bi-polar nature as the cheesy "hard rock" parts come out of nowhere.

My biggest take away is that the lead singer kind of looks like Irish actor Colm Meaney or as I like to call him: Potatoes O'Brien.

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Biggest Mystery of True Detective: How Does Detective Hart Get These Women


HBO's True Detective is a show full of plot twists and turns, but there's one mystery that may never be answered.

How does Woody Harrelson's  Detective Martin Hart character keep pulling women way out of his league?  It's mind boggling.

Yes, I know I'm playing into  True Detective's problem of treating women like sex objects,  but this is in the interest of pop culture study.

I'll avoid major plot spoilers so people won't kill me.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Some Pop Culture Thoughts on the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


The Sochi Olympics have not been the most exciting or easiest Olympics to watch.  The time difference makes it difficult to see events live, and Americans have underperformed in events.

Since the Olympics are at the half way point,  here's some pop culture thoughts on Sochi so far:

1.  I Really Want One of Those Nike Silver Team USA Jackets

Sure the USA jackets make the athletes look like the silver Michelin man/an astronaut and are impractical for everyday wear; but there's something oddly cool about them.  Although, not $500 cool, which is how much they cost.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Three Product Commercials Only Seen Late at Night



Late-night television commercials are strange things.  At a certain point, it's as though advertisers are done trying to gain your respect and it's take it or leave it.

Of course, there are the usual sketchy sex hot line commercials.  By the way, how are these things still in business?

Maybe there's an underground group of Luddite perverts that were too busy to use technology for their pursuits.

Beyond that stuff,  late-night TV offers commercials for strange products.  The type of stuff no one would buy sober. but maybe in an altered state of mind.  Here are three of the most common ones:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Random Song of the Week: Oochie Wally


(NSFW Video)

I forgot about "Oochie Wally" by Nas featuring Bravehearts until it was randomly on the radio this week.  Nas and the beat are still as great as ever, but there's clearly a reason it doesn't get much radio play.

Looking back it's kind of amazing this song got as much airplay as it did.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Perfect Bacon Bowl: Death by Bacon



The Perfect Bacon Bowl is a product for people who think, "Hey, I'd like to slowly kill myself with a bacon overdose."

It's not a surprise that the peak time for this commercial is 2 a.m. because it's something one believes he or she needs when drunk or really tired.

The commercial gets off to a great start with the proclamation that everyone loves bacon.  Sorry Muslims and vegans you've been overruled on this matter and you now love bacon.