Dance on Your Knees!

Oh man … what can I say about Hall & Oats that hasn’t already been said. I remember seeing this video as a kid and just being amazed by it. The big drum set, them getting run over by it, and then their flatten bodies being posted on the wall. As an adult, I appreciate Oats totally hamming is up in the background and especially when they’re trapped in the drum. Also: Oats is obviously the more fashionable of the two – Zubas with hi-top Nikes – too much. Is Oats wears legging with white Nikes in one of the scenes? EVEN BETTER.

And this video … as a kid I was fascinated with the part where Oats is swimming by on a cloud.

The daycare that I went to as a kid used to do field trips to a skating rink. They had some random stuff from the Disney Channel and a few music videos from MTV that they would play on a projector tv while we skated around – this was one of the videos. I loved this song, but it wasn’t till much, MUCH later that I learned that the lyrics were “What does it matter?” instead of “Mind over Matter.”

And how can we forget this fever dream of a Christmas video? Honestly probably one of my favorite covers of Jingle Bell Rock.

Movember 2022

One of the guys on my rugby team does Movember – where grow a mustache during the month of November to raise money for various men’s health issues. Movember started in support of prostate cancer awareness, but has grown to cover other men’s health issues like suicide prevention. It’s pretty cool, so I do it too.

If you have a few scarves lying around, how about throwing a few on the pile for men’s health? You can do that here:

Fear and Loathing in Nacogdoches

This is the last CD in Volume 1 of the Best of Billy Collection. It is not one of my favorite play list … it just didn’t have a good flow to it. Never the less, it does have some great songs on it. Those two OTHER songs that Blur is known for? Harvey Danger? Sheryl Crow? And an awesome cover of Ordinary World by Fenix TX? Yes Please!

I think this was about the time that I dropped out of SFA. 3 sad semesters, but it wasn’t quite fifteen grand …

  1. If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow
  2. Pieces Of The Night – Gin Blossoms
  3. How do You – Radiohead
  4. Coffee and TV – Blur
  5. This will be my Year – Semisonic
  6. Oh my beloved ice cream bar – Ren from Ren and Stimpy
  7. Basket Case – Green Day
  8. Flag Pole Sitter – Harvey Danger
  9. Girls & Boys – Blur
  10. Army – Ben Fold’s Five
  11. Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo – Harvey Danger
  12. Ordinary World – cover by Fenix TX
  13. Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
  14. Bright Lights – Matchbox 20
  15. You just don’t get it, do you? – Dr. Evil from Austin Powers

Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven is the 3rd CD in the Best of Billy collection. I think a lot of the songs were either ones from a Warp Tour demo disc or that came with iTunes.

  1. Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Frank Sinatra
  2. Blue Heaven – Fats Domino
  3. Starry Eye Surprise – Paul Oakenfold
  4. Fade into you – Mazzy Star
  5. Oh pretty child (Fever for the Flava)– Hot Cop Action
  6. Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong – Spin Doctors
  7. Head on Collision – New Found Glory
  8. Jackie-O – Strung Out
  9. Turning Japanese – Cover by No Use for a Name
  10. Barbie Girl – Cover by Blink 182
  11. It An’t You – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  12. Red Red Wine – UB40**
  13. All the Things You Said – TATU
  14. Blue Skies – BT
  15. Halcyon On and on – Orbital
  16. Waist My Days(Keep Fishin’) – Weezer
  17. These Days – Luxury
  18. Feed It – The Candyskins

**Red Red Wine may be on some early copies but not later ones

Brendan Maclean – Stupid

I had almost made it out the other side of my Aussie-ophile-lism, when Welcome to Night Vale had Brendan Maclean’s Stupid on The Weather. It’s a great song, that went great with the episode, and had a great video! His other videos are pretty good, but there’s just something about this one that I love. Maybe it’s juxtaposition between the “The Party Girl” and Brendan. Like: sometimes you can either choose to be miserable or choose to have a good time no matter what. Either way, I love this video.

Also: I like that The Party Girl looks a bit like the character from Hyperbole and A Half. I tried to tell Brosh this; I don’t think she was amused.

I used to talk to Brendan every now and then on Twitter. He seems like a pretty cool guy. Go check his other music out.

A Long December

A Long December takes it’s name from, of course, the Counting Crow’s song A Long December. I made it when I was at Stephen F. Austin. It’s disc 2 in the Best of Billy Collection, Volume 1.

  1. A Long December – Counting Crows
  2. Constitutional Peasants – from Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail
  3. Good – Better than Ezra
  4. Phaser & Slot Machine – Superdrag
  5. Lips Like Sugar – Echo and the Bunnymen
  6. Backwater – Meat Puppets
  7. King Solomon’s Wines – Monty Python
  8. Creep – Radiohead
  9. Spanish Inquisition – Monty Python
  10. The Book Lovers – Broadcast
  11. Sour Girl – Stone Temple Pilots
  12. How do You – Radiohead
  13. Cynicality – Superdrag
  14. Never you mind – Semisonic
  15. The Spam Song – Monty Python
  16. Singing in my Sleep – Semisonic
  17. The Real Folk Blues – The Seatbelts

Listing to this now … wow … maybe I was a little sad? I don’t think I’ve burned a copy of this one in a really long time.

Houston Aloha!

The title for this CD was inspired by the doomed Apple online service eWorld. When they shut it down, the refuges that found themself back on AOL made a forum called “Apple Aloha!”

  1. All The Young Dudes – cover by World Party
  2. Billy, Don’t be a Hero – Paper Lace
  3. High and Dry – Radiohead
  4. Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
  5. Excuse Me Mister – No Doubt
  6. Johnny Come Home – Fine Young Cannibals
  7. What Do You Want From Me? – Monico
  8. Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja – Lostprophets
  9. Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
  10. The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python
  11. Monday – Wilco
  12. Santa Monica – Everclear
  13. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  14. Here – Luscious Jackson
  15. Millennium – Robbie Williams
  16. In The Meantime – Spacehog
  17. One Wish – Saturday Night Live / Steve Martin

This was the first mixed CD I made on my little Graphite iMac. Man … what was my deal with the Clueless Soundtrack? I think I created this right when I got back from Army Reserve Training and during my 2nd run at UHD. Part of Best of Billy Volume I.

Harvey Danger – Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Harvey Danger is a pretty cool band. One of my favorite songs is Sad Sweetheart of the Rodeo. While some of their other music videos kinda leave you wanting, the one for Sad Sweetheart is pretty cool and kinda adds to the song.

When Tumblr first came onto the scene, I used the hashtags #sad #sweet and #heart not necessarily as part of a systematic taxonomy, but more as a way to express my feeling towards the post. Want to see everything that makes me #sad or that I thought was #sweet? Well, there you go! I did take work related stuff #rodeo, and when I rejoined Facebook (again) I kept using #rodeo for work stuff.

she takes another temp job
but in her secret heart she rides