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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

    Shanoah Alkire is our Discordian at large. "Born in Santa Cruz, I grew up in Grass Valley and the Bay Area, and now lurk in Las Vegas. My literary influences include Ray Bradbury, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams. I also program as a hobby, and currently maintain the Gtk port of Angband. You can find a rather old bio of me here."

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Smash Mouth

Posted by shanoah on July 5, 2008

To be honest, I rather assumed you were going to do something totally unrelated to July 4th if you had a chance to post, Sean. That’s one reason why I decided to dedicate my last post to it.

Nothing wrong with that, of course.

Today was one of these days where I really wasn’t sure what to post. I thought about posting a song called “She Thinks She’s Edith Head”, but while it may be a cool song, it isn’t anywhere on Youtube.

So, I’m going with Smash Mouth. Now you may be thinking, All right, he’s going to post ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends’, ‘Walking On The Sun’, ‘All Star’, ‘I’m A Believer’, or something along that line.

Not quite. Actually, all the songs I’m posting today are from the album Fush Yu Mang. Admittedly, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”, and “Walking On the Sun” were on that album, but I thought I’d focus in a bit on some of the songs that didn’t get as much play.

When I got this album, it was totally different from what I had been listening to. So it took me a bit to adjust to their style. Then I started paying attention to the lyrics, and started enjoying them.

Nervous In the Alley

You know, there are an awful lot of songs about drug abuse out there. Nevertheless, I like this one. It’s realistic, for one. The lyrics were well done, too. Or maybe I just like songs with the word ‘Gonzo‘ in them. I’m not discounting that possibility.


This song feels like they took the writers adage “Write What You Know” to heart. With this song, they’ve written a rather fun song about their collective whiny neighbor. And you could probably get the same results described if you blast this song loud enough, too.


Again, I like songs with a story behind them. And this is about someone who’s concerned enough about their girlfriend to try to get them back together with their ex. Which I think is cool.


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