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Hey, if TNA can have a hall of fame, then Community Deathmatch can sure as hell have one of its own! So I figured with Community Deathmatch's 4th anniversary coming up in April (holy fucking shit that's old), I thought what better way to commemorate it than to sorta honor the people who helped spawn the madness and whose matches put Community Deathmatch on the map! So here's the gist of things.
- I'm gonna keep things simple similar to SBC's own hall of fame and have just two categories; the Member and Match categories.
- The Member category will honor a single, exceptional member (cuz hell if CD's picked up enough steam to induct an entire class) who has appeared on Community Deathmatch in any capacity. Whether they are one of the best, most fleshed characters on the show or are just a shit-tier undercarder. Whether they took part in a match for the ages, just talked straight trash, conducted interviews, took shit, gave shit, appeared only on the Exhibition episodes that I post on this blog, etc if this particular character left so much as an impression on you. If they impressed you enough to convince you that they deserve such an honor, then nominate them right on in! And, of course, don't nominate yourself. That shits tacky, mang. I mean, CD can get pretty tacky, but that's too tacky. fuck it, nominate whoever. It makes things more interesting ad easier. Deathmatch can pull this tacky shit off.
- The Match category will honor the one match that viewers/voters felt stood out from the rest. Same deal goes for matches; whether it was the best damn match on the show (be it the main thread or the Exhibition entries on this blog), or the worst. If it holds a special place in your heart above all the others, then nominate that lil fucker in! Of course, don't nominate matches that you, yourselves, might have been in. fuck it, nominate whatever. It makes things more interesting ad easier. Deathmatch can pull this tacky shit off.
- This post announcing it officially marks the cutoff for nominees. So anything Deathmatch-related posted before this announcement is fair game for nominating. Anything that may be posted hereafter, unfortunately, will not count. But hey, there might be next year!
If you happen to have anymore ideas for categories, feel free to lay em on me. I may just add them to the ballot or at least save them for the future. I'm thinking about leaving the nominating process open til the end of March to give potential voters/new readers some time to digest the Deathmatch lore in full. Then have the official voting process go down in April, which just so happens to be Community Deathmatch's birth month. Not that I'm expecting a huge voter turnout, cuz this shit ain't everybody's cup of tea here lel hopefully we can muster up just enough to justify this ceremony exercise your right as an SBC member, a Community Deathmatch fan, and nominate today!
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If you wondered where I was this time last week, I was in the Music City itself, Nashville, Tennessee! I spent the weekend in Nashville to film my school's club ice hockey team in their conference tournament. I wasn't originally supposed to do it, but a position opened up, and the hockey players' parents were paying for everything, so I figured "why not".
Our trip didn't get off to the best start. The bus I was riding in with the hockey team and fellow media members broke down in the middle of the trip, and our bus driver seemed to have no idea how to fix it for the longest time. After half an hour of us sitting in the bus bewildered and afraid, the driver told us in his very thick Italian accent that "it's time to Mickey Mouse" this. Nobody on the bus knew what that meant, but whatever it was, it worked, and we got a brand new meme out of it.
The coach bought a bunch of DVDs to watch on the bus after lunch, and the team chose to watch Superbad. I had never watched Superbad before, so it was a pretty fun experience seeing it for the first time with a bunch of college guys. I could barely hear the movie above all the hooting and hollering, but I could still appreciate it for the penis jokes and the reminders that MySpace and cell phones that only called people were still popular in 2007.
Shortly after Superbad ended, the bus reached the hotel, and I was put in a room with two other media members. We watched Futurama until it was time to leave for the hockey stadium. I had never filmed hockey before, so following that little puck around the skating rink with my camera was a nightmare. Whenever you watch hockey, don't forget the work that these camera people do, because it is without a doubt the worst sport to film.
Thankfully, we won the game, so it wasn't a totally miserable experience, even if it meant I had to film another game the next day. After going back to the hotel, my roommates and I got together with some female media members, and we all got dinner together. Since I was the only person in the group who was 21 or older, I had to buy us liquor after we finished dinner, my first time visiting a liquor store and hopefully my last.
I didn't actually drink any of the liquor because I was all business, but I still hung out with the girls and my roommates in the girls' room, where we watched Friends and everybody else got drunk. The girls kicked us out right before midnight, and my roommates passed out pretty much as soon as we got back to our room. I didn't really mind, as I didn't feel like staying up late that night, anyway.
I woke up at 6 a.m. the next day and trashed central time in the shoutbox because I can't go a week without angrily posting something in the shoutbox. About an hour later, I went down to the lobby to eat breakfast, and the coach and bus driver were the only other people up that early. I learned that the coach was from Canada and came down here to play hockey, but he fell in love (with a woman, not America (well maybe America too (it was an American woman, after all (I'm using way too many parentheses here)))) and decided to stay.
My roommates, their female friends, and I spent most of the day visiting the hot spots at Nashville. First of all, every stereotype you hear about Nashville is true. People wear cowboy hats and ride horses down the street, and all the bars play live country music 24/7. After eating at one of the bars, we went back to the hockey stadium and covered our team's next game, where we lost to Georgia because we lose to them in every sport.
Our team was devastated after the loss, though I wasn't as sad about it because it meant we would be leaving at 2 the next day instead of 5, when the championship game probably would have ended. Going home from Nashville was going to take us eight hours, and I still had school on Monday, so the sooner we left Sunday, the better. I did feel bad for the hockey players, though, even though they were all from the North and reminded me of my own inadequacies.
That night I did stay up late eating pizza and watching Central Intelligence with my roommates. Central Intelligence had Kevin Hart and The Rock, so it was amazing, of course, and took the bad taste of that night's loss right out of our mouths. That and the pizza. The bad taste returned the next morning, though, when our hockey team lost the third place game, which I filmed with less than five hours of sleep. We went straight to the bus after that and spent eight hours riding home, though we got there at 11 PM instead of 10 PM because of crazy timezone magic.
Despite the time there being objectively wrong, I had a lot of fun in Nashville and would go there again. Plus, I watched three great comedy movies for the first time. (The other being Horrible Bosses on the ride home, which like Central Intelligence and Superbad was a 10/10). I also watched Grown Ups for the first time on the bus, which was definitely a movie, but not what I would call "great" or "comedy". Still, it was a decent way to kill time.
Anyway, if you actually managed to sit through all of my rambling and bad attempts at humor, you deserve a prize, so I'll give you one. Behold: Your very own country guitar!
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Hey, it's Ryan back with the first edition of Shugo Chara Month! Well, months, but who really cares. Sorry it took this long to write my first entry. School has been stressing me out recently and I've been pretty preoccupied. Expect to see these blog entries mostly on the weekends. But anyways, today, I want to talk about some of my personal memories with Shugo Chara.
The first memory dates back to the fifth grade, where most of these come from. I remember in fifth grade, well, actually all of elementary school, we had a time for independent reading. I remember hating it due to it being boring and I also remember specifically in the fifth grade it was RIGHT BEFORE RECESS, so that was daunting over you the entire period. Man, on a side note I can't believe it's been FIVE YEARS SINCE FIFTH GRADE FOR ME, but anyway that's for another time. Anyway, I have two specific stories from independent reading involving Shugo Chara. My first one is when I was in fifth grade, I used some paper to make my own Shugo Chara bookmark. What I remember most from the bookmark is it contained all of the names of the charas, even including one time characters like Snoppe for some reason. Anyway, I used this bookmark avidly for most of my fifth grade and I'm pretty sweet toward it. I really wish I could find it someday for happiness, but I probably still have it somewhere in my binder from fifth grade in my closet.
The second memory from independent reading was I remember every Friday I think it was we were able to bring in our own books. Usually on Monday through Thursday we had to read books in the class, most of which majorly disinterested me as back then not a lot of things interested me too much. Thus every Friday I stole one of my older sister's Shugo Chara manga (which she was fine with!) and read it in class. Oh man, that brings back so many memories, even bittersweet ones. I remember we did a lot of student-teacher conferences for our reading where the teacher took notes about what the student was reading, and I did a few for the manga, the main one I remember was Volume 5. I still have those notes around somewhere, they're also in that binder, and I may very well put them up here if anyone wants to see them. Anyway, another story I remember is that first off my best friend rode my bus in fifth grade so we would usually sit together, but sometimes when he wasn't here or we just didn't sit together I would sit by myself, and usually read Shugo Chara manga. I even did this in sixth grade when I hated a lot of the kids in my bus but I read the Puchi Puchi manga (Which is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by me, it's HYSTERICAL) on the bus. Anyway, back to fifth grade. I remember I was reading it once on the bus when some dumb like first grader saw the book and started shouting "HE'S A GIRL" or some shit like that because of the cover, which actually does make me laugh now as much as it did piss me off back then.
