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Wanted to flesh out some of my thoughts on who I think will run in the 2020 presidential election in both parties.
The Democratic Party is such a damn mess right now that I think the 2020 primaries are going to be a circus shit show similar to that of the Republicans in 2020. The following are candidates that I think are all but guaranteed to run (copied from a comment I left on my previous blog post with some additional commentary):
Kamala Harris - A rising star in the Democratic Party and a favorite of the liberal establishment; seen as a worthy successor to the Clinton/Obama wing of the party. Likely the person the media/DNC will support as the frontrunner in 2020 if she decides to run (and she is definitely running lol). Unfortunately, Harris is predisposed to the same kind of generalities that Hillary Clinton was. While she's only 8 months into her term as Senator, her entire platform consists solely of being anti-Trump. While she was a more aggressive Attorney General of California, she also noticeably failed to bring charges again Steve Mnuchin (Trump's Secretary of the Treasury) and his bank, who donated to Harris's Senate campaign. She is definitely a corporate Democrat, albeit one who seems to be a little more outgoing than Clinton.
Joe Biden - This man is restless and feels an obligation to fulfill his son's dying wish to run for president again; seems to think he has more to contribute to the country before actually retiring. While he is in many ways a part of the Clinton/Obama establishment, he is also a bit of a John McCain-esque maverick and prone to off-color utterances. Doubt the DNC would support him over Kamala, even with Obama's support – which would place Obama in an awkward position in 2020. He has an unusually close bond with his former Vice President, but endorsing Biden would place him at odds with the candidate the Democratic establishment sees as his successor.
Bernie Sanders OR Tulsi Gabbard - If Bernie Sanders decides not to run, there's no doubt in my mind that he will prod Gabbard to run in his place. They would not run against each other. Gabbard will only run if Sanders persuades her to, and to be honest, I don't think he will run again in 2020. He realizes his movement and the success of it is greater than himself and that his agenda has a greater chance of being achieved if somebody like Gabbard is leading the ticket. Gabbard, however, may opt out of running. She would, at age 39, be the youngest president in history and would face the opposite sort of criticism that Sanders receives. While critics claim Sanders will be too old to run in 2020, it's likely Gabbard would be seen as too young and inexperienced.
Elizabeth Warren - I think had Clinton not run in 2016, Warren would have. She has presidential ambitions, is one of the leading voices of the progressive faction of the Democrats, and also tends to appeal to the establishment in the way that Sanders/Gabbard doesn't (famously neglected to endorse Sanders in the primaries and later was considered to be Clinton's VP). She has made consistently made headlines on news outlets and social media for her adamant opposition against Trump ("she persisted" was a big story, for example). I don't see her passing up the opportunity to bear the progressive mantle against Trump (or Pence) in 2020.
The following candidates are several Democrats whose candidacy I don't think is quite as certain as those above:
Joe Kennedy III - The charismatic third-term redhead congressman from Massachusetts, Kennedy is another member of Congress whose stock is rising (similar to Harris). He has stoked up his opposition to President Trump in recent months and at age 36 represents a youthful exuberance that could bode well with the American electorate. Beyond that, as a member of the Kennedy family, he enjoys automatic name recognition. He is the grandson of RFK and great-nephew of JFK, and seems to have inherited their oratory skills and good looks (which, whether we like it or not, helps a candidate). Another speculated candidate is Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President Kennedy and former ambassador to Japan, but if a Kennedy is going to run again, I doubt the family will choose Carolina, who lacks the charm and TV presence of Joe. If she were to run, which is very possible, I do believe she'd be a frontrunner simply because of the grace and positivity associated with the Kennedy brand.
Mark Cuban - Another billionaire? Yeah lol. And if you're thinking, "No way he runs, he has no interest in running for office!" may I remind you that we have Donald Trump sitting in the White House right now (atm he's actually in New Jersey lmao but I digress). Cuban has been involved in politics as early as the 2008 election and his parallels with Trump are uncanny. He is essentially a more liberal Donald Trump without the same level of bombast (although he is still prone to saying things that make you turn your head). He's a television star as a panelist on the ABC Show Shark Tank and owns the Dallas Mavericks. If Trump manages to stay on the ticket for 2020 and survives guaranteed primary challengers to again gain the Republican nomination, I wouldn't be surprised to see a billionaire vs. billionaire matchup. I don't think Cuban would get far enough to become the Democratic nominee, but if he were to run, I think he'd be able to form a formidable campaign with a base of Democrats who think the path to victory is fighting fire with fire.
Mark Zuckerberg - Same thing as above. "What? He wouldn't run!" It looks like he might. One of the defining characteristics of Zuckerberg is that he is insanely competitive and ambitious. His penchant for buying companies and blatantly copying companies that refuse to be bought (see Snapchat) has contributed to Facebook's exponential growth. For comparison's sake, Facebook made nearly 3x the revenue that the Trump Organization did in 2016. Zuckerberg would be a businessman who has a reputation for legitimate and known success in a way that Trump and Cuban might not have had. Additionally, Zuckerberg has been on a yearlong "listening" tour of all 50 states. Suspicious? He has also hired President Obama's 2008 campaign manager, Hillary's 2016 chief campaign strategist and pollster, and President W. Bush's 2004 campaign manager to work for Zuckerberg's foundation. Even more telling, no? Zuckerberg has said he's not going to run in 2020, but that means nothing. Every potential presidential candidate ever has denied running before they run. It's not a guarantee Zuckerberg will run, but it wouldn't be a ball out of left field if he did.
Terry McAuliffe - A more vanilla-candidate, I could see McAuliffe tossing his hat into the ring just to see what would happen. Maybe he could get lucky as a compromise nominee (unlikely). He's a major player in the Clinton camp – served as chairman of the DNC, co-chair of Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign, and chair of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign. Currently the governor of Virginia and a run of the mill Democrat with positions that nearly perfectly mirror Hillary Clinton's.
Eric Garcetti - Mayor of Los Angeles with little national name recognition. Member of the Clinton wing. Jewish and Mexican-American, could gain traction with those groups. Ultimately too boring for voters should he run.
Martin O'Malley - I think he'll run again with the same mindset as McAuliffe. He'll ultimately be blown out of the water by the more interesting candidates in the same way that Rick Perry and Bobby Jindel were in the 2016 Republican primary.
The Republican Party won big in 2016, and yet they have been unable to convert to a first down. They are broken in a million factions and have the least popular president in modern history carrying the banner of their party. Because of that, it's all but guaranteed that we will see primary challengers to whoever is president in 2020.
Donald Trump - There's a million different scenarios for 2020 on the Republican side. If Trump doesn't get impeached and is still president when 2020 rolls around, there is no doubt in my mind that somebody is going to challenge him in 2020. The Republicans will be forced to have legitimate primaries because of how unpopular the president is, and that would be incredibly unusual. For incumbent presidents, their primaries are a cakewalk and run unopposed. There is precedent for this happening, however. President Franklin Pierce (back in the 1850s lmao) lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to James Buchanan, who ultimately held onto the White House for the Democrats in the 1856 election. Trump, in my opinion, will face a similar situation should he run in 2020.
Mike Pence - The likeliest situation (imo) is that Trump is out of the picture and President Pence is looking to launch his own independent bid for 2020. In this scenario, the Republicans are (again) split. Pence represents the Trumpists in this scenario (naturally, as his VP) and it's likely a good chunk of Trump's supporters in 2016 would support Pence in 2020. Unlike Trump, Pence is acceptable to the Republican establishment, as well as the Tea Party. HOWEVER, the other half of Republicans will want a clean break with the Trump/Pence years – which leads to the following candidates...
John Kasich - One of few candidates to not rule out a 2020 bid, I believe Kasich might have newfound popularity within the moderate branch of the GOP, as well as with disillusioned conservatives reeling from the fallout of a Trump impeachment or resignation.
