I'm way overdue to post another parody. This one came from faithful Sticking Point reader, "walein," who poked a stick in this site's very heart, the Friday 10. His Weary World of Wallie site is one of my favorites. It's been in a holding pattern of late (I shouldn't talk), but there's plenty of great stuff archived if you click around there.
Here's his TSP parody. So dead-on, it frightened me.
The Friday 6:
I know it’s not ten but I got sidetracked putting my vinyl collection in order by hair-color and length. Brutal.
- “Stares In This Town” -- Ramones: (off of a rare 1981 demo) I got this set of rare Ramones demos off of this guy Tim, who used to sell rare Ramones demos out of his Impala behind my local movie theatre. I met Tim when the girl (Peggy) I was trying to “make” decided to have a cigarette out back of the movie theater where we had just seen Romancing the Stone. The interesting thing about this version of the song is that Joey has a full-on 18-minute OCD meltdown in the middle of the song and proceeds to tap on Tommy's drum and you can hear Dee Dee saying something to the effect, “You fucking sing now, Joey.” The 2002 re-mastered release completely cuts this episode out. For a long time, I told anyone who would listen that this was Tommy Ramone's answer to John Bonham’s "Moby Dick" solo.
- “Tough Get Going” -- Billy Ocean: A serendipitous event here on my shuffle. This was the big pop single from the second Romancing the Stone movie. Sadly, the magic of Billy’s lyrics didn’t translate into a strong sequel. The upside was that Kathleen Turner’s novelist character, Joan Wilder, inspired me to become a writer.
- “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” -- Ramones: (1975 Demo from Tim) I was REALLY into this song during my 7th grade summer, when I went away for a month to soccer camp. I was also in a “buy-every-garbage-bag-I-see” phase that summer.
- “Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73 ‘Emperor’” -- Ludwig van Beethoven: When I was six, my uncle Billy brought a girl home to meet my parents. Her name was Gina. Gina and my uncle used to play this song and dance around our living room laughing and kissing. The following year at Christmas, Billy bought me a football and promised to throw it with me after we ate our early dinner, but Gina cut her hand pretty badly trying to slice my ham for me and had to be rushed to the emergency room for 10 stitches. Later that week, mostly out of anger at my uncle for not tossing the football with me and at Gina for ruining the day, I concocted a story I told to Billy about walking in on Gina and the postman playing a naked game of leapfrog in my bedroom. With Gina gone we were not allowed to play Beethoven when Uncle Billy was around; but sometimes, when Billy inevitably passed out from the heavy drinking he had started doing, I would play the music softly in our living room and dance about.
- “See How We Are” —X: (Unclogged) In February 1998, original guitarist Billy Zoom rejoined X for a mini-reunion tour with shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the time I had the fortune of being out in LA doing a book-signing for a newly released compilation of my advice column, Ask Tommy Himself: You Dumbass! My booking agent got me a ticket to see them. We went to the show (at the legendary Whiskey) and were told the venue was at maximum capacity and they weren’t letting any one else in. Even the guys from Marcy Playground had been sent away. The next thing I know, I’m waking up on the side of the LA Freeway with nothing on but my ripped maroon jeans and completely shredded white buttondown shirt.
- “Somebody Else’s Clothes” — Rilo Kiley: I was watching Scrubs on my Tivo; an episode I’ve totally seen a million times! It was the one where Turk and Carla are being all surly with one another but also cute at the same time and then J.D. totally lets the cat out of the bag to Carla while Turk is in the background going all “Don’t do that bro!” and now Turk has got some es-ssssplaining to do. You know, the one where Elliot is being all crazy and shit and then the janitor dude is acting all shady like a cleaned-up version of a Kids In The Hall character. Dr Cox is just totally coming down on all those poor interns? Anyways, it ended with some awesome manipulative emotional ribbon where they played this exact Rilo Kiley song and I just cried like my Uncle Billy does every year at our Christmas party.
Please keep the Sticking Point parodies coming. I'll publish them all.
[posted with ecto]