Meta: Ace Was the Lead Singer of a Ska Band

Submitted by Seth on October 6th, 2015 at 1:32 PM

Ace: "I only want to note that I didn’t write the lyrics for this song"

He hid it pretty well. And impressively, Ace's friends and Facebook friends stayed loyal through the entire search. But there are deep corners of the internet. Deeper than the places even an internet wizard like Ace knows about. I'm talking about Russian servers that downloaded everything free music sites were putting out in 2002 before the DRM people got good at it. Even if the servers have been wiped, the information is still there. Information like the names of band members (excavated from Twitter by kevin holt):

Like a woolly mammoth from the 2000th century BCE, it takes only a small effort to bury things and a massive coordinated project to dig it back up. This could not have been unearthed without the help of a massive team of excavators. In particular user Knight followed the crumb above to get where JZ, Dave and I did last night (we were working through a list of local ska bands), then took it a step further by finding a recording in the Ann Arbor District Library. A2Photonut and Skurnie both got the track from the library and emailed it to me. The latter, whom you may remember as the guy who writes our M soccer posts, also offered a suggestion:

Now we need someone to mash up this song with a Happy Gilmore montage.

Done. If anyone else would like to lose their dignity in solidarity, here's the thread.

Comments

Zarniwoop

October 6th, 2015 at 1:57 PM ^

Okay two things:

1. That wasn't nearly as bad as the lead-in would suggest. Frankly, it wasn't bad at all.

2. Ace has the perfect voice to be the lead singer in a Weird Al Yankovic cover band. I mean it. I can hear him doing Yoda in my head already. And that's not an insult because Weird Al can actually sing.

Edit:

3. Was Ace a drum major at Michigan? If so, that should be on the front page. Okay, not really, but major respect (pun intended) if true.

IncrediblySTIFF

October 6th, 2015 at 1:46 PM ^

Take it in stride.  In highschool I put out a 18 track album of cover songs with one of my buddies, we sold them for 4$ each and moved about 300 of them -- mostly to freshman, sophomore, and junior girls.  The lead song was me singing (in my baritone voice) my own rendition of Khia's "My Neck, My Back".

Lord help me if someone is able to find this stuff.

TSWC

October 6th, 2015 at 1:48 PM ^

I'm not really complaining, because you're doing God's work there, Seth, but I'm feeling like I didn't get Ace's full glory with the Happy Gilmore audio running in the background.

dragonchild

October 7th, 2015 at 7:57 AM ^

That shit wasn't too bad.  Very 90s garage band (more Offspring with a dash of TMBG than Nirvana) but at least the instruments were doing something.  There are even a few changeups.  This was way better than 90% of the crap on radio where a computer's cycling a riff that makes the Mega Man 2 stage select loop blush.

BlueMan80

October 6th, 2015 at 2:08 PM ^

Not bad at all, Ace.

I guess it's a good thing the Internet did not exist when I was a teenager.  Actually, even better, it did not exist while I was an undergrad in Ann Arbor.

kevin holt

October 6th, 2015 at 2:09 PM ^

I feel like my choice in username is going to make it hard to avoid any retaliation Ace might want to do... blame my lack of creativity in signing up to finally post a comment like 8 years ago. Jk totally not my real name (maybe this will work)?

westwardwolverine

October 6th, 2015 at 2:49 PM ^

Can someone transcribe the lyrics? Can't really make it all out. 

Also, I assume Ace signed off on this and wanted to say thanks for being a good sport about it Ace as this is hilarious. 

RFM

October 6th, 2015 at 2:51 PM ^

The next mystery for you all to solve is what's Ace'd real name. I won't tell and am interested to see how long it takes this board to figure it out.

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kevin holt

October 6th, 2015 at 4:14 PM ^

The only reason I'm responding to this is because Ace said he "take[s] great pride in" his real name, and because I won't ever have another chance to be the MGoDetective twice in two days. I hope he doesn't mind:

"I probably should have addressed that - Ace is a lifelong nickname, to the point where I changed my entry in the U-M directory so I wouldn't have to correct every professor/GSI during attendance on the first day of class. My real name is Harry, a name I take great pride in (I'm named after my grandfather and great uncle, being the first-born son in my family), but my parents called me Ace before I was ever born. I've had relatives write me checks with 'Ace' on them, and it got to the point where I convinced the bank that they should just accept them instead of making me ask family members to re-send them using my real name.

"No, my brother is not named 'Deuce' - just had to head that one off before it was even put forth."

--Ace, in his Hello post (http://mgoblog.com/diaries/hello-me)

Apologies for ruining the mystique. Ace, if you do mind, seriously don't hesitate to delete this and I apologize with sincerity.

Jonesy

October 6th, 2015 at 3:52 PM ^

I've hated ska music during the (thankfully) short time it was popular and this sounded just like all the crap that was on the radio back then, which is a compliment, I expected this to be far more embarrassing.

trueblueintexas

October 6th, 2015 at 4:24 PM ^

In some parts of the interwebs this would cause said focus to run and hide in scorn never to be heard from again. On MGoBlog? It makes us love you even more! Ace, your aces in my book.

Sports

October 6th, 2015 at 4:39 PM ^

Also, have there been any recent updates regarding Ace's health? I remember that there were some pretty serious issues a while back and reading Jamie's recent diary reminded me of that. Anyone know how he's doing?