Dean Putney at 7:08 pm Tue, Apr 3, 2012
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I've got chills. Listen to it on SoundCloud.
Update: W.T. Snacks pointed me to their cover of the Tom Tom Club's Genius of Love, which he used for a spaztastic birthday party invite last year. There's a whole album of this powerfully awesome stuff on Amazon.
Usually I can decide if a song is awesome or terrible in a few seconds.
This… I can’t. I am completely conflicted. my judgment engine crashed in five seconds.
When your ears start bleeding you know you’re heading in the right direction.
Not bad, but damn, they’re running it loud! This Aerosmith remix is better: http://snd.sc/qw9Bfh
Suddenly, I’m back in the video arcade at Parkway Bowl, plugging quarters into the game my friend Tom always called “Gay-la-gay.”
Man, I like this a whole lot more than I thought I would.
Bit overcooked IMHO, love the sounds and the vibe but it wears pretty quickly as opposed to the original
Gordon Banks’ guitar work on the original just makes me want to put my guitar back in its’ case and tuck it under the bed.
W.T. Snacks, of 4chan?
That’s the one. He now runs a great weekly radio show: http://midnightsnacks.8chan.net/
Probably the only version of that song guaranteed to not get you laid.
See above re: arcades, pockets of quarters. The only “laid” I ever got in that context was a painful, and ultimately awkward, handjob from Ben M_____ in 7th grade.
I have to wonder… could there possibly be such a thing as a 7th-grade handjob in an arcade that’s anything but awkward?
Just for future reference Dean, “spaztastic” in other parts of the world is read as roughly equivalent to something like “so good it’s retarded”, in other words it’s a trigger for parents of spastic kids (“spastic” is a hateful insult hurled in school playgrounds in the UK and elsewhere), just as “retard” is for parents of same. I know *you* didn’t mean it like that (just like George Bush didn’t intend all the baggage of “Paki” that is perceived by some, when he called Pakistanis by that name), but it makes me wince nonetheless.
Adjective: Relating to or affected by muscle spasm.
Noun: offensive. A person suffering from cerebral palsy.
CONTEXT is what makes words offensive, not arranging letters in a certain order.
If you are going to lecture somebody on the meaning of words, you can’t overlook the fact that language is an intersubjective transaction. An inescapable part of CONTEXT is the what the word means to the audience (i.e. the audience’s context.)
Jon_anon is being impeccably clear about this – “I know *you* didn’t mean it like that…but it makes me wince nonetheless.” I don’t see why he deserves your condescension.
:( I was unaware of that connotation.
Well, whaddayagonna do. Sometimes it’s a bummer when you have to give up a word due to unforeseen connotations and delicate sensibilities. Since I was a lad I often ran into “spaz” and “spastic” used to describe the more irritating habits of little brothers. More than once, Stephen King has used “spastic” in this context, both in the voice of a fictional character and in his own voice in nonfiction contexts. Having been a little brother myself (and having many friends with annoying little brothers), it always seemed a peach of a term to describe the obnoxious little fuckers who copy every thing you say on long car rides, can’t stop poking and pinching you, and behave in the most embarrassing way possible anytime you’re around someone you’d like to impress. (In my experience, 90% of these incorrigible little brothers happened to be named Jason. God knows why.)
But of course, using a term coined for people who actually physically have trouble controlling their movements to describe obnoxious little boys who generally only seem to be incapable of any degree of self-control is going to be perceived as insulting. And that’s a bummer. Heck, it’s always a bummer when people take offense where no offense to them was intended. So we must be sensitive.
Anyway, for what little it’s worth, I always hated being called a geek in my youth. It was a derogatory term used to denigrate me and my friends, and to separate us from the acceptable members of my school’s society, and I’ve never been able to embrace this term that originally was used to denote the appalling dude who bit the heads off live chickens as a carnival act. Boy, would I feel better if people stopped using that word to describe me and my friends and our interests.
This is awesome.
I’ve done some dubstep / electro remixes of James Brown and Billy Preston if you guys are interested…
this is GREAT. i’m playing this track at my wedding. =D
Funny, I was listening to the Hot 8 Brass Band’s cover of Sexual Healing just this lunchtime:
check out this:
This version does not have the same effect on me as the original. Quite the opposite, in fact. Not useful if the hoped-for response is sexy times. Perfectly fine to dance to, though. Vertically. With clothes on.
Doesn’t hold a candle to the Synth remix by Hot Chip. Try this, you will not be disappointed.
Was expecting the synthesizers to be a little dirtier.
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