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Next week, on a very special “Glee,” the club covers The Murmurs’ “You Suck.” Cheerfully.

I got out of work today (my today, not yours, don’t get confused, I know, I’m all over the place here) and it wasn’t even dark yet. It was all very confusing. Hours! I get hours before I have to go to bed! WHAT WILL I DO WITH MYSELF? Oh, blog. That’s what I’ll do, of course. Silly.

So I’m catching up on the shows I missed this week and is everyone (wait, is anyone other than me still watching this?) aware that somehow, a Hole song ended up on Glee? I was in the kitchen and it was playing in the background and I was all, oh. Oh, no. That can’t be…no. Please, no. Please tell me the kids on Glee aren’t singing “Celebrity Skin.” Wait, they are. THEY ARE. And then I was sad. Because that means a., someone thought that was a good idea, and b., Courtney Love (I’d assume she has the rights to the songs? Or maybe she and the other bandmembers? I have no idea how such things work, please forgive, what do I look like, a record exec?) sold the rights to “Celebrity Skin” so that the Glee kids could sing it (cheerfully) while doing makeovers (cheerfully) for a run for class presidency (cheerfully.) I KNOW. Please bow your heads for a moment for the death of my misbegotten, angsty 20s, which have now been co-opted by clean-cut prime-time teenagers in letter-sweaters.

Oh, Courtney! NOT ALL PUBLICITY IS GOOD PUBLICITY. Sigh.

I am only posting this because it is EMBARRASSING. Not because I like it.

Then they won me back by showing me the preview for next week and they’ll be playing Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and SHUT RIGHT UP, I don’t care if you think Coldplay’s terrible and overplayed and sellouty and blah blah blah, that song gives me chills. “Questions of science, science and progress/Do not speak as loud as my heart” and “No one ever said it would be so hard/I’m going back to the start” make me all tingly. Sorry. I like a sad song, me. I heard this song the first time driving late at night and I was all, “what is this. What is this. WHAT IS THIS?” because I (shut up, I don’t know about popular things, especially music) had never heard Coldplay before. And it’s the perfect sad song. It’s moody and it’s mournful and it’s the song I want to be listening to when I’m driving in the middle of the night on an abandoned road. (I’m actually not a huge Coldplay fan, overall. I really like “Fix You” and “Yellow” – “for you I’d bleed myself dry” is a fantastic line, as is “lights will guide you home/and ignite your bones” – but otherwise, meh. I have other bands I like more. I’d see them for probably $40 or something but I wouldn’t pay the prices people tell me Coldplay tickets go for. Exorbitant ticket prices make me sad, because you don’t have anything to show for what you spent but memories, and you can’t eat/live in/type on/make calls with/wear memories. I’m quite practical about large purchases. I like to have something to show for purchases over, say, $20.)

Let’s get the bad taste of that Hole cover out of our mouths.

Also, you’ve all heard this, right? It makes me happy. Well, and sad. But isn’t it lovely? (Yes, I am confused by the fact that this seems to be a video made by Chipotle to support…shit, sustainable farming, or something? Just listen to the song. It’s Willie Nelson! Singing Coldplay! It is SO GOOD!)

So, anyway, what’s next, Glee? Are you going to sing, shit, I don’t know, Martha Wainwright’s “Bloody Motherfucking Asshole” or Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer?” Listen, I would pay to see that. I would pay ALL THE MONIES to see that. All those cheery kids grinning through wanting to feel each other from the inside? Yes. Yes, please, Glee. Please do this. Much appreciated.

This somehow became about music and I don’t know how that happened but, meh, whatever, let’s go with it. I feel bad that we have a master musicologist but we never get to use her because I am so far removed from the realm of music I never talk about it. SORRY SJ! I love you and I love your face!

When I was driving home tonight, a song I enjoyed came on the radio so I (look away, cops) used my fancy-schmancy Shazam app (YES WHILE DRIVING I KNOW I KNOW DON’T HATE ME I WAS AT A RED LIGHT) which I love more than almost anything in the world and the Shazam app told me it was Katy Perry. What is up with my obsession with terrible pop singers? I really like Katy Perry. I embarrassingly seem to really enjoy Christina Perri. (NO, I do not like that terrible Carly Rae Jepsen person. I’m not that far gone.) Here’s the thing – I don’t know who the people singing these songs are. So I’m in the car, and I’m all, “this is nice! Who is this?” and I use Shazam and I’m all “AMY! You are EMBARRASSING, what is WITH you and your love of the popstars?” (However, my talent for not knowing who’s singing a song also works for GOOD, not just EVIL, because I also have Shazamed Ingrid Michaelson songs repeatedly over the past few months because I just can’t realize who’s singing a song but I know I like something, so I keep being all, “I LIKE THIS WHO IS IT?” and it’s Ingrid Michaelson over and over and over. So, I’m not all bad.) Anyway, apparently I love Katy Perry. That “Firework” song makes me bounce all around. Sorry. You already know I have heathenistic taste in music; I don’t suppose this is going to make that supposition any worse.

