Tuesday, May 29, 2007

To quote The Dictators....

...'what's up with that?'

Did the last generation feel the same way when their cool songs were appropriated for TV ads? It was a crime to use 'Blitzkrieg Bop' for Budweiser....and there are more!

  • 'Lust for Life' used for a cruise line...I don't know about all of you, but when I hear that song, I picture Ewan McGregor's head falling towards the floor in the opening scene from 'Trainspotting' after shooting up....not shuffleboard players.
  • 'We Want the Funk' used for a freakin' minivan ad! Shoulda included George Clinton smoking a big fattie while driving the van....
  • 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays' used for AARP....I have nothing against the AARP, and, well, it certainly got my attention...but it's just not right!
  • 'One Way or Another' used for the Swiffer ads....now, Picture This, Blondie fans: Ms. Debbie Harry 'swiffering' her humble abode....
  • Funniest use? The 'Mahna Mahna' song used for some crap Dr. Pepper product- it's not just an innocent instrumental used on the Muppet Show - it was originally written by Gert Wilden & his Orchestra who scored the erotic German films called 'Schoolgirl Report (Schulmadchen Report)' ....
  • 'I Walk the Line' - even worse, the horrific cover of it used to hawk jeans, fer crissakes..
There are more and will be more, I'm sure...
Why are these horrid pairings so disturbing? It's not because of any romanticized notion of music from my younger days. It's that these songs were made in spite of, and never for, crass commercialization. If any current, MTV-dependent band wants to peddle their tunes to Apple for iTunes or iPod ads, it's appropriate...however, I don't recall any Blondie lyrics mentioning clean floors and sparkling bathrooms....or 'Blitzkrieg Bop' lauding the effects of crappy beer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Music Review: Wombat Rock 2007

I received my copy of 'Wombat Rock 2007' at THE party of the year, the joey Zone's 50th celebration. I really believe you CAN judge a CD by it's cover and once again, I have been proven oh so right.

Where do I start? How about the first track: The theme to the Muppet Show in HEBREW.

There are a couple of excellent mashups, namely 'We Will Rock Your Dirty Deeds' (ACDC vs. Queen) and 'Call Me Hung Up' (Madonna vs. Blondie.) The other mashup, 'You Believe Me All Night Long' (Cher vs. ACDC) is a little harder to wrap my little ol' brain around, but a hoot nonetheless!

Excellent covers abound: Shonen Knife covering the Runaways' 'Cherry Bomb' (herro, daddy, herro mom, ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!); an insanely enjoyable cover of 'Ghost Riders in the Sky' by Finnish death-metal band Impaled Nazarene; a spot-on cover of the Beatles' 'Drive My Car' by the Donnas and Patti Smith's great renditions of 'When Doves Cry' and 'Gimme Shelter.' The Los Futuristas cover of 'Now I Wanna Be Your Dog' is just crazy. Think Spanish lounge music. 'Layla' by 386 Dx is wonderful for a despairing drunk afternoon in the local pub.

There's a nice radio spot from 1970 advertising the Stooges to break up the musical manna filling the ears....and a killer skit called 'Spicy Pony Head' by Kasper Hauser. I almost drove off the road I was laughing so hard ('eet ees a pony head but, uh...spicy...')

That's not all- in the "So Crap it's Hysterical' category there's a cover of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' by Bill Cosby.......and that's so much more enjoyable than the excruciating cover of 'I Write the Songs' By Chuck Woolery. Really. And it's marginally better than Barry Manilow, but that's like saying a rotted fish head on your plate is better without the eye still in it....
I hesitate to include the Who's 'Girl's Eyes' in the category above, but it's still a contender - terrible song performed without any sack whatsoever.

'Super Jupiter' from 'Odyssey!Original Cast' I had never heard before- probably with good reason. Rhyming 'super jupiter' with 'super dupiter' has to be a crime somewhere.

This CD is staying in my car for the summer! Wombats Rock!