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Saturday, July 05, 2008

My favorite Muesli-eating Kiwi...

#8--Jemaine Clement

First of all, I like Jemaine, but probably not as much as this lady:

Source of dig: Flight of the Conchords, more specifically episode 2's Pet Shop Boys takeoff, "Inner City Pressure"
Where else I've seen him: Eagle vs. Shark, which, unfortunately, was quite bad
Favorite Jemaine FOTC moment: In "Yoko," when Bret tosses a sandwich at him, he exclaims, "A sandwich hit my face!" A perfectly absurd reply that encapsulates all of that show's quirky humo(u)r...
Runner-up: "Bret, You've Got It Going On"

Somewhere I have a list of favorite FOTC moments from season 1. I'll post it one of these days.

A dialogue I had with a McDonalds employee the other day:
Me: I'd like a large order of french fries
McDonalds employee: Do you want a drink with that?
Me: No, but I would like some packets of mayonnaise
McDonalds employee: [scrunches face] EWWWWWW!!! For your fries?!?!?
Me: Yep.
McDonalds employee: [continues face scrunching]

I'm not really sure what to say at this point to stop her face from scrunching, so I just explain "it's the European way." She tossed the packets in the bag and handed the bag over like a dirty diaper. Uh...okay.

Okay, enough about my lunch habits. Here's some YouTube goodness:

I had plans to have a Simple Minds-themed entry a few weeks backs ("Simple Minds and the bands that sound like them" or something...). Here's an abbreviated version.

Simple Minds, "Waterfront"
One of my favorite song openings is the bassline that begins "Waterfront."

Then Jerico, "Muscle Deep"
Wore out my First (The Sound of Music) cassette, saw them live past their prime. Mark Shaw put lemons on his chest.

So, "Are You Sure?"
Those of us who lived where Hurricane Hugo made landfall in 1989 have our memories, some quite odd. My family fled the storm and made our way to Atlanta, where we stayed for about five days. On the way back home, we went to some suburban sprawl mall, and like most malls in the late 80s, there was a music store. My parents bought me this cassette and I listened to it on our trip back, a trip that was almost as scary as the one leaving Charleston. We didn't know if we had a house to go back to. We did--but with a tree through my bedroom and the furniture ruined because water had come through the light fixtures. I associate this song with that moment in my life. Anyway...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hey, man, I just want some Muesli." :D

Jemaine has definitely got it going on. Excellent choice. I loved the multifaceted nature of his Bowie impression.

Yeah, what was up with Eagle vs. Shark being so lame and stuff?

Kudos for making a McDonalds employee's face scrunch. I've heard that's not an easy thing to do.

It is indeed a sweet bassline. Waterfront era SM is my fave period of theirs.

I like how 91% of music anecdotes involve tapes being worn out. :D

On the other hand, your So tale is quite harrowing.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Karim Amir said...

I've met so many people over the years who lived in Charleston (or on the coast of SC) and some of their tales are more harrowing than ours (especially the people who stayed).

Somewhere I have pictures of our town after the hurricane. Overturned cars, uprooted trees. Wrath of mother nature and all that...

5:35 PM  

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