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  1. Good way to start out. I may have to put that album on. Although when they get to the scratching cars song, the only ones I see are those in my garage

  2. I was able to recognize most of the dancers, but the pair pictured above (in the red room with the disco ball) were an exception. Is that from a movie, or just some TV show that I don’t know about?

  3. @ Folly – The discription of that movie in Wikipedia is so revoltingly full of murders that it seems impossible that there would be any time left for dancing.

  4. Beats the heck out of watching the fright machine for the nightly body count. Thanks for posting!

  5. Until recently I used to hear that Proclaimers song on relentless rotation at work, much to my co-workers’ annoyance. I have the old album the song came from. I recall when the Proclaimers–two brothers–were interviewed on late night TV back in the day. David Letterman just couldn’t make heads or tails of their heavy Scottish accents.

  6. That song became something of a popular anthem of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Here’s a video of Usain Bolt dancing along as the crowd join in singing it before the 4 x 100 metres relay final, which Jamaica (his team) won.

  7. The one at 3:25 might be obscure for some. It’s the “Les Jeunes De Paris” skit from Saturday Night Live, with Emma Stone and cast (notably Nasim Pedrad in the beret).

  8. I guess some of you didn’t go to the actual Youtube page where they list:

    Videos

    1) Way Out West (1937) Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
    2) La La Land (2016) Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
    3) My Sassy Girl (2008) Elisha Cuthbert
    4) On the Town (1949) Vera-Ellen, Gene Kelly
    5) Silk Stockings (1957) Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
    6) SNL Emma Stone French Dancing
    7) The Babysitter (2017) Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving
    8) Tickle Me (1965) Elvis Presley
    9) Rum Runners (1971) Brigitte Bardot

  9. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is an impressive, but fairly easy song to play on the guitar and ukulele, as it only uses a few chords.

    The only hard part is knowing the lyrics. Can you figure them all out? Do you know what “haver” means?

    And the chorus:

    “I would walk 500 miles,
    and I would walk 500 more,
    just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
    and fallen nacho toes.”

    I’m sure one of those lines can’t be right.

  10. “Haver” is a verb. It means to babble or ramble on or talk foolishly. I guess either because he’s gotten drunk with his paramour or because he is nervous. I did not have to look that up because I looked it up probably 15 years ago.

    There was a small neighbourhood pub not far from where we lived at that time, in a suburb of Toronto that had, on every Thursday night, a live band that would come in and play songs which you, as the audience, could get up and karaoke. It was cool, as some people even brought instruments (or borrowed instruments from the band) to play along too. Also cool was they could change the key or tempo to suit the singer so, unless you’re a gifted singer, you sounded better than you would at regular karaoke.

    So, we wandered in by accident one night and found this out. We liked it, so started to attend regularly. One year I decided to add this song to my repertoire to sing for my wife on our anniversary. I practiced it A LOT, because it all moves along fairly quickly. The advantage is that it doesn’t require a great voice to perform and the chorus really gets the crowd going and participating. It became a thing I did every year, until we moved away. Even went back again a couple times until they stopped doing it. Last time I did it there was a group of soccer mums there (30s and 40s). I got up and did my little speech about what a wonderful lady I had married and I was going to sing her a song. As I was telling the band leader what song I was doing and he was telling it to the band one of them overheard and, I swear, swooned at the thought of a man singing that to his lady in public.

    I assume you’re joking about ” and fallen nacho toes”, but it is “to fall down at your door”. Scottish people can convince you that you do not, in fact, speak English. Or that they don’t. One or the other.

    Once you are freed from your home and cleared for travel, I highly recommend Edinburgh. It is a beautiful place. I had a delightful time there.

  11. @ SBill – “Scottish people … do not, in fact, speak English….
    One of the referees for World Snooker tournaments speaks with such a heavy accent that the word “twenty”, “thirty”, and “forty” are virtually indistinguishable. I have to wait for the break to reach fifty before I can be sure of what he is saying.

  12. And tangentially , I only recently learned that “Nacho” was a well-established nickname for “Ignacio” well before it was the common noun for that excellent snack dish. And probably was named for the chef who created it.

  13. Lowland Scots speak dialect (think Robert Burns) while Highland Scots speak Gaelic (at least in some locations).

    Both can seem incomprehensible to foreigners. 🙂

  14. @ Downpuppy – Thanks very much for posting that Dr. Who version. This morning the song was a “hideous ear worm”, but having seen that, now I can enjoy listening to it again.

  15. @SignaporeBill: I am joking about “fallen nacho toes,” but not by much. The lyrics I really hear (and still do to this day, despite having played the real lyrics on the ukulele), are:

    “I would walk 500 miles,
    and I would walk 500 more,
    just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
    before the lat you though.”

    As you can see, “and fallen nacho toes” makes just a little more sense, though not by much.

    For some reason, I can’t hear the word “door.” I can hear the words “Though,” “toes,” and even “do,” but as for the word “door,” no.

    Then again, I hear “Laurel” instead of “Yanny.” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdvN4WqJh6g )

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