Ted Cruz - An incredibly ambitious Texan, I do believe that Cruz would run against Pence (despite them sharing several of the same views). Cruz owes nothing to Pence, who left Congress right when Cruz was entering (Cruz served in the Senate and Pence in the House anyway, so there wouldn't have been overlap). Cruz also has a penchant for not giving a shit about political fallout, such as when he led the charge for the government shutdown in 2013 (when he was only 10 months into his term). He's a darling of hardline conservatives and has a fairly clean record without scandal. He's a Cuban-American (born in Canada lol) already with national name recognition and having come in 2nd place to Trump has the ability to claim he's the candidate most suited to assume the nomination in 2020 (over Pence, who wasn't chosen by Republican voters in 2016).
It's difficult to gauge what other candidates may pop up in 2020, particularly given the vastness of the 2016 field, as well as the uncertainty of Trump and Pence going into the election.
Ultimately, I'm predicting a Democratic victory in 2020 depending on the candidates of either party. For example, I believe Pence has a better shot at victory than Trump does, particularly if Kamala Harris is the nominee. However, if Joe Biden were to run against Pence, that'd be a Biden victory. Ultimately, the Democrats' potential candidates are much stronger than the Republicans' potential candidates. The Democrats also have on their side the fact that voters like to vote out the party in power, especially with an unpopular president.
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So this takes a bit of context to understand what went on. In no way am I able to see anyone's passwords. SBC stores your password in an encrypted way that cannot be decrypted, so there is no way that I can ever see your password. You can see how this works through this link. There's no way for me to decrypt it without knowing your password, which makes decrypting it absolutely pointless.
Anyways... a few days ago, I got bored and decided to see if any accounts have the same password. While SBC stores passwords in an encrypted way, if two accounts have the same password, both accounts would have the same encrypted password. Then I discovered something: spongebobfan29 and ImTheKinda1997 have the same passwords!
I thought this was weird, so I checked out their profiles. Both of them had stopped going on SBC on October 4th, 2015. This is getting oddly suspicious, I thought to myself, and I looked at their posts. There was, in no way, any distinguishing characteristics between the two accounts. They had to be the same person owning both accounts.
So I merged them. Of course, I don't merge without getting the opinions of others, but I'm fairly certain that this was a multiple account issue.
All in a day's work on SBC.
Tho I still have no idea if spongebobfan29 is a boy or a girl, but I'm gonna say boy.
After the catastrophe of the Charlottesville topic, I'd like to first take the time to apologize for the argument that broke out. When I first created that topic, I had intended solely to let people who might've been out of the loop know what was going on and have a better understanding of what everybody was talking about. While I'd known that political topics in the past had gone awry, I was hoping for a civilized discussion about the events. I would've hesitated in creating the topic first if I'd known what was going to happen. The topic seemed to get locked overnight, which was unfortunate because I wanted to get some of my thoughts out about the issue before its lock. However, I think it's ridiculous that we can't have a political discussion here without it turning into an unnecessary debate, especially with something as un-debatable as the fact that white supremacist groups have attempted mass-vehicular manslaughter.
Even more interesting about this situation to me is the fact that recently, we had a relatively popular lit on here about the Homophobia topic on SBM and how ridiculous that drama was. Yet, somehow, I feel that the drama regarding the Charlottesville topic is even less justified. There really should only be one opinion, that being that the events were tragic, and even if you could somehow find a way to defend the rioters at the Unite the Right event, there's absolutely no justifying murder on either sides. Ask yourself, does this need to be debated? What is there to debate about this very concept?
I'd like to see a day where a politically-charged topic, even if it's intended to spark a debate, can be civil and respectful, but most importantly, be relevant about the topic itself. Is this possible? Or is it true that it really is impossible to bring up a topic like this on a kid's forum?
I'm interested to know what you all think about this.
Using this new entry to announce some plans I'm making towards my blog. For a while, I've been thinking about making new blog posts more often. I've gotten a lot of ideas for potential entries since last month. I have no planned schedule, but before I make my newest entry, here are a few things to expect from me in the near future:
-Top 60 songs from animation (Still working on it; might end up stretching the release into 2018).
-Top 50 animated music videos.
-Top 10 animations of 2014 (Same as top 60 animation songs, might end up releasing this by 2018. I have a shortlist of animated shows and movies that I still need to get around to seeing, but I'm getting closer to finishing it).
-Top/Bottom 10 hit songs of 2010-2013 (I've done this with 2014-2016, so why not? This is not going to be a full review, probably more of a quick rundown. And after that comes...).
-Top/Bottom 10 hit songs of the half-decade.
-Top 10 Phineas & Ferb episodes/songs (Just in time for the show's 10th anniversary).
-Several think pieces.
-And a surprise that you may or may not see coming.
My next blog entry you may ask? I didn't want to do it, but I'm going back to talking about Cartoon Network in 2017, because I've definitely heard too much to the point where I have to express my thoughts on it again.
episode 1a store wars
(we open up to spongebob pokemonpants watching tv)
spongebob pokemonpants:ugh oh no it's one of those half hours when their is nothing to watch
(spongebob pokemonpants walks out to his room which had way too many toys and yet they manage to all fit)
spongebob pokemonpants:i've played with all these toys 900 times i might as well get 50 new toys
(spongebob pokemonpants walks over to yellowshadow's house)
spongebob pokemonpants:yellow i need you to take me to walmart
yellow shadow:but that's all the way into the real world
spongebob pokemonpants:i would go to the store in sbmville but remember when we went there last time
(yellowshadow was near the cash register)
yellowshadow:i want a mcdonalds happy meal
cash manager:sir how many times to i have to tell you that we don't serve them go to mcdonalds if you want to buy a happy meal
yellowshadow:buy me a happy meal
(the cash manager pulls a laser out and hits spongebob pokemonpants on accident thus turning him into a demiveemon and mudkip hybrid)
yellowshadow:really they tried to mix me with mudkip dna for wanting a happy meal
spongebob pokemonpants:really it was in a walmart the best store ever
(yellowshadow turns his head)
(yellowshadow:look a happy meal with a white dino thunder ranger toy)
spongebob pokemonpants:were that's one of my 8 favorite suits for not having a black eye thing like most suits do
(spongebob pokemonpants runs outside to get the toy)
yellow shadow:thank ssj he's gone
(yellow shadow locks the door and windows to keep spongebob pokemonpants out)
spongebob pokemonpants:aw it's just an operation overdrive figure
(outside spongebob pokemonpants was banging on the door)
spongebob pokemonpants:i guess he locked it oh well to the end of town
(5 seconds was wasted on spongebob pokemonpants walking then we saw a computer screen)
spongebob pokemonpants:computer open the portal to walmart
(a portal opened in the computer screen then it sucked spongebob pokemonpants in and turned him into a human but with blue skin)
spongebob pokemonpants:oh a walmart
(goes inside then buys all the stuff from the gumball machines)
spongebob pokemonpants:next up is pokemon cards
(next we see an aisle with every card game but pokemon)
spongebob pokemonpants:where are my pokemon cards
greninja:i am turning them all into barney training cards
(spongebob pokemonpants screams so much the camera breaks then the hole in the camera absorbs greninja)
greninja:i will get you back someday
spongebob pokmonpants:now i need a my little pony toy
(5 minutes from the toy aisle vladimir king was holding a dora the explorer shirt)
vladimir king:hey um pokemonpants spongebob i was just getting this dora shirt
spongebob pokemonpants:did you just call me by the wrong name that's it it's behavior card day
`(this of this scene is cut do to being an unfunny meme and due to the rest of the people not even being in school)
vladmir king:did we really have to do that unfunny meme also nothing happened and taking that toy thing was stealing
sponebob pokemonpants fine i'll cut it from the episode
(yellowshadow was shown next to a my little pony toy)
pongebob pokemonpants:yellowshadow i have a bone to pick with you
(spongebob pokemonpants goes near yellowshadow and literally picks a bone from his arm)
Yellowshadow:how dare you i will get revenge
(yellow dahdow goes next to pinkie pie and bites her head off)
Spongebob pokemonpants:you monster how dare you now to call ebay and have it sell your house
Spongebob pokemonpants:now to buy dvds
Yellowshadow:about that an sbm user already bought them all
Spongebob pokemonpants:now to fix the mlp toy
(he fixes it)
Spongebob pokemonpants:wait this isn’t a walmart it’s the stupid ripoff kmart
Yellowshadow:vladmir king you need to get out of the store
(yellowshadow and vladmir king rush out of the store)
(Spongebob pokemonpants turns into a unicorn)
Spongebob pokemonpants:now to burn kmart
(spongebob pokemonpants used his unicorn horn to bring gas and matches near where he was then put the match in the gas)
Spongebob pokemopants:now to use my magic to save all he toys
(spongebob pokemonpants uses his magic to save all the kmart toys then after he does the fire happens)
Spongebob pokemonpants:oh look something good is finally on
(spongebob pokemonpants begins to glow until a cop appears)
Ssj:spongebob pokemonpants you are under arrest
Spongebob pokemonpants:aw man
(spongebob pokemonpants gets handcuffed)
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You know, as I learned, writing a Bottom 10 isn't really all that fun. Definitely not this one either. Putting on boring songs that you basically have no commentary for and putting a song on the Bottom 10 that I know a lot of people would disagree with. And being the excellent year that 1999 is, there were slim pickings for the worst list. But you know what is fun? Making an excellent Top 10 I know people would agree with.
