Hump Day Hump Songs

HumpIt's hump day, as in "over the hump, as in we're now closer to Friday than Monday. Hump Day isn't as good as Thursday, but it's way better than Tuesday.

Here are songs in my collection with "hump" in the title.

  • Hump De Bump - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe - Whale

And if I stretch the rules just a little...

  • Tubthumping - Cumbawamba
  • The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
  • Icky Thump - The White Stripes
  • The Humpty Dumpty Love Song - Travis

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Debatin' and Fightin'

megaphoneMy fellow Canadians, I have no doubt you'll be tuning into the debate tonight. After all, it's the first televised English debate between Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Elizabeth May.

What's that? You're going to watch a different debate tonight? Shame on you... but since we're being honest here, I'll be switching my attention to the USA VP candidates myself at 9 pm ET. Luckily, ours kicks off at 8 pm ET.

I was going to list songs with "debate" in the title, but there really aren't any. Instead, here are 15 "fight" songs to get you in the mood.

  1. Fight the Power - Public Enemy
  2. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting - Elton John
  3. (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - Beastie Boys
  4. Don't Fight It - Wilson Pickett
  5. Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones
  6. The Last Fight - Velvet Revolver
  7. The Last Gunfighter - Johnny Cash
  8. Fight - The Tragically Hip
  9. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
  10. Fight Like A Brave - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  11. Fight Test - The Flaming Lips
  12. Still Fighting It - Ben Folds
  13. Supersoulfighter - Lenny Kravitz
  14. Can't Fight It - Bob Mould
  15. Street Fighting Years - Simple Minds

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Working Songs for Labour Day

Labour DayLabour Day in this country used to be all about union parades and picnics. We'd celebrate the working class, advances in the labour movement, and the like. Today, it's more about one last long weekend before the kids go back to school and the chill settles in.

In keeping with the great tradition of Labour Day, a holiday that started in Canada way back on April 14, 1872, here are ten great tunes with "working" in the title. With apologies to Dolly Parton, there will be ten and ten only.

  • Working Class Hero - John Lennon
  • Welcome to the Working Week - Elvis Costello
  • Working for the Man - Roy Orbison
  • Working on the Highway - Bruce Springsteen
  • Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
  • Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) - Randy Newman
  • Working Man - Rush
  • Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad - The Clash
  • Got My Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
  • Senses Working Overtime - XTC

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Covers I Didn't Know Were Covers at the Time

MusicHave you ever been surprised to learn a song was a cover? Off the top of my head I can think of several songs I assumed were originals the first time I heard them. With many of these songs, it was years before I learnt they were recorded by other artists first.

Here are ten examples with a little explanation tagged on the end.

Don't Be Cruel - Cheap Trick
I thought I'd lead off with a rather embarrassing one. In 1988 I was still listening to top 40 radio on 680 CFTR. This Cheap Trick single was a hit and I had never heard Elvis Presley's version. I just assumed it was a Cheap Trick song. The fact is, I didn't hear any Elvis at home and my Elvis exposure at the time was pretty much limited to "Hound Dog".

If You Don't Know Me By Now - Simply Red
One year later, in 1989, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" was a hit for Simply Red and I just assumed it was a Simply Red song. It wasn't until fairly recently that I learnt it was originally recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes back in 1972.

Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
That same year, in 1989, I was enjoying this guilty pleasure by Great White. It wasn't until about six years later when I found Ian Hunter's Greatest Hits in my future wife's collection that I realized it was a cover.

I Saw Him Standing There - Tiffany
Early in 1988 I was actually skiing, something I haven't done in over 15 years, and I heard this Tiffany single over the loud speaker. I had no idea a little band from the UK had recorded "I Saw Her Standing There" back in 1963.

Red Red Wine - UB40
I loved this song back in 1983 when I was a wee lad of 9. Who didn't enjoy UB40's "Red Red Wine"? It wasn't for another six years that I discovered "Red Red Wine" belonged to Neil Diamond.

Respect - Aretha Franklin
I suspect a lot of people think the Queen of Soul first recorded this song. It's a classic and I know I was in my 20s before I heard Otis Redding's version. Otis deserves a little respect.

Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Of all the songs on this list, I think I was most disappointed to learn that "Hey Joe" was a cover. I loved the version from Are You Experienced? and spun that CD like crazy. I just assumed it was a Hendrix song, but it was actually first a hit for The Leaves. Awesome song, but still not Jimi's best cover. That would be "All Along The Watchtower".

Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
This is the song that inspired this entry, because I just found out earlier today that "Blinded By The Light" is a Bruce Springsteen song. I swear, it's true. Listen to this.

Love Hurts - Nazareth
Honestly, how many of you know that "Love Hurts" was a cover by Nazareth? It was a hit for The Everly Brothers in July 1960 and I first picked up that little slice of trivia in the early 90s, many years after first hearing the Nazareth version.

Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm closing with this song because I really should have known better. At the time, I had graduated from CFTR to Q107 and "Higher Ground" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was getting plenty of airplay. That prompted me to pick up Mother's Milk, an album I still listen to regularly. I remember my buddy telling me it was a Stevie Wonder song and me saying "That 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' blind guy? No way." I was only 15 but I should have known better.

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Highest Grossing Pixar Films

moviesI've just returned from a little party we threw for my brother's 30th birthday and, as usual, there were plenty of debates / arguments / intense discussions.

One topic was Pixar films. We debated which was the best, which was the worst and which was the highest grossing Pixar movie of them all. I just googled it and can confirm the order in terms of worldwide gross in American dollars.

  1. Finding Nemo - $864,625,978
  2. The Incredibles - $631,442,092
  3. Ratatouille - $621,416,583
  4. Monsters, Inc. - $525,366,597
  5. Toy Story 2 - $485,015,179
  6. Cars - $461,981,604
  7. A Bug's Life - $363,398,565
  8. Toy Story - $361,958,736
  9. WALL-E - $169,162,412 and counting


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I'm Glad These Guys Are Still Doing Their Thing

thumbsupIn no particular order, here's a list of guys I'm glad are still doing their thing.

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Neil Young
  • Roger Ebert
  • Pete Seeger
  • Gary Roberts
  • Andy Rooney
  • Bob Cole
  • Andy Barrie
  • Stan Lee
  • Mike Wallace

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From Rufus to Mr. Conductor

moviesLet's pretend for a moment that you never saw George Carlin perform stand up. Even if you never saw one of his HBO specials or never heard his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," it's highly likely you know George Carlin. My son knows George Carlin, only he knows him as Mr. Conductor. From Rufus to Cardinal Ignatius Glick, here are some Carlin characters beyond the stand up.

Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

I loved "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" and George Carlin played Rufus in both films. Rufus was the guitar-playing guru who guided Bill and Ted and he was great.

Mr. Conductor in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

If you have kids, you know Thomas the Tank Engine. George Carlin played Mr. Conductor who narrated these stories. Other narrators include Ringo Starr and Alec Baldwin, but Carlin was the best.

Munchie in The Simpsons

In D'oh-in in the Wind, George Carlin and Martin Mull played a couple of hippies who knew Homer's mom back in the '60s. This is the episode where we learn Homer's middle name. It was great Carlin who was previous lampooned by The Simpsons in The Last Temptation of Krust.

Cardinal Ignatius Glick in Dogma

The Buddy Christ is hilarious. Carlin is also great as the hitchhiker in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back". Here's the text of Carlin's Dogma speech for those who can't watch the video below.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now we all know how the majority and the media in this country view the Catholic church. They think of us as a passe, archaic institution. People find the Bible obtuse... even hokey. Now in an effort to disprove all that the church has appointed this year as a time of renewal... both of faith and of style. For example, the crucifix. While it has been a time honored symbol of our faith, Holy Mother Church has decided to retire this highly recognizable, yet wholly depressing image of our Lord crucified. Christ didn't come to Earth to give us the willies... He came to help us out. He was a booster. And it is with that take on our Lord in mind that we've come up with a new, more inspiring sigil. So it is with great pleasure that I present you with the first of many revamps the "Catholicism WOW. " campaign will unveil over the next year. I give you... The Buddy Christ. Now that's not the sanctioned term we're using for the symbol, just something we've been kicking around the office, but look at it. Doesn't it... pop? Buddy Christ...

Carlin was smart and funny and he had that great voice. Even if you've never seen him perform, you knew George Carlin.

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My Favourite 1993 Movies

MoviesI'm pitching a tent and sleeping outside tonight, but before I log off I thought it might be appropriate to list my favourite movies from 1993.

  1. Schindler's List
  2. Jurassic Park
  3. True Romance
  4. In The Name Of The Father
  5. What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  6. Dazed & Confused
  7. Philadelphia
  8. In The Line Of Fire
  9. Rudy
  10. Menace II Society

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Visits by Country

globe 65.23% of visits to this site come from Canada. This isn't surprising, I write about what I know and care about, and I'm Canadian, so it's natural that fellow Canucks will relate best.

Google Analytics makes it easy to see where else in the world visitors to this site are coming from. It's called Map Overlay, and here are the top 10 countries sorted by visits.

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. France
  6. Germany
  7. Sweden
  8. Ireland
  9. India
  10. Mexico

By the way, in the past week this site has been visited by 77 different countries. The Republic of Maldives is at the bottom of that list accounting for a single visit.

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Bullshit Statistics

calculator"Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that." ~ Homer Jay Simpson has a nice list of the 6 most frequently quoted bullshit statistics. The six are:

  • You Accidentally Swallow About 8 Spiders a Year
  • You Only Use 10% of Your Brain
  • Men Think About Sex Every Seven Seconds
  • Spousal Abuse Skyrockets on Super Bowl Sunday
  • You Must Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Swimming
  • Christmas Causes Suicide

Only fools believe that men think about sex every 7 seconds. I mean, who can make it that long?

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