Another memory I have, a small one, was i would draw the chara eggs for Ran, Miki, Su, and Dia on the little slips of paper that told you which section was for which subject in school. I remember it as something like Ran for Math, Miki for Writing, Su for Science and Dia for History but I'm probably wrong, but yeah, that was another thing I did.
One that really makes me cringe was right at the start of fifth grade I insisted everyone would call me "The Joker" in reference to Amu's Guardian position. God that makes me cringe thinking about it, but yeah, I really did that. Another thing I remember was when I got angry, which was very often then, I would pretend to character transform, usually with Yoru or Pepe. Man, I was a weird kid in fifth and sixth grade. Oh yeah and seventh but we don't speak of those times.
Anyways that's all I have right now! I will be sure to return with another installment of Shugo Chara Month probably this weekend.
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I've been debating on whether or not if this was something cool to really share here, and I finally said why not.
I tried "reorchestrating" this from the GBA version of CFTKK by ear as a practice thing, though I'm sure it's not perfect.
And then out of boredom I ended up making a music box version of it, because I remembered I had a music box soundfont.
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Bringing this back from last year, except this time I'm expanding to the top 20. So let's take a look at the week of February 4 and see what the charts have to offer, shall we?
1. "Bad and Boujee" - Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert
I'm not a fan of Migos or Lil Uzi Vert, but this track isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Still doesn't mean it's that good, but it's boring as opposed to being outright awful.
2. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
I actually like this. The tropical pop vibe of pop music is dying down, but I don't mind it here. It's not a great song but I think it's a fun one and it's catchy as hell. I will say that Castle on the Hill is much better and I'm disappointed and surprised to see it drop so far from #6 to #28 in only the span of a week.
3. "Black Beatles" - Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
I've warmed up to this song since I first heard it. The beat is pretty sweet and I can actually dig the rapping on here from all three parties involved.
4. "Closer" - The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
I'm impressed by the staying power this song has had. I've got nothing to say about it that I haven't already said in my Best Songs of 2016 list...it's still good albeit overplayed.
5. "Starboy" - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Glad to see this still in the top 5, though I notice its chart position has been slipping a bit. Oh well, at least it had its brief time in the sun as #1.
6. "Bad Things" - Machine Gun Kelly feat. Camila Cabello
Oh great, another mediocre white rapper. Not a huge fan of Camila's hook either, but at least she sounds more interesting than this Machine Gun Kelly fella.
7. "Paris" - The Chainsmokers
After a string of solid singles from them in 2016, this feels like a bit of a letdown. The production is nice, but I dunno. This song feels like it's missing something but I can't put my finger on it. I do like the vocals from Emily Warren on there, though.
8. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" - Taylor Swift and Zayn
Whoever told Zayn to belt out in his higher register here made a big mistake. He sounds awful. At least Taylor sounds fine, but this song isn't anything special honestly.
9. "Don't Wanna Know" - Maroon 5 feat. Kendrick Lamar
This song is still so boring. Moving on.
10. "24K Magic" - Bruno Mars
Meanwhile this song is still groovy.
11. "Fake Love" - Drake
I know Drake is a better singer than this. What's going on here? I don't like this song and I wish Drake would take a vacation from music for a bit.
12. "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj
Still liking this, pretty much, though it's in danger of being tired out due to overplay for me.
13. "Scars to Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara
This song is a bit too cheesy for my liking. It's yet another self-empowerment anthem that doesn't really say anything interesting, though on some level I do appreciate the message that she's trying to send out about appreciating your beauty.
14. "Caroline" - Aminé
I'm not sure how I feel about this. The lyrics are...something else. ("Let's get gory like a Tarantino movie." what.) The production is a bit noisy for my liking, and I don't think I'm a big fan of this guy's delivery either. Yet I don't completely hate it?
15. "Bounce Back" - Big Sean
I like Big Sean, he's one of those rappers that's filled with charisma. I can dig this, though I wish the hook was a bit catchier.
16. "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber
Used to think this song was a bore, but I'm starting to warm up to it. DJ Snake has done better, but this is all right.
17. "Love on the Brain" - Rihanna
This is a really nice retro-sounding jam, not in Rihanna's usual wheelhouse, which is intriguing to me. She sounds pretty good on here for the most part.
18. "Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)" - Zay Hilgfierrr and Zayvion McCall
...Well, at least it isn't in the top 10 anymore. This song is still incredibly stupid, though. Did I seriously think Don't Wanna Know was worst than this? What a mistake.
19. "I Feel it Coming" - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Not only was it a great way to end the Starboy album, but this song is just great in general. I love the disco-style production that's a nice throwback to Get Lucky, and the overall optimistic tone of this song puts a big smile on my face.
20. "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
As opposed to some of the other tracks on here, I've actually cooled on this one. I don't hate it or anything but I've grown tired of it now.
Worst song: Juju on That Beat
Dishonorable mention: Bad Things
Best song: I Feel it Coming
Honorable mention: 24K Magic
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Well, we are 8 days into 2017 and we've already had a match better than possibly any other match that has ever took place.
But besides the point, 2016 was a monumental year not only for WWE but for the rest of the professional wrestling world. And on this blog post, I'm going to take this Spongebob forum on a little trip through one of professional wrestling's most important years in modern history.
WWE's Expanding Business Ideas
Perhaps the most important thing that wrestling fans can take out of last year was the fact that WWE is actually putting thought into what they are doing for business. Take for example the Cruiser Weight Classic, WWE's Coup de Grace for many people doubting their ability to listen to the fans and provide excellent wrestling on a wrestling service. (Don't worry, I will get back to the CWC later), WWE has utilized the Network to perhaps it's best potential yet by providing this show for the fans. Sure they have dropped the ball with the Cruiserweights at the start, but that was to be expected. What matters most is that WWE took the risk of trying this idea, and others similar in nature like the up-coming UK Title Tournament. We and many casual fans are getting to experience the best wrestling the world has to offer because of these ideas and deals.
To take a side track from the CWC, let's look at WWE's biggest decision this year, which was to make a brand split. So far, it's helped the company rather than hurt. The audience gets more, and better story-lines from Smackdown. And please, tell me the last time you've actually cared about Smackdown before last year. I sure as hell can't. Sure the brand split isn't a new idea, but it was a much needed one. The wrestlers themselves needed it more than anything. It keeps the roster fresh, and helps build story-lines in a more tight-nit place. The drawback this brings however, is stale match-ups which I often see on Raw more than anything.
I want to segway back into the CWC for just a bit and bring up change within in a company. I want to talk a little bit about those darn indy promotions. TNA had one of the more excellent years it's had in a long time based soley on one man, which is Matt Hardy. Now, y'all know I couldn't talk about a wrestling revolution with out bringing up the broken one himself. Talk about making me care for something dead in the water. Matt Hardy re-inventing himself into this character and not breaking kay-fabe really shows the determination this guy has for wrestling. 2016 would have been much different without our broken brothers.
Let's look at ROH and PWG now. ROH and PWG didn't have such exciting draws like Broken Matt and the CWC, but it brought much change to both of the companies. In 2016, they had many shared talent to work with, and some of them are the best in the world. Zack Sabre Jr. got a rise into stardom with the CWC, but has been busting his ass off here in the states and the UK. Adam Cole broke Jay Lethal's historic title run as ROH World Champion. The Bucks of Youth hold both promotion's tag titles. Sure ROH and PWG don't hold a candle to WWE, but it's hard work like this that make me notice these promotions and enjoy them, and you should too.
Now for the big daddy, NJPW. Boy did New Japan kick some mighty ass in 2016. Change was a major part in this shift. Let's point out the biggest and most historic one first. Kenny Omega becoming the first gaijin to ever win the G1 Climax was huge. It really showed that the company cared about perhaps their most important talent, and wanted to show him off for the rest of the world by putting him in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom. But, another big change, that was more noticeable at Wrestle Kingdom, was the rise of Los Ingobernables de Japon. Naito has been on an absolute tear in 2016. He won the IWGP Heavyweight Title, he won the IC title, and beat Tanahashi at WK11. All of LIJ have gold now, and the merch sales show why. The shifting away from Bullet Club and Chaos is a good set point for 2017 and are going to lay the ground works for the rest of this year.
