Ferris Bueller sings Twist and Shout

Right, so I had to follow up the last past with Ferris singing Twist and Shout by The Beatles, given that last video ended so abruptly. Despite being 12 when FBDO came out, I was still under the illusion that Matthew Broderick was actually singing it… As it turns out, it wasn’t even a Beatles song (I literally found this out just now thanks to our friend Wikipedia).

The Smiths – Please Please Please

Feeling melancholic? Well this beautiful song by The Smiths is for you. It was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off* as an instrumental. (*One of the best movies ever.)

I can’t seem to find a video of this song, given it was a B-Side and kind of old now (yep, I’m kind of old too), so this will do:

And here’s quite possibly the best sequence in Ferris Bueller’s, if you’re an art lover.

Lyrics for Please Please Please by The Smiths

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time

Music games using Spotify playlists

We stayed at Cooks Beach in the Coromandel over the Christmas / New Year break, and played a music game while sitting up drinking tea before bed time: load up a playlist of songs on my phone on Spotify (e.g. 80s music) and play the first few seconds. “Points” were awarded for how quickly people would guess the songs, and additional points for the artist, particularly if they were harder to guess or were a not very well known one hit wonder. For some of them, I’d only allow a few beats before pausing and making them guess because they were so distinctive. No, we didn’t really count points, but it was a lot of fun.

Some of the tracks that came up were (and I will link to YouTube videos in time):
– I think we’re alone now by Tiffany (holy crap, that’s a bad song)
– Love My Way by the Psychedelic Furs (excellent song, I think they couldn’t recall the band)
– I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls (as above)
– Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran (I probably played about half a second of that one)
– Africa & Rosanna by Toto
– Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper (a second max)
– Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick “Rickrolled” Astley
– Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (about two bars)
– The Final Countdown by Europe (takes a little while to get going, but stop as soon as it does)
– We Built This City by Starship (the only challenge is remembering who sung it)

That’ll do for now. I may follow this up with more terrible, yet beautiful, and just straight terrible 80s music at some stage in the future.

More Knock Knock Jokes

Following up my lame knock knock jokes post from a few days back, here’s a couple more:

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Apple.
Apple who?
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Apple.
Apple who?
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Apple.
Apple who?
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say apple?

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in, it’s cold outside.

Aha – Take On Me

After posting Aha’s “The Sun Always Shines on TV” and making reference to “Take On Me”, I had to post “Take On Me” too…

The nostalgic side of me says this is one of coolest music videos ever with the comic book stuff mixed in with the live action, but hey I was only 11 when it came out! I showed Jamie the video last night (he’s 10) and he thought it was pretty cool too.

Lyrics:

Talking away
I don’t know what I’m to say
I’ll say it anyway
Today isn’t my day to find you
Shying away
I’ll be coming for your love, OK?

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

So needless to say
Of odds and ends
But I’ll be stumbling away
Slowly learning that life is OK.
Say after me
It’s no better to be safe than sorry

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day or two

Oh, things that you say
Is it a life or just to play my worries away?
You’re all the things I’ve got to remember
You’re shying away
I’ll be coming for you anyway

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone
In a day

Take on me (take on me),
Take me on (take on me)
I’ll be gone (take on me)
In a day (take me on)

Aha – The Sun Always Shines on TV

When I was out driving in the car today, Aha’s “The Sun Always Shines on TV” came on the radio. I don’t think I’ve heard this song in 20 years and had forgotten all about it. But I could still recall the lyrics and sang along!

So I got home, checked out the video on YouTube and there’s some of the same cartoon/comic elements that “Take on Me” has, and even the same girl in it. (Again, I’d forgotten the video, but it was all very familiar when I watched it.)

On a side note, the girl in the Aha videos is Bunty Bailey, and Jane reckons she was Morten Harket’s girlfriend at the time (he’s the lead singer); a quick Google seems to support this.

So here’s the video, unfortunately in pretty crappy quality (I did my best to find a higher definition version):

And here are the lyrics:

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on T.V
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

I reached inside myself
And found nothing there
To ease the pressure of
My ever worrying mind

All my powers waste away
I fear the crazed and lonely looks
The mirror’s sending me
These days

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Please don’t ask me to defend
The shamefull lowlands
Of the way I’m drifting
Gloomily through time

(Touch me)
I reached inside myself today
Thinking there’s got to be some way
To keep my troubles distant

Touch me
How can it be
Believe me
The sun always shines on TV
Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me

Hold me
Close to your heart
Touch me
And give all your love to me
To me…

I gave up reading Feed and started reading Life of Pi

After my usual easy-reading crime novel binge over the Christmas / New Year holiday, I started reading Feed by Mira Grant (a pen name for Seanan McGuire, whoever she is lol).

