eurovision — seriously, these people mean it

OK, where have we been for the last two years!? How have we missed the Eurovision song contest?

This stuff is **incredibly** bad.

Consider:

**Lithuania — the Stuart Smalleys of the semi-finals** We are the winners of Eurovision
We are, we are! We are, we are!
We are the winners of Eurovision
We are, we are! We are, we are!

So, you gotta vote,
Vote, vote for the winners
Vote, vote, vote for the winners

We are the winners of Eurovision
(de Vilnius city a Paris)
(LT United ici)
We are the winners of Eurovision
(chantons la meme chanson)
(‘cos we got it goin’ on)

03_lithuania_2006_left
06_iceland_2006_right **Iceland’s entry got booed through-out — with good reason.**
(phone – conversation)
Hello is it god?
What’s up dog?
It’s your favourite person in the world Silvia Night
I’m saving the world
See you…bye

So congratulations I have arrived
I’m Silvia Night and I’m shining so bright
Eurovision nation your dreams will come true
You’ve been waiting forever
For me to save you
Wham bam boom

dima No lyrics necessary, just look at that fine Russian mullet.

and who could forget Lordi from Finland?
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you know you’re getting old…

…when you buy a Paul Anka album, and you *like it*.

OK, to be fair, they’re not really Paul Anka songs. If you’ve got iTunes, try this one on for size. We first heard a few songs off this album yesterday at Exil (our favorite Kurdish restaurant, for the uninitiated), and Sarah had to hit me a couple of times to knock the lounge crescendo and vibrato out of me. Good thing we were the only ones in the restaurant.

rock swings

It’s been a difficult week…2 weeks even (sorry guys, that’s why I haven’t written much). Sarah’s been sick pretty much since we got back from Puerto Vallarta. At first, I thought it was simply jet lag and withdrawal (who could blame her?), and then perhaps her allergies making themselves known in the face of a pollen onslaught. But even on rainier days she has a terrible cough that has recently become…productive. So she went to the doctor yesterday and got herself a diagnosis and some antibiotics. We should have this thing beat within 5 days.

My membranes are all behaving themselves (like they usually do), but my projects at work are not. I’m in the extreme upper range of allowable overtime hours. You can’t accrue indefinitely, but you can at least count on getting comp time or the hours paid out up to a certain limit. Pretty soon, if I don’t take some comp time or get paid for some of those hours, the company will just refuse to acknowledge any work I do over my 8-hour per day contract. Going on vacation for 3 weeks is great — don’t get me wrong — but the hassle associated with coming back afterwards is daunting.

the great escape

I’m currently jamming out to We Are Scientists‘ The Great Escape. Right now, my great escape is this weekend. It’s been a tough two weeks of more than 55+ each and I steadfastly refuse to be more productive this weekend than absolutely necessary.

I also started a packing list for our upcoming trip to the U.S. and Mexico. If you can think of stuff we neglected to mention, please reply to the thread there.

Note: now that I have figured out how to have discussions online that are relatively safe from spammy robot postings about online gambling and even less savory subjects, I’ve decided to completely do away with the various online bulletin board systems I used to try to get everyone to sign up for and use. It’s a lot easier (prettier, if I may say so) to have those online discussions right here in the ol’ Regensblog. So I won’t be pestering any of you to sign up and create membership and/or usernames and passwords anywhere anymore.

late dinner with a great soundtrack

Walnut Romano Pasta Sauce

That’s a link to the sauce we just made and chowed down on. It’s a late dinner tonight, mostly because I took two, count ’em **two** 4-hour naps today. I’ve been run ragged by work, trying to get to and depart from the office during daylight hours and also clocking overtime from home. I think all of that has caught up with me, such that I just couldn’t stay awake today (though I woke up at 6:30 and went grocery shopping between 12:45 and 14:00).

So it’s a late dinner, and a mighty tasty one, augmented by grooves from KT Tunstall (http://www.kttunstall.com/).

Sarah discovered her at the gym on the muzak and then saw the video for “Suddenly I See” — which was weird, because usually MTV Germany and Viva play nothing but crap. She kind of reminds me of a good mix between Snorah Jones and Joan Osborne (whom I’ve grown to appreciate a lot more lately — thanks Phil and Malge!). What are the hipsters in the States saying about her, if anything?

mashups at our very own Konditorei

After a rousing 2½ hour session at our gym this morning, Sarah and I decided we wanted some Konditorei action, but instead of going somewhere and spending the money, we just came home and I whipped up some of my very own coffee and we munched on some cherry “Mohammedans” I’d bought while out shopping last night.

Then I made Sarah listen to this track.

Be warned, you’re downloading that hour-long track from my personal computer — it’ll take about 20 minutes to download, because it’s through my crummy residential DSL service and it’s like 60MB. You’ll be prompted for a username and password. The username is “music” (no quotes) and the password is the all-lower case last name of my high school German teacher. Just ask us via email/IM if you don’t know who that was.