Somebody once told me that 1999 was the best year for '90s music ever. That somebody was me and a bunch of other people too. I could make, like, a Top 40 for this year if I wanted to. Unfortunately, I only have to talk about 10 songs. 10 awesome songs. The best of the best. Here we go. Without further stalling, I finally present to you...
Fred's Top 10 Songs of 1999Spoiler
I honestly haven't met any living soul who hates The Goo Goo Dolls.
10. "Black Balloon" - Goo Goo Dolls
Really, what is there to hate about them anyways? I'd say that they're a much more sappier version of Gin Blossoms but is that really a bad thing at all? No, this song and band is just awesome.
Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik said that this song was about a woman who is struggling with a heroin addiction and her lover who is desperately trying to save her. It's also about seeing someone you love that is so great just screw up so bad. It could be about any of those things. What I like about this song is just how the song treats the subject matter by sounding a little emotional but at the same time, sounding more lively. I feel like that's how all subject matters be treated. Don't care what most of you think, clearly the Goo Goo Dolls did something right.Spoiler
Some things, I feel like shouldn't be said. I mean, saying them isn't illegal or anything, it's just........very strange. It'd probably be something you would probably get made fun of for. I mean, you can say something ridiculous like "Here's a Ricky Martin song on my Top 10" after you just put one of his songs on a Bottom 10 list a while ago. There is no way in hell that Ricky Martin's gonna be able to top artists like Goo Goo Dolls or Mariah Carey or Matchbox 20. There's no fucking way.
Anyways, here's a Ricky Martin song on my Top 10.
9. "Livin' la Vida Loca" - Ricky Martin
Okay, I might be getting a little flak putting this guy over many better artists, but yet there's something about this song that makes me just love it. I mean, it's stupid, for sure, but it's an incredibly energetic and catchy song and Ricky Martin's just having a blast performing it. That and it sounds way more lively than Ricky's other song. Hell, I'm pretty sure it would kick ass even completely in Spanish!
Actually, I don't think any song that's in primarily another different language makes the song bad. I mean, I like "99 Luftballons" and that song is completely in German. If the production of your song is actually more lively then boring, then who gives a shit about the language?
Okay, I think I'm going on a completely different tangent here. Point is, this is a great Ricky Martin song, and will probably be my only favorite.Spoiler
8. "No Scrubs" - TLC
To me, TLC was the girl group that did everything right to the genre this year. While you've got Destiny's Child singing about demanding their spouses to pay their bills and Blaque doing...
...that, TLC are doing what they do best. Telling off the people they don't like. Scrubs.
Not that Scrubs, of course. Comedy Central has a lot of nerve replacing my Always Sunny reruns with that show, though. But I digress.
That's what I like about TLC. They are not afraid to get back at their enemies. They're an incredibly ballsy and badass group. I have no problem with this being the #2 song of the year. And really, anyone who disagrees with that is a scrub. And a scrub is a person who won't get no love from me.Spoiler
Okay, so putting that Ricky Martin song on my Top 10 was embarrassing, what other embarrassing choice will I make next?
I suppose that the next song on my list is gonna be from some boy band but there's no way that's gonna happen, right?
......Christ, what has 1999 done to me?
7. "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys
Actually, you know what? I am gonna stand for this choice. You can say what you want about the Backstreet Boys all you want, but this song is practically untouchable. You'd pretty much have to be dead inside not to enjoy this. (Yeah, even you boy band haters.) While doing this project, I've had it get stuck in my head multiple times. I can't even get myself to stop singing it. And that part before the last chorus is just awesome.
That's right. I don't wanna hear you say you don't like that part.
I honestly think that this is one of those iconic songs of 1999. Even more iconic than "All Star", which I kinda got tired of hearing of. I dunno, blame the over-saturation of Shrek memes on YouTube. This song, though? I will probably never get tired of this song. And why should I? Why should you? For the love of god, sing it already!Spoiler
All right, so I should probably be done with embarrassing myself even more on this list. Be glad that the rest of this list is rock-dominant.
6. "Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz
This is Lenny Kravitz. The guy who wrote "Justify My Love" and nothing else. Nah, I kid. He definitely wrote other better music. This being one of them.
I honestly see why this is his best song. The one everyone loves. This song pretty much establishes Lenny Kravitz's title as the king of funk rock. Starts out with a nice guitar hook and then kicks in and gets even better from there. And of course, Lenny Kravitz's voice is awesome. I can't name one thing I don't like about this song. I think it deserves the spot as Lenny's magnum opus song. YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH!Spoiler
You didn't think I would make this Top 10 without acknowledging the Chili Peppers, right?
5. "Scar Tissue" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This is, like, one of those near-perfect songs that the Red Hot Chili Peppers ever did. It could just be the nostalgia bias talking but this was the first ever song I've heard from them. After hearing this song, I knew I had to check out more songs from this band. Along with the Californication album which is really great, by the way.
This is one of the more chiller songs in their repertoire, which is one of the things I like about the band. After hearing Lenny Kravitz rock out, I sure needed this song to put me in a chiller mood. But that's the Chili Peppers for you.Spoiler
You know, talking about acts like Lenny Kravitz and Red Hot Chili Peppers are great and all, but let's take a moment to talk about a one hit wonder.
4. "Save Tonight" - Eagle-Eye Cherry
Yeah, why not follow a chill song with an even chiller song? This song always seems to make me happy every time I listen to it. I mean, one of the lyrics is "Let's delay our misery". Listening to this song really makes me want to delay my misery and just become a happy man.
Why this got the nod over "Scar Tissue" is because it's an incredibly positive and feel good song. And we could always use songs like this every year. Let's just let the music do the talking while I move on to the next entry.Spoiler
Sometimes in music, you can easily hook someone in with a great riff. Or you can easily hook someone in with the first line straight at the beginning of your song. Well, there's a song this year that did both of those things and I think you know what it is.
I WISH YOU WOULD STEP BACK FROM THAT LEDGE, MY FRIIIIIIIIEND
3. "Jumper" - Third Eye Blind
I swear, that's one of the best ways to start out a song. But enough about intros, let's gush about more of what makes this song great.
The lead singer himself, Stephan Jenkins said this was about a friend who was gay (Not that there's anything wrong with that) who jumped off a bridge and killed himself. That's where the first line of the song comes from. He also said that the inspiration also came from some emotional experiences he had from his childhood. His parents divorced, he was poor and went to a rich high school, he was dyslexic and still has ADD. His life was.........extremely rough, to say the least. This song is about facing the traumatizing events you've had in the past and putting them all away, which is a nice message to put out there. It's also great to see that message backed up with awesome rock music.
A song with a great opening, a nice message, an awesome guitar solo in the middle, and a cool snare coda at the end. I think that's all there needs to be said about this song. If you don't like it, well..............I won't understand.Spoiler
Putting Ricky Martin above the Goo Goo Dolls on here was a strange move to make. I mean, putting a song from a guy who I don't even care for above a song from a band that I really like? Maybe I am livin' la vida loca...
Despite that, I still managed to find a Goo Goo Dolls to top both of those songs. And make no mistake, it's my favorite Goo Goo Dolls song from this year.
