When I think of Faith No More there are quite a few instruments that float through my head before arriving at ukulele. Thankfully Brazilian youtuber liaamancio isn't at all like me, aside from the fact that she loves Faith No More, hence the uke cover of "A Small Victory" above. I was hoping for a bit more Mike Patton growl for the sore losers and winners but you certainly can't question the effort. Of course this led me to go stumbling further down the cover rabbit hole where I found this gem of a version below that applies to the category as well, complete with Costa Rican Kurt Dyer going full growl for his solo acoustic take. Good times.
First off let me apologize. For all the times I have entered "Kids Incorporated Hall And Oates" in to the youtube search field, I have failed to stumble across this wonderous version of the incredibly smooth duo's "You Make My Dreams Come True". Aside from the original being one of the all time great make you feel good songs, the Kids Inc gang really shine in their version. You want attitude? Jerry is going to make you overdose on attitude. How about lime green? Yes I'll take all the outfits you have thanks. And of course what good is a Kids Incorporated video without spitting some truth down in the comments section? Take it away mythical creatures that learned to type:
So fresh, so clean, so true. Thanks timberwolfbabe.
Not sure exactly what it says about me that I was bummed this wasn't the Hootie and the Blowfish tune, but those doldrums were quickly kicked to the curb when I basked in the creepiness that is Kids Incorporated covering Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You". I'm pretty sure that creepy brunette is a young Jennifer Love Hewitt if only based on the spazm heavy dance moves, either way this would have been a wonderful subject on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Let's check in with some devoted followers/commenters:
Nitingale78 - Ryan was 18 when he left. He's 4 years older than Stacy. Depending on when her last season ended she was either 14 or 15 when she left. But yeah that's a possibility that she left because none of the original were there anymore. But Ryan wasn't as original either, he came on a year after the show started. Who knows why Stacy quit. I doubt they (the producers, execs and directors) let her go, she was too popular.
SClubLover89 - Yeah, that's true. Maybe she didn't think it felt as fun anymore since none of Jerry, Martika, Renee or Rahsaan were there anymore. She was the last of the originals. And yeah, Ryan came in season 2, but still, he was there when Martika, Renee and Rahsaan all still were too. I'm sure Stacy liked it with this bunch too, but she probably missed the originals (and Ryan). Maybe it's as simple as she felt that it was time to do something else and that 5 years on the show was enough or something.
Nitingale78 - Yep. She probably was just ready to move on. It would be kinda hard for her to miss Ryan though. They were dating in this season, I think they started in his final season. So she still had him at least. I hope that when they broke up it was a good break up and they were able to stay friends. I missed the old cast to. JLH was the only one who kept i bearable after Stacy left. And when JLH left I couldn't watch it anymore. I had no more favorites on the show.
This is the greatest thing in the history of the internet if not the world. Of course Tupac and Danza were friends, they are both too legit to quit. What? Wrong rapper? MC Hammer wasn't rap? Are you crazy? Anyhoo the gist of the story is that Danza wrote (unsolicited) letters to Tupac while he was in jail, and even knew some of the album, forging what was clearly a treasured friendship. As is tradition once one has been welcomed into the loving arms of Lord Danza, Tupac explains the depth of his allegiance to the great man in the fabulous video above.
Sadly Tupac's life was cut short before the two were able to reminisce on what would surely have been a very special episode of The Tony Danza Show. It might have even been as good as the Chuck Norris episode. Who am I kidding, that's just crazy talk.
To be honest it is sort of hard to think of anything besides The Book Of Mormon songs right now, but as a born-again Danzaoist I have made a promise to myself and my church that SHA shant be ignored for earthly pleasures, unless those earthly pleasures involve bacon. As you may have guessed I'm currently bacon free so the ignoring has ceased and the gift to you all is this wonderful take on Jeffrey Osbourne's hit "Just Once". Renee and Stacy have never sounded so ........... squirrel!
