Pop Culture Odds and Ends – It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over Edition

I woke up to some very sad news this morning – Yankee great Yogi Berra had passed away at the age of 90. This wasn’t a total surprise – the fact that he was unable to attend the ceremony when his fellow catcher Jorge Posada’s number was retired was a clue that he wasn’t well – but it still hurts all the same. I’m too young to have ever seen Berra play live, but his legacy was well known to me. Not only did Berra earn 10 World Series rings and multiple MVP and All-Star game appearances, but he was just an adorable man known for his paradoxical quotes and sayings. I looked forward to seeing him at Old Timers Day and various other Yankee events and he always received standing ovations. It just makes me so sad to know that I won’t ever see him again riding around in a golf cart, waving to the fans. He was one of the greats – not just for the Yankees but in all of baseball. I’m sincerely going to miss him. Rest in peace, Yogi.

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But the show must go on….as usual, I’ve searched the Internet high and low to curate for you the best that the world of pop culture has had to offer in the last week. So tip your cap to Yogi and then find some solace in this week’s pop culture round up.

  • Beyoncé dropped a new song with Naughty Boy:

 

  • Stephen Colbert and Steph Curry square off:

 

Time for some teasers and trailers….

  • The American Horror Story: Hotel teasers keep rolling out:

 

  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant:

 

  • Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs:

 

  • FX’s American Crime Story:

 

  • IFC’s Benders:

 

  • Freeheld with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page:

 

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2:

 

  • Baskets with Zach Galifianakis on FX:

 

  • Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby:

 

  • Netflix’s With Bob & David:

 

  • Season 3 of Nathan For You:

 

  • The Last Witch Hunter:

 

  • In the Heart of the Sea:

 

  • WWE 2K16:

 

  • Mariah Carey is a dragon slayer in this trailer for Game of War:

 

  • A new trailer for the Point Break reboot:

 

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk:

 

  • The Good Dinosaur international trailer:

 

  • Season 3 of The Originals:

 

  • Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in The Big Short:

 

  • The Peanuts Movie:

 

  • CBS’ Supergirl:

 

 

  • Justin Timberlake attempts to write a sew theme for Seth Meyer’s Late Night (who knew Timberlake was allowed on other late night shows?:

 

  • CNN congratulates Jon Hamm on winning an Emmy by tweeting a photo of someone who is not Jon Hamm. Get your sh*t together, CNN.

 

  • Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the Superman TV show, has passed away.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts….

  • The 1967 Jungle Book meets the 2016 remake:

 

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox raps some Blackalicious:

 

  • A mashup of 100 movie dance scenes to “Uptown Funk”:

 

  • A supercut of a single phone call across 57 films:

 

  • Yeezy for President:

 

  • Foo Fighters perform with HAIM and Stevie Nicks:

 

  • A compilation of Superman’s kill count in the movies:

 

  • Ryan Adams’s cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 is streaming track by track on YouTube:

 

 

  • Not to be outdone, Father John Misty covered “Blank Space” in the style of Velvet Underground:

 

  • A mash-up of Taylor Swift songs from YouTube star Todrick Hall:

 

  • The Tonight Show parodies Empire:

 

 

 

 

Your Cheating Heart

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A few months ago, I was helping some friends of mine put together a playlist for their wedding reception. I may have some questionable taste in music, but I also know and own a lot of music and they wanted to tap into that reservoir of free tunes. There were a few of us bouncing off song ideas, when someone suggested Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You.” Everyone agreed that they liked the song and it might have made the playlist, until I spoke up to remind everyone that if you listen to the lyrics that it is a song that is about having an affair and that it might not really be appropriate at a wedding. Everyone was shocked; they had no idea that’s what the song was about. I am a lyrics person more than a music person, so I tend to pay more attention to the words than other people:

A few stolen moments is all that we share
You’ve got your family, and they need you there
Though I’ve tried to resist, being last on your list
But no other man’s gonna do
So I’m saving all my love for you

Needless to say, that song was vetoed.

