It’s not hard just finding bad songs to play. It is after all a target rich environment. There’s never a shortage of novelty songs such as Disco Duck or hideous songs like Mambo Number Five.
But Rocktober should have some actual rock in it. And this song came to mind. It may have to do with FormerPolice watching Lawrence Taylor highlights on YouTube and this was on it. But I digress.
Welcome to the year 1975. Its the Gerald Ford administration. And Whip Inflation Now buttons. But let us turn to the history lesson and Wikipedia for the information on today’s ditty:
“Stranglehold" is a single and the first track from Ted Nugent's self-titled 1975 album. The vocals are performed not by Nugent, but by Derek St. Holmes. The “Sometimes you wanna get higher” verse is sung by Ted himself. In Martin Popoff’s book, “Epic Ted Nugent”, Nugent admits that the song “Stranglehold” was co-written by Rob Grange, yet he never received a share for co-writer. “Stranglehold” would set the stage for Nugent’s career, an eight minute plus guitar attack with main vocals by Derek St. Holmes, a healthy dose of a Gibson Byrdland guitar, a famous guitar solo recorded in one take and a unique phase bass guitar effect by Rob Grange.
Stranglehold has been ranked 31st greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World.
The song was covered by Oklahoma band Cross Canadian Ragweed as a hidden track on their 2004 album Soul Gravy. American metal band Tool is known to have covered this song with the guitar accompaniment of Buzz Osborne of Melvins while on tour for their 1996 album Ænima, and the lines “Got you in a stranglehold, baby” features in the album track “Crawl Away” off 1993’s Undertow, just before the song’s final chorus and outro.
It has been featured in the films Pain & Gain, Dazed and Confused, Rock Star, Invincible, Superbad, and Bad News Bears as well as the television shows Freaks and Geeks, Supernatural, Entourage, Friday Night Lights and House M.D.. It is also featured over the end credits of the Entourage episode Sorry, Ari.
In video games it appears as a playable track in Guitar Hero World Tour as an encore played after defeating Nugent in a guitar battle. However, the version in World Tour censors the words “bitch” and “higher” whenever they are sung, and the song is a different recording (the uncensored version of this recording can be heard in the movie Beer for my Horses ). In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories it is on the V-ROCK radio station. Also in BURN the Detroit fire dept documentary (at the end of the movie)
It has been used as at-bat music by several Major League Baseball Players, including Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. It is also played during the 1st period entrance for the Chicago Blackhawks.
There is a reason why you don’t associate the nation of Poland with surf music. And this song is that reason.
And if you guessed that this is from the FormerPolice collection of the worst songs of all time, you would be correct.
Yes, this does sound like a lot like mentally challenged people have been given powerful yet unfamiliar instruments. And they decided to record the results. In a basement.
They have been described as the “hilariously inept Detroit bowling alley band.”
From Allmusic.com which was the only place I could find any information on them at all:
This hilariously inept Detroit bowling alley/lounge band was fronted by Ernie “King” Uszniewicz (b. 1945) from 1969 to 1979. The crudest tenor saxophonist in the history of rock & roll, King Uszniewicz (pronounced “you-snev-vitch”) & the U-Tones had only one single, issued on a local label during the ’70s. Dubbed by one critic as “the worst oldies band I ever heard in my life,” they played with a bludgeoning energy, oblivious to the fact that they were woefully shy in the talent department. However, when the group’s first album showed up on several college radio playlists in 1989, they earned a minor cult following among both record collectors and young alternative music fans.
And that ladies and gentlemen, is why you should never accept surf music from a cover band in Detroit.
I am seeing on various online outlets that the Occupy Hong Kong movement is asking for support.
If you can, wear yellow tomorrow.
Despite tens of thousands of protesters, not a single person walked across / sat / stood on the grass around the war memorial.
Despite protesting the oppressive communist regime. The protesters clean up after themselves. They have yet to destroy a store or anything.
They aren’t demanding anything. They want the same rights that those of you in the Free World have.
As belligerent as the government in Beijing is, I wish you well. And I will hope and pray that this does not dissolve into another Tianamen Square.
And I will be wearing yellow tomorrow.
It’s that time of the year, kids.
The calendar has reached Rocktober. And every year, I struggle to find a way to make this turkey fly for a month. While trying my level best to not replay bad songs that I have played before.
So this year, I will be widening the net. Covering the truly horrid from the entirety of the rock era. From the mid 1950s to that truly horrid drivel coming out now.
So let us begin in the pre toddler stages of rock itself. Welcome to the Eisenhower Administration.
Perry Como was one of the most popular singers of the pre-rock era, had a batch of hits straight through the ’50s, and hosted a variety show until well into the ’60s. He had a reputation as the most laid-back of the pop crooners. (This was long before Frank Sinatra began openly associating with members of Organized Crime.)
He had a reputation as the most laid-back of the pop crooners, that’s because, when he sings a ballad, his vocals ooze like a never-ending molasses drip. Como’s crap-to-quality ratio was extraordinarily high, and ‘Hot Diggity” is as bad as it gets: a novelty song with no real novelty, a slab of pap (adapted from an 1883 ditty called “Espana Rhapsody,” no less) seemingly designed to allow the parents of 1956 to consider themselves hepcats while the kids rocked out to “Tutti-Frutti.” (“Hot Diggity” replaced “Heartbreak Hotel” atop the Jockeys chart in May 1956.)
And for the history lesson, we turn to Wikipedia:
Perry Como’s recording was done at Webster Hall in New York City. The conductor was Mitchell Ayres and the producer was Joe Carlton. One small bit of trivia: The regular guitarist had injured his wrist and the Musicians Union sent a last minute replacement; a young 19 year old Juilliard student named Bill Aken (aka Zane Ashton) who would become a well-known musician in his own right.
The nonsense phrase of the song’s title, repeated throughout the song, is used as counterpoint to the lines it precedes in the lyrics, as in the following excerpt:
"Hot diggity, dog ziggity, boomWhat you do to me,When you’re holding me tight."
The phrase “hot diggity dog!” dates to at least 1928, when Al Jolson was recorded saying “Hot diggity dog! Hot kitty! Hot pussycat! Didn’t I tell you you’d love it?” after a performance of the tune “There’s a Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder”.
Ohio State makes key stop.
Asshat fan runs onto field during the game. Where he is met by Ohio State’s strength and conditioning coach and former NFL linebacker Anthony Schlegel.
And you know this bro fan probably still was saying that his dad was a lawyer as stadium security hauled him away.
Eagles 49ers game.
I despise both teams. But we get to hear Troy Aikman climb up Inglebert Humperdink’s butt or whatever the 49ers quarterback’s name is.
I would say the Niners have this one in the bag, but they lost at home to the Bears already. And those Bears just got hammered by the Packers.
This just in…. The Redskins still suck.