if the two of us sometimes don't have this game as our top priority in life.
I already knew you kind of had terrible taste in music though, itâs fitting with you being terrible in general
Why don't you both have the themes, then you can post them whenever you do results or Murr can when he does? Speed this up a little.
Thank you for counting the days, though. You can feel free to do that every round, and inform us when you think we are being "silly."
Sunflower, you can put anyone you want on ignore.
Murr: Not bad. I was wary when it first started, but as it goes on... it sounds a little gimmicky somehow. Like it should be the theme song of some HBO show. But ya know, it's actually really good. I love the chaos in the guitar and organ parts, and their interplay with each other. Nice pick.
Cher: I was thinking about scoring songs last night, but I was too tired, I actually went sleep really early on the couch, then woke up, watched tv for a bit, then went to sleep for real. Today I have a weird short, late shift at work, 6:45-10:45pm. So I spent the afternoon working on homework for my class, and I still have time, so songs now, yay. Havenât heard this before, but I like it. Itâs like, folksy, but in a dark way with some rock added. This is a great start to the round actually, I enjoyed this a lot, saving it so I can listen again later, thank you.
Murr: How many times have I judged this? I don't even know which end is up anymore. Naw, it's a classic, and a great one, at that. I always want to dislike it, after hearing it for the millionth time, but... yeah. What else is there to say about it that hasn't been said in every other idol game?
Cher: Oh Pete, haha. You know, I fully expected someone to send Folsam Prison Blues, because itâs a really obvious choice for this theme, and also, guaranteed to do well, obviously, and I was surprised that no one did. So instead I guess this song gets the title of being the guaranteed to be a hit easy choice of the round, haha. By the way, I hate it when you are using public wifi at like a coffee shop, and the first hour youâre there, like, you donât have to re-log into the wifi at all, and then after awhile itâs like UGH, YOUâRE STILL HERE, and makes you press accept terms and conditions like, every 20 minutes haha. Guys, I am spending the entire afternoon at a coffee shop, before going to my job...as a barista at a cafe in a bookstore. Iâm sure there is a name for people like me, haha. Anyway, I have seen this song submitted quite a few times in idol games, so I should yell at you and whatev, but itâs so good, like seriously. You could have been adventurous and sent a version by someone other than The Animals though, Iâve heard some great other ones, Nina Simone is good, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCuu5fOEB3Y and Murr probably would have jizzgasmed. Guys...jizzgasmed is not highlighting with red squiggles as a word to spellcheck, so like, either that is a real word, or my computer knows me so well it doesnât even question these things anymore.
Murr: You win. Obviously this is the best song of the round. I think last time I judged this song - a cover, don't recall anyone ever sending the original - I went on a long rant about the actual trial(s) and the mess of this, the shadiness from police, the protests and uproar, Carter's work after being released. He just died a couple years ago. Anyway, I'll save the rant this time, but it's implied. It's such a powerful story. If anyone hasn't actually read through the story of Rubin Carter, you definitely should. Anyway, Bob Dylan, this incredible song, amazing storytelling... Yeah, you win.
Cher: I appreciate you going to vimeo to find this. I know a lot of Bob Dylan songs are really hard to find on youtube for copyright reasons and whatever. In season one, for a theme about murders, Tammy sent a cover of this song, and while we both enjoyed listening to it, I even said in my comments it couldnât live up to this. I remember developing an obsession with this song, I donât know, maybe 5 years ago or so, I listened to it a lot, and I did some light research into the events the song is about, interesting stuff. Anyway, this song is fantastic. It tells an interesting story, it covers areas of the legal system that are flawed, and it draws you from start to finish. Plus, Bob Dylan <3 Great job.
Murr: Completely random pick that no one would ever send in an idol game, yet oddly actually good. Hey, Kathy. When I was a kid, briefly ('cause I lived in the area briefly), I had a friend who LOVED Tool. Said friend has been an alcoholic since age 12. He'd show up to school with his face all scraped up at least once a week, because he inevitably crashed his bike on the way. And he'd bring Tool CDs for me to borrow, handing them to me with a big smile while I'm staring at his scraped-off eyebrow. Memories. <3 This is an early one, back when Maynard had super douchey hair, too. What fun!
Cher: Lol I donât know this song but...I can tell a song called Prison Sex by Tool is not going to hold up well after a Bob Dylan masterpiece lol. Lol in the sidebar itâs suggesting another song by them called âHooker with a Penisâ clearly Tool has a lot of songs with really classy titles. Anyway, this actually isnât bad. They sound exactly like another 90âs band, but I canât think of which one, possibly because itâs all of them xoxo. Okay, itâs dragging a bit now.
Murr: Interesting. For one, I didn't know Hugh Laurie was a singer. Also, the original by JB Lenoir (full transparency: had to look it up to make sure I was right) is incredible, so I'm curious what this will be like. Such a cool metaphor carrying this song. This arrangement is definitely more involved than the original... not necessarily better, but definitely more modern. Pretty cool.
Cher: He sings? This is news to me. I like this though, slightly raspy voice, and the song has a nice bluesy/folk sound. Songs about whales make me think about Moby Dick. Ugh, guys, itâs getting dark outside, and I still have to go to work. Like, going TO work after it gets dark is such a weird, gross feeling. Anyway, heâs singing about crawling out of the whale. You can do it! Crawl out! I really like this. I like that you went with the option for going with songs about being trapped instead of just straight up literal prison.
I've never seen The Beatles/Lennon sent in an idol game before, and then we get them twice in this game. That's cuz of people like Henry lolzzz. Nat and I used to have a Beatles theme every season of Natcher Idol, but that was before you were around </3 John Lennon was one surly SOB. I've always been fascinated by the dichotomy between his "loving" ideals and his natural SOB-ness... such conflict. Such a brilliantly poignant song... perhaps moreso even now than when it was written. It's interesting, because obviously this is basically a protest song - against the government and/or corporations selling crap, if there's any distinction between the two, anyway - but I love how it also turns it on the individual within that (if only in a "what are you gonna do about it, huh?" way), and even against generally appreciation systems like education. You don't really hear anyone criticizing the very directive/bastardized purpose of our education system these days, though - particularly with how frivolous higher education has become - it's probably a more apt time than ever. I believe this song created some uproar back in the day for those reasons... criticizing the working class, the education system, etc... for how they play into "the establishment" that everyone hates but still goes along with, and even take pride in their "accomplishments" within that participation. Not that each aspect individually is without merit - I'm sure Lennon, being so well-read and from a working class background, would agree - but that's exactly why the whole, each part pieced together, is so damning, and I guess the point of this song and why it fits the theme of being trapped. OK, I'm ranting. Awesome song.
Cher: Another song about being trapped. This song is weird. Like...I am sure many people find it relatable, but at the same time, like...the fact that itâs sung by JOHN LENNON, a guy so famous he once claimed he was bigger than Jesus like...is this supposed to be ironic? Or did he really think âyeah, I will totes sing a song and be a voice to these people...even though my life is literally the opposite of what I am singing about.â Itâs not a bad song, I just canât NOT think these things. Oh, wait, or is he MOCKING the people? I donât think thatâs the intention, but really, I can see this song so many different ways. I have no idea.
Murr: Cherry is gonna love the crowd cheering at the beginning. I can just imagine her elation now. <3 The verse here is actually lovely. The chorus is a bit much. But oh, the verse is lovely. Oh, the crowd is cheering again! Alright, the chorus grows on you a bit, doesn't it? It's good.
Cher: Ew, this starts with a cheering crowd. Dammit, Dana, youâre the worst! Never really been big on Springsteen, but like, that may also be because I never really listened to him much, haha, so I will give this a chance. Someone sent this really good, chilling song by him last season for the murder theme, it was called Nebraska. I liked that one a lot. This one is alright, it definitely goes with the trapped feeling, as suggested by the title. I like the slower parts better than the faster part where he keeps saying trapped. Lol guitar solo.
Murr: Social D. <3 A band I never really bother to listen to unless I'm drunk or on a roadtrip. Lots of warm and fuzzies associated with them, though. I kinda wanna give this a perfect score just because someone actually sent them, which is awesome. Not necessarily my favorite song of theirs, but still... this is amazing. I'm legit smiling right now. It Cherry scores this low, our friendship is over.
Cher: My ex was a big fan of this band, and when I made the theme, their song Ball and Chain was one of the ones that crossed my mind, but for some reason I forgot about this song. Now that I am listening to it, I definitely know it. Itâs kind of a weird thing...I donât dislike this song, itâs not bad, but I also associate it with a less than desirable part of my life. I wonât hold that against you though. I do like the Johnny Cash reference.
Murr: Oh, damn. This round has actually been really good - some stronger than others (and I'd say this is in the stronger half), but so far not a bad song. I love Warren Zevon. This entire album is incredible (another knew-they-were-dying album, a la Cash and Bowie)... and you get that awesome slide work from Ry Cooder, which you can hear here going just insane near the end, and it's glorious. Lyrically, such a cool take on the theme, without getting too conceptual or anything. Love this.
Cher: Yay, only two songs left, I should be able to finish and post results before I have to leave. This guy looks like a love child between John Lennon and John Denver. His name sounds vaguely familiar, Iâm sure if I googled him Iâd recognize some other songs by him, but too lazy to do so now. Omg, I am sitting by the window and a giant poodle walked by (with some people, but meh, they are irrelevant) he was cute. Oh, and a guy who looks like Mark just walked by. Clearly I should not be allowed to sit by windows, it makes me a creeper. Anyway, Iâm liking this song, nice folk rock, and itâs good for the theme.
Murr: I'm nervous about this... I know Cherry loved/loves Hot Topic, so maybe this will go over really well with her. <3 You're the worst.Oh, nevermind... it's political, so you're probably screwed. It almost feels like a PSA... I mean, a PSA by dirty hippies, using the establishment's tactics against them, man. Naw, kidding. As a political statement, I appreciate it (it's no secret the US prison system and drug policies are royally f'd up)... as a song, not so much.
Cher: Lollll. Sers, youâre making us listen to System of a Down? I remember when these guys first came out, or got big at least, I was in high school, and they seemed sort of cool in a novelty way at least. Now itâs just like lolz. They have a distinct sound I guess, Iâll give that. It fits the theme.