Special K For A Day: Diabolical Double-Cross Edition
A couple weeks ago, Ace posted the stuff he'd play if he woke up tomorrow morning looking like Seth Greene in Can't Hardly Wait…
…and found out he was the man with the power to play the piped-in music at the stadium. This got me to thinking what I'd play—mostly White Stripes—until I had a thought: what if I could discredit the very idea of piped-in music so badly that they'd burn the speakers after the game? What if I could sit upon my be-goggled perch laughing maniacally with tented fingers as an enraged mob did my secret bidding? Yes. Yes, this is what I must do. I must destroy the institution from the inside.
Ground rule: no working blue. Anything played must be a radio edit, or a hypothetical radio edit of a song that excises naughty words that cause mothers to clap their hands over baby's ears. Otherwise this would just be Peaches songs.
Presenting the diabolical master plan to win hearts and minds by destroying them…
Joanna Newsom, "Monkey and Bear"
Joanna Newsom is a deranged elven harpist who put out an hour-long album with five songs on it. This is one of them. It's also a story of a manipulative monkey that convinces a sweet-hearted bear to flee its home, then exploits her for financial gain until she decides to drown itself. Possibly because she has brain damage. Awkward…
Sigur Ros, "Með blóðnasir"
This could be anything in their discography, really. Sigur Ros is an Icelandic band who invented their own language because all the existing ones were insufficient to express their meandering longing for… Icelandic stuff. Especially good for fourth-quarter defensive stands, as there is a strong chance opposing quarterback will lapse into a coma.
Seth says the title means "I have a nosebleed."
Cibo Matto, "Birthday Cake"
Jarring, high-pitched, probably-intentionally-annoying Japanese-expatriate food-punk containing the line "are you made or broken by the birthday cake" and the chorus
SHUT UP AND EAT
TOO BAD NO BON APPETIT
SHUT UP AND EAT
YOU KNOW MY LOVE IS SWEET
Involuntarily listening to this over and over will drive you insane. People would start eating each other, screaming "TOO BAD NO BON APPETIT."'
[IT GETS EVEN WORSE AFTER THE JUMP]
Nelly Furtado ft Timbaland, "Promiscuous"
Many, many sex-related songs fell to the no-working-blue rule and the assumption that "ass" would not be broadcast in the stadium. Shake Ya Ass, Back That Ass Up, Rumpshaker… all fallen. Why I've decided to hew to this rule in a list of songs that would never, ever be played anyway is unknown, but I have.
"Promiscuous" would slip by any and all word-based nanny censors no problem. In this it is rare. Meanwhile, the chorus of this song invites a conversation like this:
ADORABLE CHILD: Daddy, what does "promiscuous" mean?
FATHER: It's third and one. Ask your mother.
ADORABLE CHILD: Mommy, what does "promiscuous" mean?
MOTHER: Uh… it's not good.
ADORABLE CHILD: It sounds fun! Boys AND girls can be promiscuous!
MOTHER: SPECIAL K, YOU BASTARD! /shakes fist at sky, watches third and one, pines for commercial break
Mike and the Mechanics, "The Living Years"
JUST LOOK AT THE STAGE THING HERE AND THIS DUDE'S SQUINT
Possibly the worst song ever written, which recommends it greatly here. Also about your father dying in a very, very, very, very, very obvious way. Since many will be there with their actual fathers, entire stadium ends up torn between loathing for the song, preemptive regret at the lack of connection with the person literally sitting next to them, and maudlin breakdowns the sixteenth time this is played before a third and five.
This Thing From Majora's Mask
It's a Legend of Zelda game. Like listening to the Cibo Matto above, this will drive you insane, especially because its recurrence will make you believe you've just died for the 40th straight time trying to kill this one particular boss.
[Via Laser Romance.]
The Smiths, "Asleep"
This is the grimmest, darkest Smiths song of them all. This is saying something. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is the Nyan Cat theme compared to "Asleep." The guy who posted it on youtube described it as "as beautiful as it is ghastly; a song of assiduous despair, it is the harsh and authentic clamour of the human soul at its most nihilistic," which he no doubt stole from a guy in an ascot but still. Yeah. That's what we're dealing with here.
Perfect for punting. This song is punting your soul.
Gary Jules, "Mad World" (cover)
You may recognize this from Donnie Darko. If there's one thing Michigan football needs it's a creepy one-eyed hell-bunny mascot.