This anecdote popped into my head in the last week, as I’ve been listening to The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack on repeat; there is so much cheesy 70s goodness on there that I can hardly stand it. One of the songs is “Escape (the Piña Colada song)” by Rupert Holmes, a song that I have always really liked but that has also really bothered me, since it is essentially about two people deciding to cheat on each other. They respond to each other’s personal ads and have a good laugh about it in the song, which I am pretty sure is NOT how most people would react to such a situation. Hidden behind such a catchy hook is a song that is really kind of sad; not only were both participants in this relationship pretty OK with the idea of infidelity, but they really don’t even seem to know each other very well. I’m happy every time that I hear the song, but in the back of my head this debate wages on during every listen.

This got me thinking about the staggering number of songs that I really like that are about cheating; I’m really not sure what that says about me as a person. I guess it makes sense that there are a number of songs that deal with the topic, since there are so many passionate feelings involved. The songs about infidelity are varied – some are from the viewpoint of the cheater, some are about the cheatee and a smaller number are from the perspective of the other man or woman. The emotional component is varied as well – some are confessional, some are tearful and a fair number are confrontational. There are even a handful that are proud or bragging about what they have done. While I’ve never cheated on my significant other, I’ve known people that filled all three roles in a love triangle and these songs do a pretty good job of capturing the entire spectrum of emotions associated with having an affair.

 

“Run to You” – Bryan Adams

 

She says her love for me could never die
But that’d change if she ever found out about you and I

 

“Tempted” – Squeeze

 

Tempted by the fruit of another
Tempted but the truth is discovered
What’s been going on
Now that you have gone

 

“If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night)” – Meshell Ndegeocello

 

You can call me wrong and say that I ain’t right
But if that’s your boyfriend
He wasn’t last night

 

“Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood

 

I might’ve saved a little trouble for the next girl,
’cause the next time that he cheats…
Oh, you know it won’t be on me!

 

“Creep” – TLC

 

So I creep yeah
Just keep it on the down low
Said nobody is supposed 2 know

 

“Say My Name” – Destiny’s Child

 

Say my name, say my name
If no one is around you,
Say baby I love you
If you ain’t runnin’ game

 

“Follow Me” – Uncle Kracker

 

I’m not worried ’bout the ring you wear
Cuz as long as no one knows than nobody can care
You’re feelin’ guilty and I’m well aware
But you don’t look ashamed and baby I’m not scared

 

“Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake

 

You don’t have to say, what you did,
I already know, I found out from him
Now there’s just no chance, for you and me, there’ll never be
And don’t it make you sad about it

 

“O.P.P.” – Naughty By Nature

 

Have you ever known a brother who have another like ah girl or wife
And you just had to stop and just ‘cos he look just as nice
You looked at him, he looked at you and you knew right away
That he had someone but he was gonna be yours anyway

 

“Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” –Journey

 

When I’m alone all by myself
You’re out with someone else
Lovin’, touchin’, squeezin’ each other

 

“You Lie” – The Band Perry

 

That ain’t my perfume
I bet she had a curfew
You told me you were out with the boys and baby I believed you
So why you lookin’ so nervous
You know you’re gonna deserve this

 

“Lyin Eyes” – The Eagles

 

So she tells him she must go out for the evening
To comfort an old friend who’s feelin’ down
But he knows where she’s goin’ as she’s leavin’
She is headed for the cheatin’ side of town

 

“Thunder Rolls” – Garth Brooks

 

But on the wind and rain
A strange new perfume blows
And the lightnin’ flashes in her eyes
And he knows that she knows

 

“Your Love” – The Ourfield

I didn’t immediately recognize that this was a song about cheating, but it’s right there in the opening line: “Josie’s on a vacation far away, come around and talk it over.”

