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songs you don’t know: Bernard Cribbins, “Right Said Fred”

I’ll bet you’ve heard of Right Said Fred, everyone’s favorite gay one-hit wonder band from the early ’90s.  But I’ll bet you didn’t know that they got their name from a novelty skiffle tune from the grand old days of 1960s Britain.

I’ll bet you’ve heard of Bernard Cribbins, a British actor who played Donna’s grandfather on Doctor Who.  But I’ll bet you didn’t know that he used to sing novelty skiffle tunes, back in the grand old days of 1960s Britain.

You can see where we’re going with this.

Yep – Wilfred Mott is ultimately responsible for the “I’m Too Sexy” guy.

The song “Right Said Fred” will hit home for anyone who’s ever had to move a piano.  This is a very early stop-motion music video for the tune, and I think you’ll like it.

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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in doctor who, music, songs you don't know, tv, webtoons

 

for Tomorrow

This Modern World, by Tom Tomorrow, is one of many syndicated alternative comics dropped by Voice News this month, in cost cutting measures due to the recession.

Luckily, several people have spoken out on Tom’s behalf, including one Mr. Eddie Vedder of Seattle, WA.  Good on ya, Ed.  He says some really nice things about political cartoonists in general over at the Ten Club blog, and it’s worth a read.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2009 in music, politics, webtoons

 

songs you don’t know: “Pork and Beans”, Weezer

Well, look, you’ve probably heard this song if you’ve had your radio on lately, but the video is what’s important here.

Remember when Weezer put The Muppets in their video for “Keep Fishin'”?  Well, this is sort of like that.  Except here, instead of Kermit and Miss Piggy, the band joins forces with the entire internet.  Yes, that’s right, the video features Kelly, the Numa Numa kid, the Star Wars kid, Miss South Carolina, Chris Crocker, the Banana from Peanut Butter Jelly Time… the list goes on and on.

It makes sense.  “Pork and Beans” is Weezer in their “hey, man, I’m gonna do my own thing and you can’t stop me” head space (also see: “The Good Life”, “In The Garage”, etc.).  Your more popular viral videos tend to feature someone “being themselves” for the camera, as awkward and silly as they really are.  The ones that aren’t sort of “cinema verite” for the digital age are generally just really clever, which is why it’s cool to see Liam Sullivan’s “Kelly” character here as well. 

Oh, and in lieu of pyrotechnics, Weezer is playing in front of a bunch of exploding soda-and-Mentos bottles. 

 

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I choose you, Barackachu

This is super-silly, but still kind of awesome.  From The Modern Romantic:

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Posted by on April 4, 2008 in politics, tomfoolery, toons, webtoons

 

An Open Letter To Garfield

It truly pains me to say this, but Garfield just isn’t funny any more.  It’s not really his fault – time marches on, I suppose.  But, come on, would it kill you to come up with something fresh and original for a change?  I mean, the last time you said anything witty or meaningful was – gosh – 1881 or so.  And don’t give me that “oh, but it’s hard to be funny when you’ve been assasinated,” crap.  Lincoln’s still got it.  Heck, McKinley’s funnier dead than alive.

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Posted by on March 7, 2008 in history, tomfoolery, toons, webtoons

 

because, you know, why wouldn’t he…

Ralph Nader has announced his run for the presidency.  Now, before we go on, I should say that, first, I don’t think he had that great an impact on the 2000 election.  A lot of people who voted for him would have just stayed home if he wasn’t running.  Not all, mind you; Gore might have picked up a few extra votes in places like Oregon and Maine, but probably not in Florida, which is where it counted.  In other words, if we want to blame George W. Bush on something, we should probably go with America’s apolitical lethargy and disdain for anything presidential in the wake of Bill Clinton, coupled with Al Gore’s inability to inspire anyone to do anything except nap.  Sure, he’s Mr. Cool Guy now and we all wish he’d won, but his 2000 campaign left a lot to be desired.  We could also – and should also – blame the archaic electoral college system, the Supreme Court, Katherine Harris, the President’s big bro Jeb, and perhaps even Satan himself, for suckling Karl Rove in the first place.

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Posted by on March 6, 2008 in politics, webtoons

 

“Shooting War”

About a month ago, Katie Couric asked those Presidential candidates who were still in the running what book, besides The Bible, they would bring to the White House with them.   It’s a good question, because their answers tell us a lot about them.  Obama would bring Doris Kearnes Goodwin’s Lincoln bio with him, which makes sense from a civil rights and Illinoisian perspective.  Hillary would bring a copy of the Constitution with her, because “apparently there wasn’t one in the White House these last eight years,” which makes sense from an “I really want to disassociate myself from Washington,” perspective.  McCain would bring Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, which makes sense from an “I really want to paint myself as a fiscal conservative,” perspective….. and so on.

Me, if I could recommend any one book to Candidate X, it would be Shooting War by Anthony Lappe and John Goldman.

Shooting War started out as a web comic, and was later published as a graphic novel.  It tells the story of America in the year 2011, where a young blogger witnesses the suicide bombing of a Brooklyn Starbucks, captures it on video, and finds himself hired by a major news organisation to liveblog the war in Iraq.   Things have gone from bad to worse, President McCain’s son Jimmy is a POW, and Dan Rather has gone Han Solo. 

I read the whole thing in one sitting and then gave it to someone as a gift.  I’d recommend it to anyone, especially anyone in power, as a warning of how things could go wrong if they’re not very careful.

http://www.shootingwar.com/

Anyway, I’ll open the floor to comments here – what books would you people have the candidates read?

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2008 in books, not me, politics, webtoons