Yes. I am duly embarrassed. I know. I KNOW.

This is the Katy Perry song. Shut up, I liked it. Leave me and my bad taste in things alone. (I can take or leave Katy Perry herself. Just don’t care. I like her music. It’s enjoyable. Just to be clear.)

Hey! I have a VERY IMPORTANT MUSIC QUESTION. Why do we all hate Lana Del Rey? I didn’t realize hating Lana Del Rey was a thing until she was on Saturday Night Live a while back and then the following week people were all “WE HATE LANA DEL REY WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO SNL” and now she’s in some commercial or something, I don’t watch commercials, I don’t know, and everyone’s all “GAH WE HATE HER WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO COMMERCIALS” and I don’t get it. I like that song “Video Games.” Am I wrong? I can’t be the only person who likes this song. It’s on the radio here a lot. What say you, minions? Does she murder puppies or something? Stab grammas? What am I missing?

She takes a lot of boudoir-type shots, I find in my research. Also, she seems to like Botox-mouth. Otherwise, harmless? Or am I missing something?

See? I like this. This is kind of nice. She has a nice old-timey voice. No? What am I missing (other than her duckface, but all the lay-deez have that now, I think. It’s like a THING.)

Oh! Oh, I totally have fallen in love with TWO songs. That are NOT embarrassing! Look, I am not always cringe-inducing! I will even share them with you. Because I LOVE YOUR FACES.

One is happy and makes me bounce and one is sad and made me cry real TEARS from my EYEHOLES.

The happy one is confusing. I don’t usually like happy. I like moody and dark and broody and then this thing comes on and I’m all “HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BOUNCE!” and it’s kind of embarrassing to all involved.

(Well, ok, it’s got a LITTLE sad in it. But mostly it’s kind of weirdly triumphant and happy and joyous to me. I like “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart.” How adorable is that? SO adorable. SUPER-TREACLY-SWEET. I think I might need to test my blood sugar after listening to this song. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.)

The second song is the latest Mumford & Sons song and I heard it for the first time on Saturday Night Live last weekend and I was all “I LOVE THIS! SO SAD!” and there were totally tears. I’m a huge sap. Don’t even let anyone tell you I’m not.

“And I came home/Like a stone/And I fell heavy into your arms.” SIGH.

Nice, right? This has been on constant laptop-repeat for a week. I love Mumford & Sons SO MUCH. I even wrote myself a note to buy the album. I NEVER buy albums. I KNOW! Mumford & Sons gets huge credit. I haven’t purchased an entire album of anything non-showtune-related in YEARS.

OK, that’s all I got, folks. I’m going to go listen to something thrashy and non-Glee-ified. DAMMIT GLEE.

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27 responses to “Next week, on a very special “Glee,” the club covers The Murmurs’ “You Suck.” Cheerfully.

  • sj

    I watched that whole Glee video and I cringed the entire time.

    I think they should do NOFX’s Please Play this Song on the Radio next.

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  • Charleen

    I have pretty much no knowledge of current popular music. I’m always at least a couple years behind. Until watching your video, I had no clue who Mumford & Sons were or what kind of music they played, only that I’ve been hearing their name nonstop for the past couple weeks.

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    • lucysfootball

      I love love LOVE Mumford & Sons. I listen to the most excellent alternative channel around here, and they are wonderful about introducing me to new alternative music (but I’m always out of the loop about popstars – people are all “Have you heard that whistling song?” and I’m like, “nope.” I didn’t hear that Rihanna “Umbrella” song for like two years after it came out or something and everyone was OBSESSED with that thing. Popstars are not on my radar.)

      If you liked that Mumford & Sons song, you have to listen to “Little Lion Man,” which is my FAVORITE of theirs. It’s got this amazing mournful Irish bar-band sound, but with the most poetic lyrics. I am in LOVE with it.

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  • mandaray

    Wait, what? People hate Lana Del Rey? Why?

    Personally, I found her “Born to Die” video on YouTube awhile back and…honestly? I couldn’t look away. I couldn’t think. That woman *does* things to me. I don’t understand how or what, but it happens, and I like it.

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    • lucysfootball

      I was surprised, too. “SNL” said it was because she had no personality and because she changed her name to Lana Del Rey from something else so people think she’s a poser, which seem like very stupid reasons to hate someone. I think she has a lovely voice, I don’t care about her backstory (well, unless she’s doing something boneheaded, politically, I suppose, or she’s murdering people, or something. I still love Courtney Love, and look at all the crap she’s done, you know?)

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      • mandaray

        LOL! They’re mad because she changed her name? Yeah, because no one’s ever done *that* before. Besides, anyone who listens to her music will quickly understand that she hasn’t exactly led a sterling life. There are probably a lot of people and situations she’s left behind that she wants to keep behind her, and changing your name is a good way to do that. To say nothing of Stage Names. C’mon, people.

