Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Back to the B-side

Since we are wallowing in the skittlest of choco radio, which I unabashedly love- (what else can we all do around the water cooler) (apologies to our international crowd, I understand that this is deeply hurtful.)

I now propose we attempt to mine the actual eclectisism of the 3B community. Please pick 10 songs that you think represent the diversity of your likes (not your dislikes) and we shall see the true shape of our musical souls. Keeping in mind the result may be exactly the same, given that it seems unfair for the ZRM-Brando axis to not include Rush on their list.

Awfulness is Here

Here is what I propose, as you enjoy the musical soul of the 3B community, or its black emptiness, consider listening to at least 10 songs. Document these songs and we will award +1 point to someone if you skip a song that you blame them for, and +1 point to a person if you like a song that you credit them for its inclusion.

This should be the station linky!

I love everyone, and will preemptively eviscerate our taste in music as an irony shield for inevitable P-fork payback.


I will not officially like or skip in my version of the station, so as not to bias future arbitrary pain. I will merely note in my dear diary that I am already +1 for “Where is My Mind”-Pixies- clearly this is a credit to me (first song!).

I recommend that you do not stack the deck either!

I got lucky they are in an alternative block. I wonder when they will flip to lighter fluid?

1. Where is My Mind – Pixies (5) )(+1 for me)
2. Handlebars-Flobot sounds like white rap CAPT. TROLLYPANTS? maybe about as good but kind of funny (2) (+1 for MenD)
3. 1234 Feist kind of an overplayed skip but good (7)
4. Take Me Out-Franz Ferdinand (1)
5. Wild Life-Inxs (Kick) (1 maybe 2)
6.Occasional Demons-Jethro Tull -1 point for UC or ZRM
7. Midnight Rendevous-The Babys (these guys sound like a cross between Foreigner and maybe Rick Springfield) OMG I am dying this is a hilarious lost 80s movie montage track and I will treasure it as a category (2) Has anyone heard of this song? Does anyone OWN this song? Admit your shame. “Mid-night…Mid-night rendevouz..*hand claps*…yeah yeah” Wait- I think this is John Waite- so maybe that explains why the lead singer sounds familiar.

video here- embedding DISABLED by request of the EARTH

We need the header version of this song.

8. You Wear it Well (Early Version)-Rod Stewart- possibly a good song. I am on the fence here. I feel like it is one of those underrated overrated songs. I feel like this is a +1 to the spirit of BG, but she can eat it, so +1 to J.

9. Heartbreaker-Led Zeppelin I wonder if Pandora will respect the Living Loving Maid play through. I don’t like the solo until right up at the end.

10. Hush-Deep Purple -1 to ZRM!

I think they went to lighter fluid at number 6.

Awesome Idea

Jennifer’s comments about radio pain spurred me to think about how to normalize our radio pain to examine exactly the demons that lurk amidst unknown radio playlists that can send us to our earworm, or worse, doom.

I propose we construct a 3B! Pandora radio station with which to use for our poorly subscribed horrible radio song contest.

Here is how it will work. Our station needs to have the following criteria. A) Random B) Cheesy C) Possibly awful D) Unexpected.

How we will accomplish this is as follows: everyone needs to list 5 songs with which we can seed this station. The songs need to cover these five categories:

1) A song you love but you KNOW is definitely not for everyone.

2) A song you are embarrassed about loving so you will roll up the car window when it comes on.

3) A song that you have a hate relationship with, meaning a song you are familiar with and CANNOT stand.

4) A song that do NOT like from a band you DO like.

5) A song that you love so much you would nutpunch someone for denigrating it.

When we have all the songs, I will seed the station and send it to everyone via e-mail and then we can proceed with the contest, including attempting to blame each other for whatever crap it coughs up.

We can do this, people!!!!!!!!!!


6) A song that you still love no matter how overplayed

7) A song that you love intellectually but will guiltily turn on the radio when it comes on, even listening to (2) instead FOR SHAME


The song that most inspires your internal Statler and Waldorf that you have heard starting on your commute or couch lounging starting from today through the end of the weekend that you have heard on your internet or your radio or your internet radio.

You have to have heard it. Post the You Tube if possible in comments and we will determine the winner Monday.