...so it turns out there's a rap song hidden on track 2 of my Mario Teaches Typing CD, and someone used its presence for a funnier interpretation of the title screen:

reddit.com/r/ObscureMedia/comm

...speaking of which, I was originally introduced to the Fountains of Wayne song years ago by Fred Perry's "Misi's Mom" animation.

That guy is a drawing monster. He learned traditional animation so he could do his own OAV for his comic, Gold Digger.

He took down his original upload out of fear of the YouTube COPPA change, but you can watch it here:

youtube.com/watch?v=-WMs-__ZGZ

...he also did that You Are A Pirate animation that made the rounds years ago.

youtube.com/watch?v=Dm32QynLGn

The characters in that one are a crew of pirate-ninja leprechauns from Gold Digger.

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Who here knows the song "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne? What about the gender-swapped parody "Stacy's Dad" by annapantsu?

youtube.com/watch?v=SRk_52uQfM

I find it amusingly fitting that, when a woman got her hands on it, she added a touch more class to the lyrics by making her character 23 and swapping out things like "I know it might be wrong" for "It's actually pretty sad", giving a sense that the character is more self-aware, instead of just acknowlegding that *others* won't approve.

How about another excellent song that seems to be known in too narrow a niche and drifts in and out of my memory?

The Charm of the Seer by Ayreon

youtube.com/watch?v=_JUCsb7HXq

Another great song that I was reminded of:

Imago by Pain of Salvation
youtube.com/watch?v=l3dtoQ2lyA

The metaphor in the lyrics reminds me of Mado Kara Mieru from Christopher Tin's Calling All Dawns.

Just a little bit of fan I ran across:

SylphStorm's redux cover of "Neverending Strife" by H8_Seed.

youtube.com/watch?v=3iOfwwyHUj

If you're not a fan of bronies, don't hold it being MLP music against it. Catchy music is catchy music and, like "In The Dark of the Night" from Anastasia, it sounds *great* on its own even if you don't know the context.

As a side-note, did the casual self-introductory "don't worry, I'm just the villain" start remind anyone else of "Brains!" by Voltaire?

Since I'm impatient when it comes to partially finished stuff, you get another music roundup today. covers:

The two I wound up tweeting about are "original arrangement, better instrument" covers of songs I love:

Haunted Woods from Diddy Kong Racing for N64:
youtube.com/watch?v=y37R33rTPD

Fillmore from Actraiser for SNES... the "what Castlevania is this from?" song:
youtube.com/watch?v=7b0GxFFour

I'll probably also do a few faves rundowns covering stuff I didn't tweet about, like filk music.

I just got introduced to this great song satirizing the state of online discourse.

youtube.com/watch?v=3ToEvz-7tr

I almost forgot today's ...my other top favourite:

Pushin' the Speed of Light by Julia Ecklar and Anne Prather.

youtube.com/watch?v=ud6LiVJkwy

The best way I can sum this story up is "The plight of the young working man, watching everyone else age into oblivion as he lives life aboard a relativistic starship." Very poignant.

I like to contrast it with '39 by Queen, which has a similar theme, but with the main characters being seen as heroes rather than everymen.

youtube.com/watch?v=kE8kGMfXaF

I think I'll also share some of my favourite (sci-fi/fantasy geek folk) because it deserves more attention.

Let's start with The Horse Tamer's Daughter, written by Leslie Fish. This ballad, is set in the world of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover and this recording by Julia Ecklar is from an out-of-print album that apparently went for CA$400 at a FilKONtario auction.

youtube.com/watch?v=fuGIBX9FGZ

...with this and Big Iron by Marty Robbins, I learned that I want more ballads.

OK, now for the first of my "summary of tweets that are still relevant" posts... :

First, "The Nameless Murderess" by The Once. A swing-y murder ballad with some *amazing* vocals.

youtube.com/watch?v=q5ijxVHxzq (See also: singout.org/no-fortune-fame-na)

Second, "Jabberwocky". Kate "Erutan" Covington's comeback song after struggling to recover her singing voice:

youtube.com/watch?v=TlyrweRsIL

Third, "Long Lost Century" by The Woodlands:

soundcloud.com/the-woodlands/l

More music roundups to come.

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