January 31, 2001 4:58 PM   Subscribe

Songs that you'll never think of the same way again.
posted by milnak (19 comments total)
Lor, crikey, look at this! I thought "American Pie" suffered enough being covered by Madonna.
posted by dagnyscott at 5:11 PM on January 31, 2001

Four words. "Smells Like Holy Spirit".
posted by hijinx at 5:29 PM on January 31, 2001

I´m inspired, I´ve aflatus
Two thousand years; that´s some hiatus
Evolutionary theorists, come debate us
                         <= scan this, Satan!
God´s the Man, He...did create us
We´re His fish - watch Him come bait us



posted by rodii at 5:40 PM on January 31, 2001

(can I have the "skankiest HTML" award for that post, by the way?)
posted by rodii at 5:41 PM on January 31, 2001

no, no, NOOOOOOO!!! Not my beloved Beach Boys! They didn't screw up my beloved Beach Boys tunes, did they?!?!? THEY DID!!! NOOOOOO!!!! They got "Catch a Wave," "Surfin' USA," and "409!" "409?!?!?!?" What the hell???? AND "Fun, Fun, Fun?" What's next, a defacement of "Don't Worry, Baby?" Or "Warmth of the Sun?" AAGH!

Now it's personal.
posted by Spirit_VW at 6:28 PM on January 31, 2001

A lot of people don't know that when Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" he only wrote the words. The melody is actually a traditional English drinking song called "Anacreon in Heaven". I wish I knew original lyrics. (Any of you Brits happen to know what they were?)

I really hate that song; I wish the US would change its national anthem. It was only picked in 1931. The third verse glorifies slavery, and the whole thing was written about the War of 1812, when we were fighting the evil British who of course would never become an ally.

"America the Beautiful" is a much better choice. It's original, it's beautiful with vivid images ("amber waves of grain"), it doesn't glorify a war with one of our closest friends, and slavery is never mentioned.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:19 PM on January 31, 2001

Jesus! Worship Jesus!
Have a yabba-dabba-do time

Those remade TV show themes are hilarious.
posted by mkn at 7:27 PM on January 31, 2001

"America the Beautiful" has eight verses. Which ones should we use.
posted by bjgeiger at 7:32 PM on January 31, 2001

Is "aflatus" even a word?
posted by dagnyscott at 7:44 PM on January 31, 2001

"Aflatus" sounds like a gastrointestinal condition to me.
posted by jjg at 8:07 PM on January 31, 2001

No, but "afflatus" is.

Steven: Google did (beware—MIDI for those of you unlucky enough to have failed to not install the plugin).
posted by rodii at 8:25 PM on January 31, 2001

hey hey we're not monkeys is destined to become a classic.
posted by sugarfish at 8:25 PM on January 31, 2001

I think I know what they're trying for. The lyric really blows, though. (Sorry, couldn't help myself):

Pronunciation: &-'flA-t&s, a-
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin, act of blowing or breathing on, from afflare to blow on, from ad- + flare to blow : BLOW
Date: 1660
: a divine imparting of knowledge or power : INSPIRATION

From Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.
posted by dfowler at 8:25 PM on January 31, 2001

I couldn't stop singing "hey hey we're not monkeys" the other day. It's very catchy, regardless of how stupid the lyrics are.
posted by mathowie at 8:35 PM on January 31, 2001

Two words: HOLY SHIT!

One more word: terrible
posted by howa2396 at 8:39 PM on January 31, 2001

Matt self-blogged! Let's kick his ass out!
posted by anildash at 9:10 PM on January 31, 2001

another mention of the rules:

comments - self blog all you want. if it's too long, or you already covered it, or you dug up something to add to a discussion, link all you want. If it's pertinent, link it. If it's not, it'll be annoying and you'll get called out on it.

threads - don't self-blog, it means you're using metafilter as a guestbook for your own site.
posted by mathowie at 9:20 PM on January 31, 2001

This site can be summed up in this verse from their Bowdlerized "Cocaine":

If you want more of GodMight have to do what's oddNew Wine

I'm sad that they don't have a cover of "Naughty Girls Need Love Too."
posted by aaron at 10:15 PM on January 31, 2001

When Good People Acct On Tragically Awful Ideas, Part 9417
posted by Dreama at 9:00 AM on February 1, 2001

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