The Wrestlers Who Made 2016 in WWE
I have mentioned many above which I may talk about later down this blog, however there is one big name I have left out.
If you would have told me that AJ Styles would have the best 2016 out of anyone, I would absolutely believe you. If you told me it would be in WWE including a world championship win, then I wouldn't. Talk about taking over a company by storm, let alone the WWE. The man did it in 2015 with New Japan, so why the fuck can't he do it to WWE in 2016? Debuted at the Rumble, wrestled in the Tokyo Dome, wrestled in MSG, wrestled in WrestleMania, beat John Cena clean, won the WWE Championship. The dude has done it all and it's his first year here. He fit right in with the rest of the company, and deserves it. He is truly deserving of a spot on wrestling's Mount Rushmore.
Talk about having a god damn debut. Not only did this man wrestle the best singles match in WWE this year, he's also the second only 2-time NXT champion along with another man that helped move Shinsuke far which is Samoa Joe (get back to me next year so I can put Joe on this list). I'm putting Nakamura on this list for a couple of reasons over Joe. It shows that WWE is not afraid to take any New Japan talent they can get, and it shows they are willing to put their bags with someone who is not a native English speaker. To me, it takes a lot of balls to do that, but this is Nakamura we are talking about here. He doesn't even have to speak a language, only his body does. He is truly a master at telling a story or conveying emotions through his body motions, it's truly breath-taking and it's worth seeing than explaining. The dude's headlined many Takeovers and proved himself here in WWE on day one.
Now we are fucking talking boys. I always had this sneaking suspicion that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder were going to be sleeper hits for the WWE Universe, and boy did they prove me right. I can say with confidence that they are the best tag team in the world right now and no one can convince me otherwise. They legit put on match of the year in WWE with #DIY and put on countless more classics with American Alpha. They are the backbone of the tag division in WWE and I can't wait for their main roster debut, the deserve nothing but the world for giving us classic heel wrestling at its finest.
Well damn boys, it was either her, Sasha, or Asuka. I had to go with the Queen all the way. Her consistency to put on big time matches are superb. Her long stent with Sasha is the absolute pinnacle of Women's Wrestling in main-stream wrestling. Her heel work makes you legit hate her, but that is what makes her shine. Her in-ring work, promo work, and all around personality set her apart from the rest of the division, which is why I chose her in this more important spot. Her and Sasha took what WWE failed with in the Divas Revolution and completely broke boundaries and established many more great matches to come.
God do you want to talk about a turn-around. If you told me last year that I would put Miz in my top five favorite wrestlers of the year, I would have knocked your ass out. But damn has this man really changed the mid-card scene for the better. The greatest heel in the company right now, (other than Chris Jericho
) Miz wore that IC title with pride and was not afraid to defend it and it's lineage by any means possible. It was a real delight to see the Miz and Ziggler actually have a good story-line and put on matches to back it up. God I love the Miz, he really made 2016 special on Smackdown.
What's not a little year end wrap up with a little bit of pot stirring. I sure love controversy, and apparently so do other wrestling fans. It was a pretty big theme this year and I want to start by highlighting perhaps the most talked about one, which was the Will Ospreay vs Ricochet match from the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
This match alone set off a chain reaction of what wrestling should be perceived as, and is quite possibly the most important question about wrestling. It shows that no matter how you look at it, somebody else views it differently, or takes a different opinion than you do. It's such an odd spectacle to see people get so work up over this match.
Boy oh boy, let's talk about that squash match at Survivor Series. You'd be lying if you said you saw that coming. Boy was I shocked, and I had some words to say, but at the end of the day, this story isn't over. So for now, I will hold my breath, but it is worth mentions because it was a very huge controversies among fans. My take on it? Well it was fucking crazy, but hey that's what women hormones will do to ya.
Where do we go from here?
After watching Wrestle Kingdom 11 live, I'm here to safely say that 2017 perhaps looks to succeed perhaps more than last year. With the upcoming UK tournament, the fall out of WK11, the Rumble. It's all looking to be a great year for wrestling. I'm very excited to take another step through this historic period in wrestling and just bask in it. Drink it in maaaaann.
Well 2016 was over, and I felt i haven't done anything for my personal list I had seen like watching favorite shows and/or movies, so why not sharing of my faves of that year? Keep in mind this list is based on new season/episodes.
SOF'S TOP 5 BEST SHOWS OF 2016
5. The Amazing World of Gumball
This show was good as i began to watch more often during Season 3, and then season 4 finally started which i continue to catch up. I must admit. this show has really funny as seeing Rob gets a major role during that season that interested me what has done to him being an villain in "The Bus", "The Disaster" and "The Rerun". At least it has been resolved with Gumball helping him back to being good (well sorta ). Season 5 will continue next month. In my opinion I think this show gets a lot better than s3, and I will keep tuning in to it.
Favorite Episode from this season: The Bus
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012 series).
I actually enjoyed this season a lot, the first half featured in space is interesting to see, and I loved how interesting the concept it was while the 2nd half saw the return to Earth with April is finally being part of the team with the gang. I'm glad Karai has been changed to good side of her, she was like amazing too. as the team put the shredder to the end well I guess it's the way the show might be last season but idk how s5 is gonna work if s4 is last season but eh i get it due to fandom. Overall, season 4 (so far) is decent. Can't wait the show to return this February.
Favorite Episode: Earth's Last Stand.
3. Star vs. Force of Evil
I actually liked this show a lot when I first heard of this, and I didn't get a chance to watch since Gravity Falls was my favorite show at the time. However, I decided to give a shot by binge-watching season 1, and I'm all caught up on 2nd season, and DAMN, does this show looks amazing. the characters are wonderful, and I especially liked they improved Janna's character to give more focus in 2nd season. Ludo is interesting villain that he wanted Star's wand, but i do wonder he wanted it so badily when Season 2 build his character development. Guess we'll see how this plays out when new episodes resturns this month.
Favorite Episode: tie between Bon Bon the Birthday Clown & Starsitting
2. Gravity Falls
As i already mentioned on GF topic, it has good run, and I enjoy how this show put proper ending with Dipper & Mabel saves from Bill Cipher taking weirdness to the universe by defeating him was intense battle. The show means a lot to me, and I still enjoyed it even the show's over.
Favorite Episode: Northwest Mysteries.
1. Regular Show
This show is just more than just being regular show, and it has some great moments in these episodes. I remember It didn't get me interested until like maybe 2013 when I decide to watch it again over the summer, but i ended up liking it a lot. the characters are awesome, the animation was decent, and the season 8 has actual story arc focusing on Pops whuch makes sense since no other main characters (Modercal & Rigby) were always got into trouble or getting (almost) fired by Benson. In the end of the day, i hate to see the show go. It has good run, and it will be proper ending to epic battle series finale. My persinal favorite character are Elleen, Rigby, and Benson. All in all, I'm going to miss it a lot
Favorite Episode of this series: Pull Up & Rigby's Graduation.
Will do top 5 favorite movies of 2016 probably this weekend or next weekend, so what do tou think? what's your fave shows of 2016. I would love to hear yours thoughts.
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the feeling has kicked in. i can feel the boby coming in. my only solitude in these trying hours of the 84th trimester is sobbing into a lean cuisine at 3:36am, pondering the fragility of life. i suddenly have a craving for FAT FREE Fladooldes
OMG NEED THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^
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Please don't get triggered.
Honestly, how is there a meme about someone who wears white colored skateboarding shoes.
Why are you putting your filthy dicks out for a dead gorilla? It's sad, not funny! But may he rest in peace.
GET BACK TO WORK LAURI, STOP CRUSHING RANDOM SHIT!
This one is my least favourite. I'm surprised it caught on, it's just a small stupid video. IT WAS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS, FFS!
Okay, this one was pretty cool, but it was still annoying when all your friends want you to stop what you're doing and make a stupid pose to THAT GIRL IS A REAL CROWD PLEA-
Let's hope 2017 is a better year of memes and viral trends.
I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!
And soon enough...Spoiler
(don't worry; I'm fine now!)
Here's to happiness!!!!!!
And the first time I'm saying this publicly...
I love you, Homie. ❤️
Let's make this the best time of our lives~
I'm gonna be honest. It was pretty difficult writing my Bottom 10. Assembling it was pretty easy but I wanted to write more original commentary for those songs. I think writing for my Bottom 5 songs was pretty easy enough, but I couldn't really muster any other commentary for the other songs that people already said. That being said, I have never been more excited to reveal the Top 10 of this amazing year. So let's take a sleigh ride through this wonderful winter wonderland otherwise known as...
