Late Night Open Thread

I am absolutely guttered, and I am listening to pop music for some reason. I’ve played this three times in a row, and I do, in a drunken stupor, one fucking amazing falsetto:

It won’t be long before I crank this:

So, give me your best. Not listening to the Stones or Floyd or Zeppelin or the Dead tonight. It’s all trash.

Link them and I will listen.

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    some guy says:

    List of victims of Israel’s assault on Gaza
    Published yesterday (updated) 17/11/2012 22:03
    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive as of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

    Wednesday, Nov. 14

    1. Ahmad al-Jaabari
    2. Muhammad al-Hums
    3. Ranan Arafat (child)
    4. Omar Mashharawi (child)
    5. Isam Abu al-Miza
    6. Muhammad al-Kaseih
    7. Hiba Mashharawi Turk (pregnant woman)
    8. Mahmoud Abu Sawawin (elderly man)

    Thursday, Nov. 15

    9. Habis Masmah
    10. Wael al-Ghalban
    11. Hisham al-Ghalban
    12. Rani Hammad
    13. Khalid Abu al-Nasr
    14. Marwan Abu al-Qumsan (elderly man)
    15. Walid Abadla (child)
    16. Hanin Tafish (infant)
    17. Uday Jamal Nasser
    18. Tareq Jamal Nasser
    19. Faris Basyouni (child)

    Friday, Nov. 16

    20. Muhammad Iyad Saadallah (child)
    21. Ayman al-Abid Abu Warda
    22. Tahrir Suleiman
    23. Ismail Qandil
    24. Younis Kamil Tafish
    25. Muhammad Suleiman
    26. Amjad Abu Jalal
    27. Ziad Abu Jalal
    28. Ahmad Abu Jalal
    29. Hasan al-Heilma
    30. Khalid al-Shayer

    Saturday, Nov. 17

    31. Ayman Salim
    32. Ahmad Abu Masmah
    33. Mukhlis Udwan
    34. Abdul-Rahman al-Misri
    35. Muhammad al-Lolahi
    36. Awad al-Nahhal
    37. Ali Abdul-Hakim Manama
    38. Osama Abdul-Jawwad
    39. Ashraf Darwish
    40. Ahmad al-Atrash
    41. Muhammad Yasin
    42. Osama al-Qady
    43. Ali Bin Iseid
    44. Muhammad Aydat
    45. Samahar Qidih

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    Beulahmo says:

    Wish I could hear you sing along with this:

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    some guy says:

    Art of Noise, Close (to the edit)!

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    Bruce Baugh says:

    John, if you don’t know about Rock Sugar, you need to. This may be the best music to sing along with while snockered ever. Viz:

    Don’t Stop the Sandman

    Any Highway You Want

    And lots more where that came from.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    Young and Dumb – great Aussie rap/pop

    Also: just spent the last hour picking a fight over email with a Discover Mag blogger about his snide treatment of archaeologists in a blog post about Neanderthal genetics. It’s fun making scientists squirm.

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    redshirt says:

    How about the Beatles? ;)

    Topic: Best “rock” band of all time. Use any metric you wish to measure. I’d argue there’s a handful in the discussion – Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin… who else?

    I’d say that cultural impact should weigh as heavily as quality of music. By this measure, The Beatles are the clear number one. But if you judge by quality, I don’t see anyone at any time better than Zeppelin.

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    Violet says:

    Please record yourself singing along to this: And then post it for us.

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    MikeJ says:

    How did you know if I never told?
    You found out, I got a crush on you

    Drummer standing up, everyone dancing together, keytar, the video is as great as the song.

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    Justin Morton says:

    Drunk also. Just went through the Top 40 UK Songs. Loving the Swedish House Mafia song.

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    srv says:

    @some guy: That is the craziest video with a little girl getting showered with saw sparks. Always loved it.

    And the sampling of her voice lives on, even in comedy:

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    Politically Lost says:

    Although, I think I’m more partial to this right now.


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    The Dangerman says:

    I am absolutely guttered…

    Must not be an Alabama football fan or you hate early Christmas gifts.

    Fuck, another SEC Champion likely (Notre Dame is not for real, but Barkley is done for the year, so USC is toothless, along with many Alabama fans). That sucks.

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    Richard says:


    Buster Keaton Ukulele

    With Buster is Cliff Edwards, who was the voice Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio.