Check this track out and listen to how many different songs/artists you can detect in there. This has got to be the mother of all mashups. We’ll be working on a list of the songs/artists that we can detect and the ones that we need your help on. There are a number of samples that are just on the tips of our respective tongues. No apologies for wrong song titles or artists’ names — we’re doing the best we can here. Please correct us and if you’ve downloaded the file, help us to fill in the gaps.

  • The Imperial March/Darth Vader’s Theme (dance remix…whoopitydoo)
  • Tainted Love (Soft Cell)
  • Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
  • Bolero (Maurice Ravel)
  • Jump Around (House of Pain)
  • Insane in the Membrane (Cypress Hill)
  • Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)
  • Love Cats (the Cure)
  • Informer (Snow)
  • Bongo Bong (Manu Chau)
  • Come As You Are (Nirvana)
  • Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
  • Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode?)
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  • Riders on the Storm (the Doors)
  • Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand)
  • Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd)
  • Clocks (Coldplay)
  • Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
  • Crazy (Seal)
  • Eleanor Rigby (the Beatles)
  • Boogie Nights (Heatwave)
  • Bust A Move (cover version, not Young MC)
  • Light My Fire (the Doors)
  • Driving In My Car (the Specials)
  • Oh Yeah (Yello) — made famous by the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)
  • House of Fun (the Specials)
  • 99 Luftballons (Nena)
  • Black Betty (Ram Jam)
  • Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)
  • All That She Wants (Ace of Base)
  • Back To Life (Soul II Soul)
  • Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
  • Solitary Brother (George Michael)
  • Don’t Go (Yaz)
  • Some Vanilla Ice Crap
  • Everybody Dance Now (C+C Music Factory)
  • Check It Out (Beastie Boys)
  • Rush (Big Audio Dynamite)
  • Jailhouse Rock (cover version of the Elvis classic)
  • Rock n’ Roll (Led Zeppelin)
  • C’est La Vie (Chuck Berry)
  • Papa Loves Mambo (Dean Martin)
  • Enter Sandman (Metallica)
  • Smooth Criminal (again, MJ)
  • Peace Frog (the Doors)
  • Bring Down the Birds (Herbie Hancock, made famous again by Deee-Lite)
  • Blue Moon (the Marcels?)
  • Bad (more MJ)
  • Pump Up the Jam (Technotronic)
  • Louie Louie (the Kingsmen)
  • Wild Thing (the Troggs)
  • Sesame Street theme
  • Ghost Busters (Ray Parker Jr.)
  • Insane in the Membrane (Cypress Hill again)
  • Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News)
  • Ice Ice Baby (more freakin’ Vanilla Ice)
  • Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Blues Brothers)
  • Oye Como Va (Santana)
  • Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (even more MJ)
  • Check It Out (Beastie Boys again)
  • What’s the banjo stuff in there?
  • Purple Haze (cover of the Jimi Hendrix version)
  • Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Walking in Memphis (Mark Cohen)
  • Manamana (fuzzy, shaggy muppet and backup muppet cows)

We’ll be adding to this list as we make our way through this song.

more celebrity sound-alikes

Last night, a muse whispered in my ear again while Let’s Dance by David Bowie was playing on iTunes. She told me that while singing that song, he was channeling Katherine Hepburn. Listen closely on the refrains, where s/he sings

If you say run, I’ll run with you
If you say hide, we’ll hide
Because my love for you
Would break my heart in two
If you should fall
Into my arms
And tremble like a flower

Go ahead, take a listen, and tell me I’m wrong.

Shout out to ol’ Phil

Long-time pal and former roommate [Phil](http://www.myspace.com/philmetzler “Phil – yeah, your old pal Phil from OU”) is looking for some help in choosing a song for his band [Just Off Turner](http://www.myspace.com/justoffturner) to cover. There’s a [contest](http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=30940461&blogID=61606000) and everything. Though I suspect the satisfaction of having won is worth more than the prize itself (at current market value – maybe when they hit it big, eBay’ll offer a more attractive price).

Note: to post your suggestions, I mean contest entries, you’ll have to become a myspace.com member. No big deal though – it’s free, and I’ve never received any spam from them that I know of.

Mr. Gwyneth Paltrow sounds like …

Sarah and I were watching the EMA’s (European Music Awards) on MTV last night. Coldplay was featured live. For years, I’d been trying to figure out what that singer dude’s voice sounds like.

Couple that with the stumbling buffoons we hear nightly out on our street (living near a bar popular with students does have its drawbacks, afterall), and I think I hit upon something here:

Chris Martin of Coldplay is essentially a drunk Sting circa 1984. Am I wrong here? I welcome all takers. Check out this link.