THE TOP 10 SONGS OF 2015!Spoiler
Let's forget this awful collaboration ever existed and move on to an actually better one.
10. “FourFiveSeconds” – Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney
See, while "Only" sounds miserable and dull, this song is completely stripped down and relaxed. All three artists sound pretty good in the song. With Paul providing the unplugged acoustic production in the background and Rihanna and Kanye providing their natural vocals, they both combine and make an excellent song. The thing that interested me the most in this song is Kanye West singing his lines instead of rapping them. And he's not very autotuned either. I don't really see this side of him before, but I kinda like it.
The best thing about this song though is Paul McCartney. I think his presence, bar none, gives the song its relaxed vibe. I think if it was given to a blowhard like will.i.am, the song wouldn't even sound good at all, but I'm so glad they went with Sir Paul. If this is what it takes to make a classic artist relevant on the Billboard charts, then I'm glad it exists.Spoiler
Time to give due where credit is due. Hello, Taylor Swift. Welcome to the 2015 best list.
9. “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
While "Bad Blood" may still exist, the rest of her singles make up for it in every way. Instead of teasing the critics in "Shake It Off", Taylor takes a different approach and portrays what the critics think of her as a satirical character of her own. I guessed that's why I liked this more than "Shake It Off". If anything, it makes Taylor Swift seem more creative and honest about herself. And I can't help but comment on how beautiful it sounds. It feels like Taylor Swift is starting to come out of her cocoon and starting to write more complete pop songs. No breakup songs, no dreary "Bad Blood"s, just complete, pure Taylor Swift.
Haters gonna hate hate hate, but after this, I don't think I'll be able to hate you ever again.Spoiler
Speaking of artists I find hit-or-miss, Pitbull.
I've always found Pitbull to be kind of an egotistical douchebag. Bragging about himself, calling himself "Mr. Worldwide", saying stuff like "Everybody wants to be Pitbull". Stop it, Pitbull. I don't think I want to be you. I'd rather be myself. But that being said, there are some songs with appearances from Pitbull I do like. I mean, I did like "DJ Got Us Falling in Love" and that song is damn near untouchable, Pitbull or not Pitbull. I think I should be a little easier on the guy, especially when he releases stuff like this:
8. “Time of Our Lives” – Pitbull and Ne-Yo
Okay, yeah, I don't think this is different from any other of his songs. He STILL calls himself "Mr. Worldwide" in this song but I think this differs from his other songs in many ways. For one, he isn't rapping or singing or spouting random nonsense like "I'm a movie that you TiVo" ("DJ Got Us Falling in Love" is still a great song, btw). No, he's simply rapping about how less money he has and how he wants to spend it all on. Just simply partying like it's the last night of his life and having fun doing it. Way better than him doing stuff like "Yo, I have all this money and I'm gonna spend it all on strippers and hookers". This song is the complete opposite of that.
I admit, I haven't heard much stuff from Ne-Yo, but I think he sounds really great in this as well. Both him and Pitbull did well. Thank you, Pitbull. I think songs like this will prevent you from being a--
Yeah, that. Exactly that.Spoiler
Looking back at it, "Centuries" was NOT a very good Fall Out Boy song. I swear, it felt like they were trying to emulate "Animals" by Maroon 5. One "Animals" by Maroon 5 is bad enough, we don't need two. Yeesh.
It's better to have them emulate surf rock instead.
7. “Uma Thurman” – Fall Out Boy
Pulp Fiction is a great movie and I like seeing them writing a cool tribute to one of the film's stars, Uma Thurman. What else can I say? It completely rocks. The one thing that's a little odd about this song is how the song samples The Munsters theme. Seems a little odd to sample something that Uma Thurman really wasn't in, but I'll still give them points. I mean, it DOES sound similar to the Pulp Fiction theme. Plus, I can't really imagine it sounding right without the Munsters sample. Oh well. Fall Out Boy does tend to get a little odd sometimes, but I see no problem with that.
Speaking of odd, what the fuck is going on in the thumbnail?Spoiler
Like I said. I prefer when Taylor Swift goes full pop. And thank god she did.
6. “Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift
The more I look into Taylor Swift this year, the more I start to develop an interest in her music because.......dear god, she's been near-perfect this entire year. Taylor Swift has captured the essence of pop like we've all asked her to do and this is Evidence #2. Taylor Swift wrote this song about the man she fantasizes being in love with and then, describing what her dreams with him will look like. Taylor Swift really wants this man. She really needs him. She wants him to remember him for life, even in her dreams. Such an amazing song and really makes my opinion on her want to turn around. My wild dream is for that to happen with her excellent music.Spoiler
So, uh, you might notice that my commentary has been lacking lately. They're all great songs but I don't think I can think of anything else to say other than "I agree with all of you guys". I'm not exactly a Clappy or a Wumbo to elaborate more on what I like about these songs. I'm not that good yet. I guess those reasons are why I don't really say much.
That or I've been saving them all up for my Top 5.
5. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato
Man, whatever Selena Gomez does completely wrong for "songs performed by Disney stars that broke out into music", Demi Lovato does completely right. I've never listened to a lot of Demi Lovato songs before this one, but after listening to this year's songs, I can definitely see into the great personality she has. While Selena Gomez's songs on here have little to no personality at all, Demi completely blows me away with this one. It has really great rock vibes to it and sounds completely sleek and sexy, I can't do nothing but like it.
There have been critics comparing this to "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry, which I'm assuming is because of its sexually suggestive lyrics or the "Got a taste for the cherry" line. Either way, I don't think comparing that song to this would be fair. This is WAY WAY WAY better than that song. There have also been comparisons to "Domino" by Jessie J because of the melody in the chorus. I would completely understand that, but I don't think it's with comparing to. This is superior to both of those songs.
It's completely sexy and just rocks. It's cool for the summer or any season, for that matter.Spoiler
I don't think I've ever shown any animosity towards "The Hills", nor do I show any love for it. I have a soft spot for dark-sounding songs but at the same time, it sounds a little ugly as well. And "Earned It", I never really paid much attention to, to be honest. I think the middle would be the perfect placements for both of those songs. However, there is one The Weeknd song that's so good that it made it all the way to the top half and even the Top 10. And here it is.
4. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
I don't mind The Hills at all, but I think this song, if anything, shows off more of his star power than on any of his other songs. If he becomes the next breakout Canadian singer of the mainstream, I honestly wouldn't complain. The Weeknd definitely channels the Michael Jackson on the inside. Like he actually has the spirit of Jackson controlling his body and voice.
Okay, either that's a reference to his Pepsi incident or it's a symbolism that The Weeknd was on straight fire in this song. As it's a really good song.
Although it needs a few "hee-hees" and moonwalking, this was a great homage to Jacko. Thank you, The Weeknd. We really needed this Michael Jackson throwback in this year.Spoiler
Okay, I like me some Michael Jackson throwbacks as much as the other Billboard critics do, but at the end of it, I really like me some early '80s synthpop. What can I say?
3. "Shut Up and Dance" - Walk the Moon
Although I can't say this is my favorite Walk the Moon song, I am so glad that this was the song to become popular with the mainstream folk. That's what I like about the music from 2015. I mean, I never expected an indie-alternative band like Walk the Moon to ever make the charts! The song just bursts with so much energy, you can't help but like it. And the synth solo in the middle of the song?
I don't care if people judge me. I am gonna take some ecstasy and just fucking spin dance on the dance floor. I mean, that guy in the video is doing it! Whatever he's on, I want it so bad.
We really need more bands like Walk the Moon to enter the pop lexicon. If anyone says otherwise, I'd advise them to shut up.............and dance.Spoiler
I think the issue that some people have with this next song is that it's "overrated". That it "plays too much on the radio". At least that's how I see it.
First of all, it's your own damn fault for making this song so popular. If you don't like it anymore after the thousandth time it plays, oh well. Second, if you like the song, you should be glad that its getting the plays it deserves. If it's a song you don't like that's getting overplayed, that's fine. But if it's a song that you think is good, then you have no right to complain.
So why am I writing this preamble? Because I'm about to introduce the most deserving #1 of 2015.
2. "Uptown Funk" - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Okay, maybe it's neither the Michael Jackson or '80s synthrock tribute I like, but rather the throwback to '70s R&B and funk. Can you honestly blame me? If there's one single person out there who dislikes this song, they must not have a soul. This song is pretty much un-hateable. Mark Ronson does a good job with the funky production of this song while Bruno performs with all the swagger it deserves. They both combine together to make one excellent 2015 jam.
