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Ask 411 Music 7.5.12: The Soundtrack

July 5, 2012 | Posted by Ron Martin

It’s that time of the week again, kids, so sober up sit down and enjoy yourself some Ask 411 Music. I’m here this week. You’re here this week. It’s like it was meant to be.

I’ve spent the last week detoxing for health reasons. Let me tell you this – no red meat, no fat, no sugar, no salt, no alcohol, no pasta, no bread, no caffeine – it’s not a fun time. I hope I’m not too crabby because of it, but the things we do – right? The only things that have gotten me through are grilled chicken, MIO water enhancer and natural seasonings. Just a couple more days though and I can return to steak and potatoes, macaroni and cheese and most importantly, sandwiches. I’m from the Midwest, we like our beef. Let’s get right into things – I don’t even care if the HAPPY BIRTHDAY is past the ad or not.

HUEY LEWIS turns 62 years olds today…

RZA of the WU TANG CLAN turns 42 years old today…

JASON WADE, singer of LIFEHOUSE turns 32 today…





You’re reading this on July 5. On July 4, those of us in America celebrated our Independence Day. I don’t have an Independence Day tradition other than making it a reason to drink, so this is my new tradition – five songs from my iPod about Independence Day and it’s festivities.

1.”The Power of Equality” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
2.”Explosivo” by Tenacious D
3.”The General” by Dispatch
4.”Civil War” by Guns N Roses
5. “I Stand Alone” by Godsmack

We got it this time…



The above link describes Paris Hilton’s dumping of Adam Levine, citing her friends making fun of his Canadian accent, and yes, this question has been bugging me for seven years. I skimmed his Wikipedia page, and it mentions nothing about Canada there. I first read that report years ago in like the Star or a tabloid like that, and while I’m not into thinking that tabloids print anything close to facts, normally they wouldn’t get something so obviously wrong as where a guy was born. Any idea where the idea of Adam’s Canadian accent stems from?

You can actually access the link he sent me here. It’ s a small article from about PARIS HILTON putting the boots to ADAM LEVINE. The article is from 2005.

Levine was born in LOS ANGELES and has spent his entire life in AMERICA. In 2005, he was just coming off the success of MAROON 5’s Songs About Jane. Hilton was on the up as well with The Simple Life, though neither celebrity had quite peaked yet. Hilton was closer to peaking and was notorious for being pretentious and nasty, so it doesn’t surprise me that her “friends” would tear they guy apart because he didn’t run with her crowd.

The accent, however, is a mystery. I don’t watch The Voice. I’m not a big Maroon 5 fan, but I watched about half a dozen clips of Levine and I don’t even hear a Canadian accent at all. Perhaps he had a different accent back in 2005 or was presenting himself differently in order to sell more albums. Here’s a clip from a recent episode of Ellen. I don’t hear an accent at all.

With ladies like JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT openly suggesting he be her boyfriend and counting MARIA SHARAPOVA as an ex while he dates a Russian Supermodel, Levine has obviously majorly upgraded from Paris Hilton. Seeing where their respective careers are at this point, I think he won that battle as well.

The Buffalo Bills released a CD of songs celebrating their AFC championship (I think it was after they lost to the Redskins or the first time they lost to the Cowboys), and the Toronto Blue Jays released a CD of songs celebrating their World Series championship. The tracks were the typical popular/old songs with players names or football/baseball references replacing the words. I’m assuming other teams have done this. Is there any place that lists these tribute CDs, and possibly the songs that they’re referencing?

Sample lyric, because this gets stuck in my head all the time (it’s about Joe Carter of the Blue Jays):
“And along came Joe,
Big, bad, bashin’ Joe,
With Robbie and De-vooooo,
And along came big, bad, bashin’ Joe”

And no, I don’t know the original song it uses, so I’m no other help there.

