Q: How many kids with ADD does it take to change a light bulb?
A: You guys wanna go ride bikes?
Ok, MP3's on this blog (designated by the links that seem like maybe they're songs) are for sampling purposes. So, if you like something you find on this site go buy some stuff by that artist. Go see a show.
If you're not happy that I put an MP3 up on this blog, just email me to take it down and it'll be down.
All MP3's are up for 10 days. Or when I remember to get take them down.
If you want to email me to say hi, ask me to take something down, ask me to put something up (i.e. bands wanting me to check out their music), or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can remember it because it's the Appetite FOr Distraction blog!"But James, you say, why isn't it afdblog?" The answer is, of course, I didn't pay attention to the letters in the initials of my blog. Le sigh.
Well, I'm in Virginia Beach this weekend (and most of the week, actually) so here, as has become tradition, is a Flashback Countdown. This time we're heading back to 1998. It's a fantastic episode full of fantastic songs. Look down at the list of artists. Then think of the first song that comes to mind by them. That's the song, in all likelihood. It's so great.
A great summer song written by game show host and alleged CIA hitman Chuck Barris. It has been a while since I've watched Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, but maybe I'll change that soon.
9. Dee Dee Sharp - Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes)
8. Pat Boone - Speedy Gonzales
7. Joanie Summers - Johnny Get Angry
6. Claude King - Wolverton Mountain
5. Brian Hyland - Sealed With a Kiss
4. David Rose and His Orchestra - The Stripper
3. Ray Charles - I Can't Stop Loving You
2. The Orlons - The Wah Watusi
1. Bobby Vinton - Roses Are Red (My Love)
My birthday was quite enjoyable and my son's was as well! We had his party today (even though his b-day was on Thursday) and so I'm feeling super tired. My sister and I stayed up way too late last night, got up to take the little guy to the Little Gym and then partied and partied. But this is a very enjoyable countdown, if you ask me!
Gotta love Marvin Gaye. This is actually a great week for songs. But I decided to only do one song from this list. But I mean, I could just as easily have played the Elvis, Stevie, Surfaris, Essex, or Jan & Dean songs!
9. Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires (You're the) Devil in Disguise
8. Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki
7. The Surfaris - Wipe Out
6. Little Stevie Wonder - Fingertips Pt 2
5. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
4. Rolf Harris - Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
3. The Tymes - So Much in Love
2. The Essex - Easier Said Than Done
1. Jan & Dean - Surf City
Hmm. Well I think that the song is super catchy as per usual with Maroon 5, but the video is a little...I don't know. I mean, first of all, the lone profanity was gratuitous and surely intended to heighten the tension of the situation. Second, what's the message? I guess it's something like "Don't take loved ones for granted because they could be gone before you know it", but jeeez. This is kind of after-school-specialing it, isn't it?
It's a big week around our household and so the air is crackling with excitement. Some of us are turning 1 and some of us are turning more than 1. It's all very confusing as to who's turning what.
I'll be doing the Birthday podcast again this year, so that means my birthday will be spent saving blog posts by people and then sorting through them and seeing which songs I like best and all of that. I love it, even if it can be a little daunting.
It's a good countdown this week and I really hope you enjoy it. These are always the episodes I love best. The ones in the middle of summer when the songs are the most nostalgia inducing. Someday we'll hear "Do I Wanna Know" and think "Ah, that takes me back to the summer of...was it 2014? Those were the days..." and it'll be great :)