I can tell that many artists on here wanted to make a song as good as this song, like Macklemore. It has 4 featured artists. It's called "Downtown". Clearly these are pieces of evidence that proves that it wanted to be as successful as "Uptown Funk". I don't think it's a bad song by any means, but it's pretty much a clusterfuck of a song. Sorry, Macklemore, but "uptown" beats "downtown" by a long mile. Ain't that right, Billy Joel?
So yeah, "Uptown Funk" funks me up. And anyone who says otherwise can go uptown fuck themselves.Spoiler
I have been anticipating for this moment ever since I started writing these lists. I've never been this excited to unveil my magnum opus of 2015. I finally get to do so.
Honestly, I don't even think that picking a #1 was so much of a challenge here. In fact, I chose it even before I ranked all of the songs. That's how much I loved this song. And ranking it one spot above "Uptown Funk", one of the most perfect songs to ever grace 2015, means that I really, really, REALLY love this song.
I've talked about this artist so many times this year. On both my best and worst lists. And if you haven't figured it out by now, it's Taylor Swift.
1. "Style" - Taylor Swift
God, just hearing the song begin makes me feel like I'm going into a world where perfect pop music exists and Taylor Swift pretty much rules it. It really puts a smile on my face whenever I hear it. The other songs I've put on this countdown by her are great but Taylor feels like she's in her zone with this song. Very calm and ethereal, THIS is pretty much the song Taylor Swift was born to make. The absolute perfect Taylor Swift song. Who needs to hear about her not getting back together with other people? Or the bad blood she has with other singers? Just give me songs about guys who look like James Dean or stuff like that. If anything, it makes up for any bad songs Taylor has sung in the past. Absolutely beautiful and perfect.
"Style" has to be my favorite song of 2015, and it will NEVER go out of style.
1. “Style” – Taylor Swift
2. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
3. “Shut Up and Dance” – Walk the Moon
4. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
5. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato
6. “Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift
7. “Uma Thurman” – Fall Out Boy
8. “Time of Our Lives” – Pitbull and Ne-Yo
9. “Blank Space” – Taylor Swift
10. “FourFiveSeconds” – Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney
11. “Love Me Like You Do” – Ellie Goulding
12. “Lean On” - Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ
13. “Love Me Harder” – Ariana Grande and The Weeknd
14. “Chandelier” – Sia
15. “Hello” – Adele
16. “Hey Mama” - David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack
17. “Want to Want Me” – Jason Derulo
18. “I Don’t Fuck With You” – Big Sean featuring E-40
19. “Chains” – Nick Jonas
20. “Ex’s and Oh’s” – Elle King
21. “Blessings” – Big Sean featuring Drake
22. “Cheerleader” – OMI
23. “Back to Back” – Drake
24. “What Do You Mean?” – Justin Bieber
25. “Budapest” – George Ezra
26. “Here” – Alessia Cara
27. “Lay Me Down” – Sam Smith
28. “Drag Me Down” – One Direction
29. “Sugar” – Maroon 5
30. “Downtown” - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz
31. “Ghost” – Ella Henderson
32. “Don’t” – Ed Sheeran
33. “Night Changes” – One Direction
34. “One Last Time” – Ariana Grande
35. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
36. “Waves” – Mr. Probz
37. “Riptide” – Vance Joy
38. “Habits (Stay High)” – Tove Lo
39. “Take Me to Church” – Hozier
40. “All Eyes on You” - Meek Mill featuring Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj
41. “The Heart Wants What It Wants” – Selena Gomez
42. “Talking Body” – Tove Lo
43. “I Don’t Mind” – Usher featuring Juicy J
44. “Elastic Heart” – Sia
45. “CoCo” – O.T. Genasis
46. “Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
47. “Slow Motion” – Trey Songz
48. “7/11” – Beyoncé
49. “The Hills” – The Weeknd
50. “Classic Man” – Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur
51. “House Party” – Sam Hunt
52. “Bitch Better Have My Money” – Rihanna
53. “You Know You Like It” – DJ Snake and AlunaGeorge
54. “Renegades” – X Ambassadors
55. "El Perdón" – Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias
56. “Photograph” – Ed Sheeran
57. “Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt
58. “Earned It” – The Weeknd
59. “See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth
60. “How Deep Is Your Love” – Calvin Harris and Disciples
61. “Tuesday” - ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake
62. “Truffle Butter” – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil Wayne
63. “Locked Away” – R. City featuring Adam Levine
64. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend
65. “Jealous” – Nick Jonas
66. “Centuries” – Fall Out Boy
67. “Heartbeat Song” – Kelly Clarkson
68. “Post to Be” – Omarion featuring Chris Brown and Jhené Aiko
69. “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
70. “The Hanging Tree” - James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence
71. “Lips Are Movin’” – Meghan Trainor
72. “I’m Not the Only One” – Sam Smith
73. “Good for You” – Selena Gomez featuring ASAP Rocky
74. “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
75. “Animals” – Maroon 5
76. “My Way” – Fetty Wap featuring Monty
77. “Somebody” – Natalie La Rose featuring Jeremih
78. "Where Are Ü Now" – Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber
79. “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” – Rich Homie Quan
80. “No Type” – Rae Sremmurd
81. “She Knows” – Ne-Yo featuring Juicy J
82. “G.D.F.R” - Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas
83. “679” – Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz
84. “Stay with Me” – Sam Smith
85. “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor
86. “Stitches” – Shawn Mendes
87. “Kick the Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
88. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
89. “Honey, I’m Good” – Andy Grammer
90. “Ayo” – Chris Brown and Tyga
91. “Hit the Quan” – iLoveMemphis
92. “Nasty Freestyle” – T-Wayne
93. “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
94. “Hotline Bling” – Drake
95. “Worth It” – Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink
96. “Fight Song” – Rachel Platten
97. “Dear Future Husband” – Meghan Trainor
98. “Only” - Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown
99. “Marvin Gaye” – Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor
100. “Watch Me” - Silentó
And that concludes my commentary on 2015. One of the best years in the 2010s. Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
10. Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
Between the three singles that managed to get big from Bieber's Purpose album, I found Love Yourself to be the least interesting of the three. Sorry is at least fast-paced and What Do You Mean? which at least had decent production. This song has the slow-paced mediocrity of another other shit song from this year with the same lyrical smugness that made most of Bieber's other hits this year nearly unlistenable. I haven't felt so annoyed by a single song from this year since goddamn Daniel Powter.Spoiler
9. I Know What You Did Last Summer, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Two of pop musics most obnoxious vocalists come together and the product is exactly as mediocre as you'd expect. The first ten seconds of shitty vocal harmonies about this mess. I've always found Camila to be the least likable member of Fifth Harmony- her shrill vocalizing tends to ruin any decent beat they might have had, and naturally she does it here too. The song kicks into a decent chorus until the constant HEYYYYYYY, AAAAAAAAA ruins any chance of decency. However, this song did give us this Vine of Camila with her mic turned off-
suddenly this song just got a whole lot better. Shit like this is why Camila just got kicked out of Fifth Harmony.Spoiler
8. Pillowtalk, ZAYN
Speaking of former band members, Zayn's solo is about as terrible and boring as I expected it to be. Useless vocalfest that relies on the sex appeal that Zayn is trying his hardest to exude while yelling about PISSING OFFFF THE NEIGHBORSSSSSS and it really doesn't work. The song is similar to Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman except that Ariana manages to pull this concept off a whole lot better than Zayn ever would be able to. Unfortunately both songs suffer from that yelling isn't sexy, despite how songs like this might try to say otherwise. Not even a collab with one of my favorite artists could make his voice sound listenable.Spoiler
7. Don't Let Me Down, Daya & The Chainsmokers
I still have no idea who Daya is but everything she was involved in this year was fucking awful and this song was no exception, with the type of mediocre production that could only be achieved by a group as bland as The Chainsmokers could produce. They were seemingly devoted to making this year as uninteresting as possible, and Don't Let Me Down was easily their worst song from this year. Previous hits like #SELFIE may have been grating, but I consider this to be worse considering that Daya is probably the least notable pop star of this year and gives this song absolutely no life. Absolutely useless.Spoiler
6. Like I'm Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor & John Legend
The worst thing Meghan Trainor did all year was not the expectantly awful Me Too, but instead it was the other expectantly terrible she released this year, a boring collaboration with one of the most boring singers in music today about absolutely nothing. "I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you" sounds like a somewhat meaningful sentiment until you realize they're not going to do anything with it besides sing an incredibly predictable ballad that makes sure not to do anything interesting or remarkable to make this anything other than safe and bland. I hope to god in 2017 Meghan Trainor stops getting hit singles because shes managed to rack up like nine hits in the past year and absolutely none of them have been remarkable, but at least none of them were as unforgivably nothing as this.Spoiler