I couldn’t find any evidence of the existence of the BUFFALO BILLS CD, though I did find a CD released by them in 2001 called The Buffalo Bills Greatest Hits which contains a terrible country cover of “Walk This Way.”

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS album, however, is called Class of ‘92. I think this is the song you are referencing…

It’s a parody of RICHIE VALENS “Come On, Let’s Go!” Okay, it doesn’t have those lyrics, but of the songs listed, this one seems the closest.

Just about every sports team (college and Pro) has a “fan’s album” out there. They’re all pretty ridiculous with local radio parodies, old songs, chants and bad covers. Anyway a team thinks it can make money off of you, it’s going to try. Unfortunately for all of us, there isn’t a website that lists all of these albums. On this site, they have a TOP 11 list of songs sang by football teams. So, enjoy that?

What’s a moment during a movie where you heard a song and it fit perfectly to the moment, not counting theme songs? For instance, Burt Bacharach’s “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” during Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or on the TV front, people can harp on Glee all they want, but the first 13 episodes were brilliant TV capped by an awesome rendition of “My Life Would Suck Without You”.

The first thing that popped into my head was “You’re the Best Around” by JOE ESPOSITO from the tournament montage in The Karate Kid

I love it when that fat kid starts dancing around and just gets nailed in the stomach about half way through. The two have become synonymous. You can’t listen to the song without thinking of the movie and vice versa. I don’t know if you count that as a theme song or not.

Ironically enough, the song was originally tapped to be the song used in the training montage for Rocky but at the last minute, SYLVESTER STALLONE decided to go with “Eye of the Tiger.” It worked out best for both films as “Eye of the Tiger” would have been my second answer. Is my 80s bias showing?

Same question, but about the score. For instance, whenever the theme from Jaws plays, or the music from the shower scene in Psycho. Perfectly matched.

Here’s the first three that popped in my head…

Those are all crazy iconic and if you have a list of the top movie themes and these three aren’t on it, then it’s not a legitimate list and you should just disregard said list and say nasty things about the author.

Some other ones that I like…and I’m pretty biased here:

What’s easier, for singers to act, or for actors to sing? Let me rephrase that: What’s easier to do well?

This may be the easiest question you’ve ever given me, Vince. It’s obviously a lot easier for singers to put in a good acting performance than for actors to be good singers. The list of singers who are better than average actors (better than even some of the highest paid people who are “actors” even) is long. Some of the more notable ones are MADONNA, WILL SMITH, MARK WAHLBERG, the entire RAT PACK, BARBRA STREISAND, CHER, BETTE MIDLER, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, JENNIFER LOPEZ , MEAT LOAF– the list goes on and on. Hell, even though it wasn’t a good movie, when you can get decent performances out of the likes of METHOD MAN and REDMAN (How High), it should tell you that crossing from singing to acting isn’t that difficult.

The list of actors who have tried to sing and have gotten made fun of for it is almost just as long. For every TIM CURRY there are a hundred of these:

And I say that as a huge fan of ELVIRA.

I’ve acted. I’ve been on stage in front of live crowds and I’ve been in front of TV cameras. It’s easier to act than it is to sing. If you can sing, you can sing. If you can’t, you can’t. It’s that easy. The studio can try to hide the fact that you can’t sing all they want, but people are going to know you can’t sing. In acting – you might not be JACK NICHOLSON or KATHY BATES, but there’s always something you can pull off even if it’s just an extension of your own personality (again, I use How High as an example).

It helps that singing is a performance in and of itself, so the singer isn’t going in as a blank slate. They have some charisma to work with. It also helps that most of the time you have multiple chances to get a scene right and the director will take the best one whereas if you sing terribly in front of a live crowd, you’re done.

That’s it this week, kids. Big thanks to Vince for giving me some material to work with. I hope everyone has a great week. If you’re American, I hope you had a great holiday. As always, questions can be left right in the COMMENTS and/or dropped in my email inbox.

I must leave you now.


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