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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2 Your Least Favorite Song

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by ejrussell

Remember in Day 1 how I described how Weezer’s Buddy Holly¬†filled me with energy and excitement? How every time the song was played I simply had to dance and/or sing along? Well today’s song does the exact opposite. It fills me with an intense violent unstoppable rage that makes me want to punch somebody in the face. The song you ask? “How Bizarre” by OMC.

OMC was something of a national success back in their native New Zealand and “How Bizarre” ended up becoming one of the most popular songs in that country. Wikipedia has more here¬†if you’re at all interested. All I know is that there are ear worms and then there are parasites that make you want to do violence on the makers of such an abomination. Yes this is one of those parasites. For the life of me how can anyone like this song? On purpose? The lyrics make no sense, the singer’s voice annoys me and it quite possibly has the most mind numbing chorus in any pop song ever. I don’t understand how this ever made it as an international success? Is New Zealand really that bad at making pop music? Well no, there’s always A Crowded House. However I’m going to be completely honest and say that only three good things have ever come out of New Zealand: Kiwis (the cute little bird, not the fruit that actually comes from China. Seriously!) Maori Hakas and Peter Jackson.

30 Day Song Challenge Day 1: Your Favorite Song

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 by ejrussell

So in an effort to keep this blog alive I’m going to do the 30 Day Song Challenge right here on my blog. I hope that I can keep up and make something special out of this rather than just having it be me saying something like “Hey this song is neat!”. My goal here is to explain what each song means to me through fun little anecdotes and how big a hit the song was etc. So without further ado my favorite song:

Buddy Holly by Weezer

This song made its debut on Weezer’s 1994 self titled debut album, which would later become known as the “Blue Album”. According to Wikipedia the track peaked at number 2 on the Modern Rock chart and at number 17 on the Top 40 chart. Learn more here.

So why exactly is this my favorite song? Well I love dancing to it, it’s by my favorite rock band, and most importantly it’s perfect for some old-fashioned car karaoke. Seriously I just love belting out the words every time this song is played. When I was in high school, my sister and I would blast the radio in her crappy Ford Escort every time this, or other scream worthy songs, played on the radio. The result was a blown out passenger door speaker. Seriously I only have fond memories of this song growing up, with the exception of one church dance. About ten years ago this song made its way into the rotation at the aforementioned dance and when those first chords and Rivers Cuomo’s unmistakable voice emerged from the sound system the entire dance floor erupted with energy and excitement! Only then for the DJ to stop the song mid first verse, claiming that the song had a “bad vibe” to it. I guess the word “violent” made him uneasy. The thing that made it all the more hilarious was that the next song he did decide to play was some trashy pop song about “getting it on” and “making love”. Go figure.