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Monday, March 7, 2011

Creed and four other '90s bands that definitely shouldn't reunite

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Uck. The Spice Girls.
  • Uck. The Spice Girls.

Remember when people were hailing Hanson as the next Beatles? Or when the Spice Girls' Spice World cashed in $75 million dollars at box offices worldwide in 1997? We'd rather not. Here are five '90s bands whose music -- and memories -- should remain lodged forever in the murky depths of nostalgia.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

It's peanut-butter-jelly time: the five greatest songs ever written about sandwiches

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Mmmm, sammiches.
  • Mmmm, sammiches.

If you thought there were only five songs about sandwiches, you'd be wrong. The filling between two slices of bread has inspired a lot of men, with synthesizers, to sing its praises. (Don't test this out on YouTube; it's an endless rabbit hole of more than 5,000 results.) Now if you were to suggest that there are only five great songs about sandwiches, you might be on to something.

Our food blog, Fat City, has compiled just such a list. If you know another and better song, I'll be shocked. Let the great sandwich song debate begin ...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

'Poppin' bottles' and nine other obnoxiously overused phrases in pop songs

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Poppin' bottles: an illustration.
  • Poppin' bottles: an illustration.

Pop music is great ... to an extent.

Top 40 may be everyone's favorite mindless genre, but pop music's trends are idiotically transparent. Wayward has spent a few weeks scanning hundreds of radio earworms in order to specifically calculate which words and phrases need to be abolished from pop music's vocabulary.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Florence and the Machine, and five other concert announcements we're hoping for

Posted By on Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Florence, of Florence and the Machine
  • Florence, of Florence and the Machine

'Tis the season of concert announcements. You'll notice that Kansas City has some pretty hefty names headed our way this summer, such as Janelle Monae and Arcade Fire. Other notable incomers: Bright Eyes, Sleigh Bells, Phosphorescent, the Black Lips, DeVotchKa, and more. Here are a couple of tours that we wish would stop and rock KC. Hey, we can dream, can't we?

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Five USA tattoos that I swear I saw at Kid Rock

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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If you were at the Sprint Center on Friday night, there's no way that you could have missed Kid Rock's gigantic back tattoo. It reads -- yes, you guessed it -- "American Bad Ass." Kansas City has its own fair share of USA tats, too, though few of them are as rad as Kid Rock's. Here are five USA tattoos that, had more of our ladies and dudes stripped off their tour T-shirts, I'm pretty sure I would have spied in the sold-out crowd. 

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Won't somebody please think of the children? Five songs that have kids' voices

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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Children are the future and all, but sometimes -- well, most times -- they are annoying, clever little shits. Pop-music artists are well aware of this precocious nature of children and often will place their voices in more adult contexts. Having children rap cover songs or sing behind rock songs makes the song in question seem more like novelty than serious work. Of course, everything is subjective, so you might find the angelic voices of a children's choir in a heavy-metal song just peachy. Here are five songs -- some good, some bad -- that use children as gimmicks.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Ke$ha's top five spots to get sleazy this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

KC, you could watch Ke$ha grind a mechanical bull this weekend.
  • KC, you could watch Ke$ha grind a mechanical bull this weekend.

Ke$ha will be in town this Sunday, rocking the Midland in the fourth stop of her Get $leazy Tour. She's set to hit the stage at 8 p.m. But between her show and the several hours that it likely takes to wash off two tons of glitter (check here), she probably won't be hitting the town before midnight.

But since she's not due in St. Louis until next Tuesday, there should be a few hours to party in Kansas City. I figured I'd take a stab at the five spots you'd be most likely to see the pop star get sleazy.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Abe Vigoda, BaioWolf and three other great bands named after real people

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Abe Vigoda -- the band.
  • Abe Vigoda -- the band.

In light of Abe Vigoda stopping by the Jackpot next week, we thought we'd look at some other bands that reference real people in their band names. Turns out, it was pretty easy.

So, what's with the trend? For Abe Vigoda -- and Springfield, Missouri, rockers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin -- the simple random name serves as the joke. Other bands don't play it quite as straight, opting to get a little pun-happy with their celebri-names. Usually it's all in good fun; and some, like AV, earn enough renown to break free of the joke they choose to carry their entire career.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

"December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface," and other particularly long-winded, weird song titles

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Before the Flaming Lips were weird, they were ... well, weird.
  • Before the Flaming Lips were weird, they were ... well, weird.

Sometimes, song titles are short, succinct subject lines. There are many, many bands with tracks called "Love," "Rock and Roll," "Take Me Away," "Come Together," etc. But then there are those songs whose titles are original and distinct. Here's a review of some of our favorites.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

"No glove, no love": 5 songs that encourage using condoms

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Put that jimmy hat on before getting it in, my friends.
  • Put that jimmy hat on before getting it in, my friends.

Valentine's Day is around the corner, so along with a prix fixe meal and a box of chocolates, you're probably expecting to get laid. But let us be the first to tell you that while V-Day comes but once a year, a VD is forever (or, at least, mildly uncomfortable until you can get proper treatment).

That's something the following artists know and are taking a stand against with lyrics that declare their love of using condoms before intercourse. In no particular order, here are five songs that tell lovers to wrap it up before hitting the sheets.




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