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Hey it’s Sam with another great YouTube treasure, mateys! (Why do I keep saying that?) And if you are a modern-day person, don’t watch TV, and/or might not have a life, you may not know Looney Tunes. Be as it may, it may be the most timeless cartoon the networks have ever seen. And now that it’s gotten a 2011 rejuvenation, we now know it with The Looney Tunes Show, bringing every old-school character and possibly converting them into the most new-school people I’ve seen. And that’s what today is about. While we may not be focusing on the show in general, we’re focusing on one of my favorite aspects of the show: “Merrie Melodies”.

This is the title card of the first Merrie Melody from the thirties.

Merrie Melodies are songs (usually 2 min. at most) featuring classic Looney Tunes characters singing original songs. If you don’t ROFL at these videos, then you have no emotion. Hands down. There are actually lots of YouTubers that release TLTS melodies. And I actually give you extra points if you have some of these on iTunes or Windows Media Player (at least a music player in general). Some videos have gotten over 100,000 views while others haven’t, but it’s the song that counts.

This first song is about Chickenhawk, a hawk who loves chicken. Crispy, glazed, baked, fried…come on, he eats chicken cake for his birthday. (130,000 views since May 2011.)

The next song is about Elmer Fudd’s love for grilled cheese sandwiches. I do criticize him, because he rejects a burger, a shake, a cake, and a steak for that cheese! (Now that’s what I call true love.) >:-( 100,000 views since May 2011. )-:<

Another song stars Marvin the Martian, and he sings about how he’s really a good guy despite being from Mars. He shares cheese pizza and lemonade, and–oh, this is the best part–he’s the ultimate host of puppies; he makes them in his lab. (20,000 views since June 2011. And yes…this is Cartoon Network’s channel.)

The final song is a love song. But not any love song. It stars Lola. Yeah, that crazy psycho stalker bunny after Bugs. She tries to tell him he’s in love, but he tries to get out of it in every way possible…even if he has to go tooth-and-nail on her. (Almost 100,000 views since July 2011.)

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So for any of you who don’t watch this show yet, I have four reasons why you should. In fact, you just saw them. So catch The Looney Tunes Show Tuesdays at 8:00 on Cartoon Network! It’s actually better than you think…;)

Your blogger,

Sam

p.s. This post is dedicated to my friends, Benny and Jerry Kagumba. Why? Because they were the first to witness this awesomeness…and they’ve been with me for years now. So, if you’re reading this, this is in your honor.



Hey guys it’s Sam. I guess you haven’t gotten an image of my “taste” in music. Well, I like alternative music, some heavy metals, hip hop (Beastie Boys ftw), and especially, Weird Al Yankovic. Well, guess what? There’s a new band in town that’s got the skills to cover all of these songs with a swingin’ jazzy touch. They’re the Lounge Against the Machine, led by Richard Cheese (or Richard Davis, if that’s too “cheesy”). They have nine albums of swingin’ covers, starting with Lounge Against the Machine.

This album released October 2000, featuring 16 covers of alternative standards, such as Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine (the album is a takeoff on RATM, actually), Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Blink-182. But here’s the entire 31:21 tracklist anyways:

  1. Nookie” * / “Break Stuff” (Limp Bizkit) – 2:35
  2. Guerilla Radio” (Rage Against the Machine) – 2:15
  3. Come Out and Play” * (The Offspring) – 2:43
  4. Closer” * (Nine Inch Nails) – 2:21
  5. Wrong Way” (Sublime) – 2:15
  6. Bullet the Blue Sky” (U2) – 2:55
  7. Creep” * (Radiohead) – 2:56
  8. Last Resort” (Papa Roach) – 1:40
  9. Rape Me” (Nirvana) – 1:55
  10. What’s My Age Again?” (Blink-182) – 1:23
  11. Smack My B*tch Up” (The Prodigy) – 3:01
  12. Fight For Your Right” * (Beastie Boys) – 1:55
  13. Only Happy When It Rains” (Garbage) – 2:03
  14. Suck My Kiss” (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – 0:56
  15. Holiday in Cambodia” ** (Dead Kennedys) – 1:43
  16. The Rockafeller Skank” (Fatboy Slim) – 2:05

The instruments on this album are synthesized, unlike the subsequent albums. Select songs have been re-recorded for the band’s best-of album, and their sixth album (we’ll get to that l8tr).

Two years later in 2002, their second album Tuxicity released.

