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I may have to kill tzikeh

When I'm done laughing, that is. Which, at this rate, will be never.

But dammit, she's gone and set one of the stupidest songs in the history of stupid 80s pop songs running through my head, filtered through the prism of text-adventure parody. If you are from the 80s, you should totally read.

At risk of, y'know, catching the earworm and needing to kill tzikeh. But you have to get in line behind me.

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ariestess
Jun. 22nd, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
That was evil. And funny. And evil.

Thankfully, my Glee obsession is mostly stopping this song from becoming an earworm...

I was wrong. Damn it! *tries to get rid of stupid song*
wiliqueen
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Why are the really stupid ones so darn insidious?
ariestess
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Because that's the only way that most bad songs can become popular?
dreamsofstars
Jun. 22nd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know whether to laugh, clutch my head in pain or fire up Zork. XD

Edited at 2010-06-22 07:07 pm (UTC)
wiliqueen
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I vote for the last one.
studiesinlight
Jun. 22nd, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Zork, I know and remember fondly! (Even if I did not regularly get past the gazebo.)

But I actually have no idea what song is referenced, and I think I'm making a prudent decision by not following her link to a vid, all earwormy things considered. :-)
wiliqueen
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
It's called "Walk the Dinosaur," and if you don't know/remember it, trust me, that's all to the good.

I never played Zork per se, but there was another one my uncle had. The main thing I remember about it was that nobody could figure out how to get past this one early room with a giant fire-breathing serpent of some sort. You arrived in the room with a little bird in a cage, and my uncle had tried absolutely everything else it was possible to do, so I suggested letting the bird out of the cage.

It, of course, proceeded to viciously attack the serpent. I think it drove it into a pit. My uncle stared at me, said "Out of the mouths of babes," (I was 11 at the time), and proceeded to make his way through the rest of the game with little difficulty. I played it a fair amount, but nothing was ever as cool as that moment. :-)
neadods
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
It could have been worse. It could have been MacArthur Park.
wiliqueen
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
"MacArthur Park" doesn't make a lick of sense, but at least it's pretty.

I remember I'd heard it before, but for some reason actually paid attention to the lyrics once when it was used in some TV segment about a sand-castle contest that ended with the waves coming in and washing all the work away, just as the song got to "and I'll never have that recipe again." I sort of blinked at it and went, "Is that a parody?" And my mom explained no, that was the real song. I couldn't figure out why anyone would get that dramatic about a cake.

:: checks echoes inside skull :: Nope. Still walking dinosaurs over here.
neadods
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the cake is a metaphor for something. It has to be. Even the lyrics of Blue Canary make more sense than MacArthur Park!

I kinda like Dinosaur; it's got a good beat for exercising. The video is just a really cheesy attempt to start a dumb dance craze that IIRC never got off the ground.
wiliqueen
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
I kinda like Dinosaur; it's got a good beat for exercising.

Which of course goes a long way toward explaining why it's such a persistent earworm.

attempt to start a dumb dance craze that IIRC never got off the ground.

You recall correctly. I have a vague memory of a magazine article or newspaper feature -- pretty sure it was one of those year-end entertainment round-ups -- saying something to the effect that you can't really manufacture those. Which is a silly statement, because that's exactly what happened with some of the ones that did take off, but it stuck with me for some reason.
neadods
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
One of the problems is that they don't actually have enough dance steps, nor do they let you get a good enough look at them. "Open the door" and "walk the dinosaur" are clear, but danged if I can get the precise maneuver of "get on the floor."
evil_overlord
Jun. 23rd, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
O_O

I've seen it...I can't UNSEE it!!

oh good lord, how in heaven's name did I *miss* that one? LOL Guess there was some good things to not having access to MTV in the 80s. LOL

And gawd, that made me think of the time my sister and I tried playing 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' [which at the time NEITHER of us had read]. We never did get onto the ship and always blew up with the Earth [because we didn't know to lay down in front of the bulldozer...who would *do* that?? LOL], but that one is the first and only text-based game that I can remember playing. [no, I never got a chance to play Zork. :( The hubby did though, I think]
wiliqueen
Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Guess there was some good things to not having access to MTV in the 80s.

I didn't either. It didn't help. I don't know how you dodged that bullet.

[because we didn't know to lay down in front of the bulldozer...who would *do* that??

Uptight precaffeinated Englishmen, apparently. :-D
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