2. "Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls
Out of the three songs they released this year, I chose this one as my favorite. Simply because it's the most powerful and emotional out of them all. Complete with the great production and, of course, Johnny Rzeznik's excellent voice, it really makes for a great song.
Like I said before, I would put this band up with Gin Blossoms as one of my favorite pop rock bands of all time. Whenever we can't get a Gin Blossoms song, I'll always count on the Goo Goo Dolls for songs like these. And really, what kind of soulless person wouldn't?Spoiler
If there's anything that's cool about this year, it's that two artists managed to make comeback songs this year. The first one we have is Cher.
This is her song "Believe". A song I've been pondering about putting on my Bottom 10. But really, should I really be too hard on this song? Is it really Bottom 10 material? Well.......no.
That song actually began to grow on me a lot. Not too much though because, well, it has the same issue I have with "All Star". Over-saturation. I live near a nightclub and one night, they played that song on repeat all night long. I couldn't get to sleep without thinking about that song. Hearing Cher using auto-tune in my thoughts. But despite that one experience, I really can't be too hard on the song anymore. I can't be too hard on Cher for my nightclub playing that song all night. So at best, the song is okay. Not a bad song at all but not something I totally love.
Meanwhile, the other comeback artist that year collaborated with another singer and released what I would consider to be the best song of 1999. Though given that he's one of the most influential guitarists of all time, I knew I had to send it to the top. So here he is. Carlos god damn Santana.
1. "Smooth" - Santana featuring Rob Thomas
While I would understandably get tired of "Believe", I can't imagine I will ever get tired of this song. This is a masterpiece of a song and I don't wanna hear anyone say otherwise.
Not only is this song fronted by a legendary guitarist, who proved that he can still rock his way into relevancy, it's also accompanied by Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 fame, who does a really great job as the lead singer with his excellent vocals. Complete with two awesome guitar solos at the middle and end.
The song also became a massive success too. It won three Grammys. It was the #2 song of 2000 (blocked by fucking Faith Hill, of all artists). Hell, even Billboard ranked it as the second successful song in Billboard history. Can't really argue with them. With a song as awesome as this, it deserves it. As it also deserves to be my favorite song of 1999.
- “Smooth” – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
- “Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls
- “Jumper” – Third Eye Blind
- “Save Tonight” – Eagle-Eye Cherry
- “Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Fly Away” – Lenny Kravitz
- “I Want It That Way” – Backstreet Boys
- “No Scrubs” – TLC
- “Livin la Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
- “Black Balloon” – Goo Goo Dolls
- “Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z
- “Out of My Head” – Fastball
- “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
- “Slide” – Goo Goo Dolls
- “What It’s Like” – Everlast
- “Back 2 Good” – Matchbox 20
- “That Don’t Impress Me Much” – Shania Twain
- “Take Me There” – Blackstreet featuring Mýa, Mase and Blinky Blink
- “Every Morning” – Sugar Ray
- “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” – Shania Twain
- “My Love Is Your Love” – Whitney Houston
- “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” – Jay-Z
- “I’m Your Angel” - R. Kelly and Celine Dion
- “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay” – Whitney Houston
- “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” – Deborah Cox
- “Doo-Wop (That Thing)” – Lauryn Hill
- “Jamboree” – Naughty by Nature featuring Zhané
- “When You Believe” – Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
- “Someday” – Sugar Ray
- “Kiss Me” – Sixpence None the Richer
- “I Still Believe” – Mariah Carey
- “All Star” – Smash Mouth
- “What’s It Gonna Be?!” – Busta Rhymes featuring Janet
- “All I Have to Give” – Backstreet Boys
- “She’s So High” – Tal Bachman
- “Unpretty” – TLC
- “Sweet Lady” – Tyrese
- “Miami” – Will Smith
- “Genie in a Bottle” – Christina Aguilera
- “Ex-Factor” – Lauryn Hill
- “If You Had My Love” – Jennifer Lopez
- “Where My Girls At” – 702
- “Ghetto Cowboy” – Mo Thugs
- “Give It To You” – Jordan Knight
- “The Hardest Thing” – 98 Degrees
- “Lullaby” – Shawn Mullins
- “When a Woman’s Fed Up” – R. Kelly
- “Can I Get A…” – Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule
- “Love Like This” – Faith Evans
- “A Lesson in Leavin’” – Jo Dee Messina
- “Hands” – Jewel
- “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
- “Believe” – Cher
- “Summer Girls” – LFO
- “Because of You” – 98 Degrees
- “Write This Down” – George Strait
- “These Are the Times” – Dru Hill
- “Back at One” – Brian McKnight
- “Amazed” – Lonestar
- “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You” – Alabama and ‘N Sync
- “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You” – ‘N Sync
- “Last Kiss” – Pearl Jam
- “Faded Pictures” – Case featuring Joe
- “All Night Long” – Faith Evans featuring Puff Daddy
- “Angel” – Sarah McLachlan
- “I Do (Cherish You)” – 98 Degrees
- “Music of My Heart” – ‘N Sync and Gloria Estefan
- “Trippin’” – Total featuring Missy Elliott
- “Happily Ever After” – Case
- “I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLachlan
- “Anywhere” – 112 featuring Lil Zane
- “So Anxious” – Ginuwine
- “Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)” – Citizen King
- “Sometimes” – Britney Spears
- “Heartbreak Hotel” – Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
- “Please Remember Me” – Tim McGraw
- “Fortunate” – Maxwell
- “I Need to Know” – Marc Anthony
- “Satisfy You” – Puff Daddy featuring R. Kelly
- “Angel of Mine” – Monica
- “Spend My Life With You” – Eric Benét featuring Tamia
- “How Forever Feels” – Kenny Chesney
- “Bailamos” – Enrique Iglesias
- “You” – Jesse Powell
- “Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child
- "Chanté's Got a Man" - Chanté Moore
- “Steal My Sunshine” – Len
- “Back That Azz Up” – Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne
- “Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
- “Lately” – Divine
- “Tell Me It’s Real” – K-Ci & JoJo
- “Stay the Same” – Joey McIntyre
- “She’s All I Ever Had” – Ricky Martin
- “808” – Blaque
- “If You” – Silk
- “Wild Wild West” – Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee
- “Almost Doesn’t Count” – Brandy
- “Have You Ever” – Brandy
- “Who Dat” – JT Money featuring Solé
- “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – Mark Chesnutt
Not my art
???: First of all, I would like to send a shout out to all the villains out there who crushed the heroes throughout the last month and finally proved that it's a good thing to be active without ever really being active, and that it does pay to be a villain.
The scene opens to a member in a darkened room, eating an obscenely large piece of cake.
???: I see it. I see it everyday. People talking amongst themselves. People envisioning themselves of who they want to be. But they do not have the courage, they are not bold enough to be who they really want to be, unlike myself. From the dark colors of my aesthetic, to the facial prosthetics that I wear on my face, to the freakin cheap disguises! THIS. IS. ME. I put myself into the position where I am venerated and open to praise from people like you. People, who are sheeps to society! People, who are caged and shackled by the system! People, who would live their lives as they are told to do so. They'll get an education that'll put them in shambles financially and mentally, they'll get a job that they can't stand, they will settle for a spouse who doesn't please them, they will have kids that will grow up to hate them! And then, you will grow old, you will decay, you will wither, and then, you will die. Whereas I, I shall live forever! So if it's such a piece of cake for you, then go ahead, choose life.
???: Choose life!
???: Choose life!
???: Choose life!
???: But why would I wanna go and do a thing like that? For I have chosen NOT to choose life, I decided on choosing something else! I have CHOSEN to live long enough to become...The Villain.
I'm calling you, SM.
And I'm calling YOU out, Netizens.
You are hurting Wendy.
She has gone from healthy to beyond anorexic. You broke. her.
SOMEBODY PLEASE GET THIS GIRL A CHEESEBURGER
You can see this poor girl's bones : (
The madness needs to stop.
Wendy was fine. She wasn't stick thin like other K-Pop idols, but she was still skinny. Probably skinner than most people in Korea.
She was healthy.
All I'm concerned about is the health of the idols I watch and listen to on the daily, and this has me worried to death.
Luna made a video a while back about how her pre-comeback diet is the "water diet."