5. We Don't Talk Anymore, Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez
You can basically read the review above for this one because it's virtually the same thing. Like Meghan Trainor, both Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez are artists who have had way too many hits in the past few years without any of them being particularly notable. I've enjoyed about one song from Selena in the past five years, and even that is more than I've found enjoyable from Charlie Puth who seems pretty determined to make the least interesting music possible. mfw:Spoiler
4. CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!, Justin Timberlake
I wasn't a particularly big fan of Justin Timberlake in 2006 when he first started making solos, but at least there was some personality in his earlier work, unlike now where the guy who once brought sexy back now makes weak summer disco songs for kid's movie soundtracks. Not even decent (or popualr) kids movies- I've barely heard anything about Trolls but I imagine it has a lot in common with this song, both being weak products from people who can do much better than this. Even Not A Bad Thing in all it's mediocrity was better than this.Spoiler
3. Just Like Fire, P!nk
The other incredibly generic pop song from an artist who hasn't released a decent feature track in years from a mediocre film, except that I did really love P!nk in her prime which makes this a lot worse in my eyes. She's released this form of mediocre empowerment anthem several times but this is ultimately the worst of them, with the generic build-up to the bland, nothing chorus that makes this sell-out jam entirely unlistenable.Spoiler
2. 7 Years, Lukas Graham
The piano beat in this song is meant to have a nursery-rhyme vibe to it but ultimately it runs stale after about ten seconds, but the most grating part of this song is not the production, but Lukas Graham's vocals are ultimately what ruin this. Every aspect of this is unlistenable though, especially the bizarre lyrics which include the story of how the singer was apparently expected to be married when he was eleven years old? Even more questionable:
Soon we'll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We've traveled around the world and we're still roaming
Soon we'll be thirty years old
I've never liked it when artists start randomly bragging about success they don't even have yet, and it's especially grating when sung by a group as mediocre as Lukas Graham. Here's hoping this is the last we hear from them.Spoiler
1. Daya, Hide Away
I fully agree with @Clappy in saying that Daya is the worst artist of 2016, but at the same time I think that's giving Daya a little bit too much credit. Worst implies a lot of emotion, and I don't think somebody as flat and uninteresting as Daya is capable of provoking emotion out of anybody. This song is almost exceptionally uninteresting in literally every regard, so much so that it purely tops this list by being the least interesting thing in a long year of shockingly uninteresting songs. There's so little worth discussing here musically, vocally, lyrically... there were certainly songs that angered me more this year, but absolutely nothing stuck out to me as the defining awful song of the year as much as this did. Hide Away is musically inept in the worst way and ultimately takes the top spot of this shittastic year.
Here's to another year of terrible music!
Disclaimer: the writing in this may be wonky since I did 150-141 first by accident.
160. U2 - "Moment of Surrender" (2009)
A U2 song from 2009? What the fuck? Jesus, this is pretty bad. That production does not fit a U2 song in any way whatsoever. This is probably the Rolling Stone's fault this is so high, because there is no way this should be acceptable.
159. Bill Haley and his Comets - "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (1954)
Good old 50s rock 'n roll. It's catchy, it feels incredibly 50s-y, and its justifiably one of the most well-known of its kind. The opening in particular is great.
158. The Flamingos - "I Only Have Eyes For You" (1959)
Pretty good early pop soul, even if it's sort of unremarkable. Very unremarkable, honestly. It's too cloudy and puffy to be notable.
157. Simon and Garfunkel - "The Sounds of Silence" (1965)
It's a shame that this is the version of the song I have to cover, because the original non-electrified version from a year before is a lot better. This song kinda kills the buzz with the extra guitar and percussion, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's still incredibly good, but compared to the original's AMAAAAAZING factor, it limps. I feel like the song being turned into a meme kinda killed my love for it the slightest bit. The Disturbed cover, too.
156. Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Proud Mary" (1969)
This is alright. Yeah, I wish I could say more, but it's just standard background-music-esque classic rock. These guys have better songs, much better songs. This is pretty good, but it's not worth talking about.
155. Buddy Holly and the Crickets - "Rave On" (1958)
My new rule of thumb is that if it's a Buddy Holly song, it's gonna be mediocre. It's one thing if it's one of his softer songs, but if it's something that's supposed to be sorta hard, I can't handle it. There is so much better early rock 'n roll than this lump and nothing.
154. The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
This song is pretty good. They had better songs, and while this song is certainly catchy, it's nothing spectacular or anything. It's just good ol' early Beatles just how we like them. The only problem, though, is that I don't like early Beatles all that much.
153. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Foxey Lady" (1965)
I couldn't find the right version on YouTube, so I headed straight to good ol' Spotify for this one. This is probably my favorite Hendrix song, honestly. It's so catchy, it kicks loads of ass that most early psych bands couldn't match, and his guitar work? Oh man, that is the spot. Just a great song all around.
152. The Penguins - "Earth Angel" (1954)
Apparently, this song is so high solely for importance in its development of rock 'n roll, according to Rolling Stone. Yeah, I can see why that's the justification, because sonically, this song is really lame. It's just incredibly boring, and it doesn't surprise me that it was recorded by a few teenagers in a garage (before that was considered a good thing about a decade later.)
151. The Byrds - "Eight Miles High" (1966)
This a very good song and I love the vocal work and all, and it sounds sorta swampy in a good Vietnam-ish way. One of the better entries in the mid-60s development of rock music as something extremely important. Husker Du did it better though, they put a lot more flames into it that probably wouldn't have been possible in 1964. Listen to the Husker Du cover, guys.
150. The Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown" (1960)
Now this is the first time I did an edition of this in a really long time, so don't be surprised if this is sorta rusty as I'm stumbling back in. This song doesn't help matters either, since it never really goes beyond being merely alright. It has those pretty harmonies 'n such, but limp production and annoying voices stop me from enjoying the song very much. Whatever.
149. Iggy Pop - "Lust for Life" (1977)
Iggy Pop, along with David Bowie, is one of my biggest musical heroes. For the entire 70s, he was one of the most badass musicians on the planet whether it was his absolutely off-the-rails stuff in The Stooges or his more subtle yet still kickass artsy solo stuff in the late 70s, it only makes sense that he would make a song this good. Everything about this song is grade-A perfection. The hypnotizing and unique drums, the bizarre backing vocals, the wonderful lyrics, the fact that it doesn't get even remotely tiring by the end despite it being relatively long, it doesn't matter because few songs provoke a more "I feel awesome" reaction from me.
148. Janis Joplin - "Me and Bobby McGee" (1971)
I am still nowhere near a Joplin fan, and while that may be bullshit since I've only heard a handful of her songs, the fact is that I just don't like the kind of aesthetic she has, and her singing voice doesn't help. This song is really good, though. It sounds like 70s schmaltz, but considering I really enjoy 70s schmaltz, this song only gets better. I really like the general prettiness of it all, and I guess the only complaint I have is... yeah, it could have a better singer. I can stand the kind of drawl she has on most other people, but for some reason, I just don't like it on here. Otherwise, yeah, a great song.
147. The B-52's - "Rock Lobster" (1979)
This is a song that I love in the right mood, and absolutely despise in the wrong mood. I feel like that's the entire point of intentional camp that these guys worship the Hell out of for very obvious reasons, but yeah, I can really just not like this song if I'm not in the same mood as it. It's all new wave and fun, yeah, so I can't say the song is bad, even when I hate it. Luckily, I'm in a neutral mood today, so all I have to say is that this song is okay.
146. Sly and the Family Stone - "Everyday People" (1968)
This song starts off lukewarm for about 30 seconds, but once the chorus kicks in, it turns into something fantastic. It's too perfectly well-done for words, but I just really like the general theme and how positive it sounds, and it apparently is the song that popularized the phrase "Different strokes for different folks." You learn something new everyday.
145. Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated" (1978)
If no other Ramones song is gonna convince you that these guys are just an amazing 60s pop group in disguise as a hard-edge punk band, then this song will do the trick. This is purified bubblegum melodies, but if you don't have much a sweet tooth, that jagged buzzsaw guitar is always there for you. Always. The fact that the Ramones kicked off such hardcore music later on but did their own thing in sugar-pop fashion instead goes to show that Ramones are objectively probably the best band on the planet. Music to be sedated to.
