Friday 19 November 2010

and when she gets into your head, you know she's there to stay....

Earworms of the Week

Theme from Supergran

"Stand back Superman, Iceman, Spiderman. 
Batman and Robin too
Don’t wanna cause a fracas, 
but BA Baracas, have I got a match for you.
She makes them look like a bunch of fairies.
She’s got more bottle than United Dairies.
Hang about - Look out! For Supergran."

All caused, I think, because I went to work today (it's Children in Need, so we could dress down.  Yes, I did wear my smart casual compromise cords...)  wearing my Superman t-shirt.  

I can't even think when Supergran might last have been on.  I certainly can't remember when I might have last watched it.....

"Good Morning" - Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor

I was in a a grumpy mood with my wife over breakfast, but in an oddly good mood by the time I got to work.  Go figure.  Still, I was clearly in a chirpy enough mood to have this bright-eyed, bushy-tailed little number zinging around my head.  I sang it to the guy who sits next to me, much to his surprise.

Theme tune to Chucklevision

I can remember a conversation around the campsite at Glastonbury one night after the main bands had finished, when we seemed to talk at great length about the Chuckle Brothers..... but quite why the theme tune to a programme I have never knowingly watched is in my head, I don't know.  They're getting a bit long in the tooth these days, but they're still very much in the entertainment business today.  They're terrifying, aren't they?  And we let them entertain our children?  Not unsupervised, I hope.

"The Trooper" - Iron Maiden

Popped up on shuffle as I drove the car to work one morning.  It's a brilliant record at any time of the day, of course.... well, I think so.  Not sure my wife agreed as we shared the ride into work.  Well, it is my car....

"Wake Up" - Rage Against the Machine

Another -- perhaps far more aptly named -- song that popped up on the early morning run into work.  This song is used to great effect over the end credits of the first Matrix film, but for me it's all about that suddenly-very-heavy sounding, choppy bit of guitar about 3m 18s into the song.  Just before the inevitable "UH!".  Great record.

"Montage" - Team America: World Police

I've taken to singing this when I'm watching TV and anything remotely approaching a montage comes on. 

The hour's approaching, just give it your best
You've got to reach your prime.
That's when you need to put yourself to the test,
And show us a passage of time,
We're gonna need a montage (montage)
Oh it takes a montage (montage)

Show a lot of things happening at once,
Remind everyone of what's going on (what's going on?)
And with every shot you show a little improvement
To show it all would take to long
That's called a montage (montage)
Oh we want montage (montage)

And anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro,
You need a montage (montage)
Even Rocky had a montage (montage)


Anything that we want to go from just a beginner to a pro,
You need a montage (montage)
Oh it takes a montage (montage)

Always fade out in a montage,
If you fade out, it seem like more time
Has passed in a montage,

Awesome.  I might have to give up and just download the soundtrack.

"Notorious" - Duran Duran

Nope.  No idea.  I am seeing a band that made their name in the 80s live on Sunday night, but it's A-ha, not this lot.

"Someone Like You" - Adele

Now, I'm not a massive fan of Adele.  I don't dislike her, or anything, I just wouldn't say that she was the kind of thing that floated my musical boat.  Not surprisingly, I didn't even know she had any new material out, nevermind make a point of watching her when "Later with Jools Holland" was on live on Tuesday night.  I was just hopping around the channels, and as it was on, I stopped to see who was on.  Arcade Fire were the lead band (meh), but Adele was on just afterwards, with this song.  With very little accompaniment (just a piano), playing a song I've never heard before, she was AMAZING.  Credit where credit is due.  Incredible performance.  You should watch this link.

"Glory of Love" - Peter Cetera

To be fair, this song probably doesn't sound at its best when rendered on a bontempi organ, as heard at this week's pub quiz (did I mention we won?  With a record-breaking high score?).  It still sounds pretty bloody amazing though.  Theme tune to "The Karate Kid", of course, but surely a brilliant song entirely in its own right?  No?  LB knows all the words, obviously....

"Molly's Chambers" - Kings of Leon

Back from a time when the Kings of Leon had truly appalling haircuts and eccentric facial hair, but when their music was a whole lot better.  This song packs - for me - so much more of a punch than almost anything that they've done in the last 5 years.  They might be massive now, and good luck to them, but they used to be much more interesting.  It's not that I don't like their new stuff (although the Eagles-lite album covers I could do without), it's just that I think they peaked with their second album and it's been diminishing returns ever since.  Not financially, obviously.  Apparently "Use Somebody" is a very popular wedding song.  I actually couldn't even tell you what it sounds like.  And don't get me started on "Sex on Fire", either.  Gah!

Right, well as I'm off to do the Children in Need call centre in 90 minutes, I'd best be leaving you to get on with your weekends.  If you fancy making a donation, then give them a ring on 0345 7 33 22 33 and you may just get hold of me.  They take most of their money online now, so although I'll be there until 2am, I'm not sure how busy we'll be, as it seems to get quieter and quieter with each passing year.  Still, after that I'm up early and off down to Twickenham to watch some rugby.  Hurrah!

Have a good weekend, y'all.

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