Reversing the Numbness

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

I suddenly thought of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss lines ever:

Now bicycles were never made
For pale green pants to ride 'em
Especially spooky pale green pants
With nobody inside 'em
So I'm going to listen to Queen's "Bicycle Race," even though I don't like that song all that much. Any other suggestions? I'm all 'eers.


g2thelow said...

If you're going that route I suggest Pink Floyd's "Piper at the Gates of Dawn", or at least a few cuts from that one.

Anonymous said...

indie rock time, with youtube video links for your viewing/listening pleasure:

Kasabian - LSF

Gogol Bordello - Wonderlust King

Kings of Leon - Knocked Up

Gomez - Stone Wobble

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Weapon of Choice

Grinderman - No Pussy Blues

Paolo Nutini - New Shoes

Paolo Nutini - Jenny don't be hasty

Tegan & Sara - Back in your head

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.

Gorillaz - Kids With Guns

and finally...

Ween - Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain
(I can't find a video for this one)

spooge said...

WV native, John Corbett. He's from Wheeling. Starred in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," "Northern Exposure," etc. Good music for an actor.

SleekPelt said...

Thanks, guys. I'm listening today and will comment tonight.

Mungerphut said...

Good John Corbett story: On Northern Exposure, he played an ex-con who was in the WV penitentiary for a time. On the Thanksgiving episode, all the displaced Alaskans were calling their families in the continental US. Corbett's character had no family, so he pondered and struggled about whom to call. He gets on the phone in the last few minutes of the show and places a call. The person answers the phone saying, "West Virginia Penitentiary. May I help you?" Corbett's character asks to speak to the warden, Mr. Vilietta. In the show, it is a touching scene, this nice guy with a drak past calling his only family- his old warden. If you are from Wheeling you know that Corbett went to Wheeling Central Catholic High School. The principal there is . . . Mr. Vilietta. Hahahaha.

Brad Paisley is from Marshall County, and he went to school in Wheeling briefly. Listen to him maybe.

Zee said...

Wasn't that guy John Corbett also in Sex and the City for a while?

I'd suggest you spin some Bobby Conn, but you already have that covered.

Theres a band called The Whiskey Daredevils that I am SO diggin' right now. Great great stuff. Check out their myspace page.

spooge said...

i'm a big John Corbett fan. probably in my top 3 list of actors. like I said, his music is okay, but he always plays really cool, likable characters.

zee: yes he was.

I heard an interview with him this morning on WV Pub. Radio. He's been doing the music thing for the past couple of years. His band is in Fayetteville for a benefit this Saturday nite.

He said his character in No. Exp. was supposed to play a guy from St. Louis, but he asked the writers if that really made a difference. They said no, so they let him do the WV thing and apparently, from what mungerphut said, gave him some other artistic liberties.

Matt said...

it's a bit late in the day but my itunes just started playing a pittsburgh band called the modey lemon. super good. check them out if you're in the burgh or in my itunes.

Matt said...

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SleekPelt said...

g: I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like, it's got a basket it, a bell that rings, and things that make it look good. I'd give it to you if I could but I borrowed it.

anon: That's some list, anon, thanks for the links -- that makes it much easier. I've watched/listened to all suggestions. Right off the bat I'm very interested in Gogol Bordello. I like the Eastern European thing they have going on, and the dude singing reminds me of The Pogues' Shane MacGowen. Can't wait to hear more. I'm familiar with most of these bands -- Kings of Leon, Gomez and BMRC are cool. I've heard the buzz about Paolo Nutini but this is the first time I've really listened; I really like "Jenny Don't Be Hasty." That's a killer song. I'm a big Tegan and Sara fan, and I like this new album a lot, but I'm not wild about "Back in Your Head." Kind of a cool video, though. I've never listened to Justice and I really like "D.A.N.C.E." -- that's good stuff. I didn't look for Ween, but I go way back with that band. I even interviewed Dean Ween for my magazine a number of years ago. I still need to catch those dudes in concert, though.

Great suggestions, thanks for taking the time to link them too.

josh williams said...

To late again, but I had nothing to begin with so no loss..

SleekPelt said...

mungerphut: Thanks for the suggestion. I know that guy's huge in country music now but I've never listened to him before. I checked his MySpace page and I can see why he's so popular. Not really my thing, but I like it better than a lot of other popular country music I've heard.

SleekPelt said...

zee: He was also the crazy new-age guy in Serendipity. Uh, I mean, I saw that on Wikipedia.

I'm loving Whiskey Daredevils, and it doesn't surprise me at all that you do.

SleekPelt said...

matt: I'm also digging Modey Lemon -- do they ever play Mo-town? Seems like they'd go over better down here.

SleekPelt said...

josh: Nice of you to stop by anyway!

Mom! Toilets blogged! said...

Josh, did you see the photo of the clown and the magnifying glass on RtN home page? Bring back any flash backs?

Raoul Duke said...

I'm with you on the John Corbett, Spooge. I watched NE religiously and "Chris" is still one of my favorite TV characters to this day.

Chud said...

Interesting thread - Seuss to Bicycle to Floyd to Syd Barrett to one of my favorites - Daniel Johnston, who is a unique folk artist struggling with mental illness and grew up in WV; even a patient at Weston Mental Hospital while being sought by Elektra. It was his Tshirt that Cobain wore on every TV appearance in early 90s. Has been covered by Wilco and others. Hear a little diddy at and check out a fantastic documentary called "The Devil and Daniel Johnston." Enjoy.

CHUD said...

On the Daniel Johnston, check out this clip re: the documentary that turned me on to him:

SleekPelt said...

chud: I'm a big fan of Daniel Johnston. I've yet to see that movie, sadly, but I've wanted to for some time. My favorite song of his is "Funeral Girl," which we'd spontaneously play loudly in our office back in the day for a little comedic/tragic break. I also like that tribute album, which is loaded with great renditions.