Thursday, October 02, 2008

A Slightly Earlier Than Usual Clue to the New Direction (Special Garden State Video Edition)

From 1986, and featuring the most obviously tape-spliced modulation in the history of recorded music, here's Bon Jovi and their skull-crushingly annoying blue collar anthem "Living on a Prayer."



As always, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded the first reader to divine its relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

But I'm not counting on it this week...heh heh.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

bands that wanted to be like springsteen and southside but couldnt pull it off so ended up playing heavy metal

steve simels said...

Oh my god -- you got it first thing out of the box!!!!!!


Nah, just kidding. It's something else.
:-)

CovetedNOPrizeWinnerWithOakLeafCluster said...

From David Bryan's web site. Influences: Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin So, if Anonymous is wrong, it must be bands influenced by Mozart, Beethovan and Bach? I shook a cast of David Bryan's hand outside of the Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome (Japan), and I thought they had misspelled David Byrne's name! So, as someone who remained totally oblivious to big hair bands, I'll guess:

Songs with "prayer" in them

Jim said...

I used to hear that kind of key change referred to as the "downshift," though my .0000556 seconds of Google research turned up no reference to that use of the term. It's definitely a last resort move to add drama and interest where there isn't any. Maybe they should call it a "Palin"?

steves said...

Initially, I wanted to say Big Hair Bands That Make Our Skin Crawl. But then I thought that was too obvious.

So, I'll go with Phoniest Concert Footage in a Music Video for $100.

Brooklyn Girl said...

Songs that are so bad they broke YouTube?

CovetedNOPrizeWinnerWithOakLeafCluster said...

Monica sez...
Songs that they try to get you to sing along with at major league baseball games.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

The songs that spawn a "misheard lyrics" video that's far better than the original but that's not saying much category? You can check the parody video here here if you have a moment -- it's a-funny, but also impossible to imagine how anyone could have sat through that song the number of times it must have taken in order to put such a vid together.

steve simels said...

steves said...
Initially, I wanted to say Big Hair Bands That Make Our Skin Crawl.


That's actually not too far removed, but just to be a prick I'm going to say -- still no. Guess again.

Jim - I love the "Palin," btw.

Ali said...

Guys who dated whatsername.

Perhaps this is a little vague.

TJWood said...

steves said...
Initially, I wanted to say Big Hair Bands That Make Our Skin Crawl.

That's actually not too far removed, but just to be a prick I'm going to say -- still no. Guess again.


I'll go with "Most Annoying Songs of the 1980's"

steve simels said...

Well.. apparently I've been upstaged by the veep debate.

Okay, here's a late hint.

Remember last week's theme?

Flip it....

Ali said...

OK, really bad songs from successful bands, then?

CovetedNOPrizeWinnerWithOakLeafCluster said...

Worst Post-Elvis Pop/Rock Band or Solo Act That Should Not Have Had a Mega-Career But For Whatever Reason Did!!!

dSmith said...

Really bad bands with a good song or two?

TJWood said...
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steve simels said...


covetednoprizewinnerwithoakleafcluster said...
Worst Post-Elvis Pop/Rock Band or Solo Act That Should Not Have Had a Mega-Career But For Whatever Reason Did!!!

10/02/2008 11:22 PM


DING DING DING!!!!!

Goddamn it, we have a winner.

I know you really don't need it, but your coveted No-Prize is coming to you by worm express (think Rocky and Bullwinkle) as we speak.

Anonymous said...

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