Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Remembering the 2006 NCAA men's basketball tournament in song

Wherein this was the least interesting collection of games I can remember. Oh well, only two more months until a real tournament starts in Germany


You can take your One Shining Moment and shove it where the sun don't shine. For this year's tournament I'm doing nothing but singing Fishbone:
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y but you never wonder why you're so ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ug, ugly ugly

U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ug, ugly ugly

U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ugly
U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi, you're just ug, ugly ugly

3 Comments:

Blogger XWL said...

Thanks for leaving out the anti Reagan part of the lyrics.

Fishbone were a great band back in the day, saw them a few times at concerts (even had someone stabbed about 15 feet away from me at one of them).

4/04/2006 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I had to go back and read the lyrics - I had no idea this was an anti-Reagan song.

I only saw them once - Bytches with Problems opened - one of the greatest shows ever. I caught a doc marten in the side of the head from someone crowd surfing and lost my glasses. factoring in new glasses, the show cost me about $150 and I was ok with that.

Band that never got the respect or sales they deserved, then saw all these bands they inspired become more popular. I think it was largely racial. Black stations wouldn't play them because they weren't soul or rap and rock stations wouldn't play them because they were black. In the 90s, some stations would play songs like "Ugly" as part of an 80s retro block, but wouldn't touch their newer stuff.

Frankly, I think all that pentup rage caused them to go insane on "Give a Monkey a Brain." 1996 was "Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge" which is some hardcore shit; not my thing, but I couldn't believe that got no college airplay. 2000 gave us "Fishbone & The Familyhood Nextperience Presents The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx" and that brings the funk - "The Suffering" is a great song, and "Everybody is a Star" is a definite callback to Sly and the Family Stone that drops some thrash (with violins?) during the last minute.

4/04/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Actually I think I'm conflating the lyrics to a few songs from different bands, (Fishbone and the Femmes).

Saw them together back in '86 (Phranc was the opening, opening act, and Fishbone actually closed, in LA they were much bigger than the Femmes at the time, plus Flea added his horn to their horn section for most of the night, besides being a great bassist he started out as a trumpet playing high school band geek) and they both had the usual anti-Reagan between song patter, plus Old Mother Reagan is the Femmes song that is specifically about Reagan.

(but I sort of recall Angelo (of Fishbone) dedicating UGLY to Reagan at live shows, I might be mistaken)

Fishbone were huge locally, the local New Wave/Alternative station KROQ played them heavily and they often headlined shows of acts that had larger national followings.

Besides being the closing act for a Violent Femmes show, they also closed a big Public Enemy show in '88 (that's the show where someone was stabbed. The stabbing was just some chicano gangsters bringing a turf battle to the floor of the Santa Monica Civic, PE cut there set to just 25 minutes, confusion reigned, but nobody left and Fishbone played for 2+ hours to make up for the short set by PE. I didn't find out about the stabbing until the next day, and a friend who was in the risers above the floor saw everything happening near where I was in the venue)

4/05/2006 01:30:00 AM  

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