Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays VOL V: Poker Face

Because this is the off season and there's nothing better to do, because there are approximately 2,357,861 days until football season (that's just a guesstimate, give or take a few), and because it's Tuesday and you need a pick-me-up, I'm presenting "Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays". Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays is an off-topic post that will feature a band playing a song by a different band each week. Some you may have heard and, hopefully, some will be completely new to you.

DISCLAIMER: If you can't find music humorous, DO NOT READ THIS POST. It is the most ridiculous post I've made since ever.

I decided a few weeks ago that I sometimes have what I call an ironic sense of music. I have several Barenaked Ladies albums. In high school I had a mix CD with both a Meat Loaf song and a William Shatner song (which I discovered on Conan). One of the most listened to songs on my iPod is Kitty by Presidents of the United States of America. Why? Because it's all a little funny. Seriously, listen to Shatner sing Common People and try not to laugh*. No really, I'll wait...... You couldn't do it could you? If there's a song that is humorous, either intentionally or unintentionally, I'll probably listen to it.

With the most recent batch of crazy people (read: Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, etc...) to unleash ridiculous music on the poor unsuspecting masses, there's been plenty of opportunities for those with ironic senses of music to get their fill of stupid, goofy, over the top songs. OK, so I hate Lady Gaga and Ke$ha, and frankly every time I hear either of them on the radio I can't change the channel fast enough. Really it doesn't fall into the category of ironically appealing because it's too much bad and not enough funny. There's a strict**, objective**, scientific** formula to create ironically good music, which requires the right amount of bad and funny, and these songs fail to meet the standards of that formula.

BUT there's hope yet for these songs. For one of the best things to happen in the past five years for ironic music lovers the world over (in my uninformed opinion) has covered Poker Face. Yes, the British Pop sensation Mika, who brought you such genius musical masterpieces as Big Girl (You are Beautiful) and Lollipop, has taken a crack at it:

No joke, every time he starts with the "oh, oh oh oh" part I crack up. If you didn't I'm sorry I wasted your time with this dumb post.

Tune in next week when Trademark-Infringing Tune Tuesdays will feature........ another band playing a song by a different band!

*For that matter, try watching the original Pulp music video and not laughing.
**Not at all.

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