As in, she only drinks water, no food.
She starves herself!
I wouldn't be surprised if all SM idols follow this same "diet," if you call it that.
Something needs to change in the Korean music industry. This is not normal.
But the thing is...
just about everyone does it.
Every K-Pop group does this shit every comeback.
This won't change unless fans put pressure on the industry to allow their idols to eat.
Until then... somebody get Wendy some Wendy's.
P.S. please listen to 빨간 맛 Red Flavor by clicking here. It is a bop.
So, last night @crushingmayhem told me he would like it if I colored his sharkpony OC. I agreed, seeing how this was a good excuse to draw his OC again. I made him have a cartoonish look by outlining him in black. I hope you like it crush ^^
As a bonus, I decided to draw him with his country's flag, because I thought it would look cute :3
I really hope you like these, because after all, it's free art from me
It's hard to believe that we're already six months into 2017. Music-wise, this has been an interesting time, with so many good albums and singles to rave about. And at this halfway point in the year, I want to talk about my favorite songs of the year so far. I decided not to limit myself to songs that are currently on the Billboard Hot 100 so I could have a bit more variety in my picks. This isn't a ranked list, just a collection of 10 songs I'm into.
"Perfect Places" - Lorde
Lorde's second album, Melodrama, is a delightful slice of pop music. It has a different instrumental sound due to her working with a different producer (Joel Little worked on debut album Pure Heroine, while Jack Antonoff, of fun. and Bleachers, who co-wrote and co-produced songs on Taylor Swift's 1989, co-produced and co-wrote all the songs on Melodrama) but the lyrics still undeniably sound like Lorde. I adore a lot of songs on the album but Perfect Places, the final track, is possibly my favorite (at least until I listen to Melodrama a million more times ). It's a catchy, anthemic ode to being young and trying to find a "perfect place" of happiness by drinking and partying, only to feel more lost. Lorde has said that the concept of Melodrama takes place during a house party and this song evokes feelings of the rager winding down, as you come off the high of the party and wonder what to do next. It's a beautiful song.
"It Ain't Me" - Kygo feat. Selena Gomez
Tropical house may feel like a tired genre at this point thanks to all the pop songs that jumped on the trend, but I still think it's a pretty cool genre of music. And Norwegian DJ Kygo is pretty good at it if some of his earlier projects are to go by. His production on this track is excellent. I love the acoustic guitar in the beginning, I love the bass and synthesizers, I love the finger snaps, and I especially love the way the syllables of Selena Gomez's lyrics are layered over the chorus. I've said it before but Selena Gomez has never sounded better on this track. It sounds beautifully nostalgic.
"Slide" - Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos
Who would've thought that Calvin Harris knew how to bring the funk? The songs he's released lately have a totally different feel to them than his typical EDM fare. Slide is a groovy, modern take on disco that's buoyed by the beautiful vocal stylings of Frank Ocean and decent bars from Quavo and Offset of Migos. When I first heard of this collab, I was wondering how this was going to work, but the different elements somehow slide (heh, puns) together well.
"Sign of the Times" - Harry Styles
If there was a contest judging the One Direction guys' solo attempts, I think Harry Styles is winning this race so far. His self-titled album is pretty solid. It's soft rock, psychedelic, folksy--a wild mishmash of different influences that he pulls together to make his own. I still think this track is fantastic. It's a bombastic, arena rock-style track that pulls me in so much that I don't mind the length.
"DNA." - Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar goes IN on this song. His delivery packs a punch and the bars themselves are incredible. Not to mention it's backed by an awesome beat from producer Mike WiLL Made-It. One of the best rap songs of the year and one of my favorites from DAMN.
"The Man" - The Killers
Nearly 5 years after their last album, Battle Born, the Killers are back with new music! And what a way to come back. The Man is a funky track with bragging lyrics, though you get a sense that Brandon Flowers is being a bit tongue-in-cheek. The addition of a backup choir makes this track even cooler than it has a right to be. Consider me hyped for the new album, boys.
"I Feel It Coming" - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
I'm a fan of The Weeknd's dark, atmospheric brand of R&B, but this sunny, fun track is a nice change of pace. It's a beautiful love song that's the marriage between the Weeknd's soulful crooning and Daft Punk's sweet disco production.
"Drew Barrymore" - SZA
I hadn't heard of SZA before listening to "Consideration", her collaboration with Rihanna on Riri's album Anti last year. Now I'm kicking myself for not listening sooner. This is such a raw, real, wonderful song about feeling insecure and having low self-esteem. I definitely want to check out more from her and I recommend her to y'all as well.
"Hard Times" - Paramore
After Laughter is Paramore's poppiest-sounding album yet, not that that's necessarily a bad thing, and Hard Times embraces an 80s pop style wholeheartedly. It's catchy and fun with some profound lyrics hiding underneath the beautiful synthpop goodness.
"Love" - Lana Del Rey
Lana's upcoming album is called Lust for Life, and I can definitely hear a newer, more vibrant Lana on this track. The lyrics are unabashedly happy in their celebration of love without becoming too sappy and the track has such a cosmic, enchantic feel to it. I'm in love.
A few honorable mentions:
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
I love Bruno Mars. His reworking of 70s/80s funk and soul hasn't gotten tiring to me yet. The man is gifted at making a sexy, fun R&B jam and this is no exception.
"Castle on the Hill" - Ed Sheeran
While I don't dislike Shape of You as much as some, I will say that it's not even close to being the best single on Divide. That honor would go to Castle on the Hill, a charming folk-pop song that's an ode to his hometown. It paints a beautifully nostalgic picture of Ed Sheeran's life through the lyrics and that chorus has an epic sound to it.
"HUMBLE." - Kendrick Lamar
Of course, I couldn't forget about this #1 smash. Kendrick is good at "conscious rap" but he can definitely create a straight up banger too. Humble is full of swagger and confidence, and thanks to Kendrick you believe that he's as great as he says.
"Bad Liar" - Selena Gomez
When I first heard this song, I wasn't feeling it. Then I listened to it again...and again...and it actually grew on me. I especially dig the sampling of the bassline from Talking Heads' song "Psycho Killer". This is definitely a weird song that doesn't sound like a lot of songs on mainstream radio right now and while I am a sucker for typical pop, that's what makes Bad Liar so appealing to me.
What are your favorite songs of the year so far? Let me know.
Let's do something new! Ah yessir!! -cocks fist-, it's time for the first ever Extreme Championship Wednesdays, EEEEEEEEVER. I'll be reviewing and talking about every ECW PPV from Hardcore Heaven '95 all the way to December to Dismember; every Wednesday! So, without further ado, let's get EXTREME!
Our first match of the night is showcasing some tag teams. The current title holders, as Joey Styles calls, "dastardly, and unbelievable", Stevie Richards and Raven, accompany The Pitbulls to their match. They are facing the Dudley's, that is Dudley Dudley and Snot Dudley. look at that little goober. The match was pretty straightforward, a simple tag match. The Pitbulls were dominating the match early, beating the snot out of Snot. The crowd was its usual hot self, but were hot for Richards, Raven, and Beulah. Beulah and some plant get into a cat fight, KITTIES, OH MY GOD. So Raven escorts them out of the ringside area, leaving the Pitbulls all by themselves. Dudley Dudley finally gets himself in the match, lays some beat downs on the Bulls. But Snot again gets his ass beat by chairs and then a super powerbomb. As one of the Pitbulls were covering Snot, Dudley hit him with a flying axe handle and layed Snot on top of him, getting the victory for the new tag team. Pitbulls cut a loud promo about some jargon after the match.
