My brain made a monkey out of me

Simpsons - Monkey Out of Me

Back story – while listening to Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s Bombo Fabrika yesterday and one of the lines reminded me of something:

Oh my God, prophecy upon the bones

It was the “oh my god” part. But I couldn’t remember exactly what it reminded me of. The problem was the last time I heard it, I knew what it was. All I could muster from the depths of my memory was that it came from a song and it was something funny. Then it hit me 5 minutes ago:

“Oh my God, I was wrong!”

So I Googled that line and… I found it—Troy McClure’s rendition of Monkey Out of Me from his role in Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off! in S07E19 of The Simpsons. This won’t mean anything to anyone else but I wanted to put it on the site for posterity and in case I forgot again.

Danny Elfman didn't like how his Batman score was used in the movie

Acclaimed composer Danny Elfman was a guest on the Premier Guitar podcast where he opened up about the Batman (1989) score and his displeasure at how it turned out.

“I was terribly unhappy with the dub in Batman,” Elfman said. “They did it in the old-school way where you do the score and turn it into the ‘professionals’ who turn the nobs and dub it in. And dubbing had gotten really wonky in those years. We recorded [multi-channel recording on] three channels — right, center, left, — and basically, they took the center channel out of the music completely.”

Nothing worse than people fiddling with your work when you had it just so. Now I’d love to hear Elfman’s original.

In the meantime, check out this suite of the Batman soundtrack, conducted by Shirley Walker and performed by the Sinfonia Of London.

Batman | Soundtrack Suite (Danny Elfman)

The Simpsons - The One At the Bottom (Remix)

The Simpsons - The One At the Bottom

I don’t know who created this but it’s the perfect marriage (lol) of good music (pun intended) and classic Simpsons quotes. The title comes from S2 episode War of the Simpsons where Homer gets very drunk and asks Maud to get him some peanuts from the bottom of the dish so he can see her cleavage. Of course, Marge was watching in shock and disgust and they had to work on their marriage at a retreat. How their marriage is still together I don’t know.

And if you didn’t already know, the backing music comes from Gorillaz’s Feel Good Inc. A true animation mashup.

Stream “The One At the Bottom” below.

Update: Sorry, they’ve taken the video down. There’s a version on Facebook though. (sorry about that too)

The Rights To "Do The Bartman" Sold For $38,500

Although long rumoured to be a Michael Jackson creation, the song was, in fact, written by singer-songwriter Bryan Loren. The latter called the prolonged rumours a “thorn in his side” and advised:

“Along with me, Michael Jackson does sing backing vocals. And it WAS his idea to call the song, DTB. AND, he did insist I include his name in the lyric.”

Hardcore MJ fans like myself may already know Loren’s name as Michael sang backing vocals on one of his tracks, To Satisfy You (which is brilliant, I might add). This also wasn’t the only Michael Jackson/Simpsons collab either. Michael voiced the character of Leon Kompowsky (but not the singing voice; that was Kipp Lennon) in Stark Raving Dad as well as adding a clip of Homer and Bart at the end of his infamous Panther Dance.

Related: Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jordan vs. LA Gear, MJ’s Addams Family-promo, and The one At The Bottom remix.

A Spotify playlist of songs about tennis

Tracklist

  1. Tennis – Needle And A Knife
  2. Sky Sailing – Tennis Elbow
  3. De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 present First Serve – Tennis
  4. Jim Noir – Ping Pong Time Tennis
  5. Pixel Perfect – Tennis Court
  6. Telemachus – Tennis Season
  7. Binge – “Grand Slam Man (Roger Federer)”
  8. Indian Wells – Wimbledon 1980
  9. Florent Campana – Roland Garros
  10. Sasse – Flushing Meadows
  11. The Herbaliser – Game Set and Match
  12. Jackie McLean – Davis Cup
  13. Yannick Noah – On court
  14. The German Art Students – Bjorn Borg
  15. Wyclef Jean – I’m Ready
  16. Profesor Mercury – Astro-Música Rafa nadal Op. 350 -A-
  17. Lorde – Tennis Court
  18. Lilys – The Tennis System (And Its Stars)
  19. Chris Rea – Tennis
  20. The Bicycle Thief – Tennis Shoes
  21. Pernice Brothers – The Ballad of Bjorn Borg
  22. Half Man Half Biscuit – Outbreak of Vitas Gerulatis
  23. Frank Turner – Love Forty Down

Wimbledon is drawing to a close, with all the remaining finals being played this weekend. To mark the end of those two weeks of tennis court action, here is a selection of tracks about tennis (in one way or another). I couldn’t believe some of the titles and artist names when I was spot-digging for songs. It just so happens I’m working on a Federer-themed album but it hasn’t left the idea stage yet.

Some of the tracks are obviously tennis-related, like Pixel Perfect’s Tennis Court and Indian Wells’s Wimbledon 1980. But some are coincidental like Jackie McLean’s Davis Cup. Wyclef Jean’s I’m Ready is the most tenuously linked song; a nod to players telling their opponents that they’re ready to receive serve.

Of course, tennis is for life not just for the Wimbledon Championships, so enjoy this playlist all year round.

Update: Thanks to His Top Ten for finding even more songs I didn’t know about.