I whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin

I should note two things here: (a) It wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I first saw A Christmas Story, so I had no idea who Scott Farcas was for a long, long time and (2) It’s hard to imagine that the Less Than Jake song Scott Farcas Takes It on the […]

A Better Son / Daughter

Every now and then a song is just perfect, and it slaps you in the face. A Better Son / Daughter by Rilo Kiley is that song today. These lyrics … Damn.

iTunes Tuesday: Display Song Lyrics

Did you know that you can store a song’s lyrics inside iTunes? Simply right-click on any song and choose Get Info. Then switch to the Lyrics tab and paste the lyrics there. Now when you play that track on your iPhone or iPod touch, the lyrics will be displayed right on the screen.

Friday Five: Awesome Country Lyrics
  1. “The last time we made love / She called out His name” – Hayes Carll, She Left Me for Jesus
  2. “Pardon us, son, she ain’t no kid / That’s a cocktail waitress in a Dolly Parton wig” – Confederate Railroad, Trashy Women
  3. “While she’s livin’ like a queen on alimony / I’m workin’ two shifts to eat baloney” – Jerry Reed, She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)
  4. “I met all my wives in traffic jams / There’s just somethin’ women like about a pickup man.” – Joe Diffie, Pickup Man
  5. “I was drunk / the day my ma / got out of prison” – David Allan Coe, You Never Even Called Me By My Name
Scribbled Drunk on a Postcard

I am a big fan of Bloodhound Gang. They had two big radio hits — “Fire Water Burn” (1996) and “The Bad Touch” (2000) — so I guess it’s not fair to call them one-hit wonders, but generally they’re not exactly “pop” music. Most of their songs are painfully sophomoric — “The Ballad of Chasey […]

Rap Charts

Rap Lyrics Explained With Charts and Graphs source: Randy


If I knew where it was I would take you there.

The Cure: Live at the Shrine, Los Angeles

Tricia and I went to see The Cure on Sunday night at The Shrine. We had dinner at The Foundry on Melrose first and got to the show at nine, about an hour late but just in time to catch most of our favorite songs. Just Like Heaven was first, which was the song I […]

Mary Jane’s Last Dance

I have been a major Tom Petty fan for years and years. I have — I think — every CD he’s recorded. I know all the words to every song. I’ve seen him live almost a dozen times. I am absolutely astonished that it took me fifteen years to catch that “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” […]

Plugged in and Ready to Fall

One of my favorite songs is “Radio”, by Alkaline Trio. (mp3, lyrics) My sister got me to start listening to this group a few years ago and I’ve since collected everything they’ve recorded. What’s really funny is that for the longest time I thought it was a beautiful love song. Part of the chorus is […]

Tombstone Blues

Again I’ll say it: Best line ever in any rock n’ roll song: And dropping a barbell He points to the sky, saying “The sun’s not yellow. it’s chicken.”


Somehow I managed to forget to write about this wonderful book. I read Miles Harvey‘s The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime over a year ago and it is brilliant. I’ve been thinking about it lately because of the awesome song “Maps” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. You see, I have […]

I Once Had a Girl

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh. Funny. Very funny. Keep laughing, sweetheart. You just go to sleep giggling your pretty little head off while I am stuck in the freaking bathtub. How is that fair?

The 15 Most Outrageous Claims in Pop Music History

From mefi: The 15 Most Outrageous Claims in Pop Music History. Hilarity abounds.

Lyrical Imperatives That I Never Manage to Follow

Pour any amount of sugar on anyone. Think that a black fly in my chardonnay is ironic. Know that I am a shooting star. Call anyone — for whom I may or may not act as a bodyguard — by the name “Al”. Attempt any amount of tenderness. Know when to hold and / or […]

Contextless Content: Episode #22

Contextless Content: A portion of a conversation, usually from an instant messenger platform. Subtitled: “Everything I Own Is in a Box to the Left?” He says: I don’t understand why she keeps mentioning “everything you own in a box to the left”. It doesn’t make any sense to me. He says: What does the box’s […]

Goodbye in Gasoline

I‘ve decided that Goodbye in Gasoline has overtaken How’s My Driving, Doug Hastings? as my favorite Less Than Jake song. It’s a tough call to make. I’ve had How’s My Driving posted here for download since early 2000. That is a seriously long time to have been awake late every night, nervously waiting for the […]

WordPress Plugin: A Modern Major-General

I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical. So I figured I should share with you. Download my Pirates of Penzance “Modern Major-General” random-lyric generator and you, too, will be able to tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin. Add the function moderngeneral() where you want to print the lyric. I have mine […]

less than you hoped for

from me on your big day, love, isn’t this sweet? I’m breaking out and running blinded into the street. This one can’t wait, I’m so ashamed. Sorry, I regret to say that you have made such a big mistake. Still, I’m in line to see the hit parade. I was late. Why? I went to […]

Celebrity Skin – Hole

Y’know what? What they say is true. There’s only one thing I did wrong: Stayed in Mississippi a day too long. And on that note … Oh, make me over / I’m all i wanna be a walking study / in demonology Hey, so glad you could make it Yeah, now you really made it […]