ME LOST COOKIE IN THE MOSH PIT by COOKIE MONGOLOID
Cookie Mongoloid is the blue and black sheep of the family that spawned that more famous cookie fanatic, The Cookie Monster.
Growing up in the shadow of his beloved cousin, watching the lovable good-natured monster rise effortlessly to stardom, the mal-adjusted Cookie Mongoloid grew despondent and bitter.
Living on San Francisco, CA’s wretched skid row 6th Street on a diet of freebased cookie bits, the mongoloid was a far cry from the cheerful star of children’s television.
Inspired by Devo’s anthem of alienation and mutation, musicians teamed up with him and convinced Cookie to channel his angst and obsessive nature into a compelling musical endeavor.
An all-star band was assembled: bass legend Carmella, guitar heroine Lisafer, and the inarticulate hockey-masked rock drummer Crumb. In an unholy epiphony, the childhood favorites of generation X were set to a scathing metal rhythm, and the leather clad Cookie Mongoloid commanded the stage.
The legend grew, pyrotechnics and a harem of heavy metal vixens, The Cookies, pummeled the sugar-crazed masses with buckets of baked goods. Cookie Mongoloid now stands poised to conquer the rock world with their unlikely brand of deafening educational programing and cookie indulgence.
Peaches, is a Canadian-born electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. Her songs are noted for questioning traditional gender norms and their use of sexually explicit lyrics.
Born Merrill Beth Nisker in Toronto, Ontario, she attended a private Jewish school where her classes were taught half in English and half in Hebrew.
Before she became Peaches, Nisker was an independent music and drama teacher. She plays her own instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her own albums.
The Presidents of the United States of America, commonly referred to as The Presidents, are a twice Grammy-nominated American alternative rock band from Seattle, WA.
The three-piece group currently comprises vocalist and “basitarist” Chris Ballew, drummer and vocalist Jason Finn with “guitbassist” and vocalist Andrew McKeag. “Guitbassist” and vocalist Dave Dederer was a member of the band for 11 years before leaving in 2004.
Critics praised the bands catchy, humorous, and self-deprecating songs, which were a major departure from the grunge/post-grunge sound. The album received Grammy nominations in 1996 and 1997.
The Dead Milkmen is an American satirical punk rock band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Beginning within the local underground hardcore scene of the early 1980s, the band established their jangly punk sound, which they coupled with prominent humor delivered in heavy Philadelphia accents. After garnering an underground following through extensive touring and college radio attention, they enjoyed international success on the strength of 1988’s “Punk Rock Girl”, a single from their Beelzebubba album which entered into MTV rotation.
“I Put a Spell on You" is a 1956 song written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, whose recording was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It was also ranked #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The New York Dolls is an American rock band, formed in New York in 1971. In 2004 the band reformed with three of their original members, two of whom, David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain, continue on today and have released two records of new material. The original bassist, Arthur Kane, died shortly after their first reunion concert.
The band’s proto-punk sound prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era; their visual style influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups, and they began the local New York scene that later spawned the Ramones, Blondie, Television and Talking Heads.
COMIN’ HOME, BABY by MEL TORME (aka. The Velvet Fog)
Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed “The Velvet Fog”, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He co-wrote the classic holiday song “The Christmas Song” (also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) with Bob Wells.
Tormé wrote more than 250 songs, several of which became jazz standards. One of his best known songs is “Comin’ Home Baby”, a 1960 martini-swinger-type melody and has been covered by several world renown recording artist as well as used in movies.
The Police was an English rock band from London, formed in 1977. The band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by jazz, punk and reggae music.
The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and became the world’s highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour. Rolling Stone ranked The Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: This is my favorite Police song of all time.
“This is Halloween" is a song by composer Danny Elfman from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas, performed by the residents of the fictional “Halloween Town”, the film’s main setting. The song is featured in both HalloWishes at the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland’s Halloween Screams. In Calaway Park, it is featured in the haunted mansion. It is also used as the background music for the Halloween Town world in the video game Kingdom Hearts.
The Slits are a British punk rock band. The quartet was formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Arianna Forster) and Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members, Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by the drummer Budgie (aka Peter Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although not all line-ups were exclusively female, the three main female members appeared on most record covers and publicity photos, and the group was generally presented as a female band.
THE DEATH OF ARI UP (OCT 20, 2010)
The death of the singer, real name Arianna Forster, was revealed in a statement on Lydon’s website which said she would be “sadly missed”. Punk-reggae act The Slits were known for tracks including their cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Typical Girls”. Munich-born, Up was 14 when she formed the band with members including Palmolive - real name Paloma Romero - in 1976.
In a tribute on The Slits’ My Space page, her manager Jeff Jacquin paid tribute to her “unyielding passion for music and life”.
"She influenced generations of women and created some of the most memorable music of our time, but Ari’s true magic was how she affected people on the street, face to face, every day," he said.
"She ate life up and spit it out."
The singer’s mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster, is married to former Sex Pistols star Lydon, who she has been with for 30 years.
TRA LA LA SONG (One Banana, Two Banana) by LIZ PHAIR & MATERIAL ISSUE
Liz Phair & Chicago based band Material Issue (1985-1997) teamed up to release The Tra-La-La song from Banana Splits.
The Banana Splits were four comedic animal characters who featured in a late 1960’s children’s variety show made for television. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky (respectively, a dog, gorilla, lion, and elephant).
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour** was an hour-long, packaged television program that featured both live action and animated segments. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970. The series costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft.