John Cougar Mellencamp’s little ditty ’bout Jack and Diane is a sentimental song about days gone by. Among its many illustrative lyrics is the part about “Suckin’ on a chili dog outside the Tastee Freeze.” Tom McGovern decided that’s the only thing the song should be about, minus the Tastee Freeze part.
THE BEST Songs
“He used his lungs… to breathe in oxygen!” Elliot Mason presents a song about a totally ordinary guy doing totally ordinary things. Accompanied by a playful animation by Justin Mason, the silly lyrics remind us of the sort of thing Monty Python’s Flying Circus might have created. From the album Life Is Like a Movie.
This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!
“They got Pop-Tarts for adults!” Novelty jam band The Cooties has a little fun at the expense of people who spend their days hanging out in coffee shops, from the overpriced exotic beans to the weird alternative milks. Oh, how we long for a crowded coffee shop right now.
To support the charity Playing for Change, musicians Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr, joined amazingly talented artists from around the globe for a performance of The Band’s 1968 classic The Weight. Enjoy more from their Songs Around the World series here. (Thanks Jonathan!)
Like many of us, entertainer Brian David Gilbert is stuck at home for a while. But rather than sit there and whine about it, he’s making the most of it and using the time to perfect his dart-throwing (and song writing) skills. Our dart-throwing technique of choice? Spray-and-pray.
“Peanut butter jelly, or portobello. Open up your mouth… and say hello!” A silly song about one of our favorite kinds of food. Parry Gripp extolls the many wonders of fresh ingredients placed between layers of bread with this catchy little tune. It’s definitely not gluten-free.
Well my baby, oh she drives me crazy. Because she’s always putting the toilet roll on the wrong way on the thing. Elliot Mason performs a version of his track The Toothpaste Song in front of the cameras. If we can’t have Flight of the Conchords, at least we’ve got Elliot.
For a little holiday treat, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots are joined by a star-studded cast of Sing, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, along with Sir Paul McCartney to sing his 1986 holiday classic.
“Making pot brownies… is a big mistake, if you live in Texas while you bake.” The little ditty the lawyers of Hutson & Harris wrote about marijuana edibles is funny, but it’s the harsh and unnecessary penalties that Texas throws at folks for possessing them that blew our minds.
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