In Which We Invite You To Put Your Deepest Thoughts In Our Box

Oct 17th, 2008 // 24 Comments

What a weird week, right? Economic chaos, global disorder, the return of Eminem, that awkward Justin Timberlake clip about voting with your genitalia. Anyway, my brain is somewhat fried after all of it, so I figured I’d give this week’s weekend thread over to all of you, for whatever reason you see fit. Feel free to use this space for song recommendations, concertgoing suggestions, indulgent flights of nostalgia, treatises on whether “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” is the best or worst song of all time, or even editorially directed complaints. (Ooh, am I asking for it or what?) See you Monday! [YouTube]

  1. exposition

    I would really like to see the Drop Nineteens catalog reissued (or featured on O.O.P., We Did It Again, perhaps?)

    Here is “Winona”

    And here is a terrible recording of “My Aquarium”:

    Once we’ve covered that, we can move on to a reissue of Fudge’s “Ferocious Rhythm Of Precise Laziness.”

  2. Anonymous

    Has the band Dead Confederate been discussed at all on Idolator? I first heard the band a few weeks ago on KEXP when I was up in Seattle, then saw the group play on Conan. Can’t say I’m won over at all, but I’ve been wondering if Dead Confederate might be the vanguard of a grunge revival. Could Nirvana nostalgia be rearing its head?

  3. AL

    - the Esau Mwamwaya And Radioclit Are The Very Best mixtape. You can find a free download at their myspace [] or any number of other internet places.
    - “Mzabalazo” by Blk Jks [] (dl link courtesy of their own website []). Blk Jks take a traditional South African protest song and turn it into a sub-2min metal burner. Here’s a video of the same song as an extended free jam: [] .

    And in the spirit of autumn, here is a picture of some prize-winning pumpkins from the Circleville, OH Pumpkin Show: []

  4. loudersoft

    It concerns me that in all the rush to post various Obama videos and Palin clips that one of the more stirring soul anthems I’ve heard this year is going to get completely overlooked.

    Amp Fiddler teamed up with the production wizards Sly & Robbie earlier this year to create a grip of new songs. The resulting collection produced this memorable and infintely listenable track, “Black House (Paint The White House Black)”. Set to a distinctly Sly & The Family Stone a la “Family Affair” back beat, the lyrics to “Black House” are really a tone poem on the struggles faced by black America, beautifully emphasizing the need for all Americans to come together in racial unity and harmony at this time in our history.

    I hope people will start talking about this song in the weeks leading up to the election. With repeated listenings, I find the song tends to embrace more fully the spirit of hope and the call to unity that everyone has been looking for in tribute songs and tracks dedicated to Barack Obama in recent months.

  5. bcapirigi

    I’m officially designating October Sing Along Really Loud With PJ Harvey Day.

    That will take my mind off how annoyed I am at the new Of Montreal album.

  6. bcapirigi

    @bcapirigi: October 18th. I hit ‘submit’ before I checked to see what today’s date was. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

  7. Clevertrousers

    Because I’m a world music dork, I thought I’d post some world music-ish songs about Obama from a story I’m working on (listed in descending order of suckitude). Enjoy.

    Extra Golden – “Obama”:

    Cocoa Tea – “Barack Obama”


    Samba Mapangala – “Obama Ubarikiwe”

    Mighty Sparrow – “Barack Obama”

    AJamu – “Rally Round Obama”

  8. Clevertrousers

    @Clevertrousers: Err… make that ascending order of suckitude… the Extra Golden is my favorite… although it doesn’t get truly funky until about 4:50, when the raunchy fuzzed out guitars kick in…

    Also, here’s a better link to that Cocoa Tea vid:

    I’m not as in love with this one as some of the others, but damn if it’s not an effective campaign song – the word Obama is repeated 67 times. I counted. Twice. Journalism, fuck yeah!

  9. Clevertrousers

    Fuck it, one more… Kenge Kenge from Kenya:

  10. loudersoft

    @Clevertrousers: I like all of these a great deal, but the Cocoa Tea is still my favorite. It gets a lot of play around here.