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    Maude says:

    Anything by Al Jolson.
    That’s who Jerry Lee Lewis had as his idol.
    If you haven’t heard Jolson sing, you haven’t lived,

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    Yutsano says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Kylie has a new album out where she re-makes all her hits but with an orchestra. I’ve only heard snippets but it’s fecking brilliant.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Yutsano: I only ever like Kylie when I’m drunk or at the gym. Stupid kidney issues mean I can’t get drunk anymore, and I’m not sure orchestral Kylie and the free weights will go together. Need examples. Post them!

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    Wag says:

    Off topic, and not to go all Godwin so early in a thread, but a great Downfall video.

    Hitler finds out Obama won re-election.@

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    Anoniminous says:

    Keeping with the Female Singer Sonja Aldén: Här Står Jag

    Diwali is over but here’s a cool song. Actually only part of a song, can’t find the rest of the darn thing.

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    Gwangung says:

    @The Dangerman: yeah, yeah…blame us Snodfart fans….

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    Michael G says:

    Macklemore, Thrift Shop

    If you can’t be happy listening to that, you just can’t be happy.

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    Violet says:

    Don Dixon, “Praying Mantis”

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    mikefromArlington says:

    Vintage Trouble. Just saw em open up for The Who;sns=em

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    freelancer says:

    V.A.S.T. – Touched.

    90s emo-electronica that seems to be popping up everywhere right now.

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    piratedan says:

    Here’s a cover by a WV local for JC

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    Wag says:

    @Michael G:

    That IS fucking awesome.

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    piratedan says:

    @Violet: I cut my teeth on this at school (UNC)…

    I think it’s one of his favorite songs

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    MikeJ says:

    @Violet: His best of album, “If I’m a Ham, You’re a Sausage” is awesome. Includes Praying Mantis, “Teenage Suicide” (The Big Fun song he did for Heathers), and the dBs Song Bad Reputation close to the finest three minutes of pop perfection ever.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Michael G: I was rocking out to this in the car yesterday. Hot!

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    Alison says:

    @freelancer: Oh man, I hadn’t heard that song in forever…

    ETA: Though I do prefer this track of theirs

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    Wag says:

    I think all the music in this thread is going to make me happy and alter my images

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    Narcissus says:

    Is this the George Michael video with the nipple? I remember being like 8 years old and my best friends was all like “Dude, turn on MTV! There’s a video with a boob!”

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    Radio One says:

    I hope that since we got rid of Mitt, that we cold also do away with the phrase “if you will.” I’ve puzzled over Mitt Romney’s claim to eschew big game hunting in order to hunt small rodents and rabbits and he he says “small varmints, if you will” fucking twice. After he lost the election, in his phone conference to his GOP donors, he uses “if you will” so frequently that it seems like he thinks it’s a serious talking point; that the only reason he thought he lost is because he didn’t say it often enough.

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    Brian says:

    Death Cab for Cutie, I will follow you into the Dark.

    Sappy as hell, but it still gets me every time.

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    Joeyess says:

    This isn’t schmaltzy, but it is so filled with longing……

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    max says:

    But I generally don’t listen to what used to be called Top 40/Bubblegum, dude!

    Royal Headache – Surprise (2011) – 1:32

    But now that I think of it: Tokyo Jihen – Atarashii Bunmei-kaika (Brand New Civilization)(2011) – 4:38

    …because I dig the whole mocking Americans thing.

    [‘Do it for the win.’]

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    Alison says:

    Man, and now I’m getting sucked down the YouTube rabbit hole of music from my old G/I clubbing days…


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    freelancer says:


    I’ve heard it four times in the last few months. What with Revolution 30 second spots, the Danny Boyle movie The Beach, and Jason Derulo, it’s everywhere.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Train: Ramble On

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Michael G: Awesome song.

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    Alison says:

    Seriously, I’m getting misty-eyed over these memories. God, what is wrong with me.

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    Yutsano says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Not exactly gym music. But definitely not her typical pixie pop music either.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Yutsano: It’s a conspiracy. That song is geoblocked. Where’s my tinfoil hat?

    ETA: found another upload. Stupid geoblocking.

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    freelancer says:

    Pure schmaltz, but if you’re gonna go to 11 on pop and drop shame, Panic at the Disco is my guilty pleasure.

    And if I’m +11, and shame is a meaningless word, they might come up in round two or three of karaoke if I’d already butchered Pearl Jam’s Yellow Ledbetter, or Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So.

