Snake Eyes

Don’t worry, Buster. I’m sure it’s not poisonous…

Ready for some more great music chosen by me, Evil Squirrel, rather than…. um…. chosen for DJ Scratchy by me, Evil Squirrel?  Good, because it’s time to present the next most excellent song in my Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown!  We’re into the Top 12 now… which really doesn’t mean anything since twelve isn’t a round number.  But it’s a dozen, for whatever reason that’s an important amount… so it kinda sounds cool.  No, actually it doesn’t.  This song sounds cool, though….

#12. “Union of the Snake” – Duran Duran

There was a second British Invasion of the US pop charts that occurred in the 1980’s… and which band was The Beatles of that new wave?  It was undoubtedly the quintet of three Taylors and a couple of other dudes named Duran Duran.  Duran Duran wasn’t quite as popular as Jesus, but they were the undisputed teenybopper idols of the early 80’s.  And everything the band did turned to gold… including their theme for the 1985 movie A View To A Kill, which defeated the curse and is still the only Bond theme to ever make it to #1 int he US.

Grace Jones approves.  You can tell.

After they burst onto the international scene in 1982 with the album Rio, Duran Duran followed it up with Seven and the Ragged Tiger, whose name is almost as long as the nine songs it includes.  The first single from Seven was released in late 1983, one of my absolute favorite periods in music history… and it is one of the main reasons I so adore that time.  Here is my favorite Duran Duran song, “Union of the Snake”…

The video was released to MTV a week before the single was issued to radio stations (and a month before the album hit stores)… and it’s a doozy.  Duran Duran had experimented with exotic (and expensive) videos for their earlier hits “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf”… but their video for “Snake” set the tone for their complex, artistic productions to come.  While nowhere near as weird as “The Wild Boys,” this video is a freak show and a half…

AAAAAA!!!!!! Kill it with FIRE!!!!!

Painted men in all-too-revealing costumes seem to be a Duran Duran fetish.  Well, at least they don’t ruin the song, which is still great even if it has to be associated with mutant lizard freaks…

Join us again next Monday for the Countdown of Whatever’s first song to come from the decade of the 2000’s!

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The Mad Squirrel

Click that camera one more time, buddy, and I’ll leave a nutprint on your temple.

Here’s a photo of a squirrel from a few years ago that I dug up from my archive that’s a bit unnerving.  That look on the squirrel’s face…. shudder!  If looks could kill, I wouldn’t be writing this post now.  That sinister look in his beady eyes.  The annoyed expression.  The “you’ll get what’s coming to you” smirk on his face.  All because I happen to be interrupting his snack.  Sorry, dude!  Please don’t hurt me!  I can tell you’re a pretty badass squirrel, with maybe a touch of psycho killer in you…. but even when you look like a Bond villain plotting his next move, you’re still awful darned cute.  Cute enough to be featured as this week’s Saturday Squirrel!

Hopefully I live to post another one next week….

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 57

Buster is hard at work on his entry for this year’s Contest of Whatever. Are you?

Who am I?  Why am I here?  Oh, yeah, I have a blog here…. I think.  I missed yesterday’s Random Image Inspiration, even though I went through the trouble of pulling an image, I never actually got around to writing something about it.  I’ll try again later.  For now, though, here’s the latest peep into the crazy world of Evil Squirrel… courtesy of this week’s Share Your World questions by our world sharing guru Melanie…

Look what I found laying in a mud puddle, mom! Can I keep it?

When was the last time you tried something new?

This question seems to always come up about food… and I rarely if ever try things I don’t normally eat.  On the rare occasions I do, like my experiment with shrimp in New York City, I tend to not end up liking it after all.  So why ever bother.  And I’ve pretty much discovered that anything that came out of the sea is inedible…

Are you sure you don’t want to eat me?

Maybe the last time I tried something new is when I started sharing my world last year.  Hey, there’s a winning answer right there!  I tried the Share Your World challenge, and I liked it…

I’m such a sell out…

If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?

Watching them fight for space in the backpack like the doomed passengers of the Titanic would be pretty entertaining…

What simple fact do you wish more people understood?

Any answer I give to this question will be an opinion, not a fact.

The only simple facts are the physical laws of the universe.  Everything else is in the eye of the beholder…

Black holes really suck… a fact verified by Snopes.

What food item do you go through fastest in your house?

The variety of food I buy is minimal… but what I do buy rarely lasts very long.  Probably whatever chocolate candy I happen to be hooked on at the time.  Currently, that’s Hershey with almonds bars… which I buy six packs of.  Two packs will pretty much be gone in a week…

Good shit, man!

Please feel free to share something that really makes you happy!

One of two stuffies I fished from the claw machine at Mecca this afternoon for $5….

I look like a bear, but I’m really a squirrel… honest!

Incidentally, I’m piling up so many of these claw machine critters that I’m actually thinking of making them alternate prizes for the Contest of Whatever.  If nothing in my Cafepress shop inspires you, you can have the pick of the litter from my excess critters.  And yes, I do mean excess… I’m far too sentimental to give away any of the SCT stars.  Apologies to those of you who wanted a lovable cutie like Snuggle Bear stalking around your house…

Wahing the rock! Washing the rock!

Oh, hi! Come down to do the laundry? It’ll be a while. Blood stains are so hard to get out of my good clothes…

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Tool Time

Finally, a place where I belong!

Well, that was some game, wasn’t it?  At least, I’m assuming it was since I’m actually writing this post on Saturday morning.  Still hungover from the big party for an overbloated event?  The Nest is here with some hair for your dog in the form of the next great hit in our Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing countdown!  If you didn’t already have a headache from too much brewski and nachos….. well, you should by the time this post is over….

#13. “Sober” – Tool

The post-Nirvana alternative mess that music devolved into during the early 1990’s is generally not one of my favorite eras to listen to songs from.  However, my taste is so scattershot and at times undefinable, that even my least favorite genres of music are bound to spit out a tune or two that I end up really, really liking.  And that takes us to an alternative metal band named Tool… whose name means pretty much what you’re afraid it might mean.  Their 1993 debut single is perhaps (I really don’t know much about them other than this song) their best known song… and one that I had to wedge into this countdown somewhere.

Enjoy the creepy little video that goes along with their song “Sober”…

Those of you who watched the MTV cartoon “Beavis & Butthead” back in its heyday might remember seeing this video get critiqued by the two dumbasses.  That’s where I first learned of its existence… though the song took a long, long time to grow on me.  And it took even longer… damned near 25 years in fact, for it to become one of my very favorite songs.  There’s just something about this song that I really enjoy, and it’s a shame this genre of music eventually devolved into that death metal mess that is all nonstop drums, power chords, and singers who all shout the lyrics just like Cookie Monster…

C is for Cookie, that’s #@^* good enough for MEEEEEE!!!!! AAAARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!

Stay sober, and I’ll treat you to Song #12 next Monday, from a group that helped define the 80’s…

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The More You Know

I did not know that!

I just told this squirrel that there are five Saturdays in this month.  The expression on his face says it all.  Even squirrels know that February is a short month… and this guy was definitely not around the last time there were five Saturday Squirrels in one February.  Come to think of it… The Nest wasn’t around for that in 1992 either.  Yes, it happens just once every 28 years.  Enjoy your extra Saturday Squirrel this month, because you’ll have to wait until 2048 to catch another five-peat February…

Have a great weekend everyone!

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