Sadly the youtubers didn't really bring the thunder for this video and I'm having a hard time figuring out why. As far as I can tell we've still got excessive emoting, awkward dancing/swaying and at times it gets "a bit pitchy", so pretty much everything you've come to expect to get amazing comments. Maybe it was just too good, or maybe, just once, they've found a way to finally make it right. Make the music last for more than just one ...... squirrel!
It's not everyday that you discover a man as great as John Jacobson, then again it's not every day you see a YouTube video of a choreographer teaching an original dance to accompany one of his own compositions. It's even less often, presumably somewhere in the "not every month" cliche, that you see the aforementioned situation dressed in khakis and a nice green polo, but it's definitely a pleasant surprise. As a warning this is totally SFW but there is a serious amount of flair heading your way. Now if you'll excuse me I've got some snap kick work to do. [via the daily what and presumably my nightmares for the next few months]
For a Monday today is shaping up pretty nicely, which is what a new Beastie Boys album will do for you. That being said it seemed like a fitting time to bring back some of the Kids Incorporated gang and I don't know about you but when I think April 25th I think Eddie Money. Thankfully Richie has got Eddie and I covered with his take on "Walk On Water", although not without his detractors.
One of the only songs I like from Richie - jimmypi
I wonder what happened to Richie - molympia1977
Great Song. Richie was great, more likeable as he aged. Nowhere near as obnoxius as he was when he was younger. Even if he did not really sing. (Jennifer) Love Hewitt (in blue) definitely stole the show. She always did. - ellenwispa
Hard to argue with ellenwispa, she seems to know what she is talking about. They don't call her (Jennifer) Love Hewitt for (nothing). Also not to be all picky or anything but that is some of the worst fake keytar playing I've seen this month. I watch a lot of keytar videos.
For the sake of honesty it is worth noting that this Kids Incorporated cover of Kenny Loggins "No Looking Back" made the cut more for the comments than the performance. That's nothing against the performance in question though, it's pretty marvelous more for the choreographed dancing than the vocals but still, choreographed dancing. Let's get to the good stuff, take it away princes of YouTube, kings of New England Internetia:
* kalamaty - This number is a shining example of how great this particular cast was! Amazing dance routine, amazing vocals, etc! I used to know this dance by heart! This was one of their very best scenes! Kids Inc was the coolest, I mean they were vogueing before Madonna made it popular five years later! This show and 84-86 cast are unforgettable! Definitely one of my all-time fave episodes! Martika's "Never Surrender" is amazing, too! Someone please upload that from this same episode!
* elmando5 - Martika looked so much like Jennifer Beals from FLASHDANCE it's scary.
Those of course were the "Top Comments". Duh. Apparently Madonna needs to worry about a lawsuit, who knew. Happy Monday everybody.
I know what you're thinking right now. Finally Kids Incorporated Mondays are back, and this is true, so congratulations. I'm sure the wait has been long and arduous but I'm happy to report that your trials have been rewarded with a Valentine themed, Jennifer Love Hewitt heavy performance of The Isley Brothers "This Old Heart Of Mine". As a warning there's a whole lot of sass emanating from the stage but you already knew that when I mentioned J-Love. Happy Monday everybody.
Having some Texas in my family, it never ceases to amaze me how much they love their pants down there. Hell they can be comfortable in tight jeans in the midst of their satanic version of humidity, let alone when the weather is actually tolerable. That being said hearing the pants obsessed requests of an acting President of the United States is a bit shocking.
The President in question is the famously initialed Lyndon B. Johnson, and the object of his pants affection are six pairs of custom designed Haggar slacks back in 1964. Thanks to the wonderful web series Put This On and the awesomely literal animation of Tawd Dorenfeld you can now see for yourself the kind of power that comes with being President. Yes there are anatomical references, he even manages to naturally use the term "bunghole", but the seriousness with which LBJ takes his Haggar slacks is what makes this so very special.
Also I vary ten to fifteen pounds a month.