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Ha ha ha – you all think you are so funny! You see, with that vitriol question, I kept saying “V, like in Vagina,” and you kept saying “what??” And I’d repeat myself. Oh, you guys. You just wanted to hear me say “vagina” over and over again! I get it now. I am so gullible. Shit balls.
Speaking of vitriol, R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” mentions vitriol as well as Lenny Bruce. Hang on kids, here we go, because I feel a good old fashioned music rant coming on. Now, I realize I may have torqued off a few of you last night with my tongue-in-cheek “let’s celebrate the birth of America by listening to songs like The Clash’s ‘I’m So Bored With the U.S.A’,” but seriously, everybody should know this R.E.M. song on some level.
First off, I LOVE the juxtaposition of relatively dour lyrics paired with upbeat pop vocals and catchy chorus hooks. And if you are thinking, “those lyrics are dour?,” well, you probably didn’t pick up the blatant masturbation in James Joyce’s Ulysses, either. And the Ulysses reference is no digression, as I feel the power in the stream of consciousness style that Michael Stipe chose for the song. Stipe himself once admitted part of the song came out of a dream he had where he was attending Lester Bang’s birthday party, and he was the only guest whose initials were not “L.B.” Not bad for a man who admittedly constantly dreams about the apocalypse. Yay, jellybeans!
This is also one of my favorite songs to sing at karaoke because EVERYBODY EXPECTS ME TO TOTALLY FUCK IT UP by the end of the first verse. And usually, they’re right.
Now, with references to neither stream of consciousness nor masturbation, please enjoy these Mongolian Death Worms:
Now that is something that actually kind of had something to do with what actually happened at Quiz, right? You know what also happened at Quiz? This guy did pretty decent on the Dr. Seuss round. And, he's got two thumbs, but couldn't show them because he was to occupied with showing off this instead:
Finally, we had some fantastic winners, and some fantastic losers. Special thanks to fellow QM Jason Hart, who helped me out scoring for 17 big teams! Woot! Luscious, I leave you with this final contemplation as we head into celebrations of 'Merica's birfday...
Now, time to celebrate the birth of the U.S.A., so stay safe until the drunk wears off and you have to put your pants back on!