Tags: postmodernism


this is not the best song in the world (this is only a tribute)

In 1994, post-Soviet artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Malamid polled 500 people about their musical tastes. They performed some statistical analysis and used the results to record two songs: "The Most Wanted Song" and "The Most Unwanted Song." "The Most Wanted Song" is five minutes of soaring lyrics and cheesy soulpop, and is mostly comprised of the word "baby" repeated over and over. "The Most Unwanted Song" combines tuba, bagpipes, hip-hop, sopranos, singing children, commercial advertisements, holiday lyrics, and cowboys in a twenty-one minute tour-de-what-the-fuck. Both were compiled into an album called The People's Choice Music. You can find recordings of both songs (and an interesting critique) here.

The irony is that the Worst Song Ever is actually quite good (in a weird and fascinating way), while the Best Song Ever is excruciatingly predictable. Take heed, recording industry aspirants.


the doll house

Context: Lisa and I have known each other for a long time. We talk on AIM every night, despite the fact that we're half a continent apart, are unlikely to see each other in the near future, and are about as likely to date as a fish and a mountain. (A neutered fish. And a mountain of gay.) We have a lot of banal "hello, how was your day" sort of conversations.

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