It was one of the several books I grabbed at random off the recommended carousel at the library, and I enjoyed it at first. I didn’t realise when I grabbed it, but it’s set in the post-zombie apocalypse future (oh my, hasn’t that been overdone these days) where bloggers are the new respected media.  It’s a little technical and, I felt, dragged on a bit. After a couple of hundred pages (of five hundred or so) I discovered it was the first of a trilogy, and wasn’t really enjoying it enough to slog my way through another couple of novels.

I persevered for another hundred or so pages but, after not reading so much for a week and trying again (too tired at night to read after running a wee bit), I decided enough was enough. It was interesting, but not for me. I don’t like giving up on books, but I just got bored.

So bye bye Feed, and hello Life of Pi, which I found waiting for me on our bookshelf last night. Jane said I would like it, and I managed 20 pages before I couldn’t read any more (too sleepy) and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. The last book I found on the bookshelf that Jane said I would like was Chomp by Carl Hiaasen, which I highly recommend. Wikipedia says it’s a young adult novel, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a complete and utter piss-take of the Bear Grylls type of TV programme.

New shoes – Inov-8 Roclite 295

I ran over 1,100kms in my last pair of Inov-8 Roclite 315 shoes, and the 100km at Tarawera last Saturday was just a bit too much in them. I wear the sole tread out on the outside of the shoe quite badly, and the lack of support on the outside of my feet lead to a lot of bruising and swelling after the race, particularly on my left foot. As a result, I’ve barely been able to walk this week. My thighs and calves on the other hand, haven’t felt sore at all!

Here’s what my left foot looked like on Sunday morning, noting that my toenail was already like that before the race:

left foot post tarawera

With the exception of my slightly too small Salomon shoes, my other pairs of trail shoes are worn out too so it was time to get some new ones. I’ve owned two pairs of Roclite 315s since I started trail running and they’re my favourite shoe of all the shoes I’ve ever worn. Unfortunately they’ve been discontinued, but I managed to find the slightly lighter / slightly less hardier 295s available as a clearance item from Bivouac and Highbeam for $140. I ordered a pair on Monday; they arrived yesterday morning and I went for my first, short, post-Tarawera run in them this morning.

They have the same sole as the 315s and feel very comfy and light. My little toes push up against the side a bit, but I suspect they’ll stretch in time and I won’t have any toe-squashing issues. Once I get some more mileage on them, if I’m still happy I’ll be off to buy some more pairs.

The new shoes, before the run:

inov-8 295

The soles of the old shoes, showing how worn away they were on the outside:

inov-8 315 - soles

The soles of the new shoes, as a comparison:

inov-8 295 - soles

Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)

I’d never heard of Paolo Nutini until he turned up on Graham Norton one night and amazed us with the voice coming out of this 27 year old Scottish dude, singing Scream (Funk My Life Up). I was faffing around tonight on my computer, listening to my favourite tracks on Spotify when this came up, so had to share it.

Here’s the live version from Graham Norton, which I reckon is far better than the official video version:

Lyrics:

How was I to know you’d just come along?
(And funk my life up)
Lips like they’ve been singing sexed up strawberry songs
(Just funk my life up)
Never heard it coming, thought it’s just another woman
With a shotgun in her hand
(Funk my life up)

She’s the bass, she’s the beat, she’s the rhythm, she’s the band
(Just funk my life up)
And the girl, so fine
Makes you wanna scream Hallelujah

Yeah…

Sly hands, spinning webs like silk
Beats are dripping on me, like spider milk
And I never heard the warning when I woke up this morning
With my sunshine on a drip
She’s my rock, she’s my bud, she’s tequila, she’s a trip

And that girl, so fine
Makes you wanna scream Hallelujah

Yeah…

How can I refuse? I’m not fit to choose
(Just funk my life up)
I said the only way I win is the way I lose
(Just funk my life up)
And I never got the script, I unzipped
Got a little bit wet up in my brain
She’s your church, she’s your sin, she’s atomic,
she’s the, oh she’s the rain

And the girl, so fine you wanna scream
Yeah, yeah

She gets me silly, she’s like a trick on me
Hell, I don’t even know her name but yet she sticks to me
And in the climax she would scream with me
Yeah, she sticks to me
She gets me funny, she doesn’t want none of my money
So I pour it over her like gasoline
Light a match and then I’m back in my teens
Me and super girl smoking my green
Me and super girl smoking my green

Unload, reload, eyes back swinging,
Sweet thing, knows things, Jeff Beck sings
Roundhouse, going down…… Let’s go!
And the girl so fine makes you wanna scream Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Yeah, the girl, so fine, you wanna scream