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FMD 9/25/2020 – Weird Al Covers Everything

Apparently Weird Al covered a bazillion songs on his last tour. True covers, not parodies. A lot of the ones I listened to were pretty straightforward, so I don't know that he added or took away much from the songs. But still. It's Weird Al!

Anyway, you can check it out the whole list - 4+ hours of covers! - here:

And I suppose it's worth making note of this particular TMBG cover:

They Might Be Giants – Whistling In The Dark

Admittedly, this video is... dated. As, I suppose, is the song. But I sing it to/with my kids all the time. Usually when turning out a light. Though, strangely, rarely when turning out a light at bedtime. Huh.

That said, what would Philosopher week be without a spin from TMBG?

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FMD: Christmas Gifts

Remember the 90's? In the 90's I was, with some frequency, gifted CD's as Christmas presents.

The best one I ever got was TMBG's Flood, which helped me start to discover music that had been made in the same decade I was living in.
The worst one I ever got was Shania Twain's Come On Over, which... was not what I was listening to at the time. It wasn't as offensive as it sounds in retrospect, but it wasn't particularly good either.

So what's the best musical gift you were ever given? And the worst?

Merry Christmas all!

They Might Be Giants – Tubthumping

I guess we're going with a little tour of my musical self-education this week... and today hits two of my favorites from high school.  Flood was of seminal importance in my listening development, and I've been to more TMBG shows and own more TMBG albums than any other band (a fact made fairly easy by their significant catalog).  Chumbawamba on the other hand?  My brother got the CD just for "Tubthumping" and decided he didn't like anything else on it.  I pretty much liked everything else on it (and I liked "Tubthumping" too).  It was subversive and intelligent and, for anarchists, amazingly structured.  Anyway, a year or two ago TMBG covered Chumbawamba and I love them even more for it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhR1bI7ecT8

Also, it doesn't appear to be on Youtube, but you should go find Chumbawamba's cover of "New York Mining Disaster 1941."  Hauntingly beautiful.

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