Monthly Archives: September 2012
I’ve been having time management issues lately, which made the opening lyric of this classic by the Steve Miller Band pop into my head. Not to say that I’ve been wasting my time tripping balls, which seems to have been a prerequisite for any activity back in the old days. It’s like the opening of Boardwalk Empire, “Nah, I’m just innocently smoking this cigarette that I dipped in a solution of ether and opium earlier. Man, the sunrise looks awesome. It looks like it’s gonna rain, though. It might not rain, because that seagull is flying in slow motion… but the waves are at normal speed. Fuck, I should’ve brought an umbrella. No, wait! There’s the sun… behind me?!? How long have I been standing here?!? Holy shit! It’s like 3 in the afternoon, I gotta get to work!” Some of the more astute among you may have noticed that the video runs 4:20, and if you didn’t, I just pointed it out for you.
Kind of half assed today; the main reason I posted this song is because it was the first one I thought of with Friday in the name. I like it, it’s a silly pop song with a wacky video, but it’s catchy as hell. Robert Smith doesn’t even consider it a real Cure song, and he may be on to something because according to the bass drum, it’s actually by The Cures.
The moment when you realize that you’re not as up on the current music scene as you should be. I first heard of Conor Maynard a few months back when he dropped his first single, Can’t Say No. I hadn’t seen the video at that point, so I had no idea who he was or what he looked like; I just thought it was a dope song. The other day I’m watching TeenNick, and the video for his latest, Vegas Girl came on. I had thought Maynard was a grown man, at the very least, college age; so you can imagine my surprise to find out that he’s a Frodo looking teeny bopper dude (actually, he’s a couple of months shy of 20, according to AllMusic). I don’t like this one as much as Can’t Say No, but it’s still a good track. This video isn’t the most original, in fact, it’s a pretty blatant ripoff of the video for Have A Nice Day, but I decided to post this one because my hometown looks great in it. Some of the locations featured:
- In front of The B Cup Cafe, where Maynard first meets Alaura.
- Various spots around The Lower East Side, where the street team posts banners/stickers.
- The artists’ workspace and graffiti covered rooftop where Maynard dances and has the party is 5 Pointz in Long Island City, Queens. The Twitter invite at 2:42 has the actual Google Map location. Billy Idol‘s Hot In The City was also shot near here.
- The shots of Alaura leaving the subway and walking with the elevated subway tracks behind her are also in Long Island City.
- The bridge with the red fences Maynard walks across is the Williamsburg Bridge. He’s walking toward The Lower East Side.
Okay, this isn’t a travelogue, so I’ll digress for now. Enjoy the video; I think this kid is going to be massive in the next couple of years.
I remember when this shit first came out, it was all over the place. The way it exploded, you would think nobody had ever been boastful and narcissistic over some jazzy samples. It went to #15 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Rap chart, got a Grammy and everything. Yet, I’m sure that a lot of you who know this song probably didn’t know it was called Rebirth Of Slick, and I’m also pretty sure that a good number of you are wondering, “Who the fuck are Digable Planets?!” I think part of the reason a lot of people don’t remember this might be that a lot of people who enjoyed this song were smoking a lot of blunts, including the band. This shit is 4 minutes, 20 seconds long… coincidence?!? It probably is.
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Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) at YouTube.
It seemed appropriate to throw this song up after I realized my mistake regarding my missing Tori Amos CDs. This 1958 tune written by Leiber & Stoller and originally recorded by The Coasters (aka The Robins) may seem familiar as it has been covered by myriad artists including Ritchie Valens, Jerry Reed and Cheech & Chong.