144. Prince and the Revolution - "Purple Rain" (1984)
I straight-up have no clue if this is the right version of the song I should be reviewing, but fuck it. Assuming this is the right one, this is AMAZING. It has just about every single thing I want out of a sappy ballad. Wonderful production, great voice, and some damn good guitar work from the guy too. I don't know what to say, it's just a heck of a tearjerker of a song. Wonderfully overblown.
143. James Brown and his Famous Flames - "Please, Please, Please" (1956)
This is... interesting. When I see "James Brown", I expect something less late 50s pop and more James Brown. I guess I shouldn't say that, since I'm not a massive fan of the guy's really funky stuff, and this actually really good for the era. It's so sweet and simple, but there's no sense of boredom and annoyance that some songs like it manage to achieve. All about the good stuff. I don't know.
142. The Everly Brothers - "All I Have to Do is Dream" (1958)
Just take everything I said about Cathy's Clown and put it here, honestly. They sound like the same song to me, but this one is marginally better because I like the melody more. Otherwise, this is lullaby music, and not the kind where you can cry yourself to sleep either.
141. Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir" (1975)
Probably the best Led Zeppelin song that isn't Stairway to Heaven. People can make fun of dinosaur rock all they want, but when it's on, it is ON! This song is one of the most massive-sounding songs on this entire list, with the unique instrumentation and length making it sound like a meteor about to crash into Earth. The fact that Led Zeppelin didn't make music this amazing throughout their whole career is a depressing travesty, because I could use more than one Kashmir in my life.
10. The Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
9. The Everly Brothers - All I Have to Do is Dream
8. The B-52's - Rock Lobster
7. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
6. James Brown and his Famous Flames - Please, Please, Please
5. Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People
4. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
3. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
2. Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
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Last night, I had the best dream ever.
Anyway, I was in the SBM hub (it was a trampoline with a small hole in it) rooting for OBAB to get unbanned. He was on the trampoline hub with a determined look on his face, and he was marching straight toward an edge of the trampoline (saying "ADMINS"). He fell down. Me and a few other SBM members had a conversation until a few minutes later, when I looked at the shoutbox. Everyone was saying "MAKE OBAB ADMIN AND UNBAN" except for the most recent shout, where @Grubby Grouper (in the dream called "Gruppy Goober") said "Okay...I guess it's worth a shot."There was also a pink border around said shout. A few seconds later, my eye caught the hole in the trampoline lobby, where OBAB squeezed out of the tiny hole while saying "Yes!" with a happy smile. We all group hugged him, and that was where I woke up sleeping in my mom's bed in my clothes.
Welcome to ClapBook. Now to figure out what to do with this belated addition into SBC blogging. Might decide to do some future projects on here that I've lowkey been working on with some of my free time. We shall see. But for now? Sit back. Relax. And enjoy some free samples:
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Sorry for being incredibly late @Dr. WhoBob but here's your
53 (because I'm a busy/lazy no good doer) reasons Gravity Falls is one of the best shows ever!
1. Every Character was great... : Everyone from Dipper and Mabel to Bill Cipher and Blendin Blandin to Ford and Stan to Tobacious T and so forth... All of them were well written and developed to the point where they rarely were annoying background characters or soullessly boring. Rare to have a show with nary a bad character, but this came as close as any this side of Parks and Rec or the Office.
2. ... But Wendy Freaking Corduroy was the best though: I mean she's lit af and classy af. Rather then list for the 89th time the billion reasons she is so, I'll just splash a few of my favorite gifs of her instead xP:
(Probably too many but you all knew what you were getting into)
3. It ended at the right time, and yet it's never over: It didn't become the Simpsons/Family Guy of Disney channel cartoons and it ended. Definitively and decisively, it reached it's conclusion at it's fortieth episode and the show won't continue. And yet for all it's definitive, it's left open ended enough to prosper. For communities based around the show to imagine the future and not be hamsturng by canon. For people to write stories about them going to Sea World (shameless plug, I apologize) or any other sort of scenario. In other words, yeah it's over but it's not really over for those who truly care and that is something special.
Hopefully you liked this Whobob ?
Time to focus on some negative stuff, shall we?
Ok, gotta admit, a sbm topic about fictional characters you dislike inspired me to do this.
Well, I tend to focus on shows that I really can myself enjoy so much and I really want to stay far away from some horrendus shows as possible but even then there are shows that I watched and even if I liked it or hated it, these are the characters that makes me angry the most.
So many of them comes from Family Guy but I'm just gonna say the worst of the worst.
Peter Griffin - Well it's an obvious choice but I really hated what they did with his character. At least Homer isn't this despicable and he's still trying to be a nice dad. When you look at Peter, Peter is just a jerk to everyone around him. He does stupid and mean things intentionally or not, this annoys the heck out of me, rather than make me laugh now. He just causes trouble every single time. At the time when we were first introduced to him, Peter wasn't even this wreckless. Petarded had a point about this but the writers just didn't give a crap about it afterward and started to screw his characterization a lot. He's a horrible husband to Lois. He just doesn't give a crap what she says, he creeps to other girls even though her wife is beautiful, he can be even emotionally abusive at times. He drinks too much and he just does even more wreckless stuff. I'm surprised how Lois still continues to put him up with him. He doesn't care for this kids now. Even we had an episode entirely about him saying he never liked this kids, which ruined his caring side of early seasons. Speaking of kids, he's always shit to his daughter. He makes insulting nicknames for her, he tells her to shut up, he farts on her, he just doesn't care if she's alive or not, he puts her in dangerous situations, he even INTENTIONALLY SHOT AT HER ONCE. And this is all for comedy. How many times we are gonna see Peter finally realizing he has to be a good person to Meg. Lets see, 5 episodes all about Peter finally having some character development and later back to square one. I can't believe a character I found very funny at first turned out to be one of the worst characters ever. He's an abusive father and husband, alcoholic, dumbest of the dumbest, insulting and just a pain in the butt.
Brian Griffin - Oh god and we all thought he was the voice of the show. He was smart, he was funny and even though he was a jerk at times, it was understandable. Now lets see how he turned out. An egotistical, rude, alcoholic, pervert, racist, dishonest and a huge hypocrite. He was at his best when he's in adventures with Stewie and that's even saying too much; considering we had Brian Writes a Bestseller, Be Careful What You Fish For and worst of the worst, Herpe the Love Sore. Him being Seth's favorite character due to him being like Brian really questions me because this is a character that can make people really awful and he rarely gets any consequences of his actions. Remember when Quagmire ranted about how awful he is. It was random of him to hate him and some of his reasonings were awful but still it was like the writers knew he was a piece of trash, yet they still continue to make him act like this. Unlike BoJack, his actions are just downright awful and aside from Quagmire, he rarely gets any consequences of his actions. When he does something crappy, later it gets ingored. He tried to have sex with Peter's wife and Peter kicked his butt good but now they are still buddies and I don't even know how Lois is still comfortable with him. He is a crappy person to all of his ex-girlfriends, yet one day, we see him sleeping with all of them in one bed. Even though Quagmire called him out, he intentionally became a pain for Quagmire. Yeah, it makes sense why he'd do that but still going after fire with fire makes things so worse and that's another thing I hate about Brian. He often intentionally harms people. And lets see how his relationship with Stewie. Most of us can agree that Stewie/Brian dynamic is the best thing about Family Guy now, in fact one of the only good things and even the writers managed to know how to screw with their dynamic. Make Brian as a shitty friend as possible. He left Stewie in streets when he was supposed to take care of him. He fired Stewie as manager because he was being too selfish. he dated Stewie's old caretaker in pre-school who doesn't care what happens to the kids she takes care of and when Brian found out she had a boyfriend, he made her arrest instead of making her arrest for being a horrible caretaker. He tried to kill Stewie's babies after finding out Stewie took a dna from Brian and impregnate himself with a device (yeah, Stewie's not innocent for doing that but Brian trying to get rid of the babies, that's messed up). Worst of all, he knew he had herpes but he was comfortable with being blood brothers with Stewie and Chris, yet he only apologized for not telling them, instead of him apologizing for giving them herpes but come on, giving them herpes is just unforgiveable. How come this intellegent character turned into a monster? I have no idea anymore.