Kate Bush, "This Woman's Work"
Via Orson, a tale of a woman losing her husband. Orson describes it as "This song is like 'haha, how adolescent and overblown and WHY TEARS OH GOD WHY—"
Ghostface Killah, "All That I Got Is You"
Also via Orson. May cause various players and fans from rough backgrounds to weep openly instead of blocking on field goals. DAMN YOU GHOSTFACE KILLAH AND YOUR EFFECT ON SHAWN CRABLE.
Tori Amos, "Me And A Gun"
Slipping just past the radio edit boundary is Tori Amos deciding not to kill herself in pretty much the saddest thing for anyone with testosterone to perceive!
Yes I wore a slinky red thing
Does that mean I should spread
For you, your friends your father, Mr. Ed
I feel bad for including this. Also for having testicles.
Johnny Cash, "Hurt" (cover)
Guh. This would be bad enough if football didn't accelerate this process considerably. This is getting dark. Like, I was having fun when this post started and now I'm just feeling morbid. A PALE HORSE RIDES FOR US ALL.
The cause is just. We must continue.
Pop Evil, "In The Big House"
[EMBED REMOVED TO PRESERVE THE SANITY OF THE AUTHOR]
Josh groban. You only need about five seconds of that before everyone goes into a murderous rage from an acute case of PTSD.
If Arizona comes to Ann Arbor, RR would have to know this was coming. And it would only be right.
Look at Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch should be a part of this. Not only is it a lovely, sad, slow song (and thus PERFECT for football), it is sure to make the crowd get as close to rioting as key jangling crowd can. Because, you know...Ohio.
I would add to the list almost anything by Yoko Ono, and since Icelandic music is already on tap, how could anyone overlook Bjork? I saw one of her videos linked or discussed in an old Mgolicious thread where she was naked and singing one of her songs. I'm a normal red-blooded guy, and the sight of almost any adult naked female gets my attention, but I swear, I could not take more than 10 seconds of her screeching before turning it off and wanting to gouge my eyes out and listen to a chain saw to erase the sound still reverberating in my ears.
I've chosen one for your approval. (Holy Mother listening to these songs has made me scratch my eyes out!)
work of art . . . just fast forward to about 6:23 for the stirring conclusion. Bravissimo!
I don't know if this is true only for me, by I don't think the white Stripes are much above most of the music on this list... and I like Johnny Cash (though I admit that that song deserves one listen... and then no more). But seriously, the White Stripes suck.
I'm probably insane, but I have to say, I love that song. Another whole record that would work for this category: Royal Trux--Accelerator.
The seats would be cleared within two minutes if you played "Juicy Juicy Juice"
cunnilingus and they seem to be Texas fans:
Two quartets, each improvising freely, played through separate stereo channels.
Brian should have included some of Jim Morrison's works. Celebration of the Lizard King, anyone?
That always makes me want to use me speakers to sight in my shotgun
For some reason the final boss in Majora's Mask is the only one I beat on the first try.
I'd suggest adding this song by the Tiger Lillies to the playlist:
If I might volunteer another from our former attorney general:
(unfortunately it doesn't allow embedding)
...shooting fish in a barrel.
The funny thing is, I could actually see Special K playing a few of these. Tell me Promiscuous wouldn't have be playing two years ago or whatever. And you know, if they showed the video on the big screen, most probably wouldn't even complain. MMmmmm, Nelly....
Johnny Cash has practically become a video game commercial cover band, so it wouldn't shock me to see that thrown in either. Not that it SHOULD...but any worse than Neil Diamond?
Speaking of video games...that Legends of Zelda one...didn't the band do a halftime show on the big screen with that?
Finally, the real question is - would they play the Tears for Fears version of Mad World? Could be, Rabbit, could be...
How about the worst rap song of all time:
Brian, get out of my head! These are ALL my favorite songs, including whatever the hell that was from Zelda.
Honestly, at this point Special K could just play a single riff from Nickelback as heard from inside a submarine and there would be a large number of fans in the stands who would say "that's my sh*t bro!"
It's life with stadium music. At some point, when we all have implants in our skulls that can be tuned to whatever music we want, then maybe I'll hear the Victors at appropriate times. But right now, even Mike and the Mechanics seems so far away...
was awesome, but not as awesome as the original. Dreamcast 4 Life.
I remember Mad World best from the commercial for Gears of War.
