26 February 2007

Cashed Out -- The 1 Hit Wonder

Man, I really dropped the ball last night at Mona's.

2 karaoke songs. 1 went well. The other....not so much. In the process, I disgraced a legend.

The first was an afterthought. My friend GFX Scott picked a song for me off my list (i'll explain the list in a second). The song? Private Eyes -- Halls + Oates. At first, I thought some of the parts might be just out of my range. I was wrong.

The song was a big hit. Patrons singing...clapping in the chorus. Note to self: More H + O, as long as it's cheesy.

I had also signed up for 2 Johnny Cash songs, "Cocaine Blues" & "A Boy Named Sue". No Cocaine for me....not surprising. It's a rare goodie from Cash's early work...if you're interested, you can download it here.

That leaves only one other culprit: A Boy Named Sue. Great song...and I f*&#ed it up. I just couldn't keep up with the scrolliing text on the screen, plus I just read it and didn't really sing it.

Lesson Learned? You can't go likely into a Cash song.
I've always done the really popular ones well, like Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, & I Walk The Line.

There's a reason why he's such a genius. He made it sound easy....effortless....second nature. But, it's all calculated....and until you know it like the back of your hand, you'd best not touch perfection.

Tomorrow @ Mona's....Theme Night!

This week: One-Hit Wonder Night!

Some ideas for my songlist so far: Please post your thoughts and/or selections in the comment thread below.

** - previously sung by yours truly @ Mona's

"Far From Over" -- Frank Stallone
"Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry**
"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone**
"Round And Round" by Ratt
"Just A Friend" by Biz Markie
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas**
"A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins
"Smokin' In The Boys Room" by Brownsville Station
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers
"Whip It" by Devo**

The Top 100 One Hit Wonders (Complete List -- VH1.com)

100. "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas (1974),
99. "No Rain" by Blind Melon (1993),
98. "Two Of Hearts" by Stacey Q (1986),
97. "Whoomp! There It Is" by Tag Team (1993) ,
96. "I Want Candy" by Bow Wow Wow (1982),
95. "Harper Valley P.T.A." by Jeannie C. Riley (1968),
94. "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes (1993),
93. "Don't Give Up On Us Baby" by David Soul (1977),
92. "Heart & Soul" by T'Pau (1987),
91. "Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant (1983),
90. "Don't Want To Fall In Love" by Jane Child (1990),
89. "Achy, Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus (1992),
88. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua (1987),
87. "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston (1977),
86. "Bust A Move" by Young MC (1989) ,
85. "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum (1970),
84. "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree (1994) ,
83. "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats (1983) ,
82. "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses (1982),
81. "Just A Friend" by Biz Markie (1990).
80. "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Quiet Riot (1983),
79. "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco (1983),
78. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies (1994),
77. "What I Am" by Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians (1989),
76. "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart (1986),
75. "I've Never Been To Me" by Charlene (1982),
74. "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" by Digable Planets (1993),
73. "Convoy" by C.W. McCall (1975),
72. "Maniac" by Michael Sembello (1983),
71. "How Bizarre" by OMC (1997),
70. "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence (1973),
69. "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc. (1980),
68. "A Girl Like You" by Edwyn Collins (1995),
67. "Epic" by Faith No More (1999),
66. "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega (1999),
65. "In My House" by The Mary Jane Girls (1985),
64. "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals (1998),
63. "Jump Around" by House Of Pain (1992),
62. "Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3 (1986) ,
61. "Round And Round" by Ratt (1984).
60. "More, More, More" by Andrea True Connection (1976);
59. "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone (1982);
58. "What Is Love?" by Haddaway (1993);
57. "Smokin' In The Boys Room" by Brownsville Station (1973);
56. "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton (1975);
55. "It's Raining Men" by Weather Girls (1982);
54. "Makin' It" by David Naughton (1977);
53. "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell (1984);
52. "Genius Of Love" by Tom Tom Club (1982);
51. "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers (1995);
50. "I Touch Myself" by The Divinyls (1991);
49. "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson (1976);
48. "True" by Spandau Ballet (1983);
47. "Rock & Roll, Pt. 2" by Gary Glitter (1972);
46. "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin (1988);
45. "Lovefool" by The Cardigans (1996);
44. "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco (1986);
43. "How Do You Talk To An Angel" by The Heights (1992);
42. "Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder (1978);
41. "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1985).
40. "In A Big Country" by Big Country (1983);
39. "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve (1998);
38. "Me & Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul (1972);
37. "I Melt With You" by Modern English (1982);
36. "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors (1980);
35. "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks (1997);
34. "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band (1976);
33. Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn (1979);
32. "Hot Hot Hot" by Buster Poindexter (1987);
31. "Unbelievable" by EMF (1983);
30. "Seasons In The Sun" by Terry Jacks (1974);
29. "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth (1983);
28. "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (1988);
27. "Pop Musik" by M (1979);
26. "Stumblin' In" by Suzi Quatro (1979);
25. "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo (1983);
24. "Whip It" by Devo (1980);
23. "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba (1997);
22. "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry (1976);
21. "Cars" by Gary Numan (1980).
20. "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby (1983);
19. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida " by Iron Butterfly (1968);
18. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor (1990);
17. "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister (1984);
16. "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang (1980);
15. "96 Tears" by ? And The Mysterians (1966);
14. "Groove Is In The Heart" by Deee-Lite (1990);
13. "The Hustle" by Van McCoy (1975);
12. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1994);
11. "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone (1977);
10. "99 Luftballoons" by Nena (1984);
9. "Rico Suave" by Gerardo (1991);
8. "Take On Me" by A-Ha (1985);
7. "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice (1991);
6. "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men (2000);
5. "Mickey" by Toni Basil (1982);
4. "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred (1992);
3. "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners (1983);
2. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell (1982)
1. "The Macarena" by Los Del Rio (1996).