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    Porco rosso says: who can cook who can clean who will paint the fence?

    No need for falsetto to sing that lyric

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    patrick II says:

    Speaking of falsettos, Chris Izaak, Wicked

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @freelancer: For schmaltz and guilty pleasures don’t ever forget Scissor sisters


    Take your mama:

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Jefferson Airplane: Crown of Creation

    Judy Collins: Fires of Eden

    Head East: Never Been Any Reason

    Midnight Oil: Blue Sky Mine

    Split Enz: I Hope I Never

    Freudiana OST: Don’t Let The Moment Past

    Shii’s Song (original source song here)

    Cowboy Bebop: Blue (starts at 0:45)

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    Comrade Mary says:

    My honest to God most joyful song of the moment: Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, but only if it’s the Star Trek mashup version. It’s just so giddy and wonderful to see a bunch of fictional adults (and aliens) playing out a song whose original video just made me sad.

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    Beulahmo says:

    Unknown Hinson’s Psychobilly King of Country Western Troubadors

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    More covers:

    Pearl Jam: Last Kiss

    Fergie: Barracuda

    Celine Dion: It’s All Coming Back To Me Now

    Meatloaf: Left In The Dark

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    Polar Bear Squares says:

    Washed Out – Belong

    Oh btw. Sorry about Big Ben’s injury.

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    Polar Bear Squares says:

    @Polar Bear Squares: Retro ’80s electro-pop, new wave influenced

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Even More Covers:

    BBMak: Ghost Of You and Me

    Meatloaf: No Matter What

    Rod McKeun: Seasons In The Sun (OK, this is the original, I’m sparing the Terry Jacks cover)

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Michael G: Holy crap, that WAS great!

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    Polar Bear Squares says:

    Toro Y Moi – Still Sound

    More ’80s influenced pop

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    Yutsano says:

    @amk: Everything is Obummer’s fault. Duh.

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    Kris Collins says:

    Christina is amazing, but that is a painfully terrible song, I can’t stand to listen to it for one second. George is always fun, but I watched SNL tonight partly for Jeremy Renner, but mostly for Adam Levine, pop doesn’t get ay better than that! Don’t know how to link anything, but I’m sure YouTube has tons of Maroon 5.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Some electronic…

    Bill Nelson: Empire of the Senses

    KMFDM: Juke Joint Jezebel

    Darude: Sandstorm

    Kraftwerk: Home Computer

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Brian: I love that song, too.

    Have you seen the storybook version of the video? Gets me right there.

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    fuckwit says:

    Hey, I just saw Marco Rubio starting his 2016 presidential run!

    This is it! Karl Rove has listened to the people! He’s looked at the demographics! He has run the numbers!

    What the people want, is a brown candidate! Someone with a name with lots of vowels in it, and who knows how to roll his “r’s” properly. Someone, ideally, right-wing and Cuban… and beholden to the Bush family.

    Here he is! Marco Rubio, the Rethug darling of 2016, on his way!

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    amk says:

    @fuckwit: Nope. The pasty whiteys are gonna freak out over brown just as they freaked out over blackity black.

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    Gravenstone says:

    Ain’t pop, but fuck it, I needed a brain cleanse after that “Thrift Store” horseshit.

    The Real Folk Blues

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Gravenstone: Yoko Kanno can take 1:15 to rip ones heart out and then put it back.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Best of the 80s pop genre? I say yes.

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    Howard Beale IV says:


    is still a stunner-especially when shown with the final credits.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @fuckwit: Marco Rubio ain’t brown. He just isn’t. He’s pasty white; probably doesn’t tan, just burns if he’s the sun for any length of time.

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    Yutsano says:

    @PurpleGirl: Rubio is most likely descended from the blancos who were the aristocracy of Cuba. Spanish are considered dark in Europe but to us they’re just as white as Germans.

    @Howard Beale IV: Still my fave Bebop track. But she really shone in that whole soundtrack.

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    piratedan says:

    @Howard Beale IV: and while YK is indeed a master, there’s boatloads of other anime tunes that also kick ass….

    this is one of my faves….

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    Xenos says:


    Also: just spent the last hour picking a fight over email with a Discover Mag blogger about his snide treatment of archaeologists in a blog post about Neanderthal genetics. It’s fun making scientists squirm

    I wandered over there and the relevant comments seem to have been deleted. A shame, as I would have enjoyed reading that…

    (oops, you said ’email’, not comments. so of course it was not visible. need more coffee…)

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Yutsano: Yup. I dated one of them in college. Rubio reminds me of that guy.