The album’s name is a parody of the System of a Down album, Toxicity, and even covers a song from the album, “Chop Suey” (I’ve played it on Rock Band 2).

But here’s the whole 34:06 tracklist nonetheless:

  1. She Hates Me” (Puddle of Mudd) – 1:43
  2. Fell in Love with a Girl” (The White Stripes) – 1:31
  3. Baby Got Back” (Sir Mix-a-Lot) – 2:47
  4. Down with the Sickness” (Disturbed) – 2:19
  5. Hate to Say I Told You So” (The Hives) – 1:29
  6. Insane in the Brain” (Cypress Hill) – 3:17
  7. Relax” (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) – 1:55
  8. Shake Ya A**” (Mystikal) – 1:48
  9. Hot for Teacher” (Van Halen) – 2:38
  10. One Step Closer” (Linkin Park) – 1:36
  11. “Live in the Lounge” – 1:09
  12. Smoke Two Joints” (The Toyes) – 1:30
  13. Chop Suey!” (System of a Down) – 2:24
  14. Loser” (Beck) – 2:25
  15. More Human than Human” (White Zombie) – 3:00
  16. Used to Love Her” (Guns N’ Roses) – 1:22
  17. Crazy” (Britney Spears) – 1:50
  18. Buddy Holly” (Weezer) – 2:43

Two more years later, in 2004, their third album, I’d Like a Virgin, released.

The album cover and its title are both parodies of Madonna’s second album, Like a Virgin.

The tenth track, “Dick in Las Vegas”, was recorded at Sunset Station.

Track list:

  1. Gin and Juice” (Snoop Dogg) – 2:23
  2. Yellow” (Coldplay) – 1:29
  3. Girls, Girls, Girls” (Mötley Crüe) – 1:58
  4. Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” (Jet) – 2:22
  5. “Message from the Other Dick” (Dick Clark) – 0:13
  6. Butterfly” (Crazy Town) – 1:43
  7. Hey Ya!” (OutKast) – 1:54
  8. Beat It” (Michael Jackson) – 2:09
  9. Milkshake” (Kelis) – 0:48
  10. “Dick in Las Vegas” / “Broken Wings” (Mr. Mister) (Live) – 1:49
  11. Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode) – 1:43
  12. Material Girl” (Madonna) – 2:02
  13. Richard Cheese on NBC‘s Last Call with Carson Daly” – 1:34
  14. War Ensemble” (Slayer) – 1:52
  15. Stand Up” (Ludacris) – 1:52
  16. “Song Request” (Live) – 1:02
  17. Feeling This” (Blink-182) – 1:46
  18. 99 Luftballons” (Nena) – 0:54
  19. Rock the Casbah” (The Clash) – 1:20
  20. Longview” (Green Day) – 2:08
  21. “The Tiger Story” / “Pussy” (Lords of Acid) (Live) – 3:20
  22. “Richard Cheese Radio Announcement” – 0:22
  23. “Hidden Track” – 1:31

In 2005, a year later, the band’s fourth album, Aperitif for Destruction, released.

The album’s artwork and title are both parodies of Appetite for Destruction, the first album by Guns N’ Roses (one of my favorite rock bands).

Here is the track list (you should be able to catch some familiar songs):

  1. Me So Horny” (2 Live Crew) – 2:15
  2. “People = S**t” (Slipknot) – 2:03
  3. Welcome to the Jungle” (Guns N’ Roses) – 2:41
  4. Brass Monkey” (Beastie Boys) – 2:13
  5. Let’s Get It Started” (Black Eyed Peas) – 1:58
  6. Man in the Box” (Alice in Chains) – 2:23
  7. Been Caught Stealing” (Jane’s Addiction) – 1:55
  8. The Girl Is Mine” (Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney) – duet with Stephen Hawking (impersonated) – 2:15
  9. You Oughta Know” (Alanis Morissette) – 2:11
  10. Enter Sandman” (Metallica) (Interpolates the standard “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes) – 1:50
  11. Sunday Bloody Sunday” (U2) – 1:36
  12. We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 1:46
  13. Do Me!” (Bell Biv DeVoe) – 1:31
  14. American Idiot” (Green Day) (also a medley with “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee“, “God Bless America“, “The Star-Spangled Banner“, “La Cucaracha“, “Deck the Halls” and “Tequila“) – 1:35
  15. Add It Up” (Violent Femmes) – 1:46
  16. Somebody Told Me” (The Killers) – 2:56

A year later in 2006, the band’s best-of compilation, The Sunny Side of the Moon, released.

