You know, I realize there’s a story behind the album cover for David Bowie’s new record, and it’s all introspective and about how you can never really live up to stuff you’ve done in the past, but every time I look at it, all I see is someone slapping a big white box on top of the “Heroes” cover and calling it done. I don’t care how introspective it is, I don’t care how much thought went into this cover. It’s shit.
even scrooges occasionally listen to christmas music. it’s just that our taste in christmas music is occasionally a bit twisted. every year i make a playlist for the holidays. here’s the latest incarnation with some of the staples that hang around year after year.
01 john lennon, happy christmas (war is over)
02 the pretenders, 2000 miles
03 the only ones, silent night
04 the xenos, santa
05 south park, mr. hankey the christmas poo
06 eartha kitt, santa baby
07 the waitresses, christmas wrapping
08 oscar the grouch, i hate christmas
09 johnf***ingdoe, spending other people’s money
10 kate bush, december will be magic again
11 pizzicato five, snowflakes
12 love spirals downwards, welcome christmas
13 lori carson, snow come down
14 danny elfman, making christmas
15 south park, the lonely jew on christmas
16 black tape for a blue girl, chanukkah, oh chanukkah
17 tenchi muyo, i saw mommy kissing santa claus
18 willie nelson, blue christmas
19 bing crosby & david bowie, little drummer boy/peace on earth
20 audra, let the reindeer live on my roof
21 the ramones, merry christmas (i don’t want to fight tonight)
22 alien sex fiend, stuff the turkey
23 ayumi hamasaki, itsuka no merry christmas
24 frank sinatra, have yourself a merry little christmas
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so, you use WordPress. and maybe you’ve turned on Hello Dolly. but if you’re me (chances are, you’re not me, but we’ll pretend for the sake of argument that you’re enough like me to continue reading this statement and past this ridiculous parenthetical tangent), you don’t have Hello Dolly turned on because it’s obnoxious. (no offense to ma.tt) the thing is that it really is a brilliant plugin, it’s just, i don’t really care for, or identify with, the lyrics. i thought it needed an update.
Hello Ziggy is simple: it’s a Hello Dolly clone that replaces the lyrics to “Hello Dolly” with the lyrics to David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”. I’ve been using it for about a year and it works really well — kind of random, vaguely inspirational, the lyrics work when separated from their context which is sort of key. yes, i’ve been sitting on this for a year (give or take), but i realized i never did any official release anywhere (since it came out of a day’s boredom, i can only assume), it sort of just manifested.
so here’s the official release announcement. Hello Ziggy, for your downloading pleasure. currently, Hello Ziggy is telling me: He could lick ‘em by smiling. yep. that’s right.
hello ziggy is a branch of matt mullenweg‘s original hello dolly plugin that comes as part of every wordpress installation. i like the idea of “Hello Dolly”, but i didn’t really want the song, so i changed the lyrics to another song that summed up the “hope and enthusiasm of a generation” — except, not so much hope as despair, and not so much enthusiasm as rebellion. anyway, click the link below to go to the download page.