Bonnie - Lmao, at first she was just Joe's wife and instead of giving her a compelling characterization, they turned her into one of the worst female characters ever. Oh god, how come someone can be as horrible to her husband as her? I get it's not easy for her to take care of her handicapped husband but her trying to cheat on him, later she doing that with Brian but forget all of this, she tried to murder Joe so many times and she seemed so happy when Joe was so suicidal. God, I wish she would be a forgetable character but now she's too infamous and she deserves this and it still angers me she never gets any consequences from all this. Joe deserves better than Bonnie.
Herbert - A pedo, do I need to say more?
As for characters from other media, I suppose.
Mr. Pickles - I can't believe that he's a demonic dog that kills bad people. I should have liked him from the start, except I don't. How come I care for him when all he do is just killing people, having sex with animals and tries to rape Tommy's mother. I do like when he cares about Tommy but that's it really. He's just awful, even if that is the intenton.
Princess Clara - tbh Drawn Together has been a show that I just love for it's bizarreness and I hate it for it's cringeworthiness at the same time. It's a love/hate show for me. There are some episodes I really find funny and some episodes that I find myself disgusted and angry. Mostly the show disgusts me but if there's something that angers me, that'd be someone named Clara. She's like Eric Cartman, except without any charm or humor whatsoever. She's just a character that is incredibly racist, too religious, homophobic, violent and insane. I get this is how she's written to be just such a jerk but she's not funny. None of her moments are funny to me, except only one or two times when she is actually doing something that isn't horrifying. She's too over the top religious person to the point I just want her to stop so badly. As the show goes on, she really gets worse, she was somewhat tolerable in season 1 but later she becomes very despicable like Unrestrainable Trainable, which is one of my least favorite episodes of any show because of her. I really hate Captain Hero so much as well but Clara angers me more.
Butters' parents - What else is there to say? Sorry, as much as I'm ok with South Park's mean-spiritness mostly, Butters' parents are one thing that I really can't tolerate. They are just one-noted characters. All they do is ground him for really stupid reasons and it really got old from the start.Butter's dad was compelling in Cartman Sucks and Butter's Very Own Episode tho, I'll give it that. But really they are just horrendus and I really dislike them. Not the mention one time, they did beat up Butters and that was just uncomfortable man. I love you South Park but even you can't always be great at mean-spirited humor or characters.
Richard De Longpre - Sorry Jonah Hill but Allen Gregory is one of the worst shows I've ever seen in my life. Why this show is so horrendus, aside from the horrendus main character named Allen Gregory, disgusting jokes, mean-spirited storytelling and a bland animation; that is Allen's father Richard. Can't I just say how horrendus he is due to the fact that he just abuses his husband that he used to stalk and made him divorce his wife. He just sees Jeremy as a sex object or a punching bag (well he doesn't really beat him up but still). He is also mean to Julie, Allen's adopted sister and possibly the only likeable character in the show but more to Jeremy. Richard is not just a horrible character, he makes homosexual guys look really terrible. He's just like Allen, except worse, he even thinks Allen's horrendus decisions are good. That's how awful he is. I have no idea what the hell Jonah Hill thought when he pitched the show. I'm just glad the show ended but dear god, all those seven episodes were hard to sit through, thanks to Allen and especially Richard.
I hope you guys enjoyed this horrendusness with me
As I write this, I got no power in my house. We experienced an outage two days back that affected the whole of Puerto Rico. Its really bad since it left everyone without electricity, almost 4 million people so yeah you can imagine how bad it is. We're currently using a power generator we have but its not enough, and to make things worse now we don't even have running water for whatever reason. Apparently the blackout was caused by a fire in one of the power plants located on the southern part of Puerto Rico, about an hour from where I live. Since the electricity company over here is a monopoly, when a power plant gets affected it affects all of us. Another reason was the lack of maintenance which is bad since we're supposed to get the best service possible. But yeah, I hope the power gets restored soon cause it sucks having to sleep without a fan.
This is just kinda my journal-type thought dump. Take any of this seriously or don't, I just gotta vent. There are various subjects, I guess.
- You know, when I made that topic about being the "smart kid" or whatever? When I initially wrote that topic, I expected it to give me some sort of permanent boost in worth ethic, and I thought it would help that I got replies from people who felt the way, and some people even encouraged me! Well I'm really not sure. School is starting in a week. The topic didn't help. I have a feeling it sort of made things worse. The fact of the matter is that, as of me writing this blog post down, there are very few moments in my life where I have ever felt this anxious and scared. I hear from friends that some of the honors classes I'm going to are gonna take an assload of work. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do to get off of my lazy ass and make sure I try my best. Chances are I'm gonna take some external measures like using some Chrome extensions to block certain websites and limit my usage on others. Maybe I might ask my older sister to drive me to somewhere more isolated to study. The problem is, like I said, that shit's external. How am I gonna be able to cultivate my own actual discipline and work ethic to the point where I'm able to completely control myself? When? HOW?
- That crap's obviously gonna effect me in the long run if I keep it up, too. Those college stories, man. It's been made very clear by just about everyone around me that if I don't start putting real effort into stuff, then all is fucked. How do people think of me as smart!? WHOOPTY FUCKIN' DOO, I USE BIG WORDS AND HAVE PROPER GRAMMAR! SO WHAT? I am not smart. If I were smart, I'd put work into knowing everything. That's not true, though. As of right now, and especially if I don't change myself, then I'm just a lazy jackass who relies too much on his natural talents rather than working and using discipline to create new talents that I can use. I really do want to change that, but I'm just not sure how I'm going to be able to juggle passion and hard work once I grow older. I need some help on that, I really do. I'm not asking anyone in the internet of course, I do have real-life sources, but it's gonna be a real pain asking. I feel like I come across to people as I've got things figured out. The only problems are 1) No I don't, and 2) I am fifteen years old, almost sixteen. I don't consider it a good thing that people seem to have such high expectations for me.
- Being considered "smart" is not the only thing that I feel has fueled my laziness, though. It's also the fact that I was told that I had Aspergers at age 12, and I dragged on that lie for 3 years. That was honestly my identity for the vast majority of middle school: "Hey guys, I'm that kid with good grades and I'm also an Aspie!" I still need to unlearn the bullcrap from that phase. I feel like an idiot for taking that. Don't forget about the two people who tried to push this on me. One was a beefheaded pathological liar who would rather blame his issues on others than himself, and would always be a fraud just to impress people. The other was a mentally unstable basket case who would always improve himself externally because he was basically unable to help his own mindset. One of them is dead, the other has completely detached himself from the family. Good riddance to the one who left, no words can express how much I miss the latter. That said, they were both probably wrong. Nothing good came out of me seeing myself as an Aspie. Wanna know what happened? My ego inflated. My laziness rised. When I looked at myself in the mirror, there was no passion. All I saw was an intelligent boy who had mild autism as an advantage. Screw that. Screw it hard. No way in Hell am I ever going to blame my flaws on a mental condition ever again.
- Since I have a bad case of "broken record syndrome" with my past 3 paragraph rants, here's one that I've never actually brought up. Over the past couple of weeks, I've had another sort of epiphany. My dad helped out a lot in realizing it for me. Besides everything I listed above, my very worst mental attribute is this: I just absolutely need things to go my way mood-wise. When everyone, either on the internet or in real life, is fine, then I'm fine. It makes sense, right? That said, when my brain senses even the SLIGHTEST BIT of bad/bitter/cynical vibes from other that I can't actually control, I shut down. I completely close off emotionally. Is either my mom or dad in a bad mood? Screw my own values, it's better to shut down? Are kids at school arguing? Shut down! Is there an argument on the internet? Y'KNOW WHAT, I GOTS TO SHUT DOWN! I try my hardest not to be too demanding with this, I really do. If someone feels crappy, I try to realize that my own priorities should be above trying to fix someone else. That said, it's tough. It really does get tough. Sometimes, I have to be pathetic enough that I have to directly ask somebody if they can be in a better mood around. I just can't handle it. For the most part, I can sorta handle it externally so I don't piss people off, but sometimes, it becomes too much. You don't want to see me when I have enough, I basically act like a detached idiot and try to make people so uncomfortable that they start paying attention to how I feel like shit so I don't have to hear them be in a bad mood because of their own problems.
I'm sure all of that makes me seem like a lost cause, but don't worry, I'm not on the verge of a complete breakdown or anything. For now, I'm generally fine. I went to a birthday party that didn't involve relatives for the first time ever on Sunday night. Marching band practice has been going quite well. I have plenty of things going for me. That said, there are some very big and obvious turds on my brain, and this is basically me venting about them.
It's almost midnight. I am so tired.