Second match is another tag match between Chad Austin and the Broadstreet Bully vs. Dino Sendoff and Don E. Allen. Sloppy as fuck match with nothing to report, since the fucking police got called, AH YESSIR IT'S 911. HE COMES OUT AND MURDERS THESE JABRONIS. Paul E. comes out with him, and the crowd start to erupt with cheers and chants for him. He tells the jabronis, "Welcome to the E C FUCKING W ARENA!" Luckily, Scott Steiner was not in ECW at the time.
wait, what. So the next match on the card is the human thumb, Val Puccio, or as he goes by, Big Malley. He went into singles action against Hack Meyers, (this will not be the first time my dudes). good lord. The "Shah of ECW" Hack Meyers comes out looking like Mr. Slave, oh Jesus Christ... Joey Styles absolutely roasts Big Malley through introductions, funny shit. this shit ain't real. I can't even start the match without stopping to grab these ridiculous screenshots. Don't get me started on Meyers's hair either, shit is hideous. The match for about 3 minutes is the crowd shitting on Malley. Every time he goes for a strike, the crowd chants "Shit!", but every time Meyers hits, they chant "Shah!" Fun stuff. Malley has control most of the match, until Malley misses an elbow drop and Meyers pins him for the 3. My guy is memeing out here.
Next match I have a feeling will be a banger. We've got 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Taz with Paul E in his corner. Taz dominates the match early, but Scorpio tries getting into Taz's head through psychology, taunting him and wearing the same colors as him. Great mat wrestling, Taz showing why he is the king of the headlocks. Sorry Kev. Taz hits some huge suplexes and forces Scorpio to run out the ring. Scorpio wins a test of strength and gets the upperhand with a few good power moves. The ECW fans then begin to chant "Virgil" at Scorpio, Taz finally gets in another Tazplex, controlling the match again, but not for long as Scorpio hits a piledriver and sets up that fucking Tumbleweed BOY Taz then no sells it like an actual tumbleweed. Taz hits a nasty Tazplex and gets the pinfall. BUT WAIT, Scorpio's foot was on the rope. Bill Alfonso runs down and restarts the match, woah dude. He then threatens to shut down ECW. Paul E. ain't having it. Scorpio comes in and blindsides both Taz and Paul with a chair, drops the leg brother on Taz and gets the victory. Solid match right there.
A little interlude with Joey Styles plugging the show, and then mentions Shane Douglas. Shane comes down and gets in Style's face. Douglas is wearing a WWF shirt, fucking gold. The crowd get pissed at him and start chanting "We Want Flair", McLols. Crowd start Wooing, making this promo gold. Douglas starts looking for more journalists to eat, calling out all journalist. Look out big Metlz. Douglas starts talking about conspiracies like he's Alex Jones, and then insults Styles more. Crowd gets more pissed, telling him to shut the fuck up. Douglas then says he's gone from ECW. Lol. Then "Woman" comes into the ring, (Nancy Benoit) and tells him he's a pretty smart dude. He then calls her a slutbag. Douglas puts her in an arm lock and Sandman comes to the rescue. But then Cactus Jack comes in and runs Sandman out. Douglas then threatens Sandman later in the night. Good promo for the middle of the show.
Next it's tag title match time with Raven and Richards, accompanied by Beulah, going up against Tommy Dreamer and Luna Vachon. Dreamer sporting a cast after Raven broke his fingers. Raven and Dreamer start brawling on the outside, which leaves Luna and Richards in the ring to fight. Dreamer hits Raven with a DDT and comes in to help Luna. Luna grabs Richards by the balls and flips him across the ring, awesome. Dreamer goes back outside to beat Raven up more, with the help from audience members of course. Raven gets busted open with two frying pans to the face. They weren't drying pans, I checked. Dreamer leaves and comes back with this object in his hands, . E C Fucking W. It's apparently a TV antenna, whatever that is. In the ring, Luna is mopping the floor with Stevie, lols. Dreamer continues to search for signal using Raven. Not sure a bird is going to help you Tommy. Did Dreamer just vandalize South Swanson St. or does Paul just leisurely have newspaper stands laying around. Dreams throws Raven into the stand to which Styles remarks, "Raven won't soon forget that headline!" Luna keeps getting near falls in the ring, still beating the shit out of Stevie. Dreamer comes back to help Luna out, Women. Raven gets back up and kicks the shit out of both Tommy and Luna. Raven drags Tommy back to the newspaper stand and works on the broken fingers, damn son. Dreamer is incapacitated, while Raven and Richards take care of Luna. Hitting a double DDT, but she kicks out! Dreamer evens it up by tying Raven up in the ropes. Luna hits a superplex, but Beulah comes in and throws powder in her face, the X factor. This allows Richards to roll up Luna for the victory. Good match, fun stuff.
Bill Alfonso is summoned to the ring and is ordered to referee the Taipei Deathmatch between Axl Rotten and Ian Rotten. Broken glass glued to the fist of each opponent, boy you know this gon be bloody. Axl lands the first punch and cuts Ian. Alfonso checks Ian and confers that that was enough, and stops the match. As the announcement is made, Public Enemy and The Gangstas start brawling at the entrance. Alfonso demands they be evacuated out of the building. The Deathmatch is restarted after Alfonso leaves, and the two brothers just wail on each other. Ian has control, landing big blows on Axl. Ian starts cutting him with little shards. Axl finally gets offense in with a kick, and starts digging away. Fucking brutal. Ian then hits a low-blow, yikes. Axel drops Ian down on some thumbtacks and does a splash for the victory. Hmm, violence, very ECW.
So, we some how end up with Raven, Richards, Luna, and Dreamer all brawling for what seems like an eternity, then the Pitbulls come out. They start fucking throwing each other through walls and tables. Well, that sure was 10 minutes of the show. Paul you crazy son of a bitch.
Next is the ECW World Heavyweight Championship match between the champ, Sandman with Nancy and Cactus Jack. Sandman of course looks like he just woke up from a 16 hour nap and then drank a 12 pack. He then takes a million years to enter the ring, classic Sandman. Foley comes out with barbed wire wrapped around his fist. Sandman is wielding two kendo-sticks, one more than Bayley was afraid to use. This was like a real anime battle. At least he gave Nancy one to hold for later, she might need it. Nancy starts the match by throwing beer in Foley's face, that's rasslin. ....dive. Foley finally gets control after hitting a huge DDT that Roberts would be proud of. Cactus starts giving Sandman some more concussions with kendo stick shots. Sandman gets a chair, and halts Foley's offence. Of course, Foley cuts himself with his own barbed wire. Sandman hits the laziest DDT that would not make Roberts proud. Nancy leaves and returns with some more barbed wire. Sandman wraps it around himself like a Christmas tree. maybe later. Foley gets hit by some splashes with the barbed wire, but Foley isn't having that shit. One Sandman botch later, he gets the upper-hand again. brother - HH. Foley starts hitting Sandman with barbed wire punches and cuts open the champion. Nancy comes into the ring and hits Foley, but he ain't having that shit and shoves her ass down. Could've been worse. The ref then takes a bump, you know what that means. The franchise comes into to try and help out Foley and hits a piledriver on Sandman. Damn it, he isn't supposed to be here! Then, swerve! He attacks Cactus! No longer friends. Sandman gets laid on top of Foley and gets the victory.
Finally it's the main event, Public Enemy vs. The Gangstas. You know anything with New Jack is bound to be a barnstormer, and absolute technical masterpiece. I wonder if they got that from Dreamer? He does eat weird things. Shit breaks down real fast. Mustafa and Rocco brawl to the back of the arena and we got our selfs a table spot boys. Hell yeah. Meanwhile, New Jack is beating the shit out of Johnny with ironically a billy club. How very thug. But Grunge fires back with the shitbox. Rocco then gets thrown into a big fan, but unfortunately does not get comically diced up. This gif perhaps sums up the match in whole. Of course, New Jack no sells it, like the story teller he is. The original gangster New Jack. Someone hands Mustafa a keyboard, to which Styles remarks, "Must have been handed to him by one of our internet ECW fans!" Fucking smarks. Grunge eventually gets a croquet mallet. Rocco eventually gets the mallet and does a top rope dive with it to pin Mustafa. What a shitfest, but hey, New Jack was in it.
Overall, show was good. Main Event was rather boring and bad, but the title matches were fun so this show gets 2.5 broken tables out of 5 from me bubba. Tune in next time for November to Remember, in June!
OK...this is your first time doing this, Lettuce...don't freak out..deeep breaths...
So, now that's outta the way, hi there! My name is Retthi Manchot, but you can call me Lettuce. You're probably wondering how I accessed this site if it doesn't exist on Core Earth. Well, Omnus and Alpha had a malfunction with the Morphing Grid, it crossed over into the Warp...listen, it'll just sound weird if I explain it all, OK? Point is, this little mishap allows me, at least for a while, to access the internets of other universes! Isn't that cool?! Anyways, I'll use this little blog here to talk about whatever's on my mind.
