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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Beanie is a punk rocker.

He has fairly broad musical tastes, but still mostly likes his tunage fast and hard. "Too slow!" and "Too quiet!" are common complaints when I try to listen to something mellow.

Here's what's on heavy rotation:

The Beatles: "Helter Skelter", "Birthday", "All Together Now"
B-52's: "Devil in my Car", but "Rock Lobster" is still a favorite
Beastie Boys: "Intergalactic" (sung nasally by Beanie in his robot voice)
Devo: "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA", and many, many other songs
Dr. Octagon: "Half Shark-Alligator, Half Man"
The Clash: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Rock the Casbah", "I Fought the Law"
Michael Jackson(!): "Bad", "Smooth Criminal", "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Something"
Paul Simon: "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
Pete Seeger's kids: "Turkey in the Straw"
Ramones: "I Wanna be Sedated" and practically anything else by them
The Muppets: "Mr. Bassman", "Mississippi Mud"
They Might Be Giants: "Istanbul", "Particle Man", "Mammal"
Weird Owl 'Ankovic: any of many compilation polkas
Beach Boys: "Barbara Ann"
Sex Pistols: "No Future" (sung nasally by Beanie in his surly British punk voice)
Frank Sinatra(?): "Anything Goes" (although I have to try to explain what's shocking about a glimpse of stocking: "No, it means 'surprised', not 'electrocuted'. Don't worry, Bean.")

Two artists introduced to us by Rob (thanks!) are very popular these days.

The first is Richard Cheese, who does lounge-style covers of pop songs. He is wonderfully funny, and Beanie especially adores three of his songs: "Milkshake" originally by Kelis, "Yellow" by Coldplay, and "Butterfly" by Crazy Town. "Milkshake" makes Beanie run pell-mell up and down the hall, crashing into the walls. It's very cute when he stops to shake his legs to "Butterfly" (lyrics: "you make my legs shake"). Great stuff for rainy day exercise! The unfortunate thing about Cheese's schtick is that he usually slows down fast songs to make them loungey, bringing on many hysterical cries of "Too sloooooooow!" when Eemie wants to hear Outkast's "Hey ya", for instance.

The second most popular band is called Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (a name any preschooler can appreciate). They do punk-style covers of slow pop songs. It's great, because they don't change any of the words, so you get loud, angry-sounding punk, but it's utterly clean. Beanie likes R Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" a whole lot -- it makes him spin like a dervish and flap his arms.

Have any of you heard R Kelly's version? It's so terribly slow and dirge-like. The lyrics, "Spread my wings and fly away, I believe I can soar, I see me running through that open door" sound like a suicide note when R Kelly sings them, but MFatGG's version sounds like they're all hopped up on sugary candy and ready to take on the world! Other MFatGG covers Beanie likes: "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", originally by Whitney Houston, and "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder. Thanks again to Rob for introducing us to these guys.

Too bad that punk covers of schmaltzy pop songs make M's gorge rise. Especially the Whitney Houston song.


  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Benevolist said…

    Ya. I've had a download of their cover on "One Tin Soldier" for awhile. Neato stuff.


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