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January 9, 2010

We’re Winning

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:06 am

Media, schmedia. You know we’re in good shape when even the rock band who once sang this:

Handguns are made for killing
They ain’t no good for nothing else
And if you like to drink your whiskey
You might even shoot yourself
So why don’t we dump them people
To the bottom of the sea
Before some ole fool come around here
Wanna shoot either you or me

Now sings this:

Oh, there was a time we ain’t forgot
You could rest all night with the doors unlocked
But there ain’t nobody safe no more
So you say your prayers and you thank the Lord
For that peace-maker in the dresser drawer.

Amen. I like to think that Ronnie himself would have come around if he’d lived another 30+ years, but if Johnnie has Ronnie spinning in his grave, so be it.

UPDATE: While we win, they whine.

July 21, 2009


Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:44 pm

Here’s an oldie but goodie from my favorite dropout and his Offspring:

It’s too bad they don’t show more of the crowd. There had to be some pothead among them proudly yelling “mota!” between tokes while remaining blissfully oblivious to the fact that Dexter and the gang were ripping him to shreds.

May 20, 2007

Not in a Rush

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 1:18 pm

I recently purchased Snakes and Arrows, which came earlier this month. Snakes and Arrows is the ninth studio album by Rush. I have no further comment.

March 19, 2007

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:01 am

The wrong Randy Rhoads was killed in a plane crash.

November 22, 2006

Even More Belated Quote Quiz Answers

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:32 am

I guess I could blame part of the delay on the Federalist Disingenuous Society Convention, but mostly I’ve just been lazy. Anyway, here are the answers to the recent quiz. As several commenters more-or-less correctly guessed, the theme of the list was songs where the cover version was at least as big of a hit as the original, if not more so. For uniformity, I used the cover version of the lyrics in each case where the two did not match.

  1. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” originally by Warren Zevon, covered by Linda Ronstadt. These lyrics were specific to the cover version, gender-bent to account for the fact that Warren was a man and Linda was (is) not.
  2. “Take it Easy,” originally by Jackson Brown, “covered” by the Eagles, then repackaged by Browne himself.
  3. “Blinded by the Light,” originally by Bruce Springsteen, covered by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
  4. “Der Kommisar,” originally by Falco in German (thick Viennese dialect), covered in English by After the Fire (aka ATF). This song is why I opted for the cover lyrics over originals.
  5. “The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown),” originally by Fleetwood back, covered by Judas Priest.
  6. “I’ve Done Everything for You,” originally by Sammy Hagar, covered by Rick Springfield.
  7. “You Really Got Me,” originally by the Kinks, covered by Van Halen. These lyrics were specific to the cover version.
  8. “Hey Joe,” of unknown origin, claimed as an original by Deep Purple but with evidence the song is older than that. Covered by many, but probably best known as a Hendrix tune.
  9. “Keep Me Hanging On,” originally the Supremes, covered by Kim Wilde (and Rod Stewart, and others).
  10. “Cum On Feel the Noize,” originally by Slade, covered by Quiet Riot.

November 21, 2006

Worst. Theological. Argument. Ever.

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:04 pm

From Mike Post Theme, you’ll never guess Who wrote this:

Everything is all right (bong de bong)
We’ve prayed today (la-da-da-da-dah)
If there really is a God (bong de bog)
We should get laid today.

I don’t think it works that way, alas. The album’s not bad, though.

November 8, 2006

Song Lists Exhumed

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:31 pm

It’s been a while since we’ve done any of these, so I’ll remind you how it works. Each of the below passages is from a popular song from days past. All ten songs share a significant trait. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify as many of the ten songs as possible, by artist and title, without Googling, and to figure out their common thread. Have at it.

  1. Yes he really worked me over good
    He was a credit to his gender
    Put me through some changes Lord
    Sort of like a Waring blender
  2. Lighten up while you still can
    Don’t even try to understand
    Just find a place to make your stand
  3. And go-cart Mozart was checkin’ out the weather chart
    To see if it was safe outside
    And little Early-Burly came by in his curly-wurly
    And asked me if I needed a ride
  4. You’re in his eye
    And you’ll know why
    The more you live
    The faster you will die
  5. I Can’t believe that you need my love so bad
    Come sneakin’ around trying to drive me mad
    Busting in on my dreams, making me see things I don’t wanna see
  6. Well, I’m going out on the town tonight
    And get just as wild as I can be
    I’m gonna find out what it’s really like to be loose, high and free
  7. Please, don’t ever let me be
    I only wanna be by your side
  8. Where you gonna run to now where you gonna go
    I’m goin’ way down south
    Way down to Mexico way
  9. Why don’t you get out of my life
    And let me make a brand new start
    Let me get over you
    The way youve gotten over me
  10. So you see I got a funny face,
    I got no worries.
    And I don’t know why.

October 26, 2006

Who Are Were You?

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:23 pm

The good news is that Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the only members of The Who who have managed not to do themselves in, have a new album coming out on Tuesday. The bad news is that the album is not called “Who’s Left.” To save time, I might add that there is no truth to the rumor that they will be releasing a charity benefit album called “Who Cares.”

December 23, 2005

The Producers

Filed under:   by Cardinal Martini @ 1:12 am

I saw The Producers, starring Jason Alexander and someone else, a few years back in Hollywood. I didn’t really like it because the plot made no sense to me.

Can one of Xrlq’s readers explain it to me? How exactly were the two main characters planning on making money by producing a flop?

July 6, 2005

St. Bob

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:35 pm

The jury’s out as to what (if anything) Live8 will do for Africa, but if the only thing it accomplished was to get Pink Floyd back together for a night, it was worth it. Only now, after watching the video (h/t: Patticakes) do I understand why the last generation got so hot and bothered over the then-possibility of a Beatles reunion. For good measure, here’s a link to the and to an audio of Comfortably Numb.


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