When one of my high school friends was dumped by her gay boyfriend (we all knew he was gay, never sure why she didn’t), she made me drive her around with her in her parents’ Mercedes all night listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” On repeat. On cassette. While she cried. It was traumatizing to have a beloved childhood song become the soundtrack for teenage histrionics. I’ve since reappropriated the Bonnie Tyler classic as my go-to karaoke song. Just to make new memories. Sometimes I dance while I sing it.
I tell you this because it’s been a while, but Bonnie Tyler is BACK. The singer has been chosen to perform the UK’s entry song for Eurovision, “Believe in Me.” Oh, Bonnie, we believe in you, basking in the sunlight in your badass fringe boots.
If this music video has made you crave some “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as it did me, you can find the Literal Video version after the jump. It’s much more entertaining than the original. [DListed] Keep reading »
Add this to the list of reasons I want Jane Lynch to adopt me: she learned all the words to Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” for an episode of “Glee.” Even Conan O’Brien is impressed! Sophia Grace and Rosie should watch their backs. [YouTube]
Oh hai. I’m Jessica and I’m the last person in the universe to notice Ed Sheeran is a really cute hot ginge, like scruffy Prince Harry who’s actually wiped his own butt his entire life. Here he is with Passenger mashing up “Thrift Shop” and “No Diggity.” And making me swoon. [BuzzFeed]
“We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”
––This is the actual text of a petition to the Obama Administration to change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix).” Only 95,000 more signatures are needed to guarantee an official response from the White House. Let’s do this. [Whitehouse via Buzzfeed]
This is Barbie Parker giving an expressive performance in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering fans at Lollapalooza. If her name doesn’t ring a bell in your mental dictionary of rock stars, that’s because she’s never been a headliner–she’s a sign language interpreter who performs alongside hugely popular musical acts like Jack White and Green Day. Parker’s company, LotuSIGN, has helped bring sign language interpreters to more musical performances, and the demand for her services continues to grow. “Music is such a large part of who I am,” she said. “I want to be able to open up that experience.” Parker’s performances include air drumming, lip syncing lyrics, dancing, and jamming on an air guitar to communicate each concert to attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing. Check out a couple videos of Parker in action, after the jump! Keep reading »
I heard you’re a Beatles fan, which is great. I mean, I guess that takes care of that difficult “are you a Beatles or a Rolling Stones fan” discussion. In fact, you might be the biggest Beatles fan, owing to your obsessive collecting and cataloging of their records. Specifically The White Album. It seems you’ve got — how many now? — 693 copies of the iconic record, and plan to keep on collecting. Keep reading »