The title and art of the album are parodies of Pink Floyd’s album, The Dark Side of the Moon.

The album composes of past singles from past albums, and also features big band versions and re-recordings of singles from their first album, Lounge Against the Machine.

In the same year, in September, their sixth album, Silent Nightclub, released.

The title is a parody on the famous Christmas song, “Silent Night”, which is featured on the album. Speaking of Christmas songs, the album itself is promoted as a Christmas album (despite it releasing in SEPTEMBER!), although five singles would mostly be labeled as “Christmas music”. Many singles on the album are pop songs that can be stretched to fit the motif, such as “Like a Virgin” (Madonna) referencing to the Virgin Mary. The album features swingin’ Christmas covers of artists like John Lennon, Beyoncé, and Rush. It also features a guest appearance by Weird Al Yankovic. Here’s the whole track list:

  1. Holiday in Cambodia” (Dead Kennedys) (live instruments) – 1:40
  2. Like a Virgin” (Madonna) – 1:27
  3. Christmas in Las Vegas” – 2:08
  4. Jingle Bells” (traditional) – 1:10
  5. Ice Ice Baby” (Vanilla Ice) – 2:37
  6. Do They Know It’s Christmas” (Band Aid) – 1:28
  7. Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode) (2006) (Big Band Version) – 2:12
  8. Imagine” (John Lennon) – 1:47
  9. Last Christmas” (Wham!) – 0:20
  10. Naughty Girl” (Beyoncé Knowles) – 1:51
  11. Christmas Time is Here” (Vince Guaraldi) – 1:30
  12. The Trees” (Rush) – 2:33
  13. I Melt with You” (Modern English) (appearance by “Weird Al” Yankovic) – 2:47
  14. Silent Night” (traditional) – 1:31
  15. Holidae In” (Chingy) * (bonus track) – ?:??

In 2007, their seventh album, Dick at Nite: Your Favorite TV Themes Loungified! (or Dick at Nite for short), released.

The album features covers of TV theme songs, such as for South Park, SpongeBob, Spider-Man, and The Brady Bunch. The title is a parody of Nick’s nighttime block programming, Nick at Nite. It was initially slated for release in July 2007, but after several delays, the album released in November. It was also available for purchase online through iTunes in September.

In 2009, the band’s eighth album, Viva la Vodka, released.

The title and artwork are obviously parodies of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

The album continues Cheese’s tradition of parodying famous pop songs and “loungifying” them into a flamboyant lounge type. Some singles are re-released from Aperitif for Destruction, Dick at Nite, and Lounge Against the Machine. Here’s the track list:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana)
  2. Brass Monkey” (Beastie Boys) (re-released from Aperitif for Destruction)
  3. Crazy Bitch” (Buckcherry)
  4. Me So Horny” (2 Live Crew) (re-released from Aperitif for Destruction)
  5. Three’s Company Theme” (re-released from Dick at Nite)
  6. Lollipop” (Lil Wayne)
  7. Don’t Cha” (Pussycat Dolls)
  8. Toxic” (Britney Spears)
  9. You Shook Me All Night Long” (AC/DC)
  10. Airbag” (Radiohead)
  11. Guerrilla Radio” (Rage Against the Machine) (re-released from Lounge Against the Machine)
  12. WKRP in Cincinnati” (TVTheme) (re-released from Dick at Nite)
  13. “RC on the Air” (live)
  14. Viva Las Vegas” (Elvis Presley)
  15. Viva la Vida” (Coldplay)

In 2010, Cheese’s ninth and most recent album, OK Bartender, released in March.

The album’s title and artwork parodies two of the alternative rock band Radiohead’s albums. The title comes from the band’s album OK Computer

..and the artwork comes from Radiohead’s best of album.

OK Bartender composes of “loungified” versions of rock and rap songs, from artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Freebird”), Lady Gaga (“Just Dance”), and Miley Cyrus (“See You Again”). This is Cheese’s first album to involve voicemail messages from fans.

So now that you know Rick Cheese exists, go out and check out his loungified covers! And stay tuned for the release of Cheese’s upcoming album, Lavapalooza! And stay tuned for his projected albums, Back in Black Tie and A Lounge Supreme! Get out and get ready!

- Sam




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