 

Stay the night but keep it undercover
I just wanna use your love tonight, whoa
I don’t wanna lose your love tonight

 

“Just a Friend” – Biz Markie

 

So I came to her room and opened the door
Oh, snap! Guess what I saw?
A fella tongue-kissin’ my girl in the mouth,
I was so in shock my heart went down south
So please listen to the message that I say
Don’t ever talk to a girl who says she just has a friend

 

Now it’s your turn – what are you favorite songs about infidelity? Sound off in the comments below.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – A.B.B. (After Breaking Bad) edition

I’m still adjusting to life in a world where Breaking Bad is over. I find that I’m having trouble getting into my Fall TV shows – I’ve already dropped Once Upon a Time, Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family from sheer lack of interest and I’m pretty meh on the new pilots (more on that later this week). Episodes of Sons of Anarchy are beginning to pile up as well and I haven’t bothered to watch the premieres of Revenge or Homeland yet, so their days with a season pass may be numbered. The good news is that this general apathy means that I have a lot more time to surf the web in search of pop culture goodness to share. So really, my loss is your gain. Kick back and enjoy the fruits of my labor in this week’s edition of my pop culture round up

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  • The cover for the upcoming Ron Burgundy memoir has been released.

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  • Peter Dinklage made a stop by Sesame Street:

 

  • Usher and Dinklage’s GoT co-star Lena Headey also recently made appearances.
  • I am not super impressed with Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, Volume 2. It just sounds like a lot of songs that were (rightfully) scrapped from the first album.
  • Who doesn’t love a Halloween themed programing? TV Tango has rounded up 360 of them airing this month. That seems a little excessive.

 

  • The opening credits for American Horror Story: Coven has been released and they are unsurprisingly terrifying.

 

  • Game shows are becoming sticklers for pronunciation – contestants on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune were both penalized recently.
  • A new film starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Skarsgard and…..Taylor Swift? Be afraid, Skarsgard. Be very afraid.
  • It’s been far too long since we’ve had a new Britney Spears video. The wait is over:

 

  • Construction has resumed on the monstrosity of a home that was featured in the documentary Queen of Versailles. Excellent film if you haven’t seen it.
  • I was a big fan of ALF back in the day. Watch him sing “Berzerk” by Eminem:

 

  • The Avett Brothers played some Metal on Fallon:

 

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Breaking Bad in over *sob* but that doesn’t mean I still don’t have some links

  • Sadly, I did not win tickets to the Breaking Bad finale viewing party. These photos from the event make it look like I missed a hell of a time.
  • This one is for my friend Brigette:

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  • Aaron Paul lends his vocal talents – and his catchphrase – to the single “Dance Bitch”

 

  • I would totally read this book:

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  • My pals over at Grantland put together an In Memoriam video for BB’s fallen:

 

  • See how you do on the Breaking Bad superfan quiz (I got 43/50).
  • A Breaking Bad tribute set to Green Day’s “Good Riddance”

 

  • Glee’s Naya Rivera was a proud sister when her brother scored his first touchdown in the NFL:

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  • You can read an edited excerpt from Dave Eggers’ upcoming new novel, The Circle.
  • Watching Conan play Grand Theft Auto V had me literally laughing out loud.

 

  • The Atlanta Braves did a “Blurred Lines” parody:

I enjoyed it, but I’m still not rooting for you in the playoffs. #TeamDodgers

  • For those of you who don’t normally watch baseball but want to get into the playoffs, GQ compares playoff teams to pop culture to help. Ha – the Red Sox are the Lannisters!
  • I may have to buy this Friday Night Lights fanzine just for the Tim Riggins paper doll.
  • Kelly Clarkson lost her fight for the Jane Austen ring that she won at an auction.
  • Watch The Hound from Game of Thrones sing the Rolling Stones. Wait – what??

 

  • The new Sleigh Bells album is streaming over at Rolling Stone.
  • Characters from Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad got Simpsonized:

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Stop! Trailer Time!

  • HBO’s new comedy, Getting On:

 

  • A new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

 

  • The latest from Chris Lilley, Ja’mie King: Private School Girl (I can’t wait!!):

 

  • Aziz Ansari has a special coming out soon on Netflix:

 

  • A Case of You with Justin Long, Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage:

 

  • This guy at a Willie Nelson concert apparent subscribes to “dance like no one is watching”

 

  • Guillermo del Toro made the couch gag for this year’s The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

As always, we wrap up with the mashups and supercuts

  • A mashup of MacGyver and Archer:

 

  • A mashup of Breaking Bad and Need for Speed:

 

  • Who can resist a Sesame Street mashup? Certainly not me.

 

  • “Get Lucky Wit It”

 

  • And finally – the cast of Breaking Bad sings the N’Sync classic, “Bye, Bye, Bye”