You knew the Venga Bus was coming, right? Viva TV strikes again.

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I was singing this chorus to myself and had to track it down.  Haven’t heard it since my honeymoon back in ‘99 but I’ve found myself going, “hammer-hammerhart (hammer-hammerhart)” now and again in the intervening years. I think it’s aged well.

Note: Wikipedia tells me they are now known as Beginner instead of Absolute Beginner as they were when this was released. Goes to prove their are no absolutes in this day and age.

Stay tuned for more Viva TV hits from May of 1999 – I’m in that kind of mood.

Day 08 – A Song That You Know All The Words To

“The Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of songs I can sing along to, but there is only one Humpty Hump. In my teens hip hop seemed so full of possibility that even hicks from the sticks like myself couldn’t resist its allure. The popular culture was trying to feed my Winger and Warrant, the New Kids and their ilk, and artists like DU, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, the Biz, De La Soul, BDP, LL, etc were exciting and vibrant, and — most importantly — utterly different. 1989-90 was a watershed: “The Humpty Dance”, “Bonita Appelbum”, “No Bones In Ice Cream”, “Fight The Power”, “Children’s Story”, Straight Outta Compton”, “The Gas Face”, “Me So Horny”, “Hey Ladies”, “Wild Thing”, “Around The Way Girl”, “Peachfuzz”, “Me And The Biz”. Changed my life, and I can sing at least eight of those still.

via douglaswolk:

When rock stars do too much cocaine, they tend to do ridiculous things, like drive cars into motel swimming pools, or hire hit men to snuff out their bassist, or make Be Here Now. David Bowie, on the other hand, produced Station to Station… (via Pitchfork: Album Reviews: David Bowie: Station to Station [Deluxe Edition])

Lede of the month.

By the way, you NEED this reissue. Bowie’s best album, now paired with Bowie’s best live album (And I really love Stage — it’s my second favorite official Bowie release (if the Stevie Ray Vaughan rehearsals were cleaned up and released they’d be hard to beat) — so that should give you an idea of how much I think of the Live Nassau ‘76 show).