Glenn Frey

18 01 2016

New York

It’s the song we blew the ’85 World Series by.

RIP anyway.

St. Peter Is Under Pressure

11 01 2016

New York

Crank.  It.  Up.

Ultra High Frequency

15 12 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

If you’re a St. Louisan who was one in the 1980s and watched enough local TV in the 1980s, this song should remind you of something.

Let’s see if anyone is paying attention.

No Problems

14 12 2015

Jeff Vanderlou


Aspiring rapper instantly converts to expiring rapper, all without any tax penalty.

Such a shame, too, because he was really on his way.


Generation Xed Out

4 12 2015



“Cardiac arrest,” but one probably brought on by heavy drug use.

You know you’re no longer young when you read about members of ’90s grunge bands kicking off.

I wonder if his lifeless body was found face down in a comic book.

Social Protest

25 10 2015

For some reason, I’ve never been curious about the lyrics of this song until now.  I already knew that “pumped up kicks” means expensive cheap athletic shoes.

Then I actually read the lyrics.

This is a social protest song.

I think the intent is to protest nutbar mass shootings.

However, on another level, consider:

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, outrun my gun
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet

Think of another demographic that loves to shoot guns and fire bullets over the matter of expensive cheap shoes.

This song reminds me of another song of a generation ago.  “Neunundneunzig Luftballons,” the song by the German band Nena, which was later translated and slightly changed into the English language song “99 Red Balloons,” was really an anti-nuclear weapons protest song, though that’s way more obvious in the original German version than the something-lost-in-translation English version.  I always thought it was just a goofy novelty song about red balloons, until I found out the truth later.  Likewise, because the lyrics in “Pumped Up Kicks” are a bit hard to understand, I just thought it was a song about the other kids and their shoes.

Standing on the Corner

8 10 2015


This post serves as today’s music break.

The story.

“Brother you can’t go to jail for what you’re thinking.”  Not yet.


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