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“All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling”*…

Alvin and the Chipmunks– a group of three anthropomorphic singing chipmunks named Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, managed by their human adoptive father, David “Dave” Seville– came to life on a 1958 novelty record created by Ross Bagdasarian (who also wrote and recorded Witch Doctor). They were such a hit that they spawned three animated television series, several specials, a series of video games, a feature film– and a number of albums.

During the 80s a few of those albums featured the Chipmunks singing rock tunes. You Tube creator Lunar Orbit (@LunarOrbit_) has taken tracks from several of those cover-fests and recorded them at 16 speed (roughly half the speed of a 33 1/3 LP)… resulting in what @EsotericCD calls “the most important postpunk/goth album ever recorded,” Sludgefest

* Blaise Pascal


As we wonder what it sounds like backwards, we might recall that the #1 song on the Billboard Singles chart for the week beginning on this date in 1988 was Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” You’ve been Rickrolled!


The spirit of bi-partisanship…

There’s a chance that some readers have encountered this video, now in pretty heavy rotation.  But as our representatives in Washington succumb to centrifugal force, it’s heartening to be reminded that– in Oregon anyway– a spirit of creative cooperation survives.  (Indeed, had the Legislative Study Group, the authors of the film, employed Auto-tuning, one might even had said “harmony”…)

As for once we’re not sorry to have been Rickrolled, we might recall that it was on this date in 1956 that Willie Mosconi sank 150 straight balls in the course of winning one of his record 15 pocket billiards (straight pool) World Championships.  For Mosconi, whose first professional match was at age 6, the feat was nothing too special; two years earlier he ran 526 consecutive balls without a miss during a straight pool exhibition in Springfield, Ohio (35 witnesses signed an affidavit attesting to the accomplishment).  Many speculate that this record will never be bested.

Mosconi preparing Paul Newman for his role in The Hustler (source)

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