Childish tantrum alert -- Kanye Christ was passed over for Album of the Year at Sunday's Grammy Awards. I didn't know Herbie Hancock was still alive, but I'm glad he won. Actually, I don't give a shit, but I enjoy seeing overrated egomaniacs denied.
And I claim to be a major Ween fan -- "La Cucaracha" was released in October and I'm only now discovering it. Unfortunately, I'm a bit underwhelmed.
I don't know what to think about "Friends," a pretty straightforward dance mix, but then again Ween has put their own spin on just about every genre, so why not this one? "Object" and "Shamemaker" are familiar, but that's okay. "Sweetheart" is my favorite track on the album -- nothing spectacular, but a welcome throwback.
As for "Your Party" ... I prefer to think of it as a a fitting addition to the band's Michael McDonald oeuvre (see "Boys Club"). Please, don't take the smooth jazz hooks seriously.
Driving home from a long day at work, I flipped around the FM dial and heard something so abominable, so disturbing that I had to respond, post haste. A bland metal band, appropriately named Disturbed, has recorded a cover of that godawful Genesis hit, "Land of Confusion."
Remakes are inherently lame, but reviving a Phil Collins tune places you at least five notches below the lint in Mitt Romney's asshole on the uncool ladder. Worse still, the members of Disturbed probably think they're making some kind of statement.
Dude, man, Collins was a visionary!
*Note to any group that dares cover "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight": I will hunt you down, and I'll have no mercy. Let there be no debate -- it's the worst song ever recorded, and always will be. Michael Bolton would be justified in mocking it.
Some good nominees so far. Sorry, Craig, but I kind of like the Bowie-Crosby duo. "So This Is Christmas," not so much.
Two Beatles on the list? Yessir. Norma and AtlPaddy are right; "Simply Have a Wonderful Christmastime," by Paul McCartney, simply blows. And Erik is spot on with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
They join Streisand's "Jingle Bells," anything by Manheim Steamroller, Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" and "Kwanzaa Is Here," which I heard for the first time today. It's appropriately awful (recorded by some white hippie, even) and I'm in an inclusive mood today.
Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, me mum would place Barbra Streisand's Christmas album on the turntable, where it would stay through Dec. 26. Her rendition of "Jingle Bells" still gives me nightmares.
Manheim Steamroller's Christmas LP is almost as bad. Their version of "Deck the Hall" is probably playing on a continuous loop in Hell's waiting room. And for our Jewish friends, there's Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," which single-handedly destroys the cliche that Jews are funny.
What's your least favorite holiday tune? Help me compile a definitive Bottom 10.