22 February 2007

It's Fun To Spare

It seems like forever, but Kirsten and I went bowling again tonight. Hey...we gotta get some use out of those shoes we bought.

Last night was our co-worker Marisa's birthday, and she wanted to hit the lanes for old times' sake. How can you deny the birthday girl, right?

Granted, she already had a kickass surprise party Saturday (thanks again to her wonderful parents for a great time), but that can't be the only festivities, can it?

It was a great turnout tonight...about 20 people from Fox and Waterman. Not to mention, some really good bowling.

As bad as I did the last time I toed the boards, I was surprised to not stink up Gator Lanes any more than its normally pungent aire. Kirsten held her own...but couldn't hold up to my dumb luck rolling the stones.

Final score for the happy couple:
KO 100
CO 146

Finally, as a nice little capper, Gator Lanes decided to forego the usual crapfest they call music entertainment and treat the patrons to a phenomenal night of mullet rock the likes of which has ne'er been seen.

Kiss, Dokken, GnR, Metallica, Poison, and Twisted Sister just to name a few. You name the Aquanet wielding band, they had it.

All in all, a good time for all at the corner of Crystal Drive and US 41 in the City of Palms.

Rest well, dear reader...and to paraphrase the great Roy E. Munson, 1979 Iowa Amateur Champion, if you're leavin' buckets, it means coming a little light in the pocket and hooking the head pin around the 3. Try moving a few boards to the left.

Words to live by, my friends.

Here's hoping Life Deals You More Strikes than Gutters,

The Dude abides.

10 February 2007


The email posting feature works...and there isn't an annoying ad at the bottom of the post.
KO, I believe this answers your queries regarding this very matter.
Hooray Gmail!  Hooray Beer!
Peace out.

I am New Blogger

Ask and ye shall receive.

I'm one of the cool kids now....finally got a place at the table.

I'm diggin' the new features...including being one click from blogging. Good stuff.

Not much happening today. KO should get off soon for going in early....think we're going to check out Smokin' Aces.

Everyone @ work has been raving about it, so we'll see what all the fuss is about.

FYI - Last night I sang "Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats @ Mona's. I had other songs in, but alas, poor Preston could only get in the one. Maybe I'll boycott the place. Yeah...that'll happen.

Peace out.

06 February 2007

No New Blogger 4 Me

I'm bitter. Why, you ask?

Because KO gets to use the new Blogger, and I don't. I have to wait for an invitation.

Poppycock, I say.

Et Tu, Blogger? I believe this knife is yours.

Thus concludes the first post of the new year, written in February.