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Unchained Melodies: A sublime mash-up of William Shatner’s cover version of Common People

I have time to write software today for the first time in a while — which is well because we need it. While I was working, Radio Paradise (commercial-free semi-hip music for middle-aged white people) played William Shatner’s cover of Pulp’s Common People, and it made me so nuts I had to go out and find a clip.

Glad I did, because this mash-up is just perfect. I grew up in a grimy industrial town in downstate Illinois, way over on the wrong side of the tracks. I was lucky to have school teachers who were old enough to have pre-dated the unionization of compulsory illiteracy — but that just means I know how to tell you to go have safe sex with yourself in all the best dead languages. If you’ve never bought a steak without weighing the cost, this song is for you.

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  • 5 comments

    5 Comments so far

    1. Teri Lussier December 30th, 2009 2:41 pm

      I <3 you, Greg Swann.

    2. Thomas Johnson December 30th, 2009 2:51 pm

      Here’s to an uncommon new decade for us all!

    3. Greg Swann December 30th, 2009 8:09 pm

      > I <3 you, Greg Swann.

      I knew you’d like that. Have I never inflicted Tom Waits’ The Heart of Saturday Night on you? Even despite yourself, you’ll feel like it was written on the brick-cobbled streets of Dayton.

    4. Greg Swann December 30th, 2009 8:12 pm

      > Here’s to an uncommon new decade for us all!

      I’m for that. I’d like to have a clear vision of the finish line by 2020. (Sorry about that, Chief.)

    5. Teri Lussier December 31st, 2009 5:39 am

      >Have I never inflicted Tom Waits’ The Heart of Saturday Night on you?

      Why yes, yes you have. But Waits doesn’t make me laugh, he makes me cry. I can do that on my own…