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December 6th, 2003


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06:40 pm - Musical
I will admit that one of the highlights of last night's karaoke brawl was the young man, easily only in his early 20s, who got up and sang Harry Chapin's "W.O.L.D." I was very impressed that he knew enough of Chapin to want to get up, drunkenly, in front of a crowd of strangers and sing it. I was like, "Brethren!" And he didn't do such a bad job of it, either.

Well, ok. It was one of the musical highlights of last night. There were other non-musical highlights. But this is a public entry.

ALSO OF NOTE: How come ELO lyrics are so inane when printed out, but somehow kick incredible amounts of ass when actually musically involved? Mr. Blue Sky, I'm looking at you. See also: Don't Bring Me Down

ALSO ALSO OF NOTE: The following was written by pogue23, a member of the Something Awful forums. He started a thread last night and god damn it's evil. I am including it behind the cut because it is inherently evil. Note that I will not be offering a link to said song since I don't have it hosted at the moment, but if I were to host it, I'd be even more evil because then I'd be an enabler.

That said,

The Awful Forums > Main > General Bullshit > "Elvira" by the Statler Brothers is the SHITTIEST SONG OF ALL TIME!
i dont know why, but this song has been latently stuck in my head since i was like 6 years old. i heard it as the musical backdrop to an Entertainment Tonight segment about Elvira, i still remember her big bouncy boobs from when she was still the only goth-slut in hollywood, anyway, for some reason it got locked in my head at that tender young age and its never completely left.

every now and again i'll be doing something mundane and i start to hear it..

GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW
GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW
HI YO SILVER AAAAAYWAAAAYYY!!


the worst thing? i fucking hate country!
save for Johnny Cash, Mearle Haggard the Like, i've always had a Simmering disdain for Country music, especially the simpletonian early 80's Shit like this song

GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW
GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW


i can be doing nothing.. driving my car.. folding sheets.. having sex, and it will randomly pop into my head like some sort of dementia

GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW

i've always been able to sublimate it back down into my head where it lay dormant for most of the time.. it would only pop up to annoy me occasionally. only it had become such a common thing, that i never really got annoyed by it.. it was just there and then it wasnt.

so the other night, i'm here.. romping around in GBS and it Hits me..

HAY! WHY DONT I GO SEE IF I CAN FIND THAT ELVIRA SONG
-big mistake

i got drunk and passed out with my mp3 player on a loop.
and now it is flooding my head with GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW


FUCK YOU STADLER BROTHERS FOR WRITING SUCH A SHITTY IMPOSSIBLE TO KILL OUT OF MY BRAIN SONG!!FUCK YOU FUCKING FUCKS!!!

GIDDY UP! -A-HOOM PAPA -HOOM PAPA MOW MOW

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!


oh my god, am i starting to like it?
oh no.. i'm playing it again
it's so horrible, and yet beautiful in it's awfulness.
-i am in hell-


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From:wahhappen
Date:December 7th, 2003 12:00 am (UTC)
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Rumor has it that you can kill that God forsaken "ear worm" by singing the entire Gilligan's Island theme song. Of course now I'm thinking, doesn't that defeat the purpose, since now THAT song can potentially become the new ear worm... ???

Poor guy. What's your most common ear worm?
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From:ivorjawa
Date:December 7th, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)

Holy Jesus! I've not thought of that song in ...

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At least six months or so.
Which shows how incredibly fucking overplayed it was (like, every third song for the period of a year or so) on the crappy radio station my grandparents listened to when I was 5.

FUCK YOU, ROB NO-YES. FUCK YOU IN THE ASS WITH A DIESEL-POWERED SPORK FOR REMINDING ME.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 7th, 2003 12:24 am (UTC)

Re: Holy Jesus! I've not thought of that song in ...

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MY WORK HERE IS DONE TIME TO RETURN TO MY HOME PLANET ZHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP
From:thufir_hawat
Date:December 7th, 2003 12:53 am (UTC)
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yay, somebody besides me likes Electric Light Orchestra
From:dcart
Date:December 9th, 2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Jeff Lynne is an incredible producer and a genius when it comes to writing great melodies.
I think his contributions to the Travelling Wilburys (and this is also true of some ELO songs, too) sound more like the Beatles than George Harrison's.
From:aussie_nyc
Date:December 7th, 2003 01:01 am (UTC)
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I am so glad I do not know the Elvira song.

But ELO is the best thing since... anything.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 7th, 2003 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I am so glad I do not know the Elvira song.

That can change, you know.

also, I am so replying to your email. I really am! It's just that that process is currently active on my computer at home and I am not at home right now. Mr. Excuse Man strikes again.
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From:ooshiny
Date:December 7th, 2003 01:28 am (UTC)

don't bring me doooowwwn, BRRRRRRUCCCCE

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my husband's grandmother's name is Elvera (like, if she were Spanish, it would be El Vera). my dad mispronounces it as Elvira, and then starts singing that fucking song.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 8th, 2003 12:10 am (UTC)

But, but...

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I can't say I've ever heard Elvira by The Statler Brothers, but those lyrics sound suspiciously like the song "Elvira" by The Oak Ridge Boys.
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 8th, 2003 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: But, but...

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Hush; you'll anger the overlords.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 9th, 2003 06:00 pm (UTC)

Re: But, but...

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Even more suspiciously, the lyrics sound like the song written by Kenny Rogers back when he was a pop singer with Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. Subsequently remade by that Oak Ridge Boys band.

Yes, I knew the song years before the big country explosion of Elvira. God help me.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 9th, 2003 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: But, but...

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Just so you know, that's someone entirely different from me, and also anonymous.

Any discussion about "swangin?"
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 9th, 2003 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: But, but...

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I noted the difference in IPs, so it's all good. And I'm sure a LJ code could be generated for you if you really wanted to create an account just to make with the comments, too. That was my excuse at the beginning, anyway.

The only memory I have of "Swingin" (if indeed you mean the "And we was..." song) is a dim flash of watching the kid who played "Sam" during the death throes of Diff'rent Strokes either actually singing the song or just lip-synching it, as he sat on an oversized porch swing with a young moppet around his age as well. Even as a media-consuming eight-year-old I could discern the truly hideous from the mere tacky, and discern I did.
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From:ctartchick
Date:December 10th, 2003 05:49 pm (UTC)

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Someday, play "Swingin" for Paul, just to see his reaction. I suggest you jump back quickly when you do, though. He used to DJ at a country bar (quick, take a mental image of Paul in a country bar and try to keep a straight face!) and folks requested that song from him more than almost any other. He hates it with a passion bordering on homicidal mania.

And we was SWINGIN' . . .
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 11th, 2003 04:56 am (UTC)

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"Paul was a DJ at a country bar" is my new favorite way to open a novel.

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