This commercial was one of the reasons I wanted to play Gears in the first place. The music seems so haunting with the setting.
However, I'd want to cut off my ears if I heard it at the Big House.
Awesome song. Haunting. Soulful. Great commercial. The Tori Amos thing would have had my ears bleading before it was done. Still, just enough, perhaps one or two other songs that I could actually listen to...if you want to clear the Big House you need but one song, play it over and over and over and people will beg you for the MMB:
And yet terribly inappropriate for a 4-th and 1 stand, I nominate Peanuts by Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass Band from the album, Whiped Cream and Other Delights (sexiest album cover EVER).
It's on my Ipod.
Marching Band could totally put some Herb Alpert in and I think it would be great. Tijuana Taxi, Spanish Flea, The Lonely Bull, Casino Royale, etc.
Some Sigur Ros stuff could conceivably work...
At least Joanna Newsom is hot.
Good call on Majora's Mask song.
Sidenote: Makes me wish they played Song of Storms during the Western game last year...
Where is Jefferson Starship's "We Built This City" in all of this? Frankly, given the "experience" machine that is Brandon's Athletic Dept, I cant believe theyre not playing this already......
I can't wait to see the team massing in the tunnel, the anticipation rising throughout the stadium, the fans rise as one, and as the 125 winged helmets burst forth, Special K hits play on...
The temptation to nit-pick a few of these has become too great...
Ghostface, even in power ballad mode, is too catchy to make this list. Godspeed you!, Black Emperor "Dead Flag Blues"? Man, that would have been appropriate at various points in the 2008-2010 time period.
I watched the entire "Promiscuous" video. Close as I can get to watching porn at work. I love Cash's version of "Hurt". Didn't make it more than a few seconds into anything else.
I've loved Cibo Matto ever since I saw the video for "Know your chicken" on that weird college-only music channel they had in the dorms when I lived in West Quad.
Clearly the best bet is to just pump some Sunn O))) into the stadium the entire game. I mean, football games are what, three, three and a half hours? That's like two of their songs.
Haha, SUNN 0))) was the first thing I thought of. Also, Goodbye Horses always works for a good creap-out.
Sunn 0)))'s "It Took the Night to Believe" would be great also.
Ha, I was actually debating between "It Took the Night to Believe" and "Orthodox Caveman."
that would only work if people have seen the "silence of the lambs" otherwise it would be a creep-out fail. I tried this with a co-worker, he never saw the movie and had no idea of the reference. it was a massive fail, totally ruined my day
this would make me never want to watch Michigan Football again. At least not without ear plugs
The next time Denard breaks free for an 80 yard touchdown dash and does that eating cereal pantomime, I want that shut and eat song to play and I want the students to yell shut up and eat. This has to happen.
Creed or Smashing Pumkins?
James Tayor knows how to get a crowd going.
They were/are a very good bad with lots of good music. Against much of the piped in music myself, but hearing Cherub Rock would be, like, kinda cool I guess.
I would love to see the stadiums reaction to Special K/Brian blasting the Beatles "Revolution 9" for the last 10 minutes of the game.
Fun postgame activity, you could play it in reverse at the end of the game and listen for satanic messages!
Possibly the worst song I've ever heard. It's fantastic.
Only one of the most infulential bands of the last century. Kraftwerk basically are the pioneers of all electronic music and the use of electronics in music.
Yes, but that song really, really doesn't sound good. I heard it on a radio show and laughs were had.
I was just in Iceland last week and the language is ridiculous. My wife and I didn't even try to pronouce most street names, menu items, or really any Icelandic word.
Of monsters and Men is a great Icelandic band that sings in english.
...but you could pick some of his other "works" too.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp3Cs3tDuR8
Minor point but the Kate Bush song "This Woman's Work" is not about a woman losing her husband. It's about a woman giving birth, and in particular it's about a man waiting for her to give birth. In fact, pregnancy and birth is a huge theme in Kate's work, which brings us to a much better Kate song for the purposes of Brian's list: The Kick Inside. It's about a pregnancy from incest that leads to a suicide. I could quote it, but it's as bad as you can imagine and then some. Also, I'm a little afraid that Special K is going to play one or more of these songs just to spite Brian, so the less attention it gets the better. Nothing to see here...
Sweet mother of God. I just made the mistake of googling the lyrics to the Smith song while watching that fucking video.
I will probably be posting most of the night tonight. No fucking way am I going to sleep.