  11. doublewhiskycokenoice


    1) billy childish is the man. ive been listening to thee headcoats, thee headcoats sect, and the milkshakes all week. dude is the truth.

    2) regarding timberlake, let’s up the ante:

  12. Anonymous

    I don’t visit Idolator often, so I don’t know how you guys feel about Brooklyn Vegan lately, but here’s a link to a recent post about Vivian Girls to which two members of the band responded in part by stating they had requested he no longer give them any coverage. I posted a comment that said all he cares about is page views and he deleted it.

  13. Maura Johnston

    I will start.
    “I’ve Had Etc” is not the worst song ever, but it’s not the best song on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack that was specifically recorded for the film:

    That soundtrack, though. So many awesome old songs!

    Track listing

    1. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – 4:47
    2. “Be My Baby” – The Ronettes – 2:37
    3. “She’s Like the Wind” – Patrick Swayze – 3:51
    4. “Hungry Eyes” – Eric Carmen – 4:06
    5. “Stay” – Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs – 1:34
    6. “Yes” – Merry Clayton – 3:15
    7. “You Don’t Own Me” – The Blow Monkeys – 3:00
    8. “Hey! Baby” – Bruce Channel – 2:21
    9. “Overload” – Zappacosta – 3:39
    10. “Love Is Strange” – Mickey & Sylvia – 2:52
    11. “Where Are You Tonight?” – Tom Johnston – 3:59
    12. “In the Still of the Night” – The Five Satins – 3:03
    13. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life [Extended Version]” – Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes – 6:46

    [edit] Extra tracks

    1. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – The Four Seasons – 2:26
    2. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” – The Shirelles – 2:43
    3. “Cry to Me” – Solomon Burke – 2:33
    4. “Love Man” – Otis Redding – 2:16
    5. “Do You Love Me” – The Contours – 2:54
    6. “Some Kind of Wonderful” – The Drifters – 2:35
    7. “Wipe Out” – The Surfaris – 2:38
    8. “These Arms of Mine” – Otis Redding – 2:28

    Hearing “Love Man” for the first time was kind of a revelation for me.

  14. Thierry

    I can’t quite get myself to recommend them because I’m probably being deafened by looks, but I’ve been enjoying the Matthew Sweet-produced, Fleetwood Mac-inspired first single by sibling-band The Bridges:

    Also, in the so-bad-it’s-kind-of-awesome category, I’ve gotten a lot of laughs out of this early Gregg Alexander video, “The Truth” (choice line: “I’m a Jew and you’re my Hitler”):

    Sony released this a single in 1992???

  15. Halfwit

    @Clevertrousers: I’m going to forgive you, since you’re working just off the specific songs about Obama, but no one lists the Might Sparrow near the “bad” end of a suckitude list.

  16. Halfwit

    Sorry… couldn’t find the song that I wanted to post in Youtube form. Let’s try this:


  17. humberthumbert

    i just keep repeating myself…

  18. Christopher R. Weingarten

    My friend swears by this

    I mean, I know LOL CATCHDUBS HAHA OMG.

    But he says it’s good and I trust him. I haven’t gotten the zshare to work in like 4 tries :(

  19. doublewhiskycokenoice

    my namesake. no video for it. but it doesn’t matter. shit owns. and i’ll be damned if green day isn’t lucky there’s such a thing as statute of limitations on filing rape charges from lifting this riff.

  20. Kate Richardson

    Hey doods listen to Aroah:

  21. Kate Richardson

    Also, what I love about that song from Dirty Dancing is how it’s obviously shitty pop song from the ’80s but in the movie Johnny brings it in on like a 45 record or something. Not buyin’ it Swayze!

  22. Clevertrousers

    @Halfwit: What can I say? No disrespect to Sparrow, but it’s not his finest work…

    Now THIS on the other hand is truly nuts:


  23. Halfwit

    @Clevertrousers: Thank you for giving me my new favorite thing ever.

  24. Strictly speaking, this is not a curry, but can be served as the main course nevertheless

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