        As for her personality, I honestly can’t say one way or the other, since obviously I’ve never met her. She seems to display plenty of personality in her music videos, and she certainly knows how to tell a good story. I have trouble imagining someone without a personality knowing how to do that.

        Long story short: People are stupid.

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        • lucysfootball

          I’m just wondering if I’m missing something? I’m pretty out of the loop with celebrity gossip so for all I know she might be in the KKK, who knows.

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          • mandaray

            Yeah, same here. I pretty much ignore 90% of all celebrity gossip. To be honest, I really only care about the stuff they produce, not the details of their personal lives. So who knows? She could secretly be a horrible person!

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            • lucysfootball

              I read about it when it’s SHOCKING or I guess about someone I like. (Or naked photos of Prince Harry. Because YUM PRINCE HARRY. I’m only human.) But otherwise, meh. I just feel bad they have people following their every move. How much would I hate that?

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              • mandaray

                Oh, absolutely. I basically only pay attention if they’ve done something horrible (Chris Brown, anyone?) or if they try extremely hard to insinuate themselves into political discussions and subsequently end up shoving their political/religious views in my face. (Tom Cruise and Clint Eastwood come to mind.) Otherwise? Don’t give a shit. Partly because I honestly just don’t care, and partly because I hate the thought of prying into someone’s life simply because they showed up in a magazine or television show somewhere.

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                • lucysfootball

                  Agreed on all counts. I like to know who I should hate. Brown. Cruise. Gibson. (I’d like to hate Eastwood but I JUST CAN’T. I have too much history with him! Damn you, Eastwood, with all of your movies that I loved!)

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                  • mandaray

                    My mom is suuuuper pissed at Eastwood right now. He’s currently getting the Gibson treatment, even though she adores his work. In her words she just can’t look past the crazy stuff he’s said, and the fact he would support the Republican party and their ideals this year is too much for her. I mostly just feel sorry for him.

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                    • lucysfootball

                      I can’t hate him. I’m not sure what happened there – bad decisions? Getting old? Thought it was a good idea at the time? Not sure – but I can’t hate him. Just can’t.

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                    • mandaray

                      That’s fine. My mom is a very fair person, but once she’s made up her mind–that’s it. There’s no coming back. But I don’t think she’d insist that others hold her viewpoint. :) Same for me. I understand completely loving an actor and their work. There are things about them that we connect with, even if we don’t know them. That doesn’t just go away overnight or because they made a stupid decision in the public eye.

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  • Kristy Shriner Salisbury

    I’m with you on the Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Cannot get enough. I have the Mumfords & Sons album Sigh No More on repeat in my car right now. One song that I absolutely love and I have to stop everything and listen when I hear it, is by Jenny Lewis and it’s called “Acid Tongue.” I have loved it ever since the album came out in 2008. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

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  • cm

    OMG! I was shaking my head the whole time Glee did that Hole song. Just not right!
    As for Lana Del Ray, she was a hyped up and “manufactured” so called indie artist. Then her SNL performance was a dud. I still think some of her music is pretty.

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    • lucysfootball

      This is one of the many reasons I miss living with you! A., laughing at TV together, and B., you know about ALL the music!

      Wasn’t that so embarrassing? I can’t imagine who thought that was a good idea. I mean, I’m all for more people listening to Hole. I love Hole. But…it was SO POPPY. Ugh.

      I didn’t mind her SNL performance! I mean, she was kind of stiff and wooden…but I thought she sounded great, and she sang the song I like so much! I’m not very judgmental, though, I guess. I was just surprised so many people HATE her! Like, HATE, hate! Whoa!

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  • Samantha

    I’ve been getting a lot of Mumford and Sons on my Adele/Florence and the Machine playlist on Pandora at work. It’s a teensy bit too mellow. And I haven’t heard a whole lot of Lana Del Rey.

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    • lucysfootball

      I like them because it’s not my normal kind of thing at all. I’m totally a showtuney/indie female singer kind of person, most of the time. They make me happy because they’re lively but also sad, and they have amazing lyrics.

      I love Florence and the Machine and Adele, too!

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  • 35JupiterDrive

    Getting permission to use a song is done by a music clearance person and arranged with whoever owns publishing. Which may or may not be the song writer.

    I stopped watching GLEE awhile back.

    I think a segment of people don’t like Lana Del Rey because she did such a huge change to her persona. But, love or hate, it worked. No one was paying her any attention at all when she was Lizzie Grant.

    Fun post. I love music.

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    • lucysfootball

      I should probably stop watching Glee, but I tend to follow through on things until the bitter end. I have a weird amount of stick-to-it-tiveness, for whatever reason. This season’s already pretty silly, but I do appreciate that they seem to have some sense of realism about what happens when one member of a couple goes off to college. The relationships very seldom work out, but on TV, they always seem to. Not so on Glee, it seems!

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  • becomingcliche

    I had never heard Mumford and Sons (or is that & sons? Too lazy to scroll up today). They aren’t bad. I wonder if my library has anything for me to borrow.

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