    (The family still had the 300 year old handmade Spanish lace wedding gown the “original” bride brought with her from Spain.)

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    Mike G says:

    Australian/Kiwi power pop from the early 80s

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    JGabriel says:

    Ross Douthat:

    Consider the Hispanic vote. … {Democrats are] winning recent immigrants because those immigrants often aren’t assimilating successfully — or worse, are assimilating downward, thanks to rising out-of-wedlock birthrates and high dropout rates. The Democratic edge among Hispanics depends heavily on these darker trends: the weaker that families and communities are, the more necessary government support inevitably seems.
    Likewise with the growing number of unmarried Americans, especially unmarried women.

    And more in the Democrats-Only-Win-Because-Their-Voters-Are-Loser-Sluts-And-Slurs vein.

    Thank, Ross, for continuing the fine tradition of insulting voters into the Democratic Party.

    Seriously, these guys never fucking learn. It’s really kind of astonishing.


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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @piratedan: Ah, yes, The Pillows. My alarm on my phone is this, with perhaps the most selfless line ever in a anime title song, sung in english by Hyde:

    My life I’ll trade for your pain

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Xenos: think he’s going to post some of the email exchange. unclear what or how exactly

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @JGabriel: Gee, Ross, talking about hollowed out communities, who did much of that hollowing by moving our industrial base to China… could it have been Republicans like Romney?

    Based on your own history, Ross baby, would you have been prepared to marry the woman you wanted to have sex with during college until you found out she was using birth control had she gotten pregnant? Huh, huh, well, Ross baby?

    Ross baby, you’re a creep.

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    Thlayli says:

    Ironic thing about that video: for a song called “Beautiful”, Aguilera herself looks awful.


    My ringtone


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    PurpleGirl says:

    @👽 Martin: At the same time, there are blocks in Alphabet City (the Lower East Side), like around Avenue C and 13th St., which lose just regular phone service after it rains at any time. Verizon just can’t seem to fix the wiring.

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    JWR says:

    Don’t have time to watch all the posted videos, but I came across this a while back and it stuck in my head.


    I’ll take Korean girl bands over American “pop” any day.

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    JWR says:


    Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin..

    Ahh, you’re after me own heart ;-)

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @JWR: Might’ve been right here you first ‘ran across’ it! :)

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    cmm says:

    @Michael G:

    loved it! just listened to it 3 times in row. now i want to shop…

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    cmm says:

    @Xenos: @TheMightyTrowel:

    “i’m a time traveler, I point and laugh at archaeologists.”

    sorry, couldnt resist…

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    cmm says:


    haha “darker trend”…i saw what you did there, Ross…

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @cmm: and yet you could argue river had the last laugh. archaeologists play the long game, you know.

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    JWR says:

    @Anne Laurie: It may very well be that I was first turned on to “K-Pop” right here. And since you’ve posted it again, I guess I’ve no choice but to listen to it again!

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    hep kitty says:

    Thread needs grit

    and blood

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    hep kitty says:

    And how do you improve on Tom Snyder and some feverish Clash?

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @JGabriel: I work, am married, have no children, make a good amount of dough. Yet I’ve always voted for Democrats. Must be because I’m Black though. Y’all know that Black folks are cursed. Thank you Repubs for letting me know why I pathologically always vote for the Democratic Party.

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    slightly_peeved says:

    For songs that make me smile, because I have the mentality of a 12 year old: ‘Yo Mama’ by Butterfingers

    Well, that’s the official title, but the full line from the song is ‘Your Mama’s on the top of my “things to do” list’.

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    PoliticalHack says:

    You want pure ear candy slash junk? Just go to Youtube and hit up Glee, and watch video after video. Sure, your mind may be mush after an hour or two, but once in a while going down that Youtube rabbit hole can be fun.

    Want a slightly more complex experience? Look for Heart’s “Dog and Butterfly”, then jump to Rufus Wainright’s version, then continue again down the rabbit hole.

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    russell says:

    here’s a little church for y’all on a sunday morning.

    roy and d’angelo bringing it deep:

    let danny tell you about it:

    aretha sings some stevie, gotta make you smile:

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    Porco Rosso says:

    Autotune? we don’t need no stinking autotune.

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