Don't be shy introducing yourselves! I'm sure we can get along great! See ya soon!
(So, as I announced before, I'm creating this special character blog for the duration of SOF 7. Here, you can interact with Lettuce directly, asking him all kinds of questions, talking, etc. Hope you enjoy this as much as I will.)
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLOG
Greetings all, Renegade here. As you guys may recall, I used to have a blog that was dedicated to reviewing the entire Power Rangers series one episode at a time. It failed, mainly because a: it was so ambitious, and b: I just plain forgot about it. So, I've decided to revisit the concept, this time using the first (or, the earliest I can recall) anime I remember seeing as a kid: Sailor Moon, created by Naoko Takeuchi. This blog, much like Renegade the Unicorn Reviews Power Rangers, will cover the series in its entirety (although Sailor Moon has only 5 seasons, thankfully) and will have the same format, which I will once again inform of, for those who didn't read my previous blog:
INTRODUCTION - The introduction to the episode, usually containing tongue-in-cheek snarking.
THE EPISODE - The blog's main "meat", if you can call it that. I summarize the episode, and talk about any lessons that it tries to teach.
MY OPINION - Wherein I give my thoughts on an episode, its plot, and usually the moral if it has one.
SCORE - I give the episode a rating, using the X/10 format, along with reasons why.
INTRODUCTION TO SAILOR MOON SEASON 1
The first season of Sailor Moon, as to be expected, sets up the premise for the series: A lazy schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino, while running late for class one day, encounters a mysterious cat named Luna, whom informs her that she is tied to a long-ago civilization known as the Moon Kingdom, and she is recruited to help search for the kingdom's princess, as well as an artifact known as the Legendary Silver Crystal. However, an organization known as the Dark Kingdom is doing the same, as well as trying to gather energy for a being known as "the Great Ruler". Recruiting four others to her cause, Usagi goes into battle as the warrior Sailor Moon.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I will. Renegade, out.
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"So is that what you call a getaway?
Tell me what you got away with
Because I've seen more spine in jellyfish
I've seen more guts in 11 year old kids."
-Brand New, "Seventy Times Seven"
"You're running after something
That you'll never kill
And if this is you want
Then fire at will."
-My Chemical Romance, "Thank You For The Venom"
This is a blog entry I have tried to make several times, as it is a hard thing to discuss, but it's god damn important, and it'll almost be three years since it happened, which I can't believe, but it makes me really happy knowing this is over. It's probably one of the most... significant parts of my life, sadly, and it's an awful event. The worst time of my life. Sigh.... yeah, here we go. It's something important to know when you really get to know me for a person. I've probably skimmed about this subject a few times before... but here we go. I just want to put a trigger warning for mentions of suicide and depression. So yeah, here we go. And I need to mention one thing: I'm a very mentally stable person right now. Anyway, I've probably mentioned a bit of this in that long MLP post I did, but yeah, I plan for this to be a bit more in detail and the real meat of what happened 3 years ago won't happen until a bit later.
Anyway, this story all started in fifth grade. What do I need to say about that year? It was one of the best of my life. In fourth grade, I began to drift off from other kids and they started... they started to kind of respect me again. I remember going home every day that year and watching shows like Shugo Chara, MLP, Regular Show, and Adventure Time and it was then, it was because of MLP and Shugo Chara that my interest in cartoons really started. Good teachers, friends, and good events, I really had it all. Anyway, around Spring that year, about 5 years ago, I started to get bullied by some students again because I liked MLP, and the staff even got involved. And it was all fixed and I had a very good year. In June 2012, I graduated 5th grade. I really thought things would continue to be great...
Then middle school happened.
My best friend from 3rd-5th grade went to another school and I entered 6th grade with one friend I made at camp that was going into my grade. Anyway, that year... Yeah, I started off with one friend and I had an immense struggle trying to get used to the customs of middle school. Then I met another kid who was the friend of my other friend... and well, I thought I had my friends for middle school. Anyway, around that time I began to be horribly bullied for liking MLP. I had personal threats and such, and some of the teachers... couldn't give a rats ass this was happening to me, although some did support me. It was such a goddamn awful time for me. And before I knew it, later in the year around April and May those friends began to turn my back on me, and I was holding on to their friendship by something small and almost non existent- interests, and the fact they were too inept and pathetic to ditch me as a friend. So that teetered on for a bit until I got out of school, and entered the worst fucking summer of my entire life (summer 2013).
I began to fight a lot with one of my friends, and on sight said pretty much "fuck off" to the other, because I couldn't take it anymore. Back then, I got... I got into Homestuck, something I loathe now. My friends... that was pretty much what ruined my friendship with the both of them. For some reason they could not handle the fact i liked Homestuck at all. And yeah, I began to make a good friend because of that interest, who I really thought would bring the end to this... to this dark age, but he was a friend who cared about me, and a friend that I haven't talked to in a DAMN long time, but one I am still on really good terms with.
But yeah, than, August that year my 7th grade year started. I was left in middle school with a ton of bullies, but with no friends of my own. The month I stayed at that school... Probably one of the hardest months in my entire life, my goodness. I was still bullied a lot, but one instance when some kids tried to steal my backpack really stuck a nerve with my mom, who requested a transfer in September of that year.
It... well, I do think it was better to transfer in the long run, god knows what would have happened if I stayed at the other school, but things still were fucking awful right off the bat at this new school. I had a really hard time conversing with a lot of people, and I was so.... on edge from everything happening around me prior that I was irritable and had a lot of strong outbursts of anger during class. Nothing really changed at all for that point, although a good amount of good kids at that school did not judge me, and I appreciated that so much. Overall, calling it a tough time was a fucking understatement by a mile.
And here's where the meat of all this comes in.
I...... I met someone. To put it quite simply, I met a girl. Umm, well, I guess calling her something like "that girl" would be dumb, so I'll have to choose a name similar to that.... How about Amanda? Yeah, Amanda sounds fine for the job. Anyway, I met this girl named Amanda. She was this girl who was in my Science, Computers (shit like typing and some other computer programs, EXTREMELY low key and fun class.), and History classes. Right of the bat, she was someone who was very kind to me. We weren't friends or anything, but we were incredibly civil and kind to each other. She was nice as hell, and just generally was a sweet person. And she wasn't a prep or anything, she was this kind of.... well, she was super into all the generic Hot Topic kind of bands (I could call them emo but that would be an insult to bands like The Get Up Kids and The Promise Ring) and had this super laid back personality. Seemed like the person who was always fun loving, always able to vent with, and was just really fucking fun to be around.
And well, after a while..... I realized I liked her. And no, I am not fucking talking like. I'm talking adored. You know how in elementary school you think you have crushes on people but like you're too naive to realize it? I did, and this was my first full blown fucking crush. I was OBSESSED with this girl. Like, not to a stalker level, but like someone experiencing their first love, which I was. I thought Amanda would be the light at the end of the tunnel, the light that would escape me from all of this shit going on. Depression, loneliness, still getting over my problems, and the fact I was getting harshly bullied by some assholes I know an another forum, which luckily does not exist anymore. Don't even want to think about that shit.
But yeah, fucking Amanda. I was just..... god. Fantasy after fantasy I had, of a visionary me asking her out and her gladly saying yes and the two of us going to the mall or some shit and just being a couple, and being the light at the end of the tunnel. This went on for so goddamn long, and one thing. She had a boyfriend. Ha ha this kid is actually in my graphic design class this year, ha ha funny shit. He's one of the douchey (I have not spoken a word to him and I'm glad I haven't, seems like a douche but I don't know him) "bro" lacrosse players here, and even though she had a boyfriend, I fucking LONGED for the day the two split apart and I'd come in. I now, fucking delusional, but I was a 12 year old with my first crush, so you can give me a pass, right?
Shit went on for a while.... until late January. I remember this day vividly. Well, that friend I mentioned having in the summer? I saw him almost every weekend during, well, with this event... most of 7th grade. I even told him about Amanda and how much I loved her and everything... I remember going into detail the time I saw him right before this event. Anyway, due to a complication... we couldn't see each other anymore. And this.... this fucking teared me up. I remember getting the news and just trying with all the emotional might and my entire body not to just break out into so many tears. However, one thing I did, was I pressed on knowing that.... knowing that Amanda was there.
February 17th, 2014.
Sounds like a normal day, right? And you know what, it was. It really was, until 8th period that day. 8th period was my final class of the day. History. Which as I've stated before, I shared with Amanda. Anyway, on the very edge of it all, I told her how I felt. I really did. I had to come clean about everything. I told her I loved her and I've had a large crush on her. Despite me coming in at a bad time because I was a 12 year old with raging hormones, she took it extremely well. She thought it was cute and all, and that fucking made my day. I remember blushing so hard. It was such a happy day for me.
Well, here we are. As I've said many times, dark journal entry. Here's where it's gonna get extremely dark. So, well, the big point of this part is that this is your chance to get out. Because as I've said, it's getting fucking dark here.
A while later, about 10 or more days past. Early March 2014 sounds right. I can't pinpoint the exact thing that happened, but it was something. There was probably not a single point where it was lost, but oh boy, it was fuckin' lost. Amanda... started isolating herself from me. And I have no idea why. It got to the point where she constantly flashed certain angry faces at me, glaring in anger, even when I was near.
Never before have I had my heart crushed as hard as when that fucking happened. It literally felt like iron thorns pierced my heart, it got stomped on about 100 times with the spurs on a pair of cowboy boots, and then it was spit on. I know it's overly poetic, and probably dumb sounding, but that was how I felt. I basically lost all reason, I lost all motivation inside of me to keep on going. I wanted to leave school and all. I remember telling my mom, without not mentioning Amanda, that I just needed the get the fuck away from school. I grew irritable around almost anyone. I really, well...... I completely lost all motivation in me to live. To keep going. And well, i........ I made plans to take my own life.
One of the big things igniting my anger was the fact that no one saw her the way I did. Everyone loved her, everyone thought she was this great girl, which.... well, luckily we go to different schools, but it seems like things haven't changed a bit, sadly. I have close friends who know what happened, and well, they seem to shun her about it, I'm not positive, but I think it's the way. But yeah, that was one of the greatest things igniting my anger.
I turned 13 on April 17th, 2014. It was a good birthday for what it was, I guess. Well, if you took my major depression out of the equation, it would be. Now I can only look back on that birthday and just feel so fucking sad.
April 18th, 2014. I remember all these days so well, leading up to the event. I was taken out of school early that day because my mom was willing to because I had guests over, and yeah, I really remember going home and really using a lot of my birthday presents.
April 19th, 2014. Very rainy day. The day before Easter. My guest, my now deceased aunt, took me and my sister to this one big arcade place with go karts and stuff near our house. It was really our thing; she would take us and we would have fun at that.
April 20th, 2014. Easter. Depressing day. Had a fight with my dad that day, who I was having troubles with my relationship with him during that time (We are fine now), and just grew even deeper.
April 21st, 2014.... pretty normal day, honestly. Don't remember much at all.
Here comes the dreaded day.
April 22nd, 2014. This is a day that will live in infamy for me, and well, a lot happened that day. I can remember the day to the most minute details.
I woke up that morning. I think I ate biscuits for breakfast? Probably. Watched JonTron (this was years before all that white nationalist shit happened) before school. Went to school. It was a pretty normal day, that is until my 3rd period class, which I had Gym, that the main..... the main events of the day occurred.
That day was the day where the elementary schoolers going into middle school toured the school. Obviously, students were chosen to be tour guides for the elementary schoolers and guess who was chosen? Yeah, fucking Amanda was chosen. I remember I was in my 3rd period gym class and Amanda and her group came down. This pissed me off so goddamn much. I remember seeing that and just getting so angry. And a few others were complimenting her and stuff like that, and it just seemed like those fifth graders were really enjoying her presence.
That was when I fucking LOST it. I can't think of a single moment in my entire life where I was that angry, and so... so not myself.
I began to scream. I began to just let out all of my inner anger, that anger I've channeled in myself for over a month, out. I ran, I was in hysterics. I frantically ran to the gym's exercise room and found like the end of a dumbbell or something like that and in anger, for some reason, I only lightly hit it on my head a couple of times. Than after a little bit of further raging, the bell rang and I went to my next period-Art. Well, after entering, before the teacher was in I knocked over like two or three chairs on accident and then I think someone heard me? Something like that, that part is a big foggy. Anyway, i was just...... at that point, I was bawling. Honestly, I don't think I've cried as hard as I did on that day. I remember that my eyes were pretty foggy for like 30 minutes straight I cried so hard. Anyway, I was sent to counseling and well, when a social worker came and asked me what was going on.... I..... I came clean.
I remember telling that worker I just... i didn't know what to do anymore. And yeah, I remember that's when I broke it to her and said I was feeling suicidal. Anyway, after that, I went on with my day for a bit when I got called to the office during lunch time. I enter the office, get sent to the counseling room and I see my dad there, who proceeds to take me home. I couldn't go back to school until I saw a psychiatric doctor. Anyway, my mom who was like an hour away had to stop everything she was doing and come back home to comfort me. Anyway, it's just.... I remember after going home we went to a few doctors and my psychiatrist at the time. After that, I just remember my mom crying to me later in the day, asking why I wanted to take my life. I just came clean about everything, my position in life, and everything. And well, yeah, I missed school the next day.
From that point, I got the help I absolutely needed. And well, i'm so glad I did. I got medicine I still take to this day for anxiety and it's just, well nothing was perfect right away (I was pretty fucked up after the whole incident but as time went on my mental health really improved), and yeah.
I guess that's really it. I can't say much else. I hate Amanda a lot and rank her as the worst person I've had the misfortune of meeting. When I'm typing this, it's, well, it's April 22.
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Day 5, also known as THE DAY SBL GOT SWITCHED UP and THE (GOOD) DAY.
*cue switch noise*
- Wake up, at my actual alarm time (7:15 am)
- morning stuff yadda yadda
- The Switch is in the mail facility
- I get ready to go
- My mom and dad tell me before I go they might not be here for the Switch
- Well I hope they are
- Go to school early (8:20, school begins at 9:00)
- Wait and keep checking Amazon
- Went to class
- Gym first yay badminton
- Went to lunch, ate
- Went outside
- Checked phone randomly again for tracking
- OUT FOR DELIVERY BITCHES
- Tell my mom
- My dad will wait for it while she goes somewhere else
- Go back inside (also for some reason one of my friends bought a container of Milo for lunch and was eating it by the spoon)
- Had some
- Left school
- The bus smells like SWEAT AND SWEARS EVERYWHERE HOLY FUCK
- Come home
- Switch hasn't came
- Mom is getting food
- Mom comes home
- I check Canada Post/Amazon
- Package has been delive-
- The fuck? Wrong apartment?
- -red to parcel locker
- Ugh that's in the lobby
- wait how do we open it
- Run to find mailman
- He gives us a key
- We open it
- BOOM BITCH IT'S IN MY HANDS
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS BEGIN IN NON POINT FORM -
I opened it and first saw the Joy-Con controllers, pretty nice feel in the hand. They lock in to the grip and console securely but those fucking wrist straps almost broke the controller. Plugged everything in, setup was nice and quick. Oh wait, I need a game. I went to get Zelda and come back, also, I HAD TO TASTE THE CARTRIDGE. It tastes very bitter. You can still taste a teeny tiny bit in your mouth like 4 hours later. Anyways, Zelda is a very nice game. Although, it's confusing on the Switch and was sometimes dropping frames. The left Joy-Con controller was desynced. I had to resync it. Pretty annoying. Although, this wasn't what I expected from Nintendo. I feel like this console would've sold even more with more AAA titles and 3rd party games (if they're trying to be modern). There are a lot of problems too and I don't wanna jinx it though, so far my Switch was good except for dropped frames and the left Joy-Con controller desyncing problem.
Overall rating so far: 7/10
- will possibly return by April 6th, review coming next Saturday possibly
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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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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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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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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
1. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
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