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Memory is a strange thing

In the category of the power of memory…

I just picked up a copy of a guilty pleasure from Second Spin on the cheap: Electric Youth by Debbie Gibson. I was getting ready to rip it just a few minutes ago, and something really weird happened. My eyes rested on the title of the opening track (”Who Loves Ya Baby?”), and in the space of about 2 seconds, my mind went from the title to a mental sound clip of the chorus to the smell of the ink used to print the liner notes for my old cassette copy (which was stolen along with the rest of my collection over 13 years ago).

I’ve heard before that smell is the sense most strongly tied to memory, but I’ve never had it go “backwards” like that before. For whatever reason, that tape’s liner notes had a strong and distinct scent that none of my other tapes had, so I smelled it every time I opened up the case (which was REALLY often about 8th or 9th grade or so). I guess the association in my brain was stronger than I thought. :)

Technobabble Stream of Consciousness

Thanks to Thomas for the cool link that got me started on this one.

First, anyone who watches Mythbusters must see this Flash animation (click the “Download” button on the right side of the page).

Seen it? Okay. Jamie’s technobabble over the big diagram reminded me of an old electrical engineering in-joke: the turboencabulator. I have known for a long time about a video incarnation of this joke apparently made by some folks at Rockwell: The Rockwell Automation Retroencabulator.

However, what I didn’t realize is that Chrysler took a shot at this old joke even earlier: The Chrysler Turboencabulator. Keep listening. There are some screw-the-customer jokes at the end.

I love how this old joke just keeps coming back.

Bonus for the Mythbusters fans
Do pretty girls fart?
I hope they pay the poor girl well.

A Minor Detail

21 years and who knows how many viewings later, I just now realized something new about Back to the Future with the help of the TiVo. I never noticed before that one of the consequences of Marty’s first trip back to 1955 was that Twin Pines Mall became Lone Pine Mall (as a result of Marty knocking down one of old man Peabody’s pine trees with the DeLorean). 🙂

Com-Pak Music Theater: When Guitars Attack

Two recent (to me) media sources have proved to be a lot of fun for me lately: XM Satellite Radio and YouTube. Long-time readers (or people with way too much time their hands) may remember a post where I talked about “Com-Pak music“. Basically, it means what was playing on the local hits station when I was working at my first job. I mentioned “Joyride” by Roxette specifically, but there are a whole list of songs that snap my mind back to that time.

That’s where XM comes in. I’ve found myself spending a surprising amount of minutes listening to songs on the 90’s channel, and several of the songs have turned out to be Com-Pak music. Tonight I heard another one on the way back to the house, and I decided that sharing some of these might be a fun way to kill some posts on the site.

Enter YouTube. It’s pretty difficult for me to find whole songs to link to in audio format, but if a song had a video, someone has probably posted it to YouTube. The added fun is that since I didn’t have cable or satellite TV in high school, this is the first time I’ve seen a lot of these videos.

So, without further ado, here’s tonight’s edition of Com-Pak Music Theater:
Sweet Sensation: If Wishes Came True (1990)

Here’s a perfectly happy little bubblegum love tune that wants nothing more than to be an Exposé song when it grows up. Except, out of nowhere, the 80’s attack with full-force power ballad guitars! There’s even a guitar solo bridge complete with modulation! Whoa.

The video’s great, too. The choreographed-synchronized posing complete with wind machine and fake rain (could it be warm September rain?) is my favorite part. They really do want to be Exposé when they grow up!

Shared Musical DNA?

I can’t believe I never figured this out before.

The recent post about “Electric Youth” got me thinking and listening, and on the way home from work yesterday, it hit me: Foolish Beat” by Debbie Gibson IS the bubblegum rewrite of Wham’s “Careless Whisper.

It’s all there. The raspy blues-ish alto sax, the sappy “I lost you and I’ll never get over it” message, the minor key. Not only are the song titles similar, each is uttered only once as part of the second verse of its respective song.

I wonder if Debbie was a George Michael fan much? :)

When Bands Go Bad

I’ve been meaning for a while to post about a dilemma I’ve had.

It’s sad when a good band gets sucked into the dark side by a video director with a “vision”. Anyone can make a crappy video, but it’s especially painful to me when it’s a successful band that should know better. Even worse when it’s a song I actually enjoy.

Given that narrowed definition, I’ve been debating which of two videos I’ve seen truly qualifies as the worst video ever… the one that does the most damage to a song I really like.

Continue reading When Bands Go Bad

Memory Meme

This one is actually a bit scary. I’m not the kind of person who tends to accumulate true enemies, but there are certainly people out there who could relate some unpleasant memories.

Stolen from Joyce:

If you read this, even if we don’t speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be either good or bad. I promise not to come after you with a spatula, either way. When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

I’m not going to put any explicit restrictions on what people post, but please be somewhat considerate of the other readers.

Robot Chicken Meets Voltron Meets Jeff

It’s either really cool or really lame that I recognized the Voltron toy used in one of the episodes of Robot Chicken (the sketch where Voltron “got served”). It’s the exact one I had as a kid (and still have in one of my keepsake boxes). I used to LOVE that show.
And Cartoon Network and the YouTube posters play cat and mouse. The video works (for now), but unfortunately no lyrics any more.
Have fun!