Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The guns of Broad Ripple...

It occurs to me that some of my readers might not realize which song Weird Al is parodying in "White And Nerdy"...



I think someone was playing that in the next lane over on the way to the grocery store yesterday, but I couldn't be sure because I had the top down and my own stereo going...

12 comments:

Old NFO said...

Too funny!

Keads said...

I got it! "UHF" is still a guilty pleasure. Weird Al is a talent to be sure. I used to shut down the clubs a quarter century ago. Now I'm happy if I can shut down the Cracker Barrel. Nice link to the Clash. It has been a while since I heard them.

fast richard said...

Three songs in a row that I've never heard before. I guess if it's newer than about '75 or '80, my odds of recognizing a song drop pretty fast. Newer than '85 and those odds are close to nil.

Tam said...

fast richard,

"I guess if it's newer than about '75 or '80, my odds of recognizing a song drop pretty fast. Newer than '85 and those odds are close to nil."

Dude! "Guns of Brixton" is off the seminal album London Calling from 1979! When Rolling Stone did their "100 Most Significant Albums of the Last 20 Years" feature back in '87 to mark the 20th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's..., London Calling was #2!

Tam said...

(...wait, no, my bad... London Calling was #14. #2 was a certain other 1970s English punk album with a pink and green cover: Never Mind The Bollocks...)

fast richard said...

Yeah, I vaguely remember The Clash. By that time the dark days of disco had pretty much ended any habit I had of listening to music on the radio. Any overlap between what I have listened to since then and what was significant or popular is purely coincidental.

A local Minnesota blogger was doing a series for a while that commemorated the thirtieth anniversaries of the release of what he thought were the most significant albums of that era. Most of it I remembered hearing of but had little or no memory of the specific music. I didn't have cable during the early years of MTV either.

Joseph said...

Oddly, the slant of the two songs are similar.

Joseph said...

sorry, I realize that's the point of your post. slow morn

Anonymous said...

I've had "White and Nerdy" bookmarked for years, but never knew what it was a parody of. Now that I know, all I can say is, "meh".


SiGraybeard @ Work

DirtCrashr said...

I don't see much chameleon-like to the dude with the grill, but maybe his mom just named him funny.

Scott said...

It's depressing the Rolling Stones are still playing after fifty years and The Clash barely made it eight.

Larry said...

Little known fact, Weird Al wrote that song about me.

Hey, you heard it on the internet so it has to be true, right?