Monday Morning Cartoons

Don’t you dare call me Magilla again!

It’s time to start off another week with some more music that we at The Nest really like.  How much do we like it?  Well, it isn’t named the Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown for nothing!  And we’re into the Top 5 now!  It’s time to visit the lost era of muzak, the 2000’s.  Not as in the century, but as in the decade.  This song’s guaranteed to knock your Crocs off…

#5. “Feel Good, Inc.” – Gorillaz

The Archies, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Josie and the Pussycats, Jem and the Holograms.  What do these bands all have in common?  They didn’t really exist since the “members” were all cartoon characters created by the demented genius behind the music.  It would be like if I got some of my shelf critters together and jammed out a record or two.  The music might suck, but hopefully the Mitzi centerfold we included in the album would help boost the sales…

Yeah, Scratchy, you can forget about getting any of the groupies.

Such a virtual band was “formed” in the late 90’s by Damon Albarn, who had been in a real band called Blur (“Song 2″…. yes, you’ve heard it before).  With the help of comic book artist Jamie Hewlett ( of Tank Girl fame), they created a cartoon foursome known as Gorillaz.  The toon band cranked out a handful of pretty neat songs that all did better in their homeland of the UK than in America…. but they had one huge hit that took the world.  With some help from old school hip hop group De La Soul, here’s the animated band in action performing their 2005 smash “Feel Good, Inc.”…

Yes, it’s the windmill song!  Now you know what it’s called…

There are so many great things about this song that make it one of my very favorites… with the gorilla in the room (or mist) being that epic bass line, which is one of the best and catchiest EVER.  It’s also probably the most famous song to ever work the word “asscracks” into its lyrics…

squirrel butt

Squirrels don’t really have ass cracks, do they?

One thing that the digital world has pretty much killed off from the music industry is the iconic album cover.

Iconic… and sexy as fucking hell.

Everyone can picture in their head the album art for classics like Sgt. Pepper, Thriller, and Nevermind.  But can you think of a single album cover from the 21st century that stands out as a symbol of the music it contained?  Can you even picture what ANY album cover in this millennium looks like?  Probably not.  Well, I present the Gorillaz album art today’s song came off of, Demon Days

Such a nice group of lads…

Which has been parodied and memed into all kinds of silly things people share on their antisocial media accounts… thus achieving iconic status due to the power of the modern internet!

Whoever did this could have at least named them Turtlez.

Just put “demon days parodies” into Google Images, and knock yourself out at the treasure trove of funky quad-profile lineups you’ll find out there!  And be sure to come back next week for another amazing earworm of recent (and older) vintage….

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Don’t Step On It

So much for a day of freely scampering…

Tread carefully…. life is full of landmines.  Whether you live near a sweet gum tree and its spiky fruit or not…

Today’s life lesson is brought to you by The Nest’s weekly Saturday Squirrel.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 64

AAAAAAA!!!! STAY AWAY FROM ME!!!

I have nothing clever or nice to say for an intro as I continue to silently passive-aggressively rage against the unstoppable machine of corona paranoia (coronaoia?  Is four vowels in a row even allowed?), so let’s just get on with something that I might still be able to legally share with you all…. my world.  Or at least, my world through the eyes of Melanie’s SYW questions for this week.  Hold on, I need to spit wash my hands again….

There…. all clean!

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?

Probably a five.  Given the monumental task they had of raising five children eight years apart in age while both working jobs with “odd hours,” they did a pretty good job of laying down the law when they had to, but allowing us to grow as kids… and they knew we weren’t exactly naive about adult stuff and didn’t go out of their way to censor things from us.  Some of the rhymes we sang on the playground back in the day would make a sailor blush and give a politically correct person a coronary…

The handclap songs were just as dirty as the hands were…

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?

I spend a third of my life working, a third of my life sleeping, and the other third on this computer.  I’ll let you decide which one is the biggest time waste…

Time spent playing with imaginary critters is always wasted…

Do They Bury People With Their Braces* On? (* “braces” in this scenario are those metal bits they put on people to straighten their teeth. I realize “braces” are also some item of clothing that I believe men wear to keep their socks up or something. I’m talking about the teeth option).

When most people think of braces for teeth, they think of teenagers.  And while I’ve certainly given many a teenager the stare of death in my grumpy adult life….. even I’m not that cold hearted to imagine them being buried.

Not even you, Amy. You’re…. uh…. beautiful just the way you are, or something.

But I guess you can have dental implements of torture in your mouth at any age… so my answer will be because they’re made out of junk metal.  If braces were made out of copper, bodies would be getting dug up left and right by scrap metal thieves…

Those thieves six years ago weren’t after my AC’s parts… they were looking for Jimmy Hoffa’s copper braces.

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?

Because if it came in a round box, there’d be no place for my critters to stand while they ate it…

Ick… who knows where that horn has been!

Gratitude: Share something you are grateful for right now. I know that’s a tough question. It helps to share those bright bits with folks though, because many of us are seeing through an increasingly dark glass.

Maybe it’s not the glass that’s dark….

Humor, as always, will be what I’m grateful for.

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You Asked For It…

a box full of junk

It’s time for The Nest to dig a picture out of quarantine and see if it will go viral.  We’ll do that with the help of some lucky numbers chosen for another exciting edition of Random Image Inspiration!  Take it away, Randomator…

41, 38, 77, 70

The 41st post in my Reader was this one by Jenn

The 38th word in that post is “and”

The 77th word in that post is “mugs”

Putting “and mugs” into Google Images brought this up as the 70th result….

“Vinyl on mugs?”  I guess we can do that….

SCRATCHY: Not cool, dude!

Oh, quit whining, Vinyl Scratch.  Everyone’s missed you since the Countdown of Whatever pre-empted your Dusty Vinyl Archive…

SCRATCHY: Get me down from here before I ram this horn right under your tail!!!

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Unbeatable Muzak

Mario’s just about ready to sing this week’s earworm…

Whether you’re cooped up at home right now, or valiantly working to keep humanity from devolving into complete chaos… The Nest has another super song from its own personal favorites list ready to fire you up and make you forget about other things for a few minutes!  It’s time for the next song in our Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown.  We’re all the way up to #6, and if this one doesn’t get your blood pumping, you’ve probably been in quarantine just a bit too long…

#6. “Invincible” – Pat Benatar

I have a somewhat annual tradition in my Monday Muzak feature where I recognize one of the inductees from the newest class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prior to its ceremony each Spring.  Even with the countdown pre-empting that time, I thought I might have lucked into pulling that off again this year since Pat Benatar was among this year’s deserving nominees… especially since she did so well in the fan voting.  But despite a reputation for being overly progressive when it comes to selecting new members, the powers that be over the R&RHoF snubbed Benatar… one of the first and most successful female artists to break through the black leather ceiling of hard rock.

We all know Biggie’s more symbolic of rock and roll than Pat Benatar…

Benatar’s biggest and best known hit will always be “Love Is A Battlefield,” and she has the claim to fame of having the second music video to ever air on MTV in “You Better Run.”  But my absolute favorite song from Pat, and one that always gets me fired up, is her 1985 #10 hit “Invincible,” which was also the theme song to the mostly forgotten Helen Slater movie The Legend of Billie Jean

While Benatar performed as a solo artist, she had a regular lineup in her backing band that added the rock sound to her voice… including her longtime husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo.  Those guys really shine in this song as well, and get to show it off during the intermezzo… putting it right up there with Saga’s “Turn Me Loose” among my favorite instrumental breaks in any song.

My Top Five begins next week!  Five songs I really, really love…. and I hope you will too!  See you next Monday…

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