I think The Most Unwanted Song could be a big hit with They Might Be Giants fans.
That would explain why I like it.
Now I'm trying to figure out why I like this better than Frank Zappa's stuff.
This was actually featured on NPR way back when, so I listened to it in my parent's kitchen - I still remember the kids singing a song about Labor Day, and the opera singer going "hip hip hop.."
This American Life, episode 88: Numbers
Oh, man. The most unwanted song is hilarious. I can't stop laughing.
DO ALL YOUR SHOPPING AT WAL-MART!
Self-reflection and atonement!
I think nedroid
already got started on the "most wanted comic" sort of here
, though if you did it survey-style rather than just including everything everyone wanted it'd be different. You can use the suggestions as a start for a survey though!
Oh yeah! I missed that. I'm going for survey-style there and I think the unwanted one will be the focus anyway, but I'll keep that in mind!
i don't want to step on nedroid's toes
I will be keeping an eye out for surveys! Any chance of a most unwanted comic?
It is also worth noting that the most wanted song friggin sucks.
Agreed. Then again, I never was much for love songs.
The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition.
In other words, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
That was my very first thought as well. You beat me to it. Somehow GY!BE does all this and still tends to be full of awesome on every record.
I downloaded both songs. And I will never listen to The Most Wanted Song again. However, I will most definitely listen to The Most Unwanted Song. And memorize it. And perform it while intoxicated. In front of a live audience.
2008-01-19 03:59 am (UTC)
This would make the BEST KARAOKE SONG EVAR!
You know, except for a really painful part with the opera singer and an organ in the middle...I liked it. It made my day. Especially the political megaphone lady part. And the end! It was such an epic end. Someone should make a whole musical like this.
thank you for being consistently awesome Ryan North
Where was the political megaphone lady?
Oh, I just got to her. This ending is totally different from the rest of the song! How calm.
Whoa, totally epic end!
The only part about most unwanted song that I dislike is CHORUS OF CHILDREN. THAT REALLY BUGS ME IN SONGS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE. But bagpipe+synth automatically cancels out anything bad.
Oh, I think the CHORUS OF CHILDREN totally makes the song:
Lots of praying
With no breakfast
Do all your shopping at Wal-Mart!
100% of friends, including myself, agree: The Most Unwanted Song is AWESOME.
All who've listened to both also agree that The Most Wanted Song sucks.
I'm in agreement, although I suspect once we hit the world's quota, nobody else will agree with us. Danger! If you don't want funny looks, exhaust the quota ASAP with people you know. Then we'll found a nation.
We already have a "most unwanted comic", and it is called Mallard Fillmore.
I thought it was "Family Circus." The shrieking children in the Most Unwanted Song are the spiritual kin of that comic.
So brilliant. Love the creepy quiet organ bits. Very Disco Volante-era Mr. Bungle. Thanks Ryan!
i was thinking the same, it ha that schizophrenic feel
The "most wanted song" could have benefited from better mixing. That guy's voice is way to far up in the mix.
I caught these through a blog some time last year but only listened to the first 5 minutes, maybe. Then I read about all the amazing stuff later on in the *worst* piece. Now I am reminded to do a re-listen. thanks!
It seems that the "less than 200 of the worlds population [who] would actually enjoy this song" just so happen to subscribe to this blog.
This is the best song ever. Are you sure they labelled them right?
Edited at 2008-01-18 10:52 pm (UTC)
That was effing brilliant.
"The Most Unwanted Song" is frequently featured on "Do or DIY with People Like Us" on WFMU.org I highly suggest you listen to the podcast there.
Also if this has already been mentioned.... I'm drunk and don't know any better.
I swear to God that the Most Wanted Song could have been in Rent, were it not for the solo.
Most wanted song: Not my cup of tea
Most unwanted song: Not my cup of tea + hilarious
The "200 people" bit confused me too, at first -- I mean, it's downright catchy in parts, and my tastes aren't anywhere near that far out there that only myself and a couple of hundred other Earthlings could conceivably see that.
Then I realised: 1997. A bit over a decade ago. The Fiery Furnaces were nowhere to be seen, is what I'm saying. From where we're standing, The Most Unwanted Song is just plain ahead of its time.
I actually had posted about this on the truth and beauty bombs forum a long time ago. What, Ryan, do you not read every single post ever made on your own forum? I am shocked and appalled.
Anyway, it does seem like they went out of their way to make the least wanted song thrillingly insane and the most wanted song as bland and banal as possible, but it doesn't really surprise me that the general public has a lot more variety in what they don't want to hear in music than what they do.
Hey Ryan, it is 3:14 AM and I am laying here with a soar throat on a mission to finally catch up with all of the dinosaur comics. Right now I am on November 6, 2007, and I just wanted to say that I TOTALLY would steal the cover in panel four if I ever wanted to write a book on relationships. But don't worry. This is unlikely. Well, I'd better get back on the mission.
(ps) I love your hair
I must say I was truly relieved at the end of this entry, as I was feeling quite small due to the fact that I was starting to really like how this so-called "Most UnWanted" song was sounding in my head. AND. I play flute, so I was all, HEY
I've heard the most unwanted song before, I found it quite amusing. Especially when the kids choir suddenly came in with the "only at wal-mart!" jingle.