Back In Black

So what happens when two black cats cross each other’s paths?

Are you suffering from another blue Monday?  Well, The Nest has just the music to put you back into the pink.  It’s some more of my all time favorite music, compiled together in this feature I’m calling the Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing!  Speaking of colors, it’s time to break out the tie dye, because we’re flashing back to the swinging 60’s today for a totally groovy hit from a group that came across the ocean.  And no, not from the country you might expect…

#14. “Black Is Black” – Los Bravos

When you think of music from Europe that invaded America from the days when The Lads first stepped off that plane and into Ed Sullivan’s studio, you generally think of the British Isles first.  There were also some pretty good acts that hit it big in America from Germany, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, and France.  But what about the country that got the whole invasion of the New World started in the first place?

Not you guys. Nobody even remembers you were ever here…

When you think of Spanish music, you probably think south of the border.  But has the mother country ever had an artist hit it big on the American charts?  Yes!  And it did so in most excellent fashion back in 1966.  The quintet was the Madrid based Los Bravos, and their best known song hit #4 and made them the first Spanish artists to have a song chart that high in the US.  That tune is this three minutes of goodness called “Black is Black”…

While there are many things I love about this song, one of its coolest features is that extended musical intro… where the instruments come in one by one before all combining to create “Black’s” epic melody!  Not all music from fifty years ago has stood the test of time, but this one definitely did!  And if only the radio played oldie moldies like this anymore…

Ma! Come check out this oldies station! They’re playing Britney Spears!

Sigh.

Come back next Monday for lucky song #13 in my countdown!  Well, lucky for me.  Your tastes may differ……

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The Mouth

Germs? What are you talking about silly human?

Is there anything cuter than a squirrel carrying something in its mouth?

Hey, don’t knock him for being gross!  Squirrels don’t have time to be germophobes like many antibacterial soap using, surgical mask wearing, disinfectant wipe toting humans who are afraid of having to let their immune systems actually do their job and get stronger.  Sure, they can hold things pretty well in their paws thanks to their vestigal thumbs.  But those digits don’t do any good when you need them to scale and scamper through trees now, do they?  Thus, why not use the one body part that was universally made for animals to grab things with!

Yeah, this week’s Saturday Squirrel has a big mouth… and that’s not a bad thing at all!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 55

Because it’s Week 55. I’ve got nothing else to lead off with this week…

It’s Share Your World time again, which is always better than Share Your Cooties time.  Unless you really like cooties, or something…. in which case, well, whatever floats your boat.  Let’s see what questions the one and only Melanie has in store for us this week…

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Where do you get your news?

From the most trusted anchors in the news industry…

Hey, don’t laugh. Dick and Dan predicted Reagan would be President in 1988 and the Berlin Wall would come down in 1989.

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

Survive in a smartphone world without one of those high tech thingamabobbies…

You can’t take a selfie with it, but it’s a lot of fun turning the dial…

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest?

I was pretty damned cold when I was shivering my ass off last Monday when I thought I was getting sick.  I can remember my college days when I’d spend about a half hour of time waiting at unsheltered bus stops and light rail stations on freezing ass winter days with wind chills in the negative teens.  On the hot side…. it’s hard to top the week I spent without an air conditioner in June 2014, which coincided with a heat wave.

Oh, boo hoo. I never get air conditioning in my nest…

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, baseball cards were mass produced at such a high rate, that the trading card companies spent over a decade trying to clear out all of the excess inventory (And because of that, cards from that era are pretty worthless).  I bought a lot of those old boxes as recently as the early 2000’s.  Topps always included a stick of gum in their wax packs.  I think you see what I’m going here….

Hey, 15 year old gum tastes great! And it obviously didn’t kill me…

Outside of that, I never throw medicine away.  Expiration dates on medicine are only there to keep pharmaceutical companies rich.  Old medicine won’t kill you…. but it might lose a little effectiveness over time.  That said, I’ve taken 5 to 10 year old naproxens (Aleve) that have done wonders on my back pain…

I’m not sure if suppositories age as well or not…

If you’d like to, please share some gratitude from your life. 

Well, nothing blew up or went haywire this week.  That’s always a plus…

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Who’ll Start The Rain

a box full of junk

It’s time for The Nest to make your hump day just a little more chaotic with a little help from our Randomator and a very disturbed imagination.  That can only happen on our midweek feature Random Image Inspiration!  Here are this week’s non-winning lottery numbers…

46, 79, 48, 100

The 46th post in my Reader was this one by Animal Couriers (their first RII hijacking, I believe)

The 79th word in that post is “the”

The 48th word in that post is “Paris”

Putting “the Paris” into Google Images brought this up as the 100th result…

EVIL SQUIRREL: Sigh.  Why do I torture myself with this every week?  I could be watching Mitzi’s latest Triple X video right now.  This picture is about as boring as hell…

ES: Well, since you rudely let yourself into my office… do you have an inspiration from this image that you’d like to share with me so I can get this post over with?

RAINY: ………………

ES: Mr. Fox is going to get angry if you steal his gag.  And you don’t want to see that critter when he’s angry…

RAINY: Why can’t it rain on this shelf?  It rains everywhere else!  It’s raining in that stupid picture you stole from someone’s Instagram account!

ES: Rainy, you do realize that the Shelf is INSIDE, don’t you?  I mean, there’s a roof to keep it from raining here!

RAINY: That’s not fair!  I have this rain gauge just begging to be filled to the top with precipitation… and you’re telling me I’ll NEVER get to collect rain in it!?!?!?

ES: Sorry dear, but it’s never going to rain in my nest…..

TROLL: Alright, Rainy!  I just sabotaged the plumbing again!

ES: You…. what!?!?!

TROLL: You’ll find a monsoon in the kitchen right now!

RAINY: Oh, thank you SO MUCH, Troll!!!  You’ve made this skunk SO happy!!!!

TROLL: Aw, that’s sweet of you, babe!  But could I have a little tongue….

Rainy runs off to bask in the indoor shower….

TROLL: I guess not.  Oh well, that’s my first kiss since I met that 94 year old widow on Tinder, and……. OW!!!!!!

ES: That next $12,000 is coming out of your ass, Troll!!!  You better hope that rat’s nest on your head will fetch five figures from Locks of Love!!!!

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Let Them Have Cake

Made from real, guillotined unicorns!

You look like your morning could use a bit more than a vat of coffee and a nasty breakfast burrito.  Luckily, you tuned into The Nest, where every Monday we feature another up and at ’em tune that will help you face the world for another seven days!  And we’re doing it countdown style right now, halfway through our Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown!  These are the songs that are too cool for even DJ Scratchy and her Dusty Vinyl Archive.  Now sit back and relax, and enjoy a musical experience that could have only come from the 1990’s…

#15. “The Distance” – Cake

A little over fifteen years ago, someone on ye olde message board I frequent who I used to trade a lot of back and forth banter with, dedicated a song called “Nugget” to me by this group I had never heard of called Cake.  I hated the song, and over the years made sure to bring up Cake every time I wanted to tease her about her questionable musical tastes.  For many years, and solely on the basis of one song I thought was stupid, the band Cake was a joke that epitomized all I didn’t like about 90’s music…

Oh, who’d have guessed you’d drag me out again, squirrel. I’ll laugh from up here when Merby slaps your ass…

Then in 2012, I grew tired of my current radio station when it dropped its “no repeat” format at the same time a new all 90’s station was coming on the air.  For the year or so it existed, it became my new regular… and much to my surprise I found a whole bevy of new songs I had never heard of before which had grown on me.  I was gobsmacked to find out that two of them were by that very band I used to so blindly ridicule… the one and only Cake.  While I love “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (As well as “Never There,” which I picked up from the Mecca CD in 2013), my favorite, and one I adore enough to put in this countdown, is Cake’s 1996 breakout hit “The Distance”…

Cake’s signature style is all over this song… the blending of such varying formats of music like hip hop and mariachi, the monotoned singing of John McCrea, as well as the trumpet of Vince DiFiore that appeared in almost all of their songs.  When I think of what the mid 90’s sounded like, “The Distance” is the collage that best represents that era to me.

Your exotic musical instrument to be introduced to this week: The melodica.

The video is pretty awesome as well, featuring an extra from the set of Wall Street who apparently has enough of day trading and decides to just go all Forrest Gump and start running… where he meet all kinds of interesting furries who are cheering him on.

I’ll leave you with one more tidbit about this song.  One of the most common hidden meanings people try to inject into our favorite pop tunes is that they are really about masturbation.  Most artists deny this, and usually they’re justified in doing so.  Listen to “The Distance” again and pretend that it really is about wanking.  It works entirely too well….

Mr. Skunk doesn’t care. He’s just happy to get into a music video…

Like Cake, The Nest is going the distance in this countdown